Christel Broederlow describes an empath as being someone ‘affected by other people’s energies, as having an innate ability to intuitively feel and perceive others. Your life is unconsciously influenced by others’ desires, wishes, thoughts, and moods. Being an empath is much more than being highly sensitive and it’s not just limited to emotions. Empaths can perceive physical sensitivities and spiritual urges, as well as just knowing the motivations and intentions of other people. You either are an empath or you aren’t. It’s not a trait that is learned. You are always open, so to speak, to process other people’s feelings and energy, which means that you really feel, and in many cases take on the emotions of others. Many empaths experience things like chronic fatigue, environmental sensitivities, or unexplained aches and pains daily. These are all things that are more likely to be contributed to outside influences and not so much yourself at all. Essentially you are walking around in this world with all of the accumulated karma, emotions, and energy from others.’
It was about 4 years ago that I started to realise that something I couldn’t explain was happening to me. Something that didn’t transcend my one-dimensional view of the world. Something that had probably always been there but something I had never connected with. Why would I? I was a standard mainstream girl. Feeling energy was total voo doo hippy witchcraft. Wasn’t it?
Apparently not. As my body started to heal, it started to open more, I started to see and feel things. Things that others weren’t seeing and feeling. It was through my years of studying Bowen Therapy that this started to become stronger. As I worked with other intuitive healers I was able to start to understand what was happening in my body. It wasn’t easy. Infact it can be completely debilitating if I don’t protect myself properly. I used to walk into a cafe for a pot of tea and a chat with a friend. Now I often leave with the anxiety from the person sitting at the table across the room as well.
I started to feel what my clients were feeling. The story as to why their kidneys were sore would drop into my body. The grief in their heart would make my heart ache. Their lack of self love would be felt throughout my entire cells.
I once counseled a beautiful client, without touching her, and woke up the next morning with her two frozen shoulders.
It is through this gift that I offer distance healing. When the energy dialogue is open I can feel you wherever you are. I simulate a body at my end, while you lie down at yours, and Bowen you like you were right there with me. I can feel that your right leg is tighter than your left. That you’re struggling with your respiratory system. That your 16 year old self had a tough time. This powerful connection still blows my mind but it is very real. This gift is with me. It isn’t going anywhere. It has a purpose. I have become a true channel of healing and it is now my gift to YOU.