What is an Empath, a Highly Sensitive Person, and a Clairsentient

A highly sensitive person, an Empath and a clairsentient tend to get lumped together as just being an Empath. But, they are all very different from each other. Many traits overlap which can make it confusing as to which ability you may have. You may even have all three. I am all 3 and I will tell you the difference between them all from my personal experience.

A highly sensitive person (HSP), is more sensitive to all sensory input than the average person. Being a HSP means that you process more information about the world than others do on a deeper level. HSP people are triggered by something in their environment; something they see or hear. Places can be too noisy, too crowded, fast paced or aggressive. 

A HSP can easily pick up on the small subtle cues that others don’t usually notice about anything. They can read the silence, the eyes, the body language. They virtually read between the lines. They are easily overwhelmed by their environment and any violence, cruelty or heartbreak they see in the world or on TV is felt with extreme intensity.

An Empath can also be a highly sensitive person. They differ by only feeling the emotional energy of the what is around them with extreme depth, as if it’s their own.  An Empath absorbs emotional energy becoming extremely aware of the emotions of those around them.  It’s as if they are experiencing it themselves.

They are not necessarily triggered by a disturbing image, or an act of violence or something they perceive as sad in order to feel the emotions like a HSP person does, but will instead feel it as if it came out of nowhere with no trigger. They suddenly feel this way out of nowhere, for no reason whatsoever. This can cause mood swings because they’re essentially jumping from one emotion to another and not even know why it’s happening.

An Empath is so strongly attuned and sensitive to emotional energy that they feel it all, constantly, all at one time.  An Empaths nervous system is hyper sensitive which can cause struggles when it comes to separating their emotions and feelings from something other than them.  It becomes difficult to distinguish what is theirs and what is not.  It’s essentially as if they step into another persons body and are now them emotionally.

An Empath is basically a human filter for other people’s unprocessed emotions. They absorb the energy of other people’s feelings and then process it themselves, transmuting the energy to heal it.  They transmute low vibrational emotional energy to high vibrational emotional energy.  They are energy transmuters.

Being an Empath is often confusing because you feel everything as if it’s your own. That is the separation from just feeling empathy, being a bleeding heart or caring deeply for others like a highly sensitive person does. The separation between your emotions and another’s becomes extremely blurred.

An Empaths abilities can be easily controlled though with some practice.  Learning your own energy signature, well, so you can tell the difference between yourself and another’s energy is vital to controlling the overwhelm. Healing your inner wounds is also essential.

The more you heal your inner stuff the stronger your aura becomes. Absorbing other peoples emotional states can mean your aura is unhealthy, your emotional intelligence needs work or you have codependent traits.

Daily mediation can help bring you back into the present moment in order for you to get to know yourself and your energy well. Processing your emotions when they come up instead of burying them or blaming them on others also helps. Daily practices such as grounding your excess energy along with clearing techniques such as a salt bath, burning herbs, or crystals, can clear your energy so you can more easily recognize your own unique vibration. 

You can create a chant or prayer or call in your angels and guides to clear all the energy that is not yours.  Say, “return to consciousness” and everything will be commanded to return to it’s source.

Learning the difference between what is yours and what is another’s and the ability to clear it is how you control the overwhelm.

Temporarily, you can shield yourself, if need be, but this is just temporary and it takes a lot of extra energy to do.  You can envision yourself being cloaked to block out others energy.  You can also surround yourself in a bubble of light, with a color of your choice, to filter out the energy of others. 

Sometimes I surround my bubble with a mirror to reflect the energies away from me if the space is especially overwhelming. But, this will drain your energy having to constantly protect yourself instead of working from the inside out and it doing it naturally like it’s designed to do.

Once you have a handle on how to clear and ground your energy daily you can then maintain a healthy aura and it will be as if you’re no longer an Empath.

Empaths are healers. They essentially take on the energy, work through it, then transmute it and heal it.  But this is not their responsibility to do. Every person is responsible for working through their own stuff and healing it individually. Being an Empath actually means that you can feel another’s emotional state which in turn makes you able to understand it so you can hold space for that person. Which is what a healer really does. Hold space for others to heal themselves.

Then there is the psychic ability that gets confused for being an Empath called clairsentience.  Clairsentience is the ability to feel energy.  This includes the energy of an environment or situation and the thoughts and feelings of another. See, a disempowered Empath takes on the feelings and emotions of another as if its their own but with clairsentience you pick up on the feelings, emotions and thoughts of another and you do not take it on as your own.  You can feel who’s it is and where it’s coming from and the source of it.

You can have all these gifts together or just one alone. An Empath may have the gift of clairsentience and someone with clairsentience may also be an Empath and they both can be a HSP.  Clairsentience, when used with integrity, can guide and help others. A HSP is triggered by their environment and will need to limit their exposure and an Empath can feel what others feel unknowingly.

It doesn’t have to be a curse though.  It is manageable. 

I have a combination of all three.  I spent most of my life being overwhelmed.  I felt everything.  Every bit of energy, every emotion and thought and every subtle cue from everything and everyone in the world.  Once I took control of my own energy, did a good bit of healing and working through my shadow self, I am no longer overwhelmed by everything.  Yes, I still feel it but it is not something I would call a curse any longer.