I've observed something rather disheartening the longer I embrace my Path. I seem to intimidate others now, whereas I used to make folks feel at ease. I can still calm these nervous adults if I project a soothing intent, but frankly, most times I don't see the point of using my energy to "smooth over" my effect on others. In contrast, I'm actually able to connect with children for the first time in my life, and my already-established gift with animals has since expanded exponentially.
It's difficult for me to determine what exactly has changed that seems to inspire social anxiety about me, from both strangers and longtime friends. Americans seem to have more and more tics these days- and as my own tics fade away, the people I'm interacting with will display more tics. I'm obviously more confident the longer I'm on my Path, with zero tolerance for bullshit and increasingly fearless to buck etiquette and social trends, all of which will of course come across as intimidating for the 'average' person. But this curious effect I have on others started very shortly after beginning my Path...which was before my Practice and personal development resolved a lifetime of self-esteem issues. Is this simply the 'It' factor of magic and witches that has been discussed in other threads?
I know I'm not the only one to notice this, and am eager to hear of shared experiences.