The most recognized gift of an empath is the ability to connect with others and feel the emotions the other person is holding. Sometimes an empath experiences that emotion as a breeze that suddenly passes through, and at other times it is held in their energy field and the experience is more intense. Empaths are the best listeners because they exude compassion, understanding and they make others feel at ease. It takes skill and practice not to take on the emotions of others. Often the other person leaves the company of the empath feeling wonderful, and the empath feels depleted, drained and heavy. This is the pitfall of an untrained empath. Without training in how to manage their energy, they are more susceptible to others negativity. This might manifest as anxiety, depression, addictions or physical ailments.
Because empaths are so in tune with other people’s energy sometimes they experience telepathy. Not like the character Sookie Stackhouse from the True Blood series. A common example would be sitting with another person and having a thought pop in. Maybe it’s, hey I suddenly have a craving for Chinese food and the other person says me too! I’ve been thinking about that for the last 20 minutes. That is being a telepathic receiver. It’s also possible to be a sender. Perhaps you have been thinking intently about something all day, and person after person comes near you and blurts out the same thought. That is sending thought. Another aspect of this telepathy concept is the collective unconsciousness. With this the key concept is that we are all connected and therefore in an unconscious manner are able to pick up information. This might be experienced as feeling something is going to happen in the community/world and later seeing it on the news. Remember that being an empath is the first step into the other “clairs”. So clairvoyance develops potentially from a strong empath beginning.
Energetic healing is another gift empaths share. Empaths are such good connectors, perceiving others energy, feelings etc. They make excellent conductors. It is possible for an empath to channel energy and transfer it to another person. Caution is required however. Training is important of course and also a healer must work with self before trying to help another. There are unintended consequences without this. Energy healing may come naturally but it is a skill that must be developed through understanding how energy works and a honed awareness of self and the energy/wounding the healer carries.
“Synesthesia (also spelled synesthesia or synesthesia, from the ancient Greek σύν [syn], “together”, and αἴσθησις [aisthēsis], “sensation”) is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.”
“This is a rare form of synesthesia where individuals literally feel the same sensation that another person feels (such as touch). For instance, when such a synesthete observes someone being tapped on their shoulder, they synesthete involuntarily feels a tap on their own shoulder as well. People with this type of synesthesia have been shown to have higher empathy levels compared to the general population. This may be related to the so-called mirror neurons present in the motor areas of the brain, which have also been linked to empathy.”
Example: when someone comes into the presence of an empath, and the empath picks up physical symptoms. Example they answer the door, and immediately feel chest constriction out of the blue, only to discover that their visitor has emphysema.
Gifts that come with the wrapping of “empath” can be wonderful and challenging. Often the help of an established empath who can fill the role of mentor is needed to help support and guide the developing empath. This way, the empath understands, learns to manage and accept the gift, rather than feeling overwhelmed and wishing there was an exchange policy, lol!