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How To Tell If You're An Empath Or An Energy Vampire

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Am I An Empath Or Energy Vampire? The Different Emotional Body Types Describes By Auyrveda And Their Meanings
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One of the greatest strengths a person can have is to be sensitive in today’s insensitive world.

As our culture has become more and more distracted by the overstimulation of our senses, we’ve had to develop a thick skin.

Scenes too risqué for the screen 30 years ago are now the norm. While seemingly accepted by the masses, many still cringe as they watch where the culture is headed.

From the overt 24 hour newscasts telling us repeatedly about the latest tragedy, drama, and trauma to the sly marketing ploys to get us to buy, drink, eat, or consume the latest and greatest product, we insidiously grow more immune and less sensitive every day.

One of the greatest strengths a person can have is to be sensitive in today’s insensitive world — and this is becoming more and more of a challenge.

Sensitive people, also known as empaths, are highly aware. They feel everything. They have a powerful radar system and can feel what people around them feel. By nature, they are more delicate and vulnerable, yet potentially more powerful than those who more easily grow a thicker skin.

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An empath’s power is easily suppressed by an overstimulated world, making them easy targets for less sensitive, more manipulative energy vampires who take advantage of the more sensitive ones. Because they are more delicate, sensitive, and vulnerable, they are easy prey for those whose thicker skin has made them more insensitive, manipulative, and controlling.

While growing thicker skin may seem like the best strategy to endure an insensitive world, the empaths and the sensitive ones may be better served by becoming even more aware — a road less traveled.

Sensitive people are more powerful, but only once they feel safe enough to reconnect with their inner silence, power, and heightened awareness.

By now you may be wondering, "am I an empath? Or an energy vampire?" To find out, you have to know your emotional body type.

In addition to the more well-known body type evaluation of vata, pitta, and kapha, Ayurveda describes emotional body types. Knowing your emotional body type can help determine your sensitivity and lead you on a path from insensitivity to sensitivity, where one’s power and happiness truly lie.

The three Ayurvedic emotional body types are:

Sattvic: loving, kind, sensitive, and at peace from within.
Rajasic: satisfied when stimulated by the senses.
Tamasic: withdrawn and depleted from overstimulation.

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The goal of Ayurveda is to aspire to become more sattvic, and less tamasic and rajasic.

This emotional body type quiz determines how much of these three mental and emotional traits you have, and where they are manifesting in your life.

For example, if you are rajasic around money, your satisfaction only comes when you know you are to receive more money. The sattvic person would find joy in giving and caring for others, through the window of compassion and understanding. The tamasic person may find themselves hoarding money and possessions, for fear of losing them.

Understanding our emotional type allows us to see where in our life we lack sattva. Being aware of this will help us find our way back to mental health and happiness, and stop unconsciously being a vampire.

The goal of Ayurveda is to first find inner peace and calm, and learn how to access that state on demand. Let’s call that the “eye of the storm.”

Once we have found our silence and are open to becoming more aware, then we can take action from that place of peace, calm, and sensitivity. Actions from this place are the “winds of the storm.” The bigger the eye, the more powerful the winds.

The concept of “burning your karma” comes from the idea that when we begin to function from a calm, delicate, sensitive, sattvic place, we can finally change—this is the karmic action required to change old, unhealthy emotional patterns.

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This article was brought to you by Dr. John Douillard’s LifeSpa, where ancient wisdom meets modern science. Find more articles at LifeSpa.com and get your free body type analysis.

This article was originally published at Elephant Journal. Reprinted with permission from the author.

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