"So, what is an Empath?"
I am primarily gifted as an Empath, with the ability to communicate with the spiritual side, as well as being a psychic, and Reiki Master to heal through energy.
“So, what is an Empath anyway?” many ask. Empaths are energy sensitive to the visible, as well as the invisible and pick up on body language, tone of voice, body movements, the words people choose when they speak, the words they avoid, the logic they use, and the hidden things that only an Empath can sense inside another person. It is not uncommon for an Empath to "freak-out emotionally" (so to speak) for no apparent reason, only to discover later that a friend or family member went through some sort of trauma at that exact moment. So essentially an Empath is someone whose "feeling" sensory is extraordinarily heightened beyond the average person, meaning they receive the majority of their psychic input from what they feel.
Since they're being assaulted constantly by emotions which do not originate internally, they can't figure out why they feel the way that they do, and therefore have a difficult time addressing their core issues. Since empathy isn't something you can just “stop” feeling, it's sometimes difficult to sort out what the Empath truly feels in any given situation, as opposed to what they are taking on from someone else’s energy. This can prove to be very confusing and trying at times for the Empath, as well as those around them.
An Empath’s emotions can create energetic powers that have been known to be almost "Angelic like" in nature. Emotions can build-up inside, only to be positively shared with those around them. Unfortunately, Emotional Empaths are so sensitive that they can absorb the negative emotions of others into their own body and actually take that burden on themselves, which may affect moods. So when an Empath is around somebody who is anxious, for example, they can actually absorb that anxious energy into their own body, when in fact, it isn't even their own anxiety they are feeling. Hence the sometimes overwhelming confusion for them and why it is so important for an Empath to cleanse their energy regularly to free flow into a continual positive energy form.
Empaths are born, and they’re born unskilled and are generally very understanding of others and their positions. Often times they will ask questions, rather than make snap judgments, or intuitively seem to 'know' there is more to a story than what meets the eye. They are sensitive to electricity, TV, videos, movies, news and broadcasts. Violence or emotional dramas (real or acted out) depicting shocking scenes of physical or emotional pain inflicted on adults, children, and/or animals can bring an Empath easily to tears and literally even to their knees.
Empaths are people who don’t typically read the future or predict it, but rather they “read” people and their current energy; although sometimes that depends on the person being read too. They're often wonderful problem solvers, lovers, care givers, thinkers, and studiers of many things. As far as Empaths are concerned, where a problem is, so too is an answer.
They are the psychic sponges of the world, soaking up all the psychic and emotional static that other people give off. Being an Empath is one of the most common, and yet one of the most challenging, of all the psychic gifts.
On a positive note, not only are Empaths able to pick up on negative and positive energies and emotions, they make very good Reiki Masters and cleansers when they are able to learn to master and control the positive energy elements around them, as they are able to transfer their positive energy to other people and environments to improve negative situations and lighten peoples' moods.