I used to be an empath when I was younger, but I used a shield spell to protect myself from feeling other peoples emotions. I was young and stupid when I made this decision, and I want my powers back. Is there any way for a former empath to unsheild themselves and use their abilities again?
From what I've learned from multiple sources, mostly online, is that if you are an empath shielding will generally not eliminate ability. What it will do is help the empath to ground and properly distinguish and process the excess of emotion. Shielding will better help one to come to terms with the excess of emotion and energy.
Empathy like any ability and skill is able to be practiced. Perhaps practicing to remain in an open state may help?
I would make sure as well not to overwhelm yourself. Ease yourself in.
And remember Shielding yourself isn't necessarily a negative thing. It has its purpose and reason for being as anything else does, and can continue to aid you and provide you with emotional protection as you learn and grow.