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Forever an Empath
Empathy? What does it mean? A person with the paranormal ability to perceive the mental or emotional state of another individual.
“An Empath is an individual who feels more empathy than an average human. Empaths are exceptionally sensitive to the emotions and frame of mind of nearby individuals.
Empathy is a natural state that enables a person to build an emotional connection through cognition with other individuals.”
So, there you have it, this is what it means to be an Empath!
Now, let’s consider if the shoe fits.
I have lived my whole life being incredibly sensitive to the feelings and perspectives of others.
I possess an uncanny ability to anticipate what will come next when I’m around people. Sometimes, it’s their words that reveal their intentions, other times it’s their body language, and often it’s simply a strong intuition. And sure enough, events unfold just as I foresaw.
However, being an empath is far from easy or enjoyable. It can leave me feeling drained, angry, and frustrated when I find myself deeply immersed in the emotional experiences of others. Despite dedicating many years to personal development and deep spiritual work, I continue to struggle with my empathic nature, and perhaps I always will.
Today, I took a moment to reflect on how I have managed to be an empath and why I feel compelled to save others or give so much of my time and energy. Why do I invest so deeply in others when they invest so little in themselves?
No one is explicitly asking me to intervene or rescue them, but many have grown accustomed to my well-intentioned advice and reassurances that everything will be okay.
I can’t help but notice my effortless ability to fill their emotional cups.
I vividly remember the first time I became aware of what I was doing. I had a friend who frequently faced dramatic situations, and I always jumped in to help in any way I could because that’s what good friends do, right? However, one day, she walked into my home, overwhelmed with emotions like anger and sadness.
Without pausing, I was ready to leap in and save the day, but something within me stopped. I simply watched as she unloaded and then swiftly walked out the front door, leaving all her baggage behind.
At that moment, my inner self – whether you call it Spirit or Soul – revealed to me how people often come with their suitcases full, drop them in front of me, and leave feeling much better. Meanwhile, I am left feeling depleted, confused, and often angry.
I’m certain that many empaths can relate. While there is nothing wrong with helping someone in need, most people simply want to vent or offload; they don’t truly desire to make a change. They are free to choose their path, but as empaths, we must constantly remind ourselves that we too are free to choose.
What if our true purpose as empaths isn’t to fix or save anyone, but rather to stand as lighthouses, reflecting light into the darkest places?
Perhaps our role is to allow others to find their own way, even if their journey looks nothing like what we would choose for them. And that’s okay. Being an Empath is not a flaw; it is a tremendous blessing to have a heart that loves deeply and cares so profoundly for the wellbeing of others.
We must remember that our purpose is to shine a light into the darkness because darkness is simply the absence of light.
Let us trust that each of us has our own unique journey, and we cannot know why one person travels one road while another takes a different path or ventures down the road less traveled.
Our task is to be a lighthouse and shine brightly with compassion and understanding.
About the Author
Name: Lucy Pignataro
Professional Title: Owner / Therapist
Bio: Lucy is a passionate and dedicated professional counsellor and therapist who has a deep understanding of the unique challenges that women face. With her warm and empathetic nature, Lucy creates a safe and supportive space for women to explore their emotions and heal from past traumas. Lucy’s commitment to her clients is evident in her tailored approach to therapy. She recognizes that every woman’s journey is unique, so she takes the time to listen attentively, providing personalized guidance and solutions.
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