I am surrounded by empaths, and recently, I became one myself.

Well, to be honest, I have always been an empath. But I tend to rein it in with the power of my brain (read: I stay “safe” in my head) because I have always been such a sponge for other people’s emotions.

Last week I did some Reiki on a family member who had sustained a knee injury. I have practiced Reiki on and off for nearly two decades, but this felt the strongest I had ever done. I could really feel the emotions that had been stuck in the knee for years, as if they were my own, but I knew they weren’t.

Then, for the next two days, I felt everything. I did not know where my emotions ended and others’ began, and it was challenging (to say the least) to navigate through all of that. Add to it all the heightened emotions on social media and the news (which I never watch but sometimes get secondhand) and I felt like a sappy mess.

And I realized that some people spend everyday like this.

Janet Raftis did for most of her life.

An energy healer and intuitive coach, Janet exhausted herself by taking on the emotions of others, which as you can imagine, is not sustainable if you are giving healing sessions all day, every day. She eventually developed some key practices to stay empowered while still being an empath, and even taught a course on these skills last summer. I was a part of this course (called “Activate Your Superpowers: Four Steps to Access Your Higher Self, Your Guides and Spirit to Make Life Easier and Way More FUN”) and was able to use some of what I had learned to “rein it in” in such a way that did not shut me off completely from my intuition. It took me a day or two, but I did restore balance and I know I have the skills to do it again.

Luckily for us, on Wednesday, February 15, Janet is offering a free virtual workshop where she shares some of these skills and also will lead us through a channeled healing meditation to help connect us with the part of ourselves that is always powerful. With so much going on in the world that feels out of our control, it’s comforting to know that we can reach a state of mind where we understand that we do have the ability to respond to our external world from a place of internal empowerment. Janet does a really wonderful job of helping people connect to that place within them.

Even if you read this after the workshop or you can’t make it live, you can still sign up to access the recording, which will be just as potent whenever you do watch it.

For more information and to sign up for this empowering (and free!) virtual workshop, go HERE.

What are your favorite empowering practices?