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Heyoka Empath – 9 Signs And Traits

Heyoka Empath – 9 Signs And Traits

Empaths are highly sensitive people who have a keen capacity to sense what other individuals around them are feeling and thinking.

Empathic persons don’t have the same filters which other people do to block out stimulation. As a consequence, they absorb into their own bodies both the stressful and positive energies around them.

Being empathic has incredible benefits, like:

  • a deeper connection to other people;
  • greater compassion, intuition, and creativity.

Daniel H. Pink, author and the host of the TV series Crowd Control, explained:

“Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.” 


Being empathic doesn’t necessarily mean you will want to help someone in need, nevertheless, it is typically an important first step toward compassionate action.

What Is A Heyoka Empath

A large proportion of humanity is able to empathize (in one form or the other) with others. However, the most valued type of empathic archetypes is known as ”Heyoka.” But, only a few can be considered Heyoka empaths.

”Heyoka” is a Native American term that means a ”fool” or a ”sacred clown.”Native American man

The term is also used to refer to people who are emotional mirrors to the ones around them. In Lakota people, a Heyoka uses the wind as sticks to beat the drum of thunder.

In English, it would be more appropriate to describe a Heyoka as an individual who acts in a way that is the opposite of normal and sees the world differently.

A Heyoka empath is also called a Pain-Eater due to his ability to absorb and cleanse negative energies around him. 

In Tibetan Buddhism, a Heyoka empath would be referred to as someone who has the attributes of ”crazy wisdom.”

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche describes “crazy wisdom” as a state of mind that has the quality of early morning – sparkling, fresh, and completely awake.

The term ”crazy wisdom” also describes a controversial path to self-discovery which is viewed by many as irrational or abnormal. 

Moreover, the Heyoka empath is a jester, contrarian, and satirist, who speaks, reacts, and moves in an opposite fashion to the society.

In conclusion, a Heyoka empath is any soul who chose to come here as an awakener of other individuals through non-conventional means.

John Fire Lame Deer said:

”For people who are as poor as us, who have lost everything, who had to endure so much death and sadness, laughter is a precious gift.”

John Fire Lame Deer later added:

”When we were dying like flies from white man’s disease, when we were driven into reservations, when the government rations did not arrive and we were starving, watching the pranks and capers of Heyoka were a blessing.” 

Note – a Heyoka empath may occasionally appear to be a highly negative person, and individuals who are with them may experience distress or anger, however, the Heyoka is just revealing a person’s true self.

9 Signs You May Be A Heyoka Empath

#1 You Can Feel Other People’s EmotionsRead People’s Emotions

If you can feel other individuals’ emotions and instinctively know what they need to heal, you may be a Heyoka empath. A Heyoka will not only show you your faults but he will also show you a way to overcome those faults.

Note – extremely strong Heyoka empaths may even feel people’s emotions and not really know the person or where she is.

#2 You Can Always Spot a Liar

No matter how kind your coworker is being or how great this girl is, if you are a Heyoka, you can always spot a little white lie.

This happens especially when someone is being insincere with her or his feelings or expressions of emotion.

#3 HumorHumor woman

A Heyoka empath uses humor to open people up so that people energetically move to a place where they can absorb healing energies and wisdom.

READ MORE: Character Traits Of An Empath

#4 You Routinely Interrupt Peoplepeople talking

Do you find yourself routinely interrupting people even though you don’t mean to? A Heyoka empath may struggle to wait for their turn.

This isn’t out of rudeness but rather it is since they have so many new thoughts and ideas appearing in their heads and they worry they will forget that one important thought, hence, they push it into the conversation as quickly as they can.

READ MORE: 40 Best Empath Quotes

#5 The Great Mirror

As an emotional mirror, whenever a Heyoka empath senses an emotional reaction in you, he will use it as a guide of what to reflect back to you so that he will help you most on your journey.

Note – through the mirroring of a Heyoka empath you may discover a part of yourself that you never knew existed.

READ MORE: Daily Practices Every Empath Will Benefit From

#6 You Inspire In Others Life-Changing Insightsempath

When you have a deep conversation with a Heyoka, you often may experience life-changing insights.

Bill Bullard said:

“The highest form of knowledge is empathy.” 

READ MORE: Empath vs Sociopath

#7 You Are Creativecreative woman painting

Creators and innovators tend to be strong empaths.

If this applies to you, you will frequently be getting ideas popping into your mind, and they come to you ”out of the blue.” Maybe you get innovative ideas that are solutions to the problems you have.

READ MORE: Protection Stones for Empaths

#8 You’re An Excellent Judge Of Characterman practicing a meditation in nature

You have a tendency to instantaneously know if you like someone or you don’t or whether you can trust them or not. You don’t know how you know this, you just do.

READ MORE: The Dark Side Of Empathy

#9 Sleep Solutionsinsomnia

Even in your sleep, your mind is constantly thinking.

A Heyoka empath can solve problems insightfully even if it means getting solutions during sleeping hours. 

READ MORE: Empathy Test: Am I an Empath?

Traits Of A Heyoka Empath

The traits of a Heyoka vary, however, there are some signs which are common, including:

  • thinking creatively and freely;
  • emotional instability;
  • left-handed;
  • having dyslexia, a condition that affects the brain and makes it difficult for someone to write and read.

Are you a Heyoka empath? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts and experiences.

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Monday 11th of January 2021

Am I? It could or not. I am not dyslexic and nope I am even not left handed. But I am laying awake for days at a row. And yes, all the other words descripted... It's me. Again a yes, I know I am an empath. One who's looking for answers about her dark side. I struggle. Am I nuts? Could be. I do carry a secret with me because I know people judge. Or am I at the right place over here and is there somebody who can give me some guidelines? I do receive - I call them - snapshots of people. Some I know, others I did pass at the street and some I don't know. In fast forward I see their life. Abuse, pain, tears etc. till the last pic show how they end their life. And it drains me big times. I contacted the people I do recognize. Just starting by asking how they are doing. Ending by what my 'snapshots' did tell. They seems to be right. And I struggle. Who am I - while I can't help the ones I don't recognize? Who can give some guidance into this?

Thank you

I help, give the so called light.

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

I am extremely empathetic I feel other's emotions It's a gift and a curse everyday is different sometimes it is very intense people can't handle me they say I am overly sensitive to emotional I started avoiding people because I got to the point where I couldn't handle all the emotions from the people I was around I never new why until now I never felt like I fit in always felt different I remember friends and family always asking me for advice my sister I would always sing to her when I did I could see that she was truly happy I am on a spiritual path at this moment learning to love myself the way that I have always loved others always putting others needs before my own giving to other's is what truly makes me happy I have unconditional love for everyone and everything in this world when I know someone is not being genuine when I cam sense someone is pure evil it hurts me very badly sometimes I can come on a little strong when I can feel that someone is hurting I am drawn to them I'm learning that I need to let them come to me sometimes I'm learning how to control my actions when being overwhelmed with other's emotions


Saturday 31st of October 2020

So recently I thought I must be some form of a witch until someone on a witch Facebook page explained my "happenings" as an empath. I researched more and I do agree with these but from other sites and articles the one thing that set us begin as apart from other empath is our energetic connection with others. I had this over whelming emotion come on about this woman I had meet once a few years ago and we talked occasionally but not that much. This feeling was intense fear and she was in danger. The next day I called her to find out she was being abused by her boyfriend and he sprained her wrist, she is 1000 miles from me. This happened two months ago and last month a similar thing happened with someone else. I work at a forensic psych hospital and am able to make relationships with patients and help them that others can't. My whole life people have told me to become a therapist but I have zero desire. I feel into this field as a calling but never saw it as my path. I guess I am lucky, being a heyoka doesn't bring me pain or cause me to shut people out. I know when people are bad so I know I can stay way. I think the gift of heyoka, in my opinion, is that it does protect us too. We feel more but its balanced by being loved more.

Tiffany aka Silver Raven Crow

Monday 18th of January 2021

I am a Heyoka Empath. I have been since I was 4 years old . I am Both Hopi and Cherokee Native American . I am A Sage also. I have bloodlines of Shamans on My Father Side of family . And I Have Witches on My Mothers Side. It’s a lonely path as A Heyoka Empath. I Don’t regret any thing in my life . If I had to live it over. I wouldn’t change a thing. I can say that even tho I’ve been through a chaotic life . I am Totally content . I WILL Sacrifice everything I have for The Greater Good. I Took a Vow of Silence in a Past life . I’ve been told I’m clinically insane or borderline genius . I’m certified . Lol I’ve had brain aneurysm , lived! Now I’m second time with ovarian cancer . I was held hostage for 11 months tell I got away . This is my passion to help change the world . I have a prophecy to fullfill . Thank you and many blessings to you all . My name is Silver Raven Crow

Helen Verrill

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

This has freaked me out. I answered yes to everything. I would never claim to be a heyoka it's just too special and I dont see myself as that special. I have been attacked so many times for no reason though. What is scarey is when it has happened on empath support forums. Someone claiming to be a heyoka attacked me for all sorts of reasons due to my wild chaotic energy. Im bipolar and I do have a wired wild energy often but not when I am depressed. I cannot work for an employer as I cant deal with all the bullhshit and find it too hard to hide. I keep saying what I think and find it very hard to keep my mouth shut. I wish everyone well and I feel best when I am connecting to the earth or sea or song writing, painting or gardening. Withouth laughter and creativity my life has no meaning. I don't know what to make of it all. Im just me but this is wierd xxx


Thursday 22nd of October 2020

I'm a heyoka. If you're a heyoka, you'd know, because manipulating energies to create desired orientations is a conscious art. It's the same as saying you can't be a surgeon unconsciously. Like, you can't tell a joke and change things: is the energy of the joke coherent with the person? Is the joke targeting the energetic snag that's hurting that person? Is it the right time for a joke, the person may be preoccupied with other energies and you have to meet those in order to find the person. Being a mirror is almost compulsive, because the imbalance feels so uncomfortable that I automatically take the best frequencies to balance the vibes. For example, fear can be balanced by appeal to their emotional norm (not your own, mind you, theirs, so you have to empathically find what they consider normal first), by causing anger and will to fight, by framing the feared object in a humorous light, by emphasizing connection and that they're not alone. And it's not just balancing, it's orienting your own expression in such a way that you're not just expressing these things: you're ensuring that the person is experiencing them. It's like the difference between saying something and making someone understand something. And often the situation is too delicate or volatile to give you a second chance. Being a heyoka is a trait, but it is also an art.