Highly Sensitive Creation

~This week, I would like to introduce a guest blogger to TheSensitiveTrait.com: Nikki Brocco, a Highly Sensitive Empowerment Coach, based in New York! I am so pleased to feature her wisdom and advice on how to hone into your creativity as an HSP. Take a read of her article below, she wrote it specifically for The Sensitive Trait, and you won’t want to miss it.~

Nikki Brocco, Highly Sensitive Empowerment Coach

There are many sides to being a Highly Sensitive Person. There’s the analytical side that thrives on research and investigation. Then there’s that side of us that is deeply intuitive and easy moved by our emotions and feelings. Marrying the two is challenge. Sometimes it can feel like there are two different sides fighting within us. Marrying the two to create one unified energy is also essential to thriving as an HSP.

In truth we are all multi-faceted human beings. We all benefit from the different parts of ourselves. And we all can benefit from research and creative expression.

But when you are Highly Sensitive you feel things more deeply and are more readily effected by our environment including art AND data, which can feel and show up in more extreme ways.

It’s funny how often we can bounce back and forth from being research knowledge junkies, discerning every movement before acting yet we also are deeply pulled towards the feelings we experience when watching a movie, listening to a song or looking at art.

Sometimes it can be exhausting! As HSP’s if we don’t manage our energy we can fall into very black or white thinking. Very either/or beliefs. We may believe we are either researchers or artists only. When in reality, we are both.

A lot of times we think we are not creative or artsy when we lean towards too much research undertaking and too much discernment practices. What does that mean?

It means we can become interested in a subject that inspires us and then research it to the ends of Earth before we ACT upon it. That often leads to us not doing anything! We talk ourselves out of it and compare and contrast and decide “Nope I’m not talented enough to create something like that.”

Or maybe our comparison demons get the best of us and we desire to create something original, but that something original is allusive as we’ve already consciously or subconsciously talked ourselves out of pursuing it because it will be “too draining” or “too hard” to do.

This is what happens when we are too research orientated, thinking and thinking and gathering information endlessly BEFORE we actually do something.

I ain’t knocking gathering information. I love gathering information. But I also know that I can get carried away with it and get lost in “analysis paralysis” quickly. A lot of HSP’s experience this. We are quick to start, quick to stop. We get an idea and research it and then lose our steam after too much digging.

I’m here to express to you how being self-aware of this tendency will save you from:

(1) Always thinking and not doing

(2) Un-plug the highly creative juices flowing inside of you right now

Did you know that MANY of the most well known actors, artists, poets, writers, speakers, etc throughout history would consider themselves Highly Sensitive? Believe it! I know Chelsie, creator of The Sensitive Trait blog & Facebook page just did an in depth blog post on that exact topic!

Check it out to see the evidence gathered before you my research junkies! https://thesensitivetrait.com/2015/08/25/highly-sensitive-famous-people-there-are-more-than-you-think/

In our modern world, it’s SO easy to lean towards information gathering over creative expression. Between Google and Facebook alone you can find ENDLESS sources of information to mull over.

So, what can we do to make sure our creativity expression sees the light of day? What can we do to make sure we are deeply tapping into this amazing abundance within? How can you birth the art that is inside of you out into the world? There are many ways you can do this and it doesn’t have to be hard:

1)      SEE the Art- So, this suggestion can fall into gathering information BUT to quell that beast I throw a different twist into this behavior:

Instead of going down the rabbit hole of “HOW was this made?” shift to asking yourself “What does this make me FEEL, right NOW?” I suggest keeping a log or an inspiration journal of all of the things that move you and write down WHY they move you. What sensations do you experience? What colors, textures, and sounds do you feel most drawn to?

This action mimics the behavior of gathering research without going into your headspace and head thinking too much. It brings the emotional and feeling body, and often times our physical body back into the picture.

2)      Just DO IT – This is not just a Nike slogan! It’s a truth. We often, especially as HSP’s, talk ourselves out of doing something before we’ve even taken a step to start. We often get caught up in “I don’t FEEL like it”. Well, here’s some insight into that: Being creative and being inspired are behaviors that need to be practiced. They need ritual. They need consistency. They need tending to. Yes, it’s a total RUSH when you get a hit of inspiration to create.

Maybe a phrase or idea comes to you and it flows ( I LOVE when this happens too, so definitely go with it!)  But really, how often do you find that that idea just sits there gathering dust? Here’s how you can practice being creative:

  • Commit to doing it (whatever “it” is for you) for 5 mins. That’s all. Just say to yourself “I’m going to sit down and DO this for 5 mins. I give myself permission to stop or continue after 5 mins.”  Guaranteed you will do it for longer than 5 mins! And 5 mins is also easy to commit to everyday.
  • Release attachment: One of the biggest things that I learned when I became certified in Meditation was that getting attached to your practice being a certain way each time you sit down to meditate is the quickest way to get frustrated and stop. I know that it’s easy to say “Let it go, don’t be attached.” But it is something to be aware of. No one creative experience will look like the next even if all the “factors” are the same. The ritual of committing to practice is often the most consistent thing.

Another suggestion I have for getting your creative juices following includes having a morning and/or nightly ritual. This can be meditation, journaling, praying, dancing.

If you really don’t know where to start and don’t have any sort of specific creative endeavor in mind just yet, it is my HIGHEST suggestion that you create a morning ritual that leaves you feeling connected to YOU before you do anything else with your day. This is how I get centered and grounded. I do something EVERY DAY to connect in. This strengthens my intuition and creates a process and ritual around being inspired for my day.

I would also LOVE to share with you this; I knew that I had to write this article. I knew that I had to create it. I was doing a lot of other stuff before this. So I said to myself “Let me just create the outline right now and set the intention.” And guess what? I just finished this article in one sitting. This came from exactly what I shared with you today and it also just….flowed out of me like a divine message. See love, it’s totally possible to marry your creative expression, honor your information gathering, your inspired moments.

For more work by Nikki Brocco, make sure to sign up for her e-newsletter here: www.nikkibrocco.com


HSPs & Dreams

Dreams are one of those human experiences that seem to go beyond the realm of scientific explanation. Throughout history they have become the foundation for fairy tales, magic, and make-believe…

They are also a part of our human experience that I think are too often brushed off as “silly” or “irrelevant” because they don’t mesh with the experiences we have in our waking hours.

Among the many traits and characteristics of an HSP; vivid, intense dreams are one of them.

Do you remember some of the dreams you had as a child?

It is possible that you had more nightmares and adventure dreams than non-HSPs due to your creative imagination and empathetic nature. It makes sense that HSPs would also be more affected by the vivid imagery in their dreams, because they process sensory input so intensely.

Do you kind of … get the sense that you remember your dreams more than others do?

Do you find yourself waking up in the morning and immediately telling your partner or friend “I had the craziest dream last night! It went like this…” ?

HSPs are usually very aware of and connected to their intuition and inner lives, or at least they have the potential to be once the overstimulation from everyday life is removed, and their minds are calm and free of anxiety.

Many say that dreams are a reflection of the subconscious, and I agree.

HSPs are constantly processing stimuli, information and emotions more elaborately and deeply than non-HSPs, so I think it makes sense that our subconscious gives us more intense reflections, because it has a bigger job to do.

I also think that HSPs / Empaths have an advanced ability to experience dreams with meaning such as problem solving dreams, premonition dreams, and nightmares (reflections of fear).

When I was seeing a professional counselor, discussing some not-so-nice experiences and memories, I had dreams almost weekly that just seemed to have a deeper meaning.

If I looked at them at “face value” they seemed strange and irrelevant, but when I peered deeper into them and paid attention to the feelings and the roles that figures in my dreams represented, I was able to gain insight.

I also think that during this time my subconscious was telling me:

“Hey Chelsie, the work you’re doing here is not going unprocessed, here’s a snap shot into your subconscious!”

And often I would want to respond with:

“Oh, lucky me, some more interpreting to do. So tell me, how does an elephant relate to that day on the school playground?!”

Dream analysis can be challenging, but very interesting and heeling, too. 🙂

We all have the amazing ability to connect with our intuition, so I urge you to think about some of your dreams, and follow your gut as you interpret them… what do you feel that they mean?

They don’t always mean something, but I think you will get a sense when they do.

I suggest that if you have a dream that definitely wasn’t about nothing, write it out on paper. There have been a few instances for me when in the process of doing this, I have an “ah-hah!” moment, and it all makes sense…

Thanks for indulging in the interesting and playful discussion of dreams with me. 🙂

Feel free to email, or message me in a private (or public) message if you’d like to contribute to this topic! I would love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time,

XOXO your fellow HSP, Chelsie.