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Do you feel like you're about to be swamped?

“The only way for me, as an individual, to resist is to hold on to who I am amidst all of the forces that want to turn me into something else.” This statement jumped out at me from Janet Smith Warfield’s recent blog post and I knew I needed to write about this from the perspective of an HSP.

Sometimes it is immensely difficult, even impossible, to resist the forces that seem to take you from solid ground into the midst of the raging current. It’s easy to get pulled into the chaos and forget the truth and strength of who you are.

Did you know that part of the reason it can be so difficult is that you are being influenced by the thoughts, fears and beliefs of others – the raging current is made up of their fears and negativity and can swamp even the strongest of us. If you are an empath or highly sensitive person, you are more energetically influenced by those factors and may even feel like you are losing yourself.

Janet shared some valuable lessons learned during her troubled time. But what if you keep learning the lesson over and over again and yet seem to keep getting pulled off center, sometimes even to the point that you cannot seem to find the ground under you?

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Did you know that wearing a Shield can help you stay focused in your truth? You might need a little help energetically to help you find the inner strength that is you – to help you stay strong.

Which Shield should you choose?

I get asked this question a lot by empaths and HSP’s (highly sensitive people), “Well gosh, since I’m sensitive I must need the most expensive Shield you’ve got.” This is not true. Strongest isn’t always best – especially when you extremely sensitive. We are here to help you find the Shield that is best for your energy needs – in most cases that is a Level 2 or Level 3 Shield*. Call us and let us suggest the Shield we feel will serve you best. We also offer a free photo analysis.

Here’s what one Shield wearer had to say “Brought down to physical by the vibration of my essence. I have the feeling of my true self and being able to stand up for myself in everyday life situations.“ Ania Golda

Ask me more about how the Shield can make a difference for you – it certainly has for me. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*Read about how you can “Trade-Up to a stronger Shield at a later time.

“The difference in my energy level and mood is remarkable. I am less stressed by personalities at work. I even get more personal space in the subway! That old computer fatigue is a thing of the past. My Mother recently passed away after a long illness. I felt the Shield helped me stay more centered in the hubbub at the hospital so I could be more fully with her. These last few weeks have been an emotional time, yet somehow the Shield made me feel more secure and protected. I have been able to feel more fully the sorrow and the joys of my life without the worry of what a vulnerable emotional state can attract in a city like New York.” Andrea G., New York

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Do people say you’re sometimes too intense? Do you feel emotionally exhausted when you’re at a party or in a crowd? Is it easy to hurt your feelings, and when someone you know feels hurt, do you feel it with them?

If the answer is yes, then you’re probably an empath. Empathy is feeling other people’s feelings as if they’re your own. That means you can really help people because you understand them, but it also means relationships and even public places can be pretty overwhelming. And if you’re an empath, you probably experience your own feelings very intensely, because you’re more intensely alive than ordinary people.

Dr. Judith Orloff, psychiatrist, professor and specialist in holistic healing, calls empaths “highly sensitive, finely tuned instruments. Empaths are naturally giving, spiritually attuned, and good listeners. Through thick and thin, they’re there for you, world class nurturers.”

Who wouldn’t want to be that helpful and healing? Well, if you’re emotionally sensitive, you know that there’s another side of empathy. Empaths can be vulnerable to an overdose of negative emotions. Needy, greedy people tend to “attach” to them. Some empaths even react to catastrophic events, world tragedies, feeling the shock of others’ pain even though they might be miles away.

Olga Klimecki, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany and the lead author of a study in Cerebral Cortex, notes: “When we share the suffering of others too much, our negative emotions increase. It carries the danger of an emotional burnout.” She advocates compassion training for prevention, healing and coping with empathy. Read more in Adam Hoffman’s Huffington Post interview.

Orloff describes a host of other problems as well. Her sensitive clients compensate unconsciously by binge eating, drug use and sexual excess. Some even experience physical pain, chronic fatigue, emotional isolation and agoraphobia (fear of public places and crowds). The bottom line: if you’re an empath, for the sake of your health, you need to find support to master sensitivity’s challenges.

Over time, empaths can build healthy practices to support a joyful, healthy life. Sensitive people especially benefit from coaching, compassion training, meditation, holistic counseling, nutritional therapy, and even such simple grounding practices as regular exercise and gardening. Life balance and self-awareness are foundations for empaths.

There are also ways of getting immediate physical support. The BioElectric Shield is one holistic product that offers daily relief from negative energy. Doctors and holistic healers, two of the most empathic professions, report benefits in their professional and personal lives.

The key is finding self-protection that prevents exhaustion and illness. The world needs empathic connections. Sensitive people have to find a balance between giving and receiving, holding and releasing, connection and separateness. Self-care is the first step towards mastery, so empaths can share their vital, nurturing gifts.

CarolBurbankAbout Carol Burbank. PhD


 


In my many lives as a professor in MBA, Leadership and Cultural Studies graduate and undergraduate programs, journalist, interdisciplinary scholar, foundation researcher, writer-and-editor-for-hire, and healer/consultant/coach, I've traveled through lots of rules, regulations and costume changes! Enough to let me know that reality often comes down to riding change instead of letting it ride you. I'm happy to be a guest blogger for the BioShield, and always looking for holistic, smart blogs who want holistic, smart content to inform, entertain and attract new clients. Check out my personal blog on leadership, Lead Me On http://leadershipspirit.wordpress.com/, or my collaborative blog on writing, the Women's Pages http://womenspages.wordpress.com, to read more of my work! And remember, be informed, make your best choice, and trust your instincts! You have a deep wisdom that will lead you with clarity and abundance, if you only listen.

 

The Shield and “the Gap”  - How the Shield can help you stop old energy habits.

Comforting2Here’s something I’ve learned over the years – the Shield does a lot, but it cannot stop you from certain almost automatic behaviors. Many of us are sensitive enough to sense when people are in pain. At times, we reach out energetically to help them, often taking in their pain, emotional trauma etc.

Wearing the Shield had improved my life tremendously giving me resilience and strength and shielding out a lot of the stuff. But I would still energetically envelope some of the people who were in distress, energetically trying to help.

I must say I was resistant at first, feeling those emotional connections was like breathing to me and I was afraid to cut myself off. Terrified really.

The Shield cannot keep you from doing that. I learned this when going to trade-shows back in the 90’s, talking to hundreds of people and would come home exhausted. Our consultant chastised me and helped me understand what was happening. She also helped me understand that I wasn't actually helping anyone, their "stuff" is there's to figure out and deal with, my taking it on wasn't actually helping them in any way and it was keeping me from being as effective in the world.

What if there is a way to experience a “gap” or pause before we launch into an automatic behavior? After a while I realized that when I was wearing my Shield, there was there was a Pause between the impulse to reach out and “take in” someone else’s energy and pain and the actual action. In meditation circles, this is known as the Gap, the silent space between thoughts. Our energy consultant explained to us that the Shield calms and balances our energy to the point where we can become much more conscious of this Gap. It’s easy to facilitate by simply taking a breath.

When I realized I could pause, I began paying attention and pulling back my energy. Instead of taking in their pain, I simply listened and gave them a sympathetic ear, or a hug. The difference in my energy level and ability to not take all that in was amazing. I do still find at times with people I’m really close to that I can still get sucked in. Although the awareness that it’s happened makes it a fairly quick thing in most cases to release that. There are techniques that you can learn that will give you speedy relief.

If you are quite empathic to other’s energies and moods, there are some other helpful resources that I recommend. Dr. Michael Smith, Empath Connection has a Toolkit that I've been told is quite helpful from a number of customers who are using it. Dr. Smith also wears and sells the Shield.

Also the books by Rose Rosetree are invaluable in helping to understand. In reading her book “Empowered by Empathy” experiences that had always puzzled me, suddenly became clear. 

If you’re feeling like the Shield isn’t giving you the protection you need, spend a little time thinking about when and where you get most overwhelmed and see if there’s a connection or a pattern like the one I saw for myself. Take a breath, feel the Gap, and decide how you wish to handle the situation.


Part of the problem with being sensitive to energy (also called an empathy or HSP) is that we are the healers, the mystics, the seers; but in our culture no one, for the most part, has taught us how to work with our energy, how to protect ourselves and what’s healthy for ourselves.

The Shield Does work, but like I said many of us instinctively in many ways manage to overcome it’s protective field by energetically pulling in disharmonious energies in an attempt to heal them. Using a few tools to help you pay attention to energy along with the Shield can make an even more profound change in your life than either tool alone.

 

oxygen-maskI initially wrote and posted this article for Mother’s Day - but it applies equally all year long. Normally I write a post suggesting that you buy a gift for your mother, wife, sister, daughter, and other women in your life, but this year I want to change this a bit. Buy a Shield for yourself first.

Janice Masters posted an article Women’s People-Pleasing and the Ties That Bind “Is it possible that you’re allowing the expectations of others to determine whether or not you move forward toward your dreams? Sometimes people that we love have ongoing expectations, or even demands of us that kind of hold us hostage…because we allow them to. In fact, this pattern can be so powerful a deterrent that we don’t even allow ourselves to KNOW what those withheld dreams ARE!! Can you imagine! These are the ties that bind us and keep us from our true personal freedom.”

She goes on to talk about the need to get out of these patterns and develop a little “Sacred Selfishness”. I know this isn’t how you were probably raised, but before you recoil in horror, think about it; if you give everything to everyone else, you end up without enough energy to keep going, and they suffer too.

The reason I’m talking about this here is regardless of whether you’re a mother or not, or even a woman, you do need to learn to take care of yourself – and put your oxygen mask on first so you can help others. This isn’t always easy to do. But we may be able to help you.

Did you know that other people’s thoughts, expectations and needs of you can actually affect your ability to think, react and even make decisions? That’s where the Shield comes in. The BioShield strengthens your energy field so that you aren’t as affected by other people’s thoughts, fears, negativity and all the other ways they can drain your energy. 

The other issue here is that our technology the cell phone, the wi-fi and everything else around us is putting out electromagnetic radiation that can have mild to severe health effects and we simply don’t know enough usually to tie these wonderful gadgets to Oxidative stress which is considered to be the main cause of exhaustion, headaches, inflammatory diseases, all the way to heart attacks – read more Mobile phone radiation leads to oxidation in cells

We’ve pulled together a lot of articles about electromagnetic sensitivity and ways it can be affecting you. Take a couple of minutes and just look over this long list of symptoms - if you can say "yes" to more than a couple, a Shield would very probably be very helpful for you.


 

You may also want to read more along this same line

The Shield and “the Gap”  - How the Shield can help you stop old energy habits.

 

Tramatized to ThrivingSensitivity – it’s a spectrum, physical and emotional. How do we adapt? How can we make our sensitivity an asset instead of a disability?

Life on the sensitivity spectrum is an experience that ranges from extremely challenging to annoying to transformational. It all depends on the depth of our sensitivity and our ability to grow and master our challenges.

It’s time to admit that sensitivity can be negative or positive. It’s all in the way we look at it. We can move from traumatized to thriving, especially with emotional sensitivity – also known more positively as empathy. As we learn to navigate empathy’s journey, some of us become hermits, but most simply learn to shield and empower ourselves as needed. Others channel their empathy, and train as healers or artists or teachers.

If we want to move from hermit to healer, our most powerful tool is a grounded practice to build healthy empathy habits. In Greater Good, the online magazine of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center proposes six habits to build healthy empathy. By practicing these habits daily, we can develop empathy as a tool to heal the world.

“The old view that we are essentially self-interested creatures is being nudged firmly to one side by evidence that we are also homo empathicus, wired for empathy, social cooperation, and mutual aid.

  • Cultivate curiosity about strangers.
  • Challenge prejudices and discover commonalities.
  • “Try on” another person’s life.
  • Master the art of radical listening.
  • Pay attention to emotional aspects of social change.
  • Develop an ambitious imagination. “

 

Krznaric reminds us that empathy is a good thing, something many people need to develop. Empathy is part of our essential evolution as humans. Mastering and developing our emotional sensitivity is not just a survival skill. It’s about developing a valuable gift. From that perspective, those of us who are already sensitive have an advantage.

“Over the last decade, neuroscientists have identified a 10-section “empathy circuit” in our brains which, if damaged, can curtail our ability to understand what other people are feeling. Evolutionary biologists like Frans de Waal have shown that we are social animals who have naturally evolved to care for each other, just like our primate cousins. And psychologists have revealed that we are primed for empathy by strong attachment relationships in the first two years of life.

“But empathy doesn’t stop developing in childhood. We can nurture its growth throughout our lives—and we can use it as a radical force for social transformation. Research in sociology, psychology, history—and my own studies of empathic personalities over the past 10 years—reveals how we can make empathy an attitude and a part of our daily lives, and thus improve the lives of everyone around us.”

As always, remember to start where you are. We heal, create new habits, and grow into new ways of being step by step. Gradually, empathy will feel less like a burden, becoming a tool to express yourself fully and meaningfully in your relationships and your chosen work.

by Carol Burbank
Guest Blogger

Read more about what it is to be an empath or Highly Sensitive Person and find out how a Shield can help


 

CarolBurbankAbout Carol Burbank. PhD


In my many lives as a professor in MBA, Leadership and Cultural Studies graduate and undergraduate programs, journalist, interdisciplinary scholar, foundation researcher, writer-and-editor-for-hire, and healer/consultant/coach, I've traveled through lots of rules, regulations and costume changes! Enough to let me know that reality often comes down to riding change instead of letting it ride you. I'm happy to be a guest blogger for the BioShield, and always looking for holistic, smart blogs who want holistic, smart content to inform, entertain and attract new clients. Check out my personal blog on leadership, Lead Me On http://leadershipspirit.wordpress.com/, or my collaborative blog on writing, the Women's Pages http://womenspages.wordpress.com, to read more of my work! And remember, be informed, make your best choice, and trust your instincts! You have a deep wisdom that will lead you with clarity and abundance, if you only listen.

 

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