Confusion is a symptom that makes you feel as if you can't think clearly. You might feel disoriented and have a hard time focusing or making decisions. Confusion is also referred to as disorientation. In its extreme state, it's referred to as delirium.
The way out of confusion and emptiness as an empath
An empath is a person that is extremely sensitive to the emotions and energy of other people, animals and places. They have the ability to physically feel the energy field of others and their surrounding.
Empaths are naturally highly intuitive. They have a strong sense of ‘knowing’ that there is more to a story than what meets the eyes.
If you identify as an empath, you might have been born with this ability, or that your senses were developed through living in an unsafe and unpredictable childhood environment, or by having unavailable, abusive or inconsistent parents. Your highly attuned intuitive skills were at some point vital for your survival as it allowed you to very rapidly assess, through picking up the body language of others, the level of your own safety.
Your intuition or ‘tacit knowledge’, is an immaculately designed calculator that combines all your past experiences – including those that you do not consciously remember – to make decisions that are best for you. When skillfully used, it is your perfect guidance. Unfortunately, many adult empaths have lost touch with their intuitive gifts and are left with a sense of internal confusion, chaos, which can manifest as an inability to make even the smallest decisions in life. Over time this can lead to low self-esteem, and a sense of chronic emptiness.
Our intuitions almost always have the best answer, yet many of us choose to block this internal wisdom. We do this by inserting self-doubt, fear, distraction or all-or-nothing thinking.
Sometimes, empaths may intentionally or unintentionally ‘dull their senses’ due to the chaos and pain that comes from their abilities. As an empath, you are naturally gifted to make instant connection with others’ emotions, and this would happen automatically and unconsciously. However, if you do not realise this and have not managed to distinguish your own feelings from that of others, you will absorb the impact of stress and pain around you, and suffer from being overwhelmed. This can result in unexplainable mood swings and unpredictable energy levels. It also triggers physical symptoms such as headaches and fatigue. In order to evade such pain, many empaths have thrown the babies out of the bath water and lost the ability to trust their natural gifts.
Another reason for you to be cut off from your intuition maybe that your early caregivers were blinded by, or even rejected or denied your emotions. If you grew up being punished for being sensitive, feeling intensely or for expressing feelings, you eventually learned to reject your own senses. The message that you were given was that not only your feelings, but also your beliefs, values and opinions were ‘wrong’. As an adult, this translates into an internal belief that says “I cannot be trusted”.