Empathy is the ability to read and understand people and be in-tune with or resonate with others, voluntarily or involuntarily of one's empath capacity.
Empaths have the ability to scan another's psyche for thoughts and feelings or for past, present, and future life occurrences. Many empaths are unaware of how this actually works, and have long accepted that they were insensitive to others.
Empathy is a feeling of another's true emotions to a point where an empath can relate to that person by sensing true feelings that run deeper than those portrayed on the surface. People commonly put on a show of expression. This is a learned trait of hiding authentic expression in an increasingly demanding society.
An empath can sense the truth behind the cover and will act compassionately to help that person express him/herself, thus making them feel at ease and not so desperately alone.
Empaths experience empathy towards family, children, friends, close associates, complete strangers, pets, plants and inanimate objects. Empathy is not held by time or space. Thus, an empath can feel the emotions of people and things at a distance. Some are empathic towards animals (i.e.: The Horse Whisperer), to nature, to the planetary system, to mechanical devices or to buildings etc. Others will have a combination of the above.
Empaths are highly sensitive. This is the term commonly used in describing one's abilities (sensitivity) to another's emotions and feelings. Empaths have a deep sense of knowing that accompanies empathy and are often compassionate, considerate, and understanding of others.
There are also varying levels of strength in empaths which may be related to the individuals awareness of self, understanding of the powers of empathy, and/or the acceptance or non-acceptance of empathy by those associated with them, including family and peers. Generally, those who are empathic grow up with these tendencies and do not learn about them until later in life.
well........i can honestly say that this certainly explains ALOT!
in other news.....there was the most amazing lunar eclipse tonite. i'm a moon freak, and had been outside earlier on a "smoke break" and noticed how completely incredible the moon looked. it was shining thru some clouds here....you could see the clouds around it, but the moon was completely uncovered. as a result, there was this HUGE halo around it and around the outer rim of the halo was this beautiful peachy color. i was gobsmacked..........it almost looked like a highly detailed painting....a strange 3-d effect. it's really hard to explain...it was almost eerie, and yet incredibly beautiful. i was wishing that i had a camera that could take good night sky photos. anyhow....didn't even realize that there would be a lunar eclipse tonite, but a friend emailed me about it a bit later. of course i had to stand outside and just stare at the wonder of it...even had to pull out the binoculars to get a closer look. i tell ya....there's NOTHING like GOD's light shows, y'all!!!
oh....and i while i was watching the moon, some little night creature...a bird maybe....was making the most unusual and mournful sound over and over and over. what an experience. things like this make me feel so ALIVE!