21 Clear Signs You Are A Heyoka Empath (2022) Powerful & Rare

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If you’re wondering what a Heyoka empath is, whether you’re one or maybe one of your friends, you’re in the right place.

This guide lists 21 clear signs to help you know if someone is a Heyoka empath. It also includes several interesting facts about this type of empathic person.  

In my role as a life coach, I am often helping people better understand themselves and the people closest to them. 

That’s why I’m excited to share this guide with you. 

Let’s dive in.

What Is A Heyoka Empath?

I have an extensive guide on what an empath is, but a Heyoka empath is one of the rarer subsets. 

A Heyoka empath feels the emotions and energy of others inside their body, but also has the natural ability to help them heal from bad moods, often using humor. 

The term Heyoka is a native American word. It originates from the Native American Sioux Tribe, meaning “sacred clown”.

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What Does A Heyoka Do?

This sacred clown not only has the incredible ability to sense energy, they also act as emotional mirrors to help people heal from the negative energy engulfing them. When people interact with a Heyoka empath, they often see just a reflection of their true selves. They then understand what they need to heal. 

What Are The Signs Of A Heyoka Empath?

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Below is a list of the most common telltale signs that someone is a Heyoka empath. The more of these signs that you resonate with, the more likely it is that you are one of these empathic individuals. 

1. They’re Exceptionally Open-Minded

All empaths have to be somewhat open-minded in order to feel others’ emotions so strongly. It’s this open-mindedness that allows them to understand the emotions of others in tough situations, rather than condemn, label and stereotype them.

A Heyoka empath tends to have exceptional levels of open-mindedness. They see the world differently and that’s what allows them to consistently and consciously heal others, in spite of their background and personal situation. 

A Heyoka empath isn’t the type to judge someone negatively until they have plenty of information about their situation.

Related: How To Spot An Empath

2. They Have A Powerful Energy Radar

A defining trait of an empath is the ability to feel other’s energies within them. This is no different with a Heyoka empath.

Heyoka empaths will not only feel the energy of others within them, they’ll also use this skill to determine what energy other people need.

They’re givers of positive energy, as well as receivers.  

3. They’re Fantastic Healers 

This is the unique gift of the Heyoka empath. They’re a pain eater – and it often comes naturally to them.  

Heyoka empaths often find most conversations end up with them giving advice to people, or helping them to feel better in some other way.

People commonly say that they feel their life has improved after talking with a Heyoka empath, or at the very least, they feel better about their future.

As mentioned earlier, this is because Heyoka empaths genuinely care about the people they interact with.  

Related: Reasons The Gift Of Empathy Is A Blessing And Not A Curse

4. People Are Strongly Affected By Heyoka Empaths

You could have just met a Heyoka empath. You may have encountered them for the first time. Either way, they’ll tend to have a lasting impact. 

Their words leave an impression, because these empaths feel your state of energy. Through their words, you can feel that they feel it! They could’ve influenced and set a positive example for thousands of people. 

This feeling, combined with their tremendous empathy, unique personality and wild sense of humor, means you won’t forget your interactions with them for a while. 

If people you’ve just met feel strangely close to you and comfortable in your presence, that’s a sign you’re a Heyoka empath yourself. 

5. In A Group Tragedy, A Heyoka Empath Thinks To Help Others First

In a situation where the whole group suffers a disappointment or finds themselves in danger, a Heyoka empath will put the emotions of others before their own needs. 

This comes naturally, as they don’t even think to serve their own needs first. Indeed, it’s common for a Heyoka empath to treat such situations in a light-hearted way and highlight the bright side, even if they are suffering themselves, if only to lift other’s feelings.   

Related: Super Empath Vs Narcissist & What We Can Learn From Both

6. They Respond To Tragedy With Humor

It’s an uncommon and potentially disrespectful social strategy to respond to bad news by making light of the situation. However, Heyoka empaths tend to have the skill of knowing how and when to execute this in a successful way. 

They’re great at diffusing tension and hostility with humor, and raising spirits when a group has been hit with disappointing news. 

Heyoka emptahs use their energy-reading ability to sense when it’s better to respond to tragedy in a more conventional way too. 

7. They Can Sense What People Are Thinking, Even If They Don’t Say It

Not everyone is bold enough to wear their heart on their sleeve and share their emotions with the world. Unless we’re surrounded by those we trust, the human default is arguably to keep our emotions to ourselves. 

Heyoka empaths, however, are great readers of social situations. They have the ability to read body language and sense the emotions of others, and can use this to tell how others around them are feeling. 

In fact, they feel others’ emotions so strongly that they often experience it within their own bodies.    

Related: 71+ Empath Quotes To Empower Your Sensitive Side

8. They Have A Strong Sense Of Intuition

Sometimes, a Heyoka empath will know the best step to take in a social situation, but won’t know why it’s the best.  

Smart and confident Heyoka empaths with a good self-knowledge will learn it’s best to follow their intuition, and that this will normally lead to a positive outcome.

If you’re someone who is confident in following their intuition, even when you don’t understand the logic behind your decisions, that’s a good sign you’re a Heyoka empath. 

9. They Stand Out From The Crowd

Even if they don’t understand what a Heyoka Empath is or why this person stands out from others, most people will recognize there’s something unique about them.  

Heyoka empaths often make deep connections quickly – and others in their environment unconsciously feel that. They make an impression on other lives that some can’t. There’s something different about the way they make others feel, and others will often make a point of bringing this up. 

Related: 21 Reasons Why Intuitive Empaths Have A Gift

10. An Undeniably Great Sense Of Humor

The ability to make people laugh is another defining trait of a Heyoka empath. It’s rare that their humor is polarizing. More likely, it’s universally agreed that this person is funny and good time is to be had around them. 

11. They Value Honesty 

It’s rare that you’ll find Heyoka empaths beating around the bush or telling white lies. Honesty is an important quality to them, even in difficult social situations. 

Their honesty is always intense, but rarely seen as brutal, such is their uncanny ability to feel people’s energy and understand what they need to hear.

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12. They’re Happy To Go Against The Masses 

We humans are tribal creatures. Most of us find it very difficult to make decisions that go against the wishes of our social group, or of mainstream society. 

Heyoka empaths don’t tend to have that problem. They’re confident in their decisions, even if they are somewhat different to what ‘most people’ would do or say in a similar scenario.

They’re not rebellious. More likely, they’re strong and inspirational independent thinkers. You’d often describe one as a ‘free spirit’. 

Related: 21 Real Problems Empaths Have In Romantic Relationships

13. Heyoka Empaths Tend To Be Highly Creative

You’ll often find that Heyoka Empaths like to put their unique personality and energy-reading abilities to good use via creative pursuits. Many are dancers, artists or content creators. As they are so keen to help others, you’ll naturally find a lot of them in creative coaching jobs. They’re also drawn to spiritual roles or jobs that are outside of the box. 

14. They Have An Uncanny Ability To Always Know The Right Thing To Say  

Ever get the impression that someone is reading your thought patterns, because they always know the right way to respond to you? Well, there’s a chance this person always gives the best advice because they’re reading your energy and responding based on what they feel. That’s what makes them a gifted advisor.

It’s a defining trait of a Heyoka empath to be able to heal someone who is feeling down with their words and actions, even when they’re in a precarious emotional situation. 

15. They Like To ‘Go With The Flow’

Some people like to be meticulous planners, but Heyoka empaths like to plan little and see what happens. Most likely, they have developed a spontaneous nature based on their history of seemingly always knowing what others need to feel better and have a good time. 

16. They Think Outside The Box 

Instead of following societal norms, a Heyoka empath is often suggesting unique and alternative solutions to a problem. They’re not trapped in the box of obvious answers and mainstream ideas. They’re happy to think outside the status quo and solve problems in unconventional ways, instead of doing what society expects. This can extend to using and recommending spiritual guidance or alternative medicines. 

17. People Are Sometimes Unsure How To React To Heyoka Empaths 

It’s natural to be unsure how to react when you feel someone is different, but you don’t understand why. Heyoka Empaths can often have an near-instant impact on someone else’s feelings, and this can cause emotional reactions. Although it’s common that some people react emotionally, it also leads to some people being wary or cagey around them.

Regardless of how other individuals act around them, most empaths manage to create a strong connection regardless.  

Related: 25 Empaths Protection Tools – How To Deal With Being An Empath

18. They’re Great At Spotting Liars 

An advantage of being able to ‘feel’ other people’s energy is the ability to easily detect authenticity. If someone is lying, they will usually give away tells in their body language. 

Heyoka empaths can ‘feel’ tells of a discrepancy between other people’s intentions and their words, which works as a reliable tell of their honesty.  

19. They Often Suffer From Emotional Overload 

Heyoka empaths tend to be highly emotional themselves. They’re not afraid to express the joy of the highs and the pain of the lows in life, and have the whole world witness it. 

Now, add the fact that they’re also prone to experience other people’s highs and lows on a deeply personal level.

When you consider both of these facts, it’s perhaps no surprise that Heyoka empaths can often become emotionally overwhelmed and end up feeling tired, particularly in group situations.   

20. They Crave Solitude And Peace 

Heyoka empaths do feel a great sense of joy and meaning from healing others, but it can be exhausting too. Empaths suffer from emotional exhaustion. It can cause mental health issues, for sure. That’s why you’ll often find they often need to be spending time to recover and heal themselves. 

The only real way they can heal is in solitude, where they’re not picking up on other people’s emotions all the time. They can no longer serve others until this recharging has completed.

If you or a friend of yours often wants some alone time to recharge away from other people, it might not be that they’re an introvert.

It might actually be that they’re highly empathic. The desire to recharge in solitude is definitely a sign of a Heyoka empath, anyway.   

Related: 12 Types Of Empaths And How To Identify Yours

21. They Go Against The Grain In Other Strange Ways 

Some researchers of Heyoka empaths suggest that a lot of them are left-handed, in proportion to the rest of the global population anyway. Other reports say that many Heyoka empaths were born feet-first. It’s supposedly unproportionally common for them to have dyslexia too. It’s also said that they look younger than their actual age. 

While these stats don’t appear to be backed up with proper scientific evidence, it’s worth noting that Heyoka empaths do tend to be linked with other physical symptoms that make them ‘go against the grain’ of society.    

Important Facts About Heyoka Empaths

Now you know how to spot whether you or someone you know is a heyoka empath, let’s learn a bit more about them. 

Heyoka Empath Purpose

The Heyoka empath has a clear purpose; to make the world a better place through the healing of others. 

Heyoka Empath Awakening

Heyoka empaths awaken others through reading other people’s behavior by acting as mirrors to their pain. Through interacting with a Heyoka empath, many people can often see the journey they need to heal themselves. It’s a key part of the Heyoka’s healing work. 

First though, a Heyoka empath needs to awaken themselves to their own strengths. This self-discovery process supposedly happens subconsciously, by encountering the Great Thunder Spirit in a dream or a vision. 

Heyoka Empath Symbol

Heyoka Empath Symbol

The Heyoka empath symbol is a “Thunderbird”. This represents the Great Thunder Spirit involved in their awakening. Some may choose to don this symbol to illustrate their soul’s path in life.

Heyoka Empath Abilities

The defining ability of the Heyoka empath is being able to heal the emotions of others when they’re in a low state. This is the quality that seperates them from other types of narcissists. 

Heyoka Empath Twin Flame

A Heyoka empath is such a highly developed type of empath and leave such a lasting impression on people that they are often of *** of being a twin flame with a lot of people. It’s incredibly rare to feel that twin flame connection with someone, but the energy-reading abilities of a Heyoka empath allows people to feel it with them far more often than they would with another type of person. 

Heyoka Empath And Narcissist

Heyoka empaths and narcissists are essentially polar opposites. One naturally moves to heal others. One naturally only ever cares about themselves. These differences naturally cause tension and a lack of understanding of one another. If there was one type of person that a Heyoka empath would struggle to connect with, it’s a narcissist. 

What Is The Strongest Type Of Empath?

There are many empaths, each with their own unique qualities, and it’s difficult to suggest which is the most powerful type. However, with their natural healing abilities, it would be hard to argue against anyone who suggests a Heyoka Empath is the most powerful empath.

Heyoka Empath Test

If you want to learn more about whether you’re a Heyoka empath, I’d recommend this online test.  

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Any More Questions?

Thanks for reading my guide. I hope it makes sense to you. 

People misunderstand empaths, but hopefully you have better knowledge of the true character of these sacred clowns now. 

If you think there’s any way the article could’ve improved, perhaps if i’d explained things differently, feel free to let me know in the comments.

Also, I’d love to hear about your experiences of dealing with people born with this important trait.  

It would be great to hear the different angles of a person’s true experience with a Heyoka empath.