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 archetype 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.”
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.
”Only those who have had visions of the thunder beings of the west can act as heyokas,” said Black Elk. ”They have sacred power and they share some of this with all the people, but they do it through funny actions.”
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 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 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.
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.
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#4 You Routinely Interrupt People
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.
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#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.
#6 You Inspire In Others Life-Changing Insights
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.”
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#7 You Are Creative
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.
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#8 You’re An Excellent Judge Of Character
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.
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#9 Sleep Solutions
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.
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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;
- 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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