How do we separate from the feelings and thoughts of others? Is this important?
How do we protect ourself from the unwanted thoughts and feelings of another? Do we wish to do so?
How do we know where we leave off and another begins?
How do I know what’s mine and what’s yours? How do I recognize what is mine and what is not?
How do we develop healthy boundries.
How do we express this to others in a way most beneficial to ourselves and others?
Learning to reliably use and trust our intuition helps us answer these questions.
Many who are empathic pick up the feelings of others whether they desire to do this or not. Nurses and other medical practioners, for example, tune into the feelings of those they are helping.
Some shut this ability down because they don’t know what to do with it. Others are overwhelmed because they don't know how to handle it.
Part of intuition development is to learn how to live with our abilities in a way that is least disruptive and most useful in helping ourselves and others. Those who deal with the sick and injured professionally, for example, can combine the intent of work practices to handle this. Washing hands before and after visiting clients not only prevents the spread of infection but can also wash not so good energy picked up from a person down the drain, and refresh the energy of the practioner. We can remind ourself that "this is not mine" when we pick up a distressing feeling without warning. If we are feeling fine one second and in deep pain the next, unless we have been suddenly injured or attacked, it is not ours.
The challenges of unrecognized boundaries is dealt with throughout the Legacy and the Intuitive Imagination programs. The Battered Boundaries session is an opportunity for individuals to share their experiences, sometimes for the first time in a safe, understanding, confidential environment.
We learn to recognize what is ours, what causes us discomfort and how to compassionately let others know what we will and will not allow in our experiences.
We are responsible for what we feel.