Other Religions Paganism and Wicca What is a Psychic Empath? Share Flipboard Email Print Westend61 / Getty Images Paganism and Wicca Basics Rituals and Ceremonies Sabbats and Holidays Wicca Gods Herbalism Wicca Traditions Wicca Resources for Parents By Patti Wigington Paganism Expert B.A., History, Ohio University Patti Wigington is a pagan author, educator, and licensed clergy. She is the author of Daily Spellbook for the Good Witch, Wicca Practical Magic and The Daily Spell Journal. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Patti Wigington Updated April 30, 2019 While many people believe that everyone has some degree of psychic ability, this skill set can take a number of different forms. For some people, psychic ability manifests itself as the ability to be what is known as an empath. Empathy is the ability to sense the feelings and emotions of others, without their telling us, verbally, what they are thinking and feeling. Often, someone who is a psychic empath needs to learn basic shielding techniques. Otherwise, they can find themselves feeling drained and exhausted after absorbing the energies of others. The psychic form of empathy should not be confused with the basic human emotion of empathy. Most people can feel empathy for another person without necessarily being a psychic empath. The main difference, however, is that someone who is a psychic empath often picks up non-visual, non-verbal cues that another individual is feeling pain, fear, or joy. Sometimes this is a matter of detecting energy fields or auras, other times, it may be simply a case of "knowing" that the person is feeling a certain way, despite no obvious clues to that effect. In many cases, empaths have trained themselves to detect subtle changes in the energy vibrations of other people. Most empaths are effective listeners, and have a tendency to gravitate towards professions in which they can use this ability to help others: social work, counseling, energy work such as Reiki, and the ministry, for example. Others are often drawn to empaths, because they feel comfortable and relaxed when speaking with them. In fact, you may notice that empaths are excessively polite and typically don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, so often they'll let people just talk at them, even if they'd rather be somewhere else. Jondala is an empath who lives in Minnesota and works as a nurse in a physical therapy rehabilitation center. She says, "When I first got into nursing, I worked in pediatric oncology. I couldn't take it. I was so sensitive to the pain and misery that I finished every shift and cried all the way home. Now, I'm still working with people who need my help, but I wasn't emotionally ready for oncology work, because I was far too sensitive." She adds that working on grounding, shielding, and centering has helped her tremendously. Christel Broederlow says, "While there is much we don't yet understand about how empathy works, we do have some information. Everything has an energetic vibration or frequency and an empath is able to sense these vibrations and recognize even the subtlest changes undetectable to the naked eye or the five senses." If you believe you are a psychic empath, you definitely should learn shielding techniques to help protect yourself emotionally. Also, it's also important to be aware that being someone who's emotionally sensitive doesn't automatically make you an empath. Many people who are not empaths still pick up on the feelings and moods of other people, just because that's human nature. If you're truly unable to function around other people because their emotions overwhelm you, it may be a good idea to seek out the services of a mental health professional; it's entirely possible that what you're experiencing is not metaphysical in nature at all. If you believe you're an empath, and are having trouble coping, try to give yourself the privilege of alone time. Many empaths are fairly introverted, and it can be mentally and emotionally exhausting to be around people if you haven't shielded yourself effectively. If you're feeling drained, take some time to be by yourself and recharge your batteries. In particular, give yourself the option of reconnecting with nature - you may find that this is even more beneficial to you than just sitting indoors by yourself. Keep in mind that being an empath is just one of many types of metaphysical abilities. Clairvoyance is the ability to see things which are hidden. Sometimes used in remote viewing, clairvoyance has occasionally been credited for people finding missing children and locating lost objects. You may have heard the word “medium” used during discussions about psychic abilities, particularly those involving communication with the spirit world. Traditionally, a medium is someone who speaks, in one way or another, to the dead. Finally, intuition is the ability to just *know* things without being told. Many intuitives make excellent Tarot card readers, because this skill gives them an advantage when reading cards for a client. This is sometimes referred to as clairsentience.