This word has come up a number of times in my life. My soul-sis and I talk about being empaths or being Highly Sensitive. This weekend, with the experience in the church, the whole concept of being an empath was again brought up in my mind. I had to look it up.
Googling gave me this website and here are a few snippets out of the article:
Empathy is the ability to read and understand people and be in-tune with or resonate with others, voluntarily or involuntarily of one’s empath capacity.
Empaths often possess the ability to sense others on many different levels.
While there is much we don’t yet understand about how empathy works, we do have some information. Everything has an energetic vibration or frequency and an empath is able to sense these vibrations and recognize even the subtlest changes undetectable to the naked eye or the five senses.
They are known for many talents as their interests are varied, broad and continual, loving, loyal and humorous. They often have interests in many cultures and view them with a broad-minded perspective.
They are most often passionate towards nature and respect its bountiful beauty. One will often find empaths enjoying the outdoors, beaches, walking, etc. Empaths may find themselves continually drawn to nature as a form of release. It is the opportune place to recapture their senses and gain a sense of peace in the hectic lives they may live. The time to get away from it all and unwind with nature becomes essential to the empath.
Empaths are sensitive to TV, videos, movies, news and broadcasts. Violence or emotional dramas depicting shocking scenes of physical or emotional pain inflicted on adults, children or animals can bring an empath easily to tears.
People of all walks of life and animals are attracted to the warmth and genuine compassion of empaths. Regardless of whether others are aware of one being empathic, people are drawn to them as a metal object is to a magnet! They are like beacons of light.
Even complete strangers find it easy to talk to empaths about the most personal things, and before they know it, they have poured out their hearts and souls without intending to do so consciously. It is as though on a sub-conscious level that person knows instinctively that empaths would listen with compassionate understanding.
Yea – I’ve pretty much recreated the entire article here… but so much of it resonates with me… (see bolded sections in the above quotes).
At first, yesterday, I thought that maybe that my reaction was to the spirits in the graveyard. But maybe it was more of a reaction to the emotions of those in the church. Maybe even to the lingering emotions of those who had passed through before. I’ve been witness to may strange things in my short life. However, I pride myself with an open enough mind to realize that things are not always what they seem. I was somewhat charmed by the possibility of being able to sense ghosts and spirits of those who had passed (which I HAVE been able to do on occassion) but I think in this instance, it was more sensing the emotions of the living.
Ah what a life I live!