You’ve got the feels. All of them. His. Hers. Mine. Theirs. The world’s. In addition to your own.
They seem to show up everywhere and out of nowhere. It’s hard to put your finger on.
Anxieties. Frustration. Overwhelm. Heartache. Headache. All the aches.
You may find yourself asking, “Where does it come from?” “Why do I feel so much of everything and everyone that’s all around me?” You may find yourself staying at home for fear of being overwhelmed. You question your ability to function in this world. You find yourself pondering over and over, “Why me?” “Why don’t I have what it takes to function as a “normal” person in this world?” “Am I broken?” “What do I do?” “Where do I go?” “How can I fix this?” All these unanswered questions plague you.
It’s a lot. Feeling it can quickly become drowning in it.
As an Empath. two massive things are taking place for you. First, your senses are operating on over-drive.
One or more of your five physical senses (touch, taste, smell, sight, hearing) are doing more work than the average person. Your Central Nervous System is literally over-processing information in the physical world.
Lights are extra bright. Noises are extra loud. Smells are extra strong. Touch is extra intense. Taste is more complex.
Second, you are feeling the experiences of others as though they are your own.
Sometimes, it shows up in your physical body. You question if it’s from a stranger at the grocery store, your best friend, or the collective world at large. A headache that catches you off guard. A pain in your side. A kink in your neck. Sensations without a known cause.
Sometimes, it shows up in your emotional body. Grief. Sadness. Heartache. Anxiety. Depression. Anger. None of which make any sense why.
Sometimes, it shows up in your mental body. A phrase you would never say or a statement you would never speak makes its way into your mind. Pictures pop into your head. Scenarios play out that you would not typically construct on your own. You find your thoughts spiraling out of control. Your brain often feels like it’s on fire as it’s inundated with overthinking and overanalyzing everything.
Sometimes, you feel it in your spiritual body. It comes as a knowing about someone or something. A higher perspective or foreboding. A deeper understanding or a forewarning. It’s a reaching out into worlds beyond this one, a communication with something more. You feel it as energy, around you, around others, around plants, animals or things. You sense that there is so much more happening than what is seen with the naked eye.
And sometimes, it shows up in all four. It can be hard to differentiate between your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual bodies and all the sensations that are taking place.
This is what’s it’s like to be an Empath. When we dissect the word Empath and look at the root meaning, we receive: caused to be in feeling.
You are experiencing what others are experiencing as though you are generating or causing the experience. “I feel you. Completely. I feel your heartache as though it is my own heartache. There is no delineation between you and me as energy beings.”
So, how do you know if this is what’s happening to you?
Despite any lists you may find out there, or how many psychics may have told you it’s true, the real self-assessment test is you. Does it feel true for you that you have been experiencing other’s experiences as though they are your own? Either physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually or all the above? You are your own best expert. You know better than anyone what is true for you.