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

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)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Empaths & Highly Sensitive People: "Walking in the New Garden" by Argus El'iam

2012: Empaths & Highly Sensitive People Walking in the New Garden
From the time I was a small child, I knew that I was "different" and I always felt like I was out of place, and didn't belong here on the Earth. When I was 4 years old as I sat playing with my toys up alone in my bedroom, a group of non-physical Light Beings or what some would call Angels appeared to me and basically laid out the origins and cosmology of the Universe and Earth to me, the Universal principles and mysteries of life and energy, and with that how Jesus (Yeshua) conducted his healing work. It was much like receiving a refresher course for what I already knew, lest I forget in time.  

They informed me that I would be going through what would appear as very difficult trials and tests in this lifetime and would "go dim" for a portion of my life, but it would all be for the greater good. The main piece they imparted to me, was not to 'forget' who I really was and that there was a "grand plan" of which I was part and a greater reality always.

At age twelve, I began a quest for the truth and what was really going on, my own cosmic "behind the scenes" investigation. I began to see the hypocrisy and distorted truth presented by many religions, including my own Catholic faith. I found I had two sets of eyes develop, the eyes in my head and what I call the eyes of my heart. The eyes of my heart were tuned into a very different reality than the former.
Instead of focusing on my regular schoolwork, I had my head buried in parapsychology and metaphysical literature. As a new teen, rather than bumping my head against a buddy in a game of touch football, I was bumping my head against my bedroom ceiling during an experiment with astral projection. I would go outside at night and stare up at the starlit sky for hours and long to be back "home" where I belonged. I kept hearing the words, "mission, you are on a mission" in the back of my mind. I got the sense that I was part of some unseen group that I was selected to be on 'earth' assignment.

My parents and other family members now pegged me as "strange, odd, and over-sensitive". "Don't be so damn sensitive!", my parents would chide me on many occasions. Yet, I knew no other way to be. It seemed I was steeped in a sea of ever changing tides and currents of emotions and energies. I could sense and feel peoples energy and emotions, sometimes better than they could and usually amplified. Many times these experiences were extremely intense and eventually got to the point where I began to "shut down" in order to alleviate this and protect myself. On more occasions than I can count, friends, acquaintances, and even total strangers, without provocation would disclosed their most intimate thoughts and feelings to me, and say "I don't know why I'm telling you all this."

It wasn't until many years later, when I was working with a very conscious and tuned in therapist, that he told me frankly and lovingly, " Argus, you can never be "too sensitive"! I think it's a good thing. Did you ever consider your sensitivity to be a gift?" This statement really helped turn my perspective and understanding around. I began to see and understand that this sensitivity and empathy was indeed a gift and also very natural. I also started channeling these sensations and visions through my artistic creative expression.
It has been 50 years now since my Celestial Light Being friends had visited me and imparted their profound message to me, and I have been witnessing the amazing unfolding and perfection of all that has transpired since that time and my role in it all. I have come to see how people like myself have actually been trailblazers and pioneers in the world. How I have energetically forged a path, with others like myself to make the way into this time easier for others to follow. In many ways, empaths have assisted to set the stage for this amazing time we are entering into. Many of us have sensed the vibrational shifts on the planet for some time now. All souls incarnated into this earth experience at this particular juncture of time/space, are here to participate in this amazing shift. We are now metaphorically, if not literally standing at the gate of the New Garden and our hearts and souls are stirring and expanding with intense anticipation.

2012 represents a marker for the end of one grand cycle and the beginning of another. It is the convergence and alignment of universal and cosmic energies, that is part of a grand and glorious evolutionary expansion of consciousness on all levels. The playing field we have been playing on is shifting dramatically, and will culminate at the 2012 juncture. What this means in day to day life, is that what we see show up in our reality will be much more closely related to our thoughts, feelings, and intentions. This is good news for empaths as this has been the domain we have primarily been operating in.

In the time to come, empaths will play an important role in assisting many who are struggling to find deeper meaning and connection, and teach a way of being in the New Earth Garden ; a way where heart and mind work together in a balanced harmonious way, and a way where seeing with the "eyes of the heart" will become more the norm than ever before.   - Argus Eliam 

This is an excerpt from Navigating 2012: Thriving in Earth's New Age

To see visionary artist Argus Eliam's artwork, "Empath Energy Art," Please visit his website & click on "Web Store."

Empath Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the first Empath Connection Scholarship Winners!   These were announced in the December 2010 Empath Connection newsletter but I also wanted to post their stories here.  Coincidentally, both will receive workshop training in spiritual development at the Kripalu Center in Massachusetts.

If you would like to donate to the 2011 Empath Scholarship Fund, please contact me (Michael Smith) here.

Here are excerpts from their essays.


"Four years ago, I had a near-death experience and was in a coma for 11 days-- I came out of this experience with a deep knowing feeling that I had been granted a "prolongation" of my life for a reason and that during this time I would have to use whatever gifts I had been given in the healing, intuitive field and be of service to other people. Why the healing field? Because I had a dream where I clearly saw myself assisting a woman giving birth and placing a Reiki symbol on her forehead and I am very sensitive to energies-in my own hands, in gemstones, in trees and plants and other people's energies.

Having spent most of my life denying, ignoring and running away from my intuition, blocking out messages and dreams that I have been getting, I believe that energy training would give me a head start in pursuing the necessary training for what will be my second career now and improving my spiritual awareness and energy management skills. It is really an essential step for me in accepting myself as a spiritual person, and my growth as a human being, and an effective empath and intuitive."


At the age of 10 I realized I was a "sensitive" and that I possessed "intuitive" abilities.  I had no idea at the time what these things meant or how it would impact my life.  All I believed was that I was a "freak" and that "something was wrong with me." For the next 26 years, I suppressed and repressed my feelings, intuition and truth.  I experienced trauma and abuse and in the process forgot who I was and why I was here.  During the past 3 years, I have been diligently working on healing myself, discovering and remembering who I am.  I have been peeling layer after layer of programming - "I am not good enough, I don't deserve and I am not worthy."  The hardest part of my healing journey has been to fully accept and love myself - ALL OF ME.  My greatest challenge has also been to allow happiness be my natural state of being and not judge my experiences or myself. 

            My mission is to help others like me - empaths, single mothers, abused women and children and others who are looking to discover who they are and fully live and love their truths.   This type of education will assist me on my journey and also for the work I do with clients. "You are so loved so love yourself just as much," is what I teach my clients and is my own mantra.  As an empath, I sense through feelings and vibration what feelings/emotions a client is repressing and suppressing, and help them to feel and flow with them. I know why I am here and what I am to do and I trust the deeper I go into me the more I am able to assist and attract the emerging population of empaths and soul's awakening to their truth.

This program has been such an inspiration!   I believe that we can all benefit from reading the wonderful life stories of each applicant.  Michael Smith