Originally by Jade Small – The Open Mind — but no longer found on the site
They feel everything, sometimes to an extreme. Empaths are naturally giving, spiritually attuned, and good listeners. If you want heart, empaths have got it. Through thick and thin, they’re there for you, but this can all be very draining for them!
If you are an empath and looking for ways to cope, here are some tips to help you ‘control’ your gift, and not resent it.
Create a shield
Visualize a shield of energy around your physical body. See it as being radiant and complete. You may see it as a particular color. Some people like to see it as white or gold. Decide what color would work well for you, and see it that way. Imagine the shield body as flowing and moving, not static. We are developing a shield here, not armor. It is good for it to be flexible, so you can let in what serves you, and keep out what doesn’t. Snap your fingers to hold it in place. Do this exercise regularly.
Once you have the shield body in place, imagine that there is a spark in the center of your being that is your pure essence. Focus your attention on the spark, bring all your senses to bear. Also be aware of your sensations, emotions and thoughts. First try this when you are alone, and then, after a time, practice it around others. See if you can switch your awareness from your environment to yourself, and back again. Notice the difference between the two.
Get in the habit of taking calming mini-breaks throughout the day. Breathe in some fresh air. Stretch. Take a short walk. These interludes will reduce the excessive stimulation of going non-stop.
You need the grounding, centering and time alone, if not more than anyone. Practice guerilla meditation. To counter emotional overload, act fast and meditate for a few minutes. This centers your energy so you don’t take it on from others.
Whether you are having difficulty with your empathic abilities or not, it is a good idea to smudge yourself (and your home) regularly to release other people’s energy and influence from your energy body. Smudging is a way to clear your energy by waving incense around your body. Sage, copal, frankincense, Nag Champa and Palo Santo are all recommended.
Develop Your Root Chakra
The root chakra helps us to deal with being fully in the world. When the root chakra is open, we are fully grounded and present with whatever is coming our way. When it is not open, we can be fearful, and have difficulty staying present with what is going on. Opening and healing the root chakra helps us to release the fears that keep us from our highest manifestation within form
Say NO and set boundaries
If someone asks too much of you, politely tell them “no.” It’s not necessary to explain why.
If crowds are overwhelming, eat a high-protein meal beforehand (this grounds you) and sit in the far corner of, say, a theatre or party, not dead center. And, if you don’t feel like going out, don’t say yes to please others. Don’t feel bad for leaving early, either.
Find an energy practitioner
Each energy practitioners has his or her own set of unique skills and talents so you have to look around for what it is that your particular energy needs. And recognize, that you may ‘graduate’ to new and different practitioners as you develop and grow.
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