What do you think triggered your empathic abilities?
I never knew what an empath was until a few years ago. Growing I could always felt when something was going on with friends or family. Being around people who were happy made me super happy and being around debbie downers of course I felt that. Growing up people have told me I was too sensitive. Back 7 years ago I went through one of the most difficult times in my life that I think woke me up in more ways than one. When it was over and got back out there on my own again, I started having full blown panic attacks. Got put on meds and immediately had to stop them as it made it worse. But I continued therapy. I learned from my therapist about empathic people as she said that's who I was. And during traumatic events like I went through the gifts really can come out. I didn't get as serious about being more spiritual until last year. Other things started to happen to me again more frequently , like feeling someone was always around following and watching me. I've seen things, heard things, smelled scents around that are not mine. (Had many experiences like this growing up, just not as frequent as of recent) Saw a psychic and he told me I was very empathic, intuitive, and had traits of a medium. But all this was shut off at a young age by a parent. Later I had done a chakra balance and she told me the same things. I couldnt believe or undeestand what was going on with me, so i confined in my parents. Turns out he's like this, but the community shut him out for his gifts. That same night that i was terrfied of seeing unnatural figures, sounds etc. Was the same night i saw my grandpa walking down the hall, he was VERY religious. I believe my dad was the one who turned this off for me as a child, as a way to protect me. But not fully if that makes sense, but i always thought everyone had this so it was no need to discuss. After my tramautic experience brought this all back on again much stronger. All I know is that now I have a tougher time in groups, social settings, large crowds. Nature and retreats out of the city often help ground me. I'm still no expert at managing all this