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During the telesummit, Dr. Smith was asked, “What do you notice about illnesses and empathy?” To which he replied:
“It has been my experience that I’ve noticed, noticed is a word that is helpful for us to use as empaths, the question, what have you noticed. One of the things that I’ve noticed in working with people we have some common empath clients, to put it that way, we have some commonalities in our experiences about our physical health. One of the things that I have noticed in working with people is we tend to have illnesses or diseases that are similar to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, some people use an older term which is Epstein bar. These are basically terms that medical science uses to describe a series of symptoms lumped together that they actually have no idea the origin, what creates these illnesses for the most part. They are kind of shooting in the dark in terms of treating these again, for the most part, big generalization, right that’s just helpful to answer your question here real quickly. So if you are going to describe these diseases in another way the origin of these diseases one of the ways you could describe it might be to describe it as the human nervous system overtime becoming over tasked through perceiving through the nervous system itself perceiving energy of other people.
So as empaths that is one of the main things that we do, we’re around people, we perceive them. Now in addition to perceiving the energy of other people I would say that we’re also in general very energetically sensitive that means, another way of saying that energetically sensitive is that we have seven major chakras in our nervous system in our body. Chakras can close up and when they close up we can feel ungrounded. Because our vibration lowers every time those chakras close we take in less prana, we take in less chi, we take in less energy because the valves close. Over time the nervous system learns that as an empath they close down to protect us from the perception of energy. The nervous system itself believes it’s doing us a favor and in many cases it might be. It’s just that overtime chronic closing of our valves leaves us feeling completely drained. It’s an attempt to get us to change our behavior and that behavior is to get us to stop engaging so much with other people until we learn to raise our vibration and bring in more light to combat (so to speak, I don’t like to use that word), until we can combat to lower vibratory energy that we perceive in other people.”
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