As spiritual awareness grows, we start to ask a lot of questions of the unknown. And if we’re not asking questions we’re downloading answers and/or healing in the form of revelations and spiritual experiences. What’s more, these experiences can feel like a constant dialog that overlays the other more mundane (yet still busy) aspects of physical reality. While the rewards of the path are great, all of this can lead to an overwhelm that is hard to manage. The presence of sensitivity indicates our own presence to the world within and the world around us at the same time, and wow, can that be a challenging state to manage in a fast-paced world that does not often understand it. We have to make time, and honor it in our own way. The path of wisdom requires us to step aside from the crowd and learn how to take care of the special needs created by it.
Recently my students and I were sharing about experiencing a heightened sensitivity throughout our lives that seemed to create special needs within us. While not everyone that is aware of their spiritual path would consider themselves highly sensitive, once subtle energy comes more into focus for any given person, a relative softening occurs that can lead to a need to upgrade energetic boundaries while keeping one’s feet firmly on the ground at the same time. These new needs come from the fact that one is truly sensing more, and overwhelm can set in when we start to become aware of overlapping stimuli on several levels of reality at once. It can feel as if one’s consciousness becomes a balloon, very easily knocked about and carried away with the wind. In the meantime, the personal self (or ego) struggles with the sense of chaos and hypersensitivity it can create.
Westernized culture often does not honor this sensitivity. On the contrary, it is usually seen as “weak” or “strange”. A non-honored sensitive will often hear things like “You’re too sensitive”, “You read into things too much”, and “just get over it / do it / stop overthinking it”, etc. while they feel as if they may be crazy or damaged in some way. An outgoing, take-control approach is honored over a more delicate nature, and even false bravado is seen as a strength over the genuine gifts of insight and truth that a sensitive soul can offer the world. While this is changing, it is changing slowly. It will take those of who identify as spiritually sensitive to stand in their natural power to bring balance to the current paradigm. Time to stop hiding away, my sensitive friends. There is wisdom in the ability to see and sense beyond the veil of everyday understanding.
The good news is, we can also learn from the take-charge, just-do-it folks too, but to know ourselves as powerful beings rather than weak or breakable, first we must learn what our needs are. Once we can take care of ourselves and speak up for what is necessary we can feel empowered to engage with the world as it is. This means taking time to unplug, meditate, visit nature, connect with inner guidance and with source. It means honoring dreams and visions and stating our insights even if it seems unconventional at the time (and not taking insensitive feedback personally). Social psychology is catching up to the reasons why some of us are sensitive and some of us aren’t. There is a divine balance in all things. I invite you now to fill your cup, take care of yourself and become fully present in this world.
I know you’d probably rather hide away in a monastery or a mountaintop, (believe me, I would too!) but that’s just not where we are called to be at this time in earth’s history. And if you are lucky enough to be tucked away from the hustle of the city anyway, I hope you will make your presence known through your art, music, writings, thoughts, inventions, research (and whatever else you are wired to contribute) because, as teacher Caroline Myss says, “We are called to be mystics outside the monastery… columns of light in our communities”. I agree with this statement whole-heartedly, and stand as a support and wisdom coach for anyone who feels called to walk the path consciously and creatively in their own lives.
For more info on some studies that have been done on the trait of being highly sensitive Click Here to learn about “The Highly Sensitive Person” with Elaine Aaron, and Click Here to learn about “The Quiet Revolution” with Susan Cain.
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In Peace Wisdom and Love,