We are living in a time when the subtle senses are becoming more important. The 5 material world senses - sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch - are the ones that get the most credibility in our world because they are so tangible.
But what about our ability to sense things like what others are feeling, when a decision feels good or bad (even when illogical), or when something is off?
Some people feel these subtle senses more strongly than others, and may be referred to as Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs). I personally like "persons with High Sensory Processing."
According to Psychology Today, the term was coined by psychologist Elaine Aron, who theorized that HSPs are a subset of the population who are high in a personality trait known as sensory-processing sensitivity.
They display increased emotional sensitivity, stronger reactivity to both external and internal stimuli - pain, hunger, light, noise, etc. - and have a complex inner life.
As children, HSPs may be criticized for being too sensitive, and as a result begin seeking out ways to dial down these subtle senses in order to fit in better. However, it’s becoming more clear to me that the subtle senses are more important than ever for navigating our complex world. Especially in business where success can be correlated with strong inner knowing.
And have we been underestimating the value of HSPs for saving our planet??!!
Do you know or suspect that you are highly sensitive? Then you might be interested in a beneficial virtual summit that took place Oct 2021.
Sarah McCrum is a teacher I admire, and host of the “Energetics For Highly Sensitive People." There are 5 video interviews available for replay at https://sarahmccrum.com/energetics-interview-1/ (or click the image below).