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Empaths are Disruptors

Every successful social movement in this country's history has used disruption as a strategy to fight for social change. Whether it was the Boston Tea Party to the sit-ins at lunch counters throughout the South, no change has been won without disruptive action.

Disruptors Spark Evolution

We are living interesting times. We have been navigating a new age for quite a while now. It has been uncomfortable as we tear down an old system to build a new one. 

People and society evolve in a spiral. Individually, we have the opportunity to address and re-address lessons or areas of growth where we have struggled in the past. For instance, setting healthy boundaries in our close relationships. 

In society, it is very similar. Now, for example, we are learning all the many ways we have wielded power in harmful ways and are being given another opportunity to review our power structures and continue forward as we have been going or choose a path with more equity and care for humanity.

Disruptors interrupt a pattern or system by causing a disturbance or problem. Empaths as sensitives are a disruptor right now. They cannot live quietly under the current circumstances. Empaths are getting sick on the food and chemicals all around us. They are overwhelmed by the noise and busy-ness, and they are emotionally burnout by the caustic environments we live and work in.

Empaths are the Disruptors

Ten years ago, there was very little written about empaths and only a small percentage of people knew to identify themselves as such. Now there are many people writing about it, speaking about it, and many, many people discovering it and identifying themselves as empaths.

Empaths feel bad and they are trying to figure out what is wrong. They seek out therapists and doctors with symptoms like depression, anxiety, aches, allergies, digestive problems, etc. They meet others who express similar experiences and symptoms.

Empath are resentful that they feel bad. They are the ‘problem’ in their family or friend group. They need a special menu, certain lighting, smaller crowds, etc. just to exist comfortably. Meanwhile, everyone else is acting like empaths are being extra—overly dramatic or attention seeking.

Now, empaths are making changes to their lifestyles, some voluntary and some mandatory, to manage our symptoms and feel better. They’re being forced to speak up for themselves when it comes to food, environment, relationships, etc. This is the disruptor stage. And it is uncomfortable for many empaths.

Being the disruptor largely goes against the programming of empaths. And it is vitally important for their health and happiness. They need to work up their courage and work through their discomfort. Accepting that some people in their circle won’t be willing to make the changes required to have them stay in their lives. This is never easy, and it is also crucial for long-term health, both physical and mental.

Canaries in the Mine

As empaths, we are the current canaries in the mine. There have been others before us–workers fighting for safer working conditions, LBGTQ fighting for basic human rights, women fighting for votes, Blacks fighting to exist as equals, to name but a few. Humanity is in an expansion phase. 

Understanding that we are capable of embracing more for ourselves; more kindness towards each other, better health (both mentally and physically) in working conditions; more validity and power in the offices of health practitioners. The struggle is real and empaths are on the front-lines now, disrupting the status quo, saying “we deserve to be comfortable and healthy too.”

Fight the good fight. The more we come together as a community, the stronger we become, the more confidence we gain in our right to have our basic needs of good health and emotional well-being met. When we do the individual spiral of growth and healing, we can then show up to help society evolve and find a new status quo with power and human rights around healthcare–mental, emotional, and physical. 

Find Support and Encouragement

If you are interested in having a community supporting you on you navigate your path as a disruptor, please check out the Cozy ♥ Sanctuary

The Cozy ♥ Sanctuary is a brave space full of beautiful empath spiritual seekers–all learning how to walk their talk and integrate the healing and growth they have been working on over the years. 

Learn about the Sanctuary and all it has to offer, then join here

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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