Wednesday, December 7, 2016

PTSD Healing for Empaths and Sensitive People with Trauma

A lot of empaths and highly sensitive people have PTSD and trauma in their backgrounds.  I want to tell you about an incredible mentor of mine...a healer who can help you as an empath heal your PTSD or traumatic life events permanently. His name is Charlton Wilson, and he's a psychotherapist and healer who has been following indigenous healing ways for 30 years. He will work with you in Spirit as well as with hypnotherapy.

How does Charlton work with you? In an incredibly gentle, supportive and compassionate environment, he and you will identify the things (events, PTSD, traumas, conflicts, stressors et cetera) that are getting in your way of your day-to-day living as an empath. Then with Hypnotherapy, you and Charlton together will change how you react to your present and future by removing the connection to trauma from the past.

Says Charlton: "This process seems so scary for so many people. I want to let you know that I have been doing this work for over 25 years. I have been extremely successful helping people like you with PTSD and trauma every day. This is the reason I am here: to help you as an empath. Those things that seem insurmountable, they are not. You, the divine and powerful human that you are, can overcome all your obstacles and flourish. If there is any therapeutic process that is like a magic wand, hypnotherapy with a well-seasoned practitioner is it. You will be amazed at how valuable hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis will be to you. I am looking forward to working with you and helping you to clear the hurdles. Until then…"

Charlton can work with you via phone or Skype. 

You can contact Charlton here and learn about his background and rates.  I can't recommend him more highly.


Dr. Michael R Smith, Ph.D.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tips for Empaths or HSPs in Romantic Relationships and Dating

When we came into this world our souls chose a journey that we knew would fulfill our calling here on this planet. Many empaths remember being sensitive from the time they were children. The stories are all very similar when you ask an Empath what they experienced as a child and what the world felt like. For many, it was a very confusing time because they were feeling bombarded with different feelings and emotions that were not their own.

If you identify as a highly sensitive person or empath you might have memories of trying to help smooth over problems at home or with your circle of friends. When a highly sensitive person starts to feel a situation getting charged with negative emotion, they just want to feel relief and to try and make the situation better somehow.

This is especially frustrating for highly sensitive people who try and get into a romantic relationship because when the other person is not feeling a sense of inner peace, it can make the environment seem out of control and scary. Many empaths claim to be people pleasers or codependent because it
just makes their life easier to just help things to go smoothly.

When you add the stresses of being an empath or highly sensitive person to the romantic relationship, it feels scary and almost overwhelming. It’s very important for those empaths that do enter into a loving union to remember to be patient with themselves and with their spouse or partner. Many people that are with an empath don’t even realize that they are sending all sorts of energetic vibes to their partners that might be negative, angry or sad.

The incredible thing about an empath is that when they start to intuitively feel that something is going on in a relationship, they are usually 100% on the money. They can sense things long before their partner might ever start to mention anything is going on. It’s important to honor this powerful ability because we often second guess ourselves or feel bad that we are having these “thoughts” about our partner, but the truth is, we feel strongly because we are sensing energy that is undeniable.

If you are newly in a romantic relationship or thinking about venturing out into the dating world, it’s so important to remember a few key points that will help you to maintain a sense of inner peace. Peace is important when going into the world because it helps us to make clear decisions, stay grounded and to see situations with clarity and discernment.

TIPS FOR DATING and Romantic Relationships as an Empath or Highly Sensitive Person

1. Don’t allow your romantic partner to demand more than feels comfortable for you. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new relationship, and since we want to see people happy because it feels better for us, we must remember to hold our boundaries and just give what we can and what feels safe for us to give. We have a decision to make in every moment so that we help ourselves to stay grounded and centered.

2. Allow your romantic or love partner to express themselves in any way that they need to. Highly sensitive people really want to help their partners to feel good all the time. Whether that is offering advice or helping them work out a tough decision; we exert ourselves to try and help others out at all costs.\Sometimes it’s better to just let that person have the hard experience for their own growth. As painful as it is to standby and do nothing, it’s for the best of everyone involved.

3. Find a place to get away to if you need to center yourself. Being your best self is about taking care of your needs first and foremost. No one ever helped anyone else if they were already struggling and
miserable. That is not the highest and best that the Universe has for us. If you are feeling triggered or scared, the worst thing you can do is act out of fear. If you want to send a text or cling on tighter, you will sabotage the relationship. The best thing you can do is to find a place to reconnect to the power of divine Spirit and to allow that love you have for life to reemerge.

4. Remember the Universe operates through your joy and peace. If you start feeling stressed or overwhelmed by your romantic relationship, be honest with your partner and tell them that you need to take a few steps to create the environment that will help you to gain your footing again. If you are feeling stressed then you are in direct opposition to the nature of the Universe which is expansion and a feeling of relaxation. This is when Spirit functions at it’s highest potential. You create the most flow in your life when you function in joy.

5. Be patient and allow yourself to learn and make mistakes. So many empaths and highly sensitive individuals experience a high level of perfectionism. This comes from always being highly attuned to the energy of the room or the moods of our parents when we were growing up. If things felt awry, we learned to adjust our behavior to not make waves and keep the peace. This doesn’t allow for much learning though as we put unrealistic demands on ourselves to be everything for our romantic partner. Patience is also the nature of the Universe and we learn to grow in leaps and bounds by being kind to ourselves.

Finding inner peace is the focus of your work as an empath. It is paramount if you are going to function in the world at large. This is why: energy flows in the direction of least resistance. If you’re stressed out and feeling bogged down with other people’s energy, then you are blocking the flow of the natural direction of energy. This causes health problems along with other stressful consequences. Money can start to dissipate into thin air when we are stressed and people start avoiding us because contractive energy is cold and harsh.

If you can remember this simple concept when it comes to how you feel, then you can master the art of being in true alignment with the nature of the Universe. You become a master creator of your life and your emotions when you learn to see the world this way. If you’re feeling cold and sad, then switch your emotional state to be warm and kind. This is a simple switch that we were designed with the capability to flip when we want to.

If the emotions of others become overwhelming, create a separation in your mind by seeing that person as separate and decide that you are going to experience the world the way you choose to in that moment. We have the capability to regain our emotional composure if we choose.

Even in the most stressful of situations, it is important to breathe. If you are having a disagreement with your partner and you feel the stress of the situation starting to make your muscles contract, breathe. This is something that we can do anywhere and anytime. 4 seconds on the inhale, 4 seconds
holding the breath, and 4 seconds on the exhale is the ideal breath pattern to create a feeling of peace.

Allow the peace of the Universe to find it’s way into your life. This is the most relaxed place you can find and that place is actually the most powerful place! Functioning at your highest potential, especially in romantic relationships, is in your place of joy and relaxation. When you put full trust in the Universe and it’s ability to take care of the details, you set yourself free to live the happy life that you are designed to live. Life is here for you and you are supported through your ability to access the power of your inner peace.

Guest Post by David Bronson Maestas, Empath Relationship Expert
P.S.  For more expert advice about attracting healthy romantic relationships (or removing yourself from destructive narcissistic ones), please visit empath relationship expert David Maestas' website and sign up for his free newsletter and eCourse (scroll down the page). You'll get the first chapter of his acclaimed book Energy Balance, plus a relationship quiz, along with his amazing monthly newsletters.  He also offers relationship coaching for singles and couples.  Visit his website for more information.
Michael Smith, Ph.D. (sign up for our free 25 page guide and audio eCourse here).

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Amazing Healing Meditation Videos for Empaths

Watch a new series of amazing healing videos for empaths created and designed by our friend David Maestas, empath relationship expert.

Empath Meditation on Healing:

Empath Meditation on Forgiveness

Empath Meditation on Gratitude

Sign up for David's YouTube channel here.  He talks about a variety of spiritual issues relevant to empaths and healing.

P.S.  For more expert advice about attracting healthy romantic relationships (or removing yourself from destructive narcissistic ones), please visit empath relationship expert David Maestas' website and sign up for his free newsletter and eCourse (scroll down the page). You'll get the first chapter of his acclaimed book Energy Balance, plus a relationship quiz, along with his amazing monthly newsletters.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Empath Connection Scholarship Program Application Form (Ongoing)

Announcing the opening of applications for the new 'Ongoing' Empath Connection Scholarship program.

We've given out a lot of free education and training in the last few years.  As an example, you can read about some past winners here and here.

The goals are simple:  To have you embrace your empath gifts and use them for personal power, professional enhancement, and to even potentially use them in your career.

Download the Application form here (it's a 2 page application form).  Right click 'save link as' or 'save target as' to download to your computer.

The deadlines have been changed to two times per year, Jan 1st and July 1st each year to be considered for the four Empath Academies we do each year (Almost always February, May, August, and November each year).  I also give away pro bono, free personal sessions on an ongoing basis.

I look forward to reading your application!

With hugs,
Dr. Michael Smith

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Empath & HSP Skill: Asking Questions of the Universe

One of my favorite empath and highly sensitive person intuitive coaching processes involves breaking down the questions that we are continually asking the universe.   Most of us have a set of internal questions, perhaps even subconscious questions, that we ask ourselves in our reflective moments.   “Why must I suffer,”  “Why did my favorite relative/friend have to die?”  “What is the purpose of my life?” 

If you are one who routinely talks to yourself and asks these types of questions, you’re on to something!   The universe LOVES questions and the great thing for us is that it always provides us with an answer.  The answers come in many varied forms, sometimes through signs and symbols, sometimes through synchronicities, sometimes through a book passage, or sometimes through the words of other people.  You can trust that the answers will come, especially if you give the universe time.

In the empath Inner Power coaching work that I do, and in the Empath Academy, we refine your life questions so that you can attract more of what you DO want. When you focus on expecting good, the answers show up magically.

We can take many affirmations and combine them with questions for extra power of manifestation.

Here are some of my favorites:

How can I be so prosperous?
How can I receive the love of my life?
How will I make today a great day?
Whose life can I make better today?
How can I more effectively recognize inspiration from Spirit?
How can I cope effectively with the energy I perceive?
How can I have an even healthier body?

Listening/Watching for the Answer
Answers sometimes will show up instantaneously, if we are quiet enough internally to recognize them.

EMPATH QUESTION EXERCISE:  If you have a question you’d like to ask the universe, simply take a few breaths in and out.  I always recommend between a 10-12 second inhale/exhale to slow down the nervous system.  Do this three times.  Place your hand on your gut (the body’s truth detector), and then ask your question.  Become aware of the quality of energy in your body and mind.   Notice what comes up.  Images?  Thoughts?  Sensations?  If you feel tingles or warmth of any kind, that is your Divine guidance system preparing you to get ready because your question is being answered!

My all time favorite question is, “how will the universe surprise and delight me today?”   It can be said every morning to set an expectation that your day will delight you.   It really works!    Especially for us empaths who sometimes are expecting to feel energies of suffering and woe, this can really re-frame our experience!

So empaths, let us experience and ‘play’ with the fact that the universe is an echo.   We are all awakening to the reality that life is a call and response system that responds to every thought and every question.  Let us begin to gain mastery over the internal dialogue and begin to use the art of asking appropriate and refined questions for spiritual mastery.  When you do, you’ll find that your life begins to look and feel more empowered than you could ever previously imagine!

Dr. Michael Smith

Saturday, August 27, 2016

How to Protect Yourself from Other People's Energy

For those empaths or sensitive people who meditations don't work in protecting from other people's negative energy, I have been using an energy shield that is able to shield and block out most of the energy that we perceive from others on a daily basis.  

The shield amplifies your own energy field while protecting you from others negative energy.

I've used the shield for several years and I always feel calm and serene while wearing it.  I've also heard feedback from other empaths about the device.   One of our subscribers offers this report:  "I feel like I am not being smothered emotionally and I know it is this shield.  There is a huge shift this week. I have talked to two friends today who are so down in life right now and I can't believe how unaffected I am."

Here is a link to all the information about the device (scroll down the page for articles relevant to empaths/sensitives).  There are a lot of articles on how the shield works, especially for highly sensitive people and empaths.

Dr. Michael R. Smith, Ph.D.

P.S.  If you're an empath or highly sensitive person, check out Empath AnnaMariah's experience using the device.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Sedona Spiritual Retreat for Empaths with Medium Carissa Schumacher

Sedona Spiritual Retreat: Our friend and Empath Academy graduate (from way back in the early years!) psychic medium Carissa Schumacher has been putting on amazing spiritual retreats in Sedona Arizona several times a year for the last several years. 

I had the pleasure of attending in 2013 and I can say it was one of the highlights of my life! Not only is she the best and most accurate psychic medium I've EVER encountered (she's also an empath), you'll have the opportunity to learn from renowned Lakota elder, guide, and shaman, Joseph Greywolf. Each 3.5 day journey carries an incredibly special and unique focus, which Carissa and Greywolf design and tailor to the group in advance. 

On the first evening, Carissa holds a powerful, rejuvenating Pure Source meditation. On the ensuing days, you (along with possibly several other empaths) will be hiking, singing, learning, meditating, and sharing sacred space within the caves, vortexes, creeks, and heart of the red rocks. Carissa and Greywolf will lead you through incredible drumming and shamanic journeying meditations and ancient ceremonies including water, fire, and medicine wheel rites upon sacred ancient lands.

You will receive unique DNA activation, energy healing, and kundalini activation bodywork. You will also learn about ancient traditions and philosophy, totem animals and spirit guides, and fundamental principles of light-work, dreamwork, grounding, manifestation, and growth in your intuition. The price is VERY reasonable. 

They have also arranged a special rate at a local inn for those travelling. I can't recommend this journey more highly for empaths or highly sensitive people, so if you've been feeling like treating yourself or changing the direction of your life, this is the journey for you! 

Carissa Schumacher also does phone sessions using her psychic medium and empath gifts and is a pure source energy channel.  For more information about the retreat or her private session rates (she's worth every penny she charges), email Carissa at and she will email you a packet of detailed info.  Carissa holds these events four times a year, so there is bound to be an upcoming date that will fit your schedule.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How to Tap Your Intuition for Empaths: View Video

Just did a great 30 minute interview about how empaths and highly sensitive people can access their intuition in daily life.  We covered some great tips and techniques.  Thanks to Melissa Sarazin for having me on her video podcast.

Click here to watch the podcast.

Click here to listen via audio.  (Or, alternatively, right click 'save as' or 'save target as' or 'save link as' to download to computer).

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Empath Academy: Tools for Coping with Negative Energy and Preventing Overwhelm

Hello fellow empaths!  I am writing today to invite you to join us in the upcoming empath academy.  The empath academy is a weekly 3-hour class leading toward your empath empowerment that is done over a teleseminar line, so you can join us wherever you are in the world, and even if you’re travelling.   You'll be empowered with new techniques and tools to cope with others' negative energy and prevent being overwhelmed.

I’ve done the Empath Academy since 2010, and perhaps the single most powerful and remarkable aspect of each academy is seeing how individuals who previously thought they had to suffer in silence with a feeling of isolation realize that there is an entire tribe of individuals who have life stories that parallel theirs and who have experiences that mirror theirs!    You don’t have to feel alone, your friends are just a 3-hour weekly phone call away!
The empath academy is a powerful spiritual ceremony, a word I use deliberately.  We call on Spirit and all of our Allies and guides to be with us throughout the course to help us to raise our vibrations so that we aren’t hurt by the negative energy of other people.  

In the Empath Academy, each week you'll learn techniques and tools to prevent being overwhelmed.    We practice these techniques and learn how to become grounded and cope with the energy we perceive.
So won’t you consider joining us this next cycle?  We do the Academy 4 times each year (February, May, August, November) so there is bound to be an academy that might work for you.  It's done on a teleseminar line 3 hours each week for 4 weeks.  You can join us in many countries outside the USA for no long distance charges.

Registration is ongoing, but the accelerated spots do fill fast.  The accelerated option includes a personal coaching session during class and I hold space for you outside of class.  If the accelerated is full by the time you register, please consider signing up for the foundational option.  You’ll still benefit from the new tools, interaction with your new empath friends, and ability to ask questions and share your experiences (should you desire).  Or, if accelerated is full, you may want to wait until the next academy cycle.      

Hope to have your light and energy in the class with us!  

Until then, many blessings!  
Michael R. Smith, Ph.D.

P.S.  Here is what empath Patricia Morris has said about our a recent Empath Academy:  “I can't recommend this more highly!  If you're an empath (no matter at what stage you're awakened) this class is invaluable. I learned many life-changing things, and Dr. Smith is so loving and compassionate! The energy in the classes feels like you've come home, and the love ,friendships formed, and sense of safety that is felt, is how the world is meant to be. Love, love, love!”     

And here’s what another participant had to say: "Your academy is worth so much more than you charge for it. Today, I can say I am finally finding who I am, thanks to your wonderful support and help." :)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Empaths: Use your Gut Feelings for Better Intuition

As empaths, how can we better use our gut feelings to promote intuition?

Western medicine completely ignores an additional “brain’ that can help us develop better intuition:  the gut, much to our detriment. The gut area is the home of the enteric nervous system.  There are about 100,000,000 neurons in the small intestine alone, which is more than is in the spinal column.

Furthermore, messages moving upward from the gut to the brain outnumber messages moving down from the brain to the gut by 9 to 1! The enteric nervous system, which includes the large intestine, the anus, the stomach, and the umbilicus (belly button), is the body's truth detector. It takes our experiences, eliminates the clutter, and leaves the rest of the data for our benefit.  Cultural phrases that reflect the power of the gut include: "That was a gutsy thing to do" and "I had a gut feeling it wasn't right.”

Here’s a Tip to receive the wisdom that resides in your gut:

            Here's the protocol:

            1) Drop your awareness from you head to your gut and notice the quality of energy.

            2) Make thought contact with the gut and treat it as if it were a person. Thank it for its help and protection all these years. Ask the solar plexus chakra, which is a part of your gut, to remain open, and visualize the chakra being open in your mind's eye.

            3) Ask the chakra what color energy it wants to support it. Ask the Universe for that frequency of energy to be sent to the solar plexus chakra. Notice what this does to your chakras. Spend a few minutes running this color of energy.

            4) Thank your gut. Close this exercise by asking for it to send you feelings and messages throughout your day.

The exercise above is just one foundational step in our empath empowerment system that we practice in the Empath Academy, which is a 4-week long empath empowerment immersion experience done over a teleseminar line (so you can join us wherever you are in the world).  We do this 4 times a year (February, May, August, and November) so registration is always open at any given time.

If you would like to find a home with people who feel just like you, and to learn to use a system to become empowered, shield yourself from the energy of others, and develop better intuition, then the Empath Academy is for you.

Here’s what Karen in San Antonio, Texas has said about the Empath Academy:  "Thank you Dr. Smith for the most profound experience of my life to date!  For those of you who are on the fence about the Academy, I suggest you take that leap ASAP! It will help you to better understand yourself & your abilities; in addition to giving you confidence beyond belief! Also, thank you fellow Academy Trailblazers, it's been great intermingling with your magnificent energies!" 
Until next time,

Much blessings,
Dr. Michael Smith