by Dana Knerl RN, MPH, HNB-BC

One day while perusing an Empath support group page on social media, I decided to post simply that “Your Sensitivity is a Gift.” I was just feeling called to spread some love and encouragement among my highly sensitive peers. I was not quite ready to receive all of the backlash that came through.

Numerous people responded to my post, and I was surprised to find that many had negative replies. People in the group wrote things like “No, it’s not. It is a curse.” and “I hate being an empath.” I was stunned, and at the same time I was completely saddened. Yes, everyone is absolutely entitled to have their own opinion and express what they are feeling. It was a support group after all. However, I really did love being an empath. As a nurse and energy healer, it gave me this depth of understanding around not only my patients and clients, but also my friends, family members, and other people in general. I knew it helped me to feel profound compassion for others, and I would not give it away for anything. To me, the responses I received almost felt like a cry for help, and from that point on I made a decision to target the work I do to help empaths heal and learn how to turn any perceived burden into a strength.

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© 2023 by Dana Knerl. Through her training, experience, and travels, Dana Knerl's work unites both Western and Eastern models of health and wellness. She has been a registered nurse for over 20 years, and has worked in various fields, including pediatric and adult health, mental health, substance use disorder treatment, international medical aid, and trauma program management. Dana is a board-certified holistic nurse with a Master’s degree in Public Health. She is a Reiki Master, Registered Yoga Teacher, Akashic Records Practitioner and Chakra Mentor. Dana's home is in Vail, CO where she built her own holistic healing practice in 2015. She guides individuals on their path of healing toward their divine purpose, as well as healers who wish to change the world with their gifts.

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