“Penetrating so many secrets, we cease to believe in the unknowable. But there it sits nevertheless, calmly licking its chops.” ~ H. L. Mencken
The English language doesn’t even have a word for this group of people. I call them “sensitives” because it is one of the few common denominators of this wide-ranging population; they all are sensitive to subtle things such as environment, group energies, food, sensory overload, and other subtle energy phenomenon.
When properly trained, these individuals can become powerful healers, empaths, teachers, intuitives, artists, etc. Without safety skills and extensive teaching, these special ones can end up being “bludgeoned” by their gifts and aptitudes. This can lead to depression, isolation, drugs, wild emotional swings, shutdown, etc.
In older cultures these folks are discovered at an early age and sent to study with the herbalist, midwife, shamen, monk, etc. They are recognized as having a great value to the society AND as needing specialized training. In our culture, they are often viewed as weird, troublemakers, or somehow defective. They are usually marginalized and/or medicated.
One of the key problems here is that the sensitives possess powerful gifts and aptitudes that tend to run amok without training and guidance. In most instances, untrained sensitives have a difficult time functioning; often they view their gifts as a curse or problem.
Working with sensitives can be the sweetest and most satisfying work that I am privileged to do. When I teach them even the most basic skills, they take to it like a duckling hitting the water for the very first time. It is such a delight to watch them come alive! It is a great honor to help them re-orient to their gifts, to witness the “curse” transform into a blessing.