Increasing I hear about youth, employees and others who are suffering from depression and do not know that there is a good chance they are energy sensitive and simply lack the skills to benefit. I know. I was one of those people who for many years would work with high end conflict, come out of networking events feeling wiped out and take days to recover from being in intense social settings. Today sensitivity can be viewed as a liability in a turbulent world full of noise and electro-magnetic fields. However, if you make decisions in uncertainty, not knowing what will happen next energetic sensitivity is your greatest ally.

Energetic Sensitivity and Decision Making

Conventional definitions of intuition didn’t help me make sense of what I experienced when working with groups. For instance, about fifteen to twenty years ago when working with a group of municipal engineers I had a sensation that they were floating. Engineers (all men then) don’t float. I had to come up with another reason why I was feeling the sensation. Since we were action planning, it occurred to me that the actions were not grounded in reality. In other words, it is way easier to talk about what you will do than to do it. No decisions are required to list actions. But when you must decide what to actually do, a different focus and thinking is required.

In the moment, as the facilitator in order to move forward I had to make a decision. I asked, “out of the list of actions how many of these can you see yourselves implementing?’ I forget the specific answer but it was somewhere between none to very few. There are many ways in which energetic sensitivity has served my intuitive read of a situation. The connection between energetic sensitivity and intuition was explained by Heart Math’s research scientist Dr. Rollin McCraty in a podcast interview.

Out of the three strengths he describes, energetic sensitivity and non-local intuition require the highest mastery.

To achieve the benefit of being energetically sensitive, your skills and self awareness needs to become much more sophisticated. There are a couple of common questions.

1. How can I avoid picking up others people’s emotions?

Somatic (body) awareness is required to be attuned to how your body absorbs emotion. If you are not familiar with the chakra system (Google it), do some research because understanding the chakras  helps sense how energy is coming in to your body. To use that information, at the next networking event or anytime you are in front of someone whose energy seems to drain you, detect where in your body – which chakra- you are feeling the drain. Then close that chakra down by visualizing a counter clockwise motion. If it is too late and you are already feeling drained, use colours like bright blue to restore yourself. Think of it as a colour energy shower.

2. How do I know whether the emotion I am feeling is mine or someone else’s?

It can happen that you will be triggered by someone else’s emotion or that when you are near someone who is super negative your own negativity or a bad experience will surface. One person who attended a decision-making workshop reported that when he was standing near a woman on the subway he could feel her dark thoughts and he started to get a migraine. He moved away and his migraine went away. This is by far the easiest way to determine if you are holding the emotion or picking it up from someone nearby. Trust your instincts. Blaming or judging serves no one. Remember you are responsible for keeping your energy healthy; then you can look after everything and everyone else.

How to Care for Yourself Energetically

Just recently through my daughter, I came across a superb resource by Donna Eden called Energy Medicine. In it she has a five-step protocol for staying balanced and able to capably navigate the day. I encourage you to take a look and see if it makes sense to you. Her course runs on Mindvalley Academy but her protocol is short, efficient and effective.

Diversify how you look after your body. Try yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi or any other body-mind-spirit related exercise that calls for you to focus on anything but your mind.

Clear your energy several times a day. At minimum morning and night. Rebalance any other time as well.

Clearing your energy can take the form of belly breathing so you recenter breathing in the diaphragm. It is a method I learned from Tom Crum, aikido master and author of Magic of Conflict. It proved invaluable when I was working with highly contentious national policy issues in the early 90s.

For skeptics reading this, you may believe it is ‘new agey’. I have learned people stick the ‘new age’ label on the unfamiliar. Working with your energy is more based on biology, epigenetics and on physics. To understand how this plays out on a systems level the writings of Ervin Laszlo and Fritjof Capra provided me with a wonderful framework. For epigenetics, Dr. Bruce Lipton is brilliant.

Embracing Energetic Sensitivity

Energetic sensitivity is not easily grasped by anyone deeply rooted in concrete thinking but once you can embrace the conceptual you open the door to understanding an entirely different dimension of intelligence. For navigating complexity and uncertainty, intuitive intelligence is essential. Whether you are a human or a company, these skills scale.


You will notice I am changing the tone and style of my blogs. Your feedback is welcome.

Contact me for consciousness coaching or for workshops on decision making – rational plus intuitive.



The global and business issues we face today require full employee engagement and a different thinking. Dawna loves to work collaboratively to evolve and transform workplaces to be more ‘fit’, agile and inspiring. By shifting perspective to expose the invisible elements creating routine results, clients gain the strength and clarity needed to remove barriers to growth. Intelligent and intuitive insights strengthen leadership capacity to use complexity fluently and grow beyond the limitations of profit to achieve greater prosperity and value. To activate a quantum leap in leadership, Dawna started the Evolutionary Provocateur podcast in 2008. Author of Decision Making for Dummies, a speaker and a tad nomadic, Dawna is currently working on using Virtual and Augmented Reality to accelerate business culture change and human potential. An original thinker, she brings personal experience with resilience and transformation to her leadership.


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