A guide for empaths seeking to understand their unique nature, fully manifest their gifts, and embrace their role in the evolution of human consciousness
• Explores how an empath’s qualities are strengths, not weaknesses, and why empaths are the way-showers for the next step in human evolution
• Includes techniques and exercises to help you understand, control, and fully manifest your gifts, including how to clear your energy field and reclaim your sense of self
• Explains the importance of embracing both the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine and the impending reactivation of dormant levels of consciousness, which will upgrade our human operating systems to function at a higher frequency
• Includes access to online meditation tracks
As an empath herself, Stephanie Red Feather has experienced firsthand the challenges of being extremely sensitive to subtle energies and the emotions of others. She knows that it can be overwhelming and cause you to lose yourself and doubt who you are. With this guide for anyone who’s ever felt out of place because of their sensitivity, Red Feather offers advice on how to manage life’s difficulties as an empath as well as insight into how these qualities are vitally important to the future of humanity.
Affirming that being an empath is a real thing and you are not alone in your experience of the world, Red Feather offers practical exercises to help you understand, control, and fully manifest your gifts. She explains how to clear your energy field, stop energy leaks, and reclaim your sense of self. She warns of the pitfalls of being an empath, such as employing your gifts in unhealthy ways, and stresses the importance of embracing both the Divine Masculine, to create boundaries and safety, as well as the Divine Feminine, to practice radical self-care and live authentically from your own center.
Red Feather explains not only that there are now more empaths than ever before, but that this surge in numbers is no coincidence. With the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, empaths represent the new human blueprint. They are the way-showers for the next step in human evolution, and they have a cosmic mission: to usher in a higher level of human consciousness, centered in the heart chakra. Red Feather also explains the impending reactivation of dormant levels of consciousness and cosmic memory, which will upgrade our human operating systems to function at a higher frequency. This shift is already acutely felt by empaths and will allow us to reclaim the lost powers of our ancestors.
With this hands-on guide, Red Feather provides empaths the tools they need to empower themselves and embrace their essential role in the next step of humanity’s evolution and ascension into the frequency of heart-centered consciousness.
From Chapter 7. Your Energy Container: "Shields Up Mr. Sulu" Understanding Your Energy Container
Quite simply, you are more than just your physical being. You have a field of energy that surrounds you: your personal energy field. It is unique to you, just like a fingerprint or a snowflake pattern. Basic physiology teaches us that each cell in our body has a charge. The very fact that you are alive--from electrical impulses traveling throughout your body to your cells converting food to energy--creates an energy field.
Yet your energy field is comprised of more than just the byproducts of human biological functioning. Thoughts and actions also have a frequency to them. Everything you are, think, and do contributes to the distinct frequency or vibration that is you and your unique energetic signature. You have probably already surmised that as empaths it is much easier for us to be boundless and it requires much more effort and focus for us to establish and maintain boundaries.
You would be correct. Without mentors or an understanding of the fluid nature of our energy field, we are prone to arbitrarily allowing any energy into our field and leaking vital life force energy into the ethers.
Exercise: Who Is In Your Energy Field?
This exercise illustrates very clearly just how much you are carrying around with you at any given time. It is easy to become numb to all of the baggage and energetic clutter we accumulate over time. We acclimate to it and don't recognize how bogged down, confused, and exhausted we have become in the process.
Gather up your supplies for this exercise. You'll need to create a circle around you that is approximately 4 feet in diameter. You can use rope, a hula hoop, scarves strung together, or whatever you can come up with. The idea is to create a visual boundary or container. You will also need a pad of sticky notes or paper you can rip or cut into small pieces, and a pen.
Write down whatever comes to you for each of the categories listed below. One item per sticky. Then place each sticky inside your circle. - Everyone who is in your energy field: family, friends, co-workers, etc. - Decisions/issues/problems you are sitting with - Health concerns - Major stressors, whether on-going or one-time, like a death - Things you feel responsible for - Unforgiveness - Shoulds - Wants/desires - Regrets - Any other categories you can think of
Look at all of your stickies and take a moment for the impact to sink in. Look at all the names and categories. What initial reaction are you noticing in your body?
You will discover that some of these people or things in your energy field are legitimate, right, and necessary. And you'll discover that some are invasive and unnecessary. These are energies that you've let into your space whether you're conscious of it or not. Some of these people or situations give energy back to you, meaning there's a partnership or equal investment in each other.
Many of your stickies will represent people or situations that are not supporting you. They are taking from you in some way, have expectations of you, or tell you what to do. Or you take responsibility for them when responsibility isn't yours, you over-give, or are in some form of codependence.
Journal now about everything you've written down, asking yourself: - What needs to change? - What actions do I need to take related to all of the people and situations drawing upon my energy? - What boundaries do I need to draw? - What kind of self-care do I need to engage in?
To understand the concept of energy leaks at a visceral level, close your eyes and call up in your body what it feels like when you are feeling powerful, solid, grounded, confident, energetic, and excited about your life. Look around inside yourself and at your energetic container. How do you feel? What does your container look like? How big is it?
When you are in a positive and powerful state, fully embodied, alert, and present, your energy container is solid and defined with no holes or leaks. Your container is able to fully contain you and you have clear boundaries. Your container is in integrity.
Imagine now what it feels like in your body when you feel weak, disempowered, codependent, doubting yourself, and afraid. Again, take note of whatever there is to notice. How do you feel? What does your container look like? How big is it? What is the consistency, structure, or content of your container?
Now take a deep breath to clear that visualization out of your energy field, shake out your hands, and return to a neutral state.
When you are in a disempowered or fearful state, the integrity of your energy container is obliterated. It looks like Swiss cheese, leaking energy like a sieve. Boundaries are non-existent and you probably feel exposed, weak, and vulnerable.
When your container has leaks, then it means you are either venting vital energies out into the ethers or allowing compromising energies from others or the environment into your space. Or both. Leaks show up as all kinds of unhealthy behaviors including squishy boundaries, disempowering money habits, co-dependence in relationship, taking on problems that aren’t yours, not speaking your truth, suppressing your authentic self, feeling responsible for other people’s emotions, and letting people take advantage of you, to name a few.
With attention and practice you can sustain a more consistently intact container and develop the skills to restore balance (plug up leaks), clear your field of unwanted or unfavorable influences, and stabilize your field after a destabilizing blow. I will cover energy leaks more in Chapter 8, which discusses boundaries in greater detail.
Rev. Stephanie Red Feather, Ph.D., is the founder and director of Blue Star Temple. An ordained shamanic minister, she holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and master’s and doctorate degrees in shamanic studies from Venus Rising University. She is also a mesa carrier in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of Peru, having studied with Don Oscar Miro-Quesada and his lineage since 2005. She lives near Kansas City, Missouri.
“You are not crazy . . . but you’re not normal either,” the words that open Chapter 1 of The Evolutionary Empath, capture the theme of this wonderful book. Stephanie Red Feather grew up with the vulnerabilities and trials of one who is exceedingly sensitive and attuned to other dimensions. The wisdom and guidance she offers is hard-won and will help illuminate the paths of many who are similarly challenged as well as gifted.”
– Donna Eden, author, Energy Medicine
“All sentience is deeply empathic in nature. . . . In the shamanic traditions of Peru--into which Stephanie Red Feather was first initiated in 2005--the virtue of empathy and the ability to love unconditionally are inextricably connected. This lived experience of embodied empathy sustained by selfless love for all our relations has been given brilliant expression throughout the wisely crafted pages of The Evolutionary Empath. Aside from poignantly addressing the species-wide evolutionary imperative behind humankind’s current process of spiritual ascension, Red Feather offers readers an extremely practical and long overdue empathy-based methodology capable of transforming all separation into wholeness, uniting the personal with the transpersonal, and consciously choosing love over fear. I highly recommend it!”
– Don Oscar Miro-Quesada, originator of Pachakuti Mesa Tradition cross-cultural shamanism and founder
“Rev. Stephanie Red Feather’s The Evolutionary Empath is a gift of true medicine to us all. There are a great many of us who have never felt normal but have also felt like we are part of a greater paradigm shift of consciousness currently in play. At last we have a guidebook that not only provides conceptual insight into the empathic spirit but also outlines practical steps for managing energy, establishing healthy boundaries, and using one’s own inherent gifts to uncover the true self. Rev. Red Feather’s book is both smart and warmhearted, erudite and clear. The Evolutionary Empath is a navigation tool that, if utilized by anyone interested in evolving consciousness, brings hope to a humanity in desperate need of guidance. Having been in ceremony with Rev. Red Feather myself, I can truly say her actions match her words with a tranquil integrity.”
– Daniel Moler, author of Shamanic Qabalah: A Mystical Path to Uniting the Tree of Life & the Great Wo
“In the past we empaths were on our own, sorting through our wild and weird experiences, feelings, and knowings and carefully avoiding being locked up or labeled ‘crazy.’ Today, we have Rev. Stephanie Red Feather’s excellent guidebook, The Evolutionary Empath. She covers the full spectrum of things you need to know to survive and thrive as a highly sensitive empath. This includes the important topics of energetic hygiene, healthy boundary setting, good selfcare, and grounding. A practical guide for you or for the empaths in your life.”
– Lion Goodman, PCC, creator of the Clear Beliefs Method