Posted in Anxiety, Empath, Spirituality


You already know how hard it can be to be an empath. You already know that it can be a blessing and a curse. It can bring along great comfort and a feeling of helping others, it may give you a sense of belonging and contributing, but it can also bring anxiety and disturb your inner peace. There is no running from it and you can’t just turn it off. You hear the unspoken and you pick up on the energies around you. Sometimes I’m sure you wished not to know because there lies a comfort in the bliss of less information. Not knowing allows your world to be ok, undisturbed by worries and the actions that often have to follow. It is a delicate balance, a balance that if wanting to be achieved calls for ways to protect yourself from the negative aspects. There is much to be learned about yourself, such as which are your emotions, and which belong to others. Once determined allows you to carry great compassion, to see and guide, but to also protect yourself. You will find that there is not a one fits all process and each situation and person will be different, so try to stay flexible and adjust. Know not only the burdens of this ability, but also recognize the gift you’ve been bestowed on.

The shamanic Quechuan word for empath is “Qawaq” which means “one who sees” living energy. The Incas believe that people born with the ability to experience the energy of others have a great blessing as they are able to connect to their souls and the spirit of existence much more easily than others.

Seize your blessings. ❤️


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6 thoughts on “Qawag

  1. The Incas believe that people born with the ability to experience the energy of others have a great blessing as they are able to connect to their souls and the spirit of existence much more easily than others.
    This is awesome. I liked it and copied and sent the message to my friend who suits to it. He felt honored.

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  2. That was one of the most amazing things that I found in my journey. All those times of being dragged emotionally everywhere with that empathy, struggling to deal with it in so many ways. But when I faced my life fear I was totally astounded to realise that I was now totally opening to my empathy, no longer trying to block because of what it did to me. It was my fear that was holding me ‘on guard’. I was stunned to realise that my ‘defensive empathy’ was a holding pattern, a way to protect myself but built on my life fear.
    When I understood it and let it go, it was a Godsend to finally ‘just be’ around anyone….actually everyone, no longer to struggle with the emotions that are life 😀
    Great post dear lady, may your heart ever know that freedom ❤️

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    1. I know exactly what you mean and it’s a process and nothing is easy about it. Defensive empathy, I like that way of looking at it. For myself too, I found that once I no longer resisted and actually was able to embrace it as a gift, I was much more at peace with my emotions and which ones were actually mine.

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    1. Yes you are absolutely right and it often comes with great pain to feel so deeply. There is nothing easy about it and it can leave you on the sidelines with few others actually understanding you. Know that not everybody will and learn to be ok with it. We can’t save everybody, although we will always try. Hugs.


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