I confess. I'm not a fan of "X Signs you're an Empath" posts, or quizzes. But, I think I have a pretty good reason. If you don't mind, I'll just get up on my soapbox for a second and explain everything.
So here we go!
Empathy is the publicly accepted label for clairsentience.
In the same way that intuition is the publicly accepted label for claircognizance/sometimes-clairsentience.
You can tell anyone that you’re an empath, or that you’re sensitive, or that you picked up on something intuitively and not get the side-eye…but if you go around saying that you’re psychic (which is what you are if you sense and receive information energetically!)- well, it raises red flags to people.
BUT THEY ARE THE SAME THING.
The Same. Thing.
Also, I don’t know how or why being an empath became such a weird status symbol that people are afraid of calling themselves empaths, or why other people use it as a way to put themselves up on a pedestal, but I’m here to scream it out loud that empathy (to recap: being clairsentient) is about as normal as normal gets. It’s a social and survival skill that most people don’t even realize is in operation.
The majority of people in my life and who I’ve encountered are empathic. This includes friends, family, coworkers, the lot. It’s a lack of empathy that’s rare.
So if you resonate with and experience empathic traits, you’re an empath. You’re clairsentient. It doesn't matter how many apply to you. One is enough. Maybe it’s under control - great - maybe it’s out of control and it’s negatively affecting your life - in which case there are lots of resources out there to help. Here are a few:
Have you ever…
- Literally felt the pain that another person close to you was experiencing? (headache, stomachache, cut, burn, etc.)
- Had a gut feeling about someone, such as “that person is definitely bad news” and later had that feeling validated?
- Experienced strong emotions (fear, joy, worry, anger) out of nowhere, only to find out shortly after that someone close to you, but not necessarily physically near you, was going through those exact things?
- Walked into a room and felt repelled for absolutely no logical reason?
- Seen a stranger, and suddenly felt overwhelming heartache, fear, or sadness for no apparent reason?
Experiencing any one of these things is a sign of clairsentience, and thus empathy.
If you feel things in your heart and in your body without there being a logical, identifiable outer stimulus, you’re probably picking up on energy.
However, there are a few things that can make you go haywire and mimic some empathic experiences (but not all) - and these should be ruled out if you’re sitting around and experiencing strange feelings:
- Are you operating on too little sleep?
- Are you dehydrated?
- Is your blood sugar low?
Eliminate logical, physical stimuli and environmental components, and then see if your feelings are ever validated. That’s the key.
Many tarot readers and mediums can also provide validation and help you identify your gifts. It’s something that I do quite frequently.
Empathy can be a highly useful ability once you understand it, especially if you choose to strengthen it and hone it. Don’t let anyone pull you down into the ridiculous, soul-sucking misery pit myth being an empath is just the worst and there's never a bright side - because it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s a sense like any other- like seeing and hearing.
You could choose to look at terrible things, or stare into the sun and go blind, or you could look at flowers and mountains, and wear your sunglasses when you’re supposed to so that you don’t do terrible damage to your sight.
Embrace your abilities, care for them, and protect yourself. <3