Until it’s not
More on Empath myth busting
Always we want to learn from outside,
from absorbing other people’s knowledge.
It’s safer that way.
The trouble is that it’s always other people’s knowledge.
We already have everything we need to know,
in the darkness inside ourselves.
The longing is what turns us inside out until
we find the sun and the moon and stars inside~
—Peter Kingsley from his book The Dark Places of Wisdom
It’s much the same way with learning how to be a healthy empath. The discomfort you’ve been feeling–generally speaking–isn’t other people’s emotions. It’s your own response to an external energy that may or may not be emotional. That singular awareness–the ability to identify what it is and to take responsibility for that which is yours–bring a level of freedom and peace you’ve not known in a loooooong time.
Until you reach the point of being able to connect to, identify and express your own emotions, it is difficult to connect with those of others. It first must be about you; you as subject, you as explorer, you as feeler and feeling, before you can fully engage in accurately judging ‘other people’s’ anything.