5 Useful Books for Empaths
We are all capable of empathy, but there’s a difference between having empathy and being an empath. “Having empathy means our heart goes out to another person in joy or pain,” says Dr. Judith Orloff. “But for empaths it goes much further. We actually feel others’ emotions, energy, and physical symptoms in our own bodies, without the usual defenses that most people have.”
These books make me feel like I have a super power! The tools and techniques I acquired from them serve me every day. Now I feel as if I have a super power and am continually striving to learn more and practice different strategies for self care, keeping in mind my sensitive without any shame or guilt. I no longer see being an empath as a burden at any time, which I used to occasionally.
I highly recommend these books for anyone who has ever been told you’re “too sensitive” or suspects they might be an empath.
1. The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine N. Aron, PhD
This is the first book I read on the topic of being highly sensitive and it laid the foundation for me to be able to not only accept myself as I am, but to own and it be empowered. At the core of our nature, empaths are highly sensitive individuals when it comes to every sense. Not only emotionally and energetically sensitive, but also physically and neurologically – we’re wired differently. Most people feel overstimulated every once in a while, but for an HSP, it can be constant. Author Dr. Elaine Aron is a clinical psychologist, workshop leader, and an HSP herself. She guides the reader through how to identify yourself as an HSP, and how to cope with and thrive in everyday situations.
2. Trust Your Vibes by Sonia Choquette
While not written to specifically address empaths, this is a great beginner’s guide to identifying the “vibes” you pick up on, and tapping into your intuition. It’s a bit over simplified, to divide people as either five-sensory or six-sensory beings. And at times felt a little judgey of those who haven’t opened to their intuition and spiritual living. The book probably would have been better off without that content. Otherwise, the writing is straightforward and positive. The guidance given for each of Sonia’s tools is easy to understand and are broken down so the reader can take tangible steps toward practicing each tool. Overall this is a fantastic guide for those of us looking to utilize our sixth sense, and live a more spiritual existence.
3. The Empath’s Survival Guide by Judith Orloff, MD
This is a great place to start if you suspect you’re an empath. To say this book changed my life is an understatement. I had known I was an empath for about 5 years, butI had NO IDEA how my sensitivities effect every single aspect of my body and my daily life. The information here was much more in depth than I’d found elsewhere, and comes from a compassionate caring place. It affirmed to me that I have been on the right track over the past few years, and encourages me to go much deeper in my exploration of my abilities.
4. The Everyday Empath by Raven Digitalis
This great guide for beginners takes a look at what it means to experience high levels of empathy on a daily basis. Raven stresses the importance of empathic self-care and provides exercises and examples of ways to spiritualize your empathy through daily meditation, prayer, shrines, vision boards, and other techniques.
What I appreciate most about Raven’s writing for empaths is that he is not instructing us on how to merely survive bring an empath, but to see it as a gift. He reminds us that we are not simply sponges for others’ emotions and energy, and that we have a responsibility to spread our joyful light and possess the ability to transform others’ energy within us and release it into the world at a higher frequency. Raven writes with a friendly tone, and explains complicated concept in a straightforward manner. He provides citations and resources in places where the reader may need or want to seek further information.
3. Esoteric Empathy by Raven Digitalis
Beyond the basics, this book takes a deeper look at what it means to be an empath. Written with a magickal or mystical practitioner in mind, Raven guides the reader through: exploring psychic gifts related to empathy, rituals, meditations, spells, and spiritual exercises as well as crystals, herbs, tools, and plants for empaths to aide in grounding, and shielding one’s energy. There were times the content felt over my head or a little out of my comfort zone, however the majority of it was extremely eye opening and useful.What I appreciate most is the concept of transforming energy, meaning that I am not simply a sponge soaking up others’ emotions that will cause me harm.