Although this is an English word and I am from Denmark, we also use the word ‘sensitivity’ (sensitivitet in Danish). We usually use it when talking about people who react strongly to things that affect them, in whatever way. You can be sensitive to noise, smells and other impressions. But you can also be sensitive to subtleties such as the energy between people or the energies of the room you are in. You can be sensitive to emotional impact. My impression is that in English-speaking countries, the word ‘sensitive’ is mostly associated with emotional reactions or behaviour. Nevertheless, the purpose of this article is to give examples of where sensitivity can appear, how it can be comprehended and why everybody should practice and thereby develop their sensitivity.
A psychological perspective
Psychologist Dr. Elaine N. Aron has done a great deal of research in sensitivity and has developed the theory of ‘The Highly Sensitive Person’ (www.hsperson.com). She focuses on our nervous system in the brain and the body and how this works more strongly in some people than in others. She has more recently discovered that these differences can be measured in brain scanning experiments, but her early research using manual surveys.
An astrological perspective
According to the astrologers Claus Houlberg and Holger Stavnsbjerg, it is possible to read a person’s sensitivity to some extent using astrology. Here, it is usually the moon that tells us about a person’s sensitivity. Depending what aspect the moon has to other planets in our birth chart, we can be sensitive to emotions, thoughts, energies, manipulation, intuition and other subtleties. In our birth chart we can also read out planned directions in life, and our sensitivity is an important tool regarding to find that direction in our daily life.
An esoteric perspective
From the esoteric perspective, Alice A. Bailey claims in her book that our sensitivity is one of the most important abilities. According to Bailey, we all enter this world with an energetic body that consists of the physical body, the etheric body, the astral body and the mental body. This energetic body develops through our incarnations together with our consciousness. When our body is sufficiently developed, we will enter our spiritual path. We may be aware of this happening, or it can happen unconsciously.
When you enter the spiritual path, your stage of development has to do with your stage of sensitivity. So to walk the spiritual path and awaken your spirituality, three issues are important:
- You must try to get in contact with your soul and your soul purpose
- You must practice the use of your sensitivity to feel and understand the energy in and around you
- You must find a way to contact and understand your spiritual guides
My spiritual perspective
My perspective comes from my experiences in life with my husband, children and other family, with my own sensitivity and with the teaching I have had from horses. For many years my sensitivity gave me troubles in life but when I saw how horses are able to be sensitive and still be majestic creatures, I found the courage to live with my sensitivity, be proud of it and get the best out of it. At the same time the horses made me open for my own spiritual awakening and made me find my spiritual path and my soul purpose. They helped me find my spiritual guides and most important they helped me find way to my emotional energies.
What I taught was that our emotions are behind a lot of our behaviors and troubles we therefor need to be able to distinguish between our emotions and our thoughts, and to use our sensitivity to explore their energies and conditions inside our self. We also need to learn to feel the energy that is from inside us and energies that affect us from outside: whether the energies come from other people, animals or places we are in, or from the universe and the planets in our solar system.
There are tests that you can use to check your level of sensitivity, but in my experience, many people are much more sensitive than they realise. Because of our society, many of us suppress our sensitivity to cope with the demands of daily life.
From my perspective, a well-developed sensitivity should be our highest wish. It isn’t necessarily easy to live in our society today being highly sensitive, but it is a skill that is needed to find and follow the spiritual path.
Life has a physical side and a spiritual side. Before we are born, our souls make a plan for the next incarnation. This plan contains challenges that will give us experiences, so we can explore. Between incarnations, we know everything, and the purpose of incarnation is to experience what we already know. Our soul wants to grow and transform our energy body and the soul to a higher level, and we do that by undergoing experience on Earth. Experiencing is about thinking, seeing, hearing, touching, smelling and tasting, but most importantly it is about trying to feel things. The energy that comes from the process of feeling emotions is one of the strongest ways to develop our energy around our soul.
When we incarnate on planet Earth and start our journey in life, we get a lot of help. We have spiritual helpers and guides all around us. To send a message to our guides is the easiest part: we just have to say something to them, either silently or aloud. They are always listening. However, it is much more difficult to hear their answers and advices. The quickest and most direct way to hear their messages is to listen to our intuition. The intuition is a channel to our higher self, but also to our guides. Another way to hear their answers is by developing our sensitivity to feel their signals. They can communicate in many ways, but they mainly use energies. So to hear their answers we need to have a strong sensitivity towards these energies.
Some people start their life totally disconnected from their spiritual side. I did that. For the first 50 years of my life, I didn’t have a single experience that I identified as spiritual. I know now that I have always been spiritually connected, and it was my sensitivity that brought me to this knowledge. I have had this sensitivity throughout my life, but I suppressed it for about 46 years. When I first started to acknowledge my sensitivity and opened up to what it could bring me, I discovered that I had a spiritual side. I got help from people who would channel spiritual information and I got help from astrologers. But most of all I got help from my guides. I know now that they have been talking to me all my life but it took me many years to learn how to listen to them and a lot of work with the horses.
Through my sensitivity, I have found my soul purpose and my spiritual guides, and so I made an oath to teach other people how and why to develop their sensitivity in general but particularly toward energies and their intuition.
To develop your sensitivity you can:
- Practice meditation
- Practice to be mindful in everything you do
- Be aware of how you feel and how things are around you
- Reflect on you impressions
- Most important is to be aware of that everybody is sensitive, but our society often does not see sensitivity as an advantage. We therefor learn suppress our sensitivity and ignore the signals we get. To develop your sensitivity you can stop suppressing the signals you get, and start listening to them.