When you are a Highly Sensitive Person, being extremely empathic can make you feel as though you live in outer space somewhere instead of planet Earth. In fact, it can leave you spinning and wishing you could just turn off or, better yet, disappear. It can feel like a curse to instinctively know how others feel much of the time, feeling their sorrows, pain, and anger when you don't want to. Too much of this kind of stimulation causes overwhelm in a hurry. But, empathy, as far as the bible is concerned, is but one of the gifts we receive from God.
I remember even when I was very young when someone would be in my presence or walk by me I would get a feeling about them. When I was around too many people my head would start to swim, I'd feel emotional, tired, sweaty, and overwrought. If I was in a crowd, I'd hyperventilate and feel ill. Eventually, I became agoraphobic. I knew I was sensitive, but I did not know I was also empathic. It was hard enough coping with my own sensitivities. Feeling others emotions sent me over the edge.
Once, when I was involved with a church group and was attending a meeting in someone's home, there was a woman sitting across from me that I kept getting a 'vibe' about. She was smiling and relaying a pleasant story, but my gut was getting twisted in knots just looking at her. She was saying all the right things, with the right expressions and gestures, but there was something very wrong about the picture I was 'feeling'. Finally, I blurted "You know it's OK to cry about it." Her eyes widened and she stared at me for a second and then the tears fell and another story came flooding out, one that she needed to tell. Later, she asked me how I knew. I had to mumble something about not knowing and just having a feeling. And that was the truth. I didn't know. The minister's wife asked me if I knew I had the gift of discernment. "No. What is that?" I asked. Even after she explained, I couldn't see it as a gift.
When you are Highly Sensitive and Empathic, there often seems to be no way out of picking up other's vibes than to run, hide, become introverted, and even a bit reclusive. But, this can lead to phobias. And, who wants to be a Hermit all of the time? But, I'm getting off track here.
Getting back to gifts from God, there are several other than discernment and when you are also a Highly Sensitive Person any one of them can feel like a curse. Take a look at 1st Corinthians, chapter 12, verses 4-11. It lists the gifts God gave all people, not just HSP, but everyone.
The Gift of Wisdom
The Gift of Knowledge
The Gift of Faith
The Gift of Healing
The Gift of the Work of Miracles
The Gift of Prophecy
The Gift of Diverse Tongues (including Spiritual Tongues)
The Gift of the Interpretation of Tongues
Verse 11 goes on to say God can give us as many of these gifts as he likes.
Being a Highly Sensitive Person is who you are, the way you are made. But, being an empathic, full of wisdom or knowledge, having great faith, being able to heal others, being able to work miracles, speaking in other languages or in spirit, or being able to interpret them are all gifts. They are what you have been given by God to do something special with. Being empathic and having the gift of discernment is but one of these gifts.
Food for Thought:
There's nothing like sharing that gives one as sense of purpose. Maybe that's what God had in mind when he bestowed your gift upon you. Perhaps there is a special way you could share your special gift in a way that can help others.
Artwork: Christ at 33 by Heinrich Hofmann
Mari J. Dionne ~ CHP, CLC
Whirligigs ~ Testicles
Accoucheur ~ A male mid-wife.
Kingsevil ~ A disease or swelling of the cervical lymph nodes.
Valitudinary ~ Subject to sickness; crazy.
Chime-Child ~ A child born on Sunday who was immune to witchcraft, could see ghosts, and was a natural healer.
Periblepsis ~ A delirious stare of the eyes.
Wormland ~ A churchyard.
Green-Sickness ~ A disease incident to virgins; sickly paleness, with green tint of complexion.
Tissek or Tissicky Cough ~ A tickling faint cough.
Multiplying Medicine ~ An elixer of the alchemists, used in making and multiplying gold.
Peat-Reek-Whisky ~ Highland whiskey, distilled over peat fires.
Belly-Brussen ~ A distended stomach or having a protuberant stomach.
Oint ~ To smear with an unctuous substance (usually having to do with painting or disguising something).
Farbed-Up ~ Confused
Nyctobasis ~ Somnambulism; to walk in one's sleep.
Roozles ~ Wretchedness of mind and body.
Coolth ~ Coolness (opposite of warmth).
Pharmacopolist ~ An apothecary.
Laver ~ To wash (before dinner).
Gothicism ~ To be rude or rudeness.
Desuetude ~ Lack of use.
Splay the Bream ~ To cut up that fish.
Doctor of Skill ~ A physician.
Pimpish ~ Dainty in the matter of food (taking in small quantities.)
Dendranthoplology ~ The theory that man sprang from trees.
Fash ~ Care, trouble, anxiety.
Satisfy Colon ~ To satisfy one's hunger.
Neurasthenia ~ Debility or impairment of the nerves.
Trollibags ~ The intestines.
Cothish ~ Faint, sickly, ailing.
Fogo ~ A disagreeable stink or smell.
With Squirrel ~ Pregnant
Pottinger ~ A cook, apothecary, druggist (Scotland).
Pomster ~ A quack doctor; to treat illness without knowledge or skill.
Bleflummery ~ Vain imaginings.
Venefice ~ A practice of poisoning.
Fish-Whole ~ As sound as a fish or healthy.
Weaponsalve ~ A salve that was supposed to cure the wound by applying it to the weapon that caused it.
Overset ~ To recover from mental shock.
Fordolked ~ Wounded.
Witchify ~ To bewitch.
Wamblecropped ~ Humiliated
Naufrage ~ Shipwreck
Peffle ~ In a nervous state.
Measondue ~ A hospital or poor house.
Dead-Nip ~ A blue mark on the body not caused by an injury or any known cause...sometimes called a witch's nip.
Sadly On ~ Expressing that a person is ill or in a bad way.
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