I love encouraging empaths to see their sensitivities as gifts!
Compassion for others. Healing gifts. Intuition. Creativity. Spiritual experiences. Psychic abilities. Connection with mother nature.
So I decided to make my own list of positive aspects.
What’s an empath?
My personal definition is this: empaths are more sensitive to energy than other people. And since everything is energy, I believe that empaths are more tuned in to Reality.
Dr. Judith Orloff, author of The Empath’s Survival Guide, defines it this way:
“Empaths have an extremely reactive neurological system. We don’t have the same filters that other people do to block out stimulation. As a consequence, we absorb into our own bodies both the positive and stressful energies around us. We are so sensitive that it’s like holding something in a hand that has fifty fingers instead of five. We truly are super responders.”
Yes, we empaths are more prone to anxiety and other symptoms. Yes, we often absorb other people’s emotions and get easily overwhelmed.
But the good part of being an empath is really, really good.
Here are 10 reasons why I love being an empath:
1. Music is amazing.
For me, live music is a gateway to the divine. To the ecstatic. When I’m deeply present with music that I love, the veil is lifted.
I believe that being an empath means that the volume is turned way up on pleasure – as long as we are present in our body to receive pleasure. This is true with sound, touch, sight, taste – everything.
2. I’m a good listener.
Being able to sense other people’s emotions means that I can hear what’s underneath the words. The bass notes. That comes in handy as a coach and as a friend.
3. It made me a better photographer.
I was a photojournalist for many years, and being a photojournalist means being a chameleon.
Being able to “disappear” and blend into the scenery was a huge asset when photographing people and capturing their emotions. I could walk into any situation with my camera and people would feel comfortable with me being there.
Being an empath means being a receiver of energy. But the other side of that coin, is that we can also be powerful transmitters of energy. I had to work in a lot of painful situations, for example photographing a grieving mother at a funeral, which called for emitting compassion energy.
Whether I was photographing someone giving birth or hanging out with ex-cons, being able to adjust my energetic signature to match whatever the situation called for proved to be really useful for capturing peak moments.
4. I trust my intuition implicitly.
Three years ago, intuition said HELL YES when I was trying to figure out if I should get on a plane and fly to the Caribbean to spend a week with a guy I’d met a few hours earlier.
My logical mind wasn’t so sure. It was saying things like, “you need to get back to work!” and “this is so spontaneous… you’re not that person.”
But my soul was yelling YES. And so I went!
It was one of the most magical weeks of my life. And that spontaneous adventure turned into a friendship that has graced my life every single day since. I am deeply grateful that I listened to intuition that day.
When I hear clear messages from my intuition, I’ve learned to trust them implicitly.
I admit that I don’t always act on the message. But in every single case, I wish I had.
5. I can bend spoons with my mind.
Earlier this year, I attended a spoon bending workshop. And I learned how to elevate my vibration to the point where I was able to bend matter (aka normal, everyday metal spoons) to my will.
Being an empath is so much fun!
6. I’m a conscious creator.
As Joe Dispenza says, “To create something out of nothing, we need to match a clear intention with an elevated emotion.”
Since empaths feel things so strongly (hello elevated emotions!) we have the potential to kick ass at being conscious creators.
If you’ve played with the law of attraction, then you probably know how useful intense emotions can be in the manifesting process.
Conscious creation also means having a playful (not grasp-y) energy around your desired outcome, and that’s where I’ve gotten tripped up in the past.
When I AM able to bring playfulness to the process, the results are clear, rapid and sometimes funny! The universe is comically literal.
(Or am I the only one who has manifested hilarious things?)
7. I started getting messages from my guides and angels.
The more embodiment work I do, the more open this channel gets. I love my spiritual posse! I’m SO excited to connect deeper with this realm.
8. Sympathetic resonance is awesome.
According to Wikipedia: “Sympathetic resonance is a harmonic phenomenon wherein a formerly passive string or vibratory body responds to external vibrations to which it has a harmonic likeness. The classic example is demonstrated with two similar tuning-forks of which one is mounted on a wooden box.”
Sometimes when I’m around a very high vibration – whether that’s a room full of unconditionally loving people (like my fellow prayer chaplains) – or I’m watching an energy healer do their thing – I start to vibrate at a higher level.
My heart opens waaay up. Sometimes I even receive messages from the guides that I’m not privy to in my “normal” resting state of consciousness.
Dr. Orloff writes, “Our sensitivities can be amplified in wonderful ways when we’re around other positive and sensitive people”.
It’s kind of like hitching a ride on an energetic elevator. I’m SO grateful for this ability. And for all the elevated empaths out there – you guys literally elevate me!
9. I love being an earth empath.
In her book The Empath’s Survival Guide, Dr. Orloff says that intuitive empaths can manifest in different forms. For example: Dream Empaths, Telepathic Empaths, Mediumship Empaths, Sexual Empaths, Earth Empaths, Plant Empaths, Animal Empaths.
She describes earth empaths as being particularly nourished by the beauty of the earth, and particularly sensitive to changes in the weather and daylight. I resonate deeply with that description. I spend a lot of time outside meditating with trees 🙂
10. I get to hang out with awesome empaths like you!
After growing up in a family that was lacking in empathy, I’m so grateful for my chosen family of deeply intuitive, sensitive, soulful beings.
The best part of being an empath is learning from all of you.
I love seeing you share your extraordinary gifts with the world. Your kindness, your creativity, your vision.
The world needs your light more than ever!
Bringing attention to our personal superpowers is an act of self-love. What do YOU love about being an empath?
Take a couple of minutes to jot down your top 10 list. And give genuine thanks for being exactly who you are.
I love this compassionate, intuitive, caring, soulful, creative divine tribe.
I celebrate you, super responder.
* * * * *
I’d love for you to join my Facebook community: The Embodied Empath.
Can’t WAIT to chat with you over there!
* * * * *
Uma Sanghvi helps people overcome anxiety, stress and worry using holistic techniques that re-wire the nervous system. For more information, click here.