OK, here's the story of how it all started.
I was driving down the road near a retirement community and traffic was heavy and slow. I remember that people were trying to get through a light which seemed to be short-cycling, and suddenly the folks in front of me braked suddenly. I braked suddenly. The lady behind me didn't.
Crash, tinkle, tinkle . . . . tinkle.
The little old woman who hit my tiny car was driving a big old Olds. Her blah beige car didn't register a scratch. Mine had some major damage to the rear. And I had the worst headache. I remember sitting on the curb by the edge of the road (and did any of those other people stop to help? Noooooo -- they were more focused on getting through that dumb light), holding my head and trying not to throw up. Not a very glamorous moment.
It turns out that I ended up with a moderately severe case of whiplash (chiropractic is great, but deep tissue massage is better -- take my word for it), and a mild concussion. Sounds pretty easy, once you past the initial pain, right?
Well, in my case, it took months before I could read the paper again and understand it, before I could put together a coherent sentence without stopping to find words, before I didn't have to rely on a reminder list for every daily task.
But, after my brain and body healed, I found that I had gained a new ability. My natural empathy had multiplied in strength. (I know, you were expecting me to say I could leap buildings in a single bound, or had x-ray vision or something, right?). I could sense what others felt, even across many miles; I could even sometimes "hear" what they were thinking. I was inundated by others' feelings and moods. The driver in front of me, a person walking by, someone who brushed up against me in the store --- they would all be sources of feelings that would infect me. I was inundated by these passing feelings and moods that weren't mine. It was tough to take, and sometimes I worried about my sanity.
Next time, I'll talk about how I learned to cope with being an empath, and what this has to do with Twin Souls (really!).