The word sensitive is controversial. In the process of coming up with a name for this workshop, many people told me that they had negative images for the word. One very sensitive friend told me that in the world of business, the word sensitive implied someone who wasn't up to the task, someone who was weak, shy, or timid and who didn't have what it takes to move forward or to be strong. Another (sensitive) friend said the word had been used against her as a child and she did not like to use it to describe herself now.
Thinking I should use another word to describe this workshop, I poured through a thesaurus looking for a word that was more socially acceptable. I could not find anything that conveyed what I wanted to say. And the truth is that I DO want to use the word sensitive. I do want to address all that the word implies. I want to address the negative perception that our culture has of those who are more sensitive - because the truth is that sensitivity IS a beautiful gift, and this workshop will teach you how to recognize, care for and embrace that gift!
Now that I am presenting workshops on sensitivity, people have asked me what exactly do I mean by that? "How do I know if I am a sensitive, and how could this workshop benefit me anyway?" "Being a sensitive" is somewhat of a misnomer. All human beings are sensitive. We all are tuned to pick up information from and about our environment with not only our physical senses but our psychic senses as well. That's how we survived in primitive times. Is an enemy coming? Are there dangerous animals around? Is there a flood, or a fire coming? We were tuned in then. And now - it's just less common to acknowledge that now, or to accept it, or to even be aware of it. According to my Native American teachers, the average person is picking up psychic information 65% of the time. So if you are running on psychic information more than that, you are above average in sensitivity.
What does it mean to be above average in sensitivity? It may mean you pick up others' emotions, thoughts, or physical pain. Have you ever been sitting next to someone who was angry, or depressed, or in the throes of grief, and felt that emotion also? And if their emotion was not visible, you might have thought it was your own. "Why am I feeling depressed, or irritated or sad?" My childhood was like that. I felt everyone's emotions as if they were my own, and believed they were my own until well into my adulthood. It made it very difficult to function.
Some people pick up others' thoughts, or physical pain. You may hear things that others do not. It's not that uncommon. People who are on the high end of the sensitivity scale have a very difficult time being around others. It's hard to get a sense of oneself, or one's boundaries when one is constantly being bombarded by other people's energies, emotions, or thoughts. People who are less sensitive often don't understand this. "Why is this person being such a wuss?" This is where the "buck up, suck it up, grow a thicker skin" comes in. People who are on the high end of this scale know they're sensitive. They may not know why, or what to do about it, but they've felt it all their lives. People who are above average but not on the high end of the scale may not identify with being sensitive. They keep trying to function "normally". They have come up with ways to "shield" themselves, whether with addictions, excess weight, "static"(surrounding themselves with a layer of confusion), being very talkative or hyper, you name it. They have found ways to make themselves "functional" in the world and it works for them. It may not work in a healthy way, but it works. The sacrifice may be in health, clarity, or peace of mind.
What I'm offering in these workshops is a way to work with your sensitivity, tools to clear energies that aren't yours, and to keep yourselves clear - in a healthy, functional way that promotes clarity. And tools that provide a filter so you can live in the world without being overwhelmed. I'm offering a day to come and be who you are without pretense. I'm offering a day to be around others who may have similar experiences. I'm offering a day to learn about your own gifts and how to step into them. I have spent the last 15 years learning these tools from many sources and coming to an acceptance and understanding of why they are necessary and beneficial.
Sensitivity IS a gift. But only when one learns to use it and not be overwhelmed by it.
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