How do our emotions and energy impact how we live? How do our interactions with others involve subtle energy?
And what does all this have to do with stress, with developing intuition, and with creativity?
Being highly sensitive is a trait of many, or most, creative people.
Psychologist Elaine Aron says highly sensitive people (HSPs) “are all creative by definition, because we process things so thoroughly and notice so many subtleties and emotional meanings that we can easily put two unusual things together.”
Especially for highly sensitive people, reacting to our inner flows of energy and to energies from others, can impact how much positive emotion and cognitive power we have to be creative.
Using your own energies – not negative energy from others
Carol Tuttle, a “psychological intuitive and energy therapist,” says:
“You are most energetic and vibrant when you’re in touch with your own energy, experiencing your own subtle energies and feelings — not everyone else’s.
“But because you’re always interacting with others, you can sometimes take on their negative stuff.”
From my article Protecting and Using Your Energy.
Psychiatrist Judith Orloff agrees:
“Since emotions such as fear, anger, and frustration are energies, you can potentially ‘catch’ them from people without realizing it.
“If you tend to be an emotional sponge, it’s vital to know how to avoid taking on an individual’s negative emotions or the free-floating kind in crowds.
“Another twist is that chronic anxiety, depression, or stress can turn you into an emotional sponge by wearing down your defenses.
“Suddenly, you become hyper-attuned to others, especially those with similar pain.”
From article Judith Orloff on Coping With Emotional Overload.
From Dr. Orloff’s book Emotional Freedom.
Audio program: “Positive Energy Practices – How to Attract Uplifting People and Combat Energy Vampires” by Judith Orloff, MD.
Also see article about The Empath’s Survival Guide Course by Judith Orloff.
Working with emotions and energy
Among the research interests and programs of the HeartMath Institute are energy dynamics and emotional resilience.
Here is one of their videos:
From the video:
“Research shows that when we shift into a coherent state, the heart and brain operate synergistically, like two systems that mesh into one.
“We can learn how to activate and sustain this energy between the heart and the brain and prevent stress‐producing patterns, along with increasing our mental clarity and discernment capacity.
“When we do this, our creative solutions for personal, social and global challenges become more accessible, providing us with more intuitive access and flow.”
See information and testimonials about in my article
HeartMath Biofeedback Technology for Stress Relief and Emotional Balance.
Emotions, energy and anxiety
Why would high ability and highly sensitive creative people be more susceptible to anxiety and stress?
Paula Prober, M.S., M.Ed., is a licensed counselor who works with adults to “heal unresolved issues from childhood and specializes in counseling and consulting with gifted adults, youth, and families.”
In an article (on her site) The More You Know, The More You Worry, she writes:
“Perhaps you thought that if you were smart, you wouldn’t be a worrier. If you were smart, you’d know all of the answers.
“You wouldn’t have to be anxious because you could think your way out of any problem.
“But, in fact, you may worry constantly. You worry when you’re sleeping. When you’re hiking. When you’re cooking. When you’re driving. When you’re not worrying.
“So what’s with that? Let me explain.
“Your very active rainforest mind is able to dream up so many things to worry about. Less complex minds may worry less because there isn’t as much thinking.
“With you, there’s lots of thinking.
“And if you’re highly creative? Watch out. Even more worries.”
Under an amusing heading – “What, then, can be done, when a lobotomy isn’t an option?” – Prober offers multiple suggestions such as:
“Read the research from the Heartmath Institute and see if you might want to try one of their devices to improve what they call your ‘heart rate variability’ and reduce your stress.”
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HeartMath and coaching for emotional health
Bonnie Thompson, a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and Certified HeartMath Coach, notes in her article below that in her coaching practice she specializes “in two areas: Resilience and Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs).
“I have worked with clients from all over the world for many years, helping them to live more authentic and centered lives.”
A testimonial on her website refers to the power of HeartMath:
“The HeartMath techniques Bonnie taught me have helped me manage my stress in ways I never thought possible.
“Heart Focused breathing has become a reflex I apply at the first sign of stress. Heart Math is a must-have tool in my personal wellness toolbox!” — Mary Lynn C
In an article, Thompson notes that she “became involved with HeartMath® over 15 years ago when I began practicing the tools and techniques to deal with a very stressful time of my life [eye surgery].
“I have said many times that it was HeartMath that got me through it all.”
Read more in the article and learn about the HeartMath tools: One Coach Shares Her Resilience Story Using the emWave® Pro.
Heart rhythms and intuition
“Rigorous electrophysiological studies conducted at the Institute of HeartMath have even indicated that the heart appears to play a key role in intuition.
“Although there is much yet to be understood, it appears that the age-old associations of the heart with thought, feeling, and insight may indeed have a basis in science.”
From article on the HeartMath site:
The Science Behind the emWave® and Inner Balance™ Technologies.
Gifted and stressed
Deirdre V. Lovecky, Ph.D. is Director of the Gifted Resource Center of New England and a psychologist who specializes in working with gifted children.
She mentioned in an April 2014 edition of the CGEPNETWORK list (American Psychological Association Center for Gifted Education Policy) that she “often usesHeartMath with anxious children in my clinical practice.”
From article: HeartMath Tools for Emotional Balance.