Let me begin by saying I believe we ALL have varying degrees of empathic and catalytic qualities. The work here at Openhand draws people from both ends of the spectrum in equal measure. It often occurs to me that in the group work, each is reflecting to the other. Perhaps then, there are some things someone with more empathic qualities can learn about their gift from someone with more catalytic ones? (and vice versa). Perhaps, for example, there's something a "catalyst" naturally does, which is inherent to their nature, that an "empath" can also develop? And perhaps by opening to more empathic qualities, a "catalyst" can have a more sensitive effect on the field? That's the purpose of this exploration I invite you to join...
How the catalyst might help the empath
Firstly, let me begin by saying I think it's essential we don't fixate on the idea of being a "this" or a "that", an "empath" or a "catalyst". The risk is to create identity around the term, which can limit ones ability to respond authentically to the flow. In extreme cases, the labels could lead to oppressor or victim mentalities, which would clearly serve us to avoid. That said, I find the terms can still be of value, providing we don't fixate and form identities around them (for the rest of the article, the terms "empath" and "catalyst" will be used in quotes, so as to refer more to the relevant qualities).
A person with more empathic qualities is someone who can - and naturally does - take on the feelings and emotions of others as their own. It means they can literally feel what another is feeling. But this gift can become exceptionally challenging until it's properly developed and integrated. In taking on the emotions, thoughts and feelings of those around you, and society, you become awash with convoluted energy that can batter you around like a small sailing boat in a storm. It can raise high levels of anxiety and fear, a frequent fight/flight mechanism, which can at times, be challenging to live with.
But it needn't be like this. There is a solution. There is mastery of one's gift, of one's art.
Personally, these days, I find have both catalytic and empathic qualities, but with a tendency more to the catalytic. When I sit with people, where given to, I can literally feel what's going on inside their field. I can feel their blockages and see intuitively reflections of their karma; I can see entities and implants. The field is awash with this density - people's fields generally are. And I can see that if I couldn't switch this gift off, then I could potentially take the world upon my shoulders, and have it 'tidal wave' through my emotions.
You have to be able to always find your vibe, no matter what it going on. The point is, I actually don't have to switch these feelings off. Because I aire more on the catalytic, that just naturally happens. It's like my consciousness hones in on what it is supposed to, works with it, but then literally drops it like the proverbial hot coals. Once more, I find myself resting in the purity of my own vibration. So maybe there's a clue here for someone who aires more on the empathic side?
Feeling into Blockages
Let's look at the beneficial nature of having more empathic qualities for a moment. Because to truly unleash beingness and shed distortion, is to express the truth in the distortion - you're activating the distortion because the soul is trying to break through an area of limitation.
In having empathic tendencies as a spiritual catalyst, means that you can feel into and harmonise with the feelings of another - especially their density. In the Facilitator Work we do at Openhand, I get the group to practice expanding their field out to embrace their partner, then to explore exactly what they're feeling.
Then, as the "catalyst", you bring attention - energy - to the places you feel are blocked. You literally direct your focus to these places. And it's essential to also direct the partner to those feelings - so they're empowered through their own realisations and integrations. You can use intuitive questioning to explore why the blockage might be there... "Tell me what the word 'worthlessness' means to you?" for example. In this alchemical cauldron, merely the use of such a word, delivered intuitively, can be enough to spike a reaction, followed by an unwinding of identification, and then release.
It's like you're connecting inside your partner, harmonising with them, then resonating a frequency of realignment. The blockage unwinds and falls away - that blocked aspect of soul is reminded of itself; the soul then integrates; miraculous alchemical healing and transformation takes place.
None of this could have been possible without the empathic qualities. Paradoxically, a really good "catalyst", also has really good empathic qualities.
The Canary in the Coalmine
Someone with very strong empathic qualities, can also work in the field in quite a unique way (the same may be said for a "catalyst", they just work differently). A strong "empath" can take on all the nuances of another's energy, which could even be planetary system such as Gaia for example. Such a gift has the capacity to manifest the unseen - that which is repressed and hidden from clear sight. By revealing the density in this way, means that people with strong field catalytic tendencies can begin to work with it.
I've sat in many spiritual groups where somebody is sitting peacefully and in harmony, feeling very evolved, and yet the "empath" next to them is in emotional agony, expressing that which the other isn't yet willing or able to express.
That's why I often consider someone with strongly empathic qualities like the proverbial canary in the coalmine. That's what makes their gift so valuable to the world and the evolving group. That's why we should cherish these people and their gifts and not see them as some kind of affliction. Yet before they're developed, they can indeed manifest as the most difficult affliction - fear of the world, reclusiveness, hyper sensitivity, listlessness and directionless, lack of motivation, stress and anxiety. So how to deal with these challenges?
I'd say the key lies in the reflection the "catalyst" can offer.
The vital importance of setting effective boundaries
Someone with more catalytic tendencies inherently sets boundaries more effortlessly. For me, it just happens. You could sit me in the middle of an emotional hurricane, and I will still find my own vibration. So here's the first key - knowing your own vibration.
You have to keep exploring your own vibration as much as possible and in your own space as much as possible - especially if you're in partnership - especially if you're in partnership with a "catalyst" (which can, by the Law of Attraction, tend to happen - opposites attract!).
So this will involve developing your own rituals and practices: your own spiritual practice like meditation, yoga or tai chi for example; what you eat, when you eat, what NOT to eat - you can easily override these boundaries with a partner when they're less effected by the 'microclimate'.
Sensitivity is the key here. An "empath" is highly sensitive, and in order to centre in your vibration, you have to focus on the things that truly serve you and those that don't. Just because your partner enjoys something particular, and just because you feel a yearning to compromise behaviour, doesn't mean you should compromise your soul!
I see this as one of the other major hurdles for an "empath" to overcome - they have a highly active ray 4 - the diplomat aspect of the soul. They want to harmomise. But often overstretch the boundary so they dissolve into the other person's vibration. And here's where the difficulty begins. I'd say it's about embracing the sense of focus of the "catalyst". Not to close down on the world, no, but to be really clear about one's own boundaries. When you know your boundaries, then you can start to have a positive effect on the world through the field - which is where the catalytic side comes into its own. Less and less, are you being washed around by all the flotsam and jetsam. You become increasingly centred. Then when an inflow of negative energy begins to invade you, you can work with it as the "empath", and then realign it as the "catalyst". How?
Assert yourself: breathe in, impart your energy, breathe out
The best way I have witnessed, is to breathe it in, and relax, hold the breath, radiate it with light, then breathe it back out again, in the direction from whence it came.
You're accepting the energy, feeling into it, but being really clear it is not you. Then having a positive impact on it, by bringing your soul vibe to it, before breathing it back out again.
You're not rejecting your gift in this way. But neither are you getting lost in the external vibration. You're having a positive influence on it by asserting yourself. And in asserting yourself - your highest vibration of truth, love and light - then you're breathing that back out into the world and having a positive impact on it.
There might well be places where this incoming denser energy gets stuck first though - it can happen where there might be some subtle judgment of the world, which inadvertently aligns with the density. Maybe slightly veiling your incredible discernment of the energy, is subtle judgment of the impact it has on you? This is where there might be some reaction to the world by an unrealised aspect of soul. This is what we'll first have to work with, by softening into the contractions we feel - the reactions. We're breaking the emotional and mental 'triggers'. But softening into them doesn't mean accepting them as you. It means surrendering to the truth of them, but then working to release them - by bringing light into them in the way I've described.
So feel into any empathic contractions, soften into them, become as One in them, unwind through them, and then allow your higher self to infuse them with your own higher vibe. Then release them back out into the world from whence they came.
You might also have to raise the warrior in this experience, especially if the energy is particularly dense and clingy. I know this part is not always easy for someone with more sensitive empathic qualities, but you have to be clear about your own vibe, the importance that you stand assertively in your own truth.
Keep developing the Gift
I welcome the involvement of people with both these extraordinary empathic and catalytic gifts in the Openhand healing/realigning work. We can learn greatly from each other. We've been blessed thus far that so many of you have found your way to our shores. Long may it continue.
Remember we will each have a unique blend of these qualities, and to always look at the reflection your divine counterpart might offer - someone from the other side of the spectrum. The universe put us together for a reason!
Hopefully, this general approach might help ease and harmonise the wonderous empathic and catalytic tendencies we each embody. I encourage all to better understand and master our unique configurations for the good of all people in these often challenging times. When done so, we can be of immeasurable value to the 5D shift.
In loving support
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