― Gautama Buddha
I'm pretty sure that most of my life I have been a disconnected empath. Soaking in the energy of those around me instead of letting this energy pass through me, or building a wall up against it because I thought I needed to manage it to protect myself. Sometimes leaving large groups of people with a headache. Feeling like my kryptonite needs recharged. Or soaring so high from the intensity of others that I can't settle down. Can you relate? Perhaps you have walked into a room full of people and instantly you can feel yourself drawn to a particular person, or on the other hand maybe you look like a short distance runner ready to head out the back door!
How will you know if this book is a fit for you? Have you ever been labeled as 'sensitive,' 'touchy-feely?' Have you had the experience of feeling 'different' from the rest of your clan? Have you had the experience of taking on others energy, and emotions? Has your body every felt drained and depleted after being in a large group of people? If you can answer YES to any of these questions then perhaps you are an 'empath.' Dave defines an empath as, "a person who can experience the thoughts, emotions, energy and direct experiences of others." He continues that many of us identify as empaths, but very few of us know how to use 'this skill effectively.'
How can being an empath become an effective tool to maneuver our physical world? "As empaths we need to learn a skill-set to make sure empathetic abilities are used for the positive, and do not become a cross to bear....What this book teaches is not to be a sponge that takes on everyone else's pain or illness, while maintaining a healthy sense of connectedness."
In his book, Dave offers wonderful practical tools for allowing energy to move through our bodies instead of soaking up others energy out of responsibility or due to a lack of awareness that we are 'taking it on.' One of my favorite exercises is the 'KeyHole' exercise and in this exercise he uses the mantra, "I'm me, and you're you; whatever you send, I let go through." (You'll have to buy the book to get the skinny on the exercise, but this mantra is Divine:).
This book has deeply spoken to me and I hope that it will be of benefit in your life as well. Being an empath can be a deeply rooted gift, for it is in this arena of our lives that we develop the greatest sense of compassion. May your interactions be full of awareness and your body free of any dis-ease.
May You Sweetly Seek:)