In spite of how far we’ve come as a society, I find that our perspective of sensitivity (especially in men) is still rather negating ~ as something to be feared, as a liability, or a weakness to be ‘toughened’ up, overcome, or medicated away.

I know of many creative humans who struggle with the stigma of being ‘too sensitive’, whether they identify with being a Highly Sensitive Person, an Empath, an Intuitive, or a Sensory Defensive. Such people tend to isolate themselves from the world in an act of self-protection, become overwhelmed or damaged by trying to suppress their natural tendencies, or try to force themselves to be and act contrary to their nature in order to fit in to societal norms.

But our sensitivity is a strength, and once understood and mastered, our unique abilities are tools to help us see and process the deep and subtle energies of life ~ ideally, they make us more embodied, more present, and more capable of connecting to ourselves and others.

2. SENSITIVITY & INTUITION

Essay by Katarzyna Vedah. April 1, 2018

In some cultures, such extra-sensory people are respected as the shaman-healer-artists who use their sensitivity to address the energetic health needs of others, serving a psycho-spiritual function in their community.

But sensitivity can come at a price. Like the Wounded Healer, many of our gifts can come out of deep pain, abuse, and trauma, setting us on a journey into the darkness so as to return to the world with gained wisdom and light to share with others.

 

Learning to hear our intuition or inner voice, for example, can come from repeated exposure to life-threatening experiences. In this way, intuition is not a sixth sense – it’s the first. It’s what we are inherently born with ~ our built-in survival mechanism, our gut-instinct. And each of us is naturally sensitive in our own way.

 

However, over time, most of us are conditioned out of our intuitive sense. We may then be taught to follow others’ voices, commands, and viewpoints over our own inner knowing.

We may even be rewarded to go against our own perceptions so as to not conflict with or inconvenience others, and we may be punished for speaking our truth if it doesn’t match societal norms or interests.

 

In order to live in the world with sensitivity, we need to take stock of what we’ve been exposed to, and what we continue to allow into our lives. As we take responsibility for our regular psychic hygiene, we become more aware of what we allow to affect us, be it via our environment, associations, energy/information, as well as our own habitual thoughts, feeling-states and self-talk.

VIDEO (YouTube):

Power of Highly Sensitive People (TED)

Listen to Your Intuition (After Skool)
When to Trust Intuition (Tim Ferriss)

Practical Intuition – Laura Day (Cyacyl)

BOOK: Practical Intuition. By Laura Day

DOCUMENTARY: Trailer

Sensitive (Will Harper)

Spectrum: A Story of the Mind

Toxic Hot Seat (Walker & Redford)

 

RIPPLE EFFECT

CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS TO ENGAGE THE CAPACITY TO FEEL
Henna Hands

THE SUBTLE & THE SENSITIVE

FILM (YouTube): Trailer

Safe (Todd Haynes) - Trigger Warning

Sensitivity Training (Melissa Finell)

Warm Bodies (Jonathan Levine)

The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky)

FILM REVIEW (YouTube): Spoilers!
The Fountain (Like Stories of Old)

 

MUSIC (YouTube):

Estas Tonne - Rebirth of a Thought


ART / VIDEO (YouTube):

Anish Kapoor – ‘Ascension’

WORD / POETRY: RABINDRANATH TAGORE

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain
but for the heart to conquer it.
Let me not look for allies in life's battlefield
but to my own strength.
Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved
but hope for the patience to win my freedom.
Grant that I may not be a coward,
feeling Your mercy in my success alone;
But let me find the grasp of Your hand in my failure.

 - Rabindranath Tagore - Bengali poet - 1916

 

HEALTHY M.O.

HEALTHY MENTAL OUTLOOK & PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT
Burst of Light

ARE YOU

A HIGHLY

SENSITIVE

PERSON (HSP)?

VIDEO (YouTube): Kati Morton

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

PDF: Sensory Defensiveness

The Sensory Connection Program

BOOK: By Sharon Heller

Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight

VIDEO (YouTube):

Highly Sensitive Person (Kati Morton)

Problems HSPs Understand (Psych2Go)

Life as a HSP (Sheer Lev)

HSP Trauma (Candace van Dell)

Highly Sensitive Person (Google)

VIDEOS (YouTube): Shari Dyer

Highly Sensitive Person - Elaine Aron

Highly Sensitive Boys & Men - Ted Zeff

VIDEOS (YouTube): Candace van Dell

Highly Sensitive Man

ARTICLE: Psychology Today

Male Sensitivity Power. Tom Falkenstein
 

WEB / ARTICLE / BOOK:

Highly Sensitive Person. Elaine N. Aron

Strong, Sensitive Boy. Dr. Ted Zeff

Highly Sensitive Man. Tom Falkenstein

 

THE PROCESS

PRACTICAL REINFORCEMENT FOR SELF-CARE & DAY-TO-DAY LIVING