Empaths Need A Sanctuary

As an Emotional & Physical Empath, I absorb much energy from those with whom I come into contact. At work, on the train, in a store – anywhere there are people, actually. Even spaces emit their own particular energy. If I am not careful, I can absorb too much negative energy and either become emotionally distraught (with anxiety or depression) or physically ill (with a migraine). The more people in a given location, the more susceptible I am to catching negative energies.

I absorb positive energy, too. This is why, when people with positive vibes enter the room, I always light up on the inside – and you likely see it on my face. These are my “sanctuary people” and they are integral to my well-being. Conversely, when someone with negative energy enters the room, I must be very careful about my proximity to them; I now have learned to remove myself altogether, if necessary. The more I learn about my empathic nature, the more I need to remove myself physically from these people.

This is why I call my home “my sanctuary.” It’s where I can detox and regroup. I can relax and gather my energy and recharge.

When thinking of a name for my blog, “Catholic Sanctuary” resonated with me; I have found my Catholic faith to be my sanctuary in and out of my home. I’ve been able to learn prayers that help feed my soul and warn off negative energies (St Michael’s Prayer has been invaluable in this way). The saints also help me immensely in this endeavor – St Joan of Arc has been a huge inspiration for courage and strength when I’m fighting off negative energies.

I pray that what I write here will help you as well, and provide a sanctuary for your soul. AMDG.

Peace, Skye

Prayer available at Printable Prayers by Kendra Tierney.

You can find her amazing blog here: Kendra @ Catholic All Year

5 thoughts on “Empaths Need A Sanctuary

  1. I struggle being a empath and a catholic. I haven’t been to mass since this past Christmas eve, mainly becauae until just recently I didn’t know that I was an empath. Now after reading up on everything, how do I control it without going against church teachings.

    I’m in a catholic womens group and I actually get angry when talking to the group because I’m mainly confused and losy about all of this. I feel like I’m not “holy” enough for them as I’m also the only catholic in my family.

    How do I control this better? Meditation? Crystals? What are we allowed to do as catholics?

    1. stephen

      Hi Taylanchi,

      Meditation is key, simply focus on your breathing. Praise and worship music helps and provides the same healing( through vibrations ) as crystals. I recharge next to water or trees. Limit your time with negative people, some catholics are egotistical and non-spiritual. ( i.e. they use shame, fear and live in competition ) Find positive people. Living in the moment is Gods kingdom as he only exists in the present. Lose your distractions, mobile/cell phone and learn about emotional intelligence. Spiritual empaths are Gods chosen people, St Paul, St Francis, Joan of arc. Catherine of Sienna and Padre Pio were mystics. God is bigger than the church and I was nearly a Jesuit, p.s. they practice eastern mysticism. Finally ‘holy’ means different so don’t try, just be.

  2. Mary

    I struggle with being an empathy and Catholic. I am not at all sure that if I share it with a priest I will be welcome anymore. From a young age I was called an old soul because of how I felt things. My Granny helped me the most but she has been gone for so long. Now my only to find peace and balance is in Nature. I miss going to mass and want to take my little one too. Do I just keep hiding this part of me? The Creator made me thos way for a reason and I have always felt the Angels around me too. So often they have protected me and guided me when the pain overwhelms me. Thank you for any help or advice you may have.

    1. stephen

      People won’t understand, Priests may not understand. But you are always welcome at mass. I have been crying at mass most days for the last six months. I endure spiritual birthing pains and feel the hatred of those around me who probably think they are holier than me and it must be emotional pain. I simply pray for them. God chooses empaths because aswell as absorbing peoples fear we can transmit his love. You are special which is why the angels are close. Meditation is key to your gifts, simply focus as you breathe fully in and out. You will live a trully Christain life wherein only the father will see your works and you will be hated for it.

      1. Mary

        Thank you for replying. I do spend a lot of time each day in my home and outside as much as possible. It has been a draining yr since I have been limited to staying in a wheelchair because of foot surgeries. But now I am hoping to be more on the mend and have the chance to be outside in nature more. We have thought about going to Easter Services but even if we do none of us will be allowed to take commune. I still need my annulment and my future husband is not Catholic and is in the middle of a messy divorce. I have never been to mass and not had commune. I really miss my old priest since he past away. He had such a big heart and he even helped me understand my gift better. I am hoping to talk with the priest at the local church where I live now and see how things go. Hoping the Angels will guide my words so the conversation goes well. Thanks again.

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