I'd like to share with you an interesting article written by Patty Wigington. It will giveyou a brief insight into the life of an empath. You may know someone, your child, significant other, friend or maybe you - who has empathic qualities.
If you are an empath, your sensitive nature can a beautiful asset. You can feel the energy of conversation, feel body language and feel words used and not used without intellectual interpretation. It can also be overwhelming and leave you exhausted at the end of the day.
Other names for empath: sensitive or clairsentient.
While many people have a degree of psychic ability, this skill set can take a number of different forms. For some people, psychic ability manifests itself as the ability to be what is known as an empath. Empathy is the ability to sense the feelings and emotions of others, without their telling us, verbally, what they are thinking and feeling. Often, someone who is an empath needs to learn basic shielding techniques - otherwise, they can find themselves feeling drained and exhausted after absorbing the energies of others.
The psychic form of empathy should not be confused with the basic human emotion of empathy - most people can feel empathy for another person without necessarily being a psychic empath. The main difference, however, is that someone who is a psychic empath often picks up non-visual, non-verbal cues that another individual is feeling pain, fear, or joy. Sometimes this is a matter of detecting energy fields or auras, other times, it may be simply a case of "knowing" that the person is feeling a certain way, despite no obvious clues to that effect.
In many cases, empaths have trained themselves to detect subtle changes in the energy vibrations of other people. Most empaths are effective listeners, and have a tendency to gravitate towards professions in which they can use this ability to help others - social work, counseling, energy work such as Reiki, and the ministry, for example. Others are often drawn to empaths, because they feel comfortable and relaxed when speaking with them.
About Myself & My son...OurEmpathic Experience...
I became a nurse after the birth of my first son in 1986. He was born at 28 weeks gestation (~3 months early) while my husband and I were vacationing in Florida on Christmas holiday. My son was born 1 kilo and was in the hospital for two months fighting for his life every hour of every day. I stayed in Florida to be near him and lived with an empath nurse that worked in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). Her deep understanding of our situation helped my son and I get through our seemingly hopeless ordeal. She opened her home to me and made sure that my son received the best care with other empath nurses. The lesson that I took with me through it all was - being empathetic to another person's circumstance can be critically important in the healing process of that person / patient. It could be a life changing experience for the empath as well as the receiver.
Being an empath myself, and experiencing the lives of the nurses I became close to, I decided to change careers. I went back to college and became a nurse. My vision to work in an NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) was short lived because I found that the emotional trauma (energy) that surrounded me was unbearable - I was so sensitive to the pain and misery that I finished most shifts shaken with grief. I chose another nursing field and later continued my education in hypnotherapy and life coaching. I'm still helping people, but in a wonderful and uplifting way, providing tools to help move people through the rough patches in their lives.