For as long as I can remember, I have always been deeply empathic. I had no idea how deep until one day I had one of those realizations that really hit me. This one felt like a baseball bat. This realization changed my life and deeply challenged my entire belief system.
Many years ago, a student arrived for his guitar lesson, saying that he had suffered from a stomach ache all day. After making sure that he did not need medical attention, and that his parents knew about this, we enjoyed playing his favourite music and he left feeling better. But now, I had the stomach ache. And I knew for certain, it wasn’t mine! And I also knew that this wasn’t the first time I had taken on someone else’s pain.
How on earth had that happened? There was nothing in anything I had learned up to this point that explained how such a thing was possible. I also realized that I had probably always been doing this, but was completely unaware of it. Now I was aware! And I had a big problem. I had to figure out what was my own stuff and what I had soaked up from someone else. Some days I felt like a sponge!
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