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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 spirit’s 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.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Women's Intuition Worldwide. (November 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965114589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965114585
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rose Rosetree is a teacher and energy healer with skills developed especially to be effective in the Age of Awakening.

The facts of her biography are pretty simple. She graduated from Brandeis University in 1969, majoring in "Spiritual Questing." Okay, that wasn't really one of the majors available so she majored in English and American Literature.

By 1970 she was teaching the Transcendental Meditation Program, spending over a year studying directly with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Her life was about meditating and teaching for him. That was pretty much all she did (in life, not just professionally) until 1986.

Then she moved on from teaching TM and began to receive information, teach, and write in the field that is now called "Rosetree Energy Spirituality" or RES. From her perspective, all the work that has followed has been co-created with Divine inspiration.

A self-confessed "Consciousness nerd," Rose finds it thrilling to work with clients, teach workshops, train professionals in RES, and write books. She has done over 1,000 media interviews, had her books translated into 12 different languages and sold over 370,000 copies so far.

So those are the basics about the life of Rose Rosetree. Except for that part she finds thrilling, her life has actually been fairly dull. She works hard, loves her family and friends, tends her garden, nothing unusual at all.

If you're curious to know more about Rose, here is an overview of the four specialties that she has developed, including books available right here at

A. The Series on Energy READING Skills

Even if you're already perceptive, Rose can help you increase that dramatically. Her systems for energetic literacy can enrich your life in such practical ways.

You can be good at all of these skills. Choose your how-to book and go. Whether you are a beginner or very experienced, Rose Rosetree can help you move forward.

Many of her how-to books about perception are available in foreign language editions, including the German bestseller "die Aura erkennen mit allen Sinnen."

Notice? This is called "energetic literacy." Not "psychic development." Rose Rosetree's approach to deeper perception is completely different from techniques for psychic development. These skills could be an adjunct, if you have pursued psychic-type skills. Yet you need not be interested at all in psychic work, channeling, or mediumship in order to benefit from these effective skills.

A. Energy READING Skills for the Age of Awakening

The following order is recommended for developing skills for reading people deeper. Although, of course, each book stands on its own as a workshop between covers.

1. "The NEW Power of Face Reading"
2. "Aura Reading Through All Your Senses"
3. "Read People Deeper"

Incidentally, trademarked systems that Rose has developed in this field include Face Reading Secrets® and Aura Reading Through All Your Senses®.

B. Energy HEALING Skills for the Age of Awakening

These how-to books are designed for self-healing on your path of personal development.

For decades Rose has helped clients worldwide in personal sessions. She trains professionals in the system of Rosetree Energy Spirituality, uniquely effective for emotional and spiritual healing. Now you can learn these techniques on your own. Each book is like a workshop between covers.

The following order is recommended for self-healing.

1. "Use Your Power of Command for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection"
2. "Cut Cords of Attachment for Self-Healing"
3. "Cut Cords of Attachment: Heal Yourself and Others with Energy Spirituality"

Incidentally, trademarked systems that Rose has developed in this field include 12 Steps to Cut Cords of Attachment®, Vibrational Re-Positioning®, and Soul Energy Awakening Hypnosis®.


One in 20 people was born as an empath. That means 1 out of 4 Highly Sensitive Persons. (You can be an HSP without being an empath. However, every empath is a sensitive empath, and not just an HSP, a Highly, Highly Sensitive Person.)

Without skills, we sensitive empaths suffer in relationships. It's common to be upset by negative energy, even to fear energy vampires, keep struggling to clean your aura, etc. Your empathy may feel like a curse rather than the blessing it really can be.

Once you know the basics and receive training that really works, in my experience, born empaths do GREAT! They become skilled empaths for life.

Empath Empowerment® is a practical set of skills that uses consciousness to turn empath gifts OFF or ON, by choice. Rose now has four different books available in this series. Empath basics and beyond!

The following order is recommended. Although, of course, each book stands on its own as a workshop between covers.

1. "Become The Most Important Person in the Room"
2. "The Empowered Empath -- Quick & Easy"
3. "The Empowered Empath" -- Expanded Edition
4. "The Master Empath"

D. The Enlightenment Coaching Skills for the Age of Awakening

Enlightenment is a higher state of consciousness. Rose has helped people like you to move into that state of consciousness. Here are some books that can inspire you along your path of personal development.

1. "365 Ways to a Stronger You" (Kindle edition) OR "Let Today Be a Holiday" (paperback)
2. "Magnetize Money with Energetic Literacy"


For tips about which of these books to choose, you might do research here at :-) Or go to Rose Rosetree's website.

Interact at her blog, "Deeper Perception Made Practical."

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Birrell Walsh on August 18, 2004
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Rose Rosetree has written a survival manual for the empath.

People who feel other people's experience, who cannot help it, bounce through life like a pingpong ball. The mood of the last person you met determines how you feel.

First Rose Rosetree reassures you that you are not crazy. Then she tells you how to get control over the incoming feelings. When you finally have some space of your own, she helps you to use your empathy to help others.

*Empowered by Empathy* is that rare book that delivers what it promises. I recommend it.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Charles on March 13, 2001
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If you are sensitive to the moods and feelings of others, do yourself a big favor and read this book! Empathic sensitivity (that is, pulling in emotional energy from people around you and experiencing it as your own) can be a big source of confusion and frustration. But Rose Rosetree helps you understand empathy as the GIFT it truly is. This book is all about learning to manage empathic sensitivity by using it with awareness and grace. When you learn how to turn empathy on and off, it becomes a choice instead of an uncontrolled experience. And when you do choose to "join in spirit" with another person in a skilled, balanced way, your consciousness expands and soars! You get to step outside the box of your own experience and explore the delicious "otherness" of someone else's consciousness, then return safely to a grounded sense of yourself. Rosetree defines numerous categories of empathy, including several that never would have occurred to me. I've always imagined empathy to be an exclusively EMOTIONAL connection. Who knew that a talent for getting in sync with another's THOUGHT process could be a kind of intellectual empathy? There are insights galore here. One of the things I like best about Rosetree's books in her use of Q&A sections. This gives her books an "interactive" feel that I really appreciate. It's the closest thing to a live workshop you can get in book form. If you know, or suspect, that you are a natural empath, don't pass this one up; it could be life-changing.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Judith McClimans on August 24, 2005
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If you have ever asked yourself questions such as `Why do I care so much?'; you will thank yourself for reading this book. With clarity and insight, Rose delves in to give specifics about the 20% who relate to others on a deeper level.

If you are merely interested, you will learn a lot. If you are empathic, you will understand your gifts more fully and gain needed skills to be more effective in all areas of your life. This book is a breath of fresh air for anyone who has ever pondered the nature vs. nurture theories to explain their own unique abilities to connect with others.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Jim Curry on February 7, 2005
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As a sometimes college math teacher, I am seldom accused of having empathy (particularly just after a final exam). So, I began reading the book just to see what life might be like for other people, those who did have some empathy. Perhaps it would be a bit like Darth Vader reading about Obi Wan, just to check out the competition. To my surprise (and a little consternation), I discovered that it is quite possible that I have some empathic attributes myself. Who would guess?

Many books indeed are really written quite selfishly. So many are written to show the author to be a talented or clever person. Those books are really written for the author, and there are very many of them indeed in the psychology/spirituality/self-help area. Very few are there to help the reader improve his own life. This book seems to me to be written quite unselfishly, with the purpose of helping the reader to uncover new possibilities in his own life. In that way, it can be regarded as a practical and helpful book and one that serves in its way to build up civilization. I like to play Tai Chi. The worst insult you can give to a Tai Chi player is to tell him that his practice is "talking Chi Kung". That is, all talk, no show. This is a real book and not just talk.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2003
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Have you ever been in a good mood only to blow up at your spouse or child the moment they walked in the door after not seeing them all day; then blame yourself for the way you've acted? Have you ever driven past another car and gotten an instant headache? If you've experienced any similar circumstances, you need to read this book. The author will tell to you that you are normal...for being an empath. She will explain in very easy to understand terms why you feel and act the way you do and how to get relief from feeling like you may be crazy. Her terms like Emotional Oneness and Physical Oneness will help you understand yourself and how and why you do seemingly strange things and act strange ways. She explains the various kinds of empaths in such a way that you can pinpoint yourself through her text. You will learn how to control your wonderful gifts for understanding and helping mankind while making your life so much more comfortable. The way she writes makes you feel like she's sitting in front of you and personally teaching you about yourself as if she was you! Thank you Rose!!!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Colleen B. Arcury on July 1, 2005
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Rose Rosetree's "Empowered By Empathy" has literally been a life saver for me! I have known for years that I am an empath, but was not very skilled. Rose's book has helped me be grateful for being an empath instead of miserable.

It is written with Rose's unique brand of humor and passion.

The exercises in it are easy to do and to remember. This is the ONLY book of it's kind that addresses the different ways of being empathic. The book focuses on empathic gifts as a way to be in service to others while being able to appropriately care for oneself. Her novel, "Roar of the Huntids", chronicles the experiences of a young woman in the not so far off future who awakens to and learns how to use her empathic gifts. I can't thank Rose enough for the information she has brought into my life!
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