Caroline van Kimmenade

Is Transmuting Energy the Solution for Empath Overwhelm?

May 9, 2023

Empath overwhelm is the worst! It’s also very misunderstood. And where discussions of empath overwhelm pop up, discussions on the best methods for transmuting energy tend to follow. Many empaths see it as their job to turn darkness into light. Like Magic Alchemists, they move through the world with an all-seeing eye, ready to cleanse, […]

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7 kinds of Energy Ick that can drive you nuts when you’re Highly Sensitive and Intuitive

January 29, 2023

Nobody likes ick, am I right? But when you’re highly sensitive and intuitively aware of subtle energy, you will be confronted with energy ick on top of regular human ick. The problem is, nobody is (probably) telling you about it or what it is. So chances are you feel kind of crazy even daring to […]

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4 Simple Disciplines that Make Your Life Better

October 3, 2022

Healthy habits become your new normal over time. With enough positive habits in place, life gets better on auto-pilot. Here are 4 disciplines I believe are very worth cultivating, no matter how good – or how bad – your life is: Discipline 1: Save to make your life better Have a savings account with money […]

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Why Protecting Yourself with Better Boundaries Against Abuse Can Feel (really) Scary

August 1, 2022

Let’s face it, you don’t need excellent boundaries in order to deal with truly kind, compassionate people. Chances are, if you forget to speak up they’ll ask anyway. If you ignore your own needs they’ll check if you’re o.k. Before deciding on anything big they’ll make sure to know what you truly want and factor […]

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Do This First to Heal Childhood Trauma

June 26, 2022

Many people avoid healing childhood trauma because they’re scared of the emotional pain that might surface. They worry they won’t be able to handle it or that they’ll be stuck with chronic pain. If that’s you – even if just a little bit – I have good news for you. A responsible healing practice starts […]

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7 Big Reasons it’s Time to get Serious about Your Heartfelt Dream

June 18, 2022

Do you have a heartfelt dream? Something that feels so right but that has been on the back-burner for a while now? Something that’s been put on hold? Or something you’ve not quite pursued actively before? Or maybe you ARE working on it and serious about it (high-five!). Either way, here are 7 big reasons […]

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Empaths in Relationships – 5 Hidden Struggles

May 4, 2022

So on empaths and relationships…¬†Gosh, this should probably be a list of 200 struggles, not just 5. But writing a whole book would take too long, so I’ll just share 5 points. These are 5 that I get a lot of “oh my gosh I had no idea!” reactions to from clients, so I’m guessing […]

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What did you do wrong? Blame versus Criticism

April 30, 2022

Nobody’s perfect, right? So it’s normal to receive some criticism from time to time. If you’re someone who makes a real attempt to hear others’ point of view, reflect on your actions and take responsibility where needed, then surely, all will be well? So why is it that – with some people – even when […]

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Why Do Narcissists Hate Grief So Much?

April 25, 2022

Narcissists really hate tears, have you noticed? If you’re the one crying, they’ll be the first one to ridicule you or make you shut up one way or another. To overt narcissists, tears spell weakness. That’s something they’ll likely admit to, because they like to boast about being strong. To covert narcissists, crocodile tears (not […]

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9 Ways to Nourish Your Heart (and reverse compassion fatigue)

April 1, 2022

The world needs open hearts. The world needs compassion, caring, empathy, and being present. Your heart is important in so many ways. But how do you nourish and support your heart when the world looks bleak, hatred seems to run rampant and trying to care about one more thing feels impossible? Below are 9 ways. […]

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Why Narcissists have the Power to Make You Feel Crazy

March 27, 2022

If you’ve ever tried to reason with a narcissist, you will no doubt have felt exasperated, confused… and wondered if you were crazy. I mean, you’re a pretty smart person, but somehow you just can’t follow their logic!  Why is it that every time you feel like you get a little closer to understanding what’s going on, and […]

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Are you Highly Sensitive, Very Empathic and Unusually Intuitive?

November 26, 2021

You may have been told that you are too sensitive, too emotional and too weird overal. How do you know what you know? How come you seem to understand other people so well? Why do you get stressed out by things other people seem to be fine with? You care and tend to take other […]

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3 Magical Things I Learned from Losing my Memory

November 24, 2021

I don’t talk about this often, but for a while, my short-term memory was completely shot. This was back sometime around 2010. Quick context: In 2009 I burned out to the point where I couldn’t work, and I could barely get through my day. The short of it is: it was not fun. I don’t […]

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12 Misleading Ways Narcissistic People Sound Loving – when they’re really selfish

November 4, 2021

Some narcissistic people are really good at sounding loving, when they really aren’t. They care about “looking good” so when kindness gets them bonus points, they’ll be sure to phrase their motivation that way. These narcissistic people will often use “loving” language to refer to things that have nothing to do with love. It’s not […]

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Dark Night of the Soul Healing versus Happy Healing

October 3, 2021

Most of us start learning about healing when life gets really painful, right? When you’re in your dark night of the soul. You’re looking around for a light at the end of the tunnel, and at some point you’re willing to pretty much try anything. Including things you would have thought were ridiculous not that […]

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I tried 25+ Vegan Protein Powders with my Sensitive Gut to find the Best One

May 25, 2021

When you are Highly Sensitive, it can feel like lots of things in this world weren’t designed with you in mind. As HSPs we are often the “canary in the mine” – our bodies can be the first that get upset from things that other people feel are “just fine”. This sensitivity means that finding […]

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What You Didn’t Know About Narcissism

May 20, 2021

When you think about “narcissists” you probably think about entitled, selfish people who only do what’s best for themselves while trampling on others, right? And those people exist, for sure, but they are not what you need to be on the lookout for when you’re trying to be smart about handling narcissism. You see, narcissism […]

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Boundaries for Highly Sensitive People: the yes, the no, the confusion

January 12, 2021

I get a lot of questions about boundaries for Highly Sensitive People. BUT – many sensitive souls don’t know that their real questions are about boundaries! They will google overwhelm and exhaustion and physical pain and all kinds of problems and ailments that are the result of not having supportive boundaries. So, the fact that […]

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How to Recognize Psychic Narcissists Masquerading as Empath Healers (11 Indicators)

September 30, 2020

Psychic Narcissists? Masquerading? Empath Healers? These are all big topics. And why should you even care? Well – because the healing techniques and approaches that psychic narcissists teach, will teach you to become like them. Whoops! Yes, for the most part, we become what we do. There are many aspects to our self that we […]

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How do you explain your feelings to someone who isn’t empathic?

September 26, 2020

I received a question the other day. It’s a question on how to explain your feelings to others who don’t get it. How to explain your feelings to people who are not emotional, and who are (though she doesn’t use that word) narcissistic: “How can I explain my feelings to others who are on the […]

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