Developing Empathic Awareness
In the previous lesson you passed through stage two of your training
in Dreamtongue. You are on your way to becoming a fully actualized Empath,
which in it's full realized form, is called an "implicate."
Beta is the first level of the empathic language.
This stage introduces you to plugging your five primary senses into
available empathic information. Remember the sleeping empathic within
you is functionally separate from your conscious mind and does not normally
use your primary senses. To the empathic within you, Beta is the outer
world, the surface world, the outermost regions of your psyche.
For all practical purposes Beta is everything that is perceived by
your eyes, ears, nose, taste buds, touch, etc. You are in a
Beta state when you are awake and alert. A Beta state occurs
as you are generating an abundance of brain wave cycles per second.
The more active you are the more brain waves you can generate.
You might want to call Beta the "nonempathic" level, but
don't. There is no such thing as a nonempathic level. Empathic phenomenon
occurs because of an innate connectedness between all things, especially
living things. Due to the fact that your primary senses are active in
Beta, your brain has been conditioned to rely on those senses for survival.
Your primary senses are your outermost senses but they, too, have deep
roots in the unconscious. Through the Beta stage of your training you
will learn to use what your outermost senses provide in order to interpret
Beta is you as a whole solid entity with mass, density, weight, etc.
The empathic part of Beta is actually your eyes, ears, nose, etc.; empathic
because these organs take signals in to your interior world, your psyche.
They are essentially gateways to your inner world. These gateways are
limited by their physical dimensions but are very practical tools.
The limitation of those senses is represented by the yellow square
of Beta . The yellow is light, awareness, boxed in on four sides. The
four sides indicate an orientation to the physical world by representing
north, south, east, and west in their respective places.
All of this information sounds very fundamental and elementary –
and it is. But if you make an effort to learn it you will be prepared
for more complex courses that provide truly amazing insight into empathic
Since information from the primary senses is dominant at the Beta
level for most people, information from the innermost senses hides behind
the conscious mind. As you will learn, the innermost senses are Alpha,
Theta, and Delta. The omniscient Gamma mind, which you possess, cannot
really be described as a sense.
At the Beta level information from your primary senses floods your
brain on a continuous basis, keeping your awareness busy most of the
time. Direct empathic information, information that is not apparent
to your primary senses, is typically drowned out by all the activity
in your waking mind. All the activity in your waking mind is a form
of "mental noise," which is almost always
louder than your dream voice. The dream voice is always present and
Your dream voice is simply your empathic awareness at the Beta
level. It is the connecting point between your innermost and
outermost senses. Beta is then, the vehicle for the entire process.
This makes Beta VERY important: not something to avoid, skirt around,
or ignore. Instead Beta is your key to powerful empathic functioning.
Now let's wrap the previous two paragraphs together. Beta is the vehicle
for the entire empathic process and that vehicle is your full body/mind
system. Beta is the receiver and the sender of information.
The Beta senses are constrained by physical limitations but
are rooted in the deeper senses, which have no physical constraints.
Your body is your Beta level. Your waking mind is your Beta level.
Other than empathic dreaming, much of your empathic work will occur
while you are in Beta, or are awake. To become an active empathic, you
must connect your normal waking state with your empathic nature. You
do this by understanding the nature of Beta and by understanding that
empathic information is available through sensory information.
To understand how empathic information is available through sensory
information requires rethinking some more beliefs about empathic abilities.
In working with students to open their own empathic channels, I often
have them do an exercise where one class member stands in front of the
group while the rest attempt to retrieve empathic information about
Frequently students express concern that impressions they have come
from what they can see and are therefore logical conclusions or guesses.
Usually they spend so much time trying to avoid sensory information
and guessing that they do not tap into their empathic impressions. The
point of understanding the Beta level is that you can take any Beta
message (sensory input) and follow it like a thread until you go to
deeper levels and discover empathic information.
For example, a woman once stood before the class who had several qualities
that some people in the class associated with being a nurse. They said
that her shoes, her haircut, and her overall demeanor somehow made them
think that she was a nurse. The people who were arguing within themselves
that this conclusion was the result of obvious signs as well as guessing,
could get no further information. They were putting too much effort
into resisting their primary senses.
There were others who followed their sensory information and traveled
into deeper territory. Someone saw a yellow sweater, even though she
was not wearing anything yellow. Someone else saw fire all around her
and two small children. After the session she told us that her and her
two siblings were rescued from a fire when they were young, and yes,
she received a yellow sweater as a present only days before this class.
The point is to not discount sensory information.
It is the beginning of a train of information that is available to you.
Remember that empathic language works through association. You can follow
sensory information by first acknowledging it, not by resisting it.
Then allow associations to form around those perceptions.
If you see someone slumped over and visibly unhappy, then recognize
that conclusion as a Beta message, the first level of empathic language.
Associations and impressions will then begin to form and as you examine
those associations you are following that information down into deeper
levels of perception.
What we have established so far is that: A Beta message is any signal
picked up by your primary senses. In the same way
that your body is your Beta, the vehicle for your entire empathic process,
a Beta message is the vehicle for an entire empathic message.
If you are into highlighting, highlight the sentence you just read.
It is a place to focus your awareness, and that
focus acts like a magnet attracting associations. Those associations
act as links to deeper senses. When you make associations and observe
the impressions you get from them, you are following information to
deeper levels. You are traveling into your unconscious, where your awareness
is the flashlight.
When you see a person who is visibly sad or feeling bad in some way
your first impression is the Beta message. At this point you may make
an association of someone breaking up in a relationship. That does not
mean that the sad person has just broken up with someone, although it
can. What it means is that you have started a flow of associations.
By starting that flow you begin to connect with that person empathically.
One of the most important points I can share with you about
empathic perceptions is that they are more likely to occur when there
is a specific need for them to occur. If the sad person who
you saw was in significant distress and needed help that you could offer,
your flow of associations would rapidly take you to that conclusion:
to help. If you know the person and they are significant in your life,
the chance of getting specific information is greater. The need is established
by the relationship or by the level of distress.
The use of divination tools is another form of Beta messages. The use
of tarot cards, for example, is a way to utilize your Beta abilities.
The cards serve as visible objects where you can focus your mind and
make empathic associations.
You will learn more about the use of tools in lesson seven.
At the Beta stage it is important to be alert, aware, and observant.
The greater your ability to concentrate and focus, the greater your
mastery of Beta will be. Pay attention to details without getting hung
up on them. Take in your environment with open awareness.
Here is a personal example of how I have used Beta messages for my
own situation. Once when my daughter was about two years old, my wife
and I had taken her to a park. While my wife was pushing my daughter
on a swing, I did my usual "Beta sweep" of the park, concerned
about any potential safety problems, in a park that occasionally has
transients hanging about.
With heightened awareness I simply did a gradual 360-degree turn, taking
in everything my senses could determine. I looked at the people, the
trees, the cars, anything that came into vision. In my sweep I saw a
woman walking on a distant sidewalk. From the visible level she appeared
to be a fairly young, well-dressed, average woman walking through the
park. But that Beta message was filled with something else. I began
associating negative or unusual feelings to her.
From the visual level there was nothing wrong with her appearance
or her activity. Still a red flag went up inside of me once I caught
sight of her. She was far enough away that I could watch her without
being rude. The negative feeling inside of me kept getting stronger,
like a radar signal that was strengthening. I watched as the woman walked
around the park and then turned, heading straight towards us. At this
point my dream voice was saying "red alert, red alert," but
there was nothing obvious to go by.
The woman walked right up to me. Once I could see her eyes I saw that
she appeared distressed, confused, and possibly very unstable. Her body
movements were slightly distorted as she pointed to my child in the
swing and asked, " Are you the father of that child?" I simply
answered, "Yes, I am." She did not appear to believe me for
some reason. She asked, "Are you sure?" I reassured her that
I was the father of that child.
She made an odd face and then marched off to another couple with a
baby. We never did know for certain what she was up to or what was wrong
with her but received ample warning to be on the alert for her. It is
my educated opinion that empathic abilities work best when there is
danger or urgency involved in a situation.
I shared this example with you to illustrate how a Beta message, something
I saw with my eyes, led to a deeper message (alpha). The more you are
aware of what you see, hear, smell, and touch, the more you will be
able to link your senses to your empathic awareness.
Don't wait for some mysterious message or feeling to emerge in order
to retrieve empathic information. Simply look around you. Feel the environment
around you with your eyes. Do not put sensory information in
a category separate from empathic information. It is all one
and the same, it's all information. Empathic information can be enhanced
by sensory information and sensory information can be enhanced by empathic
At times sensory information and imagination act as a form of mental
noise that makes it hard for the beginning empath to process empathic
information. Strong emotional states can interfere with empathic reception.
Imagined fears and intense desires are also at work within your psyche.
This type of interference, or mental noise, is discussed in Lesson
Five. Learning how to discern empathic impressions from mental noise
comes from practice, experience, and increasing the connection with
your inner empathic. Now, on to deeper levels of Beta.
Beta relates to empathic activity expressed through
the physical body. Not only through the physical senses but also through
physical states. These states can be electrical, chemical, or nuclear.
Empathic energy, or internally generated energy (innergy)
is always present within you. This energy can impact your physical,
emotional, and mental state. It can also impact the physical, emotional,
and mental state of another person.
Whenever you extend your empathic energy outside of yourself to another
person or an object, this activity is called psychokinesis or telekinesis.
Psychokinesis is intentionally sent Beta energy. The origin of that
intent can be either conscious or unconscious.
Unfortunately, movies and television have imprinted on most people
the image of psychokinesis (PK) as lifting large objects with the mind
and flinging them across a room. The dramatic portrayals of PK as superhuman
and supernatural make it seem to be the most unlikely of all empathic
abilities. Yet it is very human and very accessible by anyone.
The best application for PK is through what has been popularly called
empathic healing. If you concentrate on another person you can send
your own empathic energy to that person. There are many people in the
world who have devoted themselves to the idea of healing and helping
others. They have trained and conditioned their empathic energy to work
with thoughts of repair, regeneration, healing, love, and compassion.
When a healing empath concentrates on another person she is sending
Beta messages of healing, love, and compassion. For a healer to do this,
their own body fills up with the healing energy, their Beta state, with
energy of love, healing, and compassion until it over flows and transfers
to another person. Which leads to another important point.
Can empathic energy be used to generate harm or negativity? First,
look at how the process works. The sender would have to first fill up
with harmful and negative energy until it overflowed. They would then
have to be capable of directing that energy to another person while
consumed with the negativity.
Who would be the first victim of such an attack? You guessed it, the
sender. It is not impossible but the sender pays a great cost and is
consumed by the energy before being able to send it.
Generating a Beta Message
To generate a Beta message simply requires an action.
Every action you take, no matter how small, generates a Beta message.
Your physical presence in a room generates a Beta message. Beta energy
is something you generate all the time to move your body.
You can learn to generate Beta energy in more creative ways. Symbolic
gestures associated with specific intent can be very powerful Beta messages.
For example, each time you want to send healing energy you can touch
your heart with your hands as you focus on the target of your healing.
Some people like to touch their forehead as they concentrate on receiving
empathic information. The classic images of witches and magicians gesturing
with specific intent certainly comes to mind when considering ways to
generate Beta messages.
Observe your own body language and expressive gestures to see how you
are already performing this empathic act. The type of gestures and movements
you associate with specific empathic functions should be unique and
meaningful to you personally. With practice you will find creative and
meaningful movements which will evolve from your own empathic practice.
I have developed a system of hand gestures that communicate dreamtongue
messages; I call this system "xenchi" (zen chee), which is
a course unto itself.
Beta is the foundation for creative action or "ritual." Hand
gestures, for example, are Beta messages. If your hand gesture contains
within it an Alpha message, or association, regarding relaxation and
calm, then you can send Beta energy to calm and relax someone.
Creative actions or rituals generate a theme of Beta messages for specific
goals: healing, restoring, protecting, connecting, celebrating, sharing,
etc. For example, an empathic healer moving his or her hands over the
area around someone's body to generate healing energy, is what I mean
by ritual. The moving around of the hands is not really necessary but
it acts as a Beta channel.
The most exciting action you can take to send a Beta message is one
we normally take for granted: The act of talking generates Beta messages.
The power of the human voice carries Beta signals. This also works the
other way around. When someone is talking to you they are sending you
Remember, Beta messages contain other messages within them. When someone
speaks to me, I get empathic impressions from their voice and their
choice of words. This is an area you can grow strong in as you advance
in your development as an empath.
Last, but definitely not least, what you could call the "most
empathic" level of Beta. It is only the "most empathic"
level in the traditional sense of what we think of as empathic or even
"psychic". Since Beta is essentially your body/mind, messages
that originate from within your unconscious, from the inner empathic,
are felt within your body. This form
of Beta message takes the form of physical sensations and changes. Empaths
are all about feeling: not just emotionally but through physical states
These Beta messages can be through: an increase or decrease in body
temperature, an increase or decrease in physical tension (such as around
the stomach area), specific sensations on the skin, tingling or pain
in the body, an increase or decrease in sense of weightiness (suddenly
feeling heavier and slower, or feeling lighter and faster), and so on.
Beta is the level of "gut reactions," bodily responses to
empathic perceptions. You may not be consciously aware of what your
body is responding to at first. Many years ago I was at a Laundromat
when this man walked in and sat down in a chair. There were plenty of
other people there and I had no response to them. But when he walked
in my whole body suddenly felt very heavy and slow. My stomach was tightening
and my whole body suddenly seemed to be rebelling against me.
When I looked at the man or was near him the feeling intensified. From
the immediate Beta level, what was visible to my eyes, he did not appear
to stand out from any of the other people in the Laundromat. Nevertheless,
I could not stand to be around him. I grabbed my clothes out of the
washing machine and took them home wet. I did not know why I had to
leave but knew enough to trust what my body was telling me.
A week later I was driving down the road when an unmarked police car
pulled me over. I wasn't speeding and didn't have a clue why they were
pulling me over. A detective came up to my car window and mentioned
my name and address, and asked if I was that person. I said that I was.
He then pulled out a photograph and asked me if I had ever seen the
person in the picture. Guess who it was! You got it, the man from the
It turns out that he was waiting in the Laundromat to get up the nerve
to rob the bank right next to it. He was armed and dangerous. You might
be wondering how the detectives knew I had been at the Laundromat. Could
they be Empaths as well? It turns out that I had thrown away some mail
at the Laundromat, which of course, had my address on it. They had gone
through the trash after the robbery looking for clues.
The moral of the story is: your body is just as much a part of your
empathic mind as any other part. Pay attention to feelings and responses
within your body. When someone is intending to do harm or has a strong
potential to do harm, they are sending out intense Beta signals.
Beta messages through the body are especially strong when there
is danger or imminent threat near you. I personally believe
that empathic abilities are natural skills primarily developed for the
purposes of safety and protection. Eventually our culture will recognize
that and we will develop greater means of protection and security.
Although Beta messages through the body tend to be uniquely patterned
around the individual, there are some general patterns for you to learn.
The most consistent pattern deals with feelings of expansiveness versus
feelings of contraction.
Feelings of contraction, drawing in, closing up, tightening, usually
occur in response to a negative or harmful influence. It can be from
the presence of danger or from the presence of something or someone
you just do not like. How your body responds to your environment is
determined by your perceptions, beliefs, and general feelings.
Feelings of expansion, opening up, relaxing, usually occur in response
to a positive or pleasant influence. Some people begin to feel "giddy",
restless, or excited before receiving some good news or encountering
a much-desired event or person.
Areas of empathic sensitivity vary from person to person, but common
areas for Beta body messages are the
- temples & forehead,
- the back of the neck,
- the throat,
- the chest,
- and the stomach.
Pretty much down the center of the body following the path of the spine.
The spine carries the central nervous system down from the brain to
the rest of the body and serves as the pathway for empathic information.
Some empathic traditions of yoga have identified seven empathic centers
in the spine. These seven centers have been called "chakras."
The way people tend to receive Beta body messages along the center of
the body appears to correlate fairly well with the idea of the seven
The Tattwas, like the for example, are said to be geometric shapes
that are genetically programmed into the central nervous system that
stimulate the empathic centers. Visually focusing on a given Tattwa
or visualizing a Tattwa, is said to stimulate the particular energy
of that shape. The yellow square is related to Beta energy, which is
how empathic information is generated externally and received internally
through the body.
At this point you should have an initial understanding of Beta, the
first letter of the empathic alphabet. Remember, you are learning the
alphabet first. As you learn the other four empathic letters, your understanding
will grow as you see how they combine and interact to form the empathic
Through Beta you can see that your very environment speaks to you in
Dreamtongue, a silent language that forms from the actions, events,
and objects around you. To an empath the movement of the world itself
is poetry, is a language far beyond words and ideas.
I have talked to you about getting signals from the actions and words
of people, but the fullness of Dreamtongue comes from looking at a beautiful
sky, a sunset over water, a field of wild flowers, an intense thunderstorm,
etc. When you begin to observe the world around you, listening to what
it is saying to you, you will begin to hear the language of Dreamtongue.
In hearing the language you will also feel it. In feeling the empathic
language you will learn to interpret it and to speak it. I wrote the
Book of Storms in dreamtongue language and continue to be amazed by
the power of it.
Stage Three Review
1. The goal of stage three is to understand what Beta is and what forms
a Beta message can take.
2. Beta is the body/mind as a whole unit, the container of the entire
3. A Beta message is any information that can be perceived through
the primary senses.
4. Beta energy is empathic energy that is generated by a person and
is normally called psychokinesis, or PK.
5. Beta energy or PK can be used for healing or influencing objects
6. A Beta message contains all the other levels of empathic information.
7. Internal empathic impressions form external Beta messages in the
body through feelings and sensations.
8. Understanding Dreamtongue begins by learning to observe and listen
to the world around you.