Straight from today’s Washington Post, Outlook Section, come two quirky kinds of inspiration for us empaths.
Because sometimes you don’t appreciate how far you have come in Empath Empowerment until you read such things.
Congratulations if you are a Highly, Highly Sensitive Person
All empaths are HSPs, after all. However, it doesn’t work in the opposite direction. Every Highly Sensitive Person, or HSP, is not necessarily an empath: Just 1 out of 4 HSPS is a Highly, Highly Sensitive Person and, one way or another, possesses lifelong empath circuitry.
Mainstream society in America (and many other lands) still is learning that sensitivity of any kind can be a good thing.
Witness a front-page story in the editorial section of the Sunday paper, describing apologies that are really non-apologies.
Here’s the start of the satire: “If this article offends you, I’m sorry.
Translation: “I’m sorry you are so sensitive.”
If you’re reading this blog and have ever, ever succumbed to this kind of malarkey, whereby you are blamed for being “too sensitive” or weak or otherwise not mature enough to handle real life — ridiculous! Thereby letting someone else get away with offensive behavior. Get yourself some Empath Empowerment, for crying out loud!
As for this common propaganda that equates sensitivity with weakness? Don’t believe a word.
Sensitivity is not a curse. Empath talent is not a curse. What’s required is strength to support the sensitivity. For empaths, dedicated empath skills are required, too. Otherwise you risk Imported STUFF.
So, empaths of the world, be inspired yet again! The more you know about Empath Empowerment(R), and honoring your delightful sensitivity, the easier it will become for you to see through false, fake, unrepentant, nasty apology strategies.
Yeah, team Empath! Yeah, Team HSP!
And, okay, there’s more, empaths. Can you stand a bit more inspiration?
Lavish praise for sanctified, suffering-type “empathy.”
A new book of essays has been getting a lot of buzz. Maybe you have heard about “The Empathy Exams.” In today’s same Outlook section of the Washington Post, there’s a review. And from that review, a quote:
“Narcissism is not a complaint that could be leveled at Leslie Jamison. In fact, her lush, erudite collection, The Empathy Exams, which won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, is precisely about searching for sympathy with and understanding of others, struggling to see the world through a lens less narrow than the self. Although Jamison figures as a character in each essay, they arent about her solely but instead turn almost journalistic subjects visiting a prison in West Virginia, reporting from a marathon on Tennessee terrain so punishing that its motto is The Race That Eats Its Young into occasions for lyrical reflection. As she contends, Youre just a tourist inside someone elses suffering until you cant get it out of your head, so her goal is to make the on-the-edge, often bizarre characters and situations she explores as visceral as possible.”
Isn’t that sweet? Are you drooling yet with delight?
Supposedly this exaggerated empathy is wonderful. So different from being a nasty narcissist.
This exercise in empathy as extreme sport is supposed to be a good thing? Really, supposed to help people, this struggling to immerse self so thoroughly into another person’s intense suffering?
Time to speak up, if you value empathic anything that is healthy!
This suffering-saint version of “empathy” is being touted as praiseworthy why, exactly? Or useful, how, exactly?
Puh-leeze. I’m all for doctors and other professionals showing more human feeling. But this professional at energy spirituality doesn’t just wallow in other people’s misery. Like any professionally trained practitioner in Rosetree Energy Spirituality, I use my empath skills and healing skills purposely, safely, prudently, effectively.
Visitations like these attributed to Jamison don’t help ANYONE. Nor does sanctimony around taking these trips.
“Lyrical reflection”? Ooooh, how delightful to wallowers and sentimentalists everywhere!
Spread the word, skilled empaths. This sticky, icky, drippy version of empath experience is yet one more way to wallow. It has zero to do with being a skilled empath. Or truly helping anyone, save those who prefer the company of fellow wallowers.
Granted, that word “empath” was not mentioned in the review. Maybe it is never discussed even once in the book. Undoubtedly Leslie Jamison means well. And let’s not forget for a second that she is impressively erudite!
However, the misconception is huge in collective consciousness that, somehow feeling another person’s feelings is what special people do, and it’s oh-so-helpful.
Even with oneness gifts as an empath, doing turbo-charged techniques for Skilled Empath Merge, it’s never, ever about this kind of mess. Yes, please spread some words of sanity on topics like empath and empathy!
Sometimes there’s a short distance to travel between annoyance (at hogwash) and inspiration (to educate, to inform, and especially to help the 1 in 20 people who have been born as empaths).
By now I’m giggling at the bathos. And recharged, re-inspired. Yes, Blog-Buddies, time to reach out anew!
P.S. about The Empowered Empath
For those of you following the publication saga, The Empowered Empath has just been edited one final, final time. This is being updated at Nook, for those who wish to purchase it — not just to view on Nook but also for use on your computer or phone. Details on how to do all leading-edge empath skill-gathering this are here.
The manuscript has just been sent to the formatting wizard to prepare it for print-on-demand and Kindle editions. Yes, progress is… progressing.
Meanwhile, you can still become a skilled empath by reading this easy-as-eating-pie how-to book for Empath Empowerment: Become The Most Important Person in the Room. (Hint: This is not for narcissists. More for the meek who are ready to inherit the earth!)