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Empathic
By Flying Fox AKA Ted L Glines
Saturday, July 05, 2008

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Imagine this. You are awake in the wee hours and you feel desolate and alone and scared. Death would be a release from this. You never feel like that. You have no reason to feel like this. What is going on? Are you going crazy?

Empathic
by Ted L Glines

On 5 July 2008, knowing I had to work that night, I began attempting  to  sleep at about 10:30 AM. I already knew that Kasey (Patty's  daughter) had  started into labor but there was no reason for this  to bother me. Nothing else was on my mind. But I could not sleep.  I kept tossing and turning. I felt  alarmed. Threatened. Very unusual  for me. I knew that this was not my own  feeling but I did not  connect the dots. All I knew was the feeling that  something was  very wrong and somehow pending. It was not until some time in the  mid-late afternoon that I finally drifted off to sleep. At about  6:30 PM, Patty  called. I was 98% asleep but I understood what  she was saying; that Kasey had  delivered a baby boy weighing 7.?  pounds, about two hours earlier, and it was a  troubled birthing  with Kasey's blood pressure going through the roof, and  eventuating  in emergency procedures, and finally an emergency C-Section. I went  back to sleep, only noting that I did not feel alarmed or threatened.  I awoke at  about 8:30 PM and did the usual Ted-stuff. It was not  until about 9:45 PM, while  shaving, that it dawned on me that  my earlier feelings of alarm and threat ...  belonged to Patty  as she responded to the Kasey-crisis.
 
This  is the best of my recent examples to describe the empathic experience  (at my level). Patty's empathic abilities are much more highly  developed than my  own. Patty was directly feeling Kasey's own  alarm and feeling of threat, and  those of the medical people tending  to Kasey. I was lucky; I was only feeling a  dim version of this  crisis. Inside Patty, this must have been purely awful. They  say  that being "an empath" is a gift. My labels for it are not so kind.

The empath feels the angers, fears, obsessions of other people, as if these emotions were her/his own. If you have ever experienced a traumatic feeling which seemed to be totally unnatural for you, then you may be an empath. “This feeling is not mine” - is your only clue. The empathic experience is not well understood, nor well studied, in the psychological community, which continues to diagnose such cases as any one of the catch-all “disorders,” when, in fact, empathic abilities are natural to the human condition. We wonder how many empaths have been confined in the emotional over-load horror-stories of institutions, and what must have happened to them there?

Information is available on Websites, but beware of fakes. Real information will not involve money. See [http://www.imagine-wellness.com/] and take the quiz. Caveate emptor.

 

 

 

 

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Reviewed by Georg Mateos 7/10/2008
Ted, in Nam one ran scared, worried for one of your buddies out "there", but really never premonitions, just a few what ifs.
My buddies and I slept like babies through everything in our foxholes, on swampland, bamboo forest...but one night we couldn't sleep, our esp nose was smelling a rat and without nobody telling the next man what to do everybody got in position. Why? who knows? but then the Tet Offensive at late night of 01/30th went wham! and we cut a lot of running grass under the light of the flares.
How we did know?

Georg
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight* Authors & Creations 7/7/2008
An excellent story, very well told, that captivates the reader's attention from the first to the last line... and then beyond! :0) Like you, I'm not sure if being an "empath" is a gift - if it is, it sure is one of those I call the "double edged" or "prismatic" (so many sides, so many angles, so many ways the light is refracted through it...) ones! Anyway, it sure is not always easy to live with - and, in many cases, one may well feel totally "drained", especially when the ones surrounding the "empath" are of the "emotional energy leech" type, lol! There are no ways around it... but there are ways to balance it, and oneself, indeed.
Thank you for the great reading this morning - and I did take the quizz; it was fun and thought provoking, at the same time!
All the best to you,
Alexandra*
Reviewed by William Butler 7/7/2008
Very thoughtful and well-done story, Ted. I've know people with similar abilities (I hesitate to call it a gift). In fact, I wrote an article, here, yesterday (see http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewarticle.asp?AuthorID=88114) on how my experience lead me to write a book about such things.

Wishing you well,
William
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/6/2008
An interesting, informative write - some do sense danger (trouble, disaster, et al) and are affected by moods (pain, sadness, et al). Don't belive in psychic (new age) thinking - I believe when you are awakened or feel something (especially about a particular person) it's time to pray - did take the quiz, though, according to it, I'm an artist empath. :) Fits me - must create in order to breathe - that's me, all over. I was a medic in the Air Force 25 years ago, can remember feeling uncomfortable around people who were hurting, because I'd feel their pain - still do, to this day. Have enough of my own, don't want others, but is the choice up to me? Well done, Ted - thank you.

(((HUGS))) and love, karla.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 7/6/2008
enjoyed this--sometimes it can be truly difficult to feel so deeply anothers emotions

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