Can you guess THE most common challenge of being an HSP?
Here are some clues (quotes from our HSP community)...
All of these struggles come from energetic boundary issues.
Have you heard of energetic boundaries?
I hadn't until a few years ago, but understanding this concept has changed my life!
Let me paint you a picture of my life before I healed my energetic boundaries:
I felt all of this pain because my energetic boundaries were compromised.
So what are energetic boundaries?
Cyndi Dale, author of the book Energetic Boundaries says, “Our energetic boundaries border our spiritual selves and promote our true nature...When created and managed correctly, they make sure that our real selves- not the ideas, thoughts, and beliefs that aren’t us- are in charge of our lives.
And they share information with the world, telling everyone exactly who we are, what we want, and how they can treat you...Quite simply, without boundaries, we can’t share who we are with the world.”
In other words, energetic boundaries are like energetic/spiritual skin.
Just like our physical skin protects us from absorbing every pollutant in our environment, healthy energetic boundaries keep us from absorbing all the energetic "stuff" in our environment.
Energetic boundaries protect us by keeping in the energy that supports us and letting out what doesn’t.
They also draw to us things that we need like guidance, relationships, life lessons, and healing.
Many of us either didn’t develop healthy energetic boundaries or had ours damaged due to things like dysfunctional family dynamics or traumatic life experiences.
If you're wondering whether you have compromised energetic boundaries, here are some common symptoms:
If you experience these symptoms, there’s nothing wrong with you! It just means you’re an HSP and have been through some hard stuff, like me.
In the next couple months, I’ll teach you more about this topic: what happens to your energetic boundaries when they’re damaged, why healing them means more energy and freedom for you, and tips for strengthening your energetic boundaries.
Brooke Nielsen, LMFT
Brooke Nielsen, LMFT has dedicated over 10,000 hours to supporting Highly Sensitive People as a psychotherapist and global HSP consultant. She practices psychotherapy in Boulder, CO and specializes in working with sensitivity and healing of trauma (EMDR). She's also the founder of Intuitive Warrior, an online platform offering resources and support to Highly Sensitive People worldwide. An HSP herself, Brooke went years feeling overwhelmed and anxious before learning how to support her nervous system. She considers it an honor to get to share that knowledge with fellow HSPs.
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