Podcast Episode 073: Flourishing as a Sensitive Person in an Insensitive World with Dr. Christiane Northrup

In Dr. Christiane Northrup’s new book, Dodging Energy Vampires, she devotes an entire book to helping the very sensitive find their true power and potential.

April 29, 2018 | 66 minutes, 08 seconds
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As our culture has become more and more distracted by the overstimulation of our senses, many of us have had to develop a layer of thicker skin.

Scenes too risqué for the screen 30 years ago are now the norm. While seemingly accepted by the masses, many still cringe as they watch where the culture is headed.

From the overt 24-hour newscasts telling us repetitively about the latest tragedy, drama, and trauma, to the sly marketing ploys to get us to buy, drink, eat, or consume the latest and greatest product, we insidiously grow more immune and less sensitive every day.

One of the greatest strengths a person can have is to be a sensitive person in today’s insensitive world—and this is becoming more and more of a challenge.

In Dr. Christiane Northrup’s new book, Dodging Energy Vampires, she devotes an entire book to helping the very sensitive find their true power and potential, while protecting themselves from those set out to abuse, use, and control the feelers of the world.

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As our culture has become more and more distracted by the overstimulation of our senses, many of us have had to develop a layer of thicker skin.

Scenes too risqué for the screen 30 years ago are now the norm. While seemingly accepted by the masses, many still cringe as they watch where the culture is headed.

From the overt 24-hour newscasts telling us repetitively about the latest tragedy, drama, and trauma, to the sly marketing ploys to get us to buy, drink, eat, or consume the latest and greatest product, we insidiously grow more immune and less sensitive every day.

One of the greatest strengths a person can have is to be a sensitive person in today’s insensitive world—and this is becoming more and more of a challenge.

Sensitive people, also known as empaths, are highly aware. They feel everything. They have a powerful radar system and can feel what people around them feel. By nature, they are more delicate, vulnerable, yet potentially more powerful than those who more easily grow thicker skin.

An empath’s power is easily suppressed by an overstimulated world, making them easy targets for less sensitive, more manipulative energy vampires who take advantage of the more sensitive ones. Because they are more delicate, sensitive and vulnerable, they are easy prey for those whose thicker skin has grown them more insensitive, manipulative and controlling.

While growing thicker skin may seem like the best strategy to endure an insensitive world, the empaths and the sensitive ones may be better served by becoming even more aware—a road less traveled by many.

Sensitive people are never-the-less more powerful, but only once they feel safe enough to re-connect with their inner silence, power, and heightened awareness.

In Dr. Christiane Northrup’s new book, Dodging Energy Vampires, she devotes an entire book to helping the very sensitive find their true power and potential, while protecting themselves from those set out to abuse, use, and control the feelers of the world.

Know Your Emotional Body Type

In addition to the more well-known body type evaluation of vata, pitta, and kapha, Ayurveda describes that there are emotional body types. Knowing your emotional body type can help determine your sensitivity, and lead you on the path back from insensitive to sensitive, where one’s power and happiness truly lie.

The three Ayurvedic emotional body types are:

  1. Sattvic – loving, kind, sensitive, and at peace from within.
  2. Rajasic – satisfied when stimulated by the senses.
  3. Tamasic – withdrawn and depleted from overstimulation.

The goal of Ayurveda is to aspire to become more sattvic, and less tamasic and rajasic.

Our Emotional Body Type Quiz determines how much of these three mental and emotional traits you have, and where they are manifesting in your life.

For example, if you are rajasic around money, all of your satisfaction only comes when you know you are to receive more money.

The sattvic person would find their joy in giving and caring for others, through the window of compassion and understanding.

The tamasic person may find themselves hoarding money and possessions, for fear of losing them.

Understanding your emotional type allows you to see where in your life you lack sattva. Being aware of this will help you find your way back to mental health and happiness, and stop unconsciously being the vampire that Dr. Northrup describes in her book and in our podcast.

Quiz: What’s Your Emotional Body Type?

Finding Your Power—the Eye of the Hurricane

The goal of Ayurveda is to first find your inner peace and calm, and learn how to access that state on demand. Let’s call that the “eye of the storm.”

Once you have found your silence and are open to becoming more aware, then we can take action from that place of peace, calm and sensitivity. Actions from this place are the “winds of the storm.” The bigger the eye, the more powerful the winds.

The concept of “burning your karma” comes from the idea that when you begin to function from a calm, delicate, sensitive, sattvic place, you can finally change—this is the karmic action required to change old, unhealthy emotional patterns.

While our podcast is primarily geared to helping the sensitive ones ward off and protect themselves from the energy vampires of the world, there is also hope for the abusers—but only if they are willing to look within!

About Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness, which includes the unity of mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Internationally known for her empowering approach to women’s health and wellness, Dr. Northrup teaches women how to thrive at every stage of life.

Dr. Northrup’s work has been featured on Super Soul Sunday on OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today ShowNBC Nightly NewsThe ViewRachael RayGood Morning America20/20, and The Dr. Oz Show. Women clearly trust Dr. Northrup’s approach. In 2013, Reader’s Digest named her one of “The 100 Most Trusted People in America.” And, in 2016, she was named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, a group of leaders who are using their voices and talent to awaken humanity.

Visit her website: https://www.drnorthrup.com/

Ayurveda Meets Modern Science is hosted by Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP, founder of LifeSpa and author of seven health books (including bestselling Eat Wheat and The 3-Season Diet), seven online courses (including Yoga Journal courses Ayurveda 101 and 201), and numerous free eBooks.

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