So this is new. Any advice for a unique situation?
I wanted to tell you to follow your gut on this one. Navigating the dating world as an empath is pretty scary, and it is right to use that basic fear instinct and intuition to protect yourself. When I met my husband, it was an instant connection for both of us. He is not an empath, but I immediately felt for him in the way you are describing. I remember being beyond scared at first, and praying that the feelings would just go away!
Of course they didn't, and I jumped in feet first. We were married less than a year later. We totally surprised ourselves, our families and friends with speed of our union, but it was the best decision I have ever made. He understands what I am, how it all works, and my needs. He is absolutely a protective grounding spirit, and I am forever grateful to be near him anytime we are in public. I don't use him as a crutch, as I have been able to ground myself and filter energies as well, but MAN am I glad I took that chance, and put fear aside. I found the love of my life.