Highly Sensitive People (HSP) and Empaths

An empath and highly sensitive person have sensitive central nervous systems. They are sensitive to energy. It isn’t an affliction, but a reality for a small part of the world’s population.

The central nervous system (CNS) consists of the brain and spinal cord. The connection includes the olfactory and optic nerves, nerve endings in the body and the stomach and intestines.

In a spiritual sense, all seven of the major chakras are connected to the central nervous system. This impacts the mind, body and spirit of an empath and highly sensitive person.

Highly Sensitive People

People who are highly sensitive get lost in the emotions of other people or the energy of their surroundings. They react as if they are having an allergy attack. They can shake off the discomfort by walking away from the allergen.

Highly sensitive people are sometimes labeled as anti-social, shy or introverted because they avoid social engagements or have anxiety about being around large groups.

Some of the other allergens include:

  • Bright and flickering lights
  • Loud, sharp or sudden sounds.
  • Sudden or extreme temperature change
  • Aggressive emotions or personalities
  • Emotionally unstable people
  • Scents
  • Fabrics
  • Refined and processed food, especially white sugar and white flour


Empaths are highly sensitive, but to the extent of not being able to discern their energy from another’s. They react to energy as if an allergen is trapped inside their bodies. Depending on sensitivity, an empath can take on the physical symptoms of someone’s dis-ease. I met someone who identified as a physical empath; she once broke out in the rash and boils someone else had.

Sensitivity to Energy

Empaths and highly sensitive people can see, feel, hear, smell, taste and know energy as it moves around them. Life can be erratic if they do not take care of themselves. Self-care, especially grounding and shielding, keeps them balanced. They make great best friends, counselors, psychics, medical professionals, alternative healers, parents and caretakers of plants and animals because they have nurturing personalities.

You are in good hands when you connect with an empathy or highly sensitive person.

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