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Thriving as an Empath: Evolution, Empaths, and Lightworkers

Evolution, Empaths, & Lightworkers

This is part five of a five-part series on energy and Thriving as an Empath. Did you miss previous blogs

Over the years, I have spent a lot of time studying our world; politically, scientifically, socially, and consciously. I first learned I was an empath from a counselor I was seeing during my divorce. It was also suggested that I might be an indigo adult. Studying and discovering these two labels, identifiers, archetypes, or avatars resulted in a journey that would change my life completely. I now had a new way to not only understand myself and my struggles over the years but also to understand the world and our evolution as a species.

The Empath and The Indigo

An empath is a lightworker, one who brings light to the world. We are built differently and have access to and an awareness of skills others don’t often use. In my study of empaths over the last 14 years, I have found 4 traits and 4 tendencies that define an empath. The traits are biological features and having them makes us empaths, without all of these traits we would not be an empath. The tendencies are characteristics that can be present or not. Sometimes our life experience can change our expression of these tendencies, eliminating their presence from our experience. The lack of one or two of the tendencies doesn’t mean you are not an empath. [However, the lack of all of them (and the presence of the 4 traits) may indicate narcissism.]

The Traits

  1. Sensitive to electromagnetic energy. It is our nervous system that is finely tuned and notices even slight changes in the electromagnetic field around us. Note: Every person, place, and thing has an electromagnetic energy signature. Part of what makes up that signature is our emotions (energy in motion = emotions).
    How we express this trait: aversion to being in large crowds, sensory issues, introversion, allergies, auto-immune disorders 

  2. Clear feeling or clairsentience: The psychic sense of feeling other people’s emotional and/or physical sensations.

    How we express this trait: Not understanding why we feel a certain way, aversion to being around certain populations (sick or depressed people), mystery illnesses or symptoms that come on suddenly and disappear later. 

  3. Clear Knowing or Claircognizance: The psychic sense of just knowing things. In an empath, claircognizance means psychically interpreting their environment through energy.

    How we express this trait: knowing when we are being lied to, unconsciously expressing what someone else is feeling while in conversation with them, knowing why people feel like they do. 

  4. Natural healing: Empaths naturally run the energy they are in and everyone in their presence will benefit. Running energy means they are moving, clearing and flushing the energy within their environment to clear out heavy, dense or negative energy.

    How this shows up in our lives: strangers gravitating to us in public places and often sharing their personal stories with us, pets and children like to be in your presence and gravitate to you.

The Tendencies

  1. Empaths think and operate as part of a collective. Thinking “we” instead of “me.”
  2. We are deep thinkers, examining life, people, and their work very deeply.
  3. Nature and animal enthusiasts, they feel connected to one or both in a spiritual way.
  4. Permeable energetic boundaries with a tendency to collect the bad bits from everyone with the desire to heal it.

An Indigo Adult is someone having a very specific set of characteristics who is here as an incarnate human being to bring about the evolution of our species. Evolution of the soul and mind mostly. We tend to be rebels in our society. Adhering more to Universal Law than man made law, our young life is often a struggle with feeling or actually being an outcast. It is our non-conformity that is our most powerful asset. We are warriors for justice and Universal law. We are struggling against conforming to a world that offends our sense of right and wrong. There is an unconscious understanding of the Universe and how we fit into it, that serves as our inner compass.


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The Physical Evolution

The universe is a spiral moving forward through time/space. This movement pattern creates cycles, when it appears history is repeating itself. In reality, we are moving forward and around at the same time, so we will approach the same ideas or events but from a higher, perhaps more evolved perspective.

This allows for different outcomes and it allows us to reflect on our journey. Have we grown, matured, learned from the last time this happened? For example, in the history of the United States we fought the Civil War, in the 1860s, whose main conflict was over slavery and the rights of black people. 100 years later the civil rights movement asked the same questions and more progress was made on the issue of human rights. In each conflict, there was an underlying belief that was being challenged, people of color but specifically black people were treated as being worth less than white people.

I can assure you that empaths and indigos were on the front lines of both conflicts fighting for the inherent rights of all human beings. Even empaths raised in racist family and communities often completely defy their cultural training, because of a deep knowing that all humans are equal, that the very idea of treating another human as anything less is painful to their psyche. It is important to understand that this pattern is the way the whole universe works from the macro of the Universe spinning and expanding in space to the micro of our own personal development, facing the same darkness again but this time from a different vantage point.

A very empath example of this is my personal experience of marrying a person with strong narcissistic behavior, divorcing him and getting lots of therapy and energy healing to learn my lessons and then having to end a long-time friendship because of the same pattern. The second time was much easier and I was able to see the pattern for what it was and know that I wasn’t going to get myself into that pattern again, I had learned my lesson.

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The Emotional Evolution

The Universe’s spiral forward movement describes the way events happen. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs describes humans’ ability to intellectually and emotionally evolve.

“In his influential paper of 1943, A Theory of Human Motivation, the American psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed that healthy human beings have a certain number of needs, and that these needs are arranged in a hierarchy, with some needs (such as physiological and safety needs) being more primitive or basic than others (such as social and ego needs). Maslow’s so-called ‘hierarchy of needs’ is often presented as a five-level pyramid, with higher needs coming into focus only once lower, more basic needs are met.”

The rise of the business and life coaching industries suggests that some of the world has evolved in our human development to the top tier in Maslow’s pyramid, self-actualization. In my work as a teacher and intuitive energy healer, I spend a lot of time working with people who are ready to let go of old belief systems that no longer serve where they are going in the world. These beliefs having been passed down from our parents and ancestors. It is important to remember that we need to thank our ancestors for their hard work of creating a country where many of our citizens are able to strive for self-actualization. This has not been true for most of the time humans have inhabited the planet. It is an honor that we get to do this work of shedding what holds us back.

Those of us privileged enough to do our inner work, our shadow work, need to remember that unfair systems within our society keep many people in poverty. People in poverty are not afforded the same opportunities to heal themselves because there are so many obstacles to their ability to flourish. They cannot think their way to a better space. Are there rare stories of people doing this with success? Yes, and generally speaking, society uses those rarified stories to pretend that laziness is the real reason so many disadvantaged people never achieve their potential. The vast majority of those trapped in a rigged system simply do not have the resources, time, or understanding to heal and develop emotionally and spiritually.

The Energetic Evolution

Happening simultaneously, for millennia, humans have operated primarily from the solar plexus chakra and over time, this has played out in the shadow side of this chakra’s energy. The solar plexus chakra is about the will to exist and be our true selves. Sometimes referred to as self-confidence. It is also the chakra of personal power. Humans in our interactions (especially white Europeans) have been acting out the shadow side of this chakra and expanded across the globe through conquering other cultures deemed less intelligent or civilized, that power over. In today’s society, it is seen through status and wealth, those with both are the ones in power. The world is struggling with this paradigm right now and most obviously here in the United States. An unhealed solar plexus seeks to dominate others to elevate one’s position. Power used to keep some down and allow others that fit a certain profile to succeed.

Empaths are here to demonstrate how to operate from the heart chakra and a healed solar plexus. In our experiences as empaths, we have often struggled with the solar plexus due to not fitting into the social norms of our society. Our confidence is shaken with repeated incidents where our way of living from the heart comes off as awkward or completely unappreciated. We are often offended or hurt by the power-over culture we see out in the world. Our heart chakra is our strength. We know all people to be equal and completely connected, and in fact dependent on our connection to each other. And we take great pride in working from this pretense. However, in order to teach others how to lead with their hearts and live wholehearted lives (thank you, Brene Brown), we must heal our solar plexus of the wounds of power and stunted confidence in order to be embodied in our power and lead from the heart.

The Role of the Lightworker

Perhaps my story will sound familiar to you. I tried for a lot of years to find happiness living my life the way I was supposed to, the way society encouraged me to do life. School, college, meet someone, establish your career, marry, have kids, buy house, new career, new house. Always going for bigger and better. This path was indeed painful and I was unsuccessful. I am most definitely, a square peg trying to fit in a round hole.

Once I was given the freedom to think about myself as being different (as an empath and an indigo), as requiring and seeking out something that wasn’t mainstream, my life finally began to make sense. I stopped trying to live a life that had nothing to do with me. That would never showcase my strengths or highlight my wisdom and natural talents.

Instead, I began to explore who I really was, what I was really good at, and what I felt compelled to explore. I learned about being an empath, knew I was really a teacher and a natural healer, and I felt compelled to find other empaths and teach them to thrive. This is my purpose. A lightworker is someone who uses their natural talents and ability to raise other people up. Many lightworkers are healer but certainly not all. They simply do what they do using the following capacities.

The Empath Capacities

Our particular make-up has a set of capacities that make our contribution to the world differently. These capacities are important to help move human evolution forward in all ways. Empaths are a piece of the puzzle that is humanity.

  • Deep Seeing
    When empaths are interested in something they learn it deeply. They notice all the details that make up a person, book, job, or place. It is joy for them to see and understand it all. Deep insight leads to Connections and Patterns.
  • Connection and Patterns 
    We see, feel, and understand things at a very deep level. We notice more than other people allowing us to make connections between things. We see patterns that most people do not, leading to innovations and new understandings that bring advances to business, politics, science, and communities.
  • Translating Energy 
    Empaths can read a room or a person through energy with amazing speed and accuracy. Determining mood, intention, and needs without communication. The information empaths receive is coming through the psychic senses.
  • Seeking Justice through Change 
    Our inner compass is set to Universal Law where we know all creatures as equal and love is the currency. We don’t fit well in the current world, so we seek to create products and services that make us more comfortable in the world. Throughout our lives, we desire and often create opportunities for the underdog to win. We champion the fight for truth, love, and equity.

The Empath Capacities are our unique way of contributing to the world. They are our empath traits in action. The work we can do from this platform is indeed inspirational and evolutionary if not revolutionary.

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The Empath Professional Archetypes

Empaths often feel a pull towards purpose. A desire to help the world or create a world that is more comfortable for us to exist in. Once we have decided to tackle that purpose our professional archetype will fall into one or two of these four archetypes. If you are looking for a container for your purpose, one or two of these might help you define your career path.

The Activist / Revolutionary

  • Courageous
  • Gains satisfaction from helping others, even when helping comes at a great personal cost
  • Will boldly go against the status quo if necessary, in the name of justice

The Inventor / Scientific Genius

  • In love with new ideas
  • Sees the world with a childlike awe
  • Persistent and determined
  • Will take alternate points of view and go against accepted thinking

The Artist / Creative Genius

  • A keen eye for beauty, even where others would never see it
  • Intensely focused
  • Internally motivated
  • Master of perspective (can see things from many points of view)

The Healer / Mentor

  • A passion to serve others in repairing the body, mind, spirit
  • Able to inspire others
  • An inherent strength
  • Ability to guide people in transforming pain into a healing process

Seeding the Evolution, One Empath at a Time

Empaths can play an important role in the energetic evolution that bring light and dark into better balance and shift the planet into a higher energetic vibration. However, we must heal our solar plexus chakras of the trauma we have experienced being highly sensitive and open energetically. Healing the solar plexus allows us to fully embody the heart chakra from a place of authentic power and sovereignty.

As each empath picks up the mantle of self-actualization through energetic alignment with our purpose, the light spreads, the evolution of consciousness spreads throughout our society gaining a foothold that can eventually shift mass consciousness to embrace operating in the world from the heart chakra. Embodying the principles of love, equity, collaboration, and abundance.

I created The Vital Spirit to educate, align, and lead empaths to carry out their purpose.

About the Author

Laura Rowe is an Intuitive Strategist & Spiritual Seeker at The Vital Spirit. Living in Portland, Oregon, Laura founded The Vital Spirit in 2013. She has a background in business operations, a master’s degree in organizational management, and she has spent the last 35 years studying spiritual traditions and practices, and the last 12 years training in intuitive energy healing modalities.

Laura helps empaths and sensitives who have struggled their whole life with belonging. Her approach this work through a social justice lens, seeking to help empaths explore their own power while considering the power dynamics of our White Supremacist, Patriarchal, Fourth Stage Capitalist society. Our culture views sensitivity as a weakness and my work focuses on helping empaths heal the wounds left by this world; reframing their sensitivity and focusing on their innate power. 

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