Friday, January 10, 2014

Research Suggests a Genetic Component for Empathy and Sensitivity....

Although the following study is not specifically about spiritual or intuitive abilities or the inheritance of empathy, it does suggest the potential possibility that gifts like empathy and sensitivity may be passed down to our children.

Reprinted from Science Gymnasium

Research from Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, has shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA. During the tests they learned that that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences – in this case a fear of the smell of cherry blossom – to subsequent generations.

According to the Telegraph, Dr Brian Dias, from the department of psychiatry at Emory University, said: ”From a translational perspective, our results allow us to appreciate how the experiences of a parent, before even conceiving offspring, markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations.

Such a phenomenon may contribute to the etiology and potential intergenerational transmission of risk for neuropsychiatric disorders such as phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.”

This suggests that experiences are somehow transferred from the brain into the genome, allowing them to be passed on to later generations.

The researchers now hope to carry out further work to understand how the information comes to be stored on the DNA in the first place.

They also want to explore whether similar effects can be seen in the genes of humans.

Dr. Marcus Pembrey, a paediatric geneticist at University College London, said the work provided “compelling evidence” for the biological transmission of memory.  

“It addresses constitutional fearfulness that is highly relevant to phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders, plus the controversial subject of transmission of the ‘memory’ of ancestral experience down the generations.

“It is high time public health researchers took human transgenerational responses seriously.

“I suspect we will not understand the rise in neuropsychiatric disorders or obesity, diabetes and metabolic disruptions generally without taking a multigenerational approach.”

Professor Wolf Reik, head of epigenetics at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, said, however, further work was needed before such results could be applied to humans.

He said: “These types of results are encouraging as they suggest that transgenerational inheritance exists and is mediated by epigenetics, but more careful mechanistic study of animal models is needed before extrapolating such findings to humans.”

May our DNA Carrying also spiritual and cosmic memories passed down in genes from our ancestors ?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Laugh Your Way through Stress into Health

It has been said that laughter is the shortest distance between two people.  A University of Michigan study reveals that children laugh 150 times a day, which has the same effect of exercising vigorously for 15 minutes.  Adults?  They laugh only 15 times a day!  

When was the last time you had a really good belly laugh?   When you laugh, you release vast amounts of the 'feel good' neurotransmitters like Serotonin from your brain.

In that spirit, I present to you the extremely informative NNPI Personality Inventory.

If you take it seriously, you'll learn much about yourself.

Be sure to answer honestly.

For each of the items, answer: Like Me (L), Somewhat Like Me (S), or Not Like Me (N).

_____ 1. I think I would like the work of a hummingbird.
_____ 2. Eating cauliflower often makes me feel alone.
_____ 3. Other people's warts don't make me self-conscious.
_____ 4. I like to put chameleons on plaid cloth.
_____ 5. As an infant, I had very few hobbies.
_____ 6. I have always been disturbed by the size of Lincoln's ears.
_____ 7. I believe that I smell as good as most people.
_____ 8. Most people stay in the bathtub until they look like a raisin.
_____ 9. It is hard for me to know what to say in a room full of roaches.
_____ 10. I believe that halitosis is better than no breath at all.

Happy holidays!
 Michael R Smith, Ph.D.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Empath Shared Experience: Accessing the 'Observer' to Cope with a Changing World

If you could see yourself with the eyes of God, what would you see?  Besides the beautiful, amazing child of the Divine that you are, you would also see that you are not necessarily an 'individual' in the way some of us have been taught to think.

 Instead of seeing a discrete personality, you would likely notice that you ARE all of the people to whom you are connected:  your loved ones, partner, siblings, parents, neighbors, friends, co-workers, and everything in between.

We really are all One mind, one Heart, one Spirit, and we are all moving together.  In scientific terms, this is called entrainment, and it happens to you every day of your life.

In fact, it's happening to you right now.  Wherever you are in the world right, one of two things is happening.  Either you are matching your frequency and vibration to the people around you, or they are matching their vibration to you.  Whomever has the 'strongest' signal will 'win' that interaction.

What do you want your experience to be?

If you desire the latter, and you wish to be free flowing vessel of health and inspiration that can changes others by your mere presence, then it is your task to access the special, empowering place of the 'observer.'  The observer is where you can go every day to notice the quality of energy that you perceive.   It is detached from the ego, is neutral, and is often described as the place where God resides.

It has been said that the only constant in life is change.  In regard to the quality of your sensitivity, what has your 'observer' been noticing lately?  Many of us are becoming aware that our sensitivity is becoming even more pronounced, and some of us are reporting even more intensity, pressure, or emotions.

This shared experience may be partly a result of the changing vibration of Earth.  Because so many of us are connecting to the Divine and creating Light energy on a more regular basis, this speeds up the evolution of both the Earth and of human consciousness.   The veils between worlds are becoming thinner, giving us greater access to Who We Truly Are.    This also means we can feel other people more profoundly than ever.

We are being moved, shaped, guided, and yes, challenged by Spirit.  What made us comfortable in the past may no longer apply. It is our task as sensitive people to access the place of the 'observer' MORE often than we have before.  In order to do so, you are being asked to find daily rituals and practices that will unite your mental, physical, and spiritual 'bodies' so that you can stay balanced in a world that can very often challenge you to your core.

As the solstice approaches, I am wishing you all the best as you move forward on your journey of empowerment.   Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and in doing so, honoring your own Spirit.

Onward!   Michael R. Smith

The above article is based upon modified material from The Complete Empath Toolkit.

Friday, November 1, 2013

2013 Empath Connection Scholarship Winners Announced

Congratulations to our amazing winners!    2014 applications will be released and accepted in May, 2014.

Gabriela Varoto Mendes Goulart,  Brazil  
During the course of the past year I have gone through a spiritual awakening. I heard a woman on a talk show that had lost her son and it made me cry for almost an hour. I am not religious but I prayed, I prayed for her and then I realized everyone needed help and I prayed for them too.   I don't think this way I have of feeling the world has to be a negative thing as I have always been a sensitive, emphatic person and it is exactly these feelings that prove to me that we are all connected.  With this development came a fiery urge to continue down this path. This is my calling! I feel that this is the way to use my sensitivity to help myself and others and you have no idea how much this makes me happy.

Christine Bourgeois, BC, Canada
A year ago I had never even heard of the term "empath"; much less recognize that I am one. I made an appointment with a well-respected intuitive healer and medium. She proceeded to explain everything that I was experiencing and was the first to tell me that I was an "empath".

Later that I night, I found (Empath Connection)... and was amazed at the wealth of information. I spent hours reading everything I could. I now know that it is my calling to become a spiritual healer, I feel it in every single cell in my body. I am already in the helping profession, and have worked as a teacher for over 15 years. I have always felt that my purpose in life was to help people but I feel that my career path is about to change. I know now that I need to use my gifts to help people in a deeper, spiritual way.

Tony Sierra, Virgina   
On January 1st, 2013 I woke up with a strong and uneasy feeling that this would be a year of intense transformational change, in both my personal and professional life.  Little did I know how spot on I was. I choose to believe it was Spirit's way of telling me that it was time to truly learn and appreciate the incredible empathic gift I'd been given.  However, in order to protect and develop this gift it was necessary to leave my highly stress-filled job.  I needed to heal, replenish, rejuvenate and open my heart, mind and spirit to new lessons and opportunities. 
     In this crucial time of spiritual and consciousness transformation it is more important than ever for Empaths to use our gifts to show and offer compassion, healing, forgiveness, wisdom and love.  This is a huge responsibility.  As more of us become aware of and feel this dynamic energy shift it is imperative that we learn the necessary tools and strategies to protect our mind, body, and spirit.  We all need to embrace our divinity and offer, non-judgmental, unifying and life affirming love, respect, kindness, and gentleness to every being and creature, sentient and non-sentient.  This is the only way we can change ourselves, others, the planet and the Universe. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Empath and Sensitive Persons Bill of Rights!

          Vocalizing your intentions is an empowering process to amplify your powers of manifestation. Everything is 'dreamed' before it is manifested into the physical plane. To do that, we use affirmations to help 'dream' our desired reality into existence.  And when we use affirmations, we engage the power of the throat chakra.
            One of the most common experiences of empaths and sensitives is that energy often accumulates around the throat (sometimes experienced as restriction, tightness, intense pulsing, or a feeling of a 'lump').   We are being asked to let energy flow freely in our physical and energy bodies, avoiding suppression.
            To aid in this process, the physical voicing of affirmations adds extra effectiveness.  Not only does it activate and clear the energy meridians around the tongue and mouth, physical voicing causes the nervous system to more deeply ingrain the messages through the formation of new neural pathways in the brain.
            The following affirmations have been chosen especially for empaths and sensitive people based on some of our common challenges and experiences.  I like to call them our 'Bill of Rights.'   Using these affirmations can help to remind us that we are not victims!

Exercise:  Put yourself into a meditative state by slowing your breath to a 12 second inhalation and exhalation.  Connect to the energy in your heart, pretend your heart has a mouth and is doing the speaking.  Then, repeat these phrases out loud, with gusto.  
1.  I have the right to feel good when I live my life in a way that is good for me and does not harm others.
2.  I have the right to experience any feeling without having to make my life conform to it. 
3.  I have the right to express all of my feelings in a responsible manner.
4.  I have the right to release the past and energy that does not belong to me.
5.  I have the right to not feel sad or hurt when others are sad or hurt.
6.  I have the right to not engage someone in conversation when doing so may drain me of energy.
7.  I have the right to surrender any need for control because the Divine takes care of me.
8.  I have the right to take care of myself before I take care of others.
9.  I totally love and accept myself even though I may not always perceive this from others.

With which one of these do you most strongly resonate?  Notice the particular affirmations that most activate sensations of freedom.  Then, vocalize those every day for 7 days.   With time, your sense of empowerment will become even more pronounced!

When you are finished, here is a simple closing prayer that you can use to 'seal' the process:

Creator, I humbly thank you for allowing these beliefs to take root. 
I know that by asking in this way, it is already made true.

(This is a modified excerpt from The Complete Empath Toolkit)

-Michael Smith

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Empath Connection Scholarships - Applications Now OPEN....

Announcing the Empath Connection Scholarship program for 2013.

Because many empaths are now "waking up" and realizing their purpose on Earth, these funds are intended to support the acquisition of any education that will help you do the following: :
a) The education will help you be more effective at your current career or;
b) The education will help you shift into a new career in which you will use your empath gifts.

This education can take a broad variety of forms: in-person workshops, online workshops, university or college courses, personal development or growth seminars, etc.

Total Money Available: Up to $3,000.
Breakdown of money:
a) One scholarship (up to $500) will be available for external training (training not provided by Dr. Michael Smith or Empath Connection) .
b) Up to two (2) scholarships with a value of $400 each will be available to the Empath Academy in November, 2013 and/or February 2013.
c) Multiple bonus scholarships (value $145 each) will be awarded for personal coaching sessions with Dr. Michael Smith.

Deadline:  October 1, 2013.   Winners announced by Nov. 1, 2013.

Please download the application form with all the details on how to apply.

I look forward to receiving your applications!

(For more info, you can read about past winners).

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Top 5 Regrets of People Facing Death

By Bronnie Ware (who worked for years nursing the dying)

"For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last 3 to 12 weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality.

I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to honor at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.  We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. When you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again. When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, before you are dying."

-Thank you Bronnie!   So much wisdom here for us!
Michael Smith, Ph.D.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Wise Words from a Woman of the Wind: Life Practices for Empaths

By Triza Schultz

"We unconsciously believe that feeling someone else’s emotions meant we were responsible for them in some way, even propelled by guilt for knowing what could be done to help resolve something.

What we never realized, and no one taught us, is that we begin to essentially take away another person’s need to learn to resolve their own problems for their own spiritual growth. We become interference in another’s spiritual path by jumping in and either volunteering to participate in resolving or almost forcibly getting involved through unsolicited counseling and judgments – not to mention endlessly dispensing tea and cookies, allowing our home to become a revolving door, while people are talking all about their problems with us.

That’s why we walk away emotionally drained, and others sometimes leave confused or temporarily obliging to turn their problems over to us! And when it doesn’t work out, they can rightfully blame us, and no one has learned anything. We become easy scapegoats.

This cycle must be stopped for an empath to begin to regain some balanced footing in the world.

That’s why it’s so critical to ask whether the emotional energies we are feeling belong to a personal situation and experience of our own only, or are we feeling someone else’s emotions/situation that have nothing to do with us?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sensitive People: Calm your Nervous System by Grounding

As an empath or sensitive person, your ability to 'ground' yourself is probably the most beneficial way to cope with your sensitivity.

Here's one of the easiest and most freely available methods of all:  EARTHING.

When you touch the ground with your bare skin, an army of antioxidant electrons flow through your body to suck away the stress of constantly perceiving the energy of others.

When properly 'grounded' in this way, you will receive amazing benefits: better sleep, less pain, more energy, and a calmer nervous system.   This research is being spread by Nicholas Perricone, MD, among others.

The Earthing discovery has profound implications for you as a sensitive person, especially if you suffer from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, lupus, electrosensitivity, and/or food allergies.

And when you are indoors or sleeping, you can still be grounded:  The Earthing site provides specially grounded sheets to fit over your mattress, or you can use special grounding mats while at work, to help 'vacuum' away the energies of others.  (I highly recommend them: they have lowered my muscle pain levels dramatically).

Visit the Earthing site and watch the video (or read the 'Earthing' book) and learn how you can ground yourself so that you won't be harmed by other's lower vibe energy.

Michael Smith

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Saving Your Sons from a Violent Culture by Dr. Ted Zeff

From our friend, Dr. Ted Zeff, who specializes in sensitivity and boys.

"Increased violence by young males is spinning out of control, especially in the U.S. Since the 1999 Columbine shooting, there have been 31 school shootings. Violence and violent images permeate our society. Boys are constantly bombarded with the false information that real boys must always be strong, aggressive, tough, in control, and repress their feelings. Boys are continually saturated with this distorted version of manhood from television and movies, video games, the Internet, peers, coaches, and other adults.
In the last 15 years the violent video games and movies children have been exposed to have become more graphic than ever. And now the ubiquitous Internet allows our boys to be brainwashed constantly with horrific, savage images of what a man is supposed to be like. One study showed that children in America between the ages of 5 and 18 have watched 20,000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence on television. And violent media does spur real-life aggression. Research has consistently shown that after watching violent movies, children interact in an aggressive manner, while after watching movies about kindness, children treat one another with gentleness and compassion.
Why Boys Act Aggressively

Most boys are taught from an early age to act tough and repress their emotions. It’s important to understand that violent male behavior may stem from the perpetrator’s fear that he isn’t behaving aggressively enough and may be thought of as feminine. However, the behavior that is associated with girls (actions that demonstrate empathy, sensitivity, and compassion) are also natural male traits— they are simply not recognized as such in many societies. Boys need to be taught that sensitivity and compassion are natural male traits."

Read the rest of the article here......