Here are some thoughts and feelings
about highly sensitive people with regard to spirituality and related issues.
One of the most significant things I've seen about HSPs is that to a very great extent they are not the movers and shakers of the world, not the ones who stand in the spotlight and take the bows, but are more likely to be what Elaine Aron refers to as the "priestly advisers" to those leaders. They're the one's who give the presidents and the corporate leaders guidance and temper their brash enthusiasm with more sober assessments of consequences and responsibilities.
But even in the general population, it is this 15-20% who show up as the most creative, the perfectionists, and as people who are more aware of the subtleties in their environment they're more likely to be thinking "what if?" rather than "what is?" For most non-highly sensitive people it's, "What is today's job? I have a ditch to dig, what is a good tool to dig it?" And at the end of the day that's about the most they've thought about. But for the HSP, they will be constantly thinking, "What if we hit a water pipe, or bust a gas line? What if we end up polluting the ground here?" And when you focus so strongly on the consequences of actions, on possibilities, especially negative possiblities, your thoughts can often go to a dark place.
Because HSPs process incoming information so deeply, and notice the subtleties in their environemnt so much more, they have a very good chance of becoming overwhelmed. They'll often need "alone-time," the idea of getting away from things when they get too overstimulated. And because they are always very bright, very creative, conscientious and meticulous, they often feel compelled to organize things, and thoughts, and have a very deep personal life. But the downside is, they can often work too hard and too long, past the point where they really should stop and rest, and can do themselves harm.
That's why it's very important that an HSP not neglect his or her spiritual life. And by spiritual, I'm not necessarily talking "religious" but rather that a person have an honest, loving relationship with their own mind and body, that they treat themselves as well as they treat others, reward themselves for work well done, and take the necessary time for breaks from everyday routine and especially from toxic situations, and people. We can't isolate ourselves from painful situations entirely, but we can take steps to minimize our exposure, to set healthy boundaries and then honor them.
HSPs are especially vulnerable to picking up on other people's moods and emotions, especially negative energy. If you find yourself at a mall, or in a room with others and you begin to feel anxious or start getting a headache, ask yourself is this your headache, or someone elses? Get away from there, leave the room for a bathroom break or go to your car and recline the seat, put on a little new-age music or earplugs, make it a point to recharge your batteries before you're completely spent. My friend Dr. Judith Orloff wrote a book all about how HSPs are susceptible to other people's negative energy, called Energy Vampires, and there's a recent article in Oprah's "O" magazine called "Sponge People" which describes how HSPs can be almost a magnet for toxic energy. You need to take steps to protect yourself.
Another thing is to find kindred spirits and make it a point to spend time with them. While most HSPs are generally uncomfortable in large groups, I've found that when the group consists of other HSPs they are very likely to feel at ease, strangely enough. So I often coach people to seek out support groups — we suggest people with the trait of high sensitivity find an HSP friendly support group, whether it be a church, a group at "Meetup.com" or other organization, or even join internet chat groups centering on an awareness of high sensitivity or spirituality. These can function as a support group and be a sanctuary for you and your feelings, and they can also help nourish your spiritual side.
Other subjects and areas of interest to people with the trait of high sensitivity that help fill out your "HSP Tool Box" include so that you can better cope with a very non-sensitive world include a variety of simple things: Prayer — Aroma Therapy — Diet & Exercise — Music — Candles — Meditation — Water & Nature — Crystals — Auras & Chakras — Flower Essences — Reiki Therapy — Angel Therapy — Color Therapy, as well as other modalities.
And one more note on the spiritual side, my book Chopped Liver for the Loving Spirit (by Jim Hallowes...and Friends) is still available. It's a great collection of anecdotes and spiritual stories with chapters by actor Dick Van Patten, comedian Fred Travalena, Heisman Trophy winner Les Horvath, and many others. Although they're not all HSPs, I've included a chapter "Loving Highly Sensitive People" all about the trait of high sensitivity. Paperback, 272 pages. Published by Best-Seller Books. You can purchase it now from our On-Line Gift Store.
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Notes on Spirituality From Amy Hallowes
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