Do you soak up other people’s feelings like a sponge? Have you ever left a discussion with someone who held really strong views about something and agreed with them at the time, only to realise later that you actually think quite differently? Do you get pulled around by other people’s highs and lows?
If this is something that you recognise as being a problem, you might be psychically sensitive. It’s not quite the same as being an Empath. Being an Empath falls under the category of psychic skills, but, even though an Empath can psychically tune into other people’s feelings, they always know that what they are feeling belongs to someone else. In contrast, being psychically sensitive means that you absorb the feelings or energy of others in a way that means you can’t distinguish them or it from your own.
If you are psychically sensitive, you may feel overwhelmed or overpowered by what other people feel. It can leave you feeling confused and drained, and that’s when it becomes a problem.
It’s perfectly normal to be affected and influenced by the views and feelings of others. On a quantum level, we are all one. But as individuals, we have a distinct existence that means we are distinguishable from that one great psychic energy field and it is that point of distinct differentiation that that you are losing connection with when you become overwhelmed.
So what can you do? Here are a few tips that might help
1/ Make sure that you get to spend some time alone as often as you need it or do something that you love regularly enough to help you connect with your essential, authentic and unique self.
2/Give yourself permission not to feel what others feel. That might sound strange, but there can be an odd kind of group pressure to go along with what others are feeling. Appearing happy when others are sad is considered callous, or staying calm when others are panicking might be viewed as being cold. At such times, it’s good to remember that if we all jump in the same hole there isn’t anyone left to pull anyone out. You can be present to someone who is feeling upset or angry without having to join in.
3/Smudging helps, so have a smudge stick at home to clear other people’s emotions or for when you get home from a tough day at work.
4/Have a salt water bath each week and let any negativity go down the plughole.
5/Put a gold light around you, just like in the old Ready Brek adverts, every morning just before you leave the house.
6/Carry a Tigers Eye gemstone in your pocket to hold when you feel other people’s moods might affect you.
All in all, make sure that you take care of your own boundaries and yourself. That way, you can carry on enjoying the company of other people without being overwhelmed by them.
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