Thursday, November 29, 2018

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 Sacred Spirit Illumination spiritual retreats in Sedona Arizona several times a year for the last several years.    She usually does these journeys around the equinoxes and solstices in March, June, September, & December each year.

For 2020, she added two new journeys in Park City, Utah & Georgia.
2021 will see Hawaii in October.....and 2022/2023 the Holy land.

I had the pleasure of attending 4 times since 2013, most recently in Dec 2020 (my favorite time of year in Sedona), and I can say they are always one of the highlights of my life!  For 2021, I will likely be there in December 2021 (and perhaps even June 2021).

Not only is she the best and most accurate psychic medium I've EVER encountered, 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 and channeling with Yeshua (Christ consciousness).

On the ensuing days, you (along with 20-30 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 is one of the best mediums in the world and regularly works with law enforcement to solve missing persons cases.  For more information about the retreats, email Carissa at and she will email you a packet of detailed info.  (She does not have a website as all of her work is designed to spread by word of mouth).

  Carissa holds these events many times a year, with ever-increasing frequency, so there is bound to be an upcoming date that will fit your schedule.

Michael R. Smith, Ph.D.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Empath Connection Scholarship Program Application Form

In gratitude for the responsibility I've been given, I always ask Spirit how I can give back. One of those ways is through the Empath Connection Scholarship Program that allows individuals to attend the Empath Academy.

Total Money Available: One full scholarship with a value of $688 each will be given each cycle of the Empath Academy.  One partial scholarship in the amount of $344 will be given as well.

When will the winner(s) be announced?  The week before each academy begins.  


We get a good amount of applications for a limited number of Academy slots, so if you aren't chosen immediately, please don't worry.  

You may very well be chosen for a future academy down the road because I do follow up, often 4-6 months down the road.

Please note that unfortunately, if you are not chosen, you will not hear from me.   But please know that even if you are chosen, you may not hear from me for several months, so thank you for being patient!

I look forward to reading your application.

With hugs,
Michael Smith
Empath Connection

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 ?

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., Inner Power Coaching for Empaths & Highly Sensitive People

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Highly Sensitive Men.....

I was contacted by an Empath Connection reader and am gladly re-posting his wonderful article about Highly Sensitive men.....

Michael Smith

I am a Highly Sensitive Man
By Rick Belden

Editor’s Note: Research tells us that high sensitivity, discerned from a pattern of observation before action, affects 15-20% of individuals of many species, including humans. Rick Belden, a poet, writes about the experience of being a highly sensitive person. 

A few years ago, I was attempting to get closer with a woman I liked. We’d been working together for several years and knew one another solely on that basis, but I wanted something more personal with her. I’d been feeling a powerful sexual and romantic attraction to her for a long time, but given our relationship as peers in a work environment, I was being very deliberate in my attempts to gauge her interest in me and careful in my efforts to move things forward.

When I’m attracted to someone, I tend to move slowly and gradually anyway; in this case, having lived through my share of work-related romantic entanglements, rejections, and disasters, I was eager to avoid any situation that might turn awkward for either of us.

Things seemed to be progressing in the direction I desired, albeit slowly and with frequent yellow flags, but nevertheless, I finally felt confident enough to share something more personal with her than our daily chitchat about our lives in and out of work. She knew I was a writer and that I’d had a book of poetry published because I’d spoken about it during our many visits. I decided to offer it to her and find out if she was interested enough in me to read it. I asked her if she might like to see the book, and she said she would, so I brought a copy to work and gave it to her.

I didn’t want to appear too eager or overly invested in her opinion of the book, so I didn’t bring it up again after giving it to her. One day, while we were outside walking during a break, she mentioned she’d finished reading it. Doing my best to appear as cool as possible and not betray the anxiety that had been building ever since I’d first offered her the book, I said, “Great. What did you think?” And she said:
“I think you’re abnormally sensitive for a man.”

Obviously, this was not the sort of response I was hoping to hear. It’s not the sort of response any man ever wants to hear, any time, from anyone, most certainly not from a woman to whom he’s attracted and with whom he’s just taken the supreme risk of showing his vulnerable side.

It was a painful experience for me, to be sure, but not the first. I’ve heard variations on this theme all my life:
“Don’t be so sensitive.”
“You’re too sensitive.”
“You need to stop being so sensitive.”

To read the full article, click here.

To visit Rick's Facebook page, click here.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Building a Personal Relationship with Color Energy:

This month, I am honored to present some wonderful information by Empath Academy graduate Colette Pellissier, who shared this exercise with us during our 2012 summer retreat in Colorado last August. 

Building a Personal Relationship with Color Energy 

By Colette Pellissier

Visit Colette's Leadership Development for Luminaries website

Today, color therapy is a recognized healing modality in energy medicine where specific color frequencies invite the body's energetic process to come into resonance by speeding up (when deficient) or slowing down (when excessive). Think of it as an invitation at a cellular level to remember what vibrant wellbeing looks or feels like, with a magnetic pull to adjust as needed to experience it.

The use of color energy for the purpose of healing and personal transformation is not limited to researchers or trained practitioners. As an intuitive, sensitive or empath, awareness of color energy can be a very valuable asset in the everyday toolkit.

Is a certain color showing up over and over again for you, either in your field of vision while you are awake or while you are meditating or sleeping? Do you find yourself attracted to certain colors of clothing, and have you noticed if there is a pattern related to the kinds of activities or interactions you are doing / having and the colors you choose to wear?

What if the dance of color through your lives, every day, is not random but instead is intended as a divinely crafted communication that contains valuable guidance?  Just by starting to notice color in our day to day experiences, we can gain access to a new stream of intuitive guidance.

Exercise: Acknowledge your Color Awareness 

Close your eyes, center yourself in your heart. Take 2 or 3 deep breaths in and out. Allow yourself to drop into a state of inner stillness.  From that place inside, clarify your intention to co-create a supportive & curious relationship with color.  Send forward a blessing of gratitude to the color or colors that will reveal themselves to you during this process.

When you are ready, take a moment to allow your inner guidance to support you in identifying the color that you will be working with for the next short while:

a) Ask Spirit to show you a color that is meaningful for you at this time. You might glance around the room and see if a certain color "glows" when you look at it, or notice the color of an object that grabs your attention, or the color might just pop into your awareness.

b) Or, if you are aware of a color that has been making itself known to you recently, bring that color into your awareness now.

Remember, there is no right or wrong way to do this, and it is not an efforting. It is more of an allowing.  With the color you have identified, take the next few minutes in a solo process to simply 'be' with it:

Interact with the color as if it were a person, either in your mind's eye or sitting in front of you; treat it like you would a good friend, having a heartfelt conversation.

In the spirit of unconditional positive regard, ask the color what insight it holds for you at this time. What does it want you to know or be aware of? 

Notice the form of the color. Does it have a shape? 
Is it solid or transparent?   Shiny or matte? 
Smooth or textured? Ask it about the relevance of its shape or form. 
Is it accompanied by a scent? Does the scent remind you of anything? 
What emotion does it bring forward for you? 
Does it have a temperature? 
Is the color connected in any way to a memory, either recent or past? 
Does it evoke any imagery in your consciousness? If so, how do you interpret it?

Ask it, does it represent in any way, or is it coming forward to reveal to you something inside of yourself that can be lifted and healed at this time?   

If so, in whatever way is meaningful for you, take some time now to clarify what that might be and with a light heart, full of gratitude, place that thing, that experience, that emotion, that memory, whatever it is, in the palm of your hand, lift your hand to your mouth and gently blow on it, like blowing on a feather and watch as it rides on the current of air and dissolves into the nothingness from which it came. Ask that the space where it used to reside be filled with Light and Loving, and just notice for a moment what that feels like.

As we bring this exercise to completion, take a moment to greet the color once again and express gratitude for the way in which it has been of service to you today. Say thank you, thank you, for coming forward to teach you and support you on your spiritual journey. And send it off, for now, with Love.


(Advanced techniques for working with color are explored in detail in the Complete Empath Toolkit.  FYI, also included in the Toolkit is a procedure that will allow you to physically see an 'aura' or colored energy field emanating off of a person or object.  The procedure works in about 75 to 85 percent of the individuals who attempt it).

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Empaths & Metaphysical Aspects of Food Preparation

A Metaphysical Theory of Food
By Kevin Friel, Empath
I'll preface this with keeping Masaru Emoto's intention water experiment in mind (sending 'love' produced beautiful crystals, 'hate' jagged ugly ones...). I started thinking about the value of food after touring a top nutritional testing facility near Chicago this summer, and hearing that facilities CEO speak. My thought process brought me to the conclusion that not only what and how we eat and how it is prepared is important, but who handles the food through the farming/supply chain/distribution/preparation/serving process. More importantly, what is their INTENTION while taking part in this process?

Families used to prepare, cook, and in a lot of cases even farmed their own food together. They would then sit around together and eat. For the most part (sibling rivalry aside), the intention of all those people was to basically love the food that would keep their loved ones going. Even if we directly transpose the results of Dr. Emoto's findings to this, water is used quite a bit in preparing and cooking. If the intention is set in the water surrounding the food products, then no doubt that same energy would transfer into the ingredients. But I'm sure intention directs the building blocks of food (as we already know, energy effects everything!) in the same way. In the end, we ingest the loving energy 'intended' into the food. That has to transfer into our bodies too! Empathic receptions aside, why do 'home cooked meals' taste and FEEL so much better than an equivalently prepared meal at a mediocre restaurant?

So, the flipside. Much of our 'cheap' food comes from poverty stricken nations in large, factory-style farms. People are happy to work for the limited money, but the conditions are often poor to uphauling with long-hours and many accounts of abuse. The intention is set right from the crib of our ingredients. Hate for their boss, for their health, for missing their family etc, gets infused into the ingredients before they even get to the next stage of prep. If they are shipped across seas, more often than not the shipping crews are in a similar situation as the farmers. Sometimes this is compounded by having adjacent containers (or in some extreme cases, even the same shipping container) carrying drugs/weapons/human traffick. Another point for negative intention infusion. The truckers who spread the ingredients to the rest of the continent often lead dubious lifestyles, or miss their families greatly. Yet another point.  
If we are buying these products from a large discount chain, the warehouse staff are underpaid, and underappreciated. If we end up with these ingredients at a sub-par restaurant or fast-food chain, some preparers even PHYSICALLY put intention into the food (spitting, unsanitary practices...), never mind the metaphysical effects of such actions. So we end up with multiple points of potential 'hate' energy being infused, and then digested into our systems. Would this explain the broader link between depression and fast-food consumption (nutritional considerations aside)? Are GM foods filled with the negative intentions of their penny-pinching project-managers?

There are so many ways to be exposed to 'intentional energy', this seems like a very important one. And it puts so many pieces of our societal paradox together.

I would love to hear the reader's comments on this.  Have you heard of a "theory of food" anything like this floating around out there, and any other viewpoints along the way.  I intend to make a short film on the subject, so your comments will be helpful.

Kevin Friel, Canada

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Earthquake Premonitions and Dreams: What's Happening?

Just in the last week, on three separate occasions, I have had three different clients who report being disturbed by having dreams and visions of massive earthquakes. This is in addition to three other friends who report the same thing - dreams and premonitions for earthquakes. (I have long had earthquake premonitions - and I am also having an increase in dreams and visions lately, especially for japan).

As empaths and intuitives, we are "feeling" the Earth, and how she is now moving and throwing off the energy from our years of abuse. None of this is new. Spirit has been telling us for years that this would happen, and now we're right smack in the middle of it.

More of this is explored in my empath empowerment package, The Complete Empath Toolkit.

Because this is happening NOW, that's why it's absolutely imperative that we learn about our abilities, enroll in healing classes, go to spiritual ceremonies, and learn about ourselves and our gifts.

For now, I will leave you with the words of Empath Connection reader Beverly Tier Bartlett, who prompted me to write about this today:

"My question is: Is there a shift in energy lately that is causing empaths to feel anxiety and to have heightened sensitivity? I'm empathic and kept hearing in my head the word EARTHQUAKE three times and it would not stop and I had no idea why I heard this and it turned out to be one week PRIOR to the earthquake in Haiti. Ever since then its as if I'm reading peoples minds and it isn't even fun :-) All of this is both interesting and amazing, yet quite distressing for along with hearing the word earthquake comes a flood of an overwhelming sense of doom and gloom and tragedy but non specific. Last week I started to hear earthquake again three times along with the number 6 so I shared it with a friend. I don't know what it is I'm supposed to do with this information except pray."

Yes, Beverly, the best thing any and all of us can do is PRAY. And also to SHARE what's happening with others, just as you did with your friend and by reaching out to me. By sharing your dreams and experiences, it allows others to know that this heightened sensitivity is GLOBAL. We're ALL experiencing it. There's no separation - what one person feels, so do all of us, on many refined and subtle levels.

You may benefit from reading the stories and experiences contained in my Complete Empath Toolkit package.
Until next time, may you pray for the world, the Earth, and all of her inhabitants, human, and non-human alike.

Michael Smith, Ph.D.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Are We Hardwired for Empathy? Research says yes.

This is a repost from

UC BERKELEY—Researchers have found compelling evidence that people who are more empathetic possess a particular variation of the oxytocin receptor gene.

Published in the journal Proceedings in the National Academy of Sciences, the findings by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, support other research showing that oxytocin plays a major role in countering stress, says study coauthor Sarina Rodrigues, assistant professor of psychology at Oregon State University.

All humans inherit a variation of this gene or “allele” from each parent. The study looked at the three combinations of gene variations of the oxytocin receptor. The most empathetic—able to get an accurate read on others’ emotions were double "GG"—that is, they had two copies of the “G allele.” In contrast, members of the AA and AG allele groups were found to be less capable of putting themselves in the shoes of others and more likely to get stressed out in difficult situations.

“This is the first study to suggest that a tendency to be more empathetic and stress reactive than others may be influenced by a single gene,” notes Rodrigues.

Informally known as the “cuddle” or “love” hormone, oxytocin is secreted into the bloodstream and the brain, where it promotes social interaction, bonding and romantic love, among other functions.

But while nature might have given some of us the DNA to be more empathetic, those who are not in the GG group should not despair, Rodrigues says. “There are plenty of people in the AA or AG gene pool who are empathetic, caring individuals,” adds Rodrigues, who is not a double G but counts herself as caring and empathetic.

If you know you’re not in the GG group, you might just have to work harder at making social connections, she explains.

In the study of some 200 young men and women of diverse ethnicities, participants, who provided DNA samples, filled out questionnaires that gauged their levels of empathy and their ability to read emotions displayed in eye expressions. Those with the GG variation were better at reading eye expressions than their AA and AG counterparts.

Participants were also were given stress reactivity tests, including one that measured their heart rate as they awaited loud blasts of noise. While female participants were found overall to be more sensitive to stress, both men and women in the GG group maintained a lower heart rate in the face of the sound blasts.

While the findings might inspire science fiction musings about genetic screening for caring professions or even for sociopaths, they point to positive applications, Rodrigues says.

“Not everyone is going to be a touchy-feely person,” she adds. “We should reach out to people who aren’t because research shows it’s better for everyone to be socially connected.”

The study was funded by the Metanexus Institute and UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.

UC Berkeley news:

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Test Your ESP & Psychic Experience Forum for Empaths

Found a great little psychic test website that I'd like to pass along.

You can test your psychic ability with a series of fun & interesting tests.  I recommend the classic Zener test (which many parapsychologists use), as it only takes 5 minutes and will analyze the results and tell you the 'amount' of psychic ability you have.

I spent 30 mins this morning; seemed to have great success with the 'Guess the Random Number' test, not so much with the remote viewing test. Interesting how for empaths & highly sensitive, often our psychic ability rests on the fact that it may need to be connected to a person in order for it to be optimally effective.

When emotions or other people are involved, our sense of knowing comes through with more ease.

Computer psychic tests are impersonal and may throw empaths off.  Beware of the psychokinesis test! I tried it once and decided it was better to avoid it; (I once sent sparks flaring from my TV by having the brilliant idea to do Reiki on it).

Looks like a great site to share empath and psychic experiences as well.