Thank you, Daydra. It is a gift, but I wish I'd known that when I was five. I wish they'd had empath classes for kids like me, and that '60s and '70s were not a hotbed of Freudian mother-blaming nurture-versus-naturists. We were born with this gift and we need to be trained from birth to use it properly. I wasted a lot of time in my life thinking I was just a depressive loser. I'm changing things around now. Thanks for letting me whine, though.
Love this post, Daydra. I agree that being an empath is a gift. It's awakening to our true nature, so we're more advanced on the humanity timeline
I consider the awakening of a soul is a very personal and subjective transition/process. It is different for each soul! And that's the beauty of it It's a beautiful unfolding of a butterfly from a caterpillar...of a seed blossoming into a tree...of a lotus emerging from the muck and learning to fly...
For some souls, it takes a day to happen (like Eckhart Tolle). For others, it takes weeks (like Buddha). For others, it takes a few decades (like Jesus). For some it takes thousands of years (like us humans ).
It is essentially a spiritual evolution, in my opinion, the waking up, the realizing that there is more to life than the daily grind and everything else that goes along with trying to find answers for our existence.
When, in reality, it's okay to not know why we're here or even who we are or our individual purpose or the meaning of life or if there is a God or if there is such a thing as evolution or if the big bang happened or...
It's okay to not know, to not understand. It's okay to just be. To enjoy our time here. To not know the future. To not have a plan.
It's all good and okay, just as is. And so are we
Peace and love~
Not to be argumentative, as that seems to be how you read me, Lotusfly, but I do feel it necessary to point out the following:
Jesus took an unknown amount of time to become the greatest healer the world has ever known - not to become 'awakened'. I think you've sold the Buddha a bit short, also.
The 'awakening' of an empath (which I find a dubious concept) is not in any way the same as the great enlightenment, sudden or gradual, of a realised master.
Back on topic: My personal take on 'being an empath is truly a gift' is that it is a gift one cannot give back.
For many of us it is not all sunshine and rainbows and dolphins. I think there is a lot of confusion about what 'the gift' entails.
This is a really great post I agree with you that everyone has "empathic" potential, but that a lot of people don't know it or understand it. Also, it's interesting how highly sensitive people tend to be more empathic than those who aren't as sensitive. I think this is because we see so much that other's don't see, and we have the gift of being able to interpret this extra info. in lots of really amazing ways. I read others' body language without trying to, for example.
I also agree with what you said about controlling emotions. It does take a lot of practice, but it's worth it!
You are inspiring to me <3
You are right, Lavender&rose, it was and still is a very turbulent ride for me. I am struggling very much and if you read my other posts, I have a lot describing what I'm struggling with. What you've seen here is less than 1% of what I've experienced in my life and possibly what I'm experiencing right now. I'm not perfect. I'm just trying to be honest according to what I feel at the time because that is part of my healing. Thank you for your comment and trying to figure out your way through your own stuff by questioning others. We're all doing the best we can