Highly Sensitive Persons and the US Election

November 17th, 2016
Highly Sensitive Persons and the US Election

No matter where you or aren’t on the political spectrum, there has been a lot of tension in the collective unconsciousness both approaching the election and afterward. (And now with the holidays fast approaching, the energies are only going to get worse!) I’ve heard from Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs) on “both sides” who are carrying their own fears as well as that of others. They’re scared, anxious, and worried about the direction the United States has been/is headed. While their respective concerns may not have all been the same, the energies they’re carrying are too similar to ignore any longer. 

These energies are often anger, division, and less acceptance of—or even desire to see—the other’s point of view. The irony that many of the people I work with can communicate with non-physical beings but have difficulty doing so with their own relatives hasn’t escaped me. But I get it. Non-physical beings don’t need anything from you. They’re already energetically whole and don’t try to change our minds. There’s no judgment. So it’s easier to isolate ourselves physically and hang out with Melchizedek from the 13th dimension than it is to be with Uncle Fred at Thanksgiving. 

The drawback of isolation; however, is having fewer mirrors to aid our spiritual growth. We must learn to step into the fire and not get burned rather than trying to avoid it. (Of course if “the fire” is abusive, we need to exit the situation ASAP!) Likewise we need to learn to better communicate with other people for the country’s spiritual growth. 

The destructive energies that we hold onto affect our ability—and even desire—to make a difference in a tangible way or to listen lovingly. Fear ignites the ego and stokes the need to be right rather than the need to be compassionate. 

In a country of over 320 million people, there are always going to be disagreements. No one side or person will always get their way all of the time. Compromise, compassion and negotiate are not dirty words; they’re necessary tools to heal ourselves and the divide. 

When stressed, many of us look to our non-physical allies for guidance. But our own fear or those that are empathically absorbed capture our attention so intently that we can no longer clearly hear the incoming transmissions from non-physical beings accurately—much less physical people in our presence—because intense emotion adds a personal filter to the message. We need to address the fear on the level of its creation to heal it and the social divide.


Our egos like to distract us from doing our work. It convinces us to blame, focus on, or heal the other guy first. But not every other guy wants to be healed by us—and no one wants to be blamed! If that doesn’t work (it doesn’t) the ego then convinces us to do even more. We think we can affect the world on a grand scale, but if that’s not in your soul’s contract, it's not going to happen. Better to work with the direction your soul wants than to focus on external people and situations that can only lead to a sense of overwhelm and frustration. Certainly there are many who are called to do more work on a more grand scale, but if it’s done from over-responsibility it’s going to be a very difficult endeavor. On the converse, if it’s done from a true calling, the steps will be shown to you if you do your inner work deeply enough to see and hear the clues that are always being sent your way. You’ll be connected with others who are open to your ideas and the path will be illuminated.

Trying to heal others or even the planet via a sense of over-responsibility is what made many of us “walking sponges” for energies of other people. Many of us learned this at a very early age and haven’t healed that wound well enough to prioritize what can be addressed now and how to do so. If you can’t be in the presence of someone offering a different POV than you without tensing up, your ability to love unconditionally may not be as strong as you hoped. We have to better purify ourselves to better send love to those in need.

Sometimes these messages will tell you to focus on yourself, and we need to be okay with that. Not at the expense of others but rather in conjunction with. But if we’re inundated with fears—our own or that of others—our personal filters will distort or even block those messages from getting to you. 

What’s in the collective unconsciousness is an aggregate of what’s in each person’s mind. Therefore, as we heal our own selves and those nearest to us (if they’re willing!), the effects of healing spread outward and eventually can pierce the fear of the collective.


If we’re not in the present and embodied, we can confuse the two types of fears and end up using the wrong tools to heal these destructive energies. 

If it’s our own fear, we need to integrate it rather than talk ourselves out of it or the more casual band-aid style, “cancel-clear.” While either can be effective, deeper healing is best achieved via the emotional body—which is often very difficult to do on our own. Cancel-clear—while effective in the short term—doesn’t let us deeply learn the lessons at the core level to truly open to a more loving way of being. Integration is more beneficial in the long term because fear does have its place. Without fear we’d let ourselves get run over by a bus: “That’s okay, I’ll just come back in another lifetime!” may be accurate, but not conducive to the now. Without the capacity for fear, we can never understand, sympathize or heal those who are trapped in its grasp.

We don’t need to let fear run our lives. Fear can be a part of us; it doesn’t have to define us. Working with the shadow self via integration allows us to use the fear, rather than be used by it. Integration is about fully accepting all parts of self. We are everything, not just love and light. The more we integrate the shadow self, the more whole we can be—what we own cannot own us. Seek assistance from someone who understands this and can hold safe space for you to bring your shadow self to the light.

If the fears have been empathically absorbed from another person or collective unconsciousness, I've found it best to use specific tools designed by HSPs for HSPs for deep healing. “Return to Sender” as described in Self-Care for the Self-Aware has been a remarkable gift for thousands of people when the more traditional, "Give it to the Universe" or cord-cutting has failed. 


1. Slow Down 

Just like you can’t absorb quality nutrition if you’re stressed and eating on the run, fear can make you feel rushed and eventually overwhelmed and unhealthy. Rushing will put your focus on the outcome rather than being in the present moment. Challenge yourself to slow down several times throughout the day. This will be very helpful for connecting with others and for accessing higher guidance.

2. Grounding 

Make a conscious effort to feel your connection to the Earth. Visualize expanding your energy body downward with your feet touching miles of thick, solid mass. 

3. Be Humble

Let's get over our illusions of grandeur and allow the Universe to show us how and when to best use our gifts to heal ourselves, and if it’s in our calling, to help others. If we fall a few times, learn what you need to learn from that experience and get back up again. The most successful people in many fields failed many times before they succeeded.

4. Realistic Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Growth is not about never having a negative thought again; it's about catching the negative thoughts before they become pervasive and befriending them. The alternative, judging the judgment, is an invitation to more self criticism. Judgments are going to happen. Fear will always be there. The desire to isolate, too. Laugh when you catch these judgments, emotions, and thoughts and say, "That's not the real me thinking; that's the silly me" and invite the next higher thought to arise. 

5. Seek Assistance

If you’re unable to determine if the fear you are feeling is yours or that of others, if you’re unable to integrate or return the fears to where they belong, or if you’d like guidance to better hear the messages your soul is trying to send you, reach out to a trusted friend or practitioner. Whether with another or myself, it’s important to stay humble in these challenging times and ask for help. Remember, if the Universe wanted us to go at it alone, we’d have been given seven billion planets; one person on each. A trusted friend or a clear practitioner can help you be of benefit to the world rather than contribute more worry and fear to the collective unconscious. The techniques that came to me can help you integrate your fears, or return the fear of others so that you can live your best life and have an amazing holiday season, whether you’re hanging out with Melchizedek or with your crazy Uncle Fred. 

For a free absolutely-no-obligation consultation and energetic reading and suggestions on your current situation, see www.Davemarkowitz.com. Also available are private sessions and groups by phone or in-person. 



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