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Empaths have the ability to scan another  person’s psyche for thoughts and feelings or for past, present, and future life occurrences. Many empaths are unaware of how this actually works, and have long wondered why they feel different from other people. Often, Empaths do not realize their capabilities. I know I didn’t for decades. It was not until 2015… in my 67th year, that it was determined I am an Empath.  All during school years, even in nursing school, I always felt there was something strange about my feelings.  I fought against those feelings all my life, until 2015, when I began to accept I had some special abilities I needed to harness instead of battle against.

Once I accepted what I had thought an abnormality, things started to take proper shape. I recalled how often I knew in advance that a patient i the hospital was about to pass on. Several times I would mention that feeling to other nurses, and while some agreed, others thought I was either being presumptive or plain crazy… so I stopped mentioning it. However, I was often proven correct in my feelings, but I still didn’t know why. I could also often tell when there was going to be trouble of some kind. All the years I fought trying to curb these feelings, I was hindering my Empathic abilities and didn’t realize it!

Empathy is a feeling of another’s true emotions to a point where an empath can relate to that person by sensing true feelings that run deeper than those portrayed on the surface.

People commonly put on a show of expression. If they are sad, they try to hide it. This is a learned trait . For the Empath, it is extremely hard to hide their feelings, and it shows.

An Empath can sense the truth behind another person’s cover; for example, when they look pleasant and happy, the Empath knows when they are hiding sadness.
Empaths commonly  know how family, children, friends, close associates, complete strangers, pets, plants and inanimate objects feel. And because empathy has no time or space barriers, an Empath can sense and feel the emotions of people and things at a distance.

Empaths are highly sensitive people, and have a deep sense of knowing that accompanies their feelings and traits. They are usually kind and considerate of others, and easy people to talk to. Strangers will very often open up and talk to an Empath, because there is such a natural ease about them, and people recognize that.

There are also varying levels of strength in empaths which may be related to the awareness of self, understanding of the powers of empathy, and/or the acceptance or non-acceptance of empathy by those associated with them, including family and peers. Generally, those who are empathic grow up with these tendencies and do not learn about them until later in life. I my case, like mentioned earlier in this document, it was not until  I was 67 years of age that I recognized the strange feelings as being empathic.

Empathy is genetic, inherent in our DNA, and passed from generation to generation. Many holistic and alternative healing practitioners are Empaths.

Empaths often possess the ability to sense others on many different levels, often in observing what another is saying, feeling and thinking. They can become very proficient at reading another person’s body language and eye movements.  They can often tell when a person is hiding something, or outright lying.  A truly deep Empath can often tell what another person is thinking. They can often know who is calling them when the phone rings before peeking at the caller ID.

Empaths are naturally inquisitive people, and they enjoy studying not only other people, but numerous different subjects from A to Z.  Most Empaths love nature, and everything connected with it, such as gardens, forests, mountains, bodies of water,  and wildlife. Many poets, writers, teachers, doctors, nurses and other kinds of healers are Empaths, though not all may realize it.

Fiercely loyal, they often have few friends in their circle, but those they do have are loyal, true friends.  Empaths do not like abuse, or seeing abuse, and will often step up to to the abuser in defense of others being mistreated. They often have what others may view as an un-natural sense of communicating with animals. They often approach wildlife, and wildlife often approaches them. Animals sense the Empath also, and seem to lose their fear of their approach more so than people who do not give off the Empathic vibration.

I know many chipmunks come right up to me, and take peanuts directly from my hand, and let me pet them while they munch!

Racoons have fed directly from my hand. I remember when I was younger, they would come to one hand, climb my arm, go around my neck, and climb back down the other arm, then take the bread! So cute.

A young bear frightened my dog, Muttley one night… he was outside on his leash for his nightly constitutional, when suddenly he barked and yipped as though he was frightened of something. I opened the front door, to be met by a bear about one year old, with a height of about six feet, standing up on its hind legs, his front legs sticking up like a dog begging for a treat!

He just looked at me, I chuckled and said, “Hello, Mr. Bear!” hurriedly trying to assure my poochie he was all right… but Muttley was still very nervous, so I ushered the bear away with a loud noise, and off he went. I have never seen him since… but that encounter was not frightening at all for me, oddly enough. And no, the bear was not foaming at the mouth!

But I wondered why I was not upset at all at being about one foot away from a bear’s paws and face…  I did not know at the time that I was an Empath. And now that I know that I am, and have accepted it, I am working with it instead of against…. and learning more about this gift every day!






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