Experts in our culture are finally identifying the challenges and gifts that come with being an empath. In the fields of psychology and spiritual practice, leaders are speaking and writing about the reality of the empath as it becomes clear how it can overlap with codependency.
Are You an Empath?
Being an empath is defined by an individual who is more highly sensitive than the average person. An empath feels the world more deeply and can absorb the emotions and energy of others- even without it being their intention. For an empath, boundaries can be an issue, and there must be an emphasis on developing methods to center and protect the personal energy field. Beyond simply being able to feel the emotions of others, empaths are also highly intuitive. Empathic individuals will sense what is below the visible surface of expression. These combined qualities will make it difficult for an empath to be in crowded public places. It will also mean that empaths typically need a healthy...
“The dark night of the soul is when you have lost the flavor of life but have not yet gained the fullness of divinity. So it is that we must weather that dark time, the period of transformation when what is familiar has been taken away, and the new richness is not yet ours.” –Ram Dass
The road to self-actualization and spiritual awakening is not a straight path. Many times as we sit on the brink of the next level of soul awakening, the soul, mind, and body must pass through trials of transformation that are difficult and discouraging, with no sign of the light. In any lifetime, there are days or times of sadness, grief, longing, or fatigue. Sometimes, however, it goes deeper and lasts longer and often with no apparent cause. When this occurs, we could say we have entered “the dark night of the soul.”
If the soul is that which animates our being in this experience of life, our individual flame from the great fire of the divine. When we...
Many Chakra theories exist, and the number of chakras acknowledged varies based on the individual or culture presenting the system. While some systems identify 7, 8, 13, or even more chakras in the system, we will focus today on the 7 Chakra system. This system is coming primarily from the Indian traditions. It includes the Root Chakra, the Sacral Chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra, The Heart Chakra, the Throat Chakra, the Third Eye Chakra, and the Crown Chakra, respectively.
"The Sanskrit word Chakra translates to wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. To visualize a chakra in the body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet. This invisible energy, called Prana, is vital life force, which keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive," says Michelle Fondin.
Just as we possess...
Oscar Wilde once said, “The heart was made to be broken.” Yet no one had clued me in to this beautiful, profoundly philosophical, and crushing reality prior to my deepest broken heart.
I remember it like it was
yesterday. Have you been there?
Have you ever felt that your soul has traversed the cosmos with the soul of another person? Have you seen past the physical dimension of a person’s exterior and come to love, and be enjoyed on the level of pure essence? Have you sat on a beach or in a field on a sunny day and held hands and watched the world go by in love? I had felt this kind of love, and when I lost it, I was devastated. I remember riding the subways alone in NYC with my headphones on, only half-willed to continue with life. If you’ve had a love like this, you know what I mean. And if you’ve lost love like this, you know true heartbreak.
Yet heartbreak comes not only from breakup or divorce; Heartbreak comes in all forms, from the loss of a child...
Though you may escape this season having dodged the flu or without falling prey to the common cold, it’s nearly impossible to traverse through the social dimensions of everyday life without suffering the frequent scrapes, scratches, and injuries to which the emotional body is prone.
Guy Winch, a Psychology today Blogger, recently released a new book, Emotional First Aid, in which he likens the emotional body to our physical body in its tendency to accumulate injuries, scars, and illnesses along the way. Anything from self-imposed guilt and criticism, to social rejection and loneliness to the extremes of trauma or the deep grief of loss can be the source of wounds and depletions to
our emotional well-being.
Yet just as our flesh and blood are widely able to self-repair given proper rest, nutrition, and mindset, so too can our emotional wounds and losses be mended. Winch uses metaphors of physical injuries to propose strategic cures for the hits our emotions take over the course...
Two people walk into a health clinic; one is an elderly man of 72. He is a tall and thin man with naturally fair skin, his hands and feet are often cold, at night his mind races and he suffers insomnia, he tends to have dry skin and his hair has always been thin and fine, his digestion is typically very sensitive. He’s at the Doctors office today for a skin outbreak that is itchy and red.
The other individual is in her early forties; she has what might be called a medium or athletic build, tends to have oilier skin, a strong appetite, a quick temper, and is hungry often. She is also at the doctor today for a rash that is red and itchy.
In a modern Western medical clinic and the doctor diagnoses both patients with eczema and prescribes both patients with the same steroid cream- a solution that does not address cause but causes the rash to go away, at least temporarily.
Stories like this are familiar to those of us in the west or, indeed, the westernized and modern...
When healing occurs, through whom or what is it conducted? Is the person, place, or being receiving the healing responsible? Is the healing tool, or is the healer? We could say that the magic of a transformative healing dynamic occurs when the person or party being healed is willing and participating and present for their healing. When the healer is committed and open for healing to flow through them, and when appropriate tools are used properly with integrity. Many times it has been said that regardless of all the remarkable healing tools available to us today, the healer him- or her-self is the true instrument of healing.
This philosophy seems to be reflected by the famous and groundbreaking work of crystal healing innovator Dr. Marcel Vogel. Dr. Vogel was a renowned researcher who worked at the IBM San Jose Research center, his life of intensive research earning him an honorary title of Doctor and his unique and groundbreaking research into the use of quartz crystals for healing...
What if you could shed the cares of this world, of your everyday life, like worn garments to the laundry basket, and fly free even for a few hours?
Like a bird soaring far above, seeing everything from a broad and unique perspective, you would be temporarily free to explore a realm outside of the usual or perhaps one deeply embedded within yourself. This idea certainly appeals to many of us and can be possible by employing a technique or experience commonly called ‘astral projection.’
Let’s take a more in-depth look at what this experience looks like and how it could benefit our personal growth. In esoteric and energetic realms of study, the human being is a multidimensional being. Not just ‘flesh and blood’ as we understand it but also an interweaving of soul, spirit, and the astral-body, coexisting to create the experience of who we are on many levels at once. The astral is described as the layer or facet of our being that sort of links or lies...
This episode is the first in our health series and we go deep into letting food be thy medicine! We cover the basics of what it means to eat healthily and why we’re experiencing a health epidemic around the world. Over the course of history, our modern approach to treating illness has changed dramatically. Today we all receive little if any training in nutrition and have created a system revolving around “A Pill for Every Ill” so this video works to create a change here to bring us back to the fundamental idea of letting food be thy medicine.
When looking at what makes up the standard American diet, the largest portion comes from processed food. Next is animal products, and finally fruits and vegetables. Despite this, there are more and more studies are coming out which show the correlation between different diseases and animal products. This is large because of the way the animals are treated, as they are pumped with antibiotics, fed things they are not supposed...
As we continue the journey into health, we take a closer look at food and what we can do to keep improving our physical health through diet.
When we give our bodies food that is devoid of any real nourishment, our bodies suffer from it on a cellular level. If we eat processed food constantly, we build up a tolerance to it and might not notice how drastically it affects us.
The same goes for animal products. When we eat animals that have been essentially tortured, fed grain and pumped with antibiotics, all of that goes into our body. You might look at this as if all of that suffering is then going directly into our bodies, causing depression and anxiety inside.
Patchman breaks down the three main processed components: sugar, salt, and fat. Sugar is one of the biggest addictive substances on the planet. It triggers the exact same parts of our brain that cocaine does, and scientifically literally is as addictive as cocaine.
An average person in the united states can consume up to 140...