Sensitive Souls Have the SPICE of Life
As a highly sensitive person, you are highly likely to be spiritual, perceptive, intuitive, creative, and empathic. In other words, you have what I call the SPICE of life. These qualities make life easier, more joyful, and richer for sensitive souls.
*Spiritual -- If you're highly sensitive, you're likely to experience a profound spiritual connection with the divine or natural realms. You see a lot in what appears commonplace to the less-sensitive observer. I call this being "tapped in." This quality helps you find meaning and depth in your experiences.
*Perceptive -- Another defining characteristic of a sensitive soul is the ability to perceive subtleties, including energy, light, noise, smell, texture, temperature, and emotions. Because you receive and process so much, consciously or not, you'll become overstimulated sooner than less-sensitive types. You're also privy to a finer level of information and detail.
*Intuitive -- Your perceptive ability operates at such a subtle level that you are extremely intuitive - even psychic. This means that you are able to see past the obvious and discern things beyond what is explicable through intellect. I find that many sensitives have not learned to fully utilize this gift. But those who have feel that their lives are divinely guided and inspired.
*Creative -- Sensitives tend to be very creative in some form -- whether through direct creative efforts or through a passion for beauty, art, or aesthetics. We are often highly imaginative, which can also get us into trouble with worst-case scenario or worry-focused thinking. Your creativity and imagination allow you to have a rich and complex inner live.
*Empathic -- Sensitive souls easily empathize with others, which makes you compassionate and considerate (as long as you aren't overstimulated). Your natural empathy means you literally experience other people’s emotions as if they are your own, particularly if you haven’t learned to strengthen your boundaries. Your empathic connection opens you to deep, rich, and emotional experiences.
Coping with the Shadow of Sensitivity
All of these traits together produce a moving and glorious life, enlivened by insight, beauty, depth, and meaning.
Oddly enough, however, sensitives have a tendency to repress these qualities, because society doesn't generally value them or our sensitivity. This means that our experience is focused on the negative aspects of these characteristics. For instance, imagination run amok casts us into anxiety and worry, unskilled empathy lets us be swallowed up by other people's desires, or our perceptiveness simply overwhelms us with information we are unable to process.
The antidote is to follow your inner guidance and develop your gifts, bringing them into the light where they belong, and remembering to redirect your energy when the shadow sides of these traits start to take over.
*Are you embracing your gifts?*