Have you ever wondered what an empath is? Or if, perhaps, you were one?
Years ago, I remember two occasions that were sure signs I was an empath, but didn’t know it. I didn’t even know it was a thing!
The first one was when I was talking to a timeshare salesperson and I had mentioned something about my sensitivity to motion, how I easily get motion sickness. This person thought I was exaggerating. I told him that I could feel the earth move when I lie on the ground. And my partner backed it up by saying: “No, she really feels the rotation of the earth on its axis.”
The second memory was during a conversation I had with a dear writer-friend. I don’t quite remember what we were talking about but I was upset about something that felt really minor. The reaction felt disproportionate. In an effort to shrug off my sensitivity (while making an attempt to acknowledge it), I said: “This is what it’s like to be a poet — I’m a freaking barometer for whatever is happening around me. And I experience it at highly intense levels, which makes me want to write it down just to get it out of my system.” I had assumed that all poets experienced this kind of thing.
I was wrong.
Over the years, I finally figured out that there was a word to describe and label me: empath. Which is different from having empathy. (Check out this video for more on the differences.) An empath is highly sensitive to the energies around us. We often have strong intuitive and gut feelings and get physically ill (often a chronic disease or autoimmune issue) when we are not in alignment with our deepest truths. I’ve suffered from chronic fatigue/Epstein-Barr virus & migraines. I’m one of the lucky ones. Others I know have had it far worse. We also suffer from wanting so badly to help people and solve their problems that it comes at the expense of our own wellbeing. We give away our energy.
Not the healthiest thing to do.
Once I got a sense of what was happening, I figured out ways to protect my energy, to keep it from getting sucked up by others. Lavender oil. Mala beads. Envisioning a shield of white light. I was doing other things, too, that I wasn’t aware of that helped me stay strong — like Kundalini yoga.
I thought I was good. I got this, I thought to myself.
And then I went through a series of transformations on both the physical and spiritual levels. I didn’t know what was happening at the time, but my body was in havoc. Vacillating from strong radiant health to a deep flu so bad it hurt to my bones — I was bedridden for 12 days. And then back again to radiant health (thank you, Kundalini yoga!). And then, more recently, migraines.
It was during this bout with migraines that EMPATH*ology appeared in my inbox. I had just gotten back from living in India for a month — full cultural immersion in the practice of bhakti yoga and earning my 300-hr advanced teacher training certificate. I thought the migraines were part of my re-entry process. Lola Pickett’s webinar on Empath Stress Disorder caught my attention. I’m an empath, I thought to myself. What’s this stress that she’s talking about? Curious, I signed up. All the things she said resonated with me. I was nodding the whole time –and nodding hard! I was being seen! Someone else was feeling what I was feeling and for similar reasons! And here were 30 or so people joining in on this session, feeling the same things! I wasn’t alone! Do you know how amazing that feels??
Did I need this course? Did I need EMPATH*ology? After all, I’ve got my protection protocols and they’ve been working just fine for me. In other words: my ego had the best of me — apparently, I knew it all!
But something deep down (uh, hello, intuition!) suspected that there was something in this course that would help me. How? I didn’t know. Help me with what? Who knows! I had a brief wrestling match with Ego: how will we afford this? We’re off from teaching this semester and so only meager yoga income is being earned. Are you crazy? But, if my time in India taught me anything: take the leap into the dark and a place to land will appear. So I leapt!
And wow — I leapt and haven’t looked back! This course not only gave me concrete tools to set boundaries –physical AND energetic–that I didn’t yet know about, but it also allowed for me to step into my OWN power (and I’ll tell ya: I had no idea what that meant! Everyone kept saying this and I was like: what does that even MEAN??? Hahaha!)!!! I radiate my energy rather than shrink it or shield it (I mean, when you shield, how can you share it with the folks you love? And the folks who might need your light?). I’m also stepping into VISIBILITY rather than hiding away and it has been freaking AWESOME! As in: AWE-inspiring! I am continually in awe of the magic that has happened and continues to happen, even today!
If you’re an empath or a highly sensitive person, I would make EMPATH*ology a requirement for living in this loud, noisy, at-times-abrasive world we live in! This course is ALL. THE. THINGS! And Lola is brilliant (I mean literally, she shines!) and open-hearted and firm (she’ll call you out on your shit! but gently and with kindness) and alllll LOVE. If you want to work on thriving as an empath, THIS is the place to be. LOLA is the person to guide you! OMG I can’t even recommend it enough! I could gush on and on and on! You get the idea: this course has changed my life and at an accelerated rate. I cannot believe how far I’ve come in just a year. Under “normal” circumstances, it probably would have taken me 5 years to get to where I’m at now. (And if you want THAT story, reach out to me via email. 🙂 ) And best part? Once you’re in, you’re in for life! Which means you get an amazing community of people like us, full of support and love! No judgment. For real-real!
Get this! She’s opening up enrollment for EMPATH*ology next week!! Registration opens on TUESDAY Feb 3rd, which also happens to be the same day as the FREE TRAINING WEBINAR (where you can learn about Empath Stress Disorder and if you suffer from it, along with talk about boundaries and differences between narcissists and empaths) at 2pm est OR 7pm est pst! You want in?? (You know you do!) Go here to get the goods! And if you can’t make it live, you can watch the replay. But you have to be registered for the free webinar to get access! So sign up!
And if you sign up for EMPATH*ology, you’ll get some bonus stuff from me! YAAAAYYY!!! And who doesn’t want free bonus stuff??
BONUS MATERIAL, upon registration with EMPATH*ology:
Registration is now closed.
Stay tuned for when the next round opens up!