Answers for Sensitive People
At one time or another, many of us have asked ourselves such questions as, “Why am I so sensitive?” “Why don’t I fit in?” or “Why do I feel like I need to fix everyone?” Modern society generally impresses upon us that sensitivity is weakness, further reinforcing a mindset that something is wrong with us. In turn, this leads to a belief that we need to curtail, control, or curb our sensitive nature or feeling side of life.
In truth, sensitive people have a gift that, when shared from a position of strength and empowerment, has the ability to heal, uplift and transform – not only ourselves but others. The question is how can we achieve a sense of empowerment or strength from our sensitivity when more often than not we are conditioned to deny or dismiss it?
A first step is simply recognizing and acknowledging one’s own sensitivity, and observing where and how it is manifesting. For instance, are you someone who feels other’s pain and discomfort almost as if it were your own? Are you an individual who is at the mercy of your physical environment, suffering from chemical reactions, food allergies, or getting sick easily? Or, are you someone who can see, feel, hear, or sense things before they happen?
As a young girl growing up, I felt like crying every day and could not understand why. I remember feeling the emotions of parents, grandparents, siblings, and others. Although I could feel love from others, I also picked up on their dysfunctions, depression, stress and anxiety. At the time, it was confusion for me because I thought there was something wrong with me. I did not realize that my sensitive nature was like a radar, picking up, reading and absorbing everything around me, including the negative energies of others.
Over the last 30 years I have engaged in a lot of transformational work and healing therapies, and I have learned from master teachers and healers all over the world. I have learned to ground (or plant) my physical body such that my sensitivity is further tuned into the higher knowledge, wisdom and truth of Source, without interfering with, or being interfered with from, others. This has deepened my connection with, and unconditional love for others.
In my practice I see hundreds of clients annually, many of whom are highly sensitive. They are seeking guidance and support in their quest to become whole, integrated and healthy human beings. Several years ago one of my younger clients contacted me because she was struggling with intense pain and confusion that others around her were feeling. Sadness and despair had overcome her since she did not know how to handle all the conflicting and disarming energy. She asked me if I knew of any books that could help her better understand these feelings. I did not know of any books I would recommend, so I told her I would write one.
Answers for Sensitive People, is a book near and dear to me that is based on many years of personal and professional experience in the field of holistic care and intuitive energy work. It is a hands-on, concise, and easy-to-follow guide that holds appeal for a wide audience of readers. The book contains real-life stories which demonstrate that we are not alone in our sensitivity. It is my hope, as well as the hope of my husband, Eric Russo, and my friend Kay Wise, both of whom collaborated on this book, that one can discover that sensitivity is, in fact, a strength rather than a perceive weakness.
Anne Steffen-Russo and Eric Russo