Meet Skilled and Conscious Empath, Dr. Michael R. Smith…

Today, I like to have an amazing teacher and a good friend of mine share his story.

Let us know how he discovered about his empathic nature…and started his spiritual journey.

And how he is now making pathways and breakthroughs for the rest of us fellow empaths. Finding nuggets and tools to help all empaths and highly sensitive individuals who are ready to become a skilled and conscious empath themselves!

Becoming a Skilled and Conscious Empath – A Spiritual Journey

By Michael Robert Smith

Armed with a Ph.D. and a lucrative counseling professorship at age 30, I embarked on what was to be one of the shorter careers in the history of academia. Despite being nominated for early career awards and authoring a half-dozen research publications, I decided to leave my tenure-track position at the University of Wyoming in 2005 after just three years to begin working with empaths in Santa Fe, NM. I had to follow my heart. After I realized I was an empath, there was no turning back.

The cultural identity of empath is rapidly growing and gaining mainstream acceptance; Dr. Judith Orloff’s best-selling holistic healing books are evidence of that. The primary characteristic of an empath is a high degree of sensitivity to the emotional state of other people. If you’ve ever been told that you’re a good listener, then you might be an empath. People feel comfortable sharing their emotions and deepest thoughts with empaths, and thus, we tend to be especially popular around high-stress times like the holidays.

However, an empath’s ability to bond with others can lead to unintended health consequences. In many cases, empaths will take on other people’s emotional pain as if it was their own. In toxic situations, intense emotional energy can affect an empath deeply. We can unintentionally absorb emotions, like a sponge. I walked around for years with what felt like two fishing hooks stuck in my heart area.

In 2003, I sought out healing for my accumulated emotional and physical pain. I began a five-year apprenticeship with two Native American healers and drove the 8-hour trek from Laramie, Wyoming to Santa Fe every month. I quickly discovered why counseling came so easy. The Native American community recognizes empaths. These individuals have been trained as the medicine men and women in tribes and communities.

Research has shown that approximately twenty percent of people are highly sensitive in general. In my experience and observation, fewer still are empaths (those sensitive specifically to other people). Perhaps 5 percent of all people are natural empaths – and most don’t recognize it. I am seeing women and men who have lived their entire lives wondering what was wrong with them, being called hypersensitive or oversensitive – who can now breathe a sigh of relief. What was thought to be a quirk or even mental illness in actuality is a special gift for being able to understand the emotions and motivations of other people.

In my coaching practice, I help empathic individuals differentiate what energy is theirs, and what is coming from other people. We work on coping strategies to manage the high sensitivity and prevent the absorption of harmful energy.

I’m so happy and privileged to work in this special field with empaths, helping us to become more joyful, more skilled, and more conscious of the tremendous spiritual gifts with which we have been blessed.

For more helpful energy tips and techniques to help Empaths & Highly Sensitive People (HSP), check out Dr. Michael Smith’s The Complete Empath Toolkit: 44 Practical Steps to Master Your Energy and Personal Power.


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  1. Nicole
    Nicole added

    Do know any where I can get help that doesnt cost anything?

    September 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm
    • Faey
      Faey added

      Hi Nicole,

      Have you visited our page Cleansing Negative Energies yet?

      Right now, we are currently collecting, testing, and putting together helpful techniques for empaths and HSPs. Will be posted soon…

      In the meantime, have you visited, they often have some good videos that are very helpful. You can start at our empathsolutions youtube channel. If you click the “Playlists” to the right of the subscribe button, we’ve collected a few helpful videos from other experts that may be of interest. You can start here and branch out from there.

      Sending you lots of light and blessings,

      October 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm
  2. jasmine
    jasmine added

    So here’s wat happened. I was at school and I was in 3rd PD and all my friends said that I looked dead and I had felt dead. In 8th PD I had a bellyache and a headache ,but my friend looked sad so I asked and she told my EXACTLY the same emotions I had had all day. I don’t know if I’m an empath but I had her emotions and that’s not me what so ever. Please answer my question I’m confused and want to learn!!

    November 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm
  3. Trinity Lourey
    Trinity Lourey added

    how do i become a stronger empath?!?!?! i need to know all steps to becoming a stronger one!! i know I’m an empath and i wanna become better at telling people’s emotions and maybe even get to the point to where i can feel physical pain too! any steps u could let me know, i would REALLY appreciate thanks!

    June 30, 2015 at 8:58 pm

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