Lauren, I'm not sure if it's an empath thing or not. My mother used to do that on a regular basis. She used to tell me that she would be excited to go to bed the next night to continue the dream to see what happens next.....kinda like watching a movie. We never discussed it but I suspect that she was an empath also. I have had it happen just once in my lifetime. It was neat when it did, I would try doing it but to no avail...it wouldn't happen.