Are you sensitive to smells, sounds, visual stimulation, tastes, and feelings? Are you criticized for your sensitivity? Want to know why?
This morning I am going to share a little about what it means to be sensitive to provide some insight for you—not about me, but potentially about you.
Today I’m speaking to the person reading this post that is sensitive to the world, but doesn’t realize the extent of that sensitivity.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret—that really isn’t a secret. Even if you’re not actively developing your psychic abilities right now, you are an intuitive being.
- You are psychic.
- Your “gut” will guide you, if you pay attention.
- The more sensitive you are (emotionally, physically, visually, etc.), the closer your intuition is to the surface.
I’m Sensitive. Are You?
Before I chose to develop psychically, I had lived several decades as a sensitive person.
- I have always been sensitive to a variety of foods (e.g., dairy, carbohydrates, etc.) and I have always craved sugar, which just exacerbated my emotional sensitivities.
- As a child, I remember crying for Bambi when his mother died—because I felt what it would be like to be abandoned and lose my mother in that way.
- Throughout my career, I’ve endured co-workers making crass or rude comments and then verbally attacking me for being “overly sensitive” when I called them on their inappropriate behavior.
- The smell of pipe, cigarette, and cigar smoke have always bothered me, but as I grew psychically, my sensitivities for this smell and others have developed to the point that I become physically ill—nauseated, headache, etc.—just by smelling certain scents.
The Five Senses
As a small child through my formative years I was aware of my sensitivities that were tangible. I could touch, feel, hear, taste, or see what I was sensitive to. But for most of my life, I was unaware of how sensitive I was to the energy around me—what can only be experienced with the sixth sense (aka psychic awareness, intuition, gut reaction).
As an adult, before I chose to develop psychically, I primarily experienced life using my five senses. My psychic abilities were available to me, and sometimes I would even use them, but without a lot of awareness. Many people will refer to a “gut reaction” or “following a hunch” when what they’re really doing is listening to their intuition or using their psychic abilities to navigate the world.
When we were very young, most of us not only experienced the world with our five senses, but were also very in tune with the energy of our world.
- As a baby, we smiled at people who loved us because we sensed their love,
- we were content with animals that looked out for us because we intuitively felt their intent,
- we knew our likes and dislikes and weren’t shy about expressing our joy or discontent.
However, as most of us aged, we became less consciously aware of the energy around us. Because I was unaware of the energy around me and within me until I developed psychically, I want to focus on energy sensitivity today.
Energy is EVERYWHERE
Yes. I know. I have discussed this theme before.
Energy IS everywhere.
Energy is within and around everything.
Today, I want to focus on what “energy is everywhere” means from a practical standpoint. Unless we are actively aware of the energy around us and within us, we may unknowingly give our energy away or take on the energy from our environment or another person’s energy who is knowingly or unknowingly giving their energy away.
Environmental Impacts of Energy
I hate wind.
It took me a long time to figure out WHY I hate wind so much.
- Wind stirs up energy.
- Wind co-mingles energy and shoves it around.
- Wind transforms serenity into disturbance.
- Wind is angry.
- Wind forces energy to move around, instead of allowing energy to move around.
- Wind makes me anxious and on edge.
- Wind is tumultuous.
I find that wind disturbs my aura as well as stirring up my emotions. One day of wind is typically annoying to me, but not usually energetically altering for me. However, several days of wind seems to break down my defenses.
The sound, the particles in the air, and the overall unease creeps into my body.
Although a good offense (e.g., shielding) is the best defense against environmental disturbances like wind, it’s hard to keep the perimeter strong over an extended period or when the disturbance is particularly strong.
If the shielding isn’t 100% effective, I find it useful to do some personal “housekeeping” after things calm down. Just as it’s necessary to literally sweep away the dust and debris after a storm, cleaning out the energy that does not belong to me, helps me to get back on track.
Because wind is such an active energy, I find it useful to use Maitland’s technique of shaking it off. I shake my arms and envision the wind’s energy leaving my body like the water rivulets leave a shaking dog. Sometimes it helps to dance it off by singing a favorite song at the top of my lungs and dancing around the room. Use whatever method works for you. For me, vigorous movement of some kind works best.
Compassion without Personal Suffering
It is important that we all have compassion for our fellow human beings. But those of us who are particularly sensitive need to remember that compassion does not mean owning the burden of another person. If the burden does not belong to you, do not try to fix it or take it from the person who owns it.
Caring about someone without carrying the person’s burden or trying to fix the issue is hard for sensitive people.
We want to help.
We feel the pain of the sufferer. Sometimes we create vignettes in our minds that are even worse than the person’s actual suffering.
Remind yourself repeatedly until it finally sinks in, “If it’s not mine, I need to let it go.”
It’s important to protect myself (e.g., shielding) before I interact with people—especially people in a highly emotional situation such as a funeral or an event that has the potential to be confrontational. However, this is still something I struggle with. Unfortunately, I still find that I sometimes take on the energy of other people because I care soooo much! Even though I am aware of my tendency to take on the burdens of others, it still sneaks up on me. I might feel ill after visiting a sick friend or I might feel drained after I’m around someone who is grieving. Because my compassion can lead to personal suffering, it’s imperative that I do a lot of self care. For me, prayer, meditation, gentle movement (e.g., stretching), massage, and showering, are useful techniques to bring myself back into balance and to help me to let go of the energy that doesn’t belong to me.
Healing without Draining Personal Energy
Giving your energy away can be just as personally damaging as taking on energy that does not belong to you. When you want to send someone positive energy, or pray for someone, or love someone, I recommend you tap into source energy so you are a conduit from source, instead of giving away your own energy. For me “source” is God, but you might have a different name for source energy. It really doesn’t matter, as long as you’re focused on the highest vibration source energy. I connect with God and I pray on behalf of another or I ask God to use me to send love and positive energy to the person.
Why are You so Sensitive?!
If this question has been asked of you, you’re probably more sensitive than other people around you. Although you may have been led to believe that sensitivity is BAD, I’m here to remind you that sensitivity is AMAZING!
But most importantly, learn how to work with your sensitivity to help you navigate the world.
- When your stomach is upset after you eat, ask your body why.
- When you feel an instant dislike to someone you meet, listen to your intuition. Ask your intuition why and if appropriate, steer clear of future interactions with the person.
- When you can’t figure out why you’re in a funk, check to see if you have taken on the energy of someone else or you have given away so much of your personal energy you’re exhausted.
“Listen” and take appropriate action.