HSPs in Alignment: “When You’re Here, You’re Home Now.” While this might be true in the physical world, it's even more valid spiritually.
There was a giant sign at the end of a major thoroughfare in Boston where I grew up, that said, “If you lived here, you’d be home now.” The sign was advertising a high-rise building of expensive condominiums. As one writer ("Chad") opined online, "These signs were placed strategically, almost sadistically, on Storrow Drive where they were seen every day by the thousands of motorists trapped in rush hour gridlock." It's true. You'd just spent however much time crawling inch by inch just in time to think, Wow. If I lived here . . . "
Still, I loved that sign. For some reason, I always felt as if it held some great meaning, some message for me, even though I never knew exactly what that was.
Then, as I came out of my meditation this morning, just a few moments ago, and found myself thinking about what I might talk about in today’s post, I heard, “When you’re here, you’re home.” Which happens to be exactly the way I truly feel about so many aspects of being—and knowing—that I’m an HSP, a highly sensitive person.
Here’s the way I see it after a lifetime of HSP-ness. In other words, the progression of how my awareness around my own high sensitivity has grown, and how I have grown because of it, through the years.
When you’re home versus when part of you has flown the coop
I love the analogy of the Psychic Sponge because it’s so easy to visualize and understand. Particularly for all of us good ol’ HSPs looking for transformative tools and techniques. No! Not to transform into someone different. To transform into who we really are!
You’ve got to start somewhere, right? Well, the psychic sponge is the perfect place.
As you know, being an HSP makes you seem/feel different from a lot of other people. At least that’s what they’d like you to think. More people are highly sensitive than anyone realizes because so many of us try—and often manage—to hide it so well behind their shields of logic. We hide our fears, our loneliness, our anxiety, our worry, our feelings of overwhelm, and our generalized belief that we’re simultaneously too much and not enough, whatever the context. In my world, even scientists, statisticians, and engineers, and those who stress objectivity and facts are not capable of separating out their human natures from their work. In fact, from what I’ve seen, these people are often on the HSP spectrum . . . big time!
Ever notice their tendency toward antisocial behavior, bluntness, abruptness, isolation, lack of empathy? It may not look like our own specific HSP-isms, but they are just as powerful in the effect they have. Because the more discomfort experienced, the more shutting down occurs. Work in the lab alone all day instead of visiting with friends? Easy choice! Focus on what I do best rather than feel constantly out of place? Why bother asking!
No matter who you are or what you do, your level of discomfort starts and ends with the level of discomfort or comfort you have within yourself. But it also has to do with the discomfort that comes from being a psychic sponge.
I know, I know. If you’re an engineer or a scientist, you’re not gonna like my use of the word “psychic.” Maybe even if you admit to sensitivity, you’re squirming in your seat at the use of a word that yells out “Whacko, occult, stop now!” So, for now, let’s just call it an Energetic Sponge instead.
Which simply means that, again, no matter who you are or what you do, you pick up signals from the world around you. You can try to ignore them, resist them, shut them out, but you still have to engage with them, whether you’re in traffic or on the telephone ordering a pizza. Your experience will always include the outpouring of energetic data supplied by whatever and whoever is in your field of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. And there’s nothing you can do about it.
My suggestion? Stop trying. Instead, work it. Play with it. Use it to create a whole new range of colors on your palette of life. Just as you might have played with Play-Doh when you were in nursery school. (I know, awesome stuff, smelled crazy good.)
Here’s what you do.
TO BE CONTINUED
Don’t worry, I’m not going to leave you hanging (well, too much). In our next installment, I’ll be talking about how fantastic it is to know you’re an Energetic Sponge and that there’s something you can do about it. Something that will inevitably change the way you see yourself and handle your interaction with the world.