6 Resources for Highly Sensitive People
I did not understand what a highly sensitive person was until I was in my 30s. I didn’t realize that I picked up other people’s emotions easily which resulted in frequent confusion, anxiety, and depression.
It was only after I started working with an energy healer that I began to realize the difference between “my” energy and the thoughts and emotions of others. This is an amazing breakthrough for anyone who is highly sensitive.
What do I mean by a highly sensitive person, or HSP as it is commonly called? From my standpoint, a highly sensitive person can feel the moods of other people. Other people’s feelings impact the HSP’s mood and can also show up as physical ailments. For example, before I understood my own energy, if I were to walk into a room where someone had a serious knee injury, my knee would start to hurt. My body would pick up and reflect the condition of the other person.
There is an online discourse about whether there is a difference between HSPs and empaths. An empath is also someone who can pick up on and feel the emotions of other people. From my perspective, there is no difference between HSPs and empaths — there are only varying degrees of sensitivity.
To lean into the esoteric, there is also the concept of clairsentience. Clairsentience means “clear feeling,” and it is the ability to feel energy. In my view, this is an ability that all humans possess, though some people may not be at a stage where they are aware of this ability.
HSPs, empaths, and clairsentients generally all feel energy to varying degrees. However, a clairsentient person may also be able to pick up on additional information about what they are feeling. For example, I was recently in a workshop with Rupert Sheldrake, a biologist known for his theory of morphic resonance. He told a story about a sensitive person (sometimes called a “psychic”) who was skilled at reading energy fields. Sheldrake conducted an experiment where he and two colleagues hid behind some curtains to see if the person could recognize them based on their energy alone. She was only partially correct; however, she pointed at one person and identified that they had a significant kidney issue — which was true. She was able to feel the energy and then also identify something about it and what it meant in terms of health for the person.
Whether you consider yourself a highly sensitive person, an empath or a clairsentient really makes no difference.
What is important is to keep yourself clear so that you operate from your own energy rather than taking on someone else’s thoughts, emotions, or physical ailments.
I have tried and worked with many tools and techniques over the past 10+ years to help me return to myself and stay in my own energy, and I wanted to share them in this article. I have also included links to other articles where you can review scientifically proven benefits.
Resources for Highly Sensitive People, Empaths, and Clairsentients
Any time you feel uneasy, anxious, or depressed, check-in with yourself and see if you think you have something coming up that you need to process, or if you have picked up energy from another person. The methods below have worked for me for both scenarios:
- Clearing Spray. I created my own spray for clearing my energy field of other people’s thoughts and emotions. You can purchase one that you like from a seller on Etsy, or you can make your own at home. I have tried dozens of sprays both purchased and homemade and I prefer using my own.
How to Make One— All you need is a 4 oz. spray bottle (non-plastic) and essential oils. Fill the bottle with distilled water. If you choose, you can add a teaspoon of witch hazel to help the oils blend with water. (Note: I rarely do this, but it works well.) Then choose whatever cleansing oils feel good to you. Oils good for this purpose include clary sage, frankincense, pine, myrrh, sweetgrass, and palo santo.
How to Use It — spray 4–5 pumps around the body, starting at the top of the head and ending at the feet. Do not forget to spray behind your back.
I feel an immediate shift when I use this method!
- Flower Essences. If you have not heard of them, these are a game-changer! Bach’s Rescue Remedy flower essence is my go-to for times of high anxiety. You take 2–3 drops under your tongue or in a glass of water. While I am not a doctor and cannot give medical advice, I would say that someone on anxiety medication could likely transition off of it by employing this tool. (I know this because I have not needed to use Xanax for years.) Bach also makes Rescue Plus gum and sprays. Additionally, there are flower essences for almost any emotional issue you may be dealing with, so there is plenty to research. If there were one other flower essence I would recommend for your home medicine cabinet, it would be red clover, made by Flower Essence Society (FES). Red clover helps me stay calm in a crisis and brings me home to the present moment.
This is my favorite tool and one I have used almost daily for years.
- Epsom Salt Baths. Draw a bath and put in 2 cups of Epsom salts. If you prefer, you can also add your favorite clearing essential oil, 2–3 drops. Soak in the tub for 15–20 minutes. Salt is extremely cleansing, and this method is a “deep clean” for your sensitive self. I typically take a salt bath at least once a week as part of general maintenance. I do not feel as significant of an immediate shift with this technique; however, I tend to sleep better after a salt bath.
- Salt Caves. The practice of bathing in salt or visiting a salt cave are both forms of halotherapy. Halotherapy is said to be detoxifying and help with conditions such as asthma. Salt caves have millions of negative ions, which have been proven to improve symptoms of depression and cognitive performance. I happen to have a spa near me that has an amazing Himalayan salt cave and I have visited many times. I find that it is easy to get into a meditative state in the cave and find it conducive to having spiritual experiences.
If you are not able to find a salt cave near you, you can also place salt lamps around your home — on your desk or on your nightstand are great choices for placement.
5. Crystals. Black crystals are particularly effective for discharging negative energy. If you find that you are experiencing a low mood for no known reason, or if you were just in an environment where there was a fight or other difficult energy, find a black crystal. I have used black tourmaline most often; however, some people prefer obsidian or shungite. After you have cleansed your crystal, put it in your right hand, and imagine that any negative thoughts or emotions are flowing into the crystal to be discharged. This is another method that I find brings an immediate shift in how I feel. You will want to clear your crystal after this type of use. If you are not sure what this means or how to do it, you can check out this guide. I also carry a piece of black tourmaline in my purse at all times. If I get overwhelmed in a public place such as a movie theatre, it can provide quick anxiety relief.
6. Energy Hygiene. I recommend a daily practice of consciously intending to return to sender any energy you are holding that is not yours. This is as simple as consciously thinking this and intending it to be done, with faith that it is complete. I went to a workshop in Asheville, North Carolina in 2015 and the instructor was teaching a crystals course for empaths. She also taught this statement for clearing energy:
“With 100% full consciousness I go to all the points of creation and return to sender any energy I am holding that is not mine.”
You can try this out and see if it works for you. There are also other versions of clearing statements and mantras you can find online.
In addition to the tools and techniques above, there are resources for learning more about what it means to be a highly sensitive person. One book I frequently recommend to people is The Empath’s Survival Guide by Judith Orloff. I also like Own Your Energy by Alla Svirinskaya, which provides some additional tips and techniques.
There are also many website articles available with other ideas for clearing yourself so that you can remain sovereign in your own energy. This 2013 article, ‘Tools for Empaths,’ helped me and includes some tips I have not listed in this article.
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