By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Do you want a laugh? Here it is:
(chiefly in science fiction) a person with the paranormal ability to apprehend the mental or emotional state of another individual.
What a laugh! “Chiefly in science fiction”?? Oh dear. Those of you whom are Empaths, please try to disregard some dictionaries, particularly the one I took a chance on whilst on Google. But then, what would I know, only having lived 22 years with an empath mother and having a handful of the same qualities myself. I’m truly sorry if any are offended, but I really had to include this just to prove that when one knows nothing of which they speak, they should not speak… including writers of dictionaries.
Being an Empath is a very real ability. Albeit, one that many on the outside looking in won’t easily understand. But I believe that what throws many into chaos when confronted with trying to define empathic nature is how closely resembling some mental health issues it can be. Many are wrongly diagnosed as Bipolar. The Empath does suffer the highs and lows, like Bipolar because they naturally feel other’s highs and lows, their joys and sorrows. Being an Empath is a roller coaster ride, but not a jolly ride at all. The many tears shed by my Mum at the dining table with her head on her crossed arms are a testament to that. And, not being able to speak of what ailed her. She could manage herself around her family…her mother would have understood as she was a cunning woman with deep roots in magick, still, she never felt she could share with her what was happening. And, I believe wholeheartedly because she couldn’t bear thinking she was gifted by any kind of magick as she felt it was all wrong. In those days had she seen a doctor for her “problem” most likely she would have been prescribed Valium and sent home to become another addicted housewife.
The main difference between the Empath and the Bipolar is that the Empath does not become violent whilst being bombarded by other’s emotions. Or, at least very much less likely to. And, the Empath does not suffer the delusional episodes which is a tendency of the Bipolar. If you need further differentiation, the Bipolar is less empathetic toward others, in fact, often cursing and lashing out at those trying to help them. You see, I do not make these claims lightly as I have a child who is Bipolar. It can get ugly at times.
I’m not able to give a completely unbiased accounting as I have been closely involved with both sides, the empathic and the bipolar. But I do know that Empaths know what you mean. They “get you”. Some of you have disciplined yourselves and have learned to be able to be empathetic without being sucked dry by the psychic vampires or also known as “energy vampires“. [Yes, two different links there. One is a Wiki link and the other to a mental health page on how to spot the energy vampires]. Others, the dear fledgling wee birds with hearts bigger than the Universe itself, become exhausted by the feelings they have taken upon themselves…and believe me, they didn’t ask for it. Still, it is what happens, and they want so desperately to help those who need help. What can they do?
As I am sure most of you know, there are a good many website which give not only insights and explanations about being an empath but there are many self-help websites on your side as well. Not to mention books, such as The Empath’s Survival Guide, by Judith Orloff, MD.
What else, apart from reading books and websites, can the Empath do to make life a bit more bearable on themselves…to protect themselves from the daily onslaught of depression, tears, pain, and sometimes joy beyond belief…joy is good but try getting hit by an overload. That might not be pleasant. As ever, I am here to help, if I can and here are some tried and true suggestions for those of you who need ideas on how to manage being an Empath more effectively. My heart goes out to every one of you for yes, I do know your pain.
Recently I made an Empath Rescue Witch Bottle for a lady whom was having a hard time managing her gift. I always add nine “ingredients” to a witch bottle because we believe the perfect number is nine. In this witch bottle I added four layers of crystal chips, Snowflake Obsidian, Lapis Lazuli, Rose Quartz, and Amazonite. Here are my reasons for using these and some additional ones which are very good as well.
Snowflake Obsidian: Grounds, repels negative energy, and balances emotions. Supports the root chakra.
Lapis Lazuli: Brings forth wisdom and truth; helps to decipher trust and intuition. Supports the throat chakra.
Rose Quartz: Heals and supports the heart, grounds emotions. Supports the heart chakra.
Amazonite: Balances emotions, stops outside energies from taking over. Supports all chakras, particularly the heart chakra.
Other crystals which are helpful to stabilising the Empath from being taken over by emotion include Amethyst [supports the crown chakra and holds you close to the Divine and your Spirit Guardian], Haematite [protects the body and keeps spirit grounded, supports root chakra], Citrine [brings enlightenment, optimism, warmth, and clarity. Sacral chakra], Lepidolite [brings peace and tranquillity, soothes anxiety, centres the mind in times of stress. Supports all chakras]. Malachite [stone of transformation, brings healing, enhances willpower, blocks negative energies, deep energy cleansing. Supports heart and throat chakras].
As you can, purchase pieces of jewellery having these crystals on them. Of course, you may research and find many other crystals you might prefer better which will do you good. Wearing pieces which support and protect you and your chakras, will help ease the suffering you feel and help clear your head so you can think of ways to help the people reaching out to you. Pictured just below is an Empath Rescue witch bottle necklace we I have made for a customer in the past who was terribly beset by the pain she felt from others. It is mainly filled with semi-precious crystals chips and some herbs which all go together to stave off the ill reactions, plus two small Magnolia beads which you may remember that the bark of Magnolia is soothing to the nerves and two small Haematite beads for grounding. It worked a treat. We do not keep these as a rule in our shop, however, if you have need of one, please let us know.
Of course, jewellery is not the only way to work with crystals. I always recommend palm stones in the various helpful crystals mentioned above. They are also called worry stones by some and the reason is that many people, when in distress of any kind, get more satisfaction from the large palm stone by using it as a large worry bead to help get the most out of the crystal’s support as well as something to give comfort to by rubbing it and holding it.
Crystal grids are another fabulous way of directing your empath crystals to support you. You can make a crystal grid as small or as large as you like. I have seen a photo somewhere in the not-so-distant past where someone had created her entire room into a large crystal grid. That would be nice, however, not many of us can afford all the crystals you need and not to mention the very enormous crystal receivers and generators she had. If you can do one of that scale, then that would probably be optimal and do send me photos! I think that a crystal grid of any size which you have built for your needs is plenty large enough.
Crystal elixirs are one more way to get the most benefit from your crystal support. Please do keep in mind that you can’t make an elixir from every crystal as some have things like lead and so forth which will leech into your water. However, you can still use them for a sympathetic elixir where the crystal is not left inside the water you will drink but above it on a piece of card stock or however you wish to do it. Before making any crystal elixir, please read up on the crystal thoroughly to see if you can use it in your drinking water.
Teas and Herbs
Hawthorn Berry tea: Excellent heart tea! For the heart chakra and for the heart proper. It is perfect for healing any kind of heart or heart-related problems. Empaths know their hearts are largely affected by the situations they are in and often find themselves having heart palpitations and other problems. Hawthorn berry tea will give you the support you need and as a bonus, you can infuse your cup of tea with a Rose Quartz for the extra help.
Lavender tea: You need your Spirit to be soothed every day and to be connected with your Divine source and your Angel. Lavender tea can provide you with this by enhancing your mental clarity and calming your nervous system amongst other things. Supports your crown chakra.
Ashwagandha tea: I have never tried this one, however, whenever I read anything to do with Empaths this tea is mentioned, therefore, I must believe that we’re on to a winner with this tea for supporting your root chakra. It is an ayurvedic herb that has powerful root chakra cleansing properties. It helps you to be more grounded by reducing anxiety and depression. An added bonus, if you need one, is that Ashwagandha is a cancer-killing tea!
Chamomile tea: An obvious choice for its relaxing properties. It is another good choice for helping your heart.
There are other herbs which can be used as teas such as Nettle Leaf, Linden, Sage, and Dandelion Root. Be certain to check that none of the teas you try will interfere with drugs you may be taking for heart problems or anything else.
Thank you for reading. I do hope that you can use the help I have tried to provide. Mind, this doesn’t touch the sides, really, for there are loads more things you can do. However, I am hoping this will help in some way. Warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x