Empath Academywith Stephanie Levenston
Being an empath is a superpower. For many of us, however, it can feel draining, overwhelming, and even confusing. I wrote and recorded Empath Academy (with the help of Dr. Judith Orloff’s book The Empath’s Survival Guide) to support my fellow empaths in their journeys.
My deepest desire is to be a supportive presence to powerful souls bringing love, compassion, kindness, and healing to our planet. Being an empath involves all that and a whole lot more. I work with all types of clients in various professional fields. I find that ALL of my clients have varying degrees of empathic abilities and when we tap into those abilities as a resource, rather than a burden, amazing things happen.
I created Empath Academy to infuse your journey with love, humor, support, and understanding. I’m sharing the best information I’ve found through all my studies, work, and personal experience that relates to living fully and wholly as an empath at this time of intense energetic transformation.
Join me on this journey and welcome!
What it Means to Be an Empath
Empaths can be very sensitive to their surroundings and many have strong sensory responses to sights, smells, sounds, touch.
If you’ve ever felt that is a challenge to find others with whom you resonate, this may be because true empaths make up a small minority of the greater population. Fear not, you’re sure to gain some support and understanding and connection through this video series.
Take the Empath Quiz!
Now that we have discussed the characteristics of empaths in Empath Academy Day 1, today we dive in to taking a simple quiz to help you determine if you are an empath.
Ever been labeled overly sensitive, shy, or overly emotional? Do arguments or yelling make you ill at ease? Do crowds drain your energy and do you need alone time to replenish your energy? Do you absorb the stress and emotions of others? Do you find nature to be replenishing to your energy? Do you often feel as though you don’t fit in?
These are some characteristics of empaths. Take the quiz with other empaths and count up your points. Let us know where you fall in the spectrum of being an empath!
Knowing whether or not you’re an empath can ease the feeling of being different than others as you learn that it can be used as a powerful tool in your life.
Boundaries for Empaths
Empaths are understood to be the “great listeners of life”.
Those around us tend to seek us out to share their life stories. Empaths are very deep listeners…we pay full attention to the sharing of others.
But what about when we don’t want to get caught in a conversation? What about those times when we feel trapped in a conversation, when we have unrealistic expectations of ourselves to remain ever polite and continuously listening to another?
It is your right and your responsibility to claim your space, make clear requests, and allow yourself an exit strategy to get out of a conversation that is not well-suited to you. It takes a lot of energy to be an empath since we care so deeply about others and are always listening for the nuances of communication.
For parents, it is essential to share clear boundaries and advocate for our own needs. Teaching our children the importance of self care and self love in this way will serve them well.
Recognize the moment to moment shifts in your energy and be present to that. Do not judge your emotional state.
Am I an emotional or physical empath?
Take a quiz to determine if you are a physical and/or emotional empath.
What do we do as empaths when we are given information from others that doesn’t match up with what we sense from them? Empaths are able to pick up on the truth, regardless of what we are told to believe. It’s important to trust our intuition ALWAYS and act on our inner knowing SOMETIMES. Find out what I mean in this video.
How do we disconnect from energies that do not serve us? Many empaths do not know that they have the right (and responsibility) to clear their own energetic field from the external energy of others that we absorb. I show my technique for cord cutting, clearing, and blessing energy that is not my own.
Empaths are generally drawn to the healing professions. We are drawn to supporting and helping others on their journey. Our deep desire to love and assist, combined with our innate ability to feel deeply can lead us to overwhelm and depletion. Let’s discuss how to stay full so we serve from overflow rather than depletion.
Techniques to Support You as an Empath
Calling all empaths! We need you! We need you to bring your gifts forward from a place of self-trust and self-love.
Today we are talking about the common challenges empaths face: overstimulation, intense feelings (our own), high sensitivity to the feelings of others, increased need for solitude, risk of burnout, difficulty expressing our wants/needs to others, self-judgement, and high sensitivity to medications/substances to name a few.
What can we do to care for ourselves as a priority?
I provide numerous suggestions to create balance and remain in a high vibrational self-loving place. We are not “overly sensitive”. We are not “overly” anything! Being an empath is a superpower.
Watch this video and learn some important ways to self-support.
Parenting Our Empathic Children
Are you an empath parent? Are you the parent of an empath child? Then this video is for you! Our children are our greatest teachers. Supporting our children as they navigate their path is arguably our most important role.
Now that you’ve learned more about yourself as an empath and how to self-support through the common challenges, we are moving on to how you can support your children. Children are not small adults. It’s important that we speak to them about topics that are relevant to them and offer them plenty of opportunities to share their inner knowledge with us. It’s important to find ways to relate to your children that lets them know you are interested in their internal experience. Through curiosity, open dialogue, and non-judgment, your child(ren) may share profound wisdom and experiences about which you would never otherwise know.
Providing your child a variety of avenues with which to express him/herself is also key. Empaths need safe outlets in which to self-explore and share. They also need plenty of solitude. Do not worry if your child craves alone time. It does not mean they are socially incompetent.
Follow your child’s lead with what they communicate. Trust what they tell you to be true and ask open-ended questions to glean more information so you can support them in a deeper way.