thank you for those that have shared their stories, its refreshing to see that there are actually a lot of us here and that we can help each other.
i wanted to concentrate on chakras and meditation, this wont be for everyone but it will help in both developing your gift if you choose to and also
help to create calmness for yourself
Develop Your Shield Body
Around your physical body, there is a layer of your aura that is devoted to your interface with your environment. Its shape and condition indicate
your relationship to your world. People who are empaths often have a "thin skin" in relation to their shield body. When it has holes in it, we are
more easily influenced by our environment. Visualize a shield of energy around your physical body. See is as radiant and complete. You may see it as a
particular color. Some people like to see it as white or gold. Decide what color would work well for you, and see it that way. Imagine the shield body
as flowing and moving..not static we are developing a shield here..not armor. It is good for it to be flexible, so you can let in what serves you, and
keep out what doesn't. Snap your fingers to hold it in place. Do this exercise regularly.
Center of Being
Once you have the shield body in place, imagine that there is a spark in the center of your being that is your pure essence. Focus your attention on
the spark, being all your senses to bear. Also be aware of your sensations, emotions and thoughts. First try this when you are alone, and then, after
a time, practice it around others. See if you can switch your awareness from your environment to your self, and back again. Notice the difference
between the two.
Don't Take On Responsibilties That Aren't Yours
A person can get so used to care taking, that they can feel as though they are supposed to do it. You are not. It is good to be as compassionate as
possible without going beyond the limits of what you need to do tyo maintain your health and sanity. You are responsible up to that line, and not
beyond it. If you are an empath, your idea of where the line is might be a bit fuzzy. Once you get to know where the line is, try to stick to it. It
will make all your relationships clearer and cleaner. [h]Get Used To Being The Bad Guy Empaths are often outwardly kind and caring. They usually get
the benefit of everyone thinking that they are almost saintly sometimes. It is easy to get attached to being the "nice guy." It is not easy dealing
with people's negative emotions, but care taking others does not ultimately serve them or you. It does not help them to protect them from their
feelings. It keeps them from growing up. besides, its not real. Must better to live in reality than a padded reality. Yes, they may get angry or sad
at you or with you if you don't do what they want you to do, but it is important to remember that their feelings are not your feelings, and your
well-being is not dependent on their well being.
Develop Your Throat Chakra
Sometimes an empath will know what they need to say or do to make good boundaries, but have a hard time following through in expressing it. The throat
chakra is the center for the expression of personal truth. Through the opening of the throat chakra, we open ourselves to expressing our true needs
and feelings, as well as expressing the creative force as it moves through us. Some good exercises for opening the throat chakra are singing and
chanting, sharing your feelings and thoughts with friends, and meditating on the throat chakra. Some healing stones that help with the throat chakra
are chrysacolla, turquoise, lapis lazuli, amazonite, and blue lace agate. You can meditate with them, put them in a medicine bag, or wear jewelry
Develop Your Root Chakra
The root chakra helps us to deal with being fully in the world. When the root chakra is open, we are fully grounded and present with whatever is
coming our way. When it is not open, we can be disassociative, fearful, and have difficulty staying present with what is going on. Opening and healing
the root chakra helps us to release the fears that keep us from our highest manifestation within form. Some exercises that help to open the root
Imagine you are sending roots down into the earth from your base.
Imagine you can breathe in and out of you root.
On the inhale, breath in energy from he earth.
On the exhale, release any thing that is within you that does not serve you.
Some healing stones that might be helpful are obsidian, boji stones, hematite, and red jasper.
If you would like to become more empathetic it might be helpful for you to try these things:
In order to begin to develop empathic ability, it is essential to care how someone feels. When we have compassion, we attune to the needs and feelings
of the person we want to help. When we resist the energies, need and feelings of another, it is pretty hard to really open your self to them enough to
know what is going on.
Put Yourself In Someone Else's Shoes
One for the best ways to develop compassion is to put your self in their shoes. What would it feel like to be them.. to have had their experiences, to
live their lifestyle, etc. There is a practice of entrainment which can help you come into a simpatico with them. When you are working directly with a
person, breathe with them.. at the same rate. imagine you can feel what they feel. It works the best if you can be in some form of physical contact
with them, like holding their hand, or placing your hand on their heart chakra. Imagine your awareness sinks into their body. Notice what you see in
your mind's eye, feel physically, and hear. Bring all of your senses to bear.
Develop Your Heart Chakra
When our heart chakra is truly open, we have the experience of the woven-ness of reality. We are not as separate as we seem. When another person is in
pain, we have the knowledge of their need, and may respond to it appropriately. Breathe in and out of your heart chakra. imagine it opening like a
lovely flower. Feel all the love that has ever been given to you, and feel and see all those who have ever loved. Be sure to include animals, who are
great teachers of unconditional love. Allow your heart to grow several sizes. Some gemstones that are helpful for opening the heart chakra are rose
quartz, malachite, emerald and ruby.
Develop Your Third Eye Chakra
When the third eye is open, we can experience strong clairvoyance. Through it, we can perceive more clearly what is going on in the minds and hearts
of those around us. When the third eye is closed, we tend to be more mental in our approach, and spend way too much time trying to figure things out
instead of just "knowing." To open the third eye, sit quietly focusing on the third eye. While you attention is there, chant the mantra, "aum."
envision light filling your skull, and emanating out of your third eye. After a time, if you like, you may ask a question, and allow a vision that
represents the answer to appear in your mind.
When you are finished meditating on the third eye, be sure to spend a little time focusing on your root chakra to help ground your energy.
good site for chakra info
Guide on meditation
Crystals and the chakras (healing stones)