The Five Unexpected Gifts of BEING an Empath

Tamara Low

Emotional Freedom Guide, Writer, Planet Advocate.

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Until fairly recently, I have felt that BEING an Empath was a curse and a punishment. I felt deep shame and embarrassment about this way of being in the world. I wondered why we were ‘created’ this way- being so highly attuned to the energy of pain, density, chaos, and the suffering of others and the planet.

Thankfully, this is no longer the only lens I see; as I stop to reflect, I can clearly see the reasons for this change of perspective.

1) Being an Empath Makes me Deeply Attuned to my Surroundings 

There is so much more to the world than pain, density, harm and suffering. It is easy to see and feel the negativity and chaos but also sublime beauty, perfection and wonder. 

If I were not so deeply attuned to my inner and outer world, I would not be asking the DEEP questions and looking for depth of understanding and seeking peace (in all areas) and to ease suffering and harm. 

It allows me to deeply ‘inner reflect’ and check in with my inner knowing and spiritual guidance system, which has not been an easy place to arrive at as being buried by inner and outer pain, turmoil and suffering have been stifling.

2) Being and Empath Directs my Inner Healing & Wholeness Journey

Like so many of us, developmental, generational (and other) trauma(s) has been part of my story.

I did (and do) not want this to be the story of my life and existence! Fierce self-hatred, low self-esteem, shame, hiding, people-pleasing, unworthiness, a deep mistrust of life and having my nervous system frozen in fear were at the heart of my inner human experience. 

Thankfully, my Inner Empath Spirit has guided and fueled my inner depth, growth, reflection, awareness, and healing journey, finally landing at self-compassion, care and regard, with trauma healing no longer defining me. It is alchemizing to creative expression and spiritual alignment! 

3) Being an Empath Allows me to See and Notice Things That are Not in Balance or Alignment!

There is no question that a whole lot of things are not in balance and alignment. We have two choices- to participate in the misalignment or step out of it and find ways to create harmony and alignment.

I am endlessly inspired by all the GOOD people do in the world and the implementation, participation, and creation of solutions for a whole humanity and planet. 

The energy work that I do helps people with energetic and emotional alignment. Also, I feel guided to take a 5-month Permaculture Design Certificate Program starting this fall.

I told my dad recently how deeply the words on a t-shirt (from Verge Permaculture) resonate with me, saying ‘Food not Lawns.’ He told me the history of why/how growing lawns got started and continue to dominate home landscapes (and the need for fuel/electricity, lawn mowers, weed whackers, harsh chemicals, fertilizers, etc.). 

Well, it’s deeply time for a change, I say! Also, my Spirit has been gently guiding and assisting me in making deep ‘home’ personal planet changes- to get off of ‘gas.’ I am in the process of installing a heat pump and solar (despite negative doubts and rumblings), and it feels really good!!

4) Being an Empath Drives me to Seek Freedom and Non-Conformity 

Most of us are taught/conditioned early on to conform and fit into ‘neat little pre-packaged humanity boxes,’ deeply entrenched paradigms and institutions, which has NEVER worked for me. It has created a lot of frustration, tension and inner turmoil in my life. This Spirit needs to be free! 

5) Being an Empath Guides me to Becoming ALL of ME

I can see clearly that my Inner Empath spirit has been guiding me to ‘more,’ much more! To BE and express all of me!

I feel so grateful to have/have had the help and guidance of MANY mentors, friends and EFT swap friends/partners who have given me a safe, sacred space to be heard, express and explore and recognize my deep pain and inner turmoil and slowly and incrementally, I have come face to heart with and emerged as who I AM and what I desire, releasing everything and everyone that is not good for me. I am so grateful for all the wonderful people that have given me a safe, sacred space to express and explore! 

It’s time to live, playfully discover, create and express all of what’s inside me! 

My Empath Spirit is now at the helm of this human life and no longer density, pain and shame, which feels SO GOOD!

What I Now Know to BE True:

Sensitivity and depth of feeling are barometers. They provide us with information and clarity- it’s not a curse. It directs me/us in the right direction for me. Noticing, do I feel good? Does this feel like a ‘yes’, or ‘no’? Is my nervous system calm, etc.?

I certainly wish I had the guidance to accept and understand this trait from an early age. But I do now, and can, therefore, assist and support others to possibly view it as a GIFT in their life.

Love,

Tamara

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Earth Path EFT

Transforming Ecological & Climate Sorrow, Grief, Anxiety

MANY of us have a very deep and sacred connection to the Earth that we call HOME, and our deepest desire is for her to THRIVE as we live in harmony with her, care for her, make decisions based on her health and well-being and desire for ALL of life and her inhabitant to live in balance and harmony; biodiversity, ecosystems, animals, trees, plants, insects, clean air, clean water, healthy abundant food, healthy soils, healthy conscious, aware humans, etc.

The FACT is- SHE has tolerated A LOT of harm from humans! Indigenous people respect her at the deepest level and live in harmony with her! SO sadly, they and their lands were harmed and exploited as they faced those with the opposite view of the Earth and living in harmony. Their agenda being the insatiable need for power, control, greed and domination, which continues today. 

We are at a crossroads. The Earth and her inhabitants are in turmoil. Humanity is in turmoil. These are intense times!

This brings up A LOT of emotions such as – grief, sorrow, sadness, despair, hopelessness, overwhelm, and confusion. How did we stray SO far away from balance, peace, centre, the Earth’s wisdom, guidance, and healing?

We feel and see the collective fear, doom, gloom, and panic everywhere we turn; we are bombarded with bad and scary news. It is hard to stay positive, hopeful, joyful and alive within our beings when inundated with fear, dread, and collective uncertainty. 

With all of the difficulty in our hearts, we might:

-retread and try and push it away because it’s ALL too much, too overwhelming, scary, and too painful)

-or to take bold action and become involved and engaged. 

-or somewhere in between. 

 My passion is to assist and support those deeply concerned about the Earth, Climate, and Environment in healing our feelings and emotions with EFT so that we can take action in the direction of becoming more internally peaceful & able to cultivate hope as we put our energies into purposeful action, solutions & BEING a voice & advocate for this Planet! 

With Love and Purpose,

Tamara

Welcome to Inner Empath

My Inner Empath blog (and articles) are a love letter to Empaths and Highly Sensitive People who are so special and sacred to me!

Accepting and embracing this way of BEING in and experiencing the world has been very difficult for me. So I wrote to make sense of it, to grow and learn, and let others know that they were not alone in what I used to call “the vast wasteland of depth and emotions,” which is extra hard if you felt there was something innately wrong with you and that you were flawed in some way and how you are was an inconvenience to others. Fortunately, I no longer feel that way. 

I am passionate about honouring the deeply sensitive and attuned part of us and exploring and coming to accept the gifts that it brings not only to those that know us but to those we come in contact with and to the bigger picture of what we bring to the planet. I feel that sensitivity is so vital to the vibrant health of families, societies and the planet. 

What I do know now is that:

We (HSP Empaths) are not meant to try and “fit in”; we are meant to SEE and FEEL and BE in the world from OUR unique perspective and soul’s purpose!! 

And I feel that our sensitivities enable us to be more attuned to people, animals, ecosystems and the planet, contributing to wanting to care for them and want them to be well. 

I see you, honour you, and I celebrate you and your beautiful, sensitive, empath nature! 

Love, 

Tamara