If you’ve ever heard, “Don’t be so sensitive,” you know it’s like saying to someone, “Don’t have blue eyes.”
The term, “highly sensitive people,” applies to about 20 percent of the population. Highly sensitive people are actually wired differently to have more acute senses, like touch, sight, sound, and to have greater empathy. A couple of the upsides of this greater awareness is an ability to sense danger before others and to enjoy nature’s beauty to a deeper degree.
High sensitivity has actually been found in all species. It’s basically a survival mechanism. When a school of fish was observed in a river, a few of them would stay closer to the river banks. The more brazen fish would swim into the middle of the river and get the tastiest morsels. However, when the river was lower, they had to swim down a waterfall to get food. Their predators were waiting for them below and they were snatched up. Fortunately, the more sensitive fish were still upstream and able to repopulate the school of fish.
Human civilization has revered the highly sensitive among us for centuries due to their insights, wisdom, intuition, and other gifts like clairaudience, clairvoyance and clairsentience. Not everyone who is highly sensitive has tapped into these gifts, but those who have are certain to be highly sensitive.
As human beings became more technologically oriented, industrialized, and competitive, the highly sensitive person became marginalized by society. Those who didn’t fit the extroverted, sales-oriented model of upward mobility were disregarded as misfits. This left many of us feeling like we didn’t belong or there was something wrong with us. Many of us “faked it ‘til we made it,” which often extracted a high price in terms of our health and sense of well-being.
The world often seems like it’s spinning out of control these days. Fear and violence are running rampant. It’s a time when old institutions and outmoded thinking are being turned upside down. People are looking for guidance.
The synchronicity of a new focus on highly sensitive people is no accident. It’s our time now. Most of us seek peace and harmony. We can bring that to those who are confused and frightened. We can be the light we were meant to be. I encourage anyone who feels the pull to follow your intuition and sense of purpose. The world needs you now more than you know. Above all, be sensitive!
Find out whether you or a loved one is highly sensitive when you attend my talk, Learn What It Means to be Highly Sensitive and How It Affects Relationships on January 21, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. at The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay Street, Westwood, MA 02090. Register here.