My Journey as an Empath.
Growing up as an empath wasn’t easy. I had the ability to feel the emotions, thoughts, and physical pain of others.
As a child, I was diagnosed as hypersensitive, which meant that my sense of touch, sound, taste, and smell were heightened. I had the ability to pick up on subtle stimuli within my environment that other people didn’t notice. Hypersensitivity is commonly experienced by 15 to 20 percent of the population according to Elaine N. Aron, the author of The Highly Sensitive Person.
As a child, I remember driving through the city with my parents. Peering out through the window of our minivan, I watched as an older man limped across the street. The look of pain on his face brought me to tears. The compassion I felt in that moment consumed me in a way that I couldn’t understand.
Every day was an emotional roller coaster, and as a child it was impossible to discern if this ride was mine or someone else’s. This heightened awareness followed me into my teenage years where I became labelled as being too sensitive. I recognized within my circle of friends that feeling to this degree was unacceptable. I began to close my heart and suppress my emotions.
What I didn’t realize was that this decision came with a price. In order for me to fit into society, I had to disconnect from my true self. I began to feel anxious, lost and depressed. By closing my heart, I was denying myself the experience of love and joy.
As an adult, I began my career as an Acupuncturist and Reiki Master. The more clients I began to work with, the more sensitive I became to energy. The part of myself I had locked away all of those years was now returning. I was feeling again. I allowed this sensitivity to flow through every cell of my being, and I began to understand it had a purpose.
This gift allowed my body to become a mirror, reflecting back to me both the physical and emotional symptoms of my clients. It allowed me to ask the right questions, bringing their suppressed emotions up to the surface. In those moments of connection, I felt complete. I knew this was what I was born to do.
By choosing to stand in my authenticity, I declared to the world that my happiness was more important than the opinion of others. I am an empath.
As an empath, the world can seem overwhelming. It is easy to get lost in your environment and the whirlwind of emotion that surrounds you, but it doesn’t have to look that way. Over time, I discovered that by creating energetic boundaries, I could manage my sensitivity. Wearing crystals such as Tiger’s Eye and Black Onyx protected me from negative energy.
I also discovered that when I stopped running away from myself, I could stay grounded in my truth. This sense of feeling grounded allowed me to weather any storm. The tools that we need in order to survive are within each of us. However, in order to discover these tools, we must first embrace who we are. You deserve to walk through this life feeling fulfilled, at peace, and free.
Embrace your gifts, and shine your light proudly.
Andrea Kehler is a registered Acupuncturist, Reiki Master, and certified Angel Card reader. She combines her knowledge of both Eastern and Western Medicine in her practice as well as her gift of intuition. Having walked through the effects of sexual abuse herself, Andrea now offers tools of healing and guidance to others. She has years of experience supporting clients through trauma, empowering them to find their voice. You could contact her via her website.