Do you pick up on subtle signals? Do you have a rich inner life? Are you creative?
Have you considered that you may be a highly sensitive person?
If you're not highly sensitive, chances are you know someone who is, as according to psychologist Dr.Elaine Aaron; every fifth person is highly sensitive. This means it's a natural personality trait within a population.
Märtha and Elisabeth are both highly sensitive and have experienced this as a challenge growing up:
"I felt so much as a child, and 'just knew' these things about people. There was no language or way to express this in my environment and I was always told I had such a lively imagination', Elisabeth recalls.
Being highly sensitive could be described as having all your nerve endings outside your body. It's like you sense everyone around you, and take on their feelings and hurts.
Märtha remembers her challenges with large gatherings of people: ”I would get exhausted by being places with lots of people. Shopping malls were a killer, but parties too and large gatherings, and I had plenty of those growing up of course. I took in everyone's needs and felt I could never contribute enough. Additionally, I absorbed other people's feelings and pains. I could suddenly become sad and have pains in my arm, without knowing if it was my own or someone else's. It was very confusing."
Highly sensitive people can be extremely sensitive to light, smells and sounds too. Just by entering society, we are bombarded with a range of stimuli that others who aren't highly sensitive won't notice. But we will absorb them. This may result in getting overloaded with impressions, and because they go straight to our energy system, we are more deeply affected, get more tired and spend longer processing it.
As a highly sensitive person, you are very good at seeing others and their needs. This can be a challenge. Highly sensitive people often end up in the roles of advisor and a shoulder to cry on without quite knowing why and thereby becomes a giver. Someone who notices others, but quickly forgets themselves.
Additionally, you'd be good at the language of energy, sensing between the lines. The ability to see beneath and deeper - past words and into the core. This is a gift, but before you learn to turn this talent on and off, it can become an overload of information. And because you are so sensitive, it could be that you feel unprotected against other people's energies, affecting you much stronger than others.
We here at Soulspring have found the tools that changed all this for us, and would love to share them with you, whether you're highly sensitive or not. This is the foundation for all our courses. Many have gone from assuming being highly sensitive is a burden, to using it as their greatest talent and strength. Both Märtha and Elisabeth have found strength in their sensitivity and for us, it was a bridge back to ourselves and our own power, a spiritual way into our lives. None of us could imagine life without that rich dimension given to us by being highly sensitive.
Are you ready to discover the strength in being highly sensitive? And start being joyful about who you are?