What is the difference between sympathy and empathy? How do we discern between the two?
Empathy is feeling or having the ability to feel what others are feeling. It is good to have this ability, to be comfortable with feeling emotions from another living being.
Sympathy is feeling sorry for someone.
Which of these to energies takes from you?
Sympathy, someone who wants or craves sympathy is an energetic vampire. Think about all of the times you have felt sorry for someone. After being in their presence are you drained? Yep.
Choosing to feel the emotion is easier, you are just feeling the emotion. You are not taking it on or away from the person. You are choosing to feel it out of compassion, love and understanding to assist in whatever capacity you can.
How do we protect ourselves from being overwhelmed by emotion or tapped from someone who is feeling sorry for themselves?
Surround yourself with Light, say a prayer to the Creator for protection and guidance. Put a bubble around you with the intention of protecting you from being tapped energetically. When you do this you will also be divinely guided through whatever happens in the moment. This works for me and it can work for you too. Maintaining your energy through out the day is healthy and loving to yourself.
So when a person says to you , "Don't you feel sorry for me?" - (Goo & Cootie Question)
You can tell them no, but you can empathize with them and give them suggestions on how they can improve their situation. That way they cannot energetically cord into you and you have helped them.
It is up to the other person to ultimately make their decisions. Make the offer and stand back so they can make their decisions.
Remember emotion is energy in motion. Since we are all ultimately energy and we do move through our emotions - we are always in motion, even when we are praying or meditating. Allow the feelings, allow yourself to feel. You are Human after all.
I always get people who ask things like this - "Well, what about those people who are abused and starving, don't you feel sorry for them?"
No I do not feel sorry for them. I pray for them, I ask they receive help for their higher and better good. This is the best effort I can make on their part. The best example I can give for others to follow.
Look at the people who are in your circles that you move through daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and recall how you feel within those circles. You will know when you will need to enforce your bubble and say your prayers or intentions.
Send love, Be Love!
Keep your heart open and aligned with the energy of LOVE!