Empowered by Empathy Reviewed by Cynthia Yockey If you are aware that your empathy whether for people, animals, the environment, or whatever overwhelms you from time to time, by showing you how to harness your ability so it does not run off with you, Rose Rosetree s latest book, Empowered by Empathy: 25 Ways to Fly in Spirit, could save your life. Definitely it will provide you with the knowledge you need to understand and unfold your gift. Even if you believe you are a very advanced empath, I assure you that Rosetree has a thing or three to add that not only will accelerate the growth of your abilities, but also increase your stability and joy in the process. And perhaps best of all, Rosetree s book gently and skillfully guides those who simply feel drawn to the concept of empathy through the underlying concepts of recognizing their own empathic strengths and then provides exercises to help them unfold their abilities. In a nutshell, Empowered by Empathy describes ethical ways to connect with others while maintaining your own boundaries and staying grounded. Miracles ensue, as I shall explain. If Empowered by Empathy were a pop psych book, it would plod through types of people and describe how to recognize each one, with tips on how to cope with each type as a spouse, child, boss or employee. Instead, startlingly and delightfully, Rosetree begins by turning the telescope around and defining types of empaths (!). With guidelines and little tests, she helps the reader sort out his or her own type(s) of empathy to very fine, very real, and very important levels of distinction. For example, in the chapter, Your Gifts for Empathy, Rosetree distinguishes between intuition and oneness. Thus there isn t a broad category of physical empathy; instead Rose explains that the physical intuition form of empathy involves knowing what someone else s body is feeling, while physical oneness is feeling their feelings in your body (i.e., when you put your attention on someone with a stomach ache, you feel your stomach start to hurt). Obviously it can be crazy-making to have feelings flood into you from others with no conceptual framework or off button, so many readers will find enormous validation in having their experiences explained to them, probably for the first time. And more readers will find the validation of knowing for the first time that others share their experiences. They will gain the confidence to see more powerfully what they have already been seeing. For example, one aha! came for me when Rosetree described how the faces of people and animals change in your perception as you come to know them. I have known this for a long time, but it never occurred to me to say much about it because no one else seemed to notice the phenomenon. Now I feel certain I will be able to see even more deeply into how this is so. Rosetree explains both common and rare types of empathy along with ways to recognize which of these abilities match yours. Common types of empathy include physical intuition, physical oneness, emotional intuition and emotional oneness. Less common are intellectual shape shifting, the ability to follow the maze of someone else s thought process, and spiritual oneness, the ability to experience how it is to be a completely different person. (I d like to see intellectual shape shifting get a more accurate name consistent with the others, like intellectual intuition. ) Rare forms of empathy are molecular empathy (too hard to summarize), animal empathy, medical intuitives, gardening empaths, crystal empaths, and environmental empaths. --Pathways Magazine Fall, 2004
Reviewed by C. Apell I cant deny it; I was a bit skeptical about this book at first glance. But upon delving deeper, I found Rose Rosetrees work to be an enlightening and thorough guidebook for empaths. And just who is an empath? What are the differences between Physical Intuition and Physical Oneness, Emotional Intuition and Emotional Oneness? Why do empaths need to practice grounding techniques? The answers to such questions, as well as exercises to help develop awareness of empathy can all be found here. Ms. Rosetree s easy way of putting into words concepts that I had been vaguely aware of but never thought there was any way of quantifying or describing is very refreshing. By sharing her own personal experiences with empathy she demonstrates that you, too, can recognize your own empathic gifts and learn to use them as tools to build a more balanced and joyful life. --Fearless Reviews, 2001
Review by Lisa Wechtenheiser Jen's upset about something, my co-worker said about our receptionist. I looked up from my paperwork and replied: How can you tell that just by how she walks down the hallway? I don't know. I just can. Can't everyone? Actually, no. Only one in twenty of us are empaths - those of us who identify with and understand another's situation, feelings, and motives (American Heritage dictionary). Rose Rosetree, teacher, author and yes, empath has written and recorded a very unique guide for those of us with these wonderful skills in Empowered by Empathy. Not only does she explain the various forms of empathic knowing (emotional oneness, intellectual shapeshifting, etc.) but she goes on to offer a variety of techniques specifically designed to assist in working with these gifts rather than being hindered by them. My co-worker, mentioned above, is exquisitely attuned to what others are feeling. Yet, she's had to all but turn that ability off in order to stay afloat emotionally. Because of her centered and calm demeanor, others are drawn to her and she often finds herself drowning in their STUFF. If you've been there, as I have, you know it's not a fun place to be. Rose teaches skills that will show you how to turn down the empathy dial so you can still be present for others but take care of yourself at the same time. She also gives you real life examples to clarify her points and shares her answers to questions the reader might have (based on her years of working with empaths). One of the things I like most about all of Rose's books is her ability to speak to different levels of the audience without losing anyone by being too technical nor boring anyone by being too basic. --Midwest Book Review
From the Publisher
Will this book be for you? You're invited to read following, quoted from the dedication at the front of the book.
Poets, singers, artists: you who yearn to express the truth and yet more truth, open now to the ways you already create and create without ceasing through your spirits gifts.
Dancers, actors, musicians, photographers, creators of all kinds and intensities: you who fervently wish that someone, that enough someones, might give you the chance to show your talent, open now and be refreshed. Once upon this time, right here, in this room, know that wherever you are, you show forth your gifts and applause for them shakes in the air like the sound right before thunder.
Because you move as an empath, you are an awakener, not only through the skills that you cherish but in all the ways that you serve, bringing light to this world on a silver (though invisible) platter.
Even you, the hidden ones, you who keep your gifts secret, even you whose gifts are kept so far secret that you do not know them yet, stop holding back your tears. Hear the call. Awaken to the mystery of all you can know and all that you share, for our world, like you, is ready to break wide open and show forth the full joy of God.