empath (plural empaths)
- One who has the ability to sense emotions; someone who is empathic or practises empathy.
- (science fiction, parapsychology) A person with extra-sensory empathic ability, capable of sensing the emotions of others around them in a way unexplained by conventional science and psychology.
– From Wikipedia
I’ve come to a place where I recognize that my ego is a critical instrument in my arsenal that will help not hinder my spiritual development. Striving to love my ego has lead to connecting more deeply with my true nature. Of course it’s right at this very time that the Universe reveals what I most need to continue on my path.
I love to listen to podcasts and I select them intuitively. As I did this last week I came across one that was a true life changer. I listened to Dr. Judith Orloff talk about her book The Empath’s Survival Guide.
I immediately recognized myself in her words. She was describing me perfectly. Dr. Orloff’s work has had a powerful affect on my journey. I finally feel like I have an explanation for all the things about myself that seemed different than most other people. Her work helped me recognize that my whole life I’ve subconsciously undermined my true nature. I’ve tried so hard to fit my round peg self into the square hole of the very insensitive mainstream world that we live in.
Overnight I felt a deeper self understanding that lead me to be kinder to myself, more understanding of who I truly am and more willing to support my own needs. I also recognized that I have many people in my life that are also empaths and my desire to make myself conform and fit in extended to them as well. I had no patience for their needs, quirks and sensitivities. But now I feel more patient with them and more respectful of their true natures.
Finding Dr. Orloff’s work has firmly set me on the next leg of my journey to self knowledge. Her book is exactly as advertised a guide to navigating my new found clarity and understanding of just what my highly sensitive state means. It shows me that I’m not alone in this. It explains so much about my personal preferences, challenges and experiences. It provides practical resources and tools for me to not only cope with a world that can feel overwhelming and foreign at times, but teaches me how I can flourish in this world.
I’ll write a series of blogs about my experiences as I delve deeper into the understanding of what it is to be an empath. I’ll employ the tools and resources I learn about in Dr. Orloff’s books and sharing my experiences.
Dr. Orloff’s books are available on Amazon.