Being an empath means that you’re affected by other people’s energies, and have an innate ability to feel and perceive others intuitively. An empath’s life is unconsciously influenced by the desires, wishes, thoughts and moods of others. It’s more than just being sensitive. An empath can feel physical sensitivities and spiritual urges, and they often can determine the motivations and intentions of others. Being an empath isn’t a learned trait. You were either born an empath, or you weren’t.
Many empaths experience the physical symptoms of others in times of illness or high emotions. As an empath, you may experience chronic fatigue or unexplained aches and pains. Many empaths are labeled hypochondriacs due to their tendency to fall ill, because their gift is commonly misunderstood.
Empaths can be hard to relate to and difficult to understand, but they can share the emotions of others. They have the ability to read body language and feel emotion, allowing them to understand what someone else is going through.
The Most Powerful Empath
An empath has different levels, and the most valued type is known as Heyoka. Heyoka is a Native American term for those who are emotional mirrors to those around them. The word means “sacred clown” or “fool.” Heyokas show others their faults, shortcomings and weaknesses, but they also provide a way to help overcome these weaknesses.
Some of the traits of a Heyoka may include being born dyslexic (thinking backwards), being born breach (coming into the world backwards) or appearing younger than their actual age.
Heyokas may receive backlash for their gifts, but it should be known that their intentions are good. They only mean to help those around them. If you feel irritated or angry after leaving a Heyoka, it may be a sign that they were highlighting that part of you. If you are filled with a sense of love and acceptance after visiting a Heyoka, he or she may be trying to convey to you the importance of loving and accepting yourself for who you are. The mirroring that Heyokas practice may teach you to open your eyes to a part of yourself that you didn’t know existed.
It may be easy to run from the experience or disregard it, but Heyokas are only there to help you through your journey. If you are experiencing pain, they feel it. If you are experiencing love or joy, they feel it too. The best way to learn from an experience with a Heyoka is to arrive with an open mind and an open heart. Pay attention to your reflection in order to learn from it. Instead of becoming upset if you see something different than you’d hoped for, embrace it and find a way to use it.
A Heyoka is wise, and his or her energy is firm, forthcoming and strong. If you’ve been feeling a bit off, they may know what’s bothering you even when you aren’t sure yourself. Learn to embrace the gift they’ve given you and use it to grow.