Empathic psychic abilities are almost impossible to ignore; if you have them, you will know it. The ability to tune in to a person's emotions (not their thoughts) is one of the most powerful of all psychic abilities. It can also be the most dangerous. A true empath holds a great gift. With that gift comes a great responsibility to share your gift for the benefit of others. However, you must also find a way to protect yourself from those feeling and what they may reveal.
Empathic Psychic Abilities - Not Just TV Make Believe
Many science fiction shows and movies, such as Star Trek, feature characters with empathic psychic abilities. A true empathic psychic is not the stuff of a brilliant imagination or a creative nature. Most people have the ability to empathize in a specific situational setting (such as the death of a loved one or the joy of a wedding). Empaths are able to "tune in" on feeling the emotional status of any given person at any given time. The ability to do so gives empaths an enormous power to experience the emotions that others seek to hide in regard to everything from affairs of the heart to crimes of passion. People with empathic abilities can accurately sense the motivation of human actions.
The True Empath
It is often the intensity of the feelings that distinguishes the true, developed empath from the average concerned onlooker. Reading personal accounts of people who have this sense reveals that they receive instantaneous and often overwhelming impressions of emotion in connection to people both alive and those who have passed on. By some accounts, this backwash of emotion in connection with a highly charged life event ranges from exhilarating to terrifying for the receiver.
Are Abilities Real or Imagined
In many written accounts, empaths often have or deal with a primary or secondary diagnosis of mental illness. This does not mean that all empaths are psychologically distressed or will become so while developing their psychic abilities. If you think and read about empathic psychic abilities, it stands to reason how such abilities might be initially mistaken for, or masked by, a genuine psychological problem. It also stands to reason that given the forceful nature of the feelings empaths experience, psychological and emotional problems could develop in someone untrained and left at the mercy of the constant bombardment of the senses. Herein lays the danger of having empathic abilities.
Finding a Teacher
It is possible for an empathically endowed person to be taught techniques to block emotional excess from outside forces. Meditation, daily guidance and the ability to disconnect and emotionally re-charge are all learnable, teachable techniques.
People, who are psychically empathic or want to develop this gift must do so by finding legitimate and certified instruction in holistic practices. At some point in their development, they need to be mentored by another empathically endowed individual. According to some accounts, finding a mentor is best done after an empath has learned to control him or herself to some degree.
Truly good teachers of empathic ability exercise self control to a degree; they are ethically dedicated to not overwhelming their pupils with their own power. Weaker but well-intentioned empaths could possibly psychologically injure anyone they try to mentor by the manipulation of the emotional state of their pupil.
Empathic Abilities and a Career Path
People with psychic abilities are useful in police investigations. Their emotional impressions of the crime scene and the parties involved can help police refine their search for suspects, witnesses and victims. Empaths are also helpful in locating missing people, especially lost children or victims of natural disasters. Empathic ability is useful in physical healing, massage therapy and the counseling professions. Empaths make powerful teachers and skilled Human Relations personnel as well. The empathic career can be a rewarding one to anyone who has trained his or her skills and has developed the focus and the concentration this work demands.