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“Whose Stuff Is This Anyway?” by Yvonne Perry

Yvonne Perry and I have been blogging buddies since 2006 when she featured my book "Sightlines: A Poet's Diary" on a Writers in the Sky podcast. Search Riehlife for archives about Yvonne Perry by typing her name in the search box. We finally met in person during my audio book launch in Nashville.

Her new book "Whose Stuff Is It Anyway?" explores how to "Find Freedom from the Thoughts, Feelings, and Energy of Those Around You, with ways to stay emotionally healthy in am over-stimulating world."a

Here's what people are saying about Yvonne's book.


Humans are connected in many ways: the air we breathe, our basic needs and physiology, and energetically/spiritually. No one feels the power of this connection more than the energy-sensitive people, known as empaths, who unknowingly pick up on the detrimental thoughts, feelings, and even the illnesses of others and their environment.

Many carry this negativity as if it were their own. In fact, some empaths are so burdened with the energy of others, they are no longer aware of what their own energy feels like. Mysterious illnesses, anxiety attacks, hearing voices, seeing shadows, feeling negative, fearful, anger, or having an impending sense of dread— you name it, they feel it. And most empathic people have no idea where this stuff is coming from.

“Around your physical body, there is a magnetic shield of energy known as your aura. Its purpose is to provide protection and gather energy and information as you interface with your environment. In grade school, we were taught to keep our hands to ourselves. The same is true with the energy field surrounding our body,” writes Nashville author Yvonne Perry in her new book, WHOSE STUFF IS THIS?

Finding Freedom from the Thoughts, Feelings, and Energy of Those Around You.“Ideally, your energy field should be kept two to three feet from your body, but many untrained empaths unknowingly allow their aura to extend and blend with the energy fields of others who have lax boundaries around their auras.

When empathic people tap into the thoughts or emotional impulses of another person, the intuitive gift of empathy (much stronger than heart-felt compassion) reaches in and absorbs energy in an effort to heal or ‘fix’ whatever is out of sync. In doing so, the empath can become contaminated with unhealthy energy. Unfortunately, most of them do not know how to clear the psychic clutter in their auric field.”

Yvonne is joined by psychotherapist Dr. Caron B. Goode, ED.D., NCC, DAPA to provide a fresh perspective on the psychological aspect of empathy and intuition. “Some of the characteristics that empaths display can also be diagnosed as ADD, agoraphobia, bipolar disorder, or clinical depression,” says Caron. “Most doctors and counselors are not aware that empathy fatigue exists, much less how to treat it, but this intuitive overload is a very real problem to energy-sensitive people.” Caron is the author of The Art & Science of Coaching Parents, Raising Intuitive Children, and Kids Who See Ghosts - Guide Them Through Their Fears.

“Yvonne Perry's book thoroughly explains the process of being an empath in today's world. She provides cognitive, emotional, physical, energetic, and spiritual explanations for the origin of deep empathy, while sharing her own amazing story and the stories of others,” says transformational coach Gini Grey.

“This book offers an array of powerful techniques to help empathic people create healthy boundaries, stay balanced, and release other people's energy and emotions from their personal space. This book is a must read for anyone and everyone who is sensitive to the thoughts, moods and problems of those around them.” Gini is the author of FROM CHAOS TO CALM: How to Shift Unhealthy Stress Patterns and Create Your Own Balance in Life.


Yvonne is a graduate of American Institute of Holistic Theology where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Metaphysics. For years she was enmeshed with the dogma of religion that her family and church leaders passed down to her.

Before she had a label to put on her empathetic ability, she called herself an intercessor. While praying for others she empathically took on their suffering until it severely challenged her emotional and physical health. Embracing a totally different path and belief system, she now openly uses the gift of empathy to help others heal their lives.

Yvonne Perry
Phone: (615) 415-9861

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  1. This is the first time hearing about Yvonne's book, but It certainly set off a light bulb. Being an empath myself, I grew up in a house filled with negative energy that originated with my own father's mental illness. I carried that 'stuff' for many years, calling it my own. Through meditation, prayer, and the clear vision of a close friend, I was able to separate from it. If only "Whose Stuff..." had been available back then. Many thanks to Yvonne for writing a book on the subject, and hopefully helping others to clear out the clutter!

  2. Selena, thank you for sharing your story. I think our home of origin plays a huge role in how we develop our spiritual and emotional intellect. Obviously, your father, like mine, did the best he could, but he did not set the foundation for you to launch forth in your divine purpose. Thankfully, we all get to start over and reinvent ourselves!


  3. Thanks Yvonne and Selena for your discussion on this important topic. I'm glad you've connected! Yes, our parents typically do the best they can with what they know to do at the time.


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