Below is an EmpathSolutions Forum question from one of our reader, Michael. In this post I’ll be answering Michael’s questions and going over traits specifically towards “thought empaths”… And how a thought empath can cultivate their telepathy abilities.
Question From A Reader:
I am a very sensitive Empath, and love it (mostly)! I learned the term Empath less then 2 weeks ago. Since then I have discovered my uncle, aunt, female cousin, and 3 girls I know are Empaths. A few days ago I had the pleasure of driving on of the Empaths home. This was my first interaction with her. As I was driving, she was giving me directions, I was stunned to realize I felt her thoughts (i.e. a sensation within me that meant “left”). No emotional content, just pure thought. Her thoughts were somewhat erratic, and she had a strong external (not internal) focus, making it much less likely her thoughts could be clearly perceived, but there they were, crystal clear.
Several years prior, during highschool summer vacation I was walking on a side walk alone, and a small group was walking towards me. As they approached, I perceived a thought from a girl, “you’re not bad looking” (again with no emotional energy attached). I replied (in thought) “you’re not bad yourself”. After we passed, the girl turned, as I did, and we stared at each other for a few moments. I could tell she heard me, and was equally confused. Until understanding this Empath thing, I didn’t know what to make of this (just another unexplained mystery in my life). Now I get it. With some people I feel their thoughts. Telepathy, without having some direct experience, it would have been very difficult to convince me telepathy was possible. I understand perceiving someone’s thoughts when the thoughts have an emotional charge. Without the energy behind it, I have always had difficulty understanding how thoughts can be perceived. It’s easy enough to convey what emotions and energies feel like, but I don’t know if I could accurately explain what a thought “feels like”.
There is another, more subtle phenomenon I experience (much more frequently). When I am with someone (that I have known, or just met), I often sense their thought patterns, again without emotions attached. I can take a situation, or decision, and project that into the lucid grasp I have of their thinking, and “perceive” how their mind/thinking would respond. This perception makes it possible for me to grasp how they would think without being in their presence. It doesn’t seem as though I am connecting with the person during this interpretation, it’s more like I have a template of their thinking. The insight I get through this type of perception of another is amazing, and useful.
As an example, I interacted with a friend’s wife, while helping them develop their business. Without previously understanding her, I perceived thought tendencies, that made it possible to explain to my friend specifically how his wife’s thinking interfered with the group dynamics. My friend couldn’t understand how I gained such an intimate knowing of his wife’s thinking after an hour of interaction. When he asked how I gained that perception, I told him I sense energy and emotions from others. But this was neither energy nor emotions, this was “perceiving” (feeling doesn’t seem accurate) her mind and thinking process.
I have always been keenly interested in what I refer to as “understanding the mind”. It seems as though that interest has been driven by my instinctive need, as an Empath, to connect with others. I’m wondering if my interest in “understanding the mind” has help to cultivate this lucid perception. (I intimately understand the power of attention.)
These phenomenon seem loosely similar because of the lack of emotion/energy driving them. (I know everything is energy, in it’s most basic form, but the emotion provides the “voltage” behind the thoughts, and there was none.) I sort of get the telepathy thing, but I NEED to understand the second phenomenon. Are these Empath traits, or is something else going on??? Any insight would be immensely appreciated.
Thank you for your thoughts.
I am glad to hear you are loving your new abilities. It’s always nice to discover more about ourselves. Connecting and knowing more and more of who we are as individuals and how we function really help us grow and gain understanding…And make even better choices!
Your curiosity and interest in what you refer to as “understanding the mind” is quite expected. Most of us tend to be more drawn to what innately is our strength and skills. And yes, this very interest you have can help you deeply connect to that part of you more strongly and help you cultivate those experiences more.
The occurrences you wrote about are very good experiences. Those will come in handy to help you understand just exactly “how you tap into your abilities.”
One thing I do notice from “thought” empaths is that they tend to be very mind creative. What I mean is as a thought empath, one who is able to tap into others thoughts, you know that you are indeed reading the other person’s thought and not creating the perceived thought yourself.
It’s still best to get third party perspective – feedback from someone else – to know for sure you are indeed “reading their thoughts”…Until you’ve more fully developed the skill.
Best way is to practice with animals, babies or another person (who you trust and feel comfortable with to give you feedback). Just to test your readings. Most likely, another thought empath…with similar abilities can be a tremendous help for you on this. You want to see if you can still do the same thing. Reading their thoughts and what they are sending out… and how consistent is your ability to do this.
Use this technique to practice, practice, and practice to hone that skill. This will also help you differentiate their thoughts versus your created thoughts.
As for “these phenomenon seem loosely similar because of the lack of emotion/energy driving them. (I know everything is energy, in it’s most basic form, but the emotion provides the “voltage” behind the thoughts, and there was none.)” My explanation to you Michael is that when someone cleans their emotion (especially the energy charges behind certain experiences in their life) when they create thoughts, sometimes it’s just pure thought and there’s no heavy emotional charge (emotion/energy driving) behind the thought. Never the less the thought still comes through clearly if not more sharper!
Thanks again for your questions…And participating in the EmpathSolutions.com Forum!
With love and appreciation,