The Book Of Storms  
Empath 101
Lesson 1
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Lesson 6
Lesson 7
Lesson 8.1
Lesson 8.2
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Lesson 9
The Empath Quiz
About the Author
Empath 101
Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
Lesson 4
Lesson 5
Lesson 6
Lesson 7
Lesson 8.1
Lesson 8.2
Lesson 8.3
Lesson 8.4
Lesson 8.5
Lesson 9
The Empath Quiz
About the Author



Stage One

Awakening the Sleeping Empath Within You

To begin with you are already psychic. That means you are already receiving information through levels distinct from your ordinary senses of sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing. Therefore, there is no actual need for you to develop "psychic abilities."  If you practice "psychic development" exercises that is fine and it is your own choice but it can be a waste of time without perspective.

You may or may not have realized this part of yourself yet. Every person, and in fact, every living thing on this planet is psychic (and by that I essentially mean that we are all "interconnected" on levels that are not readily apparent - yielding more information than we have currently acknowledged or understood.) Many years of experience and research have helped me discover some important facts that have led me to this conclusion that every living thing is psychic.

I will be sharing those points of information with you throughout this book. What is important for you to learn is how to recognize and utilize all of the information that is already coming to you. It is through your intuitive abilities that you will begin to nurture your Empath nature.

You will find within these lessons intense guidance and support for realizing your empathic potential. The process of learning the empathic language, Dreamtongue, automatically takes you through all of the stages of becoming an Empath. You can pass through the stages again and again, growing more each time, spiraling open from within.

An Empath is an "active psychic." By active psychic I mean a person who is capable of using their psychic abilities at any point in time just as they would any of their other abilities. I propose this image over that of someone who is "trying to do something remarkable or extraordinary."  Most psychic information is very mundane and even useless.

Specifically, Empaths have highly attuned sensitivity to the emotional and mental states of others, as a result of active psi abilities. Everyone has a psychic potential, but not everyone knows how to access or utilize that potential on a regular basis, in a useful way.  Until this part of our brains is properly mapped out by science most work in this area will be guess work. (speculation)

The primary venue for "psychic connection" occurs between people and living things, so psychic communication takes place primarily between people. Empaths are "psychic" about people; more so than about objects, times, or events. Therefore, the term Empath here indicates an active people focused psychic, a person who listens to and utilizes the silent language of Dreamtongue to enhance relationships and communications. In theory, an Empath should be an expert in relationships and communications. We'll hold that thought for now.

I will use the words psychic, intuitive, and empathic interchangeably throughout the lessons, gradually redirecting the terms towards a more "empathic goal."

Intuitive information is always present within your mind. You may not be aware of that information.

The problem or challenge is that intuitive information is largely received and stored in your unconscious. The way to tap into that information is by listening in to a very subtle dialog that is occurring in your head even as you read this. It is possible that you have many dialogs, voices, or thoughts going on in your mind at all times, drowning out the intuitive information available to you. This is the problem of the discursive mind. There is a exercise that I teach, called "focused sitting" that tames this issue very effectively.  It is addressed in the second course called "The Psychology of Energy."

That internal dialog is the result of your conscious and unconscious communicating with each other in a continuous feedback loop. You may or may not have noticed this dialog before. Most of us notice the nagging, critical version of an inner voice that dissects our thoughts and feelings. Most of us are preoccupied with that voice. Yet there is a more powerful, more "REAL" voice just underneath all that inner mental noise.

It is a very small and soft "voice" or form of information, often referred to as the small still voice within. I call this your "dream voice." This dream voice is the "sound" of the dialog between your conscious and unconscious minds.

That dream voice is the one that urges you at times to turn right on a street, to pick up the phone and call someone, or to avoid a certain place at a certain time. Often we ignore that voice and think later that we should have listened. It's more of a feeling than a sound, yet it is something somewhere in-between, an echo. It is through these pages and my teachings that I send out my silent echo. I visualize Empaths like whales and dolphins around the oceans of the world. We have a level of communication available to us that is not limited by time and space.  I send my silent echo to all who can hear and all who will come.

How often have you said something like, "I kept thinking that I should call you but I just didn't," or, "something kept telling me to drive down that street but I just thought I was being silly?"

This tiny little messenger comes from the feedback loop between your conscious and unconscious mind. It is difficult to listen to this voice because it speaks a different language, the empathic language of Dreamtongue. An important distinction between the "conscious mind voice" and the" unconscious mind voice" is as follows:

  • The "conscious voice", the rational waking mind, speaks loud and clear. It's primary mode is to analyze, break things down, and utilize those things.
  • The "unconscious mode," the intuitive subconscious mind, speaks in whispers, shades, and metaphors. Its primary mode is to synthesize, put together, and reveal more gestalt workings.

When the intuitive voice is trying to tell you something it is often a matter of guessing the message. It is very much like talking to someone who speaks a different language than you. Occasionally you can get the gist of what they are trying to say but it is mostly guess work.

This is where most of us struggle with  intuitive nature. We are often aware that we are receiving or sensing some information but do not know how to interpret it. The dream voice comes from the sleeping Empath within.  I use that metaphor to encourage a subjective feeling, like having a rosebud inside that has yet to bloom. The potential of awakening a sleeping Empath within, invites growth and transformation on many levels.

Your inner Empath/psychic is sleeping because it is within your unconscious, its "eyes" are closed but it still sees, its ears are closed but it still hears. Your inner Empath whispers to you when you are awake. It is your best friend and your guide. It is you, in your fullest capacity.

When you sleep you travel into your unconscious where the barrier between you and your inner Empath disappears. In your sleep you experience the language of your unconscious through dreams. Once you awaken that language fades into the background and becomes the quiet dream voice once again.

I call this language Dreamtongue and you can learn this language through nine stages of self-training. These stages appear in the outline below:

Stage 1 (Preparation) Identifying/Recognizing the Empath Within

This stage involves gathering information, dispelling myths & misinformation, clarifying and defining concepts, and setting goals.

Stage 2 (Education) Learning the Basics of Empathic Language

This stage involves becoming familiar with the idea of Empathic language and learning about the five levels of Dreamtongue.

Stage 3 (The Beta Stage)

This is the first level of empathic language. Here you learn about Beta messages and how to recognize them. This stage trains the senses to plug into Empathic information flow.

Stage 4: (The Alpha Stage)

This is the second level of empathic language. Here you learn about Alpha messages, how to recognize them, and how to interpret them. This stage trains your awareness and heightens your empathic sensitivity.

Stage 5: (The Theta Stage)

This stage introduces you to the third level of empathic language. Here you will learn about Theta messages, how to trace them, and how to deal with the mental noise that drowns them out. During this stage you will develop a channel between your waking mind and the "sleeping" Empath within you.

Stage 6: (The Delta Stage)

This stage brings you into the fourth level of empathic language. Work in this stage involves accessing Delta messages and tapping into their many uses. During this stage you will bring your inner Empath up from the depths and into the light of your waking mind.

Stage 7: (The Gamma Stage)

The fifth level of empathic language introduces you to an entire universe of possibilities. At the Gamma level Dreamtongue occurs in its full composite form. During this stage you will learn the final category of empathic information and be prepared for learning the art of empathic communication. At this stage you develop your power source as an Empath.

Stage 8: The Receptive Stage

In this stage you will learn the basics of interpreting and working with the empathic language of Dreamtongue. You also learn the key points of interpreting Dreamtongue in day-to-day events.

Stage 9: The Expressive Stage

This is the final stage of beginner's Empath training. Here the goal is to learn the expressive side of Dreamtongue which occurs through five different channels.

Now, let's move farther on into the first stage of your training. You are probably like most people and have doubts about your own psychic ability, intuition, empathic nature, etc., as well as the subject of psychic phenomenon in general.

Empath development does not have to be discussed in the context of "psychic phenomenon" but I do so to build a bridge from past concepts to future concepts. You will see how this plays out in future lessons.

There is so much information and misinformation about the field of Psi that often people are simply left feeling confused about the subject. The information I will share with you will help clear up that confusion. If you have a strong interest in pursuing your own empathic development and turning it into a useful part of your life, then you are in the right place.

The fact that you are reading this material already says something about you. You already have the power to break away from the masses and to think for yourself. This is a strength, a power, if you will. The power to think for yourself is the foundation to becoming an Empath.

You also have the power of curiosity, which is the sign of a vital and growing intelligence. Your powers of independent thought and curiosity draw from an undercurrent of a sense and feeling about life.

You are not only directed by your intellect and your senses, you experience guidance from an inner push and pull that words cannot really describe. These powers or qualities indicate an Empath waiting to happen or already in progress.

The first step to becoming an Empath, an active psychic, is to acknowledge the sleeping psychic/Empath within you. The purpose of this chapter is to assist you in that process.

Read the following information carefully, as if you were dining on a delicious meal. Savor each part and let yourself be aware of what you are experiencing. Read over the material two to three times until you feel connected to what you have read.

Right now an extraordinary part of yourself is gestating within your unconscious, sleeping in the midst of an ordinary life. What may frustrate you at time is that this extraordinary part of yourself tends to stay asleep, only stirring occasionally.

When the sleeping Empath within you stirs you catch little glimpses of information, get hunches, or feelings about things. Then when you want information from your inner Empath it is either comatose, not responding at all, or it is mumbling in its sleep incoherently.

This idea that your psychic awareness sleeps within you is a vital image, a tool that you will use to learn the art of Dreamtongue and to awaken your powers of Psi. It is a metaphor that works like a tool.  All metaphors are tools in Dreamtongue.

To understand the relationship between your waking and sleeping mind, consider the following analogy. There is an ancient myth that has appeared in various cultures. It is a story of a great but tragic love story between the Sun and the Moon. In most versions of the story, the Sun is the powerful god that is smitten by the Moon, a beautiful and elusive goddess.

The tragedy is that the two can never be together. As the Sun "moves" around the Earth pursuing the Moon, so too does the Moon continue to move. The Sun searches in the day for the Moon who lives only in the night. It is only for a brief moment at dusk or dawn when the two may catch a fleeting glimpse of each other, which fuels their passion for continuing the chase through the skies.

The story of the Sun chasing after the Moon is a perfect analogy for understanding your empathic nature. The Sun is the conscious mind, the source of light and sensory information; the Moon is the unconscious mind, the source of dreams and intuitive information. The Sun is the direct light, the Moon only reflects light.

Empathic information is like "reflected" information rather than direct perception. With the waking mind (the Sun), people search for evidence of psychic phenomenon, the Moon (which is the sleeping mind). Most of the time the evidence eludes the search and only brief glimpses of the psychic happen.

For those of us who have searched for the hidden side, the psychic side of ourselves, the journey has often been lonely and long. Our passion for the search burns within due to each glimpse no matter how fleeting was the moment.

When you are awake you are using your conscious mind (the Sun). Your unconscious mind (the Moon) is not usually visible during this time. When you sleep the waking mind recedes and the unconscious mind emerges. The Sun sets, the Moon rises.

During sleep and dreams you wander, fully immersed in psychic territory. This is why dreams are often rich with psychic information. When you wake up again, the unconscious recedes and so too does the empathic self.

The Sun, the Moon, and the Earth are all part of the same gravitational field. Gravity is the invisible connector between the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth. In your consciousness, your dream voice is the connector between your conscious and unconscious minds. Gravity is a key metaphor is growing strong with your Empathic connections.

What is important to learn from this analogy is that your intellect and your empathic self are polar opposites of your mind. Polarities, yes, but of one mind. They are each part of your one mind, but when you are in one state, you are opposite of the other.

Just as when you are in China you cannot be in America at the same time. The passing through states of mind is a form of traveling. In learning to become an Empath you will be learning to become a traveler. Your thoughts and your awareness will travel.

As with any extensive traveling, you will fare much better if you learn the native tongue of the places you will visit. In psychic territory, the unconscious, the language is Dreamtongue, a language that communicates what is far beyond the grasp of the conscious mind.

In your normal waking state the unconscious is still present, but acts as a hidden force until you do something to access it. Occasionally it spills over or makes itself known to the conscious mind.

Traditional psychotherapy has many methods of revealing the unconscious. For example, the Rorschach inkblot tests reveal the content of the unconscious. Often the unconscious reveals itself spontaneously, in the idea of the "Freudian slip." A Freudian slip is when you say or do something to reveal what you really think or feel, without consciously intending to do so.

In the same fashion, empathic information is always present in your mind but you may have to do something to access it. Sometimes it will reveal itself spontaneously in a hunch, a feeling, a glimpse, a reaction, or a bit of information. The point of becoming an Empath is to learn to retrieve the information at will.

Part of recognizing your Empath nature involves identifying the barriers that hide it from you. One significant barrier is the attitude of science towards psychic phenomenon and the ways that society has adopted that attitude.

The reason that science struggles with the issue of psychic phenomenon or parapsychology is that they are "using the Sun to find the Moon." A similar point occurs in the joke about the man looking for his car keys under a streetlight. He had lost his keys somewhere in the house but there was more light under the street lamp.

Science turns on a light and says that anything that is not under that light does not exist, this is the "empirical method." What Empaths say is that the scientists need to go feel around in the dark to discover more about reality. Scientists say that there is nothing beyond that light. I realize that is an over simplification of the issue but it gets to the point.

Psychic interactions take place outside of that light, through the unconscious mind, the sleeping mind, in relatively unexplored territory. That is the very definition of psychic, the activities that are occurring outside of the light, outside of conscious awareness.

If someone says show me psychic ability you may not be able to show them in that instance. Just as if someone said show me an atom to a scientist, they might not be able to produce evidence of an atom in that moment.

Many things are "invisible" to the senses, or outside of the light, but that does not mean they are nonexistent. The scientist would say that they need certain conditions or instruments to show the atom. An Empath would say the same: psychic functioning requires certain conditions.

Yet the problem in demonstrating psychic evidence is not really in dealing with facts, the problem is dealing with bias. There is a pervasive prejudice against identifying psychic phenomenon. There are plenty of printed materials on this issue and I encourage you to do some research to see for yourself.

There are several sources of this prejudice. All of which you must learn to identify in order to recognize your own psychic potential. I will narrow these sources of prejudice to four general categories: myth, belief systems, misinformation, and fear of the unknown.

Barriers to Psychic Evidence

1. Myth

There are all kinds of myths about psychic phenomenon. There are also a great deal of "popular ideas" about Empaths; ideas that have been randomly generated by opinion rather than serious study.

There are many things people believe about psychic phenomenon that are not true and are actually counterproductive to developing psychic ability. Let's look at four of them together:

Myth # 1 -- "Psychic ability is a supernatural phenomenon." There is nothing supernatural about psychic abilities, if supernatural means beyond or against nature. They are as natural as sight and hearing. Psychic abilities are part of human nature. They are the result of subtle interactions between the brain and nervous system with the environment (environment includes other living things).

Some believe that psychic functioning is an extension of the immune system, serving to detect harmful influence and to ward off danger. Eventually psychic powers will be explained through nuclear, electrical, chemical, and biological terms. The model of "Empath" includes psychic functioning as part of being alive, of being human.

Myth # 2 -- "Psychic ability is a gift that only some people possess." Because psychic functioning is a natural part of a human being everyone has psychic abilities. Some people are more likely to pay attention to psychic perceptions than others and therefore may develop their ability to use them more readily.

Different temperaments and personalities will respond to psychic potentials in different ways. A person who is more feeling oriented may pay more attention to psychic messages, whereas a person who focuses in their intellect may ignore psychic messages unless they are very intense. An Empath is closer to a "personality type," so not everyone would be an Empath without development.

Myth # 3 -- "Psychic ability means the ability to see into the future." While premonitions of future events do occur, this is the least common of psychic events. The majority of psychic functioning occurs in the form of remotely obtaining information already in play.

Telepathic communication, empathic reading of individuals, obtaining information via extrasensory means, such as remote viewing (clairvoyance) are the more common psychic experiences. Empathic ability, which is the result of "integrated psychic ability" is continuous and pervasive within an awakened Empath.

Myth # 4 -- "Psychic ability is unlimited and unconditional." Many people seem to think that if someone is psychic, that this means they have unlimited powers that work unconditionally one hundred percent of the time. I hate to be the one to tell you, but no human ability works that way. Vision and hearing have limits and conditions, and so does psychic functioning.

Psychic abilities are influenced by as many factors as influence any person. Examples of what conditions influence psychic functioning are: how relaxed or tense a person is, what a person pays attention to, a person's belief systems, emotional states, values, needs, desires, perceptions, and so on, and so on.

These are just a few of the myths that people have about psychic phenomenon. Can you think of other beliefs about psychic phenomenon that people have or that you have yourself? Are you willing to test out those beliefs or to consider other points of view? If so, then read on.

2. Belief Systems

Another major barrier to searching for psychic evidence involves the belief systems that people live by. Philosophical and religious beliefs may act as a barrier to understanding the psychic. An example of such beliefs would be the thought that psychic abilities come from an evil force.

If a person believes that psychic phenomena come from an evil force then all of their own mental energy goes into resisting psychic experience, or into fear of what might happen if they "give in" to their psychic perceptions. This leads to patterns of self-fulfilling prophecies where people begin to undermine themselves and their experience.  This is very common.

Many people are superstitious. It is important to understand that being superstitious and pursuing psychic development are two separate activities. Yet when the two occur together confusion and distortion are often the result.  Anyone can fall into superstitious thinking unintentionally. As Empaths we have to make a conscious commitment to recognize and avoid superstitious thinking.

Being superstitious means incorrectly attributing a cause to an event. People do this all the time. It is the result of reaching conclusions based on misperception and erroneous thinking. Superstitious thinking has plagued the subject of psychic phenomenon but is a separate problem of human nature.

Another belief is that reports of psychic phenomenon are just nonsense. The thought that psychic abilities do not exist is just as much a belief as any other belief. A person, who claims to be pragmatic and rational, dismissing the psychic as nonsense, has a belief that existence is just a hollow space filled with solid objects that have no connections between them.  We cannot rule out discovery.  Keeping our minds open to possibility is the key to the future. It always has been.

There is an underlying assumption to such beliefs that simple mechanical laws govern all existence and that nothing else is possible. Science itself has long since progressed passed such simplistic beliefs but many people still subscribe to them.

3. Misinformation

You may have noticed at this point that all of these categories overlap. I have divided them up this way so that you can give more thought to how each area relates to your experience. I have separated out this category of misinformation to specifically address a more modern problem.

Misinformation is the result of incorrect examples and the perpetuation of misleading stereotypes. In short, this problem originates with the media: television, the movies, as well as popular fiction. The entire subject of psychic phenomenon has been clouded over by movie images of extraordinary feats and special effects.

Thanks to the media most people's idea of something psychic happening involves someone's eyes rolling up and the wind starting to blow. For some reason the wind seems to always be blowing in movies when something psychic is happening. I can assure you that for the majority of the time, when your psychic senses are at work, the wind will not usually start to blow. If it does, chances are that it is just a coincidence.

Movies and television portray psychic events as dramatic, intense, frightening, and typically fantastic. When the truth is, most psychic events are very subtle and usually related to ordinary situations. The media frequently ties in psychic abilities with the media's version of "occult practices." As you learn to access your psychic abilities there will not be any special effects, surreal music, wind blowing, or earth shattering visions in most of your experiences.

Another source of misinformation comes from the popular fad of telephone psychics. I am not a supporter of this practice for several reasons. Once a service becomes part of big business, and turns into an industry, then it is more susceptible to being misused, and subject to more fraudulent practices.

You will find as you complete your training, psychic information results from genuine connections between living things and especially between people. The big business of psychic phone services has created a media image of "psychics" that is communicating to the public at large that "psychics" are just a commercial gimmick. It is yet another form of misinformation about a subject already greatly misunderstood.

I decided to stop working as a professional psychic counselor when this fad first began. I am sure that there are many gifted psychics who are working with this trend who are finding ways to make it work for them. Personally, I did not want to be associated with that trend. It is a matter of opinion and personal preference. I am an advocate for clarifying and developing the field of psychic research.

Another fallout from this kind of misinformation is the idea that psychics are supernatural entertainers. Some people have the idea that if you are psychic that means you should perform impressive feats like entertainers who sell themselves as psychic. Being psychic has nothing to do with showmanship, unless the individual wants to be an entertainer. That is a personal choice.

4. Fear of the Unknown

The last general category regarding barriers to psychic evidence deals with the fear of the unknown. This is a primitive and instinctive fear that all people possess on some level.

To illustrate this fear and its relevance to us as human beings, I like to give the following example: Let's imagine that you and a group of people are with me high up in the mountains somewhere. We are all standing in front of a large cave. The mouth of the cave is a large opening leading into utter blackness. The inside of the cave is so dark you cannot see one thing within it. Now imagine that I have instructed you and the group that on the count of three I want all of you to run immediately into the cave.

I count, one....two.....three! What happens? What would you do? What would most people do? Are you likely to just run blindly into the cave. Well, a few people might, but most would not. Fortunately, we are each equipped with some survival instincts that protect us from such foolishness.

Opening up your empathic nature is like venturing into that cave. You may have the curiosity and desire to discover what is in it, but some part of you is not comfortable with stepping into the unknown. The world you live in is primarily a world of perceptions, held together by beliefs and ideas.

Venturing into psychic territory can lead to discoveries that challenge those beliefs and perceptions. This built in protective instinct can also act as a barrier to you accessing your empathic talents. If this is the case for you, then the more you learn the more you will progress.

Now look and feel inside of yourself and answer the following questions.

  • Do you sense the presence of your inner Empath, a presence just beyond your awareness; a part of you that longs to bud forth, to emerge into this world, and to fully express?
  • Have you been an observer of your dreams, your feelings and sensations, of people, and life?
  • Do you know things in ways that words cannot describe?
  • Do you find signs and symbols popping up in your life in meaningful ways?

Chances are you have already recognized your inner Empath. Chances are you have already discovered that you and your inner Empath are one and the same. It is now a matter of learning the hidden language of your Empath nature and applying all that you learn through this special knowledge.

Dreamtongue will allow you to understand more about your Empath nature and the psychic nature of existence itself than ordinary language will ever provide.

As you complete this chapter you are completing stage one of your training in Dreamtongue. To help you get the most from this stage and each stage, a review of the primary points appears at the end of the chapter.

Stage One Review

1. The goal of stage one is to prepare for learning Dreamtongue, to identify and recognize your own Empath nature, and to scrutinize myths and misinformation about psychic phenomenon.

2. You are already psychic, which means you are receiving information on levels other than your direct senses. You can develop further into an Empath.

3. An Empath is a person who has learned to integrate psychic abilities into his or her own life.

4. The story of the Sun and Moon represents the relationship between the conscious (waking) mind and the unconscious (sleeping) mind.

5. Your dream voice is the result of the invisible connections between your conscious and unconscious mind.

6. The language of this dream voice is called Dreamtongue, the empathic language.

7. Multiple barriers are present within each person, which make it difficult to provide psychic evidence. These barriers reside within you as myths, belief systems, misinformation, and fear of the unknown.

8. Through Dreamtongue you can learn more about your Empath nature and the psychic nature of the world around you.

Stage Two: The Basics of Empathic Language



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Painting by Michaelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City
Sibyls were female seers of ancient Greece and Rome. They were also known as oracles.

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