For those who don’t know me, I have two younger sisters: Michelle & Hannah. When Michelle and I were little, people used to ask our mom if we were twins. Actually, people still ask that question from time to time. The answer is: no, we’re not. She’s 3 years younger and 3 inches taller and probably (at least) 13 pounds lighter. But aside from those differences, Michelle and I are very similar. We are both neat & tidy and like cleaning & organizing. Yeah, we’re weird like that. We both like singing along to the radio in the car – although Michelle would freakin’ rock at that game show Don’t Forget the Lyrics and I would pretty much not rock at it. We’re both quiet in large groups. We both love children and taking care of other people. And…we’re both empaths.
Spending time with my sister and realizing just how much of an empath she is got me thinkin’: does being an empath run in the family? Is it genetic like blue eyes or brown hair? Is it environmental or a bit of both?
I have reason to believe that my grandma (my mom’s mom) was an empath. When I reflect on the grandma she was to me and the person she was to others, I can see it very clearly: she could feel what others were feeling and could read them like a book. She knew who the “good ones” were and could easily detect the rotten ones, too. My mom is an empath as well. Thinking about this made me wonder:
Are empaths born into families of empaths so they feel less alone? Or so the knowledge of how to be a skilled empath can be passed down? Mmm…maybe, but I’m not certain about that. Until I came out of the empath closet, I had no idea other family members were, too. I mean, I suppose intuitively I could’ve known, but I remember feeling very alone in my feelings at times, and quite ‘weird’ for feeling the need to escape to the quiet sanctuary of my room often.
Maybe certain soul groups contain more empaths than others. And it stands to reason that most of our family members would be a member of our soul family/group as well. Makes sense, right?
My advice? Not that you asked. If you’re an empath and you think a family member is one too (trust your intuition!) and you know they wouldn’t freak out at the prospect, talk to them about it. Bring it out into the open and give ‘em a big ‘ole empath hug. I take comfort in the fact that my sister is an empath, too. Not only is it fun reading each other so well, it’s also great fun to compare notes about what we’re picking up on other people around us. You know what they say – two heads are better than one. The intuitive power of two empaths (or more!) together is incredible. And it feels great to be understood.
If you’re convinced you’re the lone empath in your family, take comfort that you’re not the only one in the world. I promise.
I suppose this discussion could expand into whether or not psychic abilities run in the family, but I’m one of those people who thinks that every single one of us is intuitive – some of us just have it come more naturally, but we should all work at it.
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I don’t have all the answers to this, so I’m putting it to you guys: Are you an empath? Do you have family members who are empaths or are you the lone overly-sensitive wolf? Do you think this is inherited in our DNA or a part of the way we are raised? Share your thoughts here!
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