*crossposted to my journal* I found this on the "Empaths" Yahoo Group. It's from a series of lessons called "Teh Book of Storms" for Empaths, located on the web. Copied text follows, enjoy ^_^:
Jad discusses some of the barriers and myths we must overcome in
order to grow as an Empath.
I thought I had to be able to read minds. What barriers did you bring
with you when you began this journey? What barriers do you still carry?
Jan Owens Empaths Group, Administrator, The School of Empath
Stage One – Awakening the Sleeping Empath Within You (excerpt)
Part of recognizing your Empath nature involves identifying the barriers
that hide it from you. Psychic interactions take place outside of that
light, through the unconscious mind, the sleeping mind, in relatively
unexplored territory. That is the very definition of psychic, the
activities that are occurring outside of the light, outside of conscious
Psychic functioning requires certain conditions. You must learn to
identify pervasive prejudice in order to recognize your own psychic
Barriers to Psychic Evidence 1. Myth
Myth # 1 -- "Psychic ability is a supernatural phenomenon." Psychic
abilities are part of human nature. They are the result of subtle
interactions between the brain and nervous system with the environment
(environment includes other living things). The model of "Empath"
includes psychic functioning as part of being alive, of being human.
Myth # 2 -- "Psychic ability is a gift that only some people possess."
Everyone has psychic abilities. An Empath is closer to a "personality
type," so not everyone would be an Empath without development.
Myth # 3 -- "Psychic ability means the ability to see into the future."
this is the least common of psychic events. The majority of psychic
functioning occurs in the form of remotely obtaining information already
in play. Telepathic communication, empathic reading of individuals,
obtaining information via extrasensory means, such as remote viewing
(clairvoyance) are the more common psychic experiences. Empathic
ability, which is the result of "integrated psychic ability" is
continuous and pervasive within an awakened Empath.
Myth # 4 -- "Psychic ability is unlimited and unconditional
Vision and hearing have limits and conditions, and so does psychic
functioning. Examples of what conditions influence psychic functioning
are: how relaxed or tense a person is, what a person pays attention to,
a person's belief systems, emotional states, values, needs, desires,
perceptions, and so on, and so on.
2. Belief Systems
Philosophical and religious beliefs may act as a barrier to
understanding the psychic. It is important to understand that being
superstitious and pursuing psychic development are two separate
activities. As Empaths we have to make a conscious commitment to
recognize and avoid superstitious thinking. Another belief is psychic
phenomenon are just nonsense.
Misinformation is the result of incorrect examples and the perpetuation
of misleading stereotypes. Most psychic events are very subtle and
usually related to ordinary situations. Psychic information results from
genuine connections between living things and especially between people.
4. Fear of the Unknown
The world you live in is primarily a world of perceptions, held together
by beliefs and ideas. This built in protective instinct can also act as
a barrier to you accessing your empathic talents.
Dreamtongue will allow you to understand more about your Empath nature
and the psychic nature of existence itself than ordinary language will
© 1996-2007 Jad Alexander