Do you walk into a crowd of people and feel drained? Can you feel when another person is suffering? Do people often come to you for advice? Do narcissistic people somehow always show up in your life? What about vivid dreams or a deep connection with animals? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are likely an “empath”!
For those who aren’t familiar, an empath is someone with a highly developed emotional body that functions as part of the intuition. It’s an advanced part of emotional anatomy that is both sensory and absorbent, meaning you physically sense the energy of others and even take it on yourself. Empaths frequently walk around feeling everyone else’s emotions, which causes confusion between where your energy ends and someone else’s begins. Just as your physical body is able to absorb through touch or digestion, your energy field functions the same way. This is true of negative and positive energy, and we are often predisposed to one or the other.
As natural-born healers, empaths will easily absorb the pain, sadness, anger, grief and more from others. This can make you feel tired, mentally drained, sad, or even physically sick, as it’s easy for empaths to lose track of their own self. These foreign emotions are often not your own – they belong to someone else. Empaths tend to be overly compassionate and a big lesson is learning boundaries, how to say no, and identifying what is not in your best interest. Daily rituals for detoxing and recharging are essential for the empath who wishes to clear and protect their own energy.
The Empath’s Ally
One of the best recommendations for empathic protection and clarity is using black tourmaline. This incredible stone is a favorite for beginners and advanced crystal practitioners alike. It is most noted for its strong protective qualities and acts as an energetic vacuum cleaner, driving away disharmony and negativity from yourself and your surroundings. It is also very balancing to all aspects of the energy systems, the hemispheres of the body, and the mental and emotional aspects of the self. It is a stone that promotes profound self-awareness and personal growth. Along with its many uses, it is also plentiful, coming from places like Brazil, Africa, Pakistan, and Maine in the U.S. It can be purchased natural, polished, tumbled, or included within other minerals.