I came across this interesting article written by a Brit exploring the sensitivities of Italians. It’s entitled ‘How to Avoid Getting Hit By Air in Italy.’ I found it looking for a study I had read years ago that talked about a group of Italian women who were so sensitive to the wind, just like I am (or used to be, pre-learning some self-care tools.) Unfortunately, I couldn’t refind that study, but this article is as equally interesting, but for a different reason.
Although the author was warmly making fun of his Italian acquaintances; he detailed how they insisted that they ‘could feel their liver,’ knew the difference between stomach pain and intestinal pain and insisted that colpo d’aria (a hit of air) can lead to colds and other health issues he was doing what so many people do – deny and even make fun of people for being ‘sensitive.’
Soon after I moved here, I remember a friend telling me he was not feeling very well. “My liver hurts,” he said.
I have since been assured by doctors that you cannot actually feel your liver, but what really struck me was the fact that he knew where his liver was.
We British, in contrast, are a nation staggeringly ignorant of our anatomy.
Italians can also tell you if the pain is in their stomach or intestine – and can even specify whether it is colic or colitis – but to us it is all just “tummy ache”
Another word for sensitive is in touch or connected or even in tune.
The author noted that a doctor friend assured him that you ‘can’t feel your liver.’ But I’ll you, I believe you can. I can also feel my gall bladder when it starts to flare up. I’ve had an underactive thyroid since I was 16. I am keenly aware of it and when it fluctuates, but I had a doctor tell me once that I could never be able to tell that. I disagree.
The point here is that people who are not sensitive or who have completely repressed their sensitivity feel that the way they live in the world is the only reality that exists. If they don’t feel it, then neither do you. If you feel it you are either crazy or you are dubbed with my favorite of least favorite identifiers of being ‘too sensitive.’
If this is you, I’m here to tell you, you indeed are not ‘too sensitive.’ You may not know how to manage it, you may not have the voice and certainty that lets you express what you know with clarity, but you are certainly not ‘too sensitive.’
Our sensitivity is a gift. It may not feel like it if you don’t know what to do with it, but it’s like being clairvoyant. Only instead of ‘seeing’ clearly you ‘feel’ clearly. You have a direct connection to energy and since everything is energy, then you ‘feel’ it all. No less or greater than ‘seeing’ it all, unmanaged clairsentience, in the same way, creates an overflow of information and can overwhelm the individual.
If you are clairsentient then it is so very important for you to not only learn how to manage this ability so that you can use it, rather than it running you; AND it is extremely important that you learn how to manage your own energetic space.
But above all else, it’s time for you to know that your sensitivity is a natural part of who you are. It is who you are as a Spiritual being and there is reason and purpose in that.
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