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Amazing Story Contest for the Week of February 10, 2014

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by Ann

Not long ago, a friend invited me to go with her to an energy blessing. The guests sat in a circle and one by one received an energy blessing as awakened practitioners placed their hands on the guests’ heads. As the blessings proceeded, my body positively hummed with energy, and I could not only feel but see cords of white light connecting everyone in the room through their heart chakras. It was a lovely feeling.

Suddenly, as one of the practitioners put her palms to my crown, my light went black. It was like the light had been sucked right out of me, and I instinctively invoked a divine shield to expel her from my energy field. I left the gathering with an uneasy feeling that made for a sleepless night of fretting over how the woman had affected my energy.

The next morning, as I went about my errands, I kept praying for protection and asked for Archangel Michael’s help to sever any cords of attachment between the woman and myself. A few minutes later, I noticed a car with a vanity license plate that read: Mikael. I took some comfort from it but continued to worry.

Half an hour later, as I drove through downtown, I recognized the same car by its license plate. Feeling relief, I said aloud, Archangel Michael, are you with me and protecting me? A moment later, an armored truck pulled out in front of me. Emblazoned on the side of the truck was the company’s name: Garda. I let go of my worries, knowing that I was guarded and protected by the best.

Ann has won a free 30-minute reading with psychic medium Jacquie Svensson, who has been reading for more than 40 years and has some very exotic divination tools in her tool kit.

jenniferechoframedNext week’s winner will win a free 30-minute reading with psychic medium Jennifer Jean (pictured at left), who has over 20 years experience in the spiritual arts.  Her readings are “heart centered,” which helps her to quickly tap into the emotional energies surrounding any situation. Through the guidance of a reading, you can be empowered to gain greater control over the “plot” of your life story, and your reactions to the “characters” you encounter along the way.

If you’re hoping for a free psychic reading, this is a great way to win one: just share an amazing personal spiritual experience with us. Each week, we’ll pick the best story and the author of it will win a free psychic reading from the reader offering one that week. Stories should be true, amazing, and be either about you or someone you personally know. Winners will be notified by email, and winning stories will be posted here each Monday.

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How to Know if You’re an Empath

empathby Dr. Judith Orloff

Empaths are highly sensitive, finely tuned instruments when it comes to emotions. They feel everything, sometimes to an extreme, and are less apt to intellectualize feelings. Intuition is the filter through which they experience the world. Empaths are naturally giving, spiritually attuned, and good listeners. If you want heart, empaths have got it. Through thick and thin, they’re there for you as world-class nurturers.

The trademark of empaths is that they know where you’re coming from. Some can do this without taking on people’s feelings. However, for better or worse, others like myself and many of my patients can become angst-sucking sponges. This often overrides the sublime capacity to absorb positive emotions and all that is beautiful.

If empaths are around peace and love, their bodies assimilate these and flourish. Negativity, though, often feels assaultive and exhausting. Thus, they’re particularly easy marks for emotional vampires, whose fear or rage can ravage empaths. As a subconscious defense, they may gain weight as a buffer. When thin, they’re more vulnerable to negativity, which is a missing cause of overeating explored in my book, Positive Energy. Plus, an empath’s sensitivity can be overwhelming in romantic relationships; many stay single since they haven’t learned to negotiate their special cohabitation needs with a partner.

When empaths absorb the impact of stressful emotions, it can trigger panic attacks; depression; food, sex and drug binges; and a plethora of physical symptoms that defy traditional medical diagnosis from fatigue to agorophobia. Since I’m an empath, I want to help all my empathic patients cultivate this capacity and be comfortable with it.

Empathy doesn’t have to make you feel too much all the time. Now that I can center myself and refrain from shouldering civilization’s discontents, empathy continues to make me freer, igniting my compassion, vitality, and sense of the miraculous. To determine whether you’re an emotional empath, take the following quiz.


Ask yourself:

  • Have I been labeled as too emotional or overly sensitive?
  • If a friend is distraught, do I start feeling it too?
  • Are my feelings easily hurt?
  • Am I emotionally drained by crowds and require time alone to revive?
  • Do my nerves get frayed by noise, smells, or excessive talk?
  • Do I prefer taking my own car places so that I can leave when I please?
  • Do I overeat to cope with emotional stress?
  • Am I afraid of becoming engulfed by intimate relationships?

If you answer YES to 1-3 of these questions, you’re at least part empath. Responding YES to more than three indicates that you’ve found your emotional type.

Recognizing that you’re an empath is the first step in taking charge of your emotions instead of constantly drowning in them. Staying on top of empathy will improve your self-care and relationships.

Emotional Action Step: How To Find Balance

Practice these strategies to center yourself.

Allow quiet time to emotionally decompress. Get in the habit of taking calming mini-breaks throughout the day. Breathe in some fresh air. Stretch. Take a short walk around the office. These interludes will reduce the excessive stimulation of going non-stop.

Practice guerilla meditation. To counter emotional overload, act fast and meditate for a few minutes. This centers your energy so you don’t take on the energy of others.

Define and honor your empathic needs. Safeguard your sensitivities. Here’s how:

  • If someone asks too much of you, politely tell them No. It’s not necessary to explain why. As the saying goes, No is a complete sentence.
  • If your comfort level is three hours max for socializing – even if you adore the people – take your own car or have an alternate transportation plan so you’re not stranded.
  • If crowds are overwhelming, eat a high-protein meal beforehand. (This will ground you.) Sit in the far corner of a theater or party, not dead center.
  • If you feel nuked by perfume, nicely request that your friends refrain from wearing it around you. If you can’t avoid it, stand near a window or take frequent breaks to catch a breath of fresh air outdoors.
  • If you overeat to numb negative emotions, practice the guerilla meditation mentioned above before you’re lured to the refrigerator, a potential vortex of temptation. As an emergency measure, keep a cushion by the fridge so you can be poised to meditate instead of binge.
  • Carve out private space at home. Then you won’t be stricken by the feeling of too much togetherness.

Over time, I suggest adding to this list to keep yourself covered. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time you’re on emotional overload. With pragmatic strategies to cope, empaths can have quicker retorts, feel safer, and their talents can blossom.

Adapted from Dr. Judith Orloff’s New York Times Bestseller, Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life. Judith Orloff, MD, is author of The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life (Harmony Books, 2014). Her other books include the New York Times Bestseller Emotional Freedom, Positive Energy, Guide to Intuitive Healing, and Second Sight. Dr. Orloff synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition and energy medicine. She passionately believes that the future of medicine involves integrating all this wisdom to achieve emotional freedom and total wellness. Visit drjudithorloff.com for more information.

Tips to Cope with Personal Space Intruders

personalspaceby Dr. Judith Orloff

If you want to see people flip their lids fast, try invading their personal space. These intrusions cause our stress hormones to skyrocket and can affect our physical and mental health. Blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension are all affected. Thus, the public outrage at new intrusive security pat downs of passengers in airports.

What is personal space? In Emotional Freedom, I emphasize its main aspects. First, it’s the invisible border that surrounds us and sets our comfort level when we interact. Depending on our preferences, it can range from inches to feet and varies with situations, upbringing and culture. (Elephants have a no-go line of a few feet around them; cross it and you’ll hear a noisy trunkful or be charged.) Most Americans need an arms-length bubble around them. Second, personal space refers to the border that guards your physical and psychic privacy. You violate it by barging in on your spouse when he or she needs to be alone. Other types of violations can include sound, odors, sneezing on someone if you have a cold, or cyber intrusions such as spam. You can also intrude into someone’s property or turf, a breach that can ignite gang violence or wars between nations.

To better understand your own needs about personal space, and to reduce stress, be aware of the following triggers.

Ten Common Personal Space Intrusions:

  • Hearing the blather of someone’s cell phone conversation while waiting in line.
  • Telemarketers.
  • Loud music, loud people, loud machinery, or loud cars.
  • A dog lifting its leg, preparing to pee on your roses.
  • Internet cons, schemes and spam.
  • Gym hogs who won’t let others work out on the equipment.
  • Air pollution, toxic fumes like car exhaust, strong perfume.
  • Tailgaters or slow drivers.
  • A person talking too close to your face or backslapping.
  • Intrusive airport security pat downs.

Why can personal space intrusions make our blood boil and boost our stress level? Aside from being obnoxious, rude, dangerous or unhealthy, they violate a primitive instinct that we’re not safe or respected. When we experience such violations, our brains actually react as if we were still back in 50,000 B.C. Research shows that personal space disputes, such as neighbor feuds about overgrown foliage, are evolutionarily prompted responses aimed at guarding resources and ensuring survival.

Tips to Honor Your Personal Space Needs and Reduce Stress

When someone intrudes on your personal space, don’t act impulsively. Take a breath. Stay calm. Decide how you want to respond. Sometimes you’ll opt to address the issue directly. If so, it’s most effective to express your needs with an even, non-accusatory or angry tone.

Option 1: Set Limits

1) Talk to your family and friends.
We often get short-tempered when we’re overwhelmed. Even a brief escape will relieve pressure and let you emotionally regroup. Plan regular mini-breaks at home. Tell your kids that you need five minutes in the bathroom with the door shut and that they may not intrude. Tell your mate that you want to read in a separate room when the television is on. Or set limits with a friend by saying that you’d like to refrain from late-night phone calls. Conveying your needs with kindness can lead to more loving relationships.

2) Speak up with others.
When you have an ongoing interaction with someone, it’s useful to set kind, firm limits – then show appreciation when the offender adheres to them. For instance, in a sweet voice, I asked a man at my gym who’s constantly on his cell phone, though they are banned, to please not use it so that others could relax. Initially he snapped, Well, I wouldn’t want to disturb you! but I just smiled back at him and sincerely said, That is so kind of you, sir. I appreciate it. Here, sweetness worked. At least around me, he never used the phone again. In some circumstances, though, resolving the conflict might involve more discussion and mutual compromise.

3) Avoid toxic situations.
Avoid or minimize contact with those who don’t respect your needs. For instance, don’t drive in a car with a rageaholic. (Anger’s poisonous energy is intensified in cramped spaces.) Or don’t travel with someone who is an obsessively chronic talker if you want to be quiet and unwind.

Option 2: Practice the Zen Approach

1) Let it be.
Sometimes it’s more aggravation than it’s worth to confront intruders you’ll never see again like the motor-mouth woman in the airport ticket line and the guy who steals your parking space. One mellow friend told me, No one cuts me off in traffic anymore because I let everyone in! When faced with a Let it be scenario, your sense of equanimity is the greatest victory.

2) View the personal space intruder’s insensitivity with compassion.
Remember, they’re usually not doing it to you personally. Maybe they’re just having a bad day. Maybe they lack the good sense or manners not to intrude. Or perhaps they’re so egotistical or inconsiderate they’re only concerned for themselves, a crippling deficit of heart. Or, if they’re being malicious, perhaps it’s a great weakness and darkness within them.

When someone intrudes on your personal space, stick to the high road. Try to remedy the problem using the above tips. It’s tempting to get nasty, which may provide a fleeting release, but it has no real gains. I’m adamantly against payback because it’s completely devoid of compassion for the offender and any desire to improve how we humans relate.

Adapted from Dr. Judith Orloff’s NY Times bestseller Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life. Judith Orloff, MD, is author of The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life (Harmony Books, 2014). Her other books include the New York Times Bestseller Emotional Freedom, Positive Energy, Guide to Intuitive Healing, and Second Sight. Dr. Orloff synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition and energy medicine. She passionately believes that the future of medicine involves integrating all this wisdom to achieve emotional freedom and total wellness. Visit drjudithorloff.com for more information.