I've recently been trying to compile a list of "signs" for myself that tell me when an emotional storm I'm experiencing is likely an "empath trip". A first sketch is below; it's mostly valid for the most extreme of cases though (extended and intense "trips").
I am not quite sure that this is accurate, had to reflect a lot. I was wondering in how far you would recognise any of these points? Although I assume how this is experienced may be individual. Still, would be great to hear back.
Or, if you have any "signs" of your own for how to know when you're on the empath trip – I would be grateful if you share. I'm still sometimes getting caught in this, although not for days anymore (usually), but still sometimes take time to notice.
1. There may be a sudden switch where something falls on you from the sky; or someone flips a switch and you find yourself in another movie and have no idea how you got there. However, unlike in changes set off simply by emotionally intense reactions to triggers, your emotions don’t seem to be about the person / place / situation at hand, nor about a memory or thought that you replay in your mind; there seems to be no referent, but your body-mind system still plays out some kind of intense emotional script.
When this happens to me, I am not always sure that this state playing out in my body is actually someone else’s, as it’s still possible that I simply overlooked, or suppressed, the emotional trigger. What helps is verification (when possible) and paying attention to additional hints like the subtle “change in ambience” described in point 2.
2. It’s not like a gradual change of lighting (with the sunset, say) — it’s like a change of scenery; you were in Bali and suddenly find yourself in the Himalaya; it’s not just one thing that changed; it’s the whole feel of the ambience: the temperature, the humidity, the aromas in the air, the feel of the vegetation, the colouring of the sky, the scents of the soil, the way the air feels on your skin. You perceive this through your emotional and energy sense: you essentially find yourself in someone else’s emotional world suddenly
3. Sometimes this change of scenery is not obvious; sometimes, you have been “traveling” for years and don’t realise when something departs from your “home” scenery as you don’t have a secure grasp of where you are from.