Monday, December 5, 2011

Winners of the 2011 Empath Scholarship Program Announced

Empath Connection Scholarship Winners for 2011 Announced!

Congratulations to Carla Perotte, and to Shanna Gwilliam, both of whom were chosen by an impartial 3-person panel to receive training to further a career in the healing arts. Here are some excerpts from their scholarship applications:

Carla Perotte
"Since my childhood years I have always felt the energies of others but mistakenly thought it was my own energy leaving me in a constant depressive state thinking something was wrong with me. After listening to many spiritual teachers, especially Dr. Michael Smith, I realized I simply had the gift of being an empath and I am perfect the way I am. This gift has allowed me feel the energies of others, hold the energy and assist in raising or transforming their vibrational frequencies. I have also recently felt peculiar sensations in my hands discovering that I have a gift to heal with my hands. The importance of (my attending) the Reconnection Healing program will help to enhance my ability to be an empath healer and eventually branch out to be an energy healer."

Shanna Gwilliam
"I have been a licensed psychotherapist for eleven years, and running across the term "empath" has changed my life. I feel so validated, understood, and as if I have some tools to alleviate the symptoms that have presented over the years. I have an interest in many alternative modalities and an excitement for learning them. This would benefit myself and my clients. I hope this help will enable me to know which emotions are mine and which belong to others. I hope to be able to go to the grocery store on a Saturday afternoon and not leave exhausted. I hope to meet with people and feel exhilarated rather than depleted. I use my empath skills daily. I want to learn to use them in a way that is beneficial to all, including myself. I have had incredible experiences where I have let go and let myself be guided, without fear, and these moments are the moments I seek. I am seeing more and more people who relate with the word empath and I know they are needing help. I want to be that help for them."

Update 12-19-2011: From CarlaI completed levels 1 and 2 and am now a qualified Reconnection Healer. During the seminar we were given tools on how to access this healing energy, how to set up a business atmosphere and handle clients professionally. But the most important thing during the seminar was the knowing of my healing ability. My hands were on fire and tingling. I knew that I had a gift and when we were given the opportunity to practice on other student attendees, I could literally feel the energy coming from my hands and was pleased that those I worked on felt a difference after my session with them. As an empath, I did feel certain sensations in my body that indicated to me that I was feeling the other persons physicality and/or energy. I am still trying to absorb the whole experience. So I want to thank you once again for the opportunity that have enhanced my career skills and finding something that I will truly enjoy making a living off of.  I am going to enjoy ...bringing in the coming grand year of 2012 which I am extremely excited and joyous about. What a time to be alive!

Congratulations to our 2011 winners!   The applications for 2012 will be released sometime around May or June, 2012.  

Sign up for the Empath Connection newsletter to be notified of when the applications are released for 2012.

Michael Smith

Empaths: Learn Skills to Cope with Electrical Sensitivity

By Michael R. Smith,

(Reposted From the October 2012 Empath Connection newsletter).

Last month, to quiet our minds before the launch of "Awakening the Genesis Within," LD Porter and I spent a weekend on a boat on beautiful Lake Powell near the Utah-Arizona border. After I returned, what I heard emanating from the walls of my home provided a natural subject for this month's Empath Connection column!

For better or worse, most of us empaths live in a culture that exposes us each day to the harsh realities of electricity, to which many of us are exceptionally sensitive (computer screens and florescent lighting are two of the worst examples).

As empaths, the more you can learn about how electricity impacts you, and also how you impact electricity, the better your physical and mental health will become. Each day, our senses are bombarded with alternating current. This type of electricity is a stressor to the nervous system, and because the polarity changes so often, constantly oscillating and reversing direction, it is akin to being on a roller-coaster with no escape. (Not to mention the ugly monsters that litter the geographical landscape in order to produce the current!).

When relaxed, the human body and its brain waves operate at a natural frequency of approximately 8 cycles per second. Not surprisingly, this is the same frequency to which Earth vibrates. However, alternating current has a jarring frequency of between 50 and 60 cycles per second, depending on where you live in the world.

I encourage you to stop what you are doing, close your eyes, and listen to the sounds that emanate from the walls of your home or office.

Do you notice a buzzing sound? If so, the vibration of electricity is probably affecting you more than you may have realized. (An empath's sensitivity to the hum of electricity is one reason why I encourage Empath Academy participants to turn off their refrigerators during our classes).

Also, because we as empaths are healers and can "hold more charge" in our big energy fields, this sometimes disrupts the computers, Ipods, telephones, and fax machines around us! For example, here's a story from one of our readers: "In the last year my effect on electrical components has been increasing at quite a clip. The following are still not working correctly: my car, my cellphone, my laptop (completely fried), and myself (I am constantly being shocked all the time). I have had to neutralize myself by carefully monitoring what I eat and drink and think and of course be very selective about clothing and footwear so I don't combust!"
I would imagine that many of you reading the above story can relate!

Now is the time to take charge of your environment to decrease stress to your physical body. Here are some new skills you can learn to reduce the impact of electricity on your sensitive nervous system:

* Unplug appliances that are not being used, especially in the bedroom.
* Lower your refrigerator setting to the absolute minimum. This is usually more than enough to keep your food cool (and will lower your electricity bill).
* Use a battery powered alarm clock.
* Some empaths have reported success with EMF protectors.

* At least once a week, spend a day in nature, even if the weather is "bad." Getting caught in a rain or snowstorm is a good way to keep your aura clear.

The most effective way to decrease electricity's disturbing effect on our nervous systems is to spend time in nature. This is a common-sense but often overlooked method of "self improvement" to help you become more aware of your empathic skills. Mother Earth will keep your aura clear, you just need to give her the opportunity to do it. Even a few hours is enough to clear our energy fields of the accumulated "ick factor" that we experience in our wired-worlds.
Until next time, wishing you all the best in happiness and health and love!

Michael Smith

Coping with Earth's Spiritual Shift and Ascension

Have you noticed the amazing new high vibrational energy on the planet? For many of us, It's exciting because the influx of energy is allowing us to move into a new personal and collective reality.

As we each continue to recognize our own creative power, we become better creators of Light energy. Your own recognition of your own intuitive abilities is causing all of us to ascend into a state of more Light and more Grace. This is an ongoing process that will continue to intensify over the coming years.

This process is forcing us to drop our old ways of being. We simply cannot exist in our 'old' patterns and ways of being. Because of the new energy, many of us are experiencing 'symptoms' that we might think, at first glace, are negative. In actuality, these so-called 'symptoms' are actually a positive force, asking us to change our patterns and getting us to do something different than we have done previously. This is a good thing, because the Earth itself will not support our previous ways of being.

If you're having challenges dealing with the additional energy, you're not alone. Some of us are reporting mysterious new physical sensations (headaches, insomnia, fatigue), while others are feeling the changes on a more emotional level (irritation, frustration, or a feeling that 'something is up' as one Empath Connection facebook poster reported).

Whatever your own experience, an important spiritual message for right now is to be gentle on yourself, and act in a gentle manner. Ask yourself "how can I conserve my energy right now so that I don't overdeplete myself?" We can learn a lot about this process from watching how animals conserve energy, especially from how bears hibernate. (This is discussed in my shamanism class, which you can listen to as a part of my empath home study course, The Empath Toolkit).

These months and years ahead are about nurturing your own Spirit to keep up with the changes. Take a walk in the woods, take yourself on a 'play date',or create an 'altar' in honor of your Highest Self, or listen to some gorgeous meditative music.

If you are interested in this topic, you'll may want to learn and read more about this topic of the global shift in my paperback book Navigating The Shift:  Awakening Your Spiritual Gifts in Earth's New Age. If you're a Kindle user, the Kindle Link is Here.

Until next time, and as always, I wish YOU all the best in happiness and health and love! (It is my intention that you can feel these vibrations through this posting!).

Michael Smith (if you're an empath or highly sensitive, sign up for my free newsletter and eCourse)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Empaths Spiritual Awakening

We're moving into a new age on Earth.  As empaths, we're waking up to our TRUE identities - that we are healers.  To support you in your own development as a skilled empath who understands your healing gifts, I've co-authored a new book for you, with my good friend, psychic healer LD Porter. 

The Genesis Keys to Spiritual Awakening includes the new eBook and a slew of wonderful enriching materials to support you in your awakening.  (scroll down the page to read the book for free).

It's also available worldwide in paperback from our publisher, CreateSpace.

(You can get a free psychic development teleclass with myself and LD by signing up for his mailing list here - scroll down the page's left side).

WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW to preview some of what you'll learn: