Trevor Lewis
Trevor Lewis
@trevor-lewis
last year
274 posts

Interesting!

I perceive others' emotions exactly the same way as I perceive my own.  I cannot tell the difference unless a) the emotions have a different "flavor" or "feeling" than one I am used to, or b) I simply remember to ask "is this mine?"

When it's not mine, most of the time the emotion will melt away because I let go of the justification for why I am feeling that way.

TigerLily
TigerLily
@tigerlily
last year
425 posts
I don't know how to explain it except for like a vacuum. I just suck it right up. It's an intense feeling of happy/sad/anger/etc emotion that the person is feeling. When I've totally destress ed and grounded is when I feel it hit the hardest, but if I'm bottled up it mostly makes me dizzy/light headed sometimes a chest tightness if it's just negative emotions. The negativity clearly affects me and I'm sure everyone else the most.
Hop Daddy
Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
last year
896 posts

Great topic. I think the day I can instantly & fully separate my emotions from what I pick up from others, you can all start calling me Master Hop Daddy.  Wink  That is the hardest thing to do. I think we all aspire to be able to do that reliably.

I feel emotional energy just like what @trevor-lewis noted. And it mostly feels like mine. The most common emotions I pick up from people are usually anxiety and just general lowness or unhappiness. And those are the tricky emotions in my opinion as they sneak in quietly and seem to masquerade as my own. I can over the course of minutes be able to think it through and identify what energies are mine and which are others. But I can't do that instantly as some of the more accomplished empaths can.

The only time I know for sure that it is not mine right away is when I witness an argument or someone having a loud angry meltdown. Watching little kids have temper tantrums can be really hard on me. I can literally feel the anger shooting out from them like an exploding grenade. I am especially sensitive to anger and rage. I feel it hit me like a shock wave right in the solar plexus. And my solar plexus will ache for hours afterwards until I find a way to ground it out.

But I do have a question for all of you. When someone is sobbing in despair or really red faced angry, do you feel that intense energy stay in that area even after the person leaves the room? I can sometimes feel that for hours. It's almost as if that intense energy balled up right where the incident happened. Does this happen to anyone else?

Trevor Lewis
Trevor Lewis
@trevor-lewis
last year
274 posts

@hop-daddy: do you feel that intense energy stay in that area...

Personally, not that much but there are LOTS of stories about old buildings, especially prisons (and worse) retaining that energy in the walls so you are not alone in having that experience.

Kate T
Kate T
@kate
last year
148 posts

There are a few different degrees of perceptibility.. the ones where I feel emotions as if they were my own (only recently...few years have I started being able to differentiate them) happen between me and family and very close friends. Otherwise it happened with other people sometimes but they were sudden surges so it's always been easier to tell apart. I've let myself dragged down by other people's emotions so many damned(shh) times... 

Then there is something about emotions that are a result of intense wishes that the individual wants fulfilled. This can happen with animals as well (i.e. horses) and has happened to me. What I mean is: a horse riding center I went to had a pretty sick horse that couldn't be ridden (Respiratory issues> coughing, pulmonary pain, mucus). He was not only hungry for some love and affection, but a few seconds after looking at him I was transported for a brief moment in my head on a meadow watching a horse run and feeling as if this was the biggest most intense wish I (the horse) had and then I felt as if I wanted to take him out of there, and it was pretty annoying to try and calm myself :) I figured they must have been keeping him closed inside the stables for ages and I did not like it. I don't have any training about horse health and stuff, but the picture I got was crystal clear, I wished they took him out. I went and told them my thoughts (obviously not what I've seen they would have thought I'm crazy I guess) and yet they kept keeping him inside for another 2 weeks until the vet came. He hasn't been out in 2 months. The vet was negatively impressed and told them the horse needs to stay out as much as he can, and that the stables are only aggravating his condition because of the hay dust and all.

Another one was while riding, a few moments after hopping in the saddle i felt as if someone stabbed my leg. Then the next few moments after stretching I noticed there was nothing wrong with mine... I told my trainer there is something weird with my leg and I think with the horse as well... soon enough he started walking weird or lumping, though I was pretty newbie at that time so my trainer noticed the horse first... well apparently he had to lounge him for another 15 minutes while I (my leg) was fine the entire time. 

It's not the only case I got sudden images containing emotions/wishes, but it's the freshest, and was by far among the clearest I've ever got, the one with the sick gelding. That's animals for you... clear consciousness.


updated by @kate: 04/09/17 03:38:00AM
Rene''
Rene''
@rene
last year
1,195 posts
I had a real problem with this until I started spending a lot of time alone and got to know myself better. Going though all my files of feelings.
The air around people seeps into me and I feel it and return it to the air. It took me a long time and a lot of balancing to be able to do this and I learned not every emotion deserves a reaction. I do try to stay away from people that breeds bad energy or have uncontrollable attachments But ...I do have to deal with the public from time to time.
The trick with any emotion filter is , do not let it attach and become part of your reality. Hard to do sometimes though.
updated by @rene: 04/11/17 12:48:17PM
empphire
@empphire
last year
19 posts

Most of the time, I can't tell which emotions are mine and which aren't unless the emotions others are feeling are very extreme. If someone is really happy, I sometimes get confused to why feel really happy too, and it isn't until they leave when I realize it was most likely the other persons emotion I was feeling. Likewise, when someone is really angry, I feel really angry too, until they leave.

For the longest time before I found out about empaths, I thought everyone felt like this, and we all just wouldn't act on these emotions, like what @rene said: not every emotion deserves a reaction.  For example, when I feel extreme negative emotions like anger and frustration, I'll take a step back, and sometimes laugh at this extreme feeling because I don't know why I'm feeling this emotion, especially to this extent. This thankfully is enough to usually calm me down.

When I'm spending time with my family, I feel like I can pick out my own emotions better compared to when I'm with friends or strangers. This is probably because I am so familiar with their energies and emotions. I've been spending more time by myself and this also helps me to keep my head clear of other's emotions, and will hopefully help me constantly listen to my own emotions more rather than others.

Karen2
Karen2
@womanwhowalks
last year
968 posts
I tend to feel other people's emotions in a few different ways...first i'll feel it as a heavy energy entering my energy field as I talk to someone....when the energy is extreme I feel it pressing into my heart Chakra. ..and if my mood suddenly changes from being calm and happy to angry and agitated i'll know it's not mine...but i'm helpless to go against the emotions until they clear out of my system....sometimes it clears when the person leaves my presence. ..or last a few hours or all day depending on how dark and heavy the energy is....the thing is I always get the dark energies....they may be laughing or seem in a good mood but they have something causing me to change...I can't help that...sometimes if the emotions and energy are actually painful i'll clear any links and cords that may have attatched...usually that takes care of the issue and i'll need to rest after to let any residual energy left to disipate....some people just drain me...

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