Do you ever find yourself annoyed by tiny sounds or distractions that others don’t seem to notice?
Do you quickly pick up on what someone is feeling, or what their intentions are — even if they haven’t expressed them out loud?
Do you get totally overwhelmed by a hectic environment, or the sheer number of people whose needs you notice? And do you often need to go somewhere quiet and alone to recover?
If so, you may have been told all your life that you’re “too sensitive” and need to “toughen up.” But you may not know that this is a normal, healthy trait — and it comes with a distinct evolutionary advantage. If the experiences above describe you to a T, there’s a good chance you’re a highly sensitive person (HSP).
And, if so, recent research suggests that there’s a good reason you sometimes feel overwhelmed. Let’s take a look at the genes that make you a highly sensitive person.
The 3 Sets of Genes That Make You Highly Sensitive
Although high sensitivity is genetic, there’s not just a single gene that causes it. In fact, scientists have increasingly found that personality traits are based on a whole collection of genes, not just one or two. That’s true of traits as different as introversion and intelligence.
With high sensitivity, there are at least three separate sets of genes that play a role — and different highly sensitive people may have some or all of them. Interestingly, every single one of these genes affects your brain or nervous system.
Below, we’ll look at each of the three sets of genes, including the one that’s the best candidate for being the official “sensitive” gene. But remember: your genes alone are only part of who you are, and every HSP has grown up with different experiences. Your mileage may vary.
1. The ‘Sensitive’ Gene (Serotonin Transporter)
Serotonin is a chemical in the body that does, well, a lot of things. But one of the most important? It stabilizes your mood.
Serotonin transporter, on the other hand, is a chemical that helps move serotonin out of the brain. So it’s the on/off switch for all that mood-balancing serotonin.
And guess what? Highly sensitive people have a special variation of the serotonin transporter gene that behaves a little differently. If you have this gene variant, you have lower serotonin levels, and chances are good you’ll be a highly sensitive person. (The gene is officially called 5-HTTLPR, so we’re going to stick with “the sensitive gene.”)
This gene variant was originally believed to cause depression, but that’s not exactly right. In fact, it doesn’t cause any mood disorder at all on its own, but it does make you sensitive to your surroundings — and more likely to learn lessons from them. That matters a lot in childhood development. If you combine this gene with an unhealthy childhood environment, you do have a higher risk of depression and other disorders throughout life. But, combine it with a safe, supportive environment, and you get better-than-normal outcomes as an adult. Basically, it boosts the effects of both good and bad upbringings.
So what does this mean if you’re a highly sensitive person? Well, you should know that your childhood experiences will have an outsized impact on your wellbeing as an adult. That doesn’t mean you can’t address and get past the effects of a rough childhood, but it does mean it will affect you more than it might affect others.
2. The Dopamine Genes
While the first gene matters, it’s not the only one. Researchers have also found a connection between sensitivity and a set of 10 different gene variants related to dopamine. Dopamine is the brain’s “reward” chemical.
Strictly speaking, we don’t yet know how these dopamine genes relate to sensitivity, but we have some hints. For starters, it makes sense that someone with a sensitive system would need to feel less “rewarded” by external stimuli — otherwise you’d be constantly drawn to the same loud, busy environments that exhaust you. (And the evidence bears that out: the gene variants with the biggest effect on sensitivity all have to do with dopamine receptors, which affect how sensitive you are to dopamine in the first place.)
It would also make sense for sensitive people to feel more rewarded by positive social or emotional cues, which they are more tuned into than others in the first place.
As a highly sensitive person, have you ever been baffled why your friends want to go somewhere loud and crazy — or why they’d enjoy a fast-paced, aggressive game? If so, it’s probably because you don’t get the same “dopamine hit” from these loud external stimuli. And that may be some or all of these gene variants at work.
3. The ‘Emotional Vividness’ Gene
Everyone tends to experience life more vividly during emotionally charged moments. But this emotional “vividness” is stronger for some people than it is for others. And it’s no surprise that high sensitivity has been linked to the gene variant that controls it.
This gene, which I’ll call the “emotional vividness” gene, is related to norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter that also helps with the body’s stress response. And there’s one variant — which may be common in HSPs — that turns up the dial on emotional vividness. If you have it, you will perceive the emotional aspects of the world more vividly. You’ll also have much more activity in the parts of the brain that create internal emotional responses to your experiences.
Most highly sensitive people are keenly aware that they have stronger emotional reactions than the people around them, and often notice emotional undercurrents where others pick up nothing. If you’re highly sensitive, this is not your imagination — you may actually have a brighter palette of emotional “colors,” so to speak, because of this gene variant. And it directly drives the level of empathy and awareness you have for others’ feelings.
An Evolutionary Advantage
Only about 15-20 percent of the population is believed to be highly sensitive. That’s uncommon enough that HSPs feel “different” growing up (and are often still misunderstood as adults) but it’s a very large number of people. And high sensitivity isn’t limited to humans, either; the same trait has been found in at least 100 other species.
Biologists believe there’s a good reason for that: being highly sensitive can be an evolutionary advantage. In fact, sensitive people (and animals!) are able to pick up on more environmental cues, recognize things that others don’t, and make smart decisions in seemingly new or unusual situations. In many cases, that’s a much wiser approach than simply using a set of routines, or charging ahead at random — both strategies that less sensitive animals (and people) tend to use.
This has even been tested out in computer simulations. The simulations showed that individuals who took the time to notice all of the environmental cues before making a decision generally came out ahead — even with the high cost of doing so (what we call overstimulation). Their sensitivity allowed them to make better and better decisions over time.
But there was a catch: being sensitive was only a benefit if it was in the minority. If everyone is sensitive, we all notice the same details and it no longer gives anyone a special advantage. That’s probably why HSPs are about 20 percent of the population and not, say, 80 percent.
So if you’ve ever found yourself wondering why no one else in your office stops to think things through the way you do, it might actually be a good thing. You have the ability to see things others don’t, and that makes you especially valuable.
(Article Source – HighlySensitiveRefuge.com)
When you go through heartbreak or any kind of trauma, it almost feels like the pain is all too real. It’s just not located in the mind, but it is present in your body and is actually hurting you. While people might have said that it was just a feeling, Susanne Babbel, Ph.D. and a specialist in somatic psychology has actually found a reason for this connection of mind and body. An article published in Psychology Today elaborates on the link that is present between trauma in the mind and physical pain or any kind of illness in certain areas of the body.
According to the report, when we undergo a lot of stress, our body releases a stress hormone known as cortisol. This can cause a rise in blood sugar and blood pressure, which in turn results in reduced activity of our immune system. Since healing takes a hit, it results in a constriction of our muscles which causes pain and might get inefficient and fatigued if the stress period lasts for a long time.
When there are emotional pains, these are some of the areas where you might feel an aching sensation:
Chest or heart
According to author and psychologist, Alan Fogel, Ph.D., chest pain can be indicative of heartbreak and loss. This is because when we have a loved one and when we are with them, we feel safe which is due to the vagal-parasympathetic activation. This helps in relaxed breathing and proper heart rate, activities that are related to the chest.
Jaw or Neck
When you feel a muscular tension in your throat, jaw, or neck, it is indicative of unresolved frustration or anger. This is because you are holding back a temptation, probably to scream, and so your jaw feels clenched and your teeth are grinding against each other.
If you are having a headache, then it is because of anxiety and stress. Migraine headaches can occur due to an increase in stress levels. This is because the blood vessels of our body start to dilate and this results in a terrible headache, as per The Cleveland Clinic. If the stress continues for a long time, it can also result in the headache getting aggravated and becoming almost unbearable.
If you are having stomach issues like indigestion, nausea and a feeling of malaise, then, it might be due to guilt or shame. When you are anxious, there are hormones produced which go to your digestive tracks and have an ill effect on the microorganisms in your gut. It will also reduce the production of antibodies, as per the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Issues with Shoulder
Shoulder pain can occur when you are feeling overwhelmed with some work or at school. According to the online medical resource Healthgrades, stress does not cause the pain in your shoulder but when you are stressed, the constriction of the muscles will make it more painful. The blood vessels will enlarge and result in your shoulder movements becoming restricted. Sitting in front of the computer with a hunched back can cause the pain to aggravate.
It’s no longer a myth that emotional pain can cause physical pain. This just shows how our body and mind are connected. So, it’s necessary for us to take care of our emotions as much as taking care of our body. Health, after all, is the well-being of both our body and our mind.
(Article Source – Healthstasy.com)
Children do and say the darnest things sometimes, but they’re usually just silly comments that we laugh off and move on.
However, sometimes they do say things that chill us to the bone, especially when we know that they’re telling the truth.
Laura Mazza, a mom and blogger based in Australia, recently poured her thoughts on Instagram and made a shocking revelation to her followers about her four-year-old son, Luca.
“I remember having a positive pregnancy test and then a few days later bad pains and a heavy period,” she wrote. “I wasn’t sure what it was, and only now that I’m wiser I have an idea.”
She added, “I got pregnant with Luca pretty much straight away.”
Mazza explained that from the moment her son was born she knew that he “had walked this earth before.”
“Like a little old man he’s always been wise and said some really funny things, sang along to old songs that he wouldn’t have heard in his four-year-old life,” she continued.
But it wasn’t until one night during bath time that Mazza became convinced her son is truly “an old soul.”
According to the mom, Luca asked her if they lived in Australia and when she answered “yes,” Luca disagreed with her, explaining why he did not live in Australia.
“I lived in your tummy… I was there, but then I died,” Luca said, according to Mazza.
The mom of three initially did not understand what her son was talking about, so she asked him to explain further. She really was not prepared for what he was going to say.
“He said, ‘no mummy, I came to your tummy and then I died. I went looking for you but I couldn’t find you, I went to your house, I went everywhere but you couldn’t hear me when I called you. So then I was sad, but then I became an angel,'” Mazza wrote. “‘I missed you so I wanted to come back to you so then I was a baby in your tummy again and then I was born again.'”
It finally dawned on her that Luca was the reincarnation of the baby she miscarried before having him.
“I just stared at him and cried. Our babies know who they want to be their mummas long before we know they exist,” she continued before adding that Luca’s story is “proof that they [children] really do choose us and their souls are always with us in this life or the next.”
Mazzo’s followers thanked her for sharing the story, with some saying that it gave them “total goosebumps.”
(Article Source – Shared.com)
A healer’s power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses. — E. Leventhal
At heart, we all have the capacity to heal ourselves and nurture others. Spirit, energy, thought, intention, skillful practice and belief are available to all people. Yet as individual expressions of the life force, we all have different paths, and not all of us feel called to healing practices.
For those of us that do feel “called” to spiritual healing, we are often met with some kind of resistance, either from our friends, our family members, or our culture. This is because spiritual healing can be frowned upon as a quasi, scientifically-misguided, charlatan practice by a society that is built on the mind and ego. While there are con artists in every practice, the genuinely beneficial aspects of spiritual healing are largely ignored because they can’t be quantified or reasoned with.
Unfortunately, this has led to a large percentage of us (particularly in Westernised societies) losing touch with traditional forms of healing. Very few of us were raised around shamans, medicine men or medicine women who could pass on ancient knowledge and holistic healing practices. Instead, as children we were taken to GPs, physicians and doctors who prescribed us with medications of all kinds. And while these medications were useful and helped to fix certain parts of us, they never aided us in healing our whole organism with its many layers.
Yet despite the way you were raised, you might still feel a strong pull towards spiritual healing, even if it “goes against the grain” of what you were taught.
So are you a spiritual healer? Let’s find out.
30 Signs You’re a Spiritual Healer
If you’re a spiritual healer, you will sense it deep down.
Somehow I’ve always known that I’m a healer. As a child, I was thoughtful, inquisitive, dreamy and extremely nurturing. I remember caring for the kids at school, caring excessively for my toys, caring for stranded insects that got caught in spider webs and caring a whole lot about the “bigger picture” in life.
I also remember playing with energy, having precognitive dreams, being hyper-sensitive to the physical and emotional environments around me and somehow always attracting wounded people into my life.
Spiritual healers come in many shapes and forms. For example, I fulfill my role as a spiritual healer through my writing. Other people fulfill their calling through practicing reiki, kinesiology, yoga, meditation, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, herbalism, acupuncture, EFT, and a whole range of other practices.
Spiritual healers are shamans in their own right. They are people who allow the energy of Spirit to flow through them in a way that guides, rejuvenates and empowers others.
The spiritual healer is also a wounded healer. In other words, by healing themselves, they heal others. This is the absolute best kind of education available.
Are you a spiritual healer? Here are 30 signs that I’ve compiled in response to my own experience and those I have mentored (some might surprise you):
- You are highly sensitive to energy.
- You feel other people’s emotions and physical ailments as your own (empath).
- You are intuitive and can read others very easily.
- You are a “big picture” thinker (and don’t concern yourself too much with the details).
- You have gone through bouts of existential depression.
- You have felt like an outcast for most of your life.
- You think differently from others.
- You get overwhelmed in public easily.
- You have struggled with anxiety or panic before.
- You are the natural peacemaker between people.
- You are the confidant that people turn to in times of need.
- You experience digestive issues, lower back pain or gain weight around the stomach (solar plexus chakra disorders).
- You feel drained after spending too much time around people
- Sensitive beings like animals and children gravitate towards you.
- Other people tend to “dump” their emotional baggage onto you to deal with.
- You think in shades of grey rather than in black and white.
- You are very aware of the interconnectedness of life and deeply respect it.
- You believe in synchronicity more than coincidences.
- You have a history of healers in the family, e.g. nurses, psychologists, massage therapists
- You’ve experienced a major trauma in your life, e.g. loss of your family, life-threatening illness, near-death experience, physical/sexual/emotional abuse, war, mental illness.
- You’ve gone through a spiritual awakening.
- You’ve experienced the dark night of the soul.
- You tend to use the right side thinker more than a left side thinker.
- You experience chronic pain in your body or an autoimmune disease (energetic blockages).
- You are EMF sensitive (electromagnetic hypersensitivity).
- You tend to attract people who need “fixing” but often get trapped in self-sacrificing roles.
- You’re an excellent and compassionate listener.
- You are naturally drawn towards healing professions that help others experience balance and wholeness.
- You can feel, distinguish between and alter the energy within and without yourself.
- You have had numerous mystical experiences.
How many signs in this list could you identify with? I’m sure that I’ve missed a few signs of the spiritual healer here. If you think I have, just comment below and make a suggestion!
As a healer, the best possible place you could start is with yourself. As the proverb goes, “Physician, heal thyself!” Starting from within first is the best way to ensure that you have enough energy, passion and love to give to others.
(Article Source – LonerWolf.com)
I found this to be incredibly helpful so thought I’d share it with all of you too.
Even though I don’t identify as either witch or spell-caster, I found this to be incredibly informative and wanted to share it with everyone, regardless of what your affiliations are or are not.
Your Birthday Reveals your Magic Gift
It doesn’t matter if you believe in magic. Not even if you know what’s the number which corresponds to your birthday. Your Magic Gift is here whether you are aware of it or not. However, if you do find it out, then you’ve got more chances to ‘cultivate’ it and become master of its power.
To learn your secret gift, add the digits of your date, month and year of birth until you have a one-digit number. For example, if you were born on September 1 1975, the one-digit sum would be 5. (1 + 9 + 1 + 9 + 7 + 5 = 32 = 5)
As you can see below, the importance of your single-digit number is invaluable. By learning which is your birth number, you will find yourself closer to the purpose of your life.
Number 1. The Magician
The first number is the number of Creation. It is believed, that those who are born under its influence make great Witches as they have the power to assert their will to this realm. And you guys have a strong will. However, you should not try to manipulate and control those around you.
Your Magical Profession: Manifestation & Courage
Number 2. The Empath
You are very sensitive to the energies around you. Thus, as you grew up you’ve learned to feel and sense what others do and this is why you became so compassionate. Your magical gift is in your heart and your third eye as you constantly sense the energy currents around you. You should use them to relieve the pain of others, but also to quickly restore your energy by grounding yourself and by coming in contact with nature.
Your Magical Profession: Dreams & Intuition
Number 3. The Triple Moon
This number embodies the three phases of the moon. This why Witches believe that you are an ‘instrument’ of the ‘triple God and/or triple Goddess’. Therefore, within you lie the forces of creation and destruction. The old rule, “be careful what you wish for,” applies to you, since your magical gift is that your thoughts and desires can quickly become reality.
Your Magical Profession: Creation & Destruction
Number 4. The Elementalist
The number 4 correlates to the 4 elements of the Earth: Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Your essence is in balance with the four elements or the earth and this is why you are very rational with a strong mind. As you constantly draw energy from the Elements, it is very difficult for anyone to put a curse on you. Since Fire, Water, Air and Earth create a magical force field around you, you deflect negativity.
Your Magical Profession: Elemental Magic
Number 5. The Spiritualist
As number 4 symbolizes the four elements of Nature (Fire, Air, Water, and Earth), the number 5 symbolizes the fifth element: Spirit (aether in ancient Greek magic). Those born under its influence are in contact with the spirit realm and can easily conjure powers from Beyond. This is why they make perfect spiritualists as they are ruled by the fifth element – the Spirit!
Your Magical Profession: Contacting Spirits & Ancestral Magic
Number 6. The Solar Apprentice
Number 6 symbolizes the sun and all that comes from our Source of Light. Therefore, you have a strong energy flow inside. You magical gift comes from the Sun. Hence, it embodies all the blessings of life and their power. You are a healer and a leader. But with great power comes great responsibility. Learn how to use your magnificent power in the most ethical way.
Your Magical Profession: Ritual Magic, all spellcasting & Healing
Number 7. The Lunar Apprentice
Number 7 symbolizes the Moon and all the magic that comes from the Great Lady of the Night. Your magical gift is pure, the untamed magic of the Moon. It feels very weird for you to follow ritual magic, as you instinctively know what to do. And usually, you don’t do the same think twice. You improvise due to your highly active intuition. Moreover, another magical gift of your is to dream prophetic dreams. If you interpret them correctly and trust them you can achieve miracles!
Your Magical Profession: Visions & Prophetic Dreams
Number 8. The traditional Witch
This number is considered one of the most magical. Number 8 corresponds to the 8 Sabbats of Witches, the 8 corners of the World. If your birthday turns out to 8, then you have a great magical power running through you, yet it will be further activated only if you manage to attune and celebrate the Sabbats. You have a very accurate inner compass and this is why you can tell right from wrong.
Your Magical Profession: Energy Manipulation & Alchemy
Number 9. The Shaman
The last number symbolizes the union of all the above. It is the gate from which everything ends and everything begins again. This is why you see things like no other. Your magic gift is your artistic and creative nature and that you often see situations in a very interesting perspective. This is why you can heal. As the number corresponds to death and rebirth, you have a natural skill to sense ghosts and spirits around but if you learn to use this ability you can even transcend the world like all shamans do.
Your Magical Profession: Astral Projection & Totem Magic
Originally appeared on Magical Recipes Online