In her book The Highly Sensitive Person, Elaine Aron notes that twenty percent of the human population is born with a level of sensitivity that is markedly different than the average person’s. They are the gifted intuitives and empaths among us.
One in five of us has these gifts. In the days of old, we were the treasured healers, oracles, mediums, channels, and shamans of the community. Unfortunately, in a period of dark human history that we are just now awakening from, we were shamed into hiding and denying our true nature for fear of losing our lives. Suffering through rigid educational systems and roles that overload our delicate nervous systems, our current survival options eventually break us down.
We are then dismissed as weak and, well – Sensitive, continuing the cycle of shame.
Being a Sensitive is genetic.
It doesn’t disappear just because we’ve been shamed into not having it. Because these gifts were demonized, the art of cultivating them went underground as well.
Without proper training, many confuse their personal desires (and resulting projections) with the information they download from the divine. While they do hear the voice of Spirit clearly at times, the uninitiated often confuse it with the voices of their ego, making it difficult to know what is truth and what is made up.
Others complain they pick up too much information from their environment, and don’t know how to turn it off, or down. Untutored in the pitfalls of their art, many Sensitives end up mistrusting themselves, thinking they’re sick or even crazy instead of gifted. When they look for help they’re medicated, instead of shepherded into proper training.
As a result, many develop chronic diseases and turn to various forms of addictive self-medication, instead of prospering and blossoming in their fields of service.
Tracking through time.
Indigenous cultures have highly revered the Sensitives within their tribes, and consider them indispensable. They are those directed by Angels and Spirit Guides, who can track backwards and forwards through time to where the buffalo or caribou have been, and will be. They speak to those who have passed on, and bring healing and closure to their tribes when someone dies. They know how to listen to the plants, and learn which hold medicines for wounds and illnesses.
Their great sensitivity allows them to engage deeply with the world at its energetic origins, bringing balance, abundance, and health back into their villages.
Currently, there are still at least twenty percent of us born with these gifts, and more and more of us are waking up to own them all of the time. Studies show the Indigo, Rainbow and Crystal children are coming through with new genetics, still.
How do we empower ourselves and embrace our skills, so we can gain mastery over our gifts again and raise the vibration of our villages? In the days of old, the gifted were sent to the Mystery Schools at a young age, or mentored by an elder shaman who knew the pitfalls of the ego’s need for power.
By working with someone who has already taken this journey, you learn how to harness the true use of your powers for service, and how to avoid falling into the traps of self-delusion that derail your confidence.
It is our responsibility as conscious members of our tribe to once again own these traits within ourselves, and our fellow members, and embrace them as Sacred. We must support, nurture, and honor our sensitivity, and seek the healing and guidance necessary to shine again – instead of burying ourselves in shame.
When we shine, our tribes shine. When our tribes shine, the world shines!
Christina Allen, healer, teacher and founder and director of the Austin Shamanic Center, combines a strong science background (BA Physics, MS Neuroscience) with decades of applied ancient spiritual wisdom (Master Yogi, Reiki Master, and Shamanic Healer based on Q’ero Indian traditions of Peru) to help you step into your highest destiny. Available by appointment for one-on-one sessions at (512) 391-9829. More info on sessions and upcoming classes at
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