2020 Empath News and Research
Inspiring News and Research for Empaths!
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Stan Grof Interview: Lessons from 4, 500 LSD Sessions and Beyond
If you’ve ever wondered about LSD and consciousness-altering substances and their relationships to spiritual growth, expansion, and personal development, this interview is for you. Stan Groff MD is one of the original LSD researchers. He is a psychiatrist who studied the effects of LSD on physical and mental health before it was outlawed. He is also the founder of The Transpersonal Psychology Association and Holographic Breath Work. At 87 he is one of the most lucid and grounded wise men on the planet today.
Kerrie Hummingbird interviews Jose Stevens on The Soul Nectar Podcast: Eagle Minds, Condor Hearts
A wonderful conversation about authentic spiritual teaching, the tests and tribulations of the path of initiation, shamanism, the economics of spiritual teachings, and the way of shamanism and spiritual teaching in the western world.
Paul Stamets: How Mushrooms Can Save You and Perhaps the World
One of the most in-depth interviews with Paul Stamets. I met Paul at a Bioneers conference in 2004. I am impressed with his innovative intelligence, spirituality, and wholeness approach to Mother Earth, mycology, and consciousness. The interview is over 2 hours but well worth it. He’s an inspiration to those who need perseverance, to follow the clues one-step-at-time-despite set backs and criticism.
Two Research Articles from The HeartMath Institute that Every Empath Should Read: Totally confirms the empath’s life experience!
Recommended: SuperHuman Movie
This is a life-changing movie, yes it’s commercial, but it is worth the rental or purchase price. Check it out!
My friend Lisa Copeland, founder of Finding a Quality Man After 50 is a fantastic relationship coach and guide to the dating world. She has a proven track record for helping you gather your confidence and get out there and connect. She is spiritual and practical, fun, and wise. You’ll be able to hear my interview with Lisa on the EARTH LOVE SPIRIT Podcast in early June. Check out her offerings, Lisa Copeland, Relationship Coach and Dating Guide
Lee Harris Youtube video on Narcissists and Empaths
Lee Harris is authentic, an empath himself, he describes the dynamic between Narcissists and Empaths clearly.
Earth Ancients: Interview with Mary Rodwell, author of The New Human
Listen to this podcast with an open mind. Mary Rodwell’s pulls together some amazing insights into The New Human. Her research into Human Hybrids, Experiencers, the Non-Neuro Typical spectrum, Syntesthesia, Empaths, and ADHD finds a common foundation in the way we are evolving out of old paradigm programming.
Edge of Reality with Lee Spiegle: Interview with neuroscientist Dr. Diane Hennacy, author of
The ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena
The Church Forests of Ethiopia
Literal church forests! A circular church within a circular forest….femine earth spirituality meets Orthodox church.
Truth or Fiction: Coronavirus by Greg Braden
Great science class on viruses, bacteria, cell receptors and leukocytes and how the virus works.
The Great Womb Awakening
This looks like a great way to expand and embody during your retreat-at-home! A free online event starting March 23. Women everywhere are waking up! Speaking the unspeakable…Moving the unmovable…Thinking the unthinkable and doing the undoable! And at the root of this unfathomable uprising is none other than the feminine body!
Inspiring Art by my friend Ellen Dreibelbis
You can order prints here, and she has many more!
A beautiful description of “spiritual transmission”, what it is, how it happens and the results. What It Means to Receive a Spiritual Transmission by Johanna Bassols
Check out The Sacred Life Podcast with Shann Van Der Leek. Shann interviewed me on the topic of Trusting Yourself and Your Journey as an Empath. We had a great discussion about the more unusual aspects of being an empath! She has great energy and really gets you to release shame and come out of hiding!
A Woman Finds Her Power: Apollo and Me author Cate Montana interviewed by Regina Meredith
Insightful interview describes how Cate Montana was lead to find her inner strength and identity as a true woman through years of spiritual seeking and a once in a lifetime vision.
Check out the title: Being Truthful- How Honesty Nourishes Love Jan. 31, 2020
It’s always good for empaths to read The Tao Te Ching, The Book of The Way. You can listen to it free on YouTube. I promise you’ll resonate with it!
Could Consciousness All Come Down to the Way Things Vibrate? from The Conversation website. Interesting science of Vibration and Frequency.
This is GREAT! Plants See Underground by Channeling Light into their Roots
Article on The New Scientist Website about how plants actually see and receive nutrients from the earth.
Check out the The Sedona Journal 2020 Predictions Issue. Barnes and Noble carries The Sedona Journal locally.
Look for my monthly column The Empath Portal: January’s title is: Understanding the Spiritual Consciousness of Empaths in The Sedona Journal of Emergence starting in January 2020. February’s column focuses on Getting the Right Medical Care for Empaths.
During The Fullness of Emptiness Retreat in Silver City, NM, we worked deeply with the nature spirits. Both Caroline Myss and Atala Dorothy Toy offer wonderful insights and guidance for working in partnership with our friends in the nature realm.
Caroline Myss on Nature Spirits
An unusual interview with Caroline Myss speaking about her relationship to Nature Spirits.
Eckhart Tolle on Where Thoughts Come From
Great discussion on the Collective Mind and how thoughts are ultimately not personal. This is an important teaching for empaths who get taken over by thoughts, feelings and sensations.
Peter Russell on Nonduality Very nice description of the relaxed mind and how striving takes us farther away from peace and knowing. The relaxed mind is the answer.
New book for empaths by Judith Orloff, MD Thriving as an Empath 365 Days of the Year
Good daily tips for self-care.
Dorothy Walters had a spontaneous Kundalini Awakening in 1981 and speaks to the “splendor” and “guidance” of The Great Mother. Wonderful interview.
Unapologetically Sensitive Podcast on Emotional Neglect is a must for empaths! Listen here as Patricia Young explores the impact of not being heard or recognized as a sensitive child.
Rey Hernandez is Executive Director of the Consciousness and Contact Research Institute (CCRI), a 501c3 academic research institute comprised of 15 Ph.D. academics and medical doctors whose mission is to explore the relationship between Consciousness, our Cosmology, and Contact with Non-Human Intelligence via the Contact Modalities.
Terri Ann Heiman interviewed me for her Empowered Spirit podcast. We covered the topics of Intuition, Medical Intuition, and Empaths. It is a fun interview and you may learn something new about my childhood experiences with spirit!
Awaken Yourself by Dr.Shefali Tsabary
She tells it like it is.
Three different studies, done by different teams of scientists proved something really extraordinary. But when a new research connected these 3 discoveries, something shocking was realized, something hiding in plain sight. Human emotion literally shapes the world around us. Not just our perception of the world, but reality itself.
Need help with relationships? Michelle Chalfant very clearly outlines 7 steps to healthy relationships that everyone can benefit from! The Adult Chair: Healthy Relationships
Highly Sensitive People overlap with Empaths in so many ways. Some of the sensitivities are similar, the difference is that Empaths internalize and personalize their experiences more than HSP’s. The podcast Unapologetically Sensitive with Patricia Young is great for both HSP’s and Empaths.
Some empaths have a clear relationship with the “hereafter”. These two docs normalize the experience and speak to the merging of science and spirit in the study and experience of death and near death experiences. It’s not odd to be aware of the states beyond 3D, it’s actually healthy and very human to have access to multiple realms of consciousness. I’d just die if I couldn’t experience the multi-dimensional life! (ha-ha)
Empaths Have Their Own Language! Empaths, consider how language has impacted your entire identity and ability to express what you know to be true! The importance of language cannot be overrated when trying to find your space and place in our world. Emergence Magazine has devoted an entire issue to the importance of language in defining and naming our reality. This issue features how the lack of language has all but decimated native American tribal culture and how the reclaiming of each tribes language puts them back in touch with their land, their identity and their spirit. Robert McFarlane’s article on language looks at how limiting it is and how language fails to save us when nature wants to communicate. This issue is important for everyone, but particularly for empaths who feel like failures when they can’t find the words to name and describe what they feel and know.
How to Live a Legendary Life by Christina Pratt. (The link is for her podcast Why Shamanism Now?–google the title of the podcast with her name if it doesn’t come for you.) In this episode, Pratt speaks to the need to ground ourselves within the heart of Mother Earth and Father Sky so as to have a greater reference point than our own personal one. Those who have studied with me will hear familiar words such as “axis”, “truth cord”, “Qigong Macrocosmic Orbit”, and the path to what she calls the Legendary Life as a function of this axis and the connection to Mother Earth and Father Sky.
Getting grounded is so important for empaths. It creates and sustains healthy boundaries, opens your body to revitalizing energies, and clears the heavy energies accumulated through empathic merging. The Grounding Movie explains the science behind grounding and the importance of connecting with the earth. You also have the ability to ground directly through the soles of your feet and your root chakra any time and any place, even wearing rubber sole shoes and in an airplane 30,000 ft. in the sky when you practice with this 30 Minute Grounding Meditation. As an empath, you are probably sensitive to subtle energies and the more you tune in to the subtle world the more you will understand the invisible energies that are affecting you daily.
For products that help you ground check out Earthing.com
Your House is on an Ancient Site! The history of America has been hugely distorted and hearing the truth will transform your cells and consciousness. When a culture is based on lies darkness prevails. Listen to Scott Wolter on Earth Ancients to learn how North and South America’s history is far different than you were taught. Empaths need to know the truth in every aspect of our lives. Life aligns when we hear the truth and here is some more light for you. (The Scott Wolter interview begins about halfway through the episode.) Earth Ancients Interview with Scott Wolter
Plants Can Feel You Touching Them and Sometimes They Don’t Like It!
Humanity is being called to accept the true sensitive nature of all sentient beings. Empaths are as sensitive as the plants described in this scientific research. What most people don’t realize is that we are all sensitive and learning about subtle energy helps you see beyond the veil of illusion that western mind/body dissociated culture has contrived to keep us in the dark.
Waking Up from Trance Unworthiness by Tara Brach
The western world has been under a trance of unworthiness for thousands of years. The sense that “something is wrong with me” pervades our day. Whether we are empaths or not, waking up from the trance of unworthiness is the path of feeling whole and confident.
The Physics of Spirituality with Nassim Harimein
From the world of physics comes the explanation for why empaths are empaths! Listen to Nassim description of the unified field, entanglement, and consciousness and you will begin to see why I believe underlying the sensitivities of the empath is the awareness of Oneness and Love.
The Earth is as Alive as You Are For all you earth empaths out there, here is the article that affirms your connection.
Empaths have gone through many betrayals in their lifetime but often these betrayals are not recognized, just accepted. As you’ve probably noticed in your research on empaths, it is not unusual for empaths to be in a relationship with narcissists. Not only do narcissists deny the empaths experience, but many who do not understand the sensitivities and awareness of empaths deny or dismiss it too. In this podcast by Debi Silber, the topic is relationship betrayal and how it falls in the category of “abusive”. The reason I’m posting it on this page is for those who have gone through relationship betrayal and abuse, but also for all empaths who have had their own narrative denied, dismissed, and overturned by those close to them. The similarities are fascinating. Whatever the reason, when someone makes you feel crazy for what you experience or believe, that is now considered abusive. This is not meant to perpetuate a victim attitude, please be clear on that point. I hope you will be able to identify more quickly and nimbly when your narrative is being controlled by someone else and then be confident in standing up for yourself.
Here is the link to her podcast.
Listen to 055: Reframing Betrayal As Abuse w/ Anne Blythe from From Betrayal To Breakthrough in Podcasts. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/from-betrayal-to-breakthrough/id1441968059?i=1000437307893
Check out the conversation about grounding and mindfulness on The She League podcast. Megan and Hilary asked me everything they ever wanted to know about grounding and mindfulness!
The research on empaths is so new that a total picture has not yet been revealed. These studies are bits and pieces of an emerging field of research so please understand this as you read the articles. My approach to empaths is through the lens of the mystic and requires a multi-dimensional approach. The place where science and empath research meets is in the realm of physics and non-local communication and instant communication through Oneness.
New research has found that types of empathy can be predicted by looking at physical differences in the brain. This raises the fascinating possibility that some kinds of empathy might be able to be increased by training or that it might be possible for people to lose their empathy over time.
Why has empathy become such a prized commodity?
The scientific studies that are often used to demonstrate that empaths exist, however, provide indirect evidence.
This includes research showing the existence of mirror neurons in the brain, which are said to enable us to read and understand each other’s emotions by filtering them through our own (Iacobani, 2008). Other studies used to explain empaths include the concept of emotional contagion, which is the idea that when people synchronize their attitudes, behaviors, and speech, they also synchronize their emotions both consciously and unconsciously (Hatfield, Cacioppo & Rapson, 1994).
How to determine if your child is an empath.
Empathic children have nervous systems which react more quickly and strongly to external stimuli including stress.
In The Empath’s Survival Guide, I emphasize that empath children feel too much but don’t know how to manage the sensory overload. They see more, hear more, smell more, intuit more, and experience emotions more.
Empathy is when we reach our hearts out to others and put ourselves in their shoes. However, being an empath goes even farther. Like many of my patients and myself, empaths are people who’re high on the empathic spectrum and actually feel what is happening in others in their own bodies. As a result, empaths can have incredible compassion for people—but they often get exhausted from feeling “too much” unless they develop strategies to safeguard their sensitivities and develop healthy boundaries.
New research has suggested that 1 to 2 percent of the population struggle to differentiate between their own bodily feelings and other people’s.
Pohlmann is a skilled pediatric nurse. But there’s another reason she can suss out her patient’s pain: She feels it too. Pohlmann has a rare neurological condition called mirror-touch synesthesia, or MTS, which enables her to have a virtual mind meld with those around her. It’s an empathy so profound she can read room when she walks into it, feel the emotions of strangers before they speak, and even suffer the physical pain of another person’s injury.
Empathetic people are made, not born, new research suggests.The largest ever study into the genetic basis of empathy, suggests that just 10 percent of the variation between people’s compassion and understanding is down to genes.