by Dawn Lianna MA
Empathy is being aware of and sensitive to the feelings of others. You can experience empathy with a person, an animal, a plant or even the earth. It is your intuition letting you know how another is feeling.
Using empathy as a psychic ability is an important part of being a healer and a compassionate person. Healthy empathy helps your rapport and ability to understand what someone is feeling or going through. It’s also good to know how to draw a health boundary around this psychic ability.
Some people feel they are overly empathic. They have difficulty discerning the difference between their own feelings and the feelings of others. They pick up on other people’s feelings even when they don’t want to. If you are having this kind of difficulty, it is important to learn how to ground and protect yourself. You might want to read my article called “Grounding” at this link: http://intuitivecallings.com/free-resources/grounding/. It takes skill to be really empathic without going too far. Learning how to ground and protect yourself and your intuition will help.
Here is a great exercise to help learn how to use empathy without picking up too much of the other person’s stuff.
Exercise: Using Empathy as a Psychic Ability.
1. Imagine a friend is sitting across from you and your friend is feeling fine. You sense she is in a good space.
2. Imagine touching the person with just one finger and listening and feeling for what your one finger is telling you about the friend. Notice that we are only using one finger, a very light touch. Using just one finger is protective and may be all you need to do to get enough information.
3. Imagine you want to know more and experience greater empathy, yet you don’t want to pick up too much. Imagine using two fingers (just two) to touch the person. Notice if you get a little more informatio
4. If you want still more information, imagine placing your hand on your friend’s shoulder and feeling her state. This is still using your empathy as a psychic ability.
Many of us are naturally empathic. We are great friends and listeners. Learn how to protect and ground your energy so you don’t pick up too much.