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Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
01/15/18 03:19:02PM
578 posts

Imagine


Empath

@cheshire-cat:

Thanks for commenting on Seth. It's a very old book series that seems to have been way ahead of it's time. I find that most people have not even heard of it. But it's fascinating with many teachings that make a lot of sense. I did want to ask you which book references the Calvary? And what's your take on that? I'd be interested in hearing more.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
01/14/18 11:58:01AM
578 posts

Imagine


Empath

@crystalsage:

You bring up an interesting concept. Sometimes I wonder if we are living in a world environment much like that in the Matrix movie series. It seems so much of the world is under mind control that is preprogrammed by masters (the masters being technology, the deep state, media, politicians etc...). And the bulk of society is just sleep walking through life completely off the path with their role or lifepath for the greater good. And then those of us who feel like we are awake feel so out of sync with society.

I recently started reading the Seth book series and his teachings have reinforced my ongoing spiritual beliefs. For those that don't know of this, Seth is an entity who channeled through a woman named Jane Roberts in the 70s. And the purpose of this was for Seth to speak through Jane in order to have his teachings released as books for us humans to better understand of our current lives and how it relates to the big picture and afterlife. I first heard about this a couple years ago but was too skeptical to really get into it. It took a couple years of my own spiritual growth to have confidence that the teachings by Seth are legit and not fantasy. Anyway, long story short, Seth talks about a lot about the reincarnation, other dimensions of consciousness, and the universal order of things. And that we all need to get in touch with our inner consciousness to be awake and in tune to our life's purpose. He breaks it down that as we reincarnate that we come to this life with a purpose with set goals. And then as soon as we are born our outer consciousness loses touch with our inner consciousness and the game of life begins with us forgetting why we are here and what we are to accomplish. We spend the rest of our lives trying to realize our purpose. But most don't come close. If interested, you can find his first book here:

https://www.amazon.com/Seth-Speaks-Eternal-Validity-Soul/dp/1878424076/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515958222&sr=8-1&keywords=seth

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
01/14/18 11:28:03AM
578 posts

meaning of sensations during meditation


Empath

@womanwhowalks:

I have no idea what dual ear ringing means. I don't get that very often. Does that occur often for you?

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
01/12/18 05:03:38PM
578 posts

meaning of sensations during meditation


Empath

This link also explains clairaudience pretty well in deeper detail:

 

http://intuitivesoulsblog.com/clairaudience/

 

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
01/12/18 02:58:38PM
578 posts

meaning of sensations during meditation


Empath

@sashacat1995:

Thanks for sharing. This is a fun topic for me. I am clairaudient. And I believe that @womanwhowalks is as well. I have for many years had ringing in my ears. But through a lot of personal work and meditating, it really became active a couple years ago. It sounds like you have also activated this same psychic skill.

Clairaudience is your ability to tap into spirit through your hearing. But you will hear things that others cannot. Others won’t hear the ringing. I also hear banging on walls or ceilings where a person standing next to me won’t hear a thing. But for the ringing, they say it is not actually your ears hearing the ringing, but is actually a part of your brain that detects the clairaudience and presents it as sound. But that aside, when I hear ringing my ears get a little warm and tingly. And it feels like the ringing is in my ear but seems to be more internal near my middle ear canal. From what I understand about this the ringing, when it happens in your left ear it is coming from spirit guides. And ringing in your right ear are from ghosts. I also get an occasional deep octave buzz in my right ear as well. In both cases these entities are trying to communicate with you. But at this beginner level, you only hear ringing and you are not yet skilled enough to pull words through the ringing. Here’s a web link to help you learn more about this very cool talent:

http://www.ask-angels.com/spiritual-guidance/hearing-frequencies/

Two side bars to the above:

 1. I also get a voice inside my head that I believe is also related to clairaudience. It gives me ideas and thoughts. And sometimes the voice will say I need to this, or I need to call a certain person. The voice has come through as my own thought so for many years I just went along thinking that I had a pretty active mind. But now that I understand this better I believe that angels are giving me these thoughts. As an example, I may be at work typing up an email and then a thought will pop into my head to call Suzie. And then I’ll think to myself, I haven’t spoken to Suzie in over a year. I wonder how Suzie is doing? And then I call Suzie to find out that her mother just died and she is devastated and really needs some help. I now realize that these type of random thoughts being dropped into my head are not my own.

 2. So while I get those thoughts or instructions randomly dropped into my head, I also get the ear ringing. And I have to admit the ear ringing is an ongoing mystery for me as to how to better develop it. But if I remember how all of this goes, the thoughts in my head are angels speaking to me. They have the ability to do that to give you ideas and subtle pushes to act on something. And spirit guides are the ones ringing in my left ear. And then ghosts ring in my right ear. And I will say that when my right ear rings it also sometimes comes with burning sensations in my legs or arms. As if something is sparking me (like small cigarette burns or ant bites). And from what I have been reading, those feelings are ghosts trying to touch me. Ghosts have energy and create a little static shock sometimes when they make contact. I don’t know if that relates to what you felt in your legs. But that’s how it is with me.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
01/12/18 09:56:40AM
578 posts

meaning of sensations during meditation


Empath

Which ear was ringing?

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
01/10/18 03:16:25PM
578 posts

Dreams about old man death


Dreams

@crystalsage:

Wow. You have quite a story there. I’m glad to hear that you didn’t hurt yourself. And I can tell from the tone in your posts that your life is on the rise right now. And your curiosity about your gifts has given you a new lease on life. Good for you!

I can relate to the anxiety and confusion that you went through before understanding that you are an empath. The awakening process for many empaths can be painful and lonely. When was the last time that you had the dream? And what do you mean by “last year was a 9”?

Take a look at the below post link as I think it may help should you ever feel down in the future. Being an empath can drain you mentally and physically. And studies have shown when people are thinking about suicide that they are lacking optimal brain chemistry. And the good news is that this can be improved fairly quick.

http://empathcommunity.eliselebeau.com/community/forum/new_posts/49527/understanding-major-depression-and-suicide

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
01/10/18 11:25:32AM
578 posts

What am I?


Empath

@wanderingfrog:

It does sound like you are an empath. A sociopath is something completely different. I think the reason you mentioned that possibility is that you feel like you are losing your mind and seem to be picking up on and are feeling the energy of others you encounter. You’re basically an empath newbie. And that can be a strange and challenging time. But it can also be exciting as you realize who you are and start learning to get a handle on it.

@crystalsage made some good suggestions on how to calm your mind and better yourself. I would suggest spending a few hours going through blog posts on this website to learn more about the empath community. I think you’ll find we all have or are currently going through what you are at the discovery phase. And there is a lot for you to learn and get caught up on right on this website.

Below is a quick article as well as an empath quiz to help you get confirmation on your empathic abilities. I would suggest that you start there. And then feel free to ask away any questions by posting on this site. 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/emotional-freedom/201602/10-traits-empathic-people-share

 

http://www.empathtest.com/

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
01/10/18 11:11:43AM
578 posts

Dreams about old man death


Dreams

@crystalsage:

So your dream is basically about dying and meeting the grim reaper?

Dreams are always tricky to pinpoint the cause or reason. As humans we dream to solve problems and work through issues. A dream interpreter or psychologist would probably tell you that you must have a deeply subconscious fear of death. There is some hidden meaning in your name being circled and the mixed up pages on the floor that you are sorting through but not able to read. But people (and especially empaths) get dreams sent to them for the purpose of messages or learning. But I'm not sure that I can see any connection to a lesson with in what you explained. It's usually pretty obvious and less of a mystery when you are being sent a dream to learn from.

The meditating part of it is also interesting. Although if you were by chance lucid dreaming then it would not surprise me that your subconscious led you back to a reoccurring dream. There may be some issue there your deep mind wants to resolve.

I will say that when I dream and draw in other senses, that is usually worth noting. It's almost like highlighting something specific. This could be either a message to you or else your subconscious is in itself noting particular emphasis on that one part. You may want to make a mental note to try to hone in on and try to remember what exactly is happening in the dream next time to determine what is going on when you feel and smell the air. Like a detective try to note who,why,where,when at that point. There may be something to be revealed.

I can only say that when I am given a lesson or communication in a dream that it is usually a one-time thing. Any reoccurring dreams that I have tend to be what I would call unexplainable things my brain was working out. But that's just me. Everyone is a little different. So maybe others here can draw from their personal experiences and help you sort this out.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
01/09/18 08:55:05AM
578 posts

Grounding crystal


Empath

Good luck. Each empath reacts differently to different stones. Although the ones I suggested seem to work consistently for most. And pretty much everyone has benefitted from salt baths. I hope it all helps you.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
01/07/18 12:29:49PM
578 posts

HIGHLY SENSITIVE PEOPLE


Empath

@tigerlily:

One more thing to add. You said you are terrible at grounding. I used to feel like that as well. It takes some practice to get better at it and gain confidence. I would just say don't give up and be persistent. Sometimes I'll take a salt bath and feel like a million bucks. Other times on especially bad day I'll do a salt bath and maybe only feel 25% better. That tells me that I probably need to do a little more self-work and exercise or meditate or do a fun activity. Meditation and visualization exercises where I mentally push the bad out of my body works the best for me. But admittedly, sometimes I'm just too frazzled to focus effectively. That's when I'll add in some exercise. Some days grounding is easy and other days it's quite a process. But it's necessary. And relationship-wise, I know I'm not good to be around when I'm frazzled so I need to stay balanced and grounded to be a better husband, father, and friend. I'm also a big time user of protection stones that I wear daily.

And I have worked hard the last few months to avoid the news on TV, radio, and on my phone. Reading about all the negative that the media manifests and broadcasts has been really harmful for me. The old "if it bleeds it leads" has never been more true. All they report on these days is negative and frightening. I switched to books on CD in my car and just have kicked the habit for the most part with news. This by itself has really settled me down. I don't know if the rest of you are as impacted by the negative 24/7 news culture. But if you are, try removing it from your life and track how much better you feel.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
01/07/18 12:16:51PM
578 posts

HIGHLY SENSITIVE PEOPLE


Empath

@tigerlily & @cheshire-cat, there is a certain amount of grounding that occurs when you have some quiet "me time". And then a lot of people feel better and grounded by doing activities that light your fire and put a smile on your face. For me it's playing tennis or hiking. Some people like to paint, write poetry, garden, binge watch TV etc... Doing something you love opens up happiness that helps drives away the blues. I think a lot of times in our fast paced lives we forget to make time for the things we love. You get some basic grounding by doing the above. And then more extensive grounding comes through meditating. I will admit it's not always easy to have my mind right to meditate ground myself. Sometimes I'm too tired or my mind is racing from all that went on that day and I can't meditate. But a good short cut to grounding that doesn't require a lot of effort is a salt bath. Throw in a couple cups of rock salt or sea salt and then add some bubble bath or oils and just relax with quiet music and quiet your mind. Some people like to also add in epsom salt which is magnesium to relax muscles. As long as you have a true salt base in the bath it really works. I usually soak for 20-30 minutes. It's especially good before bed.

I think the lesson that I have learned from being an empath is that it can be a curse if you don't monitor how you're doing and get your mind right daily. I think of it like diabetics who have to test their blood daily to monitor how they are doing and whether insulin or diet changes are needed. By focusing on how you are doing as an empath and grounding as needed, you can really gain control over your life. I work on this daily to try to avoid allowing myself to spin out of control.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
01/06/18 10:24:05AM
578 posts

Grounding crystal


Empath

@crystalsage:

One more thing. Lapis Lazuli is a great stone for your throat chakra. It's a good one to meditate with or just keep in near you. It does have some protection qualities. But it is known mostly for being one of the best stones for throat chakra issues (which tie into how you communicate). 

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
01/06/18 10:21:12AM
578 posts

Grounding crystal


Empath

@crystalsage:

I have learned to love crystals. Early on as a realized empath, it was a game changer for me. It gave me a force field and really made living more tolerable as I am more shielded from energy around me.

My advice on the kyanite is to go with blue kyanite. That does a good job of balancing all chakras when you keep it close to your body. And if you have an overactive chakra that is making you more sensitive than the blue kyanite will help get everything back to normal. But it's not a protection stone in the traditional sense.

I have heard a lot of people liking hematite for protection and grounding. But for me that stone makes me dizzy. I for some reason don't tolerate it well. But I absolutely love black tourmaline, black onyx, and shungite for my protection stone tri-fecta. I keep all three on me at all times and they do a good job limiting what I take in each day. And then I wanted to add that I have become a fan of malachite. Malachite actually pulls the negative out of your body so this is a good one to use at the end of the day or when sleeping as it makes a noticeable difference with helping you feel better.

And lastly, I found that sleeping with a salt bowl near your head on a nightstand really pulls negative out of you at night. I put water in the salt bowl as I think that works best. But some others just have salt all by itself in a bowl (don't use processed table salt use a raw salt like rock salt). I have learned that salt is a fantastic neutralizer for empaths. In fact on a few occasions in my life I have walked into a salt cave and felt refreshed and almost reborn within minutes. 

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
01/06/18 10:07:11AM
578 posts

HIGHLY SENSITIVE PEOPLE


Empath

@tigerlily:

You hit the nail on the head on why empaths can be described as moody people. We take in all that emotional energy each day. And if we don't do regular grounding activities, it overflows and leaks out of us in bad moods and bad ways. I find myself being very short tempered/impatient when I am wound up empathically. I can feel that low emotional energy taking over trying to get out of me. And that's usually a reminder to me to start doing some grounding and breathing exercises to help get it out and return my mood to neutral. Otherwise I'm not a very pleasant person to be around in that wound up state. Even when I remain calm and quiet in a wound up state, I notice people around me acting like they are walking on eggshells. It's as if I am leaking that low energy and regular people are reacting to my internal mood. I've even tried hard to fake it and put on a happy face despite feeling like I'm going to explode inside and people still react funny around me when I get like that. So there is definitely something very unseen and spiritual going on when we leak the bad stuff back out. And being like this does absolutely impact relationships because people don't know what version of us they are going to get at any given moment. That's the life challenge for us. The good news is that with grounding techniques you really can push that bad stuff out in private and then bring your mood back to neutral or even happy.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
01/02/18 04:25:33PM
578 posts

Empaths and Dreams


Empath

@crystalsage:

I also believe that empaths are older souls. And that is a fairly popular belief. The theory is that it takes many lives of experience before our souls can ascend to a point where we are able to use these skills. I explain it to my kids that I believe its like leveling up in a video game. When you get to the next level and you are rewarded with more cool stuff. But as they say, with power comes responsibility. And once we master our empath skills I believe we are supposed to use it for the betterment of mankind.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
01/02/18 04:16:08PM
578 posts

Happy New Year!


Empath

Happy New Year everyone! I have a feeling that this will be an improved year over 2017. Hopefully a lot less hate and negative energy floating around for this year.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/29/17 03:43:26PM
578 posts

Spirit in my house?


Psychic and Paranormal

@curious-child:

From what I understand, the ringing in my ears is typical for someone with early stages clairaudient abilities. Supposedly I can develop it to where I can focus and have the ringing transform to actual words that I can understand. But at this point if the ringing is from someone communicating with me, I don't know who it is (ghost or angel) since I rarely see things with my eyes.

I also get words dropped into my head that are not mine sometimes that are answers or ideas, and random thoughts that later become something. I believe that is related as well. But back to the ear ringing, it is inside my ear when it happens. I hear ringing plus feel a physical warming sensation. And when it happens others around me have told me they don't hear anything. 

I'm hoping to connect with other clairaudient people to better understand this ability and where I should go to develop it.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/29/17 12:20:53PM
578 posts

Spirit in my house?


Psychic and Paranormal

@cat-whisperer:

I get mostly ringing in my left ear. Occasionally it hits my right ear. But very rarely is there ringing in both ears. It's always high pitched like yours. It can be really intense ringing in my left ear when a spirit is close by or trying to touch me (or atleast I assume it is a spirit). But I keep hearing some people say left ear ringing are spirits and right ear ringing are angel communications or downloads. But I have also heard it the other way around. I'm curious if you know any reliable info. on this?

I've also been getting a lot of angel number 66 presenting to me the past couple months (showing up everywhere daily). My daughter made me laugh as she immediately thought I had a demon after me since it was close to el diablo's number. But we looked it up and angel# 66 is a bit of an awakening signaling positive change. So long story short I am trying to see if there is maybe a connection between my ear ringing and these constant angel numbers.

And side note, if I relax my mind and have quiet time I can pick up on fainter ringing in my ears that seems like it is almost always going on. In fact, as I type my right ear just rang. But most of the time it's noisy around me and I only pay attention to the really loud ringing that is distracting. I also notice that if I am at a group activity like a dinner with friends or relatives that my ears will ring quite a bit (as if the positive energy from a happy group dinner is bringing in something trying to contact me). The ringing is always very distracting to where for about 5 seconds I cannot hear people talking to me. 

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/27/17 10:23:25AM
578 posts

HIGHLY SENSITIVE PEOPLE


Empath

What is an interesting side-bar topic to this is how often a traumatic event triggers an empath awakening. I had something traumatic happen years ago that created high levels of stress and PTSD type responses. And while it was a painful time, it awakened the empath in me. We've had discussions here before about how common this is. 

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/27/17 10:17:49AM
578 posts

Constantly exhausted


Empath

@goodenergyhealing:

My doctor recently told me that I needed to supplement D3 to get my serum levels up. (Apparently vitamin D deficiency is pretty common). But she warned about over doing it. I have seen your posts where you noted that you are take a higher than recommended amount. Are there side effects from taking levels that high? And are you noticing additional benefits from being at such a high level?

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/27/17 10:13:59AM
578 posts

HIGHLY SENSITIVE PEOPLE


Empath

@lastars:

Thanks for the info. This is a good topic to discuss. HSPs are a psychology term that is modern medicine's way of acknowledging the existence of empaths. But where they fall short is they don't acknowledge or explain why true empaths abilities are spiritually based. And their HSP categorization is pretty broad and includes about 20% of the population (whereas only about 5% of the population is estimated to actually be empathic).

I've done some research on HSPs in the past as I was curious about it. And I found that an empath can be characterized as an HSP, but not all HSPs are empaths. We've all met people who are really sensitive and wear their emotions on their sleeve. You know the types (hot heads, complainers, and teary-deary types come to mind). But upon examination they are just sensitive people that don't feel emotional energy like an empath. But they would be labelled as HSPs. It gets a little confusing as their are similarities.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/27/17 10:00:45AM
578 posts

Understanding Major Depression And Suicide


Empath

@cheshire-cat:

I appreciate the detail. I wasn't sure which drugs were Benzos so I looked it up. And I found that Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, and Ativan were some of the big name Benzos on the market. It is estimated that 5-10% of Americans are on those drugs. Very scary.

I am sorry to hear about your personal struggle with Lyme disease and all of the problems that it has caused you. However, it does seem that you have survived and thrived. And you have been a very positive community member. I always enjoy your insights.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/26/17 04:46:33PM
578 posts

Understanding Major Depression And Suicide


Empath

@cheshire-cat:

I'm sorry to hear you have so many unique health circumstances that conflict with some of these things. It sounds like those Benzos really caused you problems. I really hope that you can find some things to make you feel better. 

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/26/17 03:41:48PM
578 posts

Understanding Major Depression And Suicide


Empath

@cheshire-cat, I know in many cases an anti-depressant could be the difference between life and death for a depressed person. Obviously there are side effects to most of those. But sometimes you need that pharma help. I tried an anti-depressant and did not tolerate it well. I ended up working with my naturopath to find some natural ways to restore my brain chemicals and it has worked pretty good.

But adding GAMA producing foods is a way to better things. Here are some diet tips on foods that naturally produce GABA:

Feel good GABA-producing foods include:

  • Almonds
  • Tree nuts
  • Bananas
  • Beef Liver
  • Broccoli
  • Brown Rice
  • Halibut
  • Mackerel
  • Lentils
  • Oats, whole grain
  • Oranges, citrus fruits
  • Rice bran
  • Spinach
  • Walnuts

Whole wheat, whole grains, wheat bran

As noted, the tricky thing about supplementing GABA is to find products that are formulated so that they can cross the blood brain barrier. Here are three that you can buy without prescription that work really well to calm your mind and body:

Deproloft: This is a natural anti-depressant that you can buy on Amazon and other places without prescription. After trying out a pharmaceutical anti-depressant and hating it, I have been on this for 2 years. I take 2 a day. My doctor recommended 4 a day but I found that it made me too sleepy so I cut it back to 2 a day. This has been a game changer for balancing my mood and for getting my mind right. My empath teenage son is also on this and it has worked wonders for him as well.

https://www.iherb.com/pr/thorne-research-deproloft-hf-120-veggie-caps/38530

Tranquility: I am stable enough now that I rarely take this. But I used to take one in the morning and one in the afternoon and it did a great job mellowing out my anxiety. It makes me feel calm like after a glass of wine feeling. I now only take one when I have a bad day.

https://www.mpn8.com/formulas/tranquility/

Sleep Easy: I still take one of these supplements most nights. It not only does a great job helping me sleep, but I wake up feeling balanced and rested.

https://www.naturalathleteclinic.com/products/sleep-easy-by-mountain-peak-nutritionals?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=31832316622

*While all of the above are helpful in the short run, you will see much larger improvements after 2-4 weeks of taking them daily.

*I wanted to note that since I am not a doctor that the above are just examples of what I have taken under a doctor’s care to calm my mind and boost my GABA levels. If anyone is interested in trying these out they should seek the advice of a naturopathic doctor before taking any supplements.

@cheshire-cat, I see that you are not a fan of Passion Flower. The Sleep Easy product has 100 mg of Passion Flower in it. That’s a small amount and I have not had any issue with it. But thanks for pointing out your concerns. I think you also told me previously that an ingredient in the Deproloft raised your blood pressure? I have not had any negative side effects at all from the above supplements. But it is always wise to run these by a doctor first.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/26/17 12:13:23PM
578 posts

Constantly exhausted


Empath

Yes, adrenal fatigue is definitely a problem. And like you said is a very common empath physical ailment. When not in balance your adrenals can keep you from sleeping and make you really agitated and hair-trigger anxious. Take a look at this post from a while back where we discussed this:

http://empathcommunity.eliselebeau.com/community/forum/my_posts/48425/please-take-an-empath-poll

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/26/17 12:09:14PM
578 posts

Spirit in my house?


Psychic and Paranormal

@curious-child:

Like @cat-whisperer said, you may want to get your ears checked in case you have a medical issue like tinnitus. But after you rule that out, your ear ringing from a spiritual standpoint is called clairaudience. You are hearing voices as ringing when spirits are near and trying to communicate. I am told that with practice you can learn to fine tune that ringing sound so that it comes through as voices that you can understand. This is on my spiritual "to do" list as I hear ringing often and would like to be able to understand what is being messaged to me.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/26/17 12:03:30PM
578 posts

Spirit in my house?


Psychic and Paranormal

@curious-child:

Everything you noted happens to me. And when paranormal stuff happens around me I would say about half the time there is a smell associated with it. But just like how others don't hear or see what you see, they won't smell it either. But just know what you see, hear, feel, and smell is real. And supposedly those stinging bite like feelings are ghosts touching you. They are not physical so all they have is energy when they try to make contact. It feels like getting stung by an ant or a sparking burn feeling that you would get from a lighter. The majority of the time they are not doing anything sinister. They are confused and are seeking help in most cases. You can ask them to leave if it is too much. That often works at least for a day. But the challenge I have where I live is that we seem to get different spirits passing through every day. So if I get one to leave, others just come on through next. My two kids are empaths as well so I think the three of us draw in a lot of activity. And my daughter can see the ghosts and tells me they change often and don't hand around very long.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/26/17 11:53:20AM
578 posts

Understanding Major Depression And Suicide


Empath

@cheshire-cat:

So you don't respond well to raising GABA? Or was it just the drug that was not a good fit for you? I do know that treating brain chemistry is tricky since it is hard to get things past the blood-brain barrier to have an impact. I went the natural route with my naturopath and took supplements that over time brought my GABA back to normal levels. And it was night and day how it changed me for the better.

And you brought up the spiritual part of all of this that is that there are probably limits to what medicine can do when your chakras are disconnected or out of alignment. Hopefully you can get some healing help and start feeling better.

I have not yet had a reading by Erin Pavlina. But I do enjoy her weekly blog postings. And ironically, my wife just bought me a reading with her for Christmas. I'll let you know how it goes.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/26/17 11:44:37AM
578 posts

Don't know what to do :(


Empath

@kit-kat:

That is a tough situation. And like the others said, you already know what to do. In fact, you were already in the process of moving on from him. Narcs love us empaths and are very drawn to us on a spiritual level. But we know they are poisonous and will eventually suck all the good energy out of us and leave us in the ditch as they walk away looking for the next one. Your ex missed the brilliant high energy that is you. He wants that badly in his life (that's how narcs work). And he figured he would try to seal the deal and capture you with an engagement ring. But given that you had already broken up, it's a trap that you must avoid. 

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/26/17 11:36:32AM
578 posts

I´m almost constantly depressed


Empath

@butterfly:

I am sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Often as empaths we have times when we are emotionally overwhelmed and burned out on life. This is especially hard if you are a fairly new empath as you may not really understand who you are and how this works. I remember back a few months before I figured out I was an empath. And I was a mess. I was depressed all of the time with constant mood swings. I was not a fun person to be around and did not enjoy being around anyone as I seemed to get really moody and anxious around everyone. Fast forward to today and I now understand when you go through empath overload, it can be painful, and it can go from bad to worse with depression taking over. 

I've posted a few different times on the physical problems that can occur with empaths when we are overwhelmed and slip into depression. As noted in the link below, a brain chemical called GABA is at abnormally low levels when we are in a depressive state. And GABA at normal levels is responsible for your calm and logical thinking. When GABA is low your mind can be scattered with a multitude of bad and irrational thoughts that just sinks you like a stone. I went to a naturopathic doctor years ago. And they tested my GABA, noted it was low, and gave me supplements to help raise the levels. And it made a big difference in bringing me back to normal. Please take a look at the link below. And I would say it would be worth your while to see a doctor, preferably a naturopath, and let them know how you are feeling and that someone with similar issues responded well to GABA supplementation.

http://empathcommunity.eliselebeau.com/community/forum/new_posts/49527/understanding-major-depression-and-suicide

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/26/17 11:21:17AM
578 posts

Constantly exhausted


Empath

@angelgabeandme:

Welcome to the community. And what you are feeling is very normal and typical for an empath. You are going through what I call empath burnout. We are emotional sponges absorbing the energies that we encounter each day. And when our sponge gets full, we start to malfunction. We get anxiety attacks, have trouble sleeping, and then other physical health issues start to manifest. When I am going through burnout I start having an increase in stomach discomfort and seem to catch about every germ that is going around (almost as if I have zero immunity). But when I go to a doctor during that time they test me and tell me my blood readings indicate that I am in perfect health. The empath burnout syndrome that starts causing physical problems is not something that modern medicine can explain. In my case I'm sick or in a lot of stomach pain and the doctors will tell me I check out just fine. I even had a stomach endoscopy scoping procedure years ago and they said nothing was wrong but yet I had constant daily stomach pain.

I have good news bad news for you. The bad news is that as an empath you are probably going to have some times each year where you get emotionally overwhelmed and experience this burn-out syndrome. The good news is that this is your body's way of telling you that you need to make some adjustments in your life. And the better news is that there are ways to heal yourself and squeeze out your empath sponge so that you can return to a more normal existence.

Since you have been an empath for almost a decade, can you let me know what you do to relax and for fun? And do you meditate or practice grounding out the energies that you take in? Let me know and then I can add some suggestions to help you feel better.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/22/17 07:21:19AM
578 posts

Understanding Major Depression And Suicide


Empath

@cat-whisperer:

Thank you. I'm glad this resonated with you. I was reading Erin Pavlina's weekly blog post and saw this one. And I thought it would be a good topic to share info. on. I'm very glad to hear that you have worked through your dark times. And through medication and grounding have found balance and happiness in your life.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/21/17 09:57:19PM
578 posts

Understanding Major Depression And Suicide


Empath

I was torn about posting on such a dark topic. But I know this time of year we empaths are really pushed to the wall emotionally due to the millions of people who around us are depressed, anxious, and really sad. I'm starting to hear more and more words like "giving up" and "I can’t take it anymore". And sometimes empaths and non-empaths sink into a hole of depression that is really hard to get out of. Their reality is distorted and it feels to them like there is no way out. From time to time on this website I see people coming in posting for desperate help. And then there are some that come right out and admit to be thinking about suicide. In an effort to get the word out for prevention I wanted to post some things that I hope will start a useful discussion and ultimately save someone from ending their life. And at the very least I hope to help others understand the scientific and spiritual components that lead to a person having suicidal thoughts.

Science and medicine have taught us that people who are suicidal have depression so bad that the brain chemical GABA is almost non-existent. GABA’s role is to inhibit neuron activity. If you think about the gas pedal and brakes on a car, GABA is the brakes. GABA is underrepresented in the frontopolar brain cortex of people with major depressive disorder who commit suicide. The frontopolar cortex is involved in higher-order thinking, such as decision making. When GABA is very low or non-existent, depressed emotions take over and logic and sane thinking goes out the window. (Reference: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-origins-of-suicidal-brains). Empaths through our wiring and what we deal with on a daily basis can often be GABA deficient. And that contributes to depression and sometimes a downward spiral. The good news is that GABA can be supplemented to increase this brain chemical back to normal levels that can pull someone out of that dark hole. There are also very effective anti-depressive drugs that do a good job pulling a person back from the brink. If you or someone you know is having severe depression or suicidal thoughts, please take these steps:

 

  1. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

 

  1. Seek medical attention and ask your doctor to treat you with a focus on raising GABA levels.

 

The above comments help explain the medical and scientific side of major depression and suicide and how to get help. But what is not widely known is what happens to a person spiritually when they are at the end of their rope wanting out of this world. I came across this very informative and interesting blog post from Erin Pavlina that I wanted to share that helps explain the spiritual side of a highly depressed suicidal person. This info. really made sense to me and helps us understand how one's weakened spiritual health can lead to a suicidal act.

 

https://www.erinpavlina.com/blog/2017/12/how-suicidal-thoughts-look-energetically-and-how-to-overcome-suicidal-feelings/

 

 

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/21/17 03:01:57PM
578 posts

Are you an open book or not?


Empath

@anna-strobl:

Empaths definitely run in families. But so do narcissists (and often both are in the same family). And I find that really interesting. My great grandmother was a very powerful empath and psychic from what I understand. But my grandmother (her daughter) was a narc from what we can tell. One of my brothers is a narc that I have a real tough time being around. And then my Mom has empath qualities but blocks them due to being devoutly religious. And my two kids are also empaths. It has helped them in their teenage years by hearing from me on how to understand all of this.

I can be myself with my wife and some close friends. But honestly, I don't feel like anyone truly knows or understands me. I feel lonely a lot but at the same time find strength in my solace and can find being around groups annoying. I get this feeling that I don't fit in with most people but yet am pretty well received by others (it's more of a feeling that I am very different). And when I go through tough times I find that I am largely ignored and have to fend for myself. But as you noted, when people need help or want something I am the first one they call. I mostly come to this site for support and read a lot to understand the phases and challenges of being an empath. But I do know that all of these feelings and traits are classic empath traits. I'm past the point of feeling sorry for myself wondering why I have to be like this. And instead am on the path exploring and using my empathy to grow and help others. It makes it easier on bad days to have experienced the good days with my empathy.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/21/17 02:30:47PM
578 posts

Seeing Faces When Falling Asleep


Psychic and Paranormal

Same here. It only works when I am clear headed. There are no visual clues (although I normally only hear ghosts anyway and very rarely see them). And now that you mention it, I lately have been smelling a burning metallic smell. That is probably similar to what you experience as ozone. And then a couple crazy times where ghosts are calling my name across an empty house. But they are doing it in the exact voice of my wife, Dad, or son. But I'll be alone at home. And then I had a lady ghost humming a nice song in my kitchen not long ago. My dogs were all freaked out but I felt very calm and serene when hearing it. The bummer is that as soon as I investigate the voices always stop as I enter the room. 

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/21/17 02:24:48PM
578 posts

Spirit in my house?


Psychic and Paranormal

@cat-whisperer:

I also have had alternating hot and cold and a feeling of ant bites along my legs when spirits around me. I almost never see spirits so for me they catch me off guard as I hear them, feel them emotionally, or feel them when they make physical contact. I have even had some incidences where the ringing in me ears was extremely high and I got hit with a sonic boom type of energy that knocked me off of my feet. It was very disorienting. But one time it happened seconds after my wife said she saw a ghost near me so I assume they are trying to attach or make contact when that happens.

And like you said, spirit attachments can happen. I believe I had one years ago that I was finally able to defeat through a lot of daily grounding and use of protection stones. I now carry protection stones everywhere!

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/21/17 02:19:21PM
578 posts

Spirit in my house?


Psychic and Paranormal

@curious-child:

 

I like your new name much better! It now has a positive meaning.

I was referring to happy hunting grounds as the white light or crossing over. A lot of earth bound spirits are stuck here and afraid to cross over. And in many cases that is due to their low emotionally energy that they took to the grave (guilt, regret, anger, fear etc...). So they wander around and are everywhere. And very often they are attracted to empaths because of our higher vibrational energy.

And I have found a direct correlation to how much spirit activity I experience with how I am feeling. If I am having a rough empath day the spirit activity around me that I sense really jumps. I joke to myself that they are kicking me when I am down. There is something to that. So just know that you can control that by taking care of yourself (doing something enjoyable, grounding etc…). And if you don’t like salt baths or don’t have time for them, I have had good luck using a salt scrub in the shower. I put it on my chakra points for a few minutes (with emphasis on my third eye and solar plexus). And then when I wash it off I feel better. It’s not as good as a salt bath. But it steadies me a bit if I am in a hurry and need to balance myself. Here’s a product that I have used:

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IH0ATYC/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/20/17 04:53:26PM
578 posts

Is depersonalization disorder connected to empathy?


Empath

@eri-ameonna:

My empath son dealt with this last year. It scared him and freaked him out. He said it was like having an out of body experience while awake. He felt like he was in a trance and caught between two worlds where he was frozen in time. He is in high school and it was becoming a problem in class. We got him a good selection of protection stones and it hasn't been a problem since. I will say that he was experimenting with astral projecting right before he started having depersonalization problems. So I think he may have turned on the switch for that while projecting. He was seeing some very strange things while astral projecting (like alien creatures). So I had to force him to stop that for his own good. And luckily no problems since.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/20/17 04:46:30PM
578 posts

Are you an open book or not?


Empath

@anna-strobl:

This is a little bit off topic but I have similar experiences. At times complete strangers track me down and really want to make eye contact and meet with me. I get the blank stare and faint recognition like they know me from somewhere but can't place it. And then boom, they dump their whole life story on me. Whatever is bad or challenging in their lives is thrown out to me in great detail. I hardly say a word while the person will bear their soul. It's the kind of stuff where I'm thinking who walks up to a complete stranger and chats them up about such intimate painful stuff? But I've heard it all. I usually patiently listen to them and after 10-15 minutes the person is done and we part ways. They always seem to have a smile and spring in their step and I'm always left feeling a little off. It's the whole energy exchange that you noted that occurs. But like you said, it is always about them and never about me. They never ask me questions and I barely say a word while they chat away. The same is true with some of my relationships. People come to me to feel better and to get lifted up again.

Since these same things happen to you, I am curious as to your take on why this happens and how/why people find us? I wonder if on a spiritual level we are identified as empath healers and they somehow know this.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/20/17 04:30:55PM
578 posts

Seeing Faces When Falling Asleep


Psychic and Paranormal

@anna-strobl:

You sound clairaudient like me. I usually hear a conversation in whispers and can't really make out what is being said. It usually happens when I walk into a room real fast. It's as if I interrupted a meeting where several whispering voices are discussing something. And as soon as I enter the whispers die down. I'm trying to find ways to improve my clairaudient skills so that I make out what is being said better. Aside from occasional whispers I hear ringing and sometimes music (like old time big band music). It's also common for me to hear a non-living voice and smell something as well (like cigar smoke, perfume, even body odor).

Like you, my psychic stuff works best when my mind is relaxed and I'm focused on any personal thoughts. I don't get much when I wake up (probably because I'm busy with thoughts about my schedule for the day). But I do often get visions and signs and flashcard faces as I fall asleep.

Your vision like the one you noted sounds a lot like your guides are sending you signals. The trick will be to try to interpret them. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/20/17 04:21:42PM
578 posts

Spirit in my house?


Psychic and Paranormal

@abomination:

We have to find you a happier screen name! Happy

I have dealt with all sorts of ghost activity at my home and office in recent years. It comes and goes based on how unbalanced I am. When I have days on end of wearing myself out at work and as an empath, my ability to notice them kicks up a notch. And they must know too because they are pretty loud & active around me when I am at my worst. I also get ear ringing, tickling or burning on my legs and feet,  and mood swings when they are around.

In truth, earth bound spirits are everywhere. Some do attach themselves to particular houses that they like or are part of their prior life experience. But from what I've read and experienced on the subject, there is a great volume of ghosts just passing through everywhere. And they are definitely attracted to empaths. In fact, a lot of people believe they need to be around empath energy to survive so they seek us out.

My understanding is that ghosts carry their departing emotional energy. As an example, if they died sad, angry, or full of regret, you'll pick up on those feelings. In a lot of cases it is that heavy low emotionally energy that keeps them from moving on to "their happy hunting grounds".

My advice is as @womanwhowalks said, just let them be if they aren't bothering you. Keep a journal if you want to try to understand any patterns. And if you are like me where your paranormal activity jumps when you are physically and spiritually worn out, then try daily grounding meditations and salt baths. This will relax you, recharge your spirit, and turn down the volume a bit so that you are not feeling as emotionally overwhelmed.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/20/17 04:05:34PM
578 posts

What Are Your Favorite Empath/Medium/Psychic Movies?


Empath

I was flipping around movie channels the other night and caught this movie where the main character had psychic abilities. It was interesting.

Bringing Out The Dead

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0163988/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_57

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/13/17 11:58:37PM
578 posts

Empathic Abilities and PMS


Empath

@sashacat1995:

I have a 14 year old daughter who is also an empath. She's also a scorpio so she brings it if you know what I mean. She is very emotional and takes no prisoners (very strong willed). I don't know how much of her energy is just being a teen, but when she is on her period her energy just about blows the roof off our house. She seems to get haywire whenever she is taking in too much energy from her world. So my sense is that during that time of the month she is more wound up than usual. I'm not sure how the physical of that connects with the spiritual. But I just wanted to share my experience from a guy's point of view. 

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/13/17 11:46:33PM
578 posts

Accepting my abilities


Empath

@jaxbeemee:

Welcome. You have some cool gifts. Most of us empaths are dominant with being emotional energy readers. But as you do that you also absorb the energy in the room. At our heart, we are energy changers. We can detect and change low negative energy into positive high happy energy. But in doing so, it can wear us out. That's why you feel exhausted on an average day when you otherwise should not feel tired. Your empath wiring has you doing the energy exchange thing without you even being aware of it. I would guess that over your lifetime you have been the type of person who people go to with their deepest problems. You are the one who listens and lets them pour out their fears, frustrations and hurt. And they walk away feeling better. But then you probably also notice that you feel a bit tired, headachy, or even anxious. That's due to the empath energy exchange that just took place.

While the majority of us are dominant energy readers and exchangers, the secondary strength for a lot of us is knowing. You have a hunch what someone is thinking or is about to do. You may also sense when something is wrong (like a robbery at a bank that is about to happen or that a car crash is about to happen). And you may also have a keen "B.S. meter" where you know instantly when someone is lying to you. This is the knowing skill and is one of my personal favorites. I find it very rewarding to go through life being able to determine who the fakers are, who the bad people are, and who the true salt of the earth good people are.

After the knowing skill we empaths all split off into a lot of different subsets of skills that are lesser skills that in most cases need to be developed. Some of us feel the energy in objects, or in nature. Some of us are telepathic. Some of us have visions and dreams that foretell the future or teach us something important. Some of us see and communicate with ghosts. And then some of us see color auras like you. The cool thing about being able to see auras is that the color presented to you can be analyzed to determine a person's mental, physical, and spiritual health. To me that means that you likely have a healing gift. Much like a doctor examining an x-ray, the colors that you see can tell you what a person needs to do to improve themselves and overcome what they are lacking. For example, if you see someone with a red ring of color that has a break or cloudy black section it could mean that something in their life is off and is causing them anger and unhappiness. This may seem an obvious review of most people as we all have problems to overcome. But the aura doesn't lie and a person with cloudy sections of red could benefit from overcoming the source of anger in their life. I should also note that if you were to walk through a hospital ward or senior center that you would likely see very faded and weak auras for those starting the death process. And conversely, if you walked through a preschool you would probably see very vibrant and solid colors (from innocent kids not yet exposed to the stresses and challenges with growing up). So there is a lot that you can learn from this skill.

Here's a website to help you get started with understanding the auras that you see:

https://www.elitedaily.com/wellness/reading-analyzing-aura-colors/1720916

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/13/17 11:07:38PM
578 posts

So lonely and jaded with life right now


Empath

@angelgabeandme:

Like I said, you found the right place. We are all here to help. If I had a dime for every time someone new says they think they are going crazy and exploding with anxiety from people…  I was in your position a few years ago. But I think I ignored it for a good 5 years before that and just tried to survive my deteriorating life. I didn't understand what was going on. And it was easier to think I was losing my mind than buy into spiritual explanations for what was going on. But I found my way to this website as did you. And we are ready to help you get some answers and control over your life. And believe it or not, it is very likely that there will come a time soon when you will be thankful for your gift as an empath. I  realize that is hard to comprehend right now as you are in pain, confused, and overrun with anxiety. But you will get there.

Many of us empaths that start spinning out of control (especially newbies) start attracting people that are bad for us and run into bad luck. You are very vulnerable right now so you are going to attract a lot of those undesirables. It's like blood in the water to sharks. When you are in a weakened state, those things will happen. You just have to accept that and protect and adjust. I spent quite a bit of time alone "hermitting" for days when I was at your point. And that's okay. You need to be alone and in a low stress environment right now while you start to research and figure all of this out. The good news is that there are many proven ways to survive and thrive as an empath. And the end goal is for you to use your gift of reading emotional energy to help people. You may even end up learning how to use your empathic gifts to heal people. It can be pretty amazing.

So put away thoughts that you are going crazy. With your empath frequency on high right now, you are going to find most people make you anxious. My recommendation is that you click on the empath forum link above and just spend a few hours going through old posts so that you can educate yourself on a variety of important topics. And you're probably going to have a lot of questions. So post away so that we can help. Just remember, you are at the start of your journey. It does get better once you understand the dynamics of being an empath and learn how to take back your control over your life.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/13/17 10:30:10PM
578 posts

Giving up


Empath

@tigerlily:

Just remember during this very busy month to take time to smell the roses. When you start having that numb or "don't care" feeling in life as an empath, it's a good signal to slow things down. And try to fit in enjoyable things that you love to do that make you happy. And most importantly during tough days or weeks, practice grounding to relieve the stress and weight of the world that you take on. And I'm a big proponent of taking salt baths whenever you feel down. Put out the candles, and put on some nice relaxing music that you love. Throw in a couple cups of rock salt (and add in epsom salts if you like that muscle relaxing feeling). I personally also enjoy a glass of wine as well. Jump in and just enjoy yourself. Relax! The salts are like magic. Even if you struggle with grounding meditations, the salt baths should really make a difference with relaxing your mind, body, and soul. 

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/13/17 02:05:30PM
578 posts

Giving up


Empath

Just a reminder to everyone that the holiday season is a time of anxiety and depression for a lot of people. Anxiety for all the rushing around to parties and buying gifts. And depression for those who are lonely during a time when everyone else seems to be having fun. This adds an extra layer of stuff for all us to deal with. So keep that in mind when you all of a sudden feel exhausted or especially down. Keep it in perspective and try to ground and cheer up.

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/13/17 01:57:17PM
578 posts

Are you an open book or not?


Empath

@eri-ameonna:

I tend to have a little trouble picking up fellow empath emotions unless they are going through an emotional crisis where the emotions are more obvious. Some empaths seem to block in my view (even unintentionally).

Hop Daddy
@hop-daddy
12/13/17 01:49:51PM
578 posts

So lonely and jaded with life right now


Empath

@angelgabeandme:

I am sorry to hear you are going through a tough time. But if you are an empath you are at the right place. We empaths tend to attract the wrong people and sometimes bad luck as well. But the good news is that this is manageable and you can protect yourself and be able to go out and enjoy a healthy social life. Can you tell us more about yourself? Are you an empath or new to this?

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