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Perceiving Energy: Sensitizing The Nervous System

Unfortunately, most people believe that energy is imperceptible to the average person. The traditional Dogma of Spirituality suggest that one must be born “gifted”. The implication being that only a select few, chosen ones have access to it. Nothing could be further from the truth.

First, it is important to understand what energy is. Everything is made up of energy. Particles vibrating and moving at different speeds creating physical matter. Therefore, everyone perceives energy on some level. The question is how do train ourselves to perceive more subtle energies. Yes, like all things sensitivity improves with training.

What exactly does it mean to be sensitive? There are many confusing terms pertaining to high sensitivity. When people hear the term “Highly Sensitive” or “Sensitivity”, they tend to think of overly emotional people. People who cry at the site of everything. People who can’t handle insults or tolerate intensity. Perhaps they think of depressed teenagers dressed in black. What about the term empath, Psychic, or Telepath. When you consider that everything is energy; thoughts, feelings, living and non-living beings. When you begin to understand that the Human Nervous system is much more capable than most people realize. Then we began to imagine the vast possibilities and the importance of “Sensitivity” training.

Is it that difficult to believe. Does not everything have an effect on your nervous system. When you watch a dramatic movie, do you not feel something? When you hear a certain song or observe a piece of art, does it not effect you? The food you eat. The people you spend time with. The activities you engage in. They have an effect on your nervous system. The stimulus is less important as the response.

Consider exercise, an important way Humans sensitize their nervous system. I use the term exercise loosely here. Exercise can be considered any activity stimulating the creation of new neuro pathways. Similar to learning something intellectually. Such as when one reads a book, but specific to the peripheral nervous system. The nerves integrating the muscular skeletal system. With proper and frequent stimulation, these neurons (nerve cells) not only become better at moving, but feeling. More accurately, perceiving.

The peripheral nervous system is made up two types of nerves. Motor Neurons, that are responsible for motion and Sensory Neurons, that are responsible for feeling. People often associate physical training with movement. Concerned with better performance of a task. Whether it is throwing a ball faster, lifting heavier weights or holding a Yoga pose longer, there is little to no consideration for the sensory neurons. However, it is the stimulus, or changes in sensitivity that result in the desired action. You can not have stimulus without sensitivity, and you can not have greater action without greater sensitivity.

The peripheral nervous system is a major way we project (motor neurons) and receive (sensory neurons) energy. This is the yin and yang, masculine and feminine qualities of the Human body. You can not have greater physical abilities without greater physical sensitivity. Consider paralysis, not only can a paralyzed individual not move. They can not feel. The severity of paralysis is equal, never imbalanced. Meaning the level of function a hemi, para, or quadriplegic has is equal to the level of sensitivity. There are disorders such as ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) that effects motor neurons and not sensory neurons. However, in neurologically intact human bodies, the two are inseparable.

This is not to suggest all exercise is equal. Different exercise stimulates the peripheral nervous system differently. Just as watching a comedy will  have a different effect on our mood than watching a horror film. The point is they both have an effect. The purpose of this paper is not to debate which type of exercise is “best”. I have my personal thoughts and feelings on the matter, but further research is required. What is known to me is that  exercise in any capacity is a way to improve your sensitivity to energy.

Meditation is considered the hallmark practice of sensitives and mystics alike. Mediation is also receiving greater interest and validation amongst the scientific community. However, I believe there is much confusion and misunderstanding concerning meditation. Meditation, in my opinion is quite simple. There is no goal with meditation. It is a practice of feeling, of sensitivity in and of itself. It is a practice of awareness. Giving oneself time and decreasing the external stimulation. Simply to become more aware of the internal stimulation. When we close our eyes and focus our thoughts on our breath, we allow the energy (thoughts, feelings, sensations) to surface. With time and practice, we become more aware or “conscious” of the energies within us and the energies outside of us. More importantly, how these internal and external energies interact with one another. This is how we consciously explore aspects of ourselves we were once unaware of. Aspects we once were unable to perceive. We may begin to perceive energy, or aspects of the external world we were one not familiar with. More accurately, we were once unable to perceive.  If what we perceive is what we consider real. Then our understanding of reality expends with our perception of energy.

The final and most neglected aspect of sensitivity training, is emotion. Emotion is arguable the most intense and potent form of human energy.  Sensitivity is not simply about meditation and the mind. Emotion is felt in the physical body. The fear is felt in the chest and the hair raising sensation in our extremities. Love and sadness are felt in the chest. Shame and guilt are usually in the solar plexus or sacral region. Your gut feeling is precisely that. A feeling in the gut. The Human digestive system is considered the second brain due to the fact it has the second greatest concentration of neurons (nerve cells) in the Human body.

These different areas of the Human body are considered Chakras amongst meditators.  They are aligned in a path from the base of the spine to the top of the head. These areas correlate to the regions of the human body that posses vast networks of neurons. The purpose of this paper is not to discuss the different chakras and their purpose. The point is they are energetic regions or systems. They do not “open” or sensitize by thinking about them, but feeling them.

We can not separate the heart from the mind and have serious discussion about sensitivity or energy for that matter. Just as we can not have a legitimate discussion about mental health and not include emotional health. We generally acknowledge the effect the mind or thoughts have on our body, our physiology. Yet we rarely consider the effect emotions have on either. As if the mind, the body, and the heart (feelings) are somehow separate from each other. There is no substantial mental health without emotional health and there is not physical health without mental health.

Emotions or feelings, never leave the Human body without first recognizing them and then feeling them. They are not permanent states of health or existence. They are transient and fluid. They must be felt until there is nothing left to feel. Until that specific feeling surrounding that specific circumstances is gone. This the process of healing. Every suppressed emotion throughout your entire life is still with you, even if you feel OK at this moment. This is why meditation is so important in the process of sensitivity. It gives us the mental capacity to truly feel.

The issue people have with feeling is it is often uncomfortable. Therefore it is natural to blame the feeling on something external. If someone or something makes us angry or sad. Most of us will choose to suppress or project the feeling instead of recognizing it and allow it to be. We either pretend not to be feeling by telling ourselves we are Ok, we are fine, everything will be ok, etc. We project the feeling by being angry at the very thing that “made” us feel that way. We hate people. We judge them. We demonize them or their behavior. In other words, we blame the horror film for scaring us. We blame the tragedy for making us cry. We blame the comedy for making us laugh. We blame the stimulus versus feeling the response. In truth, the stimulus has little or nothing to do with the response.

What is important to remember is that two things can not occupy the same space at the same time. We can have “positive” emotions within us and “negative” ones at the same time. More accurately, we can have different proportions of either or. However, this limits the intensity or spectrum of one or the either. For example, if our hearts are harboring suppressed sadness. The less intense our happiness will feel.

The misunderstanding is that we can fill our hearts with “positive” energy (emotions we desire to feel) and this will force out the “negative” energy (emotions we do not desire to feel). I’m afraid energy doesn’t work like this. We can only recognize, accept, feel, and allow energy to move through us. Naturally, what will begin to happen is that “negative” emotions will become less frequent and often less intense. As negative emotions clear, they take the negative thoughts, attitude, or perspective with them. Other peoples behaviors will not make you angry or sad, or less angry or sad. The tragedy no longer makes you cry. The horror film no longer scares you. The comedy makes you laugh harder. The stimulus no longer elicits the same response. You simply feel better more often. Feeling good is desirable, making you more aware of when you are not feeling good. Prompting you to repeat the process whenever necessary.

If you doubt this to be true, I suggest trying it. Count how many times a day you get angry at other people or circumstances. Notice how few things bring you any real joy. Notice how often you lie to yourself about how happy you are. I feel this is the main reason people avoid sensitizing themselves. Simply put, we don’t recognize or appreciate intense pleasure without first recognizing and experiencing true pain.

Energy is objective. It is indifferent. It has no bias or preference. Human minds make it personal. We label certain energy (emotions/ thoughts) as bad or “negative” and good or “positive”. Energy just is. Therefore, true human power and potential does not reside in the mind. It resides in the heart. It resides in increasing sensitivity.

We do not have a change of mind without first having a change of heart.


Daniel McGinley RN BSN




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