Holystic (Holistic) Living

The Gift of Sensitivity (HSP) 


 Someone Who Knows
  By Pearl Buck
"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him a touch is a blow;  a sound is a noise;  a misfortune a tragedy;  a joy an ecstasy.  A friend is a lover;  a lover is a God;  and failure is death.


Add to this cruelly delicate organism the over -powering necessity to create, create, create, so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him.  He must create, must pour out creations.  By some strange inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating."

Does This Sound like You?  


On this page,  I'd like to focus on those aspects of health, lifestyle and other topics that I think may be of special interest to those of us who have sensory processing sensitivity. (HSP)

According to psychologist, Dr. Elaine Aron,  author of  "The Highly Sensitive Person", about 15 to 20% of the population is born with a highly sensitive nervous system, a "finely tuned" nervous system.  Dr. Aron says that it is a major, normal, inherited, biological difference in how the entire nervous system functions, affecting every aspect of life.   This highly tuned nervous system causes one to process sensory data more thoroughly than a "non HSP",  to be more aware of subtleties, to be very intuitive and conscientious,  to have a deep appreciation for music and the arts,  to be unusually creative, and to have a rich inner life.   HSPs are much needed in the world today.    Dr. Elaine Aron says that "Indeed, we are a very special type of human being". 

  So What is an "HSP"?   By Katy

According to Webster's dictionary, the definition of the word,  "sensitive" reads as follows:

1.  endowed with sensation;  having perception through the senses.

2.  readily or excessively affected by external agencies or influences.

3.  having acute mental or emotional sensibility, aware of and responsive to the feelings of others.
4.  easily pained, annoyed, etc.5.  pertaining to or connected with the senses or sensation.
6.  Physiol. having a low threshold of sensation of feeling.

7.  responding to stimuli, such as leaves that move when touched.

8.  highly responsive to certain agents, such as photographic plates, films, or paper.

9.  affected or likely to be affected by a specified stimulus (used in combination): price-sensitive markets.

10. involving work, duties, or information of a highly delicate nature, esp. in government:  a sensitive position in the State Department.

11. Requiring tact or caution, delicate, touchy, a sensitive topic.

12. constructed to indicate, measure, or be affected by small amounts or changes, as a balance or thermometer.

13. Radio.  easily affected by external influences, esp. by radio waves.

14. a person who is sensitive

15. a person with psychic powers, medium.

 According to psychologist and author, Elaine Aron, an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person)   is someone who is born with a different  kind of a nervous system,  a highly sensitive nervous system,  a system that is "wired" differently.  Psychologist, Carl Jung, called it innate sensitiveness.  So it is really nothing new,  just a newly defined trait, which has been thoroughly researched by Dr. Aron. 

Most of the above definitions from Webster's Dictionary seem to be positive.   Why then do many people associate the word "sensitive" with being easily offended, or weak?   Dr. Aron states in her book that she debated on what to call the trait.  High sensitivity is not the same as shyness, nor is it the same as introversion.  In fact, HSPs  "come in" extroverts as well as introverts.  So she coined the term "HSP" (highly sensitive person)   in hopes that people would not have negative or preconceived ideas about the word "sensitive", but would view it in a more positive way;  seeing it as a positive trait, or even a gift.

To be sensitive also means to be able to feel deeply,  to be tuned in and aware,   and to be more appreciative of the finer things in life.  It means to have a great appreciation and ability to just be in silence, listening to the voice of Wisdom. 



The Positive Aspects of Being a Highly Sensitive Person
 by Katy


If you have taken  Dr. Elaine Aron's Self Test, or have read her book, "The Highly Sensitive Person", and found out that you are an HSP,  you may wonder, "Where do I go from here?"

You may be tempted to bemoan your newly discovered trait, after the initial "relief "  of knowing there is nothing "wrong" with you.  Depending on your background, upbringing, age, present health, and other factors, you may or may not have some "work" to do.   If you had a loving supportive environment as a child, maybe you need only learn how to STAY healthy, or how to discover and use your unique gifts.

If you had an unfavorable or abusive childhood you may have to "reframe" your past,  to go back and look at each hurtful or even traumatic experience in a new and different light - in the light of your newly discovered trait of "HSP". 

To help you to do this I recommend Elaine Aron's second book, "The Highly Sensitive Person's Workbook", where you will find in-depth information on how to look at your past in a new way. You will receive healing.  You will learn how to deal with many different types of situations in your life. And as Dr. Aron says, you can even learn how to thrive when the world overwhelms you.

The purpose of this web page is to share what I have learned and to help you too, to think of yourself in a new light, to see yourself as a very special type of person with talents and gifts, and how you can contribute to the world in your own unique way.  I personally think that HSPs/Empaths  are "appearing" at this particular time in history to be the intuitive, the counselors, the listeners (and don't underestimate that one!)  the problem solvers, the healers, the empaths,  the Lightworkers, the mystics..  and what Dr. Aron calls the "priestly advisors."   The world needs sensitive, empathic people now more than ever!  And that includes YOU!


To help you to achieve your highest potential as an "HSP",  above all, I would like to show you how you can be healthy and whole and how you can become the person you were meant to be... full of Life, Light, and Love.

So now that you know your innate worth, let's talk about some of the more specific abilities and qualities that HSPs have:

 1. HSPs are deep thinkers

2.  HSPs are highly perceptive

3.  HSPs have an acute Awareness

4.  HSPs have the ability to empathize, to feel deeply

5.  HSPs have Psychic Abilities. In fact psychics are also known as "sensitives".

7.  HSPs are peace loving people.

8.  HSPs have a special ability to give wise counsel

9.  Many  HSPs have gifts of healing;   many have a special healing touch.

10  Many HSPs have the gift of discernment.

11. HSPs are highly creative.

12. HSPs are  nurturing; are good with children, pets, and the elderly.


What are your talents and gifts?

  "...but the manifestation of the Spirit is given to everyone as help to him. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit. To another faith by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the same Spirit: To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another the means to distinguish the true Spirit; to another different languages; to another the interpretation of languages."   Corinthians





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