Unmasking A High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person: Dreamstate and Staying Balanced and Grounded While Flying

In this blog post we’re going to delve into the topic of Staying Balanced and Grounded in order to receive the benefits available to HSPs in Dreamstate.

I’ve boarded my plane to leave Nicaragua and we’re getting ready for take off. The flight attendant is giving us helpful safety instructions for our flight. Most of us tune out when this happens, but being prepared is a good mantra, so in the spirit of preparedness I’ve noticed there are factors that affect my dreamstate, and I’ve no doubt if you’re HSP these same factors are affecting your dreamstate. So we’ll be covering the power of;

  • intention and self-discipline
  • gratitude
  • meditation
  • reframing
  • triggers
  • exercise
  • pH balance

In the last blog post we delved into Dreams, Dream Meanings and States of Consciousness – because for HSPs vivid dreams are something most of us experience on a regular basis.

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Unmasking A High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person: Flying, Dreams and States of Consciousness

In this blog post we’re going to delve into the topic of Dreams, Dream Meanings and States of Consciousness - because for HSPs vivid dreams are something most of us experience on a regular basis.

In the last blog post we were at the airport getting ready to leave Nicaragua (where we'd been spending some time in a jungle), and we'd been delving into boundaries, specifically; how HSPs on a cultural level have been erroneously taught to relate to boundaries, why boundaries are important, how to identify what aspects of life can cross our boundaries, and, how to set up healthy boundaries that support you. The title of that post was “Customs, Borders and Boundaries”.

But as we ready ourselves for flying I thought it would be a good idea to delve into Dreams and States of Consciousness because for HSPs, the majority of us have been told since we were young, “…dreams are nothing but your subconscious regurgitating what happened during your day...” So we’ve been instructed to not pay attention to our dreams. A fact that couldn't be further from the truth.

So in this blog post we’re going to be looking at;

  • why dreams are important,
  • how to remember your dreams,
  • types of dreams,
  • and, how to interpret a dream.
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Unmasking a High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person: Customs, Borders and Boundaries

In this blog post we’re going to delve into the topic of Boundaries for HSPs by looking at;

  • how HSPs, on a cultural level, have been erroneously taught to relate to boundaries, 
  • why they’re important,
  • how to identify what aspects of life can cross our boundaries,
  • and, how to set up healthy boundaries that support you.

In the last blog post we looked at the amazing tool available to HSPs, called “Reframing”. We looked at what it is, why it’s beneficial to use this tool, and how to use the tool of reframing. The title of that post was “The Reframing Ferry Ride”.

And after my four hour ferry ride out of a jungle, and then a seven hour bus ride, I find myself standing in a Customs line at the airport in Managua, Nicaragua pondering the reasons why we, as a human species, have set up so many boundaries and borders – on land, in the sea and in our skies. Because part of me recognizes that these are collectively agreed upon constructs that we believe we’ve needed in order to function.

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Unmasking a High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person: The Reframing Ferry Ride

In this blog post we’re going to delve into the amazing tool available to HSPs, called “Reframing”. We’ll look at

  • what it is,
  • why it’s beneficial to use this tool, and
  • how to use the tool of reframing.

In the last blog post we delved into looking at why you feel the way you do about your HSP Trait, and then we covered why, if, when and how HSPs can describe their HSP Trait to others. The title of that post was “Walking Through the Jungle".

Now, we’re leaving a jungle in Nicaragua and heading back to the mainland via a local ferry. I’m surrounded by water, and it occurs to me what a mysterious thing water is, its unknown depths, its velvety essence, and a sense that it's beckoning me while at the same time repelling me - because it may be hiding threatening creatures that may end me.

In tales of myth water is frequently associated with emotions. Water reminds me of emotions, of how our emotions can be turbulent and chaotic, or they can be calm and peaceful. But there’s always a pattern, a tide - a rhythm.

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Unmasking A High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person: Welcome to the Jungle

In this post we’re going to cover;

  • the benefits of creating and organizing an HSP Meetup Group,
  • how to know if you’re ready to create and organize an HSP Meetup Group,
  • how to set up an HSP Meetup Group,
  • what the challenges are,
  • how to manage your time,
  • the importance of screening,
  • the HSP Workbook, Discussion Group exercises I found particularly helpful, healing and interesting,
  • and, why developing a “leadership team” will be beneficial for the group.
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Unmasking A High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person: Landing

Alright we’re moving into Sensory Sensitivity, part of the D.O.E.S. acronym for:

  • Depth of processing,
  • Overstimulation,
  • Emotional empathy and responsiveness, and
  • Sensory sensitivity

And exploring what I’ve been learning about how it relates to my HSP/HSS Trait. To read the previous blog post click here.

We’re heading into the questions posed last week about Sensory sensitivity.  I hope you’ve had time to reflect on how it relates to your HSP/HSS. Here we go.

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Unmasking A High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person: Building the Foundation con't

Okay, after last post’s sojourn into Emotional empathy and responsiveness we’re continuing on with D.O.E.S., an acronym for:

  • Depth of processing,
  • Overstimulation,
  • Emotional empathy and responsiveness, and
  • Sensory sensitivity

And exploring what I’ve been learning about how it relates to my HSP/HSS Trait. To read the previous blog post click here.

We’re heading into the questions posed last week about Emotional Empathy and Responsiveness.  I hope you’ve had time to reflect on how it relates to your HSP/HSS. Here we go.

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Unmasking A High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person: Building The Foundation

So we’re continuing on with the D.O.E.S., an acronym for:

  • Depth of processing,
  • Overstimulation,
  • Emotional empathy and responsiveness, and
  • Sensory sensitivity

And exploring what I’ve been learning about how it relates to my HSP/HSS Trait. We've been exploring Depth of processing and Overstimulation. To read the previous blog post click here. Now we’re moving on to Emotional Empathy and Responsiveness.

I have to relate, my learning curve for this portion of D.O.E.S. has been the greatest and continues to be. Once I learned about the D.O.E.S. abbreviation and delved into each category more, I realized I had the most to gain by spending time and taking my time learning more about Emotional Empathy and Responsiveness.

Because after some thought, I realized that both my upbringing as well as western culture required me to mask and hide this part of myself; in essence “shut off” this side of myself.

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Unmasking A High Sensation Seeking Highly Sensitive Person: Chapter One - The Airport

So we’re continuing on with the D.O.E.S., an acronym for:

  • Depth of Processing,
  • Overstimulation,
  • Emotional Empathy and Responsiveness, and
  • Sensory Sensitivity

And exploring what I’ve been learning about how it relates to my HSP/HSS Trait. To read the previous blog post click here. Next, we’re moving on to Overstimulation.

As a side note, while we’re on this portion of D.O.E.S. I’ve noticed, even within the HSP community there’s an urge to lump those who are HSP/HSS as “only” experiencing HSS in relation to Overstimulation.

Saying this is like saying, “Everyone with blond hair loves licorice,” – it just isn’t so. Those who have HSP/HSS have an added layer that, just like the HSP Trait, has both its pros and its cons in each of the D.O.E.S. areas. It’s an added layer of complexity. Not more difficult, or less difficult, nor better, or worse.

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