I’ve written several articles about Empath gifts, primarily because of the importance of being aware of them and getting skilled. This is because it can make a huge difference in quality of life, self-understanding, and spiritual growth when we stop taking on others burdens.
But it’s also useful to understand that while only 1 in 20 people are an empath, we are all born with gifts. And it can certainly be useful to discover the gifts we have.
Plus, even among people with the same gifts, others expression will differ from ours. Not all animal empaths experience the same aspects or types of animals, for example.
Funny thing is though – because we’re born with the gifts, they are ordinary for us so we may not recognize them as distinctive. I recall the story of Adam the Dreamhealer. When he was young, he didn’t understand why others enjoyed playing hide and seek. Peoples’ auras always gave them away.
When gifts are first noticed when we’re young, we may find them uncomfortable or they may not be appreciated by those around us. If we then suppress them, they move further out of awareness.
If we then pick up lame concepts and expectations about what we’re supposed to be like or what this or that gift is supposed to be like, we have a further impediment. Not to mention concepts that reject anything non-physical as “woo-woo”.
While all this may seem to help us cope, it gets in the way of quality of life and happiness as we grow older.
These gifts determine how we learn, what we find fun, and are the resources we have to grow in this life. So it’s very valuable to find out what custom tools we have in our toolbox.
Here, I would include standard things like IQ, aptitudes, Emotional intelligence, and temperament.
Additionally, we all have Intuitive ways of gaining direct knowledge and styles of subtle sensing (the Clairs). Like any talent, these can be developed with some simple techniques and the refinement of perception. But this doesn’t mean “see auras” necessarily. It may mean see inside the body, or feel and ease strain, or help people cross over at death. Or our skill may be celestial or with the subtle intellect. Within gifts, there is a vast array of variations.
Having gifts also isn’t always about life work either. Often, they’re more about how we see the world and learn from it. They may come up only occasionally on our journey.
Rose Rosetree talks about various ways to develop energetic literacy and heal our subtle bodies.
Another program I’ve described is Sacred Gifts. These are gifts described in the Bible but taught in a secular way. They partly overlap with the above but also highlight other gifts like Extraordinary Trust or Challenge, someone who has a role stirring things up.
The Yoga Sutras also describe several dozen abilities we can be born with or that arise with spiritual development.
As consciousness rises, we’ve only just begun to map the gifts people may have had hidden and to get a broader sense of human potential. We live in remarkable times.