The connection between sensitivity and intuition:
I believe that sensitivity and intuition are very connected. Have you ever spend time with someone who was sad, and then felt sad after you left? Maybe even to the point where you had to cry yourself, even though it wasn’t your sadness in the first place?
Or have you spend time in a group where there was a conflict and you left the group feeling totally out of balance, even though the conflict was not about you?
If so, then chances are you are highly sensitive or an empath: you feel emotions from other people as if they are your own. And if you do, then you also have the potential to be very intuitive.
I call this horizontal and vertical sensitivity.
Horizontal sensitivity is the ability to be sensitive to what is going on around you. Feeling what other people are feeling, noting subtleties, feeling the atmosphere in a room, naturally taking care of others because you feel what they need…. All of that is horizontal sensitivity. It’s the sensitivity about what is going on between you and the outside world.
Vertical sensitivity is the ability to be sensitive to what is going on inside you: what your soul is trying to communicate to you. Intuition is simply the communication between you and your soul or your higher self (the part of you that is not in your body that has the bigger perspective on life). Being open and sensitive to the higher perspective on things is what I call vertical sensitivity. It is about you and your intuition.
The subtle voice of your intuition
When you are very sensitive to what is going on around you, that sensitivity can be so intense that there is little more space left for other things. Almost all of your energy goes to trying to stay in balance and processing what you are feeling or experiencing.
If all of your energy is needed to keep yourself balanced, there is not much space in your head to listen to your intuition. Your intuition might come through in emergencies or when it is really strong (because something is very important for your soul to communicate) but most of the time the voice of your intuition is a subtle one, which gently moves out of the way if you choose to focus on the thoughts in your head.
Also, if you do not know how to separate what is yours and what isn’t, and to let go of what is not yours, your head gets very full. Imagine: you have your own thoughts, energies and emotions and then on top of that you’re connected to the energies, emotions and sometimes even thoughts of other people. No wonder your head is so full and you feel easily overwhelmed!
In all of that chatter and chaos, there is very little space for the subtle, gentle voice of your intuition.
How to find your inner intuitive voice
When you learn to let go of everything that’s not yours and to stay centered in yourself, a whole range of possibilities opens up.
When you have only your own thoughts, energies and emotions left… you are able to move deeper and deeper into your own stillness and peace. And from that space…. It is incredibly easy to hear the voice of your intuition.
You have to get out of the survival-mode with your sensitivity in order to truly hear your intuition and to be able to use both your sensitivity and your intuition in the best possible way.
My online course Thriving with Sensitivity helps you do that. This powerful online course teaches you to come home to yourself, to let go of what other people are feeling, thinking or doing and to feel really strong, balanced and powerful with your sensitivity. From vulnerability to strength! Click here for more information!