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Dreamtongue - The Empathic Language
What is an Empath?
To get straight to the point: Empath is a form of identity
emerging in the twenty-first century. The term has been used
in literature and in film, but the reality is that there are ever increasing
numbers of people who identify with the Empath concept.
An Empath is a person who was born with unique variations in the central
nervous system. This means how the brain is configured and how the nervous
system works in the body. This has not yet been studied and quantified
by science. Instead it is being brought forth by individuals who are
becoming self-aware of these qualities and who explore this experience
through creative and intuitive outlets.
A high degree of overall sensitivity is the general indicator for this
type of person. All of the sensory organs of an Empath have low thresholds
thereby resulting in unusual sensitivity to light, smell, and sound
(as well as other subtler senses). Although underlying sensitivity is
the unifying factor behind all Empaths, how this sensitivity is
"managed" or "funneled" varies from person to person.
An Empath also possesses a very sensitive emotional nature, that is
typically difficult to self-manage. Books have been written on "highly
sensitive people" and those materials are relevant to this topic.
However, being highly sensitive is only one part of the formula for
As a result of the interaction between an extremely sensitive neural
network and the concurrent emotional nature of a person with this profile,
Empaths are highly intuitive. The word intuition needs to be better
understood when used in communications but I will save that for a later
A better understanding of intuition leads to a better understanding
of what actually constitutes an Empath. For now, I only want to say
that Empaths are highly intuitive which means they tend to do things
by feeling, by sensing, by reacting to proprioceptive queues, and by
following "hunches, gut-feelings," etc. This includes
critical decision making, reacting, and acting upon influences in their
own lives predominately from intuitive queues. This process can
lead to better or worse results depending upon the development of the
Empaths are driven by their own intuitive natures. This
can be for good or bad. There is no virtue implied in the term "Empath."
After nine years of studying Empaths online, and thirty in general, I have found that the majority
who step forward suffer from some form of mental distress or disorder.
This does not mean that the majority of Empaths suffer from mental
"illness", instead it implies that the majority of Empaths encountered
in my research profess to some sort of "struggle" with their own
Since my training is in mental health counseling, I found this to be
fascinating and made this area a special part of my research. My
model does not supplant the medical model of mental illness but does
suggest that "excess wiring" (so to speak) and "diverse thresholds" may
require other interventions beyond medical treatment. I firmly
believe in adhering to the standards we have established in all medical
and psychological fields of science. Yet this belief does not
inhibit my desire to explore and discover through, what I call, the "panheuristic"
process. Ask me about the panheuristic process in my Yahoo Empaths
Empaths are driven by deep intuitive connections that are largely unconscious,
as if sitting on top of a vast oil reserve in the ground and being a
conduit (oil well) for this massive amount of energy. Most of what an
Empath senses or "knows" cannot be verified immediately which
creates a terrible psychic conflict for the person. The over abundance
of real and imagined stimuli are frequently overwhelming. Sorting out
the two is even more so. That is why I am a major advocate of
Imagine having vast amounts of information floating around in your
head but no direct way to access it or express No way to sort it out
or use it in any clearly defined way. Most of what it is
cannot be proven immediately but does get proven over time. (I am skipping
over a great deal of points here, just to make a point).
The stress of taking in the emotions of other people, of sensing information
on a continual basis, of being a "human sponge", of being
driven by deep inner forces that are not understood, all create a "torture
chamber" of sorts within the average Empath. This does not have
to be as melodramatic as I make it sound, but please understand - it
frequently is for the subject.
I refer to this state in the Book of Storms as the "unbonded"
Empath. Before figuring out who you are, you must figure out what you
are, and reconcile the two. It's called the Book of STORMS
for a reason! Learning about your internal storms, the nature of
"storms", and how to "manage your own inner weather" are all par for the
course. Empaths identify with many forms of nature and frequently
feel affinity towards storms. Obviously, it is a powerful personal
smbol for me. I have always felt "connected" to storms.
As a metaphor, storms offer an unending supply of creative insight.
Many Empaths suffer from anxiety due to an overload of incoming stimuli
and intuitive information. Some suffer from depression due to being
overwhelmed with all the "storms" going on inside. It is not
uncommon for an Empath to tell me that he or she has been diagnosed
as "bipolar/manic-depressive." Now, that does not mean that
if you were diagnosed as bipolar that you are automatically an Empath -
it just means there is a possibility that we are quick to put medical
labels on things without fully investigating them.
The interesting questions that arise are: Are Empaths more susceptible
to mental illness? OR Is the mental illness/distress the result of being
an unbonded Empath? Which comes first? This research still goes on.
I have met plenty of well adjusted Empaths - yet will still find that
they seek some sort of comfort somewhere, either in mild medication or
counseling, something to soothe those internal storms.
The professional fields of Psychology & Psychiatry do not yet recognize
these factors and continue to leave all the issues "clumped"
together, undifferentiated. I originally planned this work for a
doctoral thesis but will not be pursuing that in this lifetime now.
Instead, I am putting it into a user friendly format in hope that an
emerging self-awareness among Empaths will take place, creating a
positive wave of change for the planet. Anytime the "collective mind" of
the human race can change towards the better and grow, good can happen
on new scales. Yes, I am an idealist. We frequently are.
Now, for a more popular explanation! An Empath is
a type of "psychic", but instead of reading the "future"
or viewing remote objects, the Empath specializes in reading people. I
only mention all this because there is now a huge overlap/confusion
between the two words. The "free for all" mentality of the new age
movement seized upon the Empath term after we flooded it on the
internet, so everyone , everywhere threw in what they had or knew to the
concept. I suggest using the word Empath as a hybrid form of psychic,
more of a realistic/grounded version of our potential for extra sensory
perception. An Empath is sensitive to the visible as well as the
invisible. An Empath reads body language, tone of voice,
body movements, the words people choose when they speak, the words they avoid, the logic they use; and the hidden
things that only an Empath can sense inside another person. A fully
developed Empath reads on what could be considered a 360 degree scope. I
have this entire 360 scope mapped out in great detail in a teaching
model I call the PHI Model of Consciousness or P.H.I. P.H.I.
stands for "panheuristic intelligence" which is ultimately what I am
advocating. My research has been inspired by the work of Dr.
Timothy Leary and the many brilliant souls who elaborated on his work.
It is also inspired by the profound teachings of the Buddha, from the
very core and heart of what I believe the Dharma to be.
Empaths are extremely powerful people. In the next article I will tell
you what I mean by that and introduce the first course. The first course
is very basic. Yes, I know - you could be very advanced and beyond all
that, but start the first course in Empath 101: "Dreamtongue"
starting with the basics. That way, by the time you get to the advanced
stuff - you will excel and feel wonderful about your growth!
Dreamtongue is a course in empathic communication and is the pre-requisite
for all classes to follow. To benefit from the course start with the
introduction and then work with each lesson separately and in order.
You can work at your own pace. Some people will be ahead of you, some
will be behind, and others will be starting just after you.
Work at your own pace. Post questions as needed and share your experiences
with the materials inside the Yahoo group. Do not be concerned with others being ahead of you
or of feeling that you are too far behind. Just work in your own timeframe
and you will be fine. This process has been tested over the years by