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Ikigai: Secret Formula For Happiness And Longevity

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Is there a secret formula for longevity and happiness? The Japanese have an answer to this question, and it is called Ikigai (pronounced Ick-ee-guy). This Japanese concept can be translated as “a reason for being”. It refers to having a direction or purpose and motivation in life that makes one’s life worthwhile. In other words, it is a reason to jump out of bed each morning. According to psychological research, if you have a purpose, a motivation, and a reason for getting up in the morning, you become happier and live longer!

Let’s take a deeper look at how this works!

What Is Ikigai?

The word Ikigai consists of two words: ‘Iki’ (to live) and ‘gai’ (reason).

This philosophy originated on the island of Okinawa – home to the largest group of centenarians in the world.

Could the concept of Ikigai contribute to health and longevity?

National Geographic reporter, Dan Buettner, believes it does. According to Buettner, Okinawans have less desire to retire, as people continue to do their favorite job as long as they remain healthy.

Searching for Ikigai is a long process that requires a deep understanding of your desires and needs in all areas of your life.

Unfortunately, most people don’t even know what their purpose and greatest inspiration in life. Not having a reason to jump out of bed each morning leads to a meaningless life, depression, apathy, and even health problems. While some people feel their calling and love for their work, many spend most of their lives trying to figure out what makes them happy.

Four Primary Elements Of Ikigai

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The Ikigai concept consists of four primary elements:

  1. What you love (your passion)
  2. What the world needs (your mission)
  3. What you are good at (your vocation)
  4. What you can get paid for (your profession)

According to the Japanese idea of self-development, each of us has an Ikigai. All we need to do is just to reveal it to make life meaningful and fulfilling.

If you want to discover your Ikigai you need to ask yourself the following four questions:

  1. What do I love?
  2. What am I good at?
  3. What can I be paid for now — or something that could transform into my future hustle?
  4. What does the world need?

Element 1: Your passion

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What is that you love doing? This can be your hobbies: music, dancing, drawing, swimming, cooking gardening. Try to understand what gives you real satisfaction.

These things will motivate you and help you choose the career that suits you best.

If you make enough money, but you are bored and uninterested in the work you do, even if you are successful in it, it may be time to reconsider your preferences.

Element 2: Your mission

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What are you good at? Knowing what you love to do and understanding what you are good at are two different things. You may not like your current job, but you can do it perfectly with a high level of professionalism.

You may enjoy drawing, but your paintings won’t be worth a damn. You may be passionate about one thing, but skilled and talented at something else.

Try to find what you are good at and find out what skills you need to improve.

When you are confident in your abilities, you can build a career and make money by doing what you love. This will help you find satisfaction and feel the meaningfulness of life.

Element 3: Your vocation

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Let’s say you can cook delicious meals. It’s wonderful! However, if you do not share your skills and talents with the world, and do not do what is valuable and what others need, you will not be able to achieve your goals based only on your skills and hobbies.

If you are a good cook, you can work in a restaurant, run your own cafe, or help feed the poor.

Helping others gives us a sense of belonging, and the lack of this element can cause feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Element 4: Your profession

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Although it is important to think about three other elements, you must not forget about make enough money for living a joyful and comfortable life.

True Ikigai can be achieved when all four intersect at the center of a balanced and happy life.

For example, you can do what you love and what others need, but it may not make you money. Or Vice versa, you can choose what is well paid and what you are strong at, but you will feel empty and unrealized.

Striving for Ikigai is a challenge and requires dedication, but it will make your life happier and more meaningful.

10 Ikigai Rules

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The essence of Ikigai can also be represented in the form of 10 rules that were written by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles in their book “Ikigai The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life“:

  1. Stay active and don’t retire;
  2. Leave urgency behind and adopt a slower pace of life;
  3. Only eat until you are 80 percent full;
  4. Surround yourself with good friends;
  5. Exercise daily;
  6. Smile and acknowledge people around you;
  7. Live in harmony with nature;
  8. Be grateful for everything that makes you happy;
  9. Live in the moment;
  10. Follow your passion and listen to your heart. This will lead you to Ikigai.

Where Should I Start?

Searching for Ikigai is a process that requires time, effort, and patience. The purpose of your life will become clearer to you over time, but this does not mean that you just need to relax and wait. Here are the steps that you can take already now.

1. Ask questions

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Start with asking yourself the main questions:

  • What do you like to do most?
  • What are you good at?
  • What do others need and what can you offer them?
  • What can you be paid for?

Take your time with the answers, you need clear and detailed answers. But at the same time, it is not necessary to puzzle over questions. Write down your answers.

Trust the natural flow of thoughts. Note all your thoughts and possible answers that you come up with for a few weeks. Some of them may seem crazy and absurd to you, but you should continue to remember or better write down everything that comes to your mind. But most importantly, try to be honest with yourself.

Take into account your experience and important life moments, both personal and professional, to understand what makes you happy, what fascinates you, and what you value the most.

Once you find honest answers and are satisfied with them, try to find the intersection between the four elements. Even if you can’t do it right away, don’t worry. Over time, you will see the picture clearer.

2. Make a plan

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If you find it difficult to answer the above questions, you may want to make a list of all possible answers and draw up a diagram.

Try creating a diagram of four overlapping circles-elements to find your ikigai, and have a clearer picture.

It doesn’t have to be perfect. The main thing is to write down your thoughts and organize them.

The more thoughts and answers you have, the clearer the picture will become.

For example, start by writing what your typical day consists of, and then make a picture of what your ideal Ikigai day should look like. See what you can add or remove compared to your typical day. Perhaps some things will be a discovery for you.

As you improve your picture, you will get closer to the life of Ikigai.

3. Experiment

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Once you have created a plan and started searching for ikigai, you need to check it in action.

You will learn from experience whether you have really found Ikigai and whether it works for you. It’s not enough just to think about it, you have to live it!

If you want to experience the fullness of life, you need to constantly take some actions. Moreover, you will need to constantly adapt and make some adjustments to move on and develop.

You may need to be ok to prioritize some things more or change the direction you’re moving in. For example, if you change your job, you will need to change your habits and lifestyle, learn to multitask, and be a patient learner.

Ikigai will bring certain changes to your life so that you can create the life you want. This may cause some discomfort during the transition period, but as soon as it is over, you will realize that you have come to what you were aiming for.

4. Find support

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While you are working on your Ikigai, it is important to take care of the support you may need during the transition period.

For example, if you plan to change a job, talk to those who have already made progress in similar activities. Don’t be shy to ask such questions as:

  • What did you do to achieve your goals?
  • What difficulties did you face?
  • How long did it take you to make the changes?
  • What was the experience like?
  • What reward did you get?

When you have someone to guide and inspire you, you will be highly motivated to move forward even in the most difficult and desperate moments.

It is worth understanding that on the way to the finish line, you will have to meet certain difficulties and overcome obstacles. This is why it is important to have support that will help you on your way.

5. Follow your own path

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Finding your passion and your ikigai will be the best achievement in your life. However, this may require you to be patient, introspect, and take positive action.

Ikigai is not just about living a healthy and happy life. It’s about opening yourself up and accepting the path you’ve chosen.

It means enjoying life and understanding what really makes you happy and gives meaning to your life.

Ikigai And Longevity

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And in the end, I would like to say a few more words about Okinawa – the Japanese island where Ikigai was originated, and where an incredibly high percentage of centenarians live.

In Okinawa, people try to develop close and meaningful relationships with each other. Friends and family members support each other throughout life, and no one is left abandoned or alone.

The old take care of the young, the young take care of the old. Such connections help not only reduce stress but also provide the necessary support in everyday life, where everyone can count on the other.

In terms of nutrition, most Okinawans eat fruits, vegetables, and tofu. They almost don’t eat meat, fat, sugar, or processed foods, which protects them from cancer, heart disease, and excess weight.

Residents drink a lot of green tea, and also consume ginger, various herbs and chili peppers.

They also exercise regularly – walking, dancing, working in the garden and spending time outdoors.

Many of them do not measure quality of life by wealth and success, but rather by being at peace while living an active and meaningful life.

Scientists have found that Okinawa has the lowest death rate from age-related chronic diseases, as well as one of the highest life expectancy.

There are other places in the world where conditions are similar, but there are not as many centenarians. Perhaps the secret lies in Ikigai.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I would like to share with you one Japanese parable about the the concept of Ikigai in Japan:

In a small village outside of Osaka, a woman in a coma was dying. She suddenly had a feeling that she was taken up to heaven and stood before the Voice of her ancestors.

“Who are you?” the Voice asked her.

“I am the wife of the mayor,” she replied.

“I did not ask whose wife you are but who you are.”

“I am the mother of four children,” she replied.

“I did not ask whose mother you are, but who you are.”

“I am a school teacher,” the woman answered.

“I did not ask what your profession is but who you are.”

And so it went. No matter what she replied, she did not seem to give a satisfactory answer to the question, “Who are you?”

“I am a Shinto.”

“I did not ask what your religion is but who you are.”

“I am the one who wakes up each day to care for my family, and nurture the young minds of the children at my school,” she replied.

She passed the examination, and was sent back to earth. The next morning she woke at sunrise, feeling a deep sense of meaning and purpose. She tended to her children’s lunches, and planned fun lessons for her students that day. The woman had discovered her Ikigai.

Katya Ki is the Founder of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics, cosmology, and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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10 Must-Watch Conscious Movies That Make You Think Deeply

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As humans, stories are one of our most powerful forms of communication. We love stories! They help us to understand important ideas and make sense of the world around us. Everything we go through in our lives is a story, every dream we have is a story, and there’s a story behind every achievement and every failure. That’s why it makes sense that we love movies since they perfectly embody interesting stories. Some of us watch movies to get inspired or motivated, others – to find a sense of relief from our daily stress, to have a mind-twisting experience, or to even feel empathy by letting them touch our hearts. It’s not a secret that the right kind of movie can even help us grow as individuals and be a powerful tool for self-reflection. Conscious movies can encourage us to question our lives, ideas, and principles, realize our infinite potential and endless possibilities, and even understand where we’re heading as a society. 

In this article, we want to share with you our list of 10 conscious movies that will definitely make you think deeply and question old paradigms.

10 Conscious Movies

#1: K-PAX (2001)

K-PAX is a  science fiction mystery film based on the eponymous 1995 novel by Gene Brewer. This is a very intriguing film because it makes you wonder about the possibility of alien life in our universe. The movie is about a psychiatric patient who claims to be an alien from the planet K-PAX, 1,000 light-years away from Earth in the Lyra constellation. During his treatment, the patient demonstrates an outlook on life that ultimately proves inspirational for his fellow patients and especially for his psychiatrist.

Where to watch:

Amazon Prime Video

#2: Peaceful Warrior (2006)

Peaceful Warrior is a 2006 drama film based on the 1980 novel Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. This is an inspirational and triumphant movie about the power of the human spirit. The story is about a gifted young athlete, bound for Olympic gold, Dan. He has it all: trophies, talent, and all the women he wants. But after a life-changing event, Dan comes to rely on Socrates, a mysterious stranger, and Joy, an elusive young woman, to teach him the secret to overcome incredible odds and tap into new worlds of strength and understanding. 

Where to watch:

Amazon Prime Video

#3: Frequencies (2013)

Frequencies is a 2013 independent British science fiction film. This movie tells us a story about an alternate reality where frequencies determine luck, love, and destiny. A young college student Zak has to overcome science in order to love Marie, who emits a different frequency than his own. This unique drama blends science fiction and romance to create a futuristic story where love, science, and fate collide.

Where to watch:

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#4: I Origins (2014)

I Origins is a 2014 American science fiction thought-provoking drama. This movie tells us a story about a molecular biologist whose study of the human eye has far-reaching implications for humanity’s scientific and spiritual beliefs. The human eye is one of the elements of biology that makes us unique and that religions around the world have used as proof of the Divine Creator. Each of us has unique eye biometrics, and various cultures have viewed the eye as a window to the soul or even the thumbprint of a creator. I Origins is a film about how destiny and love can lead us to different revelations than we could have possibly reached without them. This movie will make you ask the question: “Which is right, science or faith, chance or destiny?”.

Where to watch: 

Amazon Prime Video

#5: The Congress (2013)

The Congress is a 2013 live-action/animated science fiction drama film, based on Stanisław Lem’s 1971 science fiction novel The Futurological Congress. This movie tells us a story about an aging actress who decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal made with her loyal agent, her alias will be controlled by the studio and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio’s head animator, the actress’s digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in “The Congress” convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema. The Congress movie is a dystopian political story exploring the ideas of ageism in Hollywood and the soullessness of digital life.

Where to watch:

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#6: Lion (2016)

Lion is a 2016 Australian biographical drama film based on the 2013 non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. This movie is based on a true story about a five-year-old Saroo who gets lost on a train that takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

Where to watch:

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#7: Limitless

Limitless is a 2011 science-fiction thriller movie. This movie tells us a story about a struggling writer who with the help of a mysterious pill enables access to 100% of his brain’s potential. This ability helps him to become a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with many dangers. The movie shows us what we could be capable of if we used our brainpower to its fullest. But also it warns us about the hidden “side effects” this ability can bring.

Where to watch:

Amazon Prime Video

#8: Inception (2010)

Inception is a 2010 science fiction action film. This movie tells us a story about a thief with the rare ability to enter people’s dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. His skill has made him a hot commodity in the world of corporate espionage but has also cost him everything he loves. He gets a chance at redemption when he is offered a seemingly impossible task: to plant an idea in someone’s mind. Christopher Nolan (the director of the film) surely thought through every aspect of the dream world and mastered the presentation of it on the big screen. Literally, everything the characters say about the dreams and the dream world in this movie is true.

Where to watch:

Amazon Prime Video

#9: Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar is a 2014 epic science fiction film. This movie tells us a story about Earth’s future where a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand, the NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home through a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new home. This is a movie about transcending time through love.

Where to watch:

Amazon Prime Video

#10: Cloud Atlas (2012)

Cloud Atlas is a 2012 science fiction film based on the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell. This movie is an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present, and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Cloud Atlas tells us a story about a time-shifting weave of six interlinking narratives, with diverse settings from the savagery of a Pacific Island in the 1850s to a dystopian Korea of the near future. The main topic has to do with the incarnation and human nature. This movie is touching, magical, and inspiring. 

Where to watch:

Amazon Prime Video

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The Art of Deep Listening: A Healing Practice for Suffering Souls

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Are you battling anxiety or depression? Does waking up each day feel like a struggle? If so, you could be having undigested emotions weighing you down. Huh? See, trauma, abuse, or a sudden illness can make us have unpleasant emotions leading to soul loss. Unless you start your healing process, these emotions remain hidden in your subconscious, causing havoc to your life for years to come. Indeed, we can never wish away our unpleasant feelings. But we can deal with them through the art of deep listening.

What Is Deep Listening?

Deep listening is a form of mindful meditation whereby you become fully present to your inner self or those around you. Simply put, it is a spiritual practice of listening to connect. Here, you engage in quiet moments that help you awaken your buried emotions.

Similarly, you nurture a connection with anyone talking to you at that moment, sharing your goals, dreams, fears, and concerns. Hence, it entails listening to yourself or others to form a connection.

Active Listening vs. Deep Listening

Active listening refers to you choosing to be fully present in a conversation. It forms the basis of deep listening because you focus on what the other person is saying as you become an active listener. Deep listeners go a step further to connect to those non-verbal communications from the other person. More so, deep listening includes listening to our emotions to connect to them.

Why Do We Need to Practice Deep Listening?

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Listening with intention helps you understand your surrounding and the people closest to you. In turn, you learn how to best respond to your emotions and those of others. This understanding is necessary when undertaking your soul loss healing process. Below are more benefits of deep listening:

#1: Develop Resistance Against Surrounding Distractions

We live in a digital age where smartphones, computers, and other smart gadgets distract us all day. These technologies make it almost impossible to maintain eye contact when talking to someone else. Likewise, they eat into our self-care time, robbing us of a chance to connect to our inner feelings. Deep listening encourages us to maintain undivided attention to our inner self or those near us.

#2: Resist the Temptation to Respond Without Deep Thought

One of the barriers to effective communication is selective listening. Here, we choose what we want to hear, then formulate responses that we think are suitable. A biased listener is always quick to offer solutions without taking into account the other person’s feelings. Likewise, if we never take time to listen to our inner self, we may judge ourselves based on the stigma surrounding our conditions.

#3: Facilitates Soul Loss Healing Process

Have you been diagnosed with a mental illness? Do you feel like you are going crazy because that is what society brands you? If so, you may find yourself hiding away from friends and family, fearing being caught off guard by their out-of-control emotions.

However, did you know that a bit of deep listening practice can unearth the unresolved emotions behind mental illness? 

A person who understands the root cause of their mental conditions can practice self-care and have self-compassion for healthy living because shadow emotions are never permanent. Mindful meditation allows you to change your emotional triggers, hence, facilitate the soul loss healing process. 

Deep Listening Must Be Intentional

Now, anyone can practice deep listening at any time or place. However, did you know that not everyone can listen without bias or aiming to be a problem solver? Yes, deep listening is not easy. It takes time and practice to develop the skills.

The Techniques

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Now that we have an idea of what deep listening is all about, here are some top deep listening techniques you can start practicing today:

#1: Heart-Gut Centering

Are you making a life-changing decision? Find a quiet place at home or outdoors. Set up your mat or pillows to sit comfortably. Place one hand on your stomach and the other against your chest. Concentrate on listening to your inner voice. What do you hear?

The head, heart, and gut are the centers of our decision-making. The head is our rational brain, the heart is the emotional brain, and the gut is the intuitive brain. There are lots of instances where we follow our gut feelings or heart feelings. These are the times where logical thinking using our brain may not be adequate in assessing emotions.

Listening to your heart and gut allows you to be a rational thinker who weighs your feelings and emotions. In turn, you avoid cognitive dissonance, a state of inner conflict that can lead to anxiety and depression

#2: Listening to the Surrounding Voices

When was the last time you were still and listened to voices all around you? It may be the whistling trees in your backyard, a shaky door, a ticking clock, or the sound of your breathing. Whatever you get to hear, allowing yourself to connect to your surrounding gets you into a mindful state. This awareness state refreshes your mind, expands your thought process, and renews your wisdom and intelligence.

#3: Journal Your Thoughts

Are you feeling lonely, depressed, or in a crisis? Put what you are feeling in writing. Conscious writing is an excellent way to practice deep listening. You use pen and paper as an avenue for your creative energy and ideas to flow. Doing so gives you mental clarity, regaining a sense of sanity when overwhelmed with emotions.

Here are some tips to get you started:
  • Use a pen and paper instead of your smartphone or notebook. Journaling your thought this way is real and tangible.
  • Write it as it is, immediately the thought pops in your head. Do not overthink.
  • Maintain a dream journal.  Capture what you remember from your dreams, then reflect on it.
  • Grammatical errors are allowed. What matters is getting your thoughts on paper.
  • Read aloud what you have written. It will give you a chance to hear your thoughts and voice your unspoken pain and trauma.

Conclusion

Deep listening is necessary if you want to develop mindful thinking and grow your emotional intelligence. These two aspects ensure you stay in tune with your inner self and be more susceptible to non-verbal communications from others. That way, you live in the present, embrace your uniqueness, and cut yourself some slack, especially when undergoing a challenging emotional experience. 

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What Type Of Empath Are You? Take This 2-min Quiz To Find Out

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An empath is someone with the unique ability to mirror the feelings of another person even without undergoing their circumstances. In its purest form, it means being able to be in another person’s shoes emotionally or having that extra dose of empathy within you.  Being an empath is not easy, and sometimes it takes a toll on you. The good thing is that when you know what type of empath you are, you can use your gift in a healthy way and create a lasting positive impact on people and the environment around you. Or you can even build a fulfilling career!

You see, empathy is a true gift when you know how to use it. You can heal, guide, protect and deeply understand the lives of the people, animals, and the environments around you. Or, maybe you can predict events and even save lives?

The key is to know exactly what type of empath you are and how to open up your potential so that you can be helpful and, at the same time, protected from negative energies you could be picking up.

Types of Empath

There are many empath types that deal with different aspects with empathy with their own specifics and unique expressions. In this article, we decided to focus on the 6 most common types that represent the most common expressions of empathy.

You may ask, “Why label ourselves when we can all just be called ‘an empath’?” Well, you see, being an empath can have its many positives and benefits, but it can also weigh us down heavily with confusion, disorientation, and anxiety. That is why it makes sense to put a name to what we individually experience to better understand ourselves, and identify others who share the same abilities as us. By understanding who you are, what gifts you possess, and where you stand in life, you will be able to understand your life purpose much better.

Take the quiz below to find out what type of empath you are and what special gifts you brought to this world!

Quiz: What Type Of Empath Are You?

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Do you tend to absorb the emotions and sorrow of other people as if it was your own?

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Do you tend to feel and absorb pain and symptoms of other people physically?

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Do you tend to 'sense' the specific 'vibe' of a building, landscape, or place?

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Are you able to feel and understand the emotions and feelings of animals?

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Do you have a tendancy to feel and sense the thoughts and emotions of others and then act them out in front of another person, showing him/her his/her unwanted aspects (shadow self)?

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Do you tend to know the outcome of a situation before it happens?

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Can you tell if someone is being dishonest, be it emotions or expressions?

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Did you have trouble learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols in pre-school?

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Are you left-handed?

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Can you communicate with animals and receive messages from them?

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Do you have a deep connection with the earth to the point that you can even predict natural disasters?

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Do you usually intuitively sense or know what ails a person and what they need to feel better?

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Do you tend to experience the emotions of other people within your body?

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What are you naturally drawn towards?

Types Of Empaths Quiz
Emotional empath

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You have a unique ability to pick up another person’s emotions or energy without even having to talk to them and you do so without asking questions. When you say, “l feel you,” you mean it to the core. If your friend or family member is upset or sad, you may soon find yourself upset or sad. As an emotional empath, you can get truly exhausted by friends who are constant complainers who dwell in the negative, or narcissists who suck up all the attention and never reciprocate when they’re feeling down. Because of this, you tend to get drained by emotional vampires. Therefore, it is essential for you to practice self-care and learn how to differentiate other people’s emotions from your own.
Physical empath

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You are able to pick up physical symptoms from other people and absorb them into your own body. You intuitively “sense” or know what ails a person and what they need to feel better. You can feel the subtle energy of a person and even change that person’s subtle energy field so they can be healed. However, you have to be very careful you aren't taking on other people's pain. Being a physical empath, may help you to become a highly skilled energy worker, Reiki healer, acupuncturist, massage therapist or yoga instructor. What an amazing gift!
Geomantic empath

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You can read the energetic signals transmitted by mother earth. In fact, you may have already felt and/or predicted a natural disaster before it occurred. Or, you may be able to relate to the pain, joy, or fears that form the history of a particular location. You have your energies intuitively adapted to your environment. As a geomantic empath, you can be strongly affected energetically by natural disasters, weather, and the environment being harmed. Remember that connecting with nature works restorative wonders. This could be as simple as meditating under a tree, "earthing," or prioritizing enough outdoor time. You, as a geomantic empath, have a strong need to feel close to nature, so honoring that is important for your health and energy.
Animal empath

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You are highly skilled at feeling and embodying the energy of other animals. As an animal empath, you have a deep understanding of what animals need and are trying to communicate. You have an uncanny ability to connect with wildlife of every kind. It may feel like a somewhat telepathic connection, where you sense what an animal wants. You are naturally inclined to go into work with animals, particularly where you directly caring for the animal. Being around/helping animals brings you joy. Think about using more of your time to foster this part of your life, by volunteering with a local shelter. You could even take it one step further by practicing energy healing, such as Reiki, on the animals in your life.
Heyoka empath

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A Heyoka is a Native American term that means mirror. You feel and sense the thoughts and emotions of others and then act them out in front of another person. You show the person all the unwanted aspects or their inner shadow. In a sense, you are very much like a guru because you come here to help others evolve and do so by playing a stage character for the others to see a reflection of themselves. You may find yourself doing things such as reading and eating differently or in an unconventional manner. You process things in a completely different pattern and think outside the box. Crowds and public places tend to drain your energy. That is why you often prefer being in your own company. Alone time gives you enough time to decompress from all the negative energy you take in and re-energize.
Claircognizant empath

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Claircognizance is the inner knowing of an event without having prior knowledge. Information, insight, and special knowledge comes to you in the form of thought, or a subtle sense of knowing. Sometimes you know what somebody will say before they even finish speaking. You are a human lie detector who has an uncanny knack of determining when someone is being authentic or not. You always know the outcome of a situation before it happens or even provides hints on how it will turn out. You love figuring things out, and people always seek your opinion, be it work-related or personal stuff. In addition, you do a lot of analytical thinking and help people find solutions when they are stuck. You don’t have to feel like a weirdo every time you make an inference that turns out to be true. Pick yourself up and dust off the self-doubt. Look yourself in the mirror and make peace with that person looking back at you. Embrace the claircognizant empath you are.

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