For some months now, I have been meaning to put together some information for publishing in an article on the Outlaw, in regard to a subject, which in all honesty, I do not fully understand myself.
I have found it to be a difficult and somewhat daunting prospect, and even after experiencing fifty-one years of life on this planet, I am not even sure where to begin.
Put together with the fact that almost everything written here is immediately pounced upon by those who strive to tear every word I write to pieces – in order to undermine, discredit or ridicule anything that may be of merit or any value whatsoever.
I fully expect it now, as this site appears to have attracted more than it’s share of weirdo’s and detractors, who have demonstrated time after time, their pathological need to congregate with other equally obsessed individuals – with the sole intention of attacking this site as well as anybody who is viewed as having even a vague connection with it.
For that reason, I am going to write the following using what may be the most difficult mode that any writer can employ, namely, the second-person narrative.
Not as a means of attacking anybody, which other articles I have written have wrongly been interpreted as, but as a method with which others can perhaps identify something of themselves within the words, and also protect myself from the inevitable onslaught.
So by writing as the narrator only – and not being the subject of this article, which incidentally, is a ‘trait’ and one which is not even exclusive to human beings, and is something that is known by many people – simply as…. ‘Empathy’.
As recently as Christmas Eve, I was privately asked for my advice on how a person can learn to live with and cope with being an Empath, when there is so little published information in hard copy form or published on the Internet from which to gain an understanding.
Apart from literally hundreds of the generic “How to tell if you are an Empath in seven easy steps” nonsense that can be found on any number of New-Age type esoteric websites, that is – there really is very little of value that has been written.
So what is it that makes one, an Empath?
Is it because you are the living, breathing soul of the planet?
Is it that you feel an almost unimaginable love for every living being that exists?
Is that you feel an intense guilt about situations and events that are beyond your control?
Is it that you see the true beauty in everything around you, and are able to heal those around you just by them being in your presence?
Is it that you unconsciously help your friends, you family and those around you by inadvertently taking on the burden of their physical ailments?
Is it because you can ‘feel’ others’ thoughts, their emotions and their sickness, and many of you become ill because others unknowingly use you as a dumping ground for their own afflictions and guilt?
Is it because when others have a headache, are depressed, have an immune disorder, a broken bone or a even a cancer, you physically feel their pain?
Is it because you have felt ‘detached’ and separate from the majority of those around you for most of your life?
Is it because you can instantly spot a fraud, a charlatan or a liar, and will only be untruthful yourself to prevent somebody else getting hurt?
Is it because you are aware of events that occur, even if they are on the other side of the world without being told?
Is it because you are acutely aware of both the sadness and the joy that exists within those around you, and you also are able to feel deeply, the seething, silent rage and the utter despair of those you walk among?
Is it because you physically feel the loss whenever a species is pursued to the point of extinction – without even being made aware of the event?
Is it because you abhor violence in both words and action, and you love more than any human being should even be capable of?
Is it because many of you spend your lives trying desperately to love less, but you simply cannot help but take everyone at face value, thus allowing yourselves to be hurt over and over to the point of making yourselves unwell and isolated?
Is it because you try to avoid large gatherings as the combined energy and conflicting emotions of the assembled people overwhelms you?
Is it because you continually attract ’emotional vampires’, and are targeted by the psychopathic, dark and damaged personality-types who purposely seek you out in order to feed off you – and who ultimately attempt to destroy you?
Is it because others like you are finding each other and are bringing about real and great changes in the people and the world around you?
Is it because you have always struggled to comprehend an act of wanton cruelty?
Is it because you have struggled to express yourself clearly when faced with ignorance, closed-mindedness and the lack of compassion you encounter on a daily basis?
Is it because you simply cannot justify and understand the suffering that is all around you?
Is it because you are extremely sensitive to television, radio, movies and negative news broadcasts?
Is it because your limitless imagination makes you the storyteller, who has an eager, inquisitive mind and has forever strived to expand both your knowledge and understanding?
Is it because you are the listeners and the custodians of the secrets that others feel safe in sharing with you?
Is any or all of the above applicable to you?
If so, then my only advice would be is to embrace who you are.
Teach yourself to love yourself again, and continue to seek out others who think as you do.
Draw strength from those who are on the same path as you have found yourself on – as your real purpose may be about to be revealed before very much longer.