Empathy is both a gift and a curse. Sometimes it's hard to shut off. Im going to teach both how to be empathic and how to control it. If you ever have questions or would like to add something please feel free to.
I will start with what it is. Being empathic or an empath means that you can pick up on their feelings.
Emotions are a strong a thing. They control so much of us. We do things because it feels right. Emotions control us. Therefore, if you can pick up on what someone feels you can pick up on why they do the things they do.
Empaths feel what others feel. Sometimes they can pick up why the person feels the way they feel. It's important not to abuse this. People's feelings are a very serious thing. If you aren't willing to be serious you do not deserve to be able to read people.
The first step to gaining this gift, as some call it, is meditation. I am personally a big fan of meditation because if helps to open your third eye.
You have to become in touch with yourself before you learn to tap into others feelings. Study yourself.
Study what happens to you and how it makes you feel. Learn to be able to tell how you feel and why you feel this way. For some, it comes naturally but for others it can be hard.
Pay attention to every little emotion, because they all effect you. Sometimes we can be upset or hurt and not even notice. Sometimes it helps if you keep a journal or a log of your emotions.
Once you have become in tune with yourself you are ready to start. This is where things can get tricky.
There are two ways I'm going to begin teaching now.
- ENERGY: Emotions are connected to our thoughts. Thoughts are energy. It is said that if you are empathic, you are picking up on others energy. That's why I suggest energy tapping. This doesn't mean taking energy from others, I simply means becoming in tune with others energy. The first step to doing this is learning how to sense energy. See, energy is in everything. But, rarely do you feel it in everything. Start out small. Focus on a stone, animal, or tree. Visualize it's energy flowing through it. Now visualize touching this energy. When you do this you should feel a tingling feeling.
- NOTICING: Some people can learn by paying attention to others. These people can only pick up on emotions if they know you. Start this by picking someone you are very close to and pay attention to their facial expressions, actions, and words.