2020 FAQ’s About Empaths and Training
Frequently Asked Questions
About Empaths and the Spiritheal Institute Enlightened Empath School (SEES)
Q: What is an Empath?
A: Empaths are channels of the higher dimensions, who have an innate sense of Oneness, love and wisdom that eludes the materialistic minded. Their presence establishes the space and place for enlightened sensitivities to be integrated into daily life.
Judith Orloff, MD, in her book, The Empath’s Survival Guide, sums up the empath this way: The trademark of an empath is feeling and absorbing other people’s emotions and/or physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities. These people filter world through their intuition and have a difficult time intellectualizing their feelings.
Q: What are the different types of empaths?
A: The Learning Mind website identifies several different types of empaths, each of which has a different set of empathetic abilities. Emotional empaths, physical/medical empaths, geomantic (place or environment) empaths, plant empaths, animal empaths, and claircognizant/intuitive empaths. https://www.learning-mind.com/types-of-empaths/
Q: What are the traits of an empath?
A: The site The Mind Unleashed lists 30 traits of an empath, including being overwhelmed in public places, feeling others’ emotions as your own, and constant fatigue. http://themindunleashed.com/2013/10/30-traits-of-empath.html
Judith Orloff sees empaths as highly sensitive, introverted, absorbed in other people’s emotions, having huge hearts, and getting overwhelmed in relationships, among other things. I would add that they experience negative emotions as illness, pain and discomfort, easily lose their sense of self, feel out of place and misunderstood, have poor boundaries, to name just a few.
Q: What is the difference between Empaths and Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)?
A: Judith Orloff, MD, points out that there are many similarities between empaths and HSPs. However, only empaths can sense subtle energy and absorb it from other people and different environments into our own bodies.
Q: Do empaths have psychic abilities?
A: According to MindvsBrain, usually empaths are born to possess psychic abilities, but sometimes they develop them through time. A psychic empath’s abilities go way beyond than just sensing how others are feeling. They catch information from a much wider spectrum. MindvsBrain suggests 6 types of psychic empaths possess certain psychic gifts. Claircognizant, Telepathic, Psychometric, Precognitive, Geomantic and medium Empaths.
Q: What are the sensitivities of the empath?
A: The sensitivities of an empath include sensing space as a connective matrix of intelligence, experiencing the continuum of consciousness through all dimensions, sensing all as alive and communicative, living in unity consciousness where all is visible, nothing is hidden., etc., https://www.spirithealonline.com/classes/the-enlightened-empath-school/
What is the difference between a psychic and an empath?
OMTIMES writes that being psychic is about sensing information that other people can’t usually access. Empath means that you feel other people’s emotions as your own. https://omtimes.com/2013/06/empath-intuitive-psychic-medium-healer/
Q: How do I know if I’m an empath?
A: If you are reading this blog, there’s a good chance that you are an empath. The Wellness Institute has a checklist with 30 of the most common traits of an empath. Just check the ones that apply to you and see what your score is.
Q: As an empath, how can I identify the real source of my illness or pain?
A: It is difficult to identify the source of your pain or illness when you are an empath. Anything might be affecting your health, from the political climate to a sick next-door neighbor neighbor. Your ability to feel someone else’s pain as your own opens the door wide to possible causes and cures. To receive excellent care, you must seek out medical professionals that understand your set of sensitivities.
Q: How are empaths in relationships?
A: Because of their highly sensitive qualities, relationships can be challenging for an empath. On the plus side, empaths live on higher frequency vibrations and love is the highest frequency. It is impossible for an empath to turn off their heart. In relationships they are honest, creative, loyal, open, expanded, intuitive, insightful, and, of course, healers.
LifeAdvancer points out why empaths struggle with romantic relationships. Empaths can be moody, complacent, overly reactive and demanding.
In Psychology Today, Judith Orloff, MD, writes about relation empath in depth, and even has a quiz to determine if you are a relationship empath.
Q: What is the difference between being an empath and having empathy?
A. Having empathy for yourself or another sentient being is an experience of heart centered consciousness. Understanding, compassion, wisdom and discernment arise out of empathy.
The empath has the challenge of having a very sensitive nervous system in a very coarse world. Empaths experience others as themselves, not outside of themselves. There is no boundary between another person and themselves.
Q: Are empaths more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression?
A: According the website Healthy Place, empaths are scientifically proven to be more susceptible to anxiety, social anxiety, and depression. A study published in the Journal of Psychiatry indicates that individuals who suffer from social anxiety may also be extremely empathetic and susceptible to the feelings of others. This study concludes that. . . socially anxious individuals may demonstrate a unique social-cognitive abilities profile with elevated cognitive empathy tendencies and high accuracy in affective mental state attributions. This hypersensitivity to emotions also causes empaths to become ill and suffer from stress, experience burnout in the workplace, and suffer from physical pain more often than others.
Q: How do I deal with being an empath?
A: The website A Conscious Rethink lists 17 Survival Tips for Empaths and Highly Sensitive People, including creating a shield, grounding, and eating well. https://www.aconsciousrethink.com/2746/17-survival-tips-for-empaths-and-highly-sensitive-people/
Q: Can I ever cure myself of being an empath?
A: No. Your nervous system is biologically set. The evolving human will be more sensitive, not less.
Q: Is being an empath just all in my head?
A: Dr. Judith Orloff, in her book The Empath’s Survival Guide, assures us that being an empath is not “all in your head”. It’s a verified physical nervous reaction that between 10-20% of the population exhibit.
Q: Do empaths have a highly reactive nervous system?
A: Yes, your nervous system is extremely reactive. You don’t have the same filters that other people do to block out stimulation. As a consequence, you absorb into your own body both the positive and stressful energies around you.
Q: Are wholistic healing modalities beneficial to an empath?
A: Energy based therapies are often vital for supporting the empath. Energy clearing and balancing techniques help calm the nervous system and increase blood flow. Of course, traditional medicine should never be ignored when called for.
Q: Is there an empath quiz?
A: On my website, SpirithealOnline.com, I have a list of questions you can ask yourself that help identify if you are an empath. https://www.spirithealonline.com/classes/the-enlightened-empath-school/
The Empath Test site has a test that scores you on several categories, including: whether you are an Out of Control Healer, how well you use your own Empathic Protection Tools, how much you Unconsciously Mirror other people, and how Logical vs Intuitive you are. [www.empathtest.com]
Q: What are the best careers for empaths?
A: Business News Daily in June 2017 writes that using your gift to help others can be your ticket to success. Among the best careers for an empath are nurse, psychologist, writer, artist, musician, and teacher, etc. https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/10023-best-careers-for-empaths.html
Q. What is the purpose of the Spiritheal Institute Enlightened Empath School (SEES)?
A. Simply put, the purpose of SEES is to teach empaths how to tune their sensitivities to high frequency consciousness.
Q. What is the mission of the Spiritheal Institute Enlightened Empath School (SEES)?
A. The mission of SEES is to help empaths explore, accept, and embrace their unique sensitivity in the context of spiritual ascension.
Q. What is the objective of the Spiritheal Institute Enlightened Empath School?
A. The objective of SEES is to purify and heal wounds of the past, to ground and organize your energy, to develop confidence e and self-compassion, to improve health and well-being, to feel safe and protected in relationships, to find you purpose and place and in the world, to align with your higher being, etc.
Q. How can I benefit from the class?
A. This class can allow you, as an empath, to rise above the pain and suffering you pick up from others, to improve your relationships, to improve your health mental clarity and peace of mind, to learn to clear boundaries in life, work and love, etc..
Q: What is the approach of Spiritheal Institute Enlightened Empath School?
A: The approach we take is to help release limitations and rise to the challenge of being the true you. Each month has a primary theme supported by lecture, group discussion, guided meditations, self-healing energy practices, recommended readings, and access to class recording.
Q: What are the primary modalities of Spiritheal Institute Enlightened Empath School?
A: The 4 modalities of SEES are Attunement, Transmission, Lecture, and Healing Ceremony. Attunement aligns your being to your next highest frequency to release denser energies. Transmissions convey transformative energies with just the right frequencies to animate your power to be. Lecture helps frame the enlightened empath in the mystical context. The Healing ceremony calls forth the healing energies that rise from Mother Earth and pour down from Father Sky to purify and restore your wholeness.
Q: Why should I learn about my empathic sensitivities?
A: Learning about empathic sensitivities teaches us about ourselves and leads to greater clarity, peace and compassion.
Q: What are the benefits of empath training?
A: Training is essential if an empath is to attain an ascended purpose. Within the context of a sacred mystery school, empaths have the support necessary to develop mastery of their sensitivities and to consciously direct their energies toward finer subtle realms. They become the oracles, seers, healers and sages that can guide our world through portals of higher consciousness, so you can rise above the confusion and overwhelm that can subvert your dreams and passions.
Q: What if I am an empath and do not get empath training?
A: The untrained empath feels another’s pain as pain in their own body, another’s love, as their own feeling of love, and another’s confusion, as their own confusion.
Q: Why is empath training critical to my happiness and fulfillment?
A: Empathic training can allow you to live your passion, show up as your true self, soothe nurture yourself, maintain clear and healthy boundaries, etc.
Q: What is the mystical approach of the Spiritheal Institute Enlightened Empath Training?
A: SEES uses the “Energy First” approach. If you can heal and grow through attunements, transmission, light, sound, and frequency, then do it! This is the mystical approach.
Q: What are the guidelines of SEES?
A: SEES has a set of 3 guidelines that help align and ground you.
1) Know what you know through your body and not through your mind.
2) Take refuge in your relationship with Mother Earth and Father Sky.
3) Take on your journey fully and completely.
Q: How can SEES help me manage my empathic nervous system?
A: Energetic management is one the most effective ways to manage the nervous system. SEES will go into depth on how to become aware and manage your subtle energies to bring out the best of your empathic nature. You will be able to move beyond paralysis, flooding, isolation, and pain into enjoying your life and your spiritual path.
Q: How can empathic training benefit improve my life?
A: With a commitment to growth and expansion, you can train your sensitive antennae to focus on the inspiring spiritual realms instead of the mundane coarseness around them. Be a healer, spiritual guide, and leader who makes the multidimensional universe part of your everyday life.
Q: What are the teachings of SEES based upon?
A: SEES is based in the mystical lineage of its founder, Sarah Weiss, MA. She is a recognized teacher in the mystical schools of The Sufi path. The Andean Tradition of the Incas, and the Taoist G Qigong tradition. She is a living channel of Mother Earth and Father Sky in the way of the feminine based traditions.