What is an energy field? It sounds kind of out there, or “woo-woo”, but I assure you that an energy field is a perfectly real and normal thing. I will explain in more detail, but bear with me, because we’re going to go down the rabbit hole a little bit!
Basically, everything is energy. Every physical and tangible thing we can see, taste, touch, smell and hear is made up of atoms, which simply means it is made up of energy at a subatomic level. But you don’t have to be able to see, taste, touch, smell or hear something in order for it to exist. There are many forces in the universe which are intangible to our senses, but that doesn’t make them any less real. Think microwaves, radio waves, that sort of thing.
It’s All Just Energy
The human body is a tangible and physical thing that is made up of atoms, which therefore makes the human body pure energy. But just like the micro and radio waves that exist but cannot be perceived by normal human senses, a person’s energy is not confined solely to their tangible body. A person’s energy surrounds each individual and can be expanded outward. This is essentially what is known as an aura, and if it sounds a lot like the Force from Star Wars, that’s because the concepts are essentially the same.
In general, the energy field of the average person is expanded only a few feet out from the actual body. Empaths however, are much more likely to expand their energy field out much farther than this, and in doing so, may inadvertently allow all sorts of different types of energy, emotions, etc. into their own energy fields. Empaths generally do this without even realizing they are doing it and this is why it’s so easy for them to pick up on the emotions of other people, especially in crowded places. Empaths are quite literally, in other people’s space (not physical space, but in other people’s energy fields).
Not All Energy Is Created Equal
There’s some really mind blowing research happening in the field of quantum physics right now. I won’t go into it too much here, but the short and sweet version is that quantum physicists are finding that, like I said above, everything is energy, even things as intangible as thoughts and emotions.
So if we subscribe to the theory that thoughts and emotions are energy, we can assume that thoughts and emotions have their own energetic vibration, or signature. For example, it is generally assumed that more uplifting or positive thoughts and emotions vibrate at higher frequencies, whereas more negative thoughts and emotions vibrate at lower frequencies.
Even if this concept is a bit weird to wrap your head around because we can’t actually see, taste, touch, smell or hear thoughts and/or emotions, empaths can most certainly feel the different energetic signatures of varying thoughts and emotions (even if we can’t exactly explain what we’re feeling or why).
Think about it for a sec. As an empath, how do you feel when you walk into a room where a fight just occurred? The common expression “you can cut the tension with a knife” is a perfect metaphor to describe this type of energy. When people fight, there are always negative emotions involved (such as anger, frustration, sadness, etc), and since these emotions vibrate at a lower frequency, they make the overall energy in the place where the emotions occurred feel very dense, or heavy (hence, why the tension could be cut with a knife).
On the other hand, when positive emotions occur, (such as love, happiness, joy, etc), empaths picking up on those emotions will feel light, elated and floaty. This is because the more positive emotions vibrate at a higher frequency.
The Bottom Line
As I mentioned earlier, empaths generally have their energy fields expanded much farther out than the average person. The downside to this is that their energy field will act as a magnet, or sponge, that collects all of the various energy and/or emotions that are around them. It is overwhelming to be able to sense so many varying emotions, and this is what leads to the problems with overactive empathy and the negative coping tools empaths use to help themselves feel better.
It is therefore essential that empaths learn how to 1) bring their energy field in closer to their bodies so they are less affected by so much energy and 2) clear out their energy fields so they aren’t constantly bogged down by gunky emotions that aren’t even theirs.
Hopefully this article wasn’t too out there, because this is all really important stuff to understand to become an empowered empath. Take some time to let this information sink in and whenever you are ready, check out what you can do to start clearing out your energy field today. It will definitely help!