This post, and much of my writing, is for people who have been through an initial spiritual awakening, and are seeking ways to facilitate their upgrade process for the purposes of healing, stepping more fully onto their soul-path, and eventually embodying a position of grounded leadership or service.
Previously I posted about specialty traits in empaths, a major one being the experience of 'having thin skin." Thin skin means being sensitive to energy or emotions, such as electromagnetic frequencies, people who have crossed-over, chi flow in houses, or the unspoken feelings of other people, etc..
There is a distinction between 'empaths' and 'highly sensitive people (HSP).' HSP folks have a genetic trait that is similar to having sensory issues. They reach a state of input overload in the nervous system more quickly than non HSPs, and it's my understanding that this trait affects around 30 percent of people. Empaths can be HSP and vice versa, but neither are necessarily both. Empaths however may have any number of things going on. It could be that they have trauma-induced sensitivities, openings in their energy bodies, or mental health concerns that render them more susceptible to outside energies (or perhaps their sensitivities aggravate their mental health). They could come from a lineage or tradition that cultivated and nourished their sensitivities purposefully. For the purpose of this post it doesn't really matter. My point is it can be helpful to identify what We/You experience as strengths, to be able to use them for our benefit and the benefit of others, and to dispel any fears or issues around them.
There are pros and cons. Many empaths/HSPs are troubled by their sensitivities, especially if they tend to take on dense or negative vibrations that are generated outside of themselves. It can rock us to the core to feel and see certain things, and for many, it causes a great deal of cognitive dissonance, confusion, shame or denial, especially if the person was reared in a tradition that is highly logical/rational/scientific, religious, or what have you. Fear of being labeled a witch or a weirdo is a tough thing for many people.
All humans are innately able to perceive and send out subtle energies. An empath or high-sensitive simply has a system of perception that is extra tuned-in and susceptible to the subtle energies or emotions around them. It is more difficult for them to ignore, but, this could be considered and developed as a superpower as opposed to a weakness. Similar to people who are not neuro-typical having a tendency toward highly developed cognitive intelligences, or the superpower of people who are extremely physical, strong, and courageous (warrior archetypes), though they may be less emotionally attuned (as example). We all have our perks in various ratios.
To elaborate on the benefit of the empath type of superpower I need to evoke the feeling of being an extra-terrestrial, high vibrational being. If you were an ET, and your race did not use verbal language, what would it use to communicate? It would most likely use emotions and telepathy to convey specific energetic impressions as well as light and sound frequencies. I think a lot of empaths identify as starseeds because we can somehow sense that these skills are paramount in a society of highly-evolved consciousness. It is the power of communication, and healing.
I see it as an ability that needs to be developed to further the evolution of humanity in a time when frequencies are accelerating rapidly. If we choose to stay updated we can be at the top of our game through this process, and step into leadership roles to assist others as they awaken and upgrade. How we do this is two things:
1. Learn how to develop our skills of perception and intuition, and to translate our perceptions into meaningful or helpful information. This guides us in our actions, responses, and choices, and assists us in the second task which is:
2. Processing, integrating, and healing old stuff, so we can process current issues more efficiently and effectively. If we can stay updated and current in our lives and issues, and have a proper emotional/energetic/psychological hygiene practice, we can accelerate quite rapidly. This in turn deepens our sensitivity and ability to perceive and translate energy, and we see positive changes in all aspects of our lives.
The point of this post is to encourage people who feel bogged down by their sensitivities to consider getting some training or teachings regarding these processes. Proper training and teachings are important for gaining ethical clarity, and for earning the privilige of the trust of other people. This matters if we don't want to create more karmic attachments, but do want to clear old patterns and baggage, to become lighter. It also matters if we support balance and reciprocity, that we support spiritual sovereignty and autonomy. We help people to be empowered, not take power from them by giving it to ourselves (assuming we are all-knowing and have the authority to tell others how to conduct their lives without being asked for assistance). That is ego out-of-balance.
Here's a scenario: an empath who has strong natural psychic abilities may easily perceive energies, thoughts, or scenarios that are playing out in people's lives. They may not even want to receive this information, but they do. Often the empath has a strong desire to assist and help others, so the psychic empath may begin telling people what they see surrounding them. A person who lacks traditional teachings, trainings, or ethical understandings, may go about planting seeds in other peoples heads that can cause that person to change the course of their lives. This creates a strong karmic attachment. It is not a neutral thing if it causes an imbalance. The teaching around this has to do with the principle of reciprocity, that which keeps things in balance. This is why it's so important for people to be compensated for their work. If someone needs advice they will seek it out and make an offering in exchange. There is no need to force anything.
So, even if you are naturally skilled, I do suggest finding an ethical teacher or healing tradition to consult, especially if you feel called to be of service, to be a healer, or to be in any position of leadership. Our society has forgotten and suppressed these skills, and offers very little to us as education on these matters. This is why so many Westerners are turning to indigenous wisdom keepers. That path can be a rabbit hole and is it's own topic. There are certainly a lot of skilled energy workers and healers who do offer workshops and classes. Get clear on what your path is, what is best for you, and choose a teacher wisely. Many teachers have authority issues or still carry distorted energies relating to power, reputation, and money. Find a humble person, and always trust yourself. Ask questions. Be aware of red flags, but trust that the path you seek will be presented to you in synchronicity and with blessings. Always consult your guts and your sacrum. Even if your path should lead to some unsavory experiences for you (I dealt with sexual assault and the loss of some of my mentors within a certain lineage for example), the experiences may lead you into a much deeper understanding of that which you are seeking. We can't control how things will play out. It is so important to remember that your path is yours, and that you do not need to have a cult-like connection to your teachers, or an unwavering loyalty or obedience, or to shell out thousands of dollars. You can be on your own path without sacrificing your autonomy, and without having your teachings and training define who you are. They are simply tools that can be used to empower the heart, or the ego. The choice is up to you.
Hi! Welcome to my blog. I am a quantum and shamanic practitioner and energy worker, an herbalist, and an educator. My current spiritual hobbies include exploring interdimensional realms, planetary gridwork/lightwork, ceremony work, sound technologies, and shadow integration. I identify as empath, high-sensitive, and starseed. My mission is to serve spiritual evolution through love, and the reclamation of spiritual sovereignty.