This blog is dedicated to anyone who has ever been called “too sensitive.” If you have ever found yourself tearing up during a television commercial, or perhaps you’re like me and you actually enjoy a good cry on a quiet Friday night while watching your favorite heart wrenching drama movie, then perhaps your superpower is actually your gift of “sensitivity and feeling.”
I know, I know, sometimes it may seem like a curse always “feeling” so much, but I’m sure you can recall moments in your life when your spider-like feeling senses have helped to keep you out of trouble and perhaps even guided you toward a magical opportunity.
You know that feeling, when you meet someone, and it just feels “right” and before you know it you become fast friends. Whether with job interviews, new experiences, people, or places super feelers will often get an immediate feeling of “yes, loving this” or “hmmm, I’m not sure this is quite for me.”
Paying attention to our feelings and gut reactions can also help us to navigate towards our soul’s calling. Sometimes when we’re searching for purpose or exploring our passions, we might feel drawn to try something new, and then discover it may not be a perfect fit but now that we’ve had the experience we can move forward to the next. Over time, following these nudges, and feelings of joy in service can help to guide us to our authentic soul expression and live our passion.
And I know, thankfully, during difficult situations or when trying to make challenging decisions, tuning into my feelings has always been helpful. I often ask myself questions like: Does doing this really make me happy? Does it lead me closer to my purpose? Is this where I’m meant to be?
Feeling into the answers to these questions may be as subtle as butterflies of excitement or on the opposite end of the spectrum feeling impending waves of nausea. I would lean towards butterflies as a “Yes, go for it” and the latter as a “No, this is not the right opportunity.”
At different points in my life my feelings have at times felt overwhelming. As I reflect on these moments, I can see things I was working on such as trusting in the flow of life and accepting things that are out of my control.
As a young adult I struggled with allowing myself to fall in love, to feel “vulnerable,” trusting another person with my heart. This was such a scary feeling at one point I began seeing a counselor to learn healthy tools to manage these emotions. As I worked through these fears I was blessed to be guided to my longtime relationship with my very patient husband. Although I felt fear of the unknown and possibly being rejected, I also felt safe, and secure, as if this partnership was where I was supposed to be. Now with a happy family some 20 years later, I’m so glad I listened to my feelings and allowed myself to grow in this relationship.
At other times in my life, I can see how feelings have helped to keep me safe. Something as simple as “this doesn’t feel right” or “I shouldn’t be here” has helped me to steer away from people and situations I know would not have been good for me in hindsight.
As a spiritual psychic medium my ability to feel has helped me in countless ways. It has allowed me to feel compassion and empathy for others who may be struggling or grieving. It has helped me to appreciate diversity and the myriad life experiences that are possible. But, it has also helped me to better serve Spirit as a medium, striving to feel the essence of someone who has passed and to share evidential messages of love and comfort validating that love, like life, never dies.
So the next time someone says, “You’re too sensitive!” Take a moment and consider, “Yeah, maybe I am. And you know what, it’s awesome!”
I’ve shared how taking time to “feel” has helped me and I’m wondering if you can recall times in your life that “feeling” has helped you?
And if you’re reading this and thinking you would like to potentially feel more as a tool to tap into the wisdom of your soul, here are some simple suggestions to help you get started.
You might consider:
· Mindfulness: Checking in with your feelings throughout your day, being more mindful of how you feel. Did you honor your feelings throughout your day? If not, how can you in the future?
· Journaling: What feelings rise to the surface? Are there feelings you have not allowed yourself to express? Journaling can be a powerful and safe way to express emotions that may lead toward healing.
· Gut Check: Take time to tune into your feelings around certain situations, people, activities, does it feel “good, healthy, positive, right” or do you feel change is needed. Trust your gut!
· Gratitude: Feeling grateful for people and the many blessings in our lives is a fabulous way to tap into positive feelings and unlimited potential!
As souls having a human experience, I believe we all have the ability to feel and to gently tune into the wisdom that resides within. And perhaps Dolly Parton said it best, “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” Although every life may have a few rainy days the eternal compass of the soul is always gently guiding us home.
Rev. Lori Sheridan is a professional psychic medium who has dedicated her life to serving Spirit and helping others make healing connections through mediumship. As an evidential medium Lori strives to bridge the gap between this world and the next with integrity, clarity, and compassion. She is the founder of Hope Ethereal, a spiritual center in Massachusetts where she enjoys seeing clients and teaching mediumship. She believes love, like life, is eternal. Learn more at www.HopeEthereal.com>