There is some confusion about what Clairsentience is and what an Empath is. This is because the two things are closely related, overlapping in many ways, and because of New Age Wank. I am clairsentient. I'm not an empath. I sense energy. It allows me to intuitively 'know' a person or if place has bad vibes. While I can tell how someone is feeling and have empathy for them, I don't take on their feelings as my own. I can tell what emotions are mine.
Some people are more sensitive and can internalize other people's shit without realizing that is what is happening.
They drink it in until they drown, believing it is the normal way for them to be in the world, that it's good or their calling/job. New Age Wank supports this belief, especially in women. Emotional & mental labor.
I believe we all need to take care & responsibility of our energies, do groundings and clearings, be aware if what we are feeling belongs to us or to someone/thing else.
People who are clairsentient or an empath:
Are tuned into the emotions & energy fields of others.
Can sense the energy of objects and places.
Can have gut reactions to things & may or may not be immediately clear on why.
Can be easily overwhelmed by crowds, violent situations (even if it's just a picture or a story) and situations that require emotional & mental labor.
Where's the wank?
In people & teachings that use being an empath as an excuse to be a manipulative ass or to not deal with their own shit.
I'm an empath, I know what you are feeling better than you do. I see clearly where you don't.
Creating endless drama & lack of responsibility for one's own actions.
It's ok to be sad when someone else is sad. It's another thing to wrap yourself into so completely that you lose yourself. Or to use their sadness as a weapon against them.
I think many people who believe they are empaths are really clairsentient and not dealing with things well or are neither and are abusive. (This can be purposeful abuse or unintentional because they are unaware that what they are doing is abuse.) Either way there is a lot of healing that needs doing.
I know all the cool kids are doing it. Everybody thinks they are Deanna Troi.
We are not all Deanna Troi. Sad I know.
If you pick up some wonky energy, clear it away.
If someone's energy triggers something in you it's a signal that there is healing needed done there or that you need to be on your guard around that person.
You can be supportive of others without taking on their fuckery as your own.
If someone tells you they are an empath then tries to manipulate or gaslight or make you responsible for their shit, cut them off from your energy and set clear boundaries for that person.
Let them know what your boundaries are and stick to them. Get them out of your life if possible. If not possible, limit their access to you. Do energetic cord cuttings after every encounter with them. Shield your energy before interacting them.
I get that it can be hard to do. It might go against Love & Light Wank you’ve taught, but there is nothing loving in allowing others to harm you. It’s not showing them love and it’s not showing yourself love.
Let me repeat that, there is nothing loving in allowing others to harm you.