By: Diane Kathrine 
‘Empaths encompass incredible emotional intelligence, which they use to make careful decisions they hope will bring balance into their life and the lives of others. But as emotional intelligence is a rare gift, in a world ran by logic and rules, it can leave the Empath hurt and vulnerable by those who do not function or think in the same way.

Sensing all they do about people and life situations, makes the Empath an excellent judge of character. Their first impressions are always correct.

They sense emotions intensely, both their own and others. This ability can weaken the Empath, especially when it is emotional pain they have absorbed. This is the opposite of who they know they are. Deep within they recognize they are here to do something special, but are held back by the confusion of what they experience.

It is easy for an Empath to become overwhelmed. She will look for ways to shelter from emotions in vices such as alcohol or drugs. It may take time for the Empath to discover these vices will create the opposite effect and make their pain more intense. In time all Empaths come to understand, only the strong could endure what they do in life.
With guidance and personal commitment, Empaths learn to navigate the myriad of emotional debris they face. Both their own and that left by others. This allows them to take the necessary steps to create the magical and well-balanced life they desire.
Empaths can show multiple personalities. Dependent on how they feel will decide on what face they show the world. When happy, they are an absolute joy to be around. When unhappy or overloaded they retreat into their private sanctuaries. If it is not possible for them to withdraw, they can show a side that appears moody and aloof. They need to unplug and disconnect from others to recharge.
They are known as life’s listeners, because nothing makes an Empath happier than to listen to other people’s life stories. For most of the time they will prefer to listen than to share their own tales; although they can boast of several amazing life-experiences. They like to be heard, but only share their problems with those who they trust. Most times they won’t relay their emotional woes to others so as not to burden them.

Empaths are open and welcoming to those who emit positive, warm and loving energy and become adept at blocking out those who cause them pain or steal their joy.

When in balance, an Empath will recall vivid and mystically moving dreams. They can differentiate between dreams which have meaning and those which are the subconscious’ way of de-cluttering. It is common, when they are open to it, for them to receive spiritual visitations in their dreams from loved ones.
Empaths are kind, peaceful people who dislike confrontation. It is only when they are defending themselves that a nasty side may be seen. If cross words are expressed in anger it will trouble the Empath for long after they have been said. They would rather avoid conflict and walk away from situations that may cause it.

Although forgiving, Empaths do not forget. Any emotional pain caused by others will leave a deep wound that can be reopened by any similar course of action. To protect themselves they may cut people out of their life who have hurt them.

Witnessing acts of cruelty to others, whether human or animal, is unbearable for the Empath to endure. Seeing all the atrocities and violence in the world will stop them from watching the news or reading papers.
Synchronicities become part of an Empath’s life, although they can be passed off as coincidence. When they learn to identify with them, these occurrences unfold more and more. Differentiating synchronistic events can become a fun pastime and the more open to them one becomes, the more they appear.
This post was republished from awakeningpeople.com. You can find the original post here.