On this weeks episode, we chat about the idea of sorting through the rubble of our past lives and picking up the parts that were helpful to us. We also discuss Empaths.
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Sorting Through the Rubble of Religion for My Spirituality
I’ve been thinking about you and wondering how you’re doing. I hope you’re finding the most beautiful peace and excitement on your journey.
Lately, I’ve been doing really well. In one sense, the most anchored thing in my life is shaking, and it’s scary. But there is a sense of relief from the shaking because it’s coming from my growing awareness of self. I’m starting to find new language for what’s always been inside me, for who I have always been. Why is that important to me?
Well, coming from the religious background I came from it wasn’t important to know who you were. It was essential to understand who Jesus was, or God was, or Church was. Phrases like, “It’s longer I who live, but Christ who lives within me,” were how I was raised. So although I had a strong sense of self, that came along with a heavy dose of suppression of who that self actually was. I could never ask myself what I wanted because it would have been considered sin, I had to know and do what God wanted.
When I left it all, I lit the match to a giant bomb and destroyed my old belief system. Now, as I’ve journeyed a bit further down the road without it, I realize that there are some excellent things from my past religious life that I would like to pike back up again. Why? Because they're beneficial to me.
In my past religious life, I had daily rhythms of meditation and grounding. I called them "devotions," and I used the Bible and a journal. I’m picking that back up, only instead of the Bible, I am using other books. (I’ll share one with you in a second.)
In my past religious life, I had places I went to for solitude and prayer, like the beach. I am picking those back up again as well. Being by water soothes me, and prayer, whether it be to a god, or just words I’m saying in gratefulness and request of the universe are grounding for me and provide a release of emotion. Some call it “clearing.” I need to "clear" that shit from me.
In my healing journey, I’ve come to know and understand the term “Empath,” and I resonate entirely with its description.
What is an Empath? Being an empath is when you are affected by other people's energies and have an innate ability to feel and perceive others intuitively. Your life is unconsciously influenced by others' desires, wishes, thoughts, and moods. Being an empath is much more than being highly sensitive, and it's not just limited to emotions.
Knowing this has really put things into perspective for me. It’s helping me form my life around knowing who I am and zero in on the desires I have and go after the things I want.
As I’ve followed down the path of learning what an empath is it’s been like one awaking after the other.
“Yes! I do that, feel that, or am that.”
“That’s why I feel the way I do about things.”
“That’s why those type of people are tough for me to be around.”
“That’s how I can guard myself against the things and people that drain me.”
The book I found that’s really been enlightening for me is called The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People.
I’ve found that it’s vital for me to stay in a mode of learning, growing, and expanding. As well as physically active and eating foods that give me energy and not drain me. (That sounds obvious, but I have a new reason to do it, not just because I should, which always created resistance and the feeling that I had to. Which led to failure after failure in exercise and dieting.)
I've wanted to get into voice over work for a long time, so I’ve signed up for a new class on voice-over work and will be signing up for one on comedy and improv after that one finished. I’m really excited to be chasing new desires and am excited to see the relationships that come out of this new movement in my life. It's scary to make changes, but it's scarier not to make them when I know they will lead to a happier and healthier me.
Shoot me any questions or thoughts you have. I’m excited to share what I’m learning. Want a one on one meeting to chat? Sign up to be a producer and supporter of the podcast at just the $50 per month level, and we'll schedule your 30-minute meetup with Zac. He's not a therapist, but he's an empath, a friend, a coach, and wants to help.
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