Are you an empath? ✨

I know that @Mistress_Of_Herbs & I have discussed this before as well as it is touched on in other posts (ie: Weekly Challenges & topics by members) this article may help with some of the things we have spoken about or that have been mentioned throughout the forum…

I would also add, that a lot of times Empaths can or do have at least one type of “Clair” ability:

    1. Clairvoyance: a clear sense of vision, ie, psychic sight, being a seer. Let’s start with the most famous one, which is actually one of the least common. Despite people often assuming that all psychics are clairvoyants, many psychics do not rely on this ability. If you’re clairvoyant, you may have had vivid dreams where you saw premonitions (like the precognitive empath) or dead relatives who came to visit you. Clairvoyance often manifests like a screen that gets pulled down in front of you and plays a movie of the past, present, or future. Sometimes it isn’t a full clip though, sometimes you may see symbols, colors, and what looks like still images. You may see images that are literal or metaphorical. Some may also have the ability to see auras. You can see things with clairvoyance either within your mind’s eye or with your naked eye. Some people even classify your eye as being drawn to visual signs such as angel numbers as a type of clairvoyance. It is FAR more common for someone to have clairvoyance within their mind’s eye over their physical eyes. Being able to physically see things is the highest point of clairvoyance, and many people never develop to this point.
    1. Clair-gustance: is a clear sense of taste, ie, being able to orally detect psychic information. People with this ability might say that they can taste blood when they’re doing a reading for someone who had a relative die in a tragic accident. You might taste your grandma’s favorite cookie or candy when she is around you. You might taste something that your spirit squad wants you to put on their altar. Usually, if your spirit squad or ancestors want something specific, they will have you randomly taste it in your mouth. This sense is most commonly used in mediumship to connect with spirits – rather than divination.
    1. Clair-salience: is a clear sense of smell, ie, being able to nasally detect psychic information. This psychic sense is very similar to the one above. Maybe you’ve caught a whiff of your grandma’s perfume, or the smell of cooking when no one was actually cooking. People report smelling tobacco smoke or cologne when there’s no one else around them and no logical explanation for where it’s coming from. The smells don’t usually linger and they’re there just long enough for you to notice them before they’re gone. I will say that the same above applies, as sometimes your spirit squad will want something in particular and have you smell it so you know to put it on your altar. Sometimes they will harass you with a particular smell until you offer it. It’s also widely known that Angels can leave a floral scent when they visit so that you know when they’re near you. This sense is most often used in mediumship rather than in divination, as it can be an effective way for someone to recognize which soul is visiting them.
    1. Clair-audience: is a clear sense of hearing, ie, being able to detect psychic information through the ears. Clairaudience is quite a well-known psychic sense, but it also comes with many common misconceptions about what it’s like to experience it. People will assume that clairaudience always means hearing voices. While a lot of clairaudient psychics will be able to deliver messages from spirits this way because they can hear words being spoken to them, this is NOT common. People experience clairaudience in different ways, and you have probably experienced it too. Have you ever felt your ears have pressure in them or get hot for no reason? Have you ever noticed words in a song that seemed to be timed perfectly for what you were thinking at that moment? Or thought of a relative and a song that you associate with them started playing on the radio? All of that is considered clairaudience. Clairaudience often develops as the sound of a buzzing or a bell ringing in your ear, like someone has struck a triangle inside it.
    1. Clair-cognizance: is a clear sense of knowing, ie, psychic insight. This gift is tied closely to the Intuitive Empath. Have you ever just known that something was going to happen, without knowing why? You were probably experiencing claircognizance. This is what some may even call a mother’s intuition. Even people who aren’t spiritual can usually accept the fact that sometimes you just know- and you don’t have any outside proof or evidence, but you don’t need it, because you’re so sure. This will often manifest as our instincts.
    1. Clair-sentience: is a clear sense of feeling, ie, being able to detect psychic information through your body. This psychic sense is very common in everyday life, and with people who would never self-identify as spiritual – but can still recognize when they’re having a ‘gut feeling’ about something. Investors use this. Doctors use this. For people who are very clairsentient, their antennae are finely tuned to pick up on a lot of vibrational energy within their environment. There are two ways that clairsentience can manifest: internally and externally. Experiencing clairsentience externally is when you feel something cold or goosebumps in one part of your body. This probably means that there’s a spirit nearby, and so, external clairsentience is often used by mediums. Some can even feel how spirits have died, like a heart attack or an accident. Internal clairsentience is more common as it’s that ‘gut feeling’ about something that you can’t explain. It can also be a good feeling about something to come, which helps you to know that it’s going to be the right thing for you.
    1. Clair-empathy: is a clear sense of emotional feeling, ie, being able to detect psychic information through your emotions. Clairempathy can be another subtle psychic sense that’s hard to detect. Partly because it’s so easy to confuse with being an empath. However, clairempathy is DIFFERENT. It means being able to feel emotions in ADVANCE or being able to feel the emotions of others when they’re nowhere near you and you’re not communicating with them. Mediums might also use this sense to channel the emotions of lost loved ones, and professional psychics might tell you how you felt in your childhood or how you will feel about events in the future. It can also manifest as knowing that something is wrong with a loved one who’s on the other side of the world because you can sense their sadness and grief. You can’t explain it, but your energy is so closely linked that you’re able to psychically feel their emotions.
    1. Clair-tangency: is a clear sense of touch, ie, being able to detect psychic information through your hands. If you’ve ever held an antique and felt like it had a long story, you might have been experiencing clairtangency, which is closely tied to Psychometric Empathy. Some psychics are able to hold an object and tell you how many hands it’s passed through, when and where it was made, and what the last owner was like. Some have such a sensitive sense of touch that they can pick up on the energy stored within an item using their hands. This is an impressive skill, and people with strong clairtangency will probably avoid having old things in their home because the energy is too much for them to be around all the time. Objects are constantly soaking in energy (and obviously they are energy too) so there is a lot of psychic information that can be gained from the homes and belongings that we keep around us.
    1. Clair-intellect: is a clear sense of thinking, ie, being able to detect psychic information through your own thoughts. This can occur when your own thoughts manifest as your intuition. This most commonly happens in conversations where your words come through, but the thoughts driving them to seem like they come from a higher consciousness- like downloads from above. It is a way that spirit can speak through you, and it often feels as though you are linked to the universal flow of consciousness. People with this form find that they often feel as though they are having random epiphanies due to the downloads that they receive. 9 Clair Sense Abilities

I believe there are others, but these are the most popular that I have come across since understanding that I am an Empath with several clairs, I’m just re-learning to trust my intuition & work with them instead of ignoring them or dismissing them. I would have to look further into it for the other clairs & what they may be. These are the ones that I have come across, have, or heard of in my own learning about myself & abilities.

Everyone has intuition, but whether or not you are an Empath is something that should be looked into further & as how to work with or develop your traits & trust your own intuition. Which can be tough when you aren’t sure what or why these things happen to you but seemingly not to others.

Also, not everyone is an Empath, but everyone does have intuition… you should always really learn & look into what you have or feel because only you will know these things about yourself and then learn how to develop or work with them instead of ignoring them.

For basic information or to see if you may be an Empath or Highly Sensitive:

Empath Connection: Quiz - Are You an Empath by Dr Michael Smith

Although I am an Empath & a Highly Sensitive one at that, when I originally took the quiz I got these results (Pertinent information is shared for informational purposes of this post)

Please know that these are not scientific results, and that this quiz is designed to help you understand your own traits and pursue further information.

  • You are a good listener, & other people may ‘dump’ their stories on you.
  • You absorb energy & emotions (it’s part of your design).
  • You feel emotions deeply - sometimes for no logical reason.
  • You have good intuition & seek ways to TRUST it more.
  • You sense if a person is hiding something (B.S. detector).
  • You need alone time to recharge & use nature/water/trees to help you.
  • You may give too much of your energy away (& attract energy vampires).
  • You may isolate or use addictions to cope with feeling pain.

Empaths are a smaller portion of that group, approximately 3-5% of the total population

Since originally taking the quiz when I joined Spells8 in July of 2020, I have since taken steps to learn how to develop & trust my intuition. I have started counseling & seeing a psychiatrist on a regular basis. Both of those providers have me listed as a highly sensitive empath in my “charts” & we have been working on myself & past/present experiences to be able to learn how to do that, recognize what is mine to carry & what may be someone else’s to carry that I am picking up on, & have started deciphering what being a highly sensitive empath means for me & how to “work” with what I sense or my abilities instead of against them or ignoring it/pushing them down… so I don’t feel it… which made me kind of shut off from people, places, nature, & animals.