This is a topic very close to my heart. Why? Because I am one!
I first heard the term ‘Ultra-Sensitive’ from the amazing Jane Bell of JaneBellEssences, and it helped me to understand myself better. I was able to put into context many of the ways that I’d always seemed to ‘feel’ more than other people. Without even being aware of it, I tended to keep these understandings to myself.
For instance, one of my earliest memories of realizing this uniqueness came when I was out to dinner with a group of friends in college. After the dinner, I was feeling out of sorts from this heavy, Indian meal and I said to my friends,
“You know how different foods can change your mood or make you feel odd?”
They all looked at me like I was nuts. Well, that was back in the mid-‘80s, and the culture has come a long since then in terms of understanding the food-mood connection. But at the time, it became apparent that I sensed things in everyday life that many did not.
The ‘ultra-sensitive’ tends to ‘feel’ more than the average person. She may be more sensitive in her physical body (think, The Princess and the Pea), her senses (loud or unpleasant sounds may feel like physical pain), her emotions (she can’t stand to see an insect killed, or see her baby with gas pains) and energetically (she can walk into a room and be aware of an argument that happened in the space two hours previously.)
Being an ultra-sensitive can be both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing in that it can provide a greater awareness into people, situations, and environments. It can also be a great tool for those in the helping professions and for artists of all kinds.
And it can be a curse, in that it can make it more difficult to live in this world. Life can be harder for us ultra-sensitive folks. We generally require a greater level of maintenance in order to feel comfortable in our skin.
One of the most challenging areas for the ‘ultra-sensitive’ can be in interacting with the medical world. Why? Because doctors are not trained to deal with problems that they can’t neatly catagorize, and have a clear prescription for. Across the board, conventional medicine does NOT understand the plight of the ultra-sensitive. Generally, patients that describe the intricacies of sensations happening in her body, are not well-received, especially if lab results don’t corroborate these symptoms. Doctors generally have a term for patients that repeatedly complain of un-identifiable symptoms on lab tests, and that term is “CRAZY.”
Here’s the Quiz. See if you may be an ‘Ultra-Sensitive’
- Do you often have physical symptoms that don’t show up on medical testing?
- Have you had to look outside of mainstream medicine for your health care because doctors just don’t understand you?
- Are you very sensitive to sounds, smells or other sensory information?
- Is it very important for your wellbeing to have your environment just-so?
- Do you get physically uncomfortable from cellphone or computer usage?
- Do you have food sensitivities?
- Do you have environmental or chemical sensitivities?
- Do you have problems with strong medications, and generally heal better with plant or vibrational remedies (like homeopathy or flower essences)?
- Can you sense what others are thinking or feeling, before even speaking with them?
- Do you have intuitive or psychic abilities?
- Do you have a significant history of trauma?
- Are you aware of spiritual realms that are generally not spoken of?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to 3 or more of these questions, you may very well be an ‘Ultra-Sensitive’. If so, no need to fear. Rather, it’s a useful piece of information to help you navigate your life with greater awareness of your needs. And, please know that you are not alone! You are part of a much larger tribe of people that are learning to use these gifts to better the world.