An Empath is a highly sensitive and highly intuitive person. Emapths share many traits of the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). Like the HSP, Empaths are sensitive to their surroundings. Things like bright lights, pungent smells, rough fabrics, and being in a large group of people can be overwhelming for them. They share the HSP's love for nature, they need a quiet environment, they'll often display a tendency to avoid violent and gory movies, and they require alone time. These are just a few of the many traits shared by HSP's and Empaths.
The difference is that Empaths take these traits to a whole other level and also have exclusive traits that are not limited to emotions. It is written that you are either an Empath or you're not. It's not something you can learn or develop.
Empaths have a strong awareness of physical sensitivities and spiritual urges. They have a powerful intuitiveness of the intentions of other people without even any interaction with those people.
Empaths feel the most subtle of energies from others and can absorb this into their own body. This leads them to live day-to-day with all of the accumulated karma, emotions, and energy from others. I'll say it for you, "Whoa!"
Yes, it seems like a lot of pressure, but once they learn how to empower being an Empath, life as an Empath becomes amazing.
For me, I had to learn to be very mindful of my own emotions and physical body (what is mine and what is not mine). I had to accept and embrace these traits that people (even those closest to me), for years were telling me was, "weird" or "not normal." I had to learn to set boundaries for myself to make sure I wasn't put in an uncomfortable situation or environment. I had to budget time each day for 'alone time.' Whether I meditated, napped, read, or cooked, alone time was, and is, very crucial for me.
Being an Empath enhances my ability as an Energy Healer to provide others with everything and anything that they require to heal both incarnate and disincarnate.
The ego during consciousness prevents us from being aware of deep physical and emotional matters happening within our own bodies. I guarantee you that if you have an Empath in your life, they will be able to tell you, very quickly, what's going on with you and what you need to pay attention to. All you have to do is ask. You may not like what you hear, but it's what you need to know.
If you're an Empath, or know one, or living with one, be grateful. Be open, embrace it, and learn all you can. It is truly a gift.
I wish you well on your life journey.
Namaste ~ En Aura Healing