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When Disruption Brings Change

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.

The Role of Empaths in the Transition to the New Age

We are living in interesting times. We have been navigating the journey to 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. Our culture is experiencing and witnessing the harm caused by how power is wielded. We have 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.

 

Empaths are Disruptors

Social disruption is a term used in sociology to describe the alteration, dysfunction or breakdown of social life, often in a community setting. Social disruption implies a radical transformation, in which the old certainties of modern society are falling away and something quite new is emerging.

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

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

Empaths feel awful and we are trying to figure out what is wrong with us. We seek out therapists and doctors with symptoms like depression, anxiety, aches, allergies, digestive problems, etc. Through the rise of social media, we meet others who express similar experiences and symptoms.

Empaths feel resentful that we feel bad and can’t get as much done in our days as other people. We are the ‘problem’ in our family or friend group, needing a special menu, certain lighting, smaller crowds, etc. just to exist. Meanwhile, everyone else is acting like we are being extra–overly dramatic or attention seeking.

When Disruption Brings Change

Now, we are making changes to our lifestyles, some voluntary and some mandatory, to be able to manage our symptoms and feel better. We are being forced to speak up for ourselves when it comes to food, environment, relationships, etc. This is the disruption that brings change. And it is uncomfortable for many empaths.

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

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, healthier (both mentally and physically) working conditions; more validity and power in the offices of health practitioners. The struggle is real and we are on the front-lines now, bringing disruption to the status quo by 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 are then able to show up to help society evolve and find a new status quo with power and human rights around healthcare–mental, emotional, and physical. 

Find Community and Support

If you are looking for a community of empaths consider joining Aligned Journeys on Facebook, a community for thriving empaths. It is nice to have a place to interact with people who have similar experiences and challenges.

Do you need support on this journey of healing? Check out Mentoring, it might be the right thing at the right time.

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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