2 (a): receptive to sense impressions; (b): capable of being stimulated or excited by external agents (as light, gravity, or contact)
3: highly responsive or susceptible: such as: (a)(1): easily hurt or damaged; especially: easily hurt emotionally, (2): delicately aware of the attitudes and feelings of others; (b): excessively or abnormally susceptible: hypersensitive; (c): readily fluctuating in price or demand; (d): capable of indicating minute differences: delicate; (e): readily affected or changed by various agents (as light or mechanical shock); (f): highly radiosensitive
4(a): concerned with highly classified government information or involving discretionary authority over important policy matters; (b): calling for tact, care, or caution in treatment: touchy
5: having or showing concern for a specified matter —usually used in combination
Sensitive (adj.): late 14th century, in reference to the body or its parts, “having the function of sensation;” also (early 15th century) “pertaining to the faculty of the soul that receives and analyzes sensory information;” from Old French sensitif “capable of feeling” (13th century) and directly from Medieval Latin sensitivus “capable of sensation,” from Latin sensus, past participle of entire “feel perceive” (sense).
Meaning “easily affected” (with reference to mental feelings) first recorded in 1816; meaning “having intense physical sensation” is from 1849. Original meaning is preserved in sensitive plant (1630s), which is “mechanically irritable in a higher degree than almost any other plant” [Century Dictionary]. Meaning “involving national security” is recorded from 1953.
“A sensitive heart is a rich source of ideas.”
Nikolay Karamzin (1766—1826, Russian historian, poet, author, and journalist who was the leading exponent of the sentimentalist school in Russian literature)
“To love someone. What does it mean?”
“To be at the same level of sensitivity.”
Vatsal Surti (writer and author, best known for writing "To Desire")
“The very matrix of our ability to love and bond in later life, maternal sensitivity – or lack thereof – also determines cultural tenor.”
Antonella Gambotto-Burke (critic, journalist, novelist; best known for writing, "Mama: Love, Motherhood and Revolution")
“I felt the sharp sting of emptiness and solitude that you feel so acutely and with such internal sorrow and wonder whenever music is performed well.”
Pat Conroy (1945 – 2016, American author of several acclaimed novels and memoirs; two of his novels, The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini were made into Oscar-nominated films; recognized as a leading figure of late-20th century Southern literature)
“Am I too much for the world, or is the world too much for me?”
Kelli Jae Baeli (writer and best-selling indie author of more than 51 books, best known for writing "Too Much World")
“Every man is sensitive. Some cover it up with brutality, others with cowardice and vanity, but a small few wear it bravely like armor”
Solange nicole (poet and author of The Beloved series and other titles)
“Sensitive people are the heart of the world. Sensitive hearts will save this world if they are empowered. Caring deeply and feeling deeply is a gift. But it's important to shift it out of victim and wounded and into the strength and blessing that it truly is and can be.”
Eileen Anglin (author, healer, and intuitive coach)
“A sensitive heart is a rich source of ideas.”
Usually sensitive children and young people are told that they are hypersensitive. That’s furthest from the truth. Intuitively, one can never be too sensitive. In order to be a creative and powerful force in the world, one must sense the subtle variances in the vibrational shifts and changes. In order to be intuitive, one must have an opened and sensitive heart that perceives, hears, feels, and sees in ways that few others cannot.
As an empathic child, I was able to feel things that most adults or even other children around me could not. I also had precognition of events before they happened. I was a bit an odd duck, mostly emoting other people’s feelings, circumstances, and illnesses, those who came my presence. My saving grace was my grandmother, who was equally sensitive. Although she understood me, she couldn’t perceive what I felt. We both exhibit intuitive gifts with unique combinations. So, over the years I had to learn to trust what I felt, heard, and saw, even in the midst of all the pain I felt.
With a great deal of transformational work I was able to shift from being a sensitive-perceived and emotionally-tender victim to an empowered, independent, and awakened woman who now trusts all the levels of my intuitive capabilities.
Sensitive hearts are gifts from The Divine. Sojourners, let us continue to tune in and honor our psychic capabilities.
Faithfully Yours, Tonya