An ‘Empath’ is someone who has a spiritual talent to perceive and understand other people’s emotional states.
This process usually happens subconsciously and the Empath simply knows certain things about other people that even they are not aware of.
There are many types of Empaths with certain abilities and talents exhibited in various ways. And then, there are The Heyokas!
What is a Heyoka?
Heyoka is a Native American term meaning “sacred clown” or “fool”. Seems an odd terminology for what we now consider to be the most powerful type of Empath.
The translation of heyoka gives us little clue into the true meaning the Native Americans tried to put behind the word. In English, it would be more appropriate to describe a Heyoka Empath as someone who sees the world differently and acts in a way that is the opposite of normal.
When you meet a Heyoka in person, they act as a great emotional mirror. What you see in them will show you what you must work on to grow and evolve spiritually.
Connecting with a heyoka can be an emotional experience. You may leave feeling angry or leave feeling an incredible sense of love.
As an emotional mirror, whenever a Heyoka senses an emotional reaction in you, they use it as a guide of what to reflect back to you that will help you most on your journey.
Think of them like Rafiki from Lion King.
They reflect what you need to see. Most of the time they do this unconsciously.
Say you leave a Heyoka feeling irritated and angry because of their ‘arrogance’. In reality, this is the Heyoka’s way of showing you your need to be humble.
Maybe you leave a Heyoka filled with a sense of love. The Heyoka may be trying to convey to you the importance of self-love and acceptance.
The guidance will be individualized and unique to each person a Heyoka meets. This is what makes them so powerful.
Your ability to understand what they are trying to teach you will depend on how ‘open’ your eyes are toward self introspection.
This is how to know if you or someone you meet is a Heyoka Empath:
There are some signs that are common among all Heyokas!
– Born breach (entering the world backwards);
– Developing some traits slower than normal people and other traits incredibly fast;
– Being dyslexic;
– Being emotionally unpredictable;
– Doing things backwards;
– Thinking outside of the box;
– Appearing younger than their age both mentally and physically;
NOTE: If 2 or more of these markers are true to you than you are a Heyoka.
A Heyoka can recognize another Heyoka when they feel their energy. They are deeply sensitive to another’s energy (like other Empaths) and can see how emotions of various people play out and affect each other on a large scale.
Why are Heyokas so powerful and important?
In Native American tribes, where Heyokas were respected and revered for their abilities, Heyokas would be the ones to open people’s eyes to new possibilities and different angles of a situation.
They also had the ability to shift the energy of a group through their understanding of emotions.
In our modern society, a Heyoka may be a peacemaker, maybe someone who is particularly good at working with people and keeping the energy in a group balanced, or simply your weird friend who acts as a clown to keep the mood of the group positive.
Heyokas help people who are stuck to see that there is more than one path in life.
They are the wild cards who give you opportunity to take your destiny in your own hands.
They are able to look at a situation and see the backwards way.
Heyokas change people’s lives in a single meeting by bringing them outside of society’s schematic way of thinking.
It might sound counter intuitive, but some people say they hold the medicine for chaos.
In the eyes of a Heyoka, we will be able to see a mirror of the truth and, if we are humble enough to see it, we can use it to set ourselves free!