Empathy is the feeling a person gets when they share another person’s experiences or when they share another person’s emotions. Experiencing empathy, multiple times a day, every day, suggests that a person is being empathetic. These are definitions straight from a traditional dictionary. They are not new age terms. These terms have been around for years. Being intuitive means a person has the ability to know or understand things without any proof or evidence. Then if a person is sensitive to non-physical (unseen) forces, they fall under the definition of psychic. Therefore, a person who is being empathetic can also be defined as being intuitive and as being psychic. Suddenly that person now has several definitions or labels.
To have the burden of defining a person who has many abilities that are not normally part of an average person’s life, is not an easy task. There are too many terms that can be used to define them. So to simplify things, the term Empath has been adopted as a mainstream term to define people whom have such abilities. Unfortunately, the term Empath has started to be used to define more than those who were born with such abilities. The term Empath has begun to be used to define people who practice and develop abilities such as being empathetic, intuitive or psychic, even though they were not born with these abilities. This has caused confusion for those seeking to identify with a definition of who they are based on their abilities.
So I present to you a quick and easy way to help with the confusion. Here are three ways a person can be defined as an Empath.
- Genetic Empath: A person born with the abilities to be empathetic, intuitive and psychic in addition to other unseen abilities. One of their parents or both parents also were born with these abilities. These abilities are common throughout their families’ generations. A Genetic Empath has had their abilities since birth. They experience life through the filter of their abilities. Because a Genetic Empath is electrically wired differently from an average person, they will always have their abilities. It is a permanent part of their genetic makeup. If they should experience any traumatic emotional experience, a Genetic Empath most times will subconsciously begin to ignore the sensory input from their abilities. This will create the illusion that they have shut off their abilities. This leads to the Genetic Empath rediscovering their abilities later on in life. With proper guidance, they can begin to heal from their trauma, and start to perceive sensory input on a conscious level again. Most Genetic Empaths will feel that their life purpose is to help everyone and everything.
- Near Death Experience (NDE) Empath: A person who was not born with the abilities to be empathetic, intuitive and psychic in addition to other unseen abilities. They have lived life without extra perceptual input. Then at some point in their lives, they die and then are brought back to life. While dead, they have the experience of meeting with God. No matter what they remember from their meeting, they most often come back to life with Empath-like abilities. And, sometimes their abilities are all working at once, causing extreme perceptual overload of their senses. After some time, the overload calms down and they are able to function much like a Genetic Empath, as if this is how they have been their entire lives. Most NDE Empaths will also feel that their life purpose is to help everyone and everything. Whether or not their electrical wiring has also been changed to be similar to that of a Genetic Empath remains to be seen.
- Adaptive Empaths: A person who was not born with the abilities to be empathetic, intuitive and psychic in addition to other unseen abilities. They have lived life without extra perceptual input. Then at some point in their lives, they begin to practice and develop abilities such as being empathetic, intuitive or psychic. Depending on the amount and duration of practice, an Adaptive Empath may or may not continue to have their abilities.
Another type of Adaptive Empath, is a person who instead of purposely seeking to develop abilities, has sought to learn a modality of alternative healing. During this process empathetic, intuitive, psychic or additional other unseen abilities may begin to develop. A third type of Adaptive Empath would be women who have given birth. During pregnancy, the architecture of women’s brains changes in ways that last for at least 2 years. In particular, gray matter shrinks in areas involved in processing and responding to social signals. This may mean that new mothers’ brains are more efficiently wired in areas that allow them to respond to their infant’s needs or to detect threatening people in their environments. Basically, able to have empathy for not only their children, but for others around them. Mothers can have this change seem more the norm during their childbearing years. No studies have yet to be published to explain if the mother’s brains go back to pre-childbearing conditions.
It is commonly taught that anyone can become an Empath. I would submit that the statement be changed to say that anyone can become an Adaptive Empath except for Genetic and NDE Empaths.
Hopefully, the distinction between the three categories of Empaths, will help in understanding why your experience as an Empath has been different from other Empaths. I have noticed on Social Media websites intense and heated debates about whether or not someone is really an Empath. I see Genetic Empaths not relating so well to Adaptive Empaths and vice versa. I see Adaptive Empaths not understanding the perspective of Genetic or NDE Empaths and the other way around. It is important for all three to work to understand each other. Bottom line just love each other. As we seek common ground through what is the same we can feel unified as Empathic people. Striving to understand ourselves and our abilities better. Eventually becoming higher functioning Empaths who know how to fearlessly use our abilities to serve.
Light and Love,
The LDS Empath