My teenaged daughter is almost always nauseous (she is most days an unbalanced empath). I get nauseous less frequently, but it does happen when I am stressed and maxed out from taking in too much negative energy. I also get a pit in my stomach or feel nauseous from ghost energy (or when I detect something bad is about to happen). I love it when people say "my gut is telling me to do this" or anything about gut instinct. Because the stomach area is like a 2nd brain and is where our intuition is. The solar plexus chakra is where we take in our emotional energy. And mine gets really sore when I'm taking in too much from people or if I'm in a high emotion situation (like a funeral). Grounding and sleep is how I heal all of that.
At risk of sounding judgy, I find that people who are fitness freaks like your friend are compensating for unresolved personal tragedy or insecurity. In our society having 3% body fat and being a gym rat gets rewarded with a lot of positive attention. And some people live for that. So you could be picking up on your friend's insecurity energy or their unresolved emotional pain. On the flip side, don't beat yourself up for your current body shape. Empaths typically carry a little extra weight. And because we tend to be selfless, we are not overly concerned about not being in fitness model shape. We're just not vain that way since we generally worry about everyone else first and ourselves last.
If you think about it logically, people who eat and then purge or go on extreme fad diets are unhappy with themselves. I've seen plenty of overweight people who eat what they want and are secure enough with themselves that they don't let society's body standards bother them. For the rest of people, getting fat is shameful and they feel like an outcast because they are not in better shape. And quite often for those people their weight gain came about from unresolved emotional issues. As an empath you're going to pick up on all of that. Sure people get grumpy and frustrated when they starve themselves on a crash diet, and you will pick up some of that energy. But a layer beneath that is their true self energy. And that unhappiness is likely what you are picking up on.
You mentioned that one friend you can speak openly with, while the other will hold your personal info. against you. There are a lot of people that are jeaalous and envious by nature out there. And that group of people are usually very insecure, feel a bit lost, and are trying to be someone of something that they are not in order to fit in. When you are a balanced empath, you are confident and fine the way you are. People pick up that from a spiritual level and will hate you for that. They would pay or do anything to have that level of confidence and personal acceptance. So when you confide in them they see it as an opportunity to take you down a notch. They make themselves feel better by making you look worse. This has happened often in my life. I call it "the contest that I never knew I was in". My advice is to just know that as an empath there are plenty of people who will attack you and try to sabotage you to make themselves feel or look better. You don't need people like that in your life so try to avoid them. Or at least be aware of their intent and shield their energy and know their ultimate intent is to harm you. I've been helping my teenage daughter with this a lot lately because in high school the wolves with their knives out are a lot more obvious than when you get older and those same people do a better job masking themselves and their agendas.
Reading other people's thoughts comes and goes for me. And when it works I find it comes from being able to read their emotional energy at a deeper level. For example, if someone is really worried about something, picking up that worry will somehow carry their thoughts forward to me on that energy where I can tell what's on their mind with pretty good precision. It mostly works on people close to me like my wife and kids. I think that's because I love them deeply and let my guard down around them. Whereas out and about I have a bit of a guard up blocking some of the energy that hits me and that seems to dull my mind reading. Although there have been plenty of times when I've calmed my mind and I can hear the thoughts of strangers nearby. And then I'll make eye contact with those strangers and they look embarrassed as if they know that I just heard their inner thoughts. So in a nutshell, I would say I'm a novice at the mind reading thing. I need to do a lot of work developing that. If you want to work on it I would say go to a public place where people are around, (like a mall) and try to calm your mind and see what you can pick up on. When I calm my mind people's thoughts just jump right in. Sometimes I'm just picking up on their general vibe like maybe they're tired or pissed off. But with others I can go a level deeper and pick up thoughts. Try that out and see how it goes. The number 1 thing for me that I've learned is that if I try hard to consciously work on a psychic skill, it usually doesn't work. I also can't be stressed out and imbalanced as that also mutes my skills. After grounding myself I have learned how to calm my mind in a semi-daydreaming state and just let my subconscious mind open up and go to work.
I used to be like you where I would walk around with my emotions changing like crazy from one minute to the next. I found that my chakras were too open and that I needed serious grounding to get it all under control (to turn down the volume so to speak). I also learned about taking salt baths as part of a grounding technique, and use protection stones and crystals. If you want to learn more on that let me know.
As you know there are a lot of differnt types of empath skills. And one of them makes it really hard to eat because some empaths can pick up on the misery of the animals they eat. Or they can pick up on the unhappiness of the store worker who stacked the apples. It's possible that you may have a skill similar to that. And with a lot of energy work/grounding, you can manage that better. But I did also want to mention that if you have a sensitive stomach from being an empath, you're going to have trouble eating acidic foods like tomato sauce, chocolate, coffee. I'm in that camp and have to watch what I eat or take antacids.
I hope this all helps. Sorry for the long response.
updated by @hop-daddy: 05/03/19 09:23:52AM