Healing Crystals: Are You an Empath?

Series by Chelsea Hoel

An empath is someone who is prone to feeling and taking on the emotions of other people.

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You might be an empath if…

  • You are intuitive: Empaths may just know things, if you have ever been in a situation where you have just felt unsafe or uncomfortable for no reason and later found out that there was a very real reason why you felt that way, you might be an empath. If you have a talent for pinpointing what kind of person someone is before getting to know them well, or if you have ever walked up to someone and known immediately something was wrong you might be an empath.
  • You are sensitive: If you are the kind of person who will sit and listen to others for hours on end, quick to cry sometimes, get your feelings hurt easily, or if you have ever been told that you are “too sensitive” that can be an indicator.
  • You take on emotions of those around you: If you feel like you want to cry when your friend is crying, get angry when your friend is angry, if you have ever been walking down the street and felt anxious, angry, sad, or any other emotion that you know does not belong to you, or if you have a hard time staying positive around negativity or negative around negativity you could be an empath.
  • You can experience sensory overload: If you’ve ever been in a crowded or loud space and felt like everything is just too much that can be the sign of an empath, being surrounded by a lot of heightened emotions can be very overwhelming to someone who feels very deeply as an empath does.
  • You are very giving, but never feel like it’s enough: If you’ve ever been walking down the street and given money to a homeless person but still feel horrible for them, if you’ve provided emotional support to others until you are exhausted but feel sad that you can’t do more, or if you are extremely quick to forgive that can also be an indicator.
When it comes to crystal healing, especially healing of other people, many healers are empaths; not always, but a lot of the time. Being an empath can be a huge burden if you don’t know how to control it but can also be a great blessing. Being an empath can give you a leg up in healing because you will be more likely to pinpoint where the imbalance is coming from quickly and easily. It can also alert you to someone who needs healing even if they aren’t aware of it.

However, as an empath healer, you need to make sure that you are protecting yourself. I like carrying Black Tourmaline to block the intrusive emotions of other people and remind me that the ones I feel walking down the street that hit me like a baseball to the chest are not mine. When doing healings make sure that you are channeling the negative energies back into the earth and not holding them inside yourself as that can be potentially damaging to you. In terms of specific crystals to use during healings, that depends entirely on you and which ones you vibe with as well as what specifically you are healing. Though as you practice and read up on the types of crystals and their properties, you will ultimately find ones that work well for you and your practice.

Are you an empath? Comment below!


  • Reply November 18, 2017

    Jafeth Moiane

    Beautiful items.Congrats!

  • Reply December 2, 2017


    Thank you for this info…I think I may be an empath because I feel like everything above applies to me. As it stands now though, all it seems to do for me is hurt me. I invest too much emotion into people that never give back. I am learning to keep my distance, but there’s a sadistic part of me that longs to help people at whatever expense.

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