What is the Difference Between Being an Empath, a Sympath and Practicing Compassion?

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There are differences between Empaths, the sympathetic, and those who consciously practice compassion. But what are the differences between empaths, sympaths and those who practice compassion?

Empaths are in between a sympath, and those who practice compassion. Empaths are those with very sensitive abilities to feel the emotional and mental states of others. Very sensitive empaths can experience burnout, as well as other conditions.

Sympaths have a special gift, because they can act more as a catalyst than an empath. Sympaths relate to the pity and sorrow of the misfortune of others, but do not have a need to express beyond that. Sympaths can change something, without changing themselves. This can make sympaths good healers.

Empaths are limited in this respect, because their empathic pain can over ride their ability to heal, and act as catalyst for others. Empaths can end up resisting taking on more pain, and consequently, develop coping mechanisms that ultimately internalize it.

The practice of compassion is all about love in action. Those who consciously practice compassion have the viewpoint of all perspectives, and can bring them together as one.

Here is a parable that illustrates the differences: an empath, a sympath,and someone who practices compassion, all witness a cat hunt down and kill a mouse. The sympath does not take in the pain, they have pity for the misfortune of the mouse, but have no need to feel beyond that. The empath takes in the pain and misfortune of the mouse, and wants to end all suffering for all mice, at the expense of all cats (by denying all cats the food source of mice). The person who practices compassion moves beyond the pain and misfortune of the mouse, and recognizes the grand movement of nature, and the mutual exchange of between the mouse and the cat, in reciprocity. Do you see the difference?

There are many empaths who remain stuck in the inbetween stages of protection and safety, because that’s what they’ve been taught by other empaths. For many, it may take decades to advance and grow in their feeling nature, especially if they persist with the assumption of needing protection or shielding, and live in fear of any intrusive energy. These issues do not exist for those who practice compassion. A compassionate person can stand in their power, and they do not need an external object to clear a room of negative energies; they do not need crystals, amulets, or smudging. They themselves are the “tool” that many empaths rely on, as objects outside themselves. Many empaths give their power away, to something or someone outside themselves, for a false sense of protection.

There is no linear progression to this process; an individual can phase in and out of empathy, sympathy and compassion. The goal is not to reach compassion as a state of “nirvana”. If you find a sense of peace as a sympath, good. If you find peace in compassion, that’s good too. If you feel comfortable with the sensitivity of being an Empath, that is OK too. It’s a matter of feeling comfortable with where we are. Are we being drained? It’s about where we place our focus.

The transition between empath, sympath and conscious compassion is temporary. But those who persist in the empathy stage, without progressing to sympathy or compassion, will hold emotions that can build up into dis-ease and dysfunction. Empaths can often see themselves as victims, but this is of their own doing. Holding onto the “identity” of being an empath, can be very destructive, due to the lack of self observation and integration. Empaths often sadly drown themselves in the pain they pick up from others, and are unable to move forward. Empaths need to learn to embrace what they’ve been resisting.

There are many very sensitive empaths at this time; they hold a frequency that is strongly tied to duality, and it prevents them from seeing past the right/wrong paradigm in the process of self growth. The empath can quickly raise themselves to a state of compassion, and vibrate at a higher frequency, much more quickly than the average person.

Empaths feel pain to a greater extent than most, delving deeper into realms of darkness, pain and suffering; it can be like a snow ball, rolling down a hill, moving faster and growing bigger. This dark energy can contract, and become destructive; or it can expand, and move to a higher level of awareness.

Once an empath can transition out of all the pain, fear and suffering. and release their need to save the world, they can experience the oneness of compassion. A knowing that all is well, and all ends well, regardless. In that place, an empath can find their true power, transforming them to stand in their power, rather than around it.


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