Understanding Energy is the Key to Survival as an Empath

By Lilith White

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration”

Nikola Tesla.


Highly sensitive people, who display heightened empathic qualities, tend to come into the world with a deeper ‘knowing’ that there is more to life than just what’s obvious and on the surface... that there is something far greater than what the eyes can see.



Most Empaths will tell you that they knew that they were different from a young age; they seemed to feel the world on a different level and were attuned to vibrations that others seemed unaware of.
The physicist, Nicola Tesla, understood that it was impossible to fully comprehend the universe unless energetic, non-physical dynamics, were taken into account. Just think about a simple conversation you may be having; there is a physical exchange of words as well as each participant’s thoughts and memories, evoked by the content. Then there is the energy the words create; how do they make you feel? Is the interaction attracting positive or negative vibrations? Are the words bringing up historical connotations, or do they instil a feeling of doom or excitement about the future? At the same time, you may be forming an opinion or impression about the person speaking... and all of this is attracting yet more energy. This is the level of input the average person will experience, either consciously or sub-consciously.


The Empath will pick up much more. They may not know specifically that the speaker had an argument with his lover the night before, or that he drove to the meeting with road-rage, or when he walked into the room he had angst even though he was friendly and smiling. All of this is being communicated on a sub-conscious level, which the Empath intuitively feels. A third party may comment afterwards; “What a nice guy,” but the Empath has picked up on everything, including the energetic frequency, which makes them feel incongruent. 



Many Empaths experience great resistance to seeing so much. Often times, in my own life, I wished that I wasn’t able to read minds, didn’t have the ability to see through people or straight into the heart of a situation. Over the years, I learned to reign in expressing my inner wisdom, because I often felt unheard or that it may be brushed aside as being, merely negative or judgemental; who was I to form an opinion based purely on a gut feeling?


Empaths, who are tuned in to their intuition are natural healers and counsellors. They don’t need doctors or psychologists to tell them how to heal themselves, or those around them. At times this can be frustrating, because most people are looking for tangible proof of everything; they want to see the degree or certificate that quantifies or qualifies your knowing. Many of us eventually give up, step back and recoil into an insular world where we can; ‘know what we know without having to defend our position.’ The greatest sadness is that we have so much to offer, but we frequently give up sharing our insights because of sceptical responses.



When I started writing The Other Side of my Reflection, my original idea was to write something that would inspire other people who had gone through adversity. During the time I was writing the book, my life experience and perceptions changed drastically. After my incredible journey, where I was given insights into the afterlife, I wondered if anybody would actually believe my story. After all, who was I to claim I knew so much? The fact that consciousness continues after death is now being scientifically proven by doctors who are studying the out-of-body experiences of patients who have died and have been resuscitated. They have now reached the conclusion that mind is not limited to brain activity, and that who we are - in our physical form - does indeed continue after death. At the time, when I had made these deductions, purely from my own experience, this was not a universally accepted concept.


Empaths are often way ahead of their time. Today, mainstream society is acknowledging that energy is how everything in the universe operates... including us, who are purely making use of a physical vessel for a short time. It is said that energy can’t be created or destroyed. It can only be transformed from one form to the other. This suggests that we exist, energetically, before birth and beyond physical death.


I believe that, in our physical form, our brain acts as a filter system to protect us from input overload, and that we are only able to deal with, and assimilate, a certain amount of energetic thought forms at a time. Empaths do not have the same amount of inbuilt filters that the majority of people have; their filtering system is much more open to energetic input, which is why they are more insightful but at the same time much more vulnerable. It can be extremely overwhelming yet at the same time, an invaluable asset.



There has been much focus on how the Empath needs to manage their exposure to negative and toxic energy from others, but very little about the great power they possess to transmute energy. Many years ago, street lamps used to frequently go out while I was driving along various roads. Coincidence? Or was my energy really affecting street lamps? I don’t have a clue, but if my energy was that powerful, and I actually owned it, then imagine what other amazing feats I could achieve? What if moving away from that toxic person in your life was a way of disowning your power? What if you could be around that negative energy vamp and effect change by transmuting it on subtle levels?


Nelson Mandela referred to this amazing quote by Marianne Williamson, in one of his speeches; “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves; who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world; there is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”


Empaths intuitively know that they came into this earthly realm for a purpose, yet their purpose often eludes them. What if you were already living it and it wasn’t something out there you needed to look for and find? It’s what we do day to day, how we tune in and transform the fields of vibration around us, moment by moment. Every event in our lives, big or small, is an opportunity to be divinely on purpose and to become conscious of and connect positively to the energetic frequencies around us.


Allow your light to shine brightly.




Lilith White was born and raised in South Africa and, after the death of her husband and father of her children, she was compelled to put pen to paper. She is the author of Break On Through to the Other Side, and The Other Side of my Reflection.

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