(San Francisco, CA, USA)
I'm 18 years old and I've recently learned the explanation for why I've always been so sensitive to other people and get over-stimulated in crowded situations. I am an empath.
In the past 6-7 months alone, I've seen spirits, I hear and feel my spirit guides all the time and often tap into the thoughts and feelings of others. It can definitely be overwhelming and I'm not quite sure how to turn it off when I don't want to feel other people's energy.
I just had a terrifying experience today in a supermarket. I was standing in line with my dad and the guy behind us suddenly started making me feel really uncomfortable. He had no items with him in the checkout line, which was strange, but I didn't think anything of it at first. I thought I was just overreacting because I do have anxiety, but it just kept getting hotter and hotter and I suddenly got these flashes of what he was thinking.
In my mind, I saw him suddenly pulling out a gun to shoot up the entire place and all I could feel was pain and fear. It was absolutely one of the scariest moments of my life, but from the outside it probably looked completely normal. Just a crowded line of people at the grocery store.
I felt like I was about to die and he was thinking about killing everyone he saw. At this point, I quickly asked my guides if I was safe and to give me a sign that they were with me.
For me, spirit tends to show me repeating numbers as a physical sign of confirmation. I pulled out my phone and looked at the time. It was 5:55 exactly and I knew that it was real, but that we would be safe.
It was such a crazy experience! I NEVER want to feel that way again and I want to learn how to better control my empathic gifts so I can turn it on and off at will.