I Don’t Want to Be an Empath Anymore: How to Reclaim Your Power Over Emotional Overload, Maintain Boundaries, and Live Your Best Life
by Ora North (Author), Danielle Dulsky (Foreword)
Do you feel all the feels—all the time? Are you fed up with the mainstream spiritual “love and light” scene that calls for constant positivity, even in the face of true loss, trauma, and pain? If so, this book, I Don’t Want to Be an Empath Anymore, is for you.
I Don’t Want to Be an Empath Anymore is a gift for the jaded empath searching for authenticity in spirituality, and spirituality in being authentic—something beyond the clichéd, positive affirmations that seem to invalidate our anger, sadness, and pain. When we feel broken—and when real damage has been done, it’s not always helpful to ignore our feelings and tell ourselves that we are perfect and whole.
In this refreshingly honest guide, shamanic practitioner Ora North offers practical exercises to help you navigate your intuition and empathic sensitivities, create much-needed boundaries, and build confidence. You’ll also learn to balance your emotions and energy, and harness the strength of your shadow side to embrace your whole self and live your best life.
Like the Japanese craft known as Kintsugi—the art of repairing broken pottery using a lacquer dusted with powdered gold—the process of acknowledging and repairing our fragmented selves can make us even more beautiful than before, cracks and all. In this book, you won’t find platitudes or attempts to whitewash your experiences. What you will find are real, practical tools and guidance to help you make the most of your unique abilities.
Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, that is, the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. Definitions of empathy encompass a broad range of emotional states. Wikipedia
—Lisa Campion, Reiki master teacher, and author of The Art of Psychic Reiki“What a relief this book is! At turns fresh, familiar, frank, and funny, author Ora North manages to distill recovery models, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and shamanism into a coherent and accessible program for empathy management, self-healing, and relationship building. Don’t take the title seriously, though. After working the exercises in I Don’t Want to Be an Empath Anymore, you will not only be more comfortable being so deep in the world of emotion, you will have become adept at it and found yourself embracing what an asset your sensitivities are to yourself and others. Highly recommended.”
—Kathryn L. Robyn, healer, artist, author of Spiritual Housecleaning, and coauthor of The Emotional House“Ora North is the wise, witchy aunt I never had, who has arrived on the scene just when this heartbroken world needs her most. How I wish I could’ve read this bracing tonic of a book when I was sixteen, and so overwhelmed by confusing, painful emotions that all I could do was bury them. Ora reassures us in her straight-talking way that it’s never too late to witness and integrate our dark, scary feelings—and regain our equilibrium. Goddess bless her for doing this groundbreaking work, and for writing this compelling, enlightening book to empower sensitive souls like me!”
—Simone Butler, an astrological consultant at www.astroalchemy.com, and author of Moon Power and Astro Feng Shui“Ora North has penned an instant classic. I Don’t Want to Be an Empath Anymore is the kind of book you immediately feel understood by; the kind of book that feels so perfect and obvious, you’re a little surprised it didn’t exist before it did. I devoured it and then gave it to my favorite people, because I wanted them to feel understood too.”
—Arden Leigh, creator of The Re-Patterning Project, and frontwoman of Arden and the Wolves
“Ora tells the truth about what it means to be a deep-feeling person in this world. She blazes a way through the precarious world of self-inquiry, and she offers real-world tools that are restorative to the raw nerves of an empath. This book is a healing.”
—Erin Schroeder, The Psychic Witch, psychic teacher
“As a ‘cry of the millennial witch,’ this guidebook has much to offer those who need to effectively harness the powers of empathetic sensitivities rather than be consumed by them. The author speaks volumes to the various aspects of being an empath in our culture, such as the dangers of the ‘positive vibe only’ complacency, past trauma, and the neglect of certain emotions. She offers innovative exercises such as listing your victims and villains of your shadow self, a formula to write your own pain alchemy affirmation, throwing yourself a pity party, and creating voluntary energetic blindness. Bravo, Ms. North!!”
—Nancy Antenucci, owner of Between Worlds LLC, author of the beloved Psychic Tarot, and teacher and presenter throughout the US and internationally as faculty for the Arcana Company in Chengdu, China
About the Author
Ora North is an empath and healer who grew tired of the “love and light” scene. She felt a lack of authenticity in the new age movement and turned to emotional shadow work instead. In her shadow, North discovered a more authentic, integrative way to be a spiritual being. Now she works with other empaths, guiding them to explore their own shadows on the path to wholeness.
Foreword writer Danielle Dulsky is author of The Holy Wild and Woman Most Wild.