5 Things ONLY Old Souls Can Fully Understand

by Steven Bancarz

Old Souls

The point of this article is not to try to exclude certain groups of people from one another or appeal to a certain type of audience. The point of this article to provide comfort and a sense of relief to people who get bullied, called names, and judged for not fitting in with the rest of society.

Some people are just old souls and need to be accepted as such. If you are one of the people that gets called crazy for thinking you can feel people’s energy, or a hermit for needing to have time alone, or a ‘weirdo’ for believing in alternative things, the best thing you can do is continue to be true to yourself.

As an old soul, trying to conform to a society that is hollow and spiritually void will only cause you pain and suffering. Don’t let authority figures or institutions pressure you into betraying your passions, desires, and natural state of being.

Here are 5 things that only old souls will understand:

 

1. THE NEED FOR SECLUSION AND ISOLATION

Every old soul knows the extreme importance of taking time away from life, people, and obligation and spending time alone in isolation. Life can be overwhelming at times, and the energies of other people can be exhausting. Spending time alone in nature, or sitting by yourself on a park bench, or spending all day in your room are things which have become necessary for your spiritual health at times.

Some people may call you a hermit or say that you are socially challenged, but you just know the value of spending time alone to detox, reflect, and nurture yourself.

 

2. THE DESIRE FOR GROWTH

More than happiness and living comfortably, you want to live a life that encourages growth and expansion. You value growth and experience so much that you are willing to go through pain, suffering, and depression in order to learn more about yourself.

You take risks and go on adventures that other people may think are unwise, but playing it safe is just too boring for you. At the end of your journey here on earth, you would love to have experienced a life full of ups and downs, suffering and joy, and amazing adventures as opposed to having experienced a life playing it safe.

 

3. BEING HIGHLY OBSERVATIONAL AND INTUITIVE

From a young age, you have been able to get a really good read on people. From watching someone interact for just a few minutes, you are able to identify the characteristics that person would have and the lifestyle they live. It’s almost like you have this software that allows you to look around and download the information on other souls.

This is because you have seen the archetype of that person before in a past life and are familiar with the general behavior and psychology of that archetype. You have interacted with thousands of people throughout the course of your souls history, so there is really no archetype you haven’t interacted with yet.

This doesn’t mean you are judgmental, it just means you are observational. You may find yourself at parties or social gatherings looking around every once in a while checking things out. Watching people interact, observing the exchanges of energy that are occurring during conversation. You may even feel more comfortable as a distant observer than as a participant. It feels natural to you.

Having the ability to get a good read on people has also given you a really good bullsh*t detector. When someone is lying to you, you know it. You notice the disassociation in their eyes, the shift in their energy field, the change in the way they pronounce words. You’ve been through this place many times before, so you aren’t socially naive, even though you may have not had much social interaction in this life. You’ve always been hard to manipulate because you can see into the real intentions and desires of other people. You are just good at feeling people out intuitively.

Some people may call you creepy or think you are a wackjob for trying to be psychic, but it comes naturally to you to pick up on the thoughts and energies of other people.

 

4. THE REJECTION FOR ANYTHING ‘MAINSTREAM’

Mainstream music is heartless, passionless, and washed up. Mainstream media is polluted, biased, and deceptive. The mainstream lifestyle is dry, boring, and disappointing.  Because you recognize this, you have adopted ‘alternative’ ways of thinking and living that may seen weird to other people.

Personally, I listen to a lot of atmospheric metal and post-rock because it offers me what I desire to receive out of music spiritually and existentially. I can’t stand the radio. I remember showing some people the music I liked and having them reply with “that’s not even music”. I’m sure I’m not alone in knowing what it feels like to feel excluded based on your alternative beliefs, tastes, and preferences.

 

5. THE APPRECIATION OF THE JOURNEY

You have learned to trust and appreciate the journey. You aren’t trying to be “deep”, you simply can’t help but be overwhelmed at times with feelings of gratitude, thankfulness, and humility.

You understand that life is impermanent and don’t take anything for granted. Others around you don’t understand why you like spending time in nature so much, why you meditate so often, or why you stare at the stars all the time, but that’s because they are simply too distracted with worldly matters to see the big picture.

If you identify with any or all of these 5 things, then you can be sure that you are either mature beyond your years or you have lived a life or two on this planet in the past. The vast majority of the human population does not understand these 5 things, and actually takes pleasure in ridiculing and making fun of those who don’t seem to fit in.

You aren’t trying to be different, psychic, intuitive, or deep. Your soul is just hardwired a different way. Don’t let anybody tell you that you need to change to fit the expectations of the world around you. The world doesn’t need more carbon copies. It needs more individuals following the things that make their souls come alive.

(Article Source – themindsjournal.com)

Travel Channel Will Use Fear to Draw Out Supernatural Entities in Reboot Series “Ghost Bait”

By John Squires

Ghost Bait

Travel Channel has announced today that they’re bringing back the paranormal series “Ghost Bait,“ wherein paranormal pioneer Bob Magill and empathic investigator Tina Storer take on frightening, personal hauntings in America. Using a shocking but effective method of isolation combined with sensory deprivation, the duo helps people overcome their fear of intense paranormal activity.

After conducting their own paranormal investigation, Magill and Storer use their findings to elevate a client’s fear level and then use that terror as bait to draw out the entity and force a confrontation. By facing their worst fears head on, Magill and Storer believe the living can overpower the negative forces around them to reclaim their sense of peace and control.

In the premiere episode, Magill and Storer travel to the historic Brookdale Lodge in Santa Cruz, California, to investigate claims of an evil spirit bullying an employee named Agnes. The paranormal investigators discover the once famed hotel has a dark history filled with mysterious deaths and corruption. Agnes must overcome her deepest fears and challenge the oppressive entity plaguing her in order to continue her livelihood at the hotel. Isolated in the pool room, an area known for frightening activity, Agnes confronts the entity – alone.

In the second episode of the night, Magill and Storer head to Monongahela, Pennsylvania, to investigate claims of paranormal activity terrorizing a young couple in their new home. During a chilling late-night investigation, the duo come face to face with a mysterious presence in the woods and capture a terrifying voice inside the house that repeats the phrase, “in a portal.” As a last resort, homeowners, Jason and Nina, are forced to confront their fear of the evil demon in order to reclaim their house.

“Ghost Bait” premieres on Travel Channel on Thursday, April 4 at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT with 12 half-hour episodes.

Ghost Bait

(Article Source – Bloody-Disgusting.com)

16 Things You’ll Notice When You’re In The Presence Of An Empath

By Raven Fon

Empaths and Sensitivity

“Yes, we notice a lot of what goes on around us – But you’ll notice some things about us too.”

Can you remember an instance when someone, a complete stranger, poured their heart out to you? It probably happened without warning, and the emotions they were feeling were coursing through your heart as well.

There is something magnetic about an empath; they have a force that draws other’s towards them. These people who open up to you, they don’t know why they do it- and it doesn’t matter. We give them comfort and reassurance, and after riding the roller-coaster with them, we do our best to help them find peace.

I CAN’T COUNT HOW MANY EXPERIENCES I HAVE HAD LIKE THAT-  WHAT ABOUT YOU?

Author of Non-Violent Communication, Marshall Rosenberg, gives us a concise definition of what empathy really is:

“In empathy, you don’t speak at all. You speak with the eyes. You speak with the body. If you say any words at all, it’s because you are not sure you are with the person. So you may say some words. But the words are not empathy. Empathy is when the other person feels the connection to with what’s alive in you.

So, yes, we notice a lot of what goes on around us- but you’ll notice some things about us too.

16 SIGNS YOU’RE IN THE PRESENCE OF AN EMPATH

1. WE ARE OFTEN TOLD WE’RE “TOO SENSITIVE” OR “TOO EMOTIONAL.”

Empaths aren’t “too” this or that. What others describe as “over-feeling” is really just being in-touch with emotions- theirs and yours.

 

2. WE REALLY DISLIKE BEING LIED TO.

It barely takes a glance in your direction and we know you’re lying. The majority of people hate being lied to, but it really sucks for an empath. It literally makes our skin feel gross and we feel that disgust every time we are around them.

 

3. NEGATIVE IMAGES DIRECTLY AFFECT US.

Empaths find it nearly impossible to “unfeel” something. The news? Stories of violence and heartbreak on social media? We avoid them like the  plague. We are well aware of the pain in the world, and we feel it daily.

 

4. WE FEEL OVERWHELMED BY CROWDS.

Empaths encompass every personality type. We are introverts, extroverts, and ambiverts. Yet, even the most outgoing of us can become easily overwhelmed in crowds. We absorb everyone’s feeling and energies…it’s exhausting, to say the least.

 

5. WE FIND HAPPINESS THROUGH HEALING.

Empaths are there to help; we try to guide you towards healing. Just like with all of our advice, it only helps if you actually implement it in your life.

 

6. WE REACT DIFFERENTLY TO STIMULANTS AND MEDICATIONS.

Whether it is coffee or tea, soda or an energy drink, anything containing caffeine tends to make us feel more anxious or agitated than others. Also, we do our best to avoid prescription medication as much as possible due to the numerous, and unpleasant, side effects we experience.

 

7. WE CAN’T BE ANYONE EXCEPT US.

If you’re looking for honesty and a true friendship, empaths are who you should be searching for (but we’ll likely find you first). We have grown into who we are, and we embrace who we are becoming. Usually, it is others who have an issue with our sensitivity and honest nature.

 

8. WE KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH BECAUSE WE ARE GOING THROUGH IT WITH YOU.

If you’re not feeling well, are feeling overwhelming sadness and depression, or if you’re agitated, we are going through all of those things with you. We’re connected to those we care about, and we care about everyone.

 

9. WE HAVE A SPECIAL BOND WITH ANIMALS.

Empaths don’t ‘own’ animals, and we don’t have pets. We have family members. Looking at animals in the wild, we see a perfect and pure soul…a love incapable of hate. We have conversations with them as you would anyone else, and sometimes, we even get a response.

 

10. WE ARE USUALLY TIRED, EXHAUSTED, AND WORN OUT.

We deal with more than just our personal emotions and mental drains, we deal with everyone else’s as well. Every day we are around other people, we absorb, process, and release what those around us are experiencing. And those are the lucky ones who have figured out how to process so they can release, instead of holding onto everything until they can no longer function.

 

11. IF YOU ASK FOR OUR ADVICE, PLEASE TAKE IT.

We listen to every word you say, we put ourselves in your shoes, and we deliver heartfelt advice. Is it too much to ask for you to listen to it? The thing is, we know what we are talking about- and you do too. In fact, we are telling you the exact same thing that you know you should do. We know it. You know it. So, and I mean this in the nicest way possible, either take the advice or stop asking because it wears on our patience.

 

12. WE BECOME DISTRACTED RATHER EASILY.

Maybe it’s because of our heightened sensitivity to everyone and everything around us, but empaths tend to lose focus easily and become distracted. There is a bright side to this: empaths notice and appreciate all the little things most people never take the time to notice.

 

13. WE GENUINELY DETEST NARCISSISM.

Empaths can spot a narcissist a mile away, and that’s about as close as we like to get to one.

 

14. WE ARE HYPER-SENSITIVE TO CERTAIN SOUNDS.

A certain pitch, a slight buzz, and loud noises can really get to us. However, it isn’t just sounds- we are also sensitive to textures, fabrics, and bright lights as well. We experience the polar opposite too! Gentle sounds, soft caresses, and delicate tastes are noticed just as intensely, but in a pleasing manner.

 

15. WE ARE EXCELLENT LISTENERS.

Go on, tell us everything about your life from the seemingly insignificant, to the drastically transformative. We will do more than listen- we will embark on that journey along side you, and experience every high and low found within. On top of that, you never have to worry about any judgment on our part; we never want to hurt, only to help.

 

16. ELECTRONICS ACT UP AROUND US.

I know this sounds strange to those who have not experienced it, but it happens. We get shocked by touching the same things you normally do, and electronic equipment acts strange around us. Computers glitch, cars stall, phones die- if it has a current or a charge, it is probably going to affect us or be affected by us.

 

(Article Source – TheMindsJournal.com)

Paranormal Conventions 2019: Best UFO and Supernatural Conferences

By Aaron Sagers

Where can you meet likeminded UFO and paranormal enthusiasts from around the world? Check out these conventions.

Paranormal Conferences

 

At most comic cons, and fan events, one expects to run into people dressed as supernatural entities, extraterrestrials, and mysterious creatures. But at paranormal, cryptozoology, and ufology events, fans are discussing the existence of them – and often gather to actively go looking for them.

And as much as I move about in the world of comic cons, for the past decade or so, I have spent weekends traveling the world to talk as a journalist and researcher about ghosts, demons, curses, aliens, UFO, and monsters. During the day, the world of paracons closely resembles most fan events, and there is quite a bit of cross-pollination between them. There are panels, vendor rooms, and signings by notable authors, television personalities, and occasionally actors from paranormal pop culture. But at night, the activities continue with a skywatch, ’squatch hunt, or ghost hunt in supposedly haunted houses (or asylums, penitentiaries, hospitals, and hotels).

Many paracon attendees skew towards the belief end of the spectrum, but most are an overwhelmingly curious balance of Mulders or later-season Scullys in the “I Want To Believe” or “The Truth is Out There” sense. While there are certainly eccentric characters, they are no more so than the most ardent comic con-goer – which is to say things can get delightfully weird. And though I could tell stories about times I was accused of being a reptilian from another planet, I rarely encounter tinfoil hats or (hardly ever) meet anyone possessed by the spirit of a dead president.

With that in mind, I wanted to offer a breakdown of some of the best paracons out there, worthy of a fantripping adventure. I have not attended all of these, but based my recommendations on reputation, location, or guest list. Whether you’re new to the scene, or the paranormal is an old haunt for you, give these a chance. Enter with an open mind, and an appetite for fun. And if you see me at any, come up and say, “Boo!”

MARCH

Paranormal

Bayou City Paranormal Symposium

Conroe, Texas

March 9-10, 2019

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Spirits of Hawaii

Strange Escapes: Spirits of Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii

March 14-17, 2019

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Hosted by Amy Bruni and Adam Berry of Travel Channel’s paranormal show Kindred Spirits, this four-day event is unique for its exploration of Hawaiian ghosts. Along with daytime lectures on the paranormal as it relates to Hawaii, the event includes a walking ghost tour of Honolulu, and evening tour/investigation of spiritual locales in Oahu. There is also a ghost hunt of Hawaii’s Plantation Village (as seen on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters), and a farewell luau. Look, I am all for dark and stormy nights in haunted prisons, or asylums, but sign me up any day for a paranormal/tiki mash-up vacay!

APRIL

Titanic Séance

Titanic Séance: A Night to Remember

Long Beach, California

April 13, 2019

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Combine a historic (and allegedly famously haunted) ocean liner, with a theatrical séance led by an illusionist, and seven-course gourmet meal, and you have “A Night To Remember” upon the RMS Queen Mary. Master Magician and Apparitionist Aiden Sinclair (as seen on America’s Got Talent, and Penn & Teller: Fool Us), casts a striking presence as he utilizes antiques, and artifacts, in a Victorian séance. But is the haunting evening that ensues an illusion or something more … unexplained? This special black-tie affair will be dedicated to the memory of the Titanic, which sank April 15, 1912, and includes cigar rolling, whiskey flights, and a menu inspired by the final first-class meal served aboard the doomed ship. If you miss the event, it is still worthwhile checking out Sinclair’s “Illusions of the Passed” séance on the Queen Mary throughout the year.

Salem Con

 

Salem Con

Salem, Massachussetts

April 5-6, 2019

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America’s Witch City is an excellent destination most times of the year, but Salem Con makes a visit in April especially alluring with its paranormal programming led by Grant Wilson of Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, and recently the host of the must-watch “What The Fetch?!” channel on YouTube. Joining Wilson is noted religious demonologist John Zaffis, who has been involved in countless tales of hauntings and other terrors that were later adapted into movies (and he is the nephew, and was investigative partner, of Ed and Lorraine Warren, made famous by The Conjuring, and The Amityville Horror). The setting for Salem Con is likewise of interest: The historic, and allegedly haunted, Hawthorne Hotel.

Related: The Best Haunted House Movies and Shows of All Time

MAY

ParaPsyCon

 

ParaPsyCon

Mansfield, Ohio

May 4-5, 2019

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The 133-year-old Ohio State Reformatory is a historic prison with a striking exterior, and haunting interior. A combination of Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque, and Queen Anne styles of architecture, the facility was meant to inspire inmates to rediscover their spiritual sides. Instead, it has come to be known as one of the most haunted locales in America (though it should be noted that ghosts are notoriously reluctant to fill out surveys quantifying this). But I’ve been there numerous times, and it is an amazing location. ParaPsyCon taps into this history with a six-hour ghost hunt in the foreboding prison, as well as offering programming from psychic/medium Chip Coffey, Steve Gonsalves of Ghost Hunters, and Dalen Spratt of Ghost Brothers.

Ohio Bigfoot Conference

Salt Fork, Ohio

May 4, 2019

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UFO Fest

McMinnville, Oregon

May 16-18, 2019

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Paraunity Expo

Woodbridge, New Jersey

May 17-18, 2019

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Contact in the Desert

Indian Wells, California

May 31-June 3, 2019

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The lineup for this UFO and Extraterrestrial Life event looks out of this world (pun very much intended). George Noory of Coast to Coast AM, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos of Ancient Aliens, Ben Hansen of Syfy’s Fact or Faked, Erich von Daniken, author of Chariots of the Gods, and so many more heavy hitters from the E.T. community will gather to talk about crop circles, abductions, forbidden archaeology, and more. There will also be some epic sky watch opportunities at night.

Related: Aliens in America – A History of UFO Storytelling

JUNE

Alien Con

Alien Con

June 21-23, 2019

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JULY

Roswell UFO Festival

 

Roswell UFO Festival

Roswell, New Mexico

July 5-7, 2019

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Roswell is bucket list destination for anyone remotely interested in UFO, aliens, and government cover-ups. The town is inextricably linked with the 1947 incident involving a crashed “flying disc,” or surveillance balloon, according to some. The so-called UFO Capital of the World has responded by throwing an annual festival complete with alien parades, cosplay, and carnival rides. Along with the light-hearted fun, the UFO Festival includes lectures from Roswell investigators Donald Schmitt, and Thomas Carey, as well as notable figures in the community Stanton Friedman, and Travis Walton (whose UFO abduction story was the inspiration for Fire in the Sky).

Related: How Roswell, New Mexico Gained Its UFO Reputation

Pennhurst Paracon

Pennhurst Paracon

Spring City, Pennsylvania

July 19-21, 2019

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The Pennhurst Paracon features well-known celebrity paranormal investigators you’ll see elsewhere on this list (John Zaffis, Grant Wilson, Steve Gonsalves, etc), but the main attraction is Pennhurst itself, the state school and hospital that operated from 1908-1987. The site is known for its infamous history of abuse, and neglect. Personally, I find it to be one of the saddest supposedly haunted locales I’ve visited. The event includes panels, and presentations, but the investigation opportunities in areas typically tightly controlled makes this event a must. If ghosts exists, it’s likely that they stalk the grounds of this massive compound.

AUGUST

Michigan Paranormal Con

Michigan Paranormal Convention

Sault Ste Marie

Aug. 22-24, 2019

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Celebrating its tenth year in 2019, the Michigan Paranormal Convention has earned a reputation for its top-notch roster of guest speakers from all manner of paranormal fields. This is a veritable who’s who of paranormal celebrities from Ghost Hunters, The Dead Files, Kindred Spirits, Ghost Adventures, Finding Bigfoot, and more. The Michigan Paracon is notable for not placing focus on a ghost hunt, but instead for its presentations, and a social scene where attendees mingle with the speakers at the Kewadin Casino.

Related: Politicians Support Congressional Hearings on UFOs

Dragon Con

Dragon Con

Atlanta, Georgia

August 29-Sept 2, 2019

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Dragon Con is first and foremost known as a Nerdy Burning Man event, where parties and cosplay reign. But in addition to those, and the traditional convention trappings of celebrity signings and vendor floors, the Atlanta event has a healthy paranormal programming track. The event draws notable TV personalities and researchers from the ghost hunting and ufology.

SEPTEMBER

International UFO Congress

 

International UFO Congress

Phoenix Arizona

Sept 4-8, 2019

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This one is something of a family affair at Den of Geek as contributor Alejandro Rojas is one of the organizers, and yours truly has spoken there. But the Congress also bears the distinction for holding the Guinness World Record for largest UFO conference. The guests are still coming together for the event, but it’s guaranteed to be a great one.

Cryptid Con

Cryptid Con

Lexington, Kentucky

Sept 7-8, 2019

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Cryptid Con combines ghostly pursuits and cryptozoology with a comic con-style format that welcomes both the casual fan, the movie nerd, and the die-hard researcher. This year’s event is still being assembled, but it already boasts James “Bobo” Fay and Cliff Barackman from Finding Bigfoot, Nick Groff of Paranormal Lockdown, Ouija board historian Robert Murch, and a lot of other notable names. The event also looks like a lot of fun because of the wild assortment of crypto-crazy vendors.

The Scarefest

Lexington, Kentucky

Sept 12-15, 2019

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Mothman Festival

 

Mothman Festival

Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Sept 21-22, 2019

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This annual festival commemorates the 1966-67 sightings of a red-eyed, winged creature (was it a cryptid? Alien? Interdimensional being?), and other supernatural happenings that led up to the collapse of the Silver Bridge. The events are a part of folklore, but the stories of the Mothman don’t end there. While the schedule is still coming together for this event, it is a slice of Americana, complete with speakers, entertainment, tours of the sighting areas, and of course photo ops at the Mothman statue.

OCTOBER

Parafest

 

Little Traverse Bay Parafest

Petoskey, Michigan

Oct 11-12, 2019

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NOVEMBER

Sage Paracon

 

Sage Paracon

Coventry, United Kingdom

Nov 7-10, 2019

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Before the year ends, it is certainly worth taking a jaunt across the pond for Sage Paracon at the historic Coombe Abbey in Coventry, England. In the interest of full disclosure, I did speak at last year’s event, but I can recommend Sage with a clean conscience. Coombe Abbey is a gorgeous setting, and the 11th century abbey – since modernized into a luxury hotel on 500 acres of scenic parkland. The location alone is worth a trip, and that’s before you consider the ghost stories, and tales of a murdered monk. In addition to a paranormal investigation of the grounds, organizer MJ Dickson offers a medieval banquet and voodoo party at night, with a group of diverse guests giving presentations during the day.

(Article Source – denofgeek.com)

Astrology Transits for March 2019

By Calleen Wilder

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March 1st – Venus in Capricorn squares Uranus in Aries

This isn’t a major transit, but rather a rascally one.  Venus likes attention, as does Capricorn (even though you’d be hard-pressed to get them to admit it… ha).  And Uranus, well Uranus likes new, different, interesting, and life jarring.  Thus, expect flirting, provoking, and the need for strange and interesting.

The only real downside of this might be you poke at your lover long enough to stir up some strong words… or perhaps you flirt with the new barista a little too hard for your sweetie’s peace of mind.  Even still though, you’ll likely go home and make-up rather quickly.

If single, know you’ll be looking to mingle.  Nothing long term though since a taste of fun is all you’re really after.

Fun day, although slightly off-kilter in just the less-definable of ways.

March 1st – Venus enters Aquarius

Venus will be in Aquarius for most of the month.  Meaning, we’ll all get a tad less “warm to the touch” in our relationships.

Aquarius likes independence, freedom, and thoughts far more than action.  Venus, on the other hand, likes hugs and sweet little notes.  It’s likely rather apparent then that this pairing isn’t to either Venus’ or Aquarius’ liking.

The good news is, your friendships will grow and prosper.  Aquarius likes casual, cool, calm, and friends.  He always prefers detached observation.  He just doesn’t much care for romance, lack of warmth, and deeply personal revelations.  Which, by the way, are all the things Venus adores.

Thus, if you and your sweetie are already great friends, you can expect to have tons of fun together during the month of March.  If, however, you’re courting someone new and expecting flowers, chocolates, and love songs written, it’s a no-go.  No wining and dining here.

Still, it isn’t exactly the end of the world (well, other than to Miss Venus).  Relationships will survive, work will improve, groups will grow, friendships will multiply, and life will go on… but really, doesn’t it always?  Only half-kidding, February beat the bubbles right out of me…. sigh!

Enough about me though… go forth and multiply in all things mental and preferably lukewarm.

March 5th – Mercury goes Retrograde in Pisces

Oh Good Grief.  Being a Virgo, who shares Mercury’s rulership with Gemini, I always, always, always SO dread Mercury Retrogrades.  Simultaneously though I also realize that every single one of us experiences much the same thing.

With this particular one, being in the sign of Pisces, we’ll all likely find ourselves at the bottom of a rabbit hole or two.  After all, Pisces gets confused a lot.  It is the two fish swimming in opposite directions.  So “lost and looking for yourself” comes to mind.

On the plus side, Pisces are truly gentle, creative, music-loving artists who excel at loving, writing, sculpting, and yes, getting confused… a lot.  Hmmmm.

As a result, it might feel like our minds and ability to speak clearly are spinning about like some drunken game of Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Whatever.  Thus leaving us confused and sticking pins in people who are also blind-folded and armed with sharp objects.  Troublesome to say the least.

Yet many of us have felt like we’re mentally swimming in emotional sludge since mid-February when Mercury plunged into the watery depths of this fish sign.  So why not give us all a mild case of slanted perception, skewed speech, and bucket loads of tainted emotions if only to see what we can do with it?  Again, I got beat up last month (lol).  Many of you likely did as well though, so you know I speak the truth.

As per usual, expect computers to break, mail to get lost, words to be misconstrued, thinking to become blurred, and cars to crash into other cars, buildings, ponds, and the errant turtle, fish, or salamander.  And do not expect people to understand what you’re saying entirely.  Don’t even expect to understand yourself sometimes.

The good news (and yes, I’m digging deep here) is that Mercury going retrograde is meant to slow us down in order to get us to quit taking things we usually take-for-granted (things like speaking and thinking) and focus.  It wants us to pay attention to the daily details of our lives and perfect them further.  This month we’ll find ourselves doing just that while wearing beer-goggles.

Still, Mercury obviously has faith in us, so let’s at least agree to slosh our way through this together.  Oh, and give our fellow sloppy thinking humans a break when words come out wrong or payments get delayed.

Also, don’t sign contracts if it can be helped.  Don’t commit to anything long-term either.  Plus, make sure everyone really understood what you said.  Be as clear, concise, and organized as you possibly can be.  And please, for Pete’s sake, stay in your lane.

March 6th – New Moon in Pisces

Our New Beginnings this month also is under the direct supervision of Pisces.  However, the Moon represents our emotions, our artistry, our spirituality, and our downright grooviness.  Meaning, if you’re wanting to begin anything new, anything inspired, anything altruistic and terribly personal, do it now.

Yes, we have Mercury retrograde for the next few weeks making it a little hard to make presentations and get people on-board with our new ideas.  I get that.  BUT… if there’s anything you can do that doesn’t require a ton of conscious input (art rarely does, as the great work is always more inspired than thought-out), do that.

We’ll all be far more sensitive, as well as far less ego-oriented, for the next few weeks.  As such, doing something that benefits, moves, or takes the edge off of the real world for others  is strongly encouraged.  Provided, of course, you don’t sign up for the long-haul since you’re feeling far more giving and benevolent than you will be a few weeks from now.

I’d suggest simply doing what you can today.  By all means, think outside of the proverbial box (you won’t be aware of the box anyway) and go for all things musical, artistic, romantic, altered, and beautiful.  It’s a good time to let your particular brand of strange shine.  It’s also a good time to take breaks, naps, and daydream.

Progress is possible, provided you pick the subject matter for your progress intuitively rather than logically.

March 6th – Uranus enters Taurus

This transit only enhances everything I said above.  Primarily so because Taurus is ruled by Venus, who happens to also love beauty, art, creating, and self-expression.  Granted, Uranus likes new and edgy.  He doesn’t really care so much about art either.  AND… he doesn’t give one hoot about finances and the material world.  BUT… Taurus does.

Taurus likes nice things, pampering, and having its own way.  Uranus likes the “having its own way” part too.  This could result in all of us getting pretty stuck in our ideas about what precisely what it is we’re going to be creating for the next few weeks.

Cool thing is, it could be something super smart, new, beautiful, and unlike anything else we’ve done before.  So combining the two energies involved in this would be excellent… just let them flow without resistance.  Sure, they may bicker occasionally.  Simply sit back, pick up a brush or your tool of choice, and start without expectation and see what comes out.

Know too that Uranus has been in the sign of pioneering and progress-motivated Aries for the last 7 years, so this is a BIG deal.  Uranus changing signs is an overhaul of our traditions and way of living within the material universe we have created.  Today it’s moving from progressive Aries into conservative Taurus, a place it hasn’t occupied since 1942.  Uranus isn’t particularly fond of Taurus, it feels it weakens it.  So yes, this feels slightly awkward and uncomfortable for all of us.

Most likely we’ll feel it in our money pockets.  Taurus rules money, security, work, and as mentioned, arts and music.  Expect then to find new ways of making, keeping, spending, and transacting all of the aforementioned.  Reason being, we’ll all become far less open to taking risk and placing bets (something Aries loves).  Instead, we’ll find ourselves wanting settlements and new ways of managing our material things.  End goal being… becoming far more self-sufficient.

Self expression via art and true talent are highlighted this month.  As is becoming far less dependent on others for any and all things.  We want to not only be self-sufficient, but also self-managed.  Neither Uranus nor Taurus loves being told what to do.

I expect many new businesses to open up in the next few years, small businesses.  I also expect an explosion in gardening your own food, creating your own unique products, and finding different ways to structure your immediate environment in order to have more control over your world and your cash.

Again, this will feel off-putting at first considering these two energies don’t operate anywhere near similar.  Still, all in all, Uranus can usher in needed change while Taurus focuses on the structure, the safety, and the details of implementing it.  It’ll work, provided we’re all open to new, and yet thanks to Taurus, relatively well thought out changes.

March 10th – Mars in Taurus sextiles Neptune in Pisces

This is a very small transit, yet since Taurus and Neptune (ruler of Pisces) and Pisces are all involved, I thought I’d share it.

How it will affect you for the next few days is you’ll likely find thinking and dreaming up new schemes filling up a good portion of your day.  You’ll also likely find yourself trying to figure out what it is you want to do “next”.  As well as uncovering what really matters to you.  All in the hopes of finding a way to do more of what inspires you and less of the day-to-day stuff none of us like to do.

This is a smooth, easy time.  It’s a time for opening up via meditating, or maybe just getting quiet, and allowing ideas to float in and float out… jotting down the ones that speak to your heart and soul.

It’s another time of less ego and more compassion.  Again though, don’t sign up for anything long-term.  Instead, go with the flow and allow yourself to bask in whatever ideas strike your fancy.  It’s a soft day.  Another day full of artistic expression, if you’re so inclined.

March 14th – Mars in Taurus trines Saturn in Capricorn

This transit encourages us to finish up projects that require great attention to detail (Saturn and Capricorn).  It’s a time packed full of focus, ambition to do your best work, and completion.

This is not a pie-in-the-sky day.  Usually Mars finds focusing on anything at all totally nerve splitting.  But not for the next few days.  Saturn has roped him in, as has Taurus, and said “do your best work”.  And he, having the brawn to do just that, is complying and moving things forward.

Therefore, it’s a great day for progress, especially if it doesn’t involve complex plans or major moves.  Nope.  Today you shine through the little details you add to anything.  The extra coat of paint, the texture added to the newest sculpture, or even, the precise right words to end your long awaited book or proposal perfectly.

Focus, detail, and the desire to make things stunning is what this day is made of.

March 20th – Full Moon in Libra – Spring Equinox

Even this month’s Full Moon isn’t likely to be too jarring.  Yes, I’d still expect some emotional expression.  Yet this month that expression will likely not come at the expense of someone else’s peace.

Libra wants balance, fairness, polite conversation, and harmony.  Consequently, your desire to keep things nice and politically correct will likely outweigh any emotions you might feel need expressing.  I will say though that you really should speak your truth despite what you feel others are prepared to hear.  Otherwise things tend to bottle up and explode somewhere down the road when least expected.

Maybe the best thing to do is talk softly even when speaking about hard subjects.  Ask for feedback whenever you feel you’ve hit a soft spot, and let your listener voice their objections and observations as well.

Too, this is a culmination of all things began a few weeks ago.  Not meaning that your newest project is finished, rather, that it is progressing along enough now for you to measure if it’s something you wish to alter or keep at.

Expect Full Moon behavior, but in a Libra fashion.  As such, this shouldn’t be too trying of a time, provided again, that you don’t hold things in.

Also, go plant some seeds and unveil what you’ve been planning over the winter.  Spring makes everything new, better, and shiny.  Go grow some stuff!

March 20th – Sun enters Aries

The Sun entering “enthusiastic and full of gusto” Aries, on the same day as a Full Moon in Libra, might ensure you don’t do much holding back (ha).

Aries does tend to blurt things out whenever provoked.  Aries also has one firestorm of a temper.  Problem is, Aries expresses, the rest of us cower, and then when it’s over Aries wonders why we haven’t moved on as swiftly as they have.  If you know an Aries, you know I speak the truth.

So here’s the thing, with the influence of Libra and the Full Moon, one of two things will happen.  First being, Libra wins the war and we say what’s on our minds, but no feelings get trampled in the process.  OR… Aries wins the war and everyone hears every danged thing on your mind.  Plus, you’re very dramatic and don’t hesitate to engage in posturing, gesturing, and tossing a vase or two off the table (lol).

It is the surest measure of a true toss-up.  Aries and Libra are polar opposites in the chart.  Now that doesn’t guarantee an all-out-war.  It’s more like “the hair of the dog that bit you” type of thing.  Maybe we’ll yell at someone, then apologize and buy them chocolate right after.  Or maybe we’ll smile, nod, and go our own way while secretly nudging the chair they’re getting ready to sit down on slightly out of their behind’s ability to reach.

We’ll see.  Might be an interesting day full of Yin, Yang, Loud, Soft, and Passive-Aggressive.  Or maybe we’ll all figure out how to blend the two and speak softly while carrying the biggest stick we can find.

OH… and don’t forget, Aries will be ruling our Sun for the next month.  In a couple of days the Full Moon will lose it’s oppositional pull so we’ll all settle into more Arian types of temperaments.  Temperaments that consist of far more risk taking and calling things as we see them.  Forward movement is nearly assured, as is self expression, lots of laughing, and tons of new entrepreneurial ideas.  Go do you is the theme.

March 20th – Mars in Taurus trines Pluto in Capricorn

Another small transit, but a nice one.  Our energy planet is still in plodding and safety oriented Taurus, and it’s making nice to our planet of reform and reconstruction (Pluto) who is occupying the sign of determination and perseverance (Capricorn).

In essence, we’ll all be far more concerned with observing the state of our lives, jobs, finances, and relationships.  We’ll be reviewing why we are where we are, along with trying to figure out how to change what we don’t like (Pluto).

Now we won’t likely be aggressive with our findings, thanks to the trine.  Meaning, no one will find our desire to move onward and upward threatening, and as a result, challenge us about the changes (something Pluto often incites).  All attributable to the fact that we are really looking towards the good of the whole instead of the good of only us.

In fact, I’d encourage everyone this month, and especially during the next few days, to really sit down, take a break from your normal routine, and really look at the why’s and why nots of your life.  Pluto does so love to pluck out the weeds so something nicer can grow.  Today is the day you’ll likely see weeds you hadn’t even realized existed before.  Sit and ponder my friends.

March 21st – Venus in Aquarius squares Mars in Taurus

It’s a relationship-testing type of day.  If you’re in a good relationship you can expect to work some things through.  You want connection, involvement, and a lot of touching.

If, however, your relationship is a tad more stressed, arguments are definitely a possibility.  Really bad relationships might end up being tested to the point of breaking.

The bottom line is, Venus loves love, both the giving and receiving of it.  Mars like action and assertion.  In a square relationship there’s always friction.  There are things that need to be worked on, worked out, and expressed.  Hence, we have days like today.

It’s a high energy day in the love department.  You’ll definitely know how healthy your relationship is by the end of it.  It can be fun though, provided you’ve already done the heavy lifting.  Otherwise, prepare to “beef up”.

March 21st – Venus in Aquarius sextiles Jupiter in Sagittarius

This aspect adds a needed dash of pleasantries to the above transit.  Thus, I doubt any relationships will end today, or if they do, it’ll be a mutually consensual ending.

Since we the two most positive planets involved in all aspects of our lives right now, nothing too horrible can happen.

Again though, this isn’t a big aspect.  Yet its influence may affect every aspect of your life.

Expect possible promotions, great deals, financial bonuses, fun relationship excursions, and more.  This aspect is positive in every way.

March 26th – Venus enters Pisces

When Venus enters into the sign of the artist there’s a compassion and a softness to it.  For the next month you can reasonably expect to love and be loved more thoroughly.  You may also encounter romance, flowers, and gentleness.

Too, your creativity soars.  Regardless of whether that pertains to writing, creating, hanging wallpaper, or expressing yourself to your sweetie. It really is the month for the creators out there.

Pisces also largely negates the ego.  Therefore we’ll all become givers more so than takers.  Although we will receive very graciously, so feel free to give whatever you feel like giving (ha).

This is a spiritual, kind, and gracious place for Venus to find itself.  Enjoy, listen to some great music, and smooch away.

March 27th – Venus in Pisces sextiles Uranus in Taurus

Although this too is a small-ish transit, whenever Uranus is involved, in pretty much of anything, it’s worth mentioning.

Today you’ll find you still crave something new and exciting, but with the sextile, you’ll do so in a very nonthreatening-to-your-current-relationship sort of way.  Who knows, you might just opt to try something new and different with your sweetie.

And if no sweetie exists, one just might emerge… you’ll definitely be up for it.  Thing is, with Uranus transits you’re never guaranteed permanence in a new relationship, but you are guaranteed life changing events.  As a result it’s worth the energy exerted to explore such things.  You’ll likely figure out precisely what’s been missing in relationships long gone, at the very least.  Super fun!

It’s a good day to love, create, explore, make new friends, have a party, celebrate life, and do whatever two mutually consenting adults agree to do.

March 28th – Mercury goes Direct in Pisces

Thank heavens!  We have our planet of communication finally turning itself right once more.  Granted, it takes a few days for the spinning to stop, but today we’ll at least be able to piece words coherently together.  Yes, Pisces is still involved, but when direct, it brings out the poet and grace in all of us.  Pisces does so love to please.

Therefore, everything that’s been slightly off-kilter all month will begin to not only spin correctly, but also politely.  Apologies will be given and new ideas shared.  Who knows, we might even discover the inner artist in ourselves this month.  If so, whatever it is you’ve been working on or towards will likely be unveiled, as well as well received, in the days to come.

Mail gets delivered.  Texts get returned.  Computers stop stopping.  AND… our thoughts begin to hum along to the specific enchanting rhythm only Pisces can usher in.

March 30th/31st – Mars enters Gemini

Our planet of muscles and energy enters into “always slightly hectic” Gemini.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  Rather, it’s an energetic burst of enthusiasm that will awaken us from the reverie of the past month.  Likely leaving all of us shell-shocked by the mere force of it.

We’ll want to learn, talk, share, explore, and do anything but concentrate.  Enough of the concentrating already (Gemini’s said to add that).

Now, we want to touch, taste, and build it all.

We become fully alert, more-than-slightly sarcastic, and witty little brainiacs who need something to do every minute of the day… or at the very least, tending to.

We’ll get things done though.  Preferably things that require zero attention to detail.  Even better, hopefully it’ll be time to promote whatever it was we’ve been working on. We need to talk, dance, show off, and explore reactions, as well as begin new projects.  BORING!

Biggest caution is simply this… don’t over-speak, over-do, or over-estimate your capabilities.  Other than that though, fly high you crazy little jacked up bee.

Nerves, oh yes, we must watch out for wearing ourselves completely down.  Moderate the caffeine… yes, for sure, do that.

Medium Tyler Henry Responds to John Oliver’s Recent Criticism of Hollywood Psychics

by ALYSSA RAY

Tyler Henry isn’t fazed by skeptics one bit.The famed clairvoyant proved this to be true during a recent sit down with E! News co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy. In case you missed it, during Sunday’s episode of Last Week TonightJohn Oliver vocalized some criticisms about the psychic industry.

Specifically, after referencing Henry’s reading of Matt Lauer, the 41-year-old comedian revealed he struggled to believe that the Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry star didn’t use Google beforehand.

However, as Tyler exclusively noted to Rancic and Kennedy, he doesn’t know who he is reading until he is meeting with the client in person.

“It’s actually really why I never want to know where I’m going or who I’m reading and why I put such an emphasis on information that can’t be googled,” the E! personality defended. “In reading celebrities, public figures, there lives are on Google! So, obviously, there’s information about them.

Regardless, Henry relayed that his famous clients “aren’t tearing up” about generic information. Rather, they’re “tearing up and crying because they’re hearing information that’s emotional, that’s validating something to them, that they’ve not heard elsewhere.”Rancic, who has appeared on Hollywood Medium, supported this claim by recalling an eerily specific memory from her childhood—a memory that she didn’t even recall until her mother confirmed it to be true.

“There’s no way you could Google that,” G expressed. “I didn’t remember the memory.”

Furthermore, the reading Rancic participated in with Tyler ahead of the sit down had information that she and husband Bill Rancic have yet to share with anyone.

Eager to know what Tyler shared with Giuliana? For Tyler’s message for the mother of one and so much more, be sure to take a look at the clip above!

(Article Source – eonline.com)

Psychic Detectives – Real or Not?

You know, I watched this and thought I’d share it here, along with sharing my opinion about such things.

Being a psychic I know that I too can be wrong. Sometimes, I’m a great deal wrong. BUT… if I get something about something as important as a missing person or a missing child I usually try to deliver that message even if not asked to. I figure if I’m not charging anyone one cent for my two cents worth, I can’t see where it’s labeled “predatory”.

In the past I’ve helped a few clients and friends find missing persons, some alive and some not. Yet I’ve also been wrong, or perhaps slightly off, who’s to say? If you don’t find them how can we possibly know if I was absolutely wrong or just missed the spot by a few feet or a few miles?

Thing is, I’ve never charged one cent for doing any of it, in spite of the fact that I absolutely hate doing it. Reason I hate doing it is two-fold:

1) I abhor when the outcome is bleak. I’d rather not know, see, or feel any of what the victim, the families, the perpetrator, or even me as a person feels about such things;

2) It consumes me, especially when I’m looking for a recently missing person/child. I know all-too-well how critical it is to find them if we’re to have any chance of their being unharmed. So… I obsess over it. I obsess so thoroughly that even my dreams are filled with clues until such time there’s a resolution. There really is no rest for me personally when the situation is so dire.

Not to mention we’re actually putting ourselves in harm’s way when we do step up and out of the shadows. I mean if someone killed, kidnapped, or otherwise harmed another human, and they find out we might be able to finger-point, what keeps us safe?

So no, psychics aren’t perfect. We don’t know everything about any one thing. But sometimes we do know some things. Sometimes we sense things. We see things. We feel things. So what are we to do? Remain silent so we aren’t accused of being predators? Yes, I realize there are people out there who aren’t psychic who claim to be under such circumstances. Shame on them. Still, if the average Joe Blow citizen is encouraged to report “any little thing they may have seen, even if they don’t feel it matters”, why aren’t we given the same right? I don’t know. Doesn’t make much sense to me.

I no longer work on such cases because of all of the above reasons. But please get it straight, many of us are only trying to help. In my opinion that deserves appreciation not consternation.

Any way, those are my two cents worth about a topic that, quite frankly, insulted me.

These 3 Uncommon Sets of Genes Make You a Highly Sensitive Person

BY ANDRE SÓLO / SCIENCE /

Highly Sensitive Genes

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)