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 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 Empathwoman

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 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.

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

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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 which has the quality of early morning – sparkling, fresh, and completely awake.

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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 Emotionswoman

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.

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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 Liard

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 Humor

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.

#4 You Routinely Interrupt Peoplewoman

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

#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.” 

#7 You Are Creativewoman

Creators and innovators tend to be strong empaths.

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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.

#8 You’re An Excellent Judge Of Characterenergy woman

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.

#9 Sleep Solutionswoman

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. 

10 Traits Of A Heyoka Empathsupernatural man

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

  • outside the box thinking – thinking outside the box is a metaphor which means to think unconventionally, differently, or from a new perspective;
  • developing some traits incredibly faster than normal people and other traits slower;
  • appearing younger than his age;
  • doing things backwards;
  • being emotionally unpredictable;
  • being dyslexic – dyslexia is a condition which affects the brain and makes it difficult for someone to write and read;
  • being born breech – breech positioning is when the baby’s feet or buttocks are down and positioned to be birthed first. An estimated 3 to 5 percent of pregnant women at term have a breech baby.

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



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35 thoughts on “Heyoka Empath – 9 Signs And Traits”

  1. I absolutely enjoyed this article. I have never heard of this before. I have been like this since I was young. I am known as the “crazy woman”. The hardest thing is learning to turn the negatives to positive. I closed my door to people and eventually closed people out of my life. I have been trying to socialize more. I moved 12 yrs ago and the last couple of yrs I try to get out. I still don’t have real close friends. I am 60 yrs old so this has been an eye opener. Thank you again for this article.

    • A very interesting and thought provoking article,all my life I have struggled to understand the world.To actually read about stuff that is so familiar to me is amazing ,but no one ever understood where I was at. Im always misunderstood, and I hate it when people lie,! And yes Ive had to say goodbye to some people.Im also nearly sixty! Its taken a lifetime to understand myself and now its no hold barred

  2. From the deepest part of my heart, thank you for this amazing gift.
    I have been everywhere for everything…
    For many different reasons but nobody would listen to what I have to say since I was a child, “ why we have to listen to this crazy girl, dyslexic, mirror image writing, talking about us instead of listening what we are telling her….
    yes it got to that point that I kinda believe I was that “ crazy lady “
    … but no matter what I won’t stop following my heart & intuition if the call for help comes…

    • im genie wall of pots,
      veiling them odds
      crazy ladies are funkyn brittish ladies, we all made that hear like rabies ears in gown of struts

      stay classy monica o/

  3. Many tribes believe to be a Heyoka is actually a curse, & one must go through a grand event like seeing a Thunderbird to be initiated. The biggest tell that someone is NOT a Heyoka is that they will say they are. A true Heyoka will never admit it. Great article though.

    • Dwell in actuality, the arctickle says that you cant spot a clown, unless the depper standing on born breechers…
      It says that the measure of a heyoka is 3 to 5 cents, but i believe that us as an malemammals the mirror image makes shit look smaller than appear, and the average count is closer to seven cent…..

  4. Beloved,

    I think that Empathy in all of us is the next step to human evolution. After homo erectus, homo habilis and homo sapiens is homo empathic.

  5. I’m very curious to what traits heyokas develope much slower than what you so call normal people… there isn’t alot of information on heyokas on the web, not easy to find. There isn’t alot of information on ‘AVPD’ avoidant personality disorder either… could very well be that AVPD is socieities description of a heyoka or empath in my opinion… I did however find a book on a dude who lived his life as a heyoka, its called ‘Nicholas black elk’. Im not much of a reader, eventually ill get around to it. And i know heyokas are geniuses at problem solving, if you think youre a heyoka, do a proper solving test by a professional with all those buzzy shapes and patterns, they’ll think you’re autistic.

    • Speech therapy but fast talkers, super high spatial IQ, slow readers but recall everything they’ve read. Predictive gifts, but horrible timing:) lol. Social skills are learned much later in development but nonetheless they develop them. Just a couple of ideas floating around in my head.

  6. Wow, it’s amazing I have all except maybe 2-3. I always I was a different thinker lol. IM A VERY COMPASSIONATE PERSON, I used to be called a crybaby all it made me Le’s so mis understood and I never bothered argue with the name callers but if they call some I care about anything, I’m a wildcat.

  7. i don’t know why i felt so relatable. People call me weird. Nobody wants to be friend with me. One day my uncle go to seek medication from a traditional healer and the tradisional healer said that a daughter from one of your sibling had a speciality like me. My uncle assume that was my sister cause they can see shadow but the thing is i can see the thing the actual shape. But i just quite. When I’m in trouble white dragonfly will come visit my room. I felt safe. Maybe just one thing off from me. I hate everyone and i just had this desire to kill them but lives is more valuable, i dont want they waste it like me

  8. I have tears every time someone else does. If they are happy, sad, sick or get hurt I feel for them. I feel the earth shake at times and get vibs in my legs as strong as a cell phone on vib. I once worked in S.C. while back home in Indiana around Thanksgiving . And my Mothers voice woke me saying my name. I ran to the motel door and looked all around to see no one but all the same decided to go home for the holiday. After being there for a bit my mother said to me “did you get my message” . Without thinking I said yes and you scared the hell out of me! Please don’t do it again. I would welcome it now .

  9. Thank you for this article! It explains about me! I wasn’t born breach or dyslexic but all of the rest and psychic gifts abound. Amazing. The hard part is watching the state of this world and trying so hard to change it.

  10. ive never had heard about this until today but yet ive been thinking this the whole time. I fit every single signs. I Everyone always says im 10 years younger than I am but everyone always either asks for my help or I just try to inflict my help to everyone that I can. I interrupt people just because I feel I have to say it to them. I build relationship extremely well like a moth to flame. i get a lot of different emotions in big crowds. I do almost all types of art painting, sculpting, drawing, even architecture, I’m even ambidextrous. I always hanged out with people of all ages, gender, races and never felt weird, I just felt like I experience what everyone else feels. this freaks me out that you described almost my entire life with these small words.

  11. Yes, I have some number dyslexia, definitely the emotional sponge thing, am called “eccentric, crazy,” seen as negative even though I am super compassionate. Also people say I look 10 to 15 years younger than my 54 years. Have always walked to the beat of my own drum and am creative. I have only recently discovered that I am an empath.

  12. I have energy that isn’t mine! Was told this by a healer! Now I know what she meant! I have an unconditional love of animals! I too pick up on everyone’s emotions! Animals included! Leading to release the emotions is really hard!!

  13. This article is a total sum up of my personality. I have friends and i hangout with them, but i don’t seem to have real strong connections except for a few them but i know they have good souls, I have problems expressing my thoughts because of what people might think. Also i am very sensitive to people, i can tell how a person is without even really talking to them. I know liars when i see them. I don’t really understand this, neither anyone around me. My experiences have brought me here, I really want to channel my energies in the correct way. But thanks for sharing the article. Beautiful !

  14. I think i am . as i don’t think i am dislexic .and don’t know if i was breech. But i do remember numbers faster than names of people .

  15. I’ve been this way my whole life except for dyslexia and being born breech.
    I’m highly educated and generally self taught in many areas such as painting/ drawing, law, writing, repairs. and more.
    Do I STILL qualify as a

  16. I am forty years old and still trying to find my true self and my purpose. I’ve only lived my life for others,putting myself last. I am able to feel the world’s sorrows and this causes me to be tired all the time. I am also a very understanding person,seeing both sides of every situation. I enjoyed this article and will continue to read more so to maybe gather some clarity as to who I am,thank you.

  17. This makes so much sense of why I have been the way I am all of my life. I finally get it. I have SO much to learn….. 🙂 I’m thankful!

  18. Hello, All my life I’ve been quite always stayed away from everyone. In elementary school I was the last one to get picked to play game in gym class. Iam grown up now and still stay away. Every one thinks am WIERD I like to help out people but feel like I get nothing in return for just helping. I don’t except nothing in return. This article has been very helpful
    Its helped me to understand myself a little more. Who knew?…. . Am now 59 years old . I and still same way.
    But feel the need to come out of my shell but yet
    Stay quite but only help if it is needed.
    Thank you for this article I happened to come upon it
    Out of nowhere. #♎♥️♥️

  19. I think I’m probably more empathic than most people but not quite this level. One person that comes to mind though that I think must fit this is Robin Williams. Surely he fit all the traits that you described here, except only his close friends would know if he did the dream work.

    • Sorry, I didn’t mean to say that I know about his birth status or so on or whether he’s dyslexic. I just meant his outward characteristics.

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