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Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
12/27/17 10:39:57AM
1,249 posts

Understanding Major Depression And Suicide


Empath

Howdy @hop-daddy,

    I apologize! I have secondary fibromyalgia and am so used to talking with people who are taking benzos, especially Klonopin, a favorite drug of fibromyalgia patients everywhere,  that I assumed others knew what they were and which drugs they were. I should have listed them. You know what they say about the word "assume".......  ;-)

    Generic Xanax is what I was on, known as alprazolam. I am finally off that for a whole month now, after 34 yrs. of taking it around the clock, but am still on a small dose (5 mgs.)  of valium aka diazepam, which has a much longer half life, so is used to even out the huge drop offs that occur if one tries to withdraw directly from xanax, not recommended! I have worked down from 10 mgs. valium over the past month and will be switching to 2 mg. tabs this weekend, so I can cut off smaller pieces as I keep going. 

     Some other benzos are Halcion, Restoril, and Dalmane, which are stronger ones used for sleep, not just anxiety. Also Versed, used in medical procedures is a benzo, so people who get off benzos must make sure they get propofol during procedures like EGDs, not versed! Once I get done with withdrawal, I intend to get a new Medical Alert necklace, which says NO BENZOS in huge letters on the front. 

     The last figure I saw was 11% of Americans. A pharmacist we know personally told me valium is by far the number one prescription drug they sell at the pharmacy where she works. Doctors are now limiting new prescriptions to no more than 6 weeks, but I know someone who became addicted enough to go through withdrawal after only 4 days of taking Xanax! It depends on your genes. If you have first degree relatives who were alcoholics, for example, avoid benzos like your life depends on it, since benzos are alcohol in a pill, in terms of the effect they have on GABA.....it is virtually the same addiction. 

     This is now entering TMI territory. Anyone who wants more info can PM me. Thanks for letting me sound off on here. I am on a mission to try to prevent everyone I can from ending up hooked on this junk. Even though they tell me I am dependent, not addicted, there is zero difference when it comes to the hell of withdrawing from it. 

    Cheshire Cat

    

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
12/26/17 05:11:20PM
1,249 posts

Understanding Major Depression And Suicide


Empath

@hop-daddy,

     Just to clarify, most of my many serious health problems are caused by late stage Lyme disease that was misdiagnosed first as multiple sclerosis for 4 yrs., then under diagnosed as fibromyalgia for 17 long years, until it was too late. Lyme is only curable in stage I. I am in stage III or IV, depending on the system of classification you use. It's the final stage, either way. 

     The drug is only responsible for it's own withdrawal symptoms, which are severe insomnia, very high cortisol with shaking, tachycardia, severe anxiety, and other consequences of very little sleep over the long time it takes to withdraw, especially blood sugar abnormalities and adrenal fatigue, and some brain damage and that is all not unique to me, sadly for all the others who take these drugs.

     Research now shows that benzos cause dementia in most people who take them for any length of time, or even rarely, and should never be taken long term, which is why doctors are now taking people off them, but because most doctors are ignorant, they think you can just stop taking them like alcohol or opiates and go through a short withdrawal. That is not true for benzodiazepines. Short withdrawal from benzos can kill you. Big Pharma deceived us yet again to make money, not caring what it did to the people who took these drugs. These other benzos were marketed as a non-addictive replacement for valium, also a benzo, when sales of that lagged due to the finding that it was addictive. 

    I have found some things that help a lot, thank you. I could never have gone through a whole year of withdrawal so far without the drug clonidine, or the supplement Seriphos. Those are the two most important helpers for me. I need to work on raising ALL my neurotransmitters, not just GABA, as they are all too low, as are my manufacturing of tears, saliva, digestive enzymes, collagen, transport proteins, methyl donors and other things. Since my adrenals are shot, I am focusing on raising my parasympathetic neurohormones and avoiding raising the sympathetic ones for now. My sympathetic nervous system is already in overdrive with no GABA to put the brakes on it, and it can take years to get GABA back to par after taking benzos for so long, if it ever comes back. 

    I have written a book here sorry. I am just hoping someone will see this and decide to get off their benzos too, s-l-o-w-l-y, the only safe way. I am betting plenty of empaths are taking them, given how they numb emotion and calm down excess stimulation.

    Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
12/26/17 04:24:19PM
1,249 posts

Understanding Major Depression And Suicide


Empath

Hi @hop-daddy,

    Now that I looked up all 3 products you use, I remember we had this exact discussion before! I don't know if you remember that I am only a dissertation away from being a Naturopathic Doctor. I did not finish, since it is illegal to practice in my state and two people I know went to prison for five years for it. My ARNP therapist who is helping me withdraw from the drug is also holistic and does 17 pages of genetic tests on new patients as well as full hormone panels and anything else needed.

    I already eat large amounts of almost all the listed foods, except for the liver and rice. I have a genetic serotonin transport defect that makes antidepressants totally ineffective, which is why I take several grams of L-tryptophan every night. It is also why my mother's whole family were depressed. 

    Deproloft - I cannot take vitamin B6 in any form again due to having had B6 neuropathy from taking too much of it, and I only took 150 mgs. daily. The WORST pain of my life and took a year to get rid of. Be careful! I cannot take Tyrosine, or Rhodolia due to stroke level blood pressure, cannot take 5-HTP due to serious heart rhythm problems (this reaction is common in those with any kind of heart problem, and it is recommended that they take L-tryptophan instead....it more safely does the same thing). I was on a heart monitor for a whole month due to taking 5HTP and Tyrosine in a formula for Fibromyalgia called NeuroReplete. Every time I stood up my blood pressure and heart rate soared. 

 Sleep Easy - Can't take passion flower due to it's being addictive for Benzo addicts; as I said before it fills GABA receptors. Natural is not automatically safe. I am very allergic to both Hops and Chamomile. Nobody with Ragweed allergy should take Chamomile without testing it first. 

Tranquility - can't take passion flower as above. Won't take Kava as it can be addictive and can cause serious liver damage. There are other safer things that I prefer. 

I am glad these things work for you without harming you and that you only take them when needed.

May you continue to be blessed. I am glad you feel so much better,

Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
12/26/17 02:31:41PM
1,249 posts

Understanding Major Depression And Suicide


Empath

Hi @hop-daddy,

     Sure, I respond to raising GABA. However, I do not want to be on the only class of drug that does it which is more addictive than heroin any longer, benzodiazepines. They are also now proven to cause dementia and take about 20 yrs. off life. I have been rapidly losing my memory and other mental abilities over the past couple of years, as well as going into tolerace withdrawal.

     11 million Americans are on benzos. It is especially bad for older people like me. Many countries are removing it from people cold turkey now, and so are many docs here in the USA.  That is literally killing them. So, I decided to go off, against my doctor's wishes, since he was afraid it would kill me. I did not care. Benzos are depressants, and I am depressed. Depression is worse than death, so I was determined to do whatever it takes to try to get off this crap. Going off it safely takes about one month of withdrawal for each year you've been on it, though it is still hell to go off of,  and I was put on it for muscle spasms 34 yrs. ago. 

    It is very important when one's GABA receptors are trying to recover from such damage, that the drug not be replaced with a natural product that simply fills the receptors just like the drug did, still preventing the brain from recovering it's ability to make it's own GABA. Passion Flower does that, as do several other natural things. The largest benzo withdrawal forum has a whole section for people withdrawing from passion flower, which they innocently used to get off benzos and are now addicted to. So I stick only to supplements that raise GABA without binding to the GABA receptors, like L-theanine. As a result, it does not work as well, but it does help and hopefully, I will not be one of the 20% of benzo users they are now finding out will never recover. 

    Using my daily chakra visualization, I have already been able to get my chakras  to touch each other. I will keep working at it. 

     I take L-theanine, L-glutamine, L-tryptophan (all separated from each other), Natural Calm, Melatonin, Niacinamide, Pantothenic acid and NAC, and once in awhile I take Lithium Orotate, though I have to watch that one, since I am hypothyroid. I take Seriphos when my stress is severe, since the withdrawal is the hardest thing I've ever done. I read a blog by a female doctor in her late 30's, who withdrew from benzos along with 6 of her doctor girlfriends. She tried to do it in 6 weeks, like the Rehabs make you do it. She ended up having to close her practice for 4 yrs. and have round the clock care for 10 months of that because she forgot how to do even basic things. She made it, but all 6 of her friends committed suicide. As she writes, if you can get through benzo withdrawal, you are made of titanium after that and can get through anything!

      What did you take to get your GABA normalized? Were your other neurotransmitters all low, like mine are? I am glad you succeeded!

      Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
12/23/17 04:23:41PM
1,249 posts

Understanding Major Depression And Suicide


Empath

Thank you @hop-daddy,

     I am just starting into my 2nd year of a slow, agonizing withdrawal from a drug that raises GABA, and accordingly, my blood tests show no readable levels of that, or any other neurotransmitters, for that matter. I still have about 7 months to go in withdrawal and barely sleep at all. Supplements I mention below are responsible for the only sleep I get. 

    As a result, I've been diagnosed with double depression, which is persistent depression with an episode of major depression on top of it. The persistent depression I already had is due to having a horrible disease with an astronomical 26% successful suicide rate, for which I was given this drug in the first place. I also have a genetic defect in serotonin transport, which makes anti-depressants have totally no affect on me. I rely on foods and natural products like fish oil and L-theanine and L-tryptophan, and also Seriphos, which is the only thing that has made withdrawal bearable. 

    The article in the link helped me to see a course of action that I have not tried. I've been meditating since I was 17, and am now 66, but even though I was not depressed until I got sick in middle age, I have never seen my chakras even come close to connecting with each other when aligning them, like she says they should. I also  have been told by people who have read me, that I am "leaking" chi out of tiny holes in my aura. Now I can concentrate on fixing these things when I visualize them each morning. 

     Thanks so much for posting that link. Have you ever had a reading with Ms. Pavlina?

     Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
12/09/17 09:02:55AM
1,249 posts

Empaths and Indulgence


Empath

Hi all,

I can't remember where I read it, but I read that empaths are 7 times more likely to be addicts. I am not surprised, given how hard it is to live in this world, especially if you are as sensitive as we are. Lately, it seems to me that sociopathy is almost glorified as a stronger "moral" code, at least on TV shows. It disgusts me. 

I am currently at the one year mark of a long and horribly difficult withdrawal from taking xanax for 33 years for balance problems and muscle spasms due to a serious illness. Way back then, Big Pharma was telling us it was not addictive! Now they know it causes the very things it is supposed to prevent and it also causes dementia. It can also cause brain damage, and unfortunately, tests show I have permanent brain damage. I have about another 10 months to go, though my dose was pretty low and I am almost off, but cuts can never be more than 10% of the remaining dose. It turns out benzos are harder to get off of than heroin. It is so hard to cope w/o any brakes on my nervous system,  that I have isolated myself almost totally, which is very lonely. My spouse has to put up with the w/d symptoms, poor man. I also cannot sleep to the point where it is very dangerous to my health, and that is the most common w/d symptom with benzo drugs. 

I was attending a very radical University in the late 1960's and all my friends smoked weed and dropped acid. I do not believe in making things illegal, since I think it only makes people want them more, and I don't like living in a police state, but I do not see weed as a safe drug either. I saw so many people totally and permanently lose a lot of their ability to remember things, which seriously affected their future lives. I also saw so many people talking endlessly about things they were going to do while high, but never actually doing anything at all. I even saw one friend get scurvy, since weed dramatically depletes vitamin C. In my case, the weight gain was so dramatic that I quit using it almost immediately and endured lots of teasing for avoiding it. 

Natural things can be unsafe too, like cobras, scorpions, foxglove, nightshades, even vitamins used incorrectly, etc. I don't claim to know the answer. I don't see how good, decent people can cope in our degenerating society, let alone those of us who pick up other's emotions and can read B.S. a mile away. I like dvrat's idea of diverting our discomfort into a good habit like an artistic hobby, like music or art or writing or gardening. Notice I did not mention helping others. That is a very worthwhile diversion, but I think most of us are already doing too much of that one and need to take care of ourselves for once! 

This is just my two cents as one of the old fogies on this forum. I am reading all of your answers with interest, since I very much need help with this too. 

wishing you all holiday blessings,

Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
12/02/17 09:04:08AM
1,249 posts

Trapped in Webs W/ Spiders


Psychic and Paranormal

Thanks Paul. I really appreciate your taking the time to give your input. I have a gut feeling this will work out, despite how it seems now, and in the end will greatly advance stevie on her spiritual road.

Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
12/02/17 07:18:42AM
1,249 posts

Trapped in Webs W/ Spiders


Psychic and Paranormal

Hi Stevie,

I consulted my advanced light warrior friend about this last night. He said the spiders are the dark side's standard way of trying to stop people who are starting to wake up to the truth of what is really going on here. That would certainly fit, since you say you did not believe any of this stuff before. It is very important to them that we humans do not wake up en masse, since once we stop being afraid, they lose their food, which is literally our fear and suffering. He said they cannot really hurt you, especially if you can somehow find strength to not fear them. I know that is easier said than done, and I only had one in my room, not hordes. I asked him to take a look at this thread if he had time, but for now, that is what he told me, FWIW. He did get rid of my spider, my dark man, and my portal. He said he did it with help from another light warrior who used to come here a lot, Archangel Michael, and some "detonator seekers" or something like that....I don't remember the exact words. Whatever it was, it worked. 

Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
12/01/17 03:22:11PM
1,249 posts

Trapped in Webs W/ Spiders


Psychic and Paranormal

Hi stevie,

    I take massive amounts of L-tryptophan, since genetic tests showed I have trouble converting it to serotonin. Melatonin keeps me awake! Valerian does not work for me at all. I take L-theanine and Natural Calm too. I also take a lot of Seriphos to lower cortisol and never would have made it this far without it, since withdrawal has caused my cortisol to soar. I am sleeping pretty well now considering the high cortisol, except right after each dosage cut. I have another cut tomorrow night, and it takes about 4 days for the cut to hit me. I do a cut every two weeks and have been doing it for 11 months now. 

   I've had two psychics tell me I will live "well into my 80's", so you may be right. I hope they are wrong, since I've wanted to leave for a very long time, like yesterday! I am allergic to all of the antibiotics that kill Lyme, but that has turned out to be good, since it has been found that 15% of the bugs are always persisters that become stronger with treatment and wreak havoc when the antibiotics are stopped. I had herbal treatment for four years with the most studied herbal protocol, one proven to beat the antibiotics at killing Lyme by research at our own NIH.  It was just too late after 21 yrs. of misdiagnosis, and there is too much damage. Many patients say the initials of Lyme Disease really stand for living death. The suicide rate is 26%, so that gives you some idea of how hard it is to live with. 

    The only thing I worry about at this point is outliving my husband, which would be a disaster since I have no family and live in a place where you cannot function without driving. I only have 2 friends who live here, after being housebound for so long, and they both work about 80 hrs. a week or more. It would be up the creek w/o a paddle. I've been sick since I collapsed in my office in 1986, and was put on terminal disability in 1994, am now on social security as I am 66. My spouse is 69, so we are both old fogies. ;-)

   I am not offended at all, and appreciate your insights. It is nice of you to care, when you are being tormented by all of these apparitions. I pray it will be resolved soon. I have asked my friend who got rid of my problem to look at this thread if he has time. I hope he does.

Namaste,

Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
12/01/17 07:22:55AM
1,249 posts

Trapped in Webs W/ Spiders


Psychic and Paranormal

Hi Stevie,

I also have Fibromyalgia, and ran a 3 city support group for the Arthritis Foundation for 14 years, until I got too sick to drive to my own group. Later I found out the reason I was getting worse and worse was because my Fibro was secondary to Lyme disease. I am no drug expert, but have studied to be a Naturopath, though I did not finish, since it is illegal to practice in my state. 

I cannot prove it, but I think empaths are likely to be more prone to Fibromyalgia than average. I know we are 7 times more likely to become addicts of some kind. Some Indian tribes consider Fibro a gift from God and confer automatic Shamnhood on those who get it (from Dr. Devin Starlanyl's big book on Fibro). It does make your sympathetic nervous system much more sensitive, so you pick up a lot more from your environment that others are able to ignore, for better or worse. This was a great advantage throughout most of human history, but now it is a sensory disaster with all the overstimulation in our society. (Highly recommend Dr. Jeffrey Bland's "Fibromyalgia: Stone Agers In The Fast Lane".) 

I am very relieved to know you are so well informed about the drugs you take. I have seen how Fibro patients react to tiny doses of drugs, so I worried when I saw you had Fibro. I never take more than 1/4 dose of anything to start with, and would have been dead long ago if I had taken full doses of several things I've reacted to, one of which was Wellbutrin. The lowest dose caused euphoria to the point of delusion, an almost complete lack of sleep, night terrors, and finally hives and anaphylactic shock. That was mild compared to some other drug reactions I've had though. 

Withdrawal will always cause a rebound depression, since your brain has not produced it's own neurotransmitters in a very long time. Withdrawal from benzos peaks about 8 weeks after the drug is totally out of your body, and can last for years after that, something I did not learn the first 3 times I went off benzos, which caused me to go back on them, thinking the w/d symptoms were Fibro symptoms. It takes even longer for anti-deps to leave the body. Now that I know this, I will stay off, since it gets harder to withdraw each time you try....due to the kindling effect. My drug is now causing the very symptoms it was meant to prevent, and has recently been proven to cause dementia, so I felt I had to try to get off, despite my doctor being totally against my trying to go off it, given my predicted life span. Doctors are now refusing to prescribe benzos as well and some countries have banned them. I don't think there is any danger of that happening with your anti-depressants though. 

I wish I had some helpful ideas for the spiders, etc. but I will leave that to those who've dealt with these things successfully before. My only help has been from someone else who has done it, since my own efforts did not work. I wish you the best in resolving this soon. You have good people helping you here with lots of experience. 

Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
12/01/17 05:45:15AM
1,249 posts

Trapped in Webs W/ Spiders


Psychic and Paranormal

@hoofbeats,

A "hiatus" is a good way to put it, since I don't think we are really allowed to resign. My adrenal glands are shot from stress due to my health, and I have not done any fighting for about a year now either. I feel strongly that it is okay to take a rest. I am very sorry you were deceived like that. It is hard, if not impossible, to trust again. Narcs are very attracted to us as you know. I made a friend here who turned out to be one and used me so badly my stomach started bleeding. I have heard that an empath who has been badly hurt can become narcissistic in self-defense, and I even see that in myself once in awhile when I get really angry, another indication that my circuits are fried and I need a rest!

I have been friends outside the forum for a few years now with 3 people I've met here, one of whom is an advanced light warrior. I told him what was going on and he took care of it yesterday. It was wonderful last night feeling and seeing no darkness coming from that corner of the room and seeing nothing come through. He has done this before and it's always worked but eventually, they've always come back in. This time he enlisted a lot of outside help, and he found out who was doing it to me as well. It made perfect sense and is too long a story for this thread, which is supposed to be about Stevie's serious problem anyway, so I will shut up now.

It's nice to have another female light warrior on the forum! There used to be 4 of us who would admit to it, and I was the only female. Glad to have you. :-)

Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
11/30/17 01:59:19PM
1,249 posts

Trapped in Webs W/ Spiders


Psychic and Paranormal

Hi womanwhowalks,

I thought I'd made a point out of saying that I did not think she was making it all up, no matter what caused it, but I'll say it again to be sure.  If one of them actually bit you, then as you say, it must not be the drug. I may be asking you about this if the spider I saw bites me. I am not on that drug either, ,but am going through a drug withdrawal and not sleeping much. I have already tried smudging as well, using cedar and the standard smudging procedure. That drug is well known for causing such hallucinations, even on normal doses, which is why I posted the suggestion. I thought I'd read the whole thread before I posted, but my memory is bad due to brain damage from Lyme Disease, and I must have forgotten or missed reading the part about one biting you or about asking about her drugs. I would not have posted all that, if I'd known that first! Thank you so much for pointing that out, and I am so sorry to have wasted everyone's time. 

Have a nice evening,

Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
11/30/17 11:33:39AM
1,249 posts

Trapped in Webs W/ Spiders


Psychic and Paranormal

Hi hoofbeats,

With reference to my own problem with a portal above, I have tried throwing the light at them like you do and it did not work at all. It seems you may be a light warrior too.....I have tried to "resign" from doing that, and the 3rd try seems to have worked. There are a couple other light warriors here, but we do not often post, since the need for us to do what we do tends to be argued with by light workers, lol. Like most empaths, I do not like confrontations, not even with POS Archons, let alone with other empaths. 

I have powdered many soulless Archons by throwing light from my finger tips, but so far, the only  thing that works on this large man and the spider is for my spouse to wake up, or for me to just tell them they don't scare me,  and roll over and shut my eyes. I do not do this because I am brave, but because I am terminally ill, so I figure there is nothing they can do to me that late stage Lyme disease is not already doing, including lowering my neurotransmitter levels so low they are not even readable...I should be dead just from that!

If you know of any other techniques stronger than throwing the light, please do let me know! Swords, given by other more advanced Light Warriors have not worked either. Maybe these things can help Stevie too, if it turns out her problem is paranormal, which is why I posted this instead of sending a PM. I am hoping it is the drug in her case, since that would be so much simpler to fix.

Thank you in advance for any ideas,

Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
11/30/17 11:17:34AM
1,249 posts

Trapped in Webs W/ Spiders


Psychic and Paranormal

Hi Stevie,

I used to be a psychiatric social worker. First, I want to be clear that am NOT doubting what you've seen. I also have a portal in my bedroom and a tall, dark male shape comes through as well as a 3 ft. wide black spider. The difference is that the whole thing disappears if my husband wakes up, so I am pretty sure it is his unconscious aggression coming out. He is totally passive in his waking life and never allows himself to get angry. Also, I have had my blood levels of neurotransmitters measured, and they are highly abnormal, which brings me to something in the physical world you may want to try, to see if it may have anything to do with this.....

I am just wondering if you have recently been evaluated as to whether you still need that Wellbutrin you said you are taking in a post above, or if your dosage of it is correct or may be too high. Because of my former career, an alarm went off for me when you said you take Wellbutrin. I include below an excerpt I copied from a website called bluelight, a forum where the use of Wellbutrin is being discussed:

HERE IS THE THE QUOTE I COPIED FROM THE FORUM:

"Hey guys, I was just wondering if anyone else was curious (stupid may be a better word) like me, and tried using Wellbutrin (bupropion) for a recreational purpose. I took approximately 3,000 mg (which is a bad idea) and began to have vivid hallucinations all throughout the night and even the next day. In my bedroom, I saw tons of spiders and scorpions crawling all along my ceiling and eventually dropping down on me. Spiders were literally everywhere, and when they were falling on me, I would physically feel the touch of their legs on my skin (it was very odd).

I also witnessed what appeared to be an older man (it was so convincing) that would sit at the end of my bed and laugh at me, but obviously he was just a part of the hallucinations. At one point I remember seeing myself lying on my bedroom floor covered with the spiders and what looked to be a weird type of centipede. I cannot describe how scared I was at first, but after a while I realized that it was all in my head and things eventually got better. Every object in my room would just constantly sway back and forth and it was very interesting to watch. Eventually, I somehow managed to fall asleep through all the chaos, and unfortunately, I do not remember much else from this experience."

END OF THE PART I COPIED

There was a long thread on this, but I did know that Wellbutrin could cause dopamine hallucinations, so I went looking. It took me less than 3 minutes to find this, and the similarities in this person's hallucinations on Wellbutrin and your experiences seem uncanny. Again, I am NOT saying that is what they are, only that I would like to see you investigate this angle, since it seems it could be much easier to fix than the paranormal alternative.

I am no expert at removing annoying spirits, though I am an empath for sure, but psych is my field, and I am sometimes worried when I see folks on this forum automatically assuming everything is paranormal, without investigating ALL the possibilities. 

With great respect and love to all who have posted here, and praying you find a solution to what must seem horrifying,

Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
11/10/17 02:40:52PM
1,249 posts

Please help - How to get rid of narcissist roommate


Tools for Empaths

Dear Hana,

I do not want to alarm you, but please get your sweet cat out of there ASAP! I have seen narcs harm animals in retaliation. I have a friend who left her two cats alone in the same house as her Narc DIL, despite my warning, and they ended up "accidentally" poisoned by something that "got into" their food. There was no way to prove she did it, but we all knew it. I would never wish such a tragedy on you. 

I married into a nest of Narcs, so I have lots of experience with them. Recently, the APA finally acknowledged what I've thought all along, ie. that Narcs are on a continuum with psychopaths.

I know today is your move and am praying you and your kitty are out of there by now and safe.

Blessings be yours,

C. Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/30/17 07:32:30AM
1,249 posts

Question for Empaths


Empath

FWIW: I saw a video yesterday by someone who teaches a master course on alchemy. He says our magnetic field has been reduced by 20% in the past 17 years appx., due to changes in the sun, which is due to "go to sleep" again, and that is the cause of all this instability, both in the physical world, and in our minds and bodies. He says the magnetic field will be dropped by 50% by 2030!

He said the climactic warming is really just a short prelude to a major cooling, following a normal cycle the sun goes through. The bad weather events will spread and get worse everywhere soon, not just in north America. More and more animals will go home to 5th density, ie. they will appear extinct here. Animals will go back to 5th density before most humans, since they are more advanced in their vibratory rate (Now that part I do believe for sure!). He says the process of most of us being able to go on to 5th density will take a very long time.

I have no idea if he's right, but I have felt for years that this catastrophe we are headed for is a natural one, not a man made one, so that part would fit. I was feeling it might be a CME, which comes from the sun, so it would be sun related as he says.

Mostly, I just feel the ground has been pulled out from under me, which he says is typical for those who've not dealt adequately with their karmic baggage going into this change. He says people who've forgiven all, see all of us as one entity, and can love all unconditionally will have much less trouble. I admit that isn't me....not there yet by a mile.

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/29/17 10:49:30AM
1,249 posts

Question for Empaths


Empath

Hi @zacharias,

    As someone who studied to be a Naturopath (I didn't finish though), I can't help noticing your symptoms of new muscle aches and facial tics fit magnesium deficiency well. Most Americans are deficient in Mg, but I believe empaths are more likely than most to be low in it, because we are under so much stress, and stress can dramatically increase Mg requirements. I'd like to recommend Natural Calm Mg Powder. The raspberry/lemon flavor is esp. good. It is calming as well as helping relax muscles. I don't own any stock in the company or work for it. I just like the product and the way you can control the dose to suit yourself. It is one of several calming supplements I am taking in these troubled times. 

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Hi @eri-ameonna,

     I so agree that " a general feeling of hopelessness" is a perfect way to describe what I am picking up these days. And, isn't it amazing that most non-empaths, which is most people, just won't admit to feeling it? When I talk to people, they say they are mostly happy.  I wish I could be happy, but I am very sad that people have a defeatist attitude towards letting the darkness win on earth, as if it is already too late. I don't watch news either, but can't seem to shake the oppressive feeling of some big catastrophe on the way. Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer, but this is the one place I can be honest.

Have a blessed day to all,

C. Cat 

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/25/17 07:42:59AM
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Alien insect creature


Psychic and Paranormal

Paul,

Thanks very much for working on that persistent portal. I will let you know by PM if things change. Appreciate it! 

Irma wrecked our grounds and fences, but house is intact. I hope yours is okay. Makes me want to leave Florida more than ever now. Don't want to hijack this thread, so will sign off.....

C. Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/25/17 07:25:25AM
1,249 posts

Alien insect creature


Psychic and Paranormal

Highly recommended for those who want the whole picture:

Reading:

1. anything on the danger of Spiritual Bypassing (lonerwolf has good articles)

2. anything on doing work on integrating your shadow side (lonerwolf has good articles on this too)

3. anything on how the masculine, left-brained patriarchy (current beliefs in most of world) needs integrating with the feminine, right-brained matriarchy (it's all good, no evil, so just be passive).....it's not a choice of one over the other, but must include both - (lonerwolf also good for this)

Viewing on You Tube:

1. Mark Passio's seminar on New Age Bullsh*t. Excellent for rocking the ego boat!

Back to work. Have a good day all,

C. Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/24/17 03:37:25PM
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Living in a small town


Empath

I've lived in a small town of 1,500, another one of 5,500, a small city of 32,000, a medium city of 185,000 and currently live in a metro area of many run together cities and counties of over 2 million that requires a two hour drive one way on congested highways to get to the country. Then you have to drive back home through all that, which ruins all the relaxation you got.

My current place is the worst place I've ever lived. I cannot get any quiet. Just to go outside and do a five minute Qi Gong routine each morning with any concentration is impossible.....there is always someone yelling at their barking dog, loud traffic, a chain saw, or all of that at once and more. The traffic is insane. I am not one who can disappear into a crowd. I can't do crowds at all, so I just don't go. I find that I never leave home here except to go to the doctor, or to take early morning walks around an area park, before people get up. I am not a morning person at all, so I am really desperate for nature to do that!

The next worse was the small city of 32,00, where there were no employers that needed to bring in new people from outside, so everyone had lived there for generations and their whole family was there. They had no desire to make friends with outsiders and did not even understand why anyone might want to travel away from there when on vacation. At least it was quiet, dead quiet. Neighbors didn't even greet you, if you ever even saw them. The only friend I was able to make was another outsider. 

The town of 1,500 was best, because it had low enough land costs to have a couple of acres around the house and had lots of wildlife and forest, and because it's two major employers brought in people with Master's Degrees from outside, so I made friends and had people I could talk to with similar interests. It was the best of all worlds to me.

I'd say do plenty of research before making a move and know what you want and more importantly, what you really need to feel at home.

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/24/17 02:58:35PM
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Alien insect creature


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I have a ragged edged, oval shaped portal in the corner of our bedroom, nearest our worst neighbors house, which is very close at that one corner. It's always been there, or at least for the 32 yrs. I've lived in the house. I can't see what comes through, but it feels evil and all my efforts to close it have failed. No spiders, just a blacker darkness at night and a very bad feeling. I sleep better in a chair in the living room. 

I agree with Paul about aliens, having had numerous experiences with one type that definitely feeds  off of  humanity, but I will not be drawn into yet another light worker vs. light warrior argument. IME, there is just no convincing those who have not seen, and I wish I hadn't seen or experienced what I have, so I understand light workers wanting to believe otherwise. However, IME, the  point here is that the dangerous ones do not need to morph into spiders and run away. 

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/17/17 09:08:40AM
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The Book, Conversations with God


New Age

If I remember correctly, it is a 3 book  series and I read them all. I liked them when I read them, but have since changed my opinion about a lot of that and feel it represents something called "spiritual bypassing". 

For anyone interested in a very informed rant about spiritual bypassing, Mark Passio has an excellent seminar on YouTube called "New Age Bulls*it". The lonerwolf.com website also has some excellent articles on spiritual bypassing.

If you don't like long and wordy, avoid A Course In Miracles. It makes Conversations with God look short and simple, IMO. 

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/17/17 08:21:17AM
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Question for Empaths


Empath

We just got power back last night, after 6 days without it. The pile of tree debris from our yard is 45 ft. long, 7 ft. high and still rising. One of our 150 ft. long, 6 ft. high solid fences blew over and landed in our neighbor's driveway, one section on her car. I watched the wind bend one of my flowering trees over almost to the ground and snap it off clean 2/3 of the way down. It was predicted to be a lot worse. I cannot even imagine......

I have strong personal feelings which may affect what I pick up. I have hated living here the entire 37 yrs. I've been here, on doctor's orders. I've had it with doctors and want to go back to the place I love. I do not believe them when they say it would kill me. I think it might save my life. However, that is another subject entirely!

I agree that our energy has to be expressed in some kind of manifestation in the material world. I've heard all the theories, but have no fixed belief as to how that works. I sure do see people being played like violins, letting TPTB divide us along every possible line so we don't look at who is really the problem, and the result is an atmosphere full of explosive anger, which must be released somehow. 

I am also picking up that Mother Earth is sick and tired of the fleas called humans who are poisoning her and raping her, and is letting us know who is boss. If we don't quit being so dumb that we crap where we eat, and if we continue to believe there is actually a place called "away" to throw the trash from our overconsumption, she may just decide to flick the fleas off for good. BUT, that may be my own love of nature over all else that is filtering what I pick up, so take it with a huge grain of salt. ;-)

Meanwhile, let us all pray for those poor folks in the Leeward islands who're about to get hit for the 3rd time in a row! 

C. Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/06/17 02:16:38PM
1,249 posts

My Whitey came home


Animal Empaths

@ zen-angel,

    I have to go eat a take out dinner hubby just brought home, but will answer quickly. We live in the Tampa Bay area, near the Gulf. I agree, if it goes up the middle, that would be bad for you. Luckily, land usually lowers the category quickly. Glad you are high up. 

     Yes, I have studied to be a Naturopath and am taking loads of supplements, watching to avoid the ones that also replicate the addiction, and there are plenty of them.....as many as drugs! Ironically, the drug costs me 15 cents per month, the supplements are costing about $145. Yes, I use binaural, isochronic tone music all the time in the evenings, but have to be careful. I've found certain ones make my insomnia worse. I have found the best supplement for me is loads of L-tryptophan during the night. The drug is alprazolam, given for muscle spasms that threw me off my feet from fibromyalgia. It kept me out of a wheelchair back then, but is now causing major anger, memory and anxiety problems and has been proven to cause dementia. It is harder to get off of than heroin and is an awful drug. I wish I'd known about natural alternatives way back when.

    I will go eat now and wish you all a good evening. Praying for Puerto Rico right now.......

    hugs to all of you and your cats :-)

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/06/17 01:14:41PM
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My Whitey came home


Animal Empaths

@zen-angel,

    You may be a neighbor of ours! I know how you feel. I am not sleeping at all. I am already going through drug withdrawal for a prescribed drug I took for 34 yrs. and without it, I have no brakes on my nerves and feel sheer terror already, sleeping 3 hrs. a night on good nights for 8 mos. so far, with about 11 more to go, so this is a very unwelcome added strain. My doctor did not want me to try getting off the drug, saying it might kill me, as sick as I already am. I am beginning to think he's right.

      We just gassed up, bought propane for our generator and more food, invited a friend of my husband's who already has a leaking roof to come stay with us, and arranged to loan our cat carrier to the neighbor with the 11 cats if she leaves, since she lives in a waterfront home. We live in west central Florida,  in a "D" zone, so we may get lucky and just have a lot of wind and rain. I don't know where you are located, but I am praying like crazy this thing will go out to sea. If it follows the spaghetti plot taking it right up the middle of the state, it will make Harvey look like a picnic. I know this is off-thread again, but if all the empaths who see this pray for Floridians, I believe it can't do anything but help us. Thanks!

     I also worry about all the pets that will be left behind by evacuees. I've heard of people doing that to fit more material things in their car and can't imagine the mind set of people who would do that, and it will raise my blood pressure if I let myself think about it. I have a friend who deliberately bought a van and pays for extra gas all the time just to make sure she can transport her 5 cats in an evacuation. That's one reason why she's my friend! :-)

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/06/17 12:52:07PM
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My Whitey came home


Animal Empaths

Hi @zen-angel,

    It was ME apologizing, not Cat-Whisperer. I was the one who helped take the thread off topic. I am glad you did not take offense. We are pretty decent here, being empaths. :-)

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/06/17 12:48:40PM
1,249 posts

My latest rescue


Animal Empaths

@zen-angel,

I can see why someone might call a silver cat Nickels, but I like your name choice better.  It was the same with us. We thought the cat was homeless and had named her Square (a long story). Then one day we heard a woman one block over yelling "Meagie", and she ran like the wind and jumped over our 6 ft. high fence to go in that direction to be fed.

I got a new friend out of it, which I badly needed, having lots of online friends, but nobody here that I see face to face more than twice a year, due to illness. She and I watch movies together when her spouse is out of town and take short walks when it's cool enough.  She got someone to feed her cat out of it, so she wouldn't have to roam the neighborhood yelling.  My husband likes to do it, and he also built her a custom bed, lined with sheepskin. We also buy her flea medicine, as the owner doesn't approve of medications, so her other cats have fleas and tapeworms, since the natural treatments never seem to work. I wish they did. We got fleas in the house from going "natural" so we told her we could not continue, and then it was okay to treat her. We can't afford this, but she is even poorer than we are, so we do it, and she still pays for any Vet visits to her all natural Vet. We just avoid discussing the complete lack of shots, license, etc. 

I hope Nickels still visits you from time to time, unless your cat really dislikes his courting, lol. I also hope he is fixed so he doesn't spray your property!

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/06/17 12:05:51PM
1,249 posts

My Whitey came home


Animal Empaths

Hi zen-angel,

cat-whisperer is so right! It happens all the time, just like in normal conversation, and I did not mean to rebuke you. I apologize if it came off like a criticism. One bad thing about online is that you can't hear the person's tone of voice. I am also used to a couple of forums where moderators patrol constantly and tell people to start a new thread rather than change the topic in mid-stream, so I am super sensitive to that, and I felt a bit guilty for doing it. 

Namaste :-)

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/06/17 12:01:00PM
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My latest rescue


Animal Empaths

Same for my husband. When we met I was a cat person and he was a dog person, but we both converted each other to loving both. He is the one who spoils the "timeshare" cat we have now, who belongs to a neighbor/friend, but prefers to live at our house (there are 11 cats at her real house and she prefers being an only cat). He cried more than I did when our last cat passed. 

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/06/17 11:27:50AM
1,249 posts

My latest rescue


Animal Empaths

OOHH!! I don't think I've ever seen a tan cat with stripes. She must be gorgeous. Look forward to future photos as she grows. She truly is a lucky girl to have you as her cat mama. :-)

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/02/17 11:41:13AM
1,249 posts

My Whitey came home


Animal Empaths

Hi Zen-Angel,

You have several interesting ideas for other posts or blogs there, and I don't see any you can't post here. I believe we used to have a Christian empath group on our old forum....not sure if it's still on this one.

I think the discussion of vibrational frequencies is central to the whole truth of how this universe works, IMO, and I would think that could be posted on the main forum, but in case of doubt, you can contact Elise and ask. 

I think maybe that other part of my entity died on 9/11. The kind of life I prefer is diametrically opposed to the life she was leading and I always wondered if that was some kind of balancing act. 

I am afraid I'll not be much help for you re: feeling like a "bad Christian", since I come out of a metaphysical Christian Church (Unity) where all of this is acceptable, and in fact my own minister is a psychic and had that confirmed by testing at the Assn. for Research and Enlightenment (The Edgar Cayce Foundation). To me an omnipotent God must be, by definition, everywhere and everything, including all that we are discussing! :-)

I think people are just plain AFRAID of things that they don't understand, and that might upset the apple cart of their tidy little world views, and that applies to any subject, not just religion. Also, if not ready to awaken, they may literally blow their minds thinking about such things, just like someone having a bad trip on a mind expanding drug might. As frustrating as it is for people like us (or at least for me), they have to be allowed to proceed at their own pace.

Not to side track Cat-Whisperer's thread, we should really start a different one on this......very glad to have you join us at EC.

C. Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/02/17 10:42:44AM
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My Whitey came home


Animal Empaths

I love this story also. It made my heart smile, and I am so happy for you, Cat-Whisperer. 

zen-angel, if you are not familiar with the Seth books, channeled by Jane Roberts, way before channeling was popular, and still by far the best, IMO, you may want to read the first two, as they address this a couple of times. They are called "Seth Speaks" and "Seth On The Nature of Personal Reality". 

Seth says that as an entity way beyond the part that makes up who you are here and now, you can put a fragment of yourself into a dog or cat to experience what that would be like. You do not need to use as large a part of your whole for this as for a human. He says you can have parts of yourself in more than one incarnation in the same time period as well. This made sense to me, as I used to dream constantly of a young woman in NYC with a very different life than mine, working at an ad agency in a tall tower, and the dreams stopped abruptly after 9/11 happened. 

C. Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/02/17 10:22:39AM
1,249 posts

My latest rescue


Animal Empaths

Cat-Whisperer,

    Lucy is adorable. In the picture she looks to be light tan in color. That is pretty rare, IME. I had a cat that color named Oatmeal way back when I was in college.

    If it was just the light in the photo and she is orange, I assume you are aware of all the strange stories and myths (are they really?) about orange cats. I had one back in the 70's  that was definitely part human. You could call him like a dog and he would come running from several blocks away. He liked a treat food we used to put in with his other dry food to entice him and would smack his paw down into the food in the dish as hard as he could to make the food fly all over the floor. Then he'd calmly walk around the floor, eating only the treats. Gotta love 'em......

    C. Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/02/17 10:15:54AM
1,249 posts

My latest rescue


Animal Empaths

Hi @zen-angel,

     I do think Americans have more cats now than dogs, probably due to not having the time to walk them, working too many hours to leave them alone, the much higher cost of their care, etc.

      I love dogs too, especially Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Their huge ears, tiny legs, permanent smiles and bunny butts are so cute it makes me go crazy. However, I do not like vacuuming the entire house every day....boy, do they shed!

     I'd say those kittens were probably sent by an angel to save my friend's son. 

      C. Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
09/02/17 09:48:05AM
1,249 posts

My latest rescue


Animal Empaths

More cat people at the EC, yippee! I am waiting for one of you to find and adopt a disappearing cat like me! There must be one out there somewhere, lol. We make good pals for empaths, since we can see spirits, as all who are owned by us are already aware.

Here is a true cat story that just happened to a friend of mine to make you smile.....

A good friend of mine has a son with a serious genetic heart problem inherited from his father. He jogs as part of his treatment. Last week he agreed to foster 4 kittens from the SPCA that needed salve put in their eyes several times daily. In order to make room for their gear and sleeping box, litter, dishes, etc., he had to move his treadmill to a place where he could not use it. Because he had to move it, he had to jog outdoors. Because he jogged outdoors, two people who were outdoors saw him suddenly fall to the ground motionless and rushed over. One of the two had just completed EMT training. He had no pulse, and they did CPR on him until the ambulance came. It was assumed to be his heart and he was put in a medically induced coma. It turned out his heart was fine, but he had had a very bad reaction to a medication! The doctor said if he'd been at home on his treadmill alone, he would be dead now. The moral: Save a cat today and the cat may save you! :-)

CATS RULE,

The Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
08/19/17 02:22:38PM
1,249 posts

Friendship curse


Empath

Thanks hop-daddy.

Rose quartz is the crystal I feel the very best wearing. Maybe I just need my compassion increased more than most folks, lol, since that is what it is supposed to be best at from what I've read. 

I love the color and pattern of malachite and green is my favorite color. I have several green aventurines combined in a necklace with teddite, but no malachite. I could use having negativity pulled out of me. Thanks for the info. 

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
08/19/17 07:00:56AM
1,249 posts

Friendship curse


Empath

Thanks, Cat-Whisperer.

I have black tourmaline, and find clear or rose quartz works best when I'm around people, but have not tried labradorite yet. :-) 

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
08/17/17 08:59:10AM
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Friendship curse


Empath

What if you really love a friend but are picking up her extreme pain and fear of being alone?

I have a friend who is very extraverted and can't stand being alone, but her husband is a traveling salesman, so he is often gone for weeks at a time. I never used to mind being alone so much before I met her, but  I am unbearably lonely for awhile now for the first time in my life. I finally figured out I may be picking it up from her, since I've only known her about 1 1/2 yrs. 

How can I stop picking up her sadness at being alone a lot without dropping her from my life? I'd like to see her even more than I already do. She is a great human being, just different from me, and I don't like feeling this way at all. I am already depressed from being very ill and this is adding greatly to it. I have tried cutting cords while affirming that I want her in life, but don't want to pick up her emotions. So far, it is not working.

Thanks for any ideas.

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
08/14/17 01:35:01PM
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Please Take An Empath Poll...


Empath

Hi hop-daddy,

    I am betting you have normal blood pressure. :-) I was taught this is only a problem for those who already have high blood pressure. I personally had this rise in BP happen to me when I tried both Siberian Ginseng and Rhodiola. It should not be a problem for most people with AF though, since AF more often causes low blood pressure. I have seen people with BP as low as 55/35, who could not even sit up in bed for long w/o passing out, their AF was so severe. These folks are usually diagnosed with CFS. 

     I just didn't want anyone to go through some of the things I have, like taking 5-HTP without being told it is dangerous to those with high blood pressure and that those of us who have that problem should take L-tryptophan instead. The result for me was a month of having to wear a cardiac event monitor and having my heart rhythm go into PSVTs almost every time I stood up. Lots of folks think natural means safe, but rattlesnakes are natural, lol. These things are usually MUCH safer than pharmaceuticals, but can still cause problems for some.

     I am very glad it helped you and I really wish I could have tolerated it, since I would love to be able to take an adaptogen, which I think would make having the ASI test a lot less necessary. 

     For those who do have a problem and cannot get the benefits hop-daddy got, lithium orotate also produces the clarity of brain function and improvement in short term memory fogginess that is so often a part of AF. It also helps anxiety and in some people it helps depression as well, though a high dose of L-tryptophan, B complex, and a high EPA fish oil are much more likely to help depression. (For those who have FM or CFS, make sure the B Complex uses Methyl folate not folic acid, and take a sublingual form of Methyl B12, not a swallowed cobalamin tablet). :-)

Cheshire Cat
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08/14/17 11:42:24AM
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Just a quick caveat about the formula above from someone who studied to be a Naturopath for over two years (I quit when I found out it was a felony to practice in my backwards state!)

Please be careful about taking Rhodiola if you have high blood pressure. So-called adaptogens almost always cause a dramatic rise for high blood pressure sufferers, occurring about ten days after starting the supplement. Most people with AF have low blood pressure and can benefit from licorice tea as well, which raises it, as well as sipping salt water during the day and making sure they do not stand up too long at one time, but those with very late stage AF may have high blood pressure (like me).

Also, as someone who has Lyme Disease, Ashwaganda is usually not recommended if you also have Lyme and are beyond Stage I.  This is important, as all who are diagnosed with Fibromyalgia should be tested to rule out Lyme, which is often the real underlying cause of FM. 

For everyone else, it sounds great. I've heard a lot of good things about Holy Basil, Tulsi tea, and I personally take L-theanine, L-glutamine, Melatonin (a very low dose), Seriphos, huge doses of L-Tryptophan, and lithium orotate supps. It depends upon your individual symptoms and the stage you are in. For example, Seriphos lowers the high early morning cortisol seen in the early stages (or in benzodiazepine withdrawal, which is why I am using it now, despite being in a later stage normally), while in later stages you may need Isocort, which raises cortisol. 

@hop-daddy brought up a good point about money. Integrative doctors or Naturopaths are expensive and the wait to get in can take forever, when you need help now. I can't afford the ASI test, so I use Hans Selye's chart of the stages of AF to try to figure out where I am at any given time, as well as my response to Seriphos. I also highly recommend Dr. Lam's website on adrenal fatigue. He specializes in it, sends out an excellent free newsletter, and will usually answer one question for you w/o charge, and his answers are very in depth, IME. 

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
08/14/17 07:17:26AM
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Empath

Thanks for all the work in doing this hop-daddy! I think you hit the nail on the head that empaths are more prone to adrenal fatigue in this crazy society.

Re: adrenal fatigue:

I would like to add that if your cortisol is so high at night that you wake up very early and lay there shaking, or get very angry or irritable, you might want to look into taking some Seriphos, a supplement they did not list in the otherwise comprehensive article linked above. It can help bring cortisol back to normal when taken about 4 hours before your worst time.

I did not see the ASI test mentioned, but if you can afford it, a 5 tube ASI test is the only way to know for sure if cortisol is too low or too high, since the symptoms are so similar for both. I have been playing with fire because I do not sleep, and can't afford to see a Naturopath and pay for an ASI now. What I am doing is not a good idea. Remember, it must not be the usual 4 tube ASI. If you have early awakening, you need an additional 5th tube to test your saliva early in the morning when you are laying there all wired up too. For diagnosis of adrenal fatigue, a 4 tube test is normally used. This will tell you exactly which stage of adrenal fatigue you are in, which makes all the difference re: which supplements to use and how much, whether to nap or not, etc.

Cheshire Cat
@cheshire-cat
08/12/17 08:17:18AM
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Fibromyalgia


Healers

Hi zacharias,

Wow, I am so sorry to hear that you have a job that exposes you to so much EMF pollution. That is one problem I do not have, though I cannot go into malls at all, or any place with new items, due to a severe reaction to formaldehyde, including an abnormal heart rhythm that requires an ambulance. I hope someone with more experience in shielding from unwanted EMF will come along and help you out. I also wish you could get another job, since I find the more exposure you have, the worse a particular sensitivity gets, just like with common allergens. I am adding you to my prayer list right now. 

Like you, I do not find this to be a gift. I practice and practice various techniques, but my inability to control my extremely sensitive responses to stressors has ruined my life, the illness has made me unable to work or drive, and I am mostly a hermit. I am lucky my husband has stuck with me, especially with the "double depression" I have now. My mom followed the same exact pattern and died very young. I cannot wait to go home also, and pray for it every night.

The only good thing about it is I now notice how many more mistakes I make when I don't have my abilities working like they used to. I see that I took being able to read people for granted. I am in a constant state of fear ranging to outright terror now, due to a voluntary and very long, slow withdrawal from an awful addictive drug they put me on for muscle spasms when I was first diagnosed with FMS. I decided it was destroying my brain and I was tired of being hooked on it. Recently, it was found to cause Alzheimer's so I started an almost two year process of weaning off. It is harder than heroin to get off of, let alone for someone as sick and old as I am. That fear has lowered my vibration to the point where I've lost most of my ability to read people, with some disastrous, very stressful and costly results, so I see now how being an empath has helped me in many ways I took for granted until they were gone. That is something to be thankful for to help balance out the other side.

I do think people with FMS or CFS are canaries in the coal mine, forecasting what all humans will suffer eventually if we don't clean up our act soon. We got it first because all of us have at least two defective detox genes in our methylation pathway (MTHFR labs can confirm this, and have done so for me), so we have a harder time getting rid of the toxic exposures from modern life.

FMS is not a new disease, just newly epidemic, due to modern society. There is an excellent article by Jeffrey Bland, PhD. called "Fibromyalgia: Stone Agers In The Fast Lane" which explains why our hyper vigilance was good throughout most of human history, and made us the most valued members of our tribes, but it is a disaster in modern life, where the stress response hardly ever turns off. That article can be found in Appendix A of Dr. Jacob Teitlebaum's first book on CFS/FMS called "From Fatigued To Fantastic". There is also at least one Indian tribe in the USA where those who get FMS are elevated to automatic Shaman level, and are revered, so they recognize the connection between FMS and empathic ability. That  info is from Devin Starlanyl, M.D. in her big book on FMS, the name of which escapes me, but it's easy to find and was her first book on FMS.

I've written my own book here, so I will get on down the road.....

Sending protective gold light to surround you and help you get through that fencing job,

Cheshire Cat

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08/11/17 03:42:35PM
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Fibromyalgia


Healers

Hi zacharias,

     I've had FMS for 32 years and ran a support group for people in 3 cities who have it for 14 yrs. and a call in line for 4 more years until I got too sick to drive. I could type on this all day, but if you are asking what I think you are asking, which is why does there seem to be a connection between being an empath and having FMS, the following may help. I would give the link, but I think we are not allowed to post links.....not sure. Anyone know?

    Just Google "Dysautonomia - Autonomic Nervous System Dysfunction - Holistic Help", read the long and excellent article you should find, and I think you will see the reason why many empaths may have FMS. I now have almost every disorder on that long list. That is what happens when your ANS is stuck in the ON position for over 30 yrs. 

   Is it a spiritual disease? I would say not anymore nor less than any other disease is partly spiritual when living on a 3rd density planet. Car accidents that cause whiplash are the number one trigger (41%), and that can happen to a totally non-spiritual person. However, I DO think there is a connection to being highly sensitive, as you will see when you read the article. FMS is a complicated disease, so there is no easy, quick answer. 

   If you have BLOOD relatives with FMS, I beg you to read the whole article and think about how you can start to modify your life right now to prevent getting this illness, since there is a strong genetic tendency involved. I wish I had known half of what I know now when I was younger. It would have changed where I chose to live, the career I picked, and in general I would've chosen a far more boring but calm, simple and quiet life with no drama and no putting up with toxic people at all. 

   Best wishes for good health,

    Cheshire Cat

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08/09/17 01:14:50PM
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30 Traits of an Empath


Empath

I think that is a very good list. For me it's a yes to everything except not liking the antiques. I like unique and interesting looking items, and also have severe chemical sensitivities, so older is better. I would rather buy an antique and sage it to get rid of anything attached to it than get something new and have to let it outgass for two months before I can even bring it in the house. 

I would also add food to the addiction list in #11. Comfort foods like chocolate help raise chemicals that make us feel less negative and I am not good at clearing negativity I pick up. I go for the bitter cacao bits and tell myself it's healthy, lol. I do see mention of this later on in the article, under protective belly fat. 

I have noticed what Trevor said about movies and news. I have one empath friend who actually loves horror shows. I have major adrenal fatigue, and notice that my tolerance for such things waxes and wanes with where I am on the adrenal fatigue scale. I also think many empaths deal with adrenal fatigue, though they may not know that is what it is called. Right now, it is really bad for me due to high physical stressors, and I had to stop watching two favorite TV series because I can't take the violence anymore. I never watch TV news, since I sense it has little relation to the truth. ;-)

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08/06/17 02:03:25PM
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Please Take An Empath Poll...


Empath

I cannot wait to hear about hop-daddy's research on the sleep interruptions and how they relate to being an empath! I am foaming at the mouth in anticipation.....please hop-daddy, do not make us wait too long. :-)

As someone who has studied Fibromyglia extensively and who ran a support group for 14 yrs., I  learned early on that research by Dr. Yunis at McGill University had proven that you could take healthy medical students, wake them up every two hours, and produce fibromyalgia within two weeks, because alpha wave interruption of delta wave sleep will prevent repair of muscles, and eventually cause a lot of other more serious problems as well if it goes on chronically.

So, I am amazed at all these otherwise physically healthy people who are waking up every two hours over a long period of time and yet do not have fibromyalgia, unless all of you are diagnosed with it and just did not mention it. I am wondering if the problem has been my being an empath all along now..... which means I've wasted 32 yrs. looking for physical solutions and treatments that would cure me That would certainly explain why I didn't find any! 

Cheshire Cat
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08/05/17 11:29:38AM
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Please Take An Empath Poll...


Empath

1. YES. Certified night owl here. Sleep lab tested me and told me that w/o drugs I would never fall asleep before 2-3 am, which I already knew was true. About 20 yrs. ago, I had to start taking a blood pressure drug that knocks me out, so I am now able to go to bed at 11:15 each night. I prefer to stay up later, since night is when I feel best by far, likely due to severe adrenal fatigue from not being very good at handling being an empath. I make myself go to bed, so my schedule is in line with others and things I must do during the day.

2.  YES. I have fibromyalgia and late stage Lyme Disease and for the past 32 yrs. have awakened every 2 hours, all night long. I feel much more tired when I get up than when I went to bed and never schedule anything for mornings. 

Cheshire Cat
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06/24/17 10:38:16AM
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What Are Your Favorite Empath/Medium/Psychic Movies?


Empath

I really liked the TV series Medium. Patricia Arquette got to play a normal person with a normal life who also happened to be psychic. It was the first time I'd ever seen someone with abilities as the lead of a show and not portrayed as an eccentric freak. Plus, it was based on a real person. This show de-emphasized the differences, which I really like, since I am tired of feeling like a different species. 

Cheshire Cat
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06/20/17 06:37:47AM
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Professions for Empaths


Healers

soothsayer4,

I am really glad to know you thrived on the hotline! That is a lot of pressure in my book. Goes to show we are all different. I really applaud what you did. I was very afraid to hold life and death in my hands all alone like that. I could still do group therapy, but one on one therapy would be too much for me now, since my adrenals are shot from being so ill with Lyme Disease for so long. I wish you the best as your career goes forward. It sounds like you've learned to release negative energy very well. I wish I was better at that. I've never been able to master any method I've tried and have to isolate to prevent it. 

Namaste,

C. Cat

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06/15/17 04:50:14PM
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Family Dream from both sides of the Vail


Dreams

Thanks, Bill, for the clarification. Now it makes perfect sense. I did not get that reason. I felt some cynicism, but could not feel where it was coming from. 

I am no angel, lol. I sure wish I were! Seriously, I am pretty sure angels are another type of being entirely. I do not believe humans ever become angels.

I have serious problems with not liking most people very much, since I can tell their hidden agendas and see a picture of the truth on their foreheads when they lie. I also get tired of wasting time on small talk. I do ask angels to help me on a daily basis. I'm told they are all around us, existing just to help us, and really wanting to, but we have to ask before they are allowed  to help, so I do ask often, since I figure I need loads of help in living on this crazy planet. ;-)

I tried tuning into your mother and got a month and day for his passing, but then she gave me an almost snarky look, lol, and gave me 3 different years and told me to figure it out! One of the years was lit up in neon orange, so I felt that was most likely right, given present facts. Of course, free will of all involved can change the date before then. I would give you these dates only by PM and only after you think long and hard about whether you really want to know or not. It would put incredible pressure on you every time that day approached each year. Do you tell him or not? Am I wrong? That is a distinct possibility and you could end up really mad at me for making you a nervous wreck once a year and then be blindsided when it happens some other time and you don't feel prepared due to what I got when I read your mom.  

Any reader who says they are always right is full of it! Everything gets filtered through our own biased brain matter. On the other hand, the only reason I even mentioned getting the dates to you is that I feel like you are a much more even-keeled, hypo-reactive person than I am, and whenever your father passes over, you will handle it with such good grace, helping those around you to handle it as well, that the actual day will not be of much consequence in your case. I wish my emotions were as well-controlled as I feel yours to be. It is a pleasure to tune into someone who is not as moody as I am!

Namaste,

C. Cat

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06/15/17 10:31:10AM
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Lifting the Seven Veils (enlightenment)


New Age

This was very interesting, thanks. I am confused though about whether these veils must fall in the order they were listed, which seemed to be implied. I feel like I am done with and can totally relate to all but the fifth, which I still have serious trouble with, and that was early in the listing. I have a couple of friends who do not believe humans are even capable of true unconditional love as long as we are in these bodies. I try, but know I am not there yet, and with the combative way SO many people are acting lately, I am getting further away, not closer. 

My question for all who read this is: Do you think we must all go through these veils in order? 

 
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