[Personal Note]

I woke up at 3am this morning feeing particularly sensitive – which, to me, is a sign that something is going on with me.

Growing up, I developed my sensitivity as a way to protect myself from the bad that was in my life – but at the same time, I pushed my sensitivity away because it made me different from everyone else.

Finally, in my thirties, I embraced my sensitivity as a good thing, and sought out to harness it. It was my work with the animals that taught me how to do that. That work also ignited in me the passion to help others understand and access this same thing within themselves.

No one else was addressing sensitivity through animals. So it was really scary. It was scary to leave my full-time job. It was scary to embark out on my own to do something in a totally new and untested way…

But I did it. I created a career for myself that let me work with animals, people, and sensitivity – and all of the lessons and growth and transformation that comes along with that.

And I’ve loved it for for almost twenty years now. My Danielle MacKinnon School has been my passion since it began online in 2014 (and in real-life in 2004 or so!), and my Be Open Community reminds me every day that there are SO many people in the world who are sensitive like me. Plus, working with the animals to bring Soul Level Animal Communication®® and now Soul Level Coaching®® out to the world and helping people build their animal communication businesses… I love doing this!

But, the thing is, these things are also SO MUCH WORK to keep up and maintain every day. And sometimes my life becomes all about figuring out how to fix a problem on the website, or whether I need to put a certain standard in place or how to handle an issue on social media… And it’s THAT kind of stuff that starts making me bogged down, like I’m feeing this morning.

But then I teach a workshop or do a retreat or lead a class which reconnects me to the my original purpose in all of this: to help people (through their animals and intuition) access their best selves – and then all the hard work becomes worth it again.

So, why am I writing this…

Well, I guess, part of the reason I’m writing this is to be transparent (like I teach in all of my classes). Doing this work and helping people open up to themselves in a deep and whole way is not easy! Since our culture teaches us to ignore our sensitivities, doing the work to, instead, embrace our sensitivities is like swimming upstream – all the time.

I think people forget that that we’re all connected. They forget that when they speak badly about one another, they are, in fact, speaking badly about themselves – since we are really all one. They forget to have compassion for others and for themselves.

This is especially evident in social media. I wake up every morning and check my Facebook ads for mean/nasty/hurtful comments. Some people just tell me I’m a fraud because I charge money for my services and classes, and I’m used to that now. But other people just call me horrible names! Swear words and say horrible things to me! Normally, this doesn’t even make a blip on my radar, because I’m grounded in the fact that I know I’m following my passion and not everyone has to agree. But on days like today, it does get me.

And I know I’m not the only one this is happening to. I know I’m not the only one feeling sensitive or feeling singled out or made fun of. AND I know it’s even harder when you’re someone who is interested in stuff that louder people are not interested in (ie animal communication, intuition, self-development etc.).

So, for ME, this is my opportunity to be transparent. I LOVE what I do, but sometimes it is also hard to swim upstream!  My desire is to help give you support, community, and a bit of a roadmap to follow – but in order to do that, I have to also show you that there are potholes in the road for everyone. (Oh dear. I am terrible at metaphors. I hope that one makes sense!)

And for YOU, I hope this helps you realize you’re not alone on your path. There are many others that feel and experience deeply just like you do! Seek them out and reconnect 🙂

Yes, yes. It is a particularly sensitive day for me. I had planned to tell you all about my November animal communication workshop and winning a reading with me today, but instead you get this. Hopefully, you’re cool with that.

Love and Light,

38 replies
  1. Julie
    Julie says:

    I am grateful for you and all that you do. And thanks for being transparent – it helps me be the same. Hopefully all that good positive energy makes it to you!! 🙂

  2. Donna O
    Donna O says:

    I’m sorry people are mean. They can’t trust, they can’t open their minds so they lash out. You are a ray of sunshine in a cloudy world. Enjoy those who appreciate you and understand you are a trail blazer in this life. You were chosen. Be thankful… so many animals messages have come through because of you!

  3. Annette
    Annette says:

    Well Danielle you handle it well. I give you a lot of props for branching out on you own for the last 20 years. It takes a lot of courage, faith and listening to your own internal guidance. Also I take it for granted that this happens maybe because most comments are so positive and encouraging.

  4. Wendy Fletcher
    Wendy Fletcher says:

    Hugs to you. This kind of thing happens to all of us and it is horribly depressing. We – and you – need to let these things go and move on with our lives. Very difficult to do when you have been punched in the face, but that is life these days.
    Your wisdom is fabulous and you have a beautiful sense of humor, please keep on doing what you are doing. Hugs

  5. Victoria Morrison
    Victoria Morrison says:

    Danielle,I feel like you do alot. You do a great job and help lots of people.I am a great fan.Keep doing what you do.

  6. Mary
    Mary says:

    Thank you for this message; it was completely appropriate for me today. Do you truly realize how your beautiful “transparency” lets so much pure light come through? If you have times when you don’t, your dog does for sure (as do your subscribers).

  7. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    Danielle, thank you for sharing this with us. I am truly sorry that there is such hateful comments directed to you. Your light shines like a beacon to your liked minded fans, students and those of us searching for others like us. Being sensitive is difficult. As a child my mother admonished me to harden up and stop being so sensitive. I realize now it was because of the hard life she had, she wanted to spare me that hurt. Over the years I was told to stop being so sensitive and harden up so I built a wall and suffered behind it. But, you have shown me that there are others like me and it’s not my “weakness”, but can become my strength. You are open and loving and bear no meanness or spite against anyone. I wish I could take away their words. They are nasty people who have to live with their own mean nasty thoughts all the time. A terrible sentence for anyone.

  8. Karen Spinelli
    Karen Spinelli says:

    THANK YOU so much for sharing this with us Danielle…. I’m sorry you are having to experience these things, but it’s also helpful for us to be reminded and realize through this that we’re not alone in feeling overwhelmed by sensitivity to all the louder voices around us (even the ones that remain in our heads when the persons words aren’t concretely there in the moment…..). I hope it also helps you to realize that YOU are not alone in it either…. Thanks to you, you’ve created this amazing community of fellow sensitive people who can all understand what you are feeling and hold space to help carry each of us through those tougher days…. Sending you a huge hug right now! xO

  9. Paula Hooper
    Paula Hooper says:

    Sometimes, no matter how much the words hurt, you just have to accept that there are a lot of morons (not the actual word I was thinking of!) in the world. At least we don’t have to hang out with them.

  10. Kate Shadock
    Kate Shadock says:

    Dear Danielle,

    There will always be people who seek to destroy anyone who is successful or happy – because they aren’t. We just bless them and move on.
    I’m highly sensitive and have learned that most people aren’t allowed in my “bubble”. Those who are loving and kind are most welcome. The rest get to wander off in search of another victim to torment.

  11. Gina M Wagner
    Gina M Wagner says:

    I can’t believe they are saying that kind of stuff to you. They are just jealous of you. Do not let that kind of stuff bother you, YOU ARE AWESOME! Keep doing what you’re doing! 🙂

  12. jacqueline jordans
    jacqueline jordans says:

    Hi Danielle, Thank You to be so true to your self, and vulnerable, and so true in expressing! as much as that is possible through words! I feel very much affinity with you, the sensitivities, and all… the surviving-mechan., and all that you write….
    I feel in a kind of ‘chronic overwelm’, health- and now quite some trouble with computer too, new browser now, when I clicked for your blog, I GOT ”YOU ARE UNSUBSCRIBED” Shock! I do not know if this happened, or just confused message… Danielle, your transparancy shines, let it…! and Thank you for that, Jacqueline

    • Danielle MacKinnon
      Danielle MacKinnon says:

      Hmmm… I don’t know why you’d get that message? Weird! But thank you for your kind words and it makes sense that you’d feel an affinity with this. I feel like most sensitive people are experiencing some version of it right now around the world!

  13. Melissa Dunstan
    Melissa Dunstan says:

    I know this feeling all too well. Most days, I feel like I’m swimming upstream trying to keep up with social media, accounting, etc., and it’s only on the days I actually get to do what I love, and have managed, somehow through divine intervention I can only assume, to have attracted like-minded clients, well that’s when I can bask in going downstream.

    I can’t even imagine why people would say something mean to you, what the heck? You are a shining light in our world Danielle, never stop being you and sharing your gifts with the world. Send all those yucky folks back to the river with a ‘bless-your-heart’ and a smile. We love you.

  14. Pam Templeton
    Pam Templeton says:

    Dear Danielle,
    You are a much needed beautiful beacon of light in this universe.
    I love who you are, what you share with us and in the way that you do.
    So many lessons to learn always while we’re embodied here.
    I guess some people are afraid of your bright light.
    Those of us who follow you are bathing in it. ♥️☺️

  15. Raeleen
    Raeleen says:

    Thank you for sharing “the other side” of your life experiences with us. You are always uplifting and positive and often wondered how you keep it all together. Especially with all the naysayers in the world. You’ve shown your vulnerable side and think we can all draw and learn something from it. Especially for myself as I consider leaving public life to follow my heart to feed my sensitive side and help others. There are many potholes and thanks for the reminder.
    Be Blessed,

  16. david gardiner
    david gardiner says:

    oh.wow i have had 2 weimeranas and the third one has a little Beagle in him im sure. “Carlos” but i caught you on a talk back one day and posed a question that everytime i would pee… Carlos would pee as well. you suggested that he was worried about my health.
    you were right. i had a heart attack that nearly took my life …
    well done.. im very intetested in your work because i also am intune with Carlos. xxxxx

  17. Nat
    Nat says:

    I totally get this post! I am radio personality and have had my share of negativity over my 30 year career. In large part, I’ve learned to let it roll off. But there are some days where it can get to you. Especially when all you want to do is have a positive impact on the world! I often wonder why people actually take the time to send out negativity (instead of ignoring it or just living their own lives) – but I know it’s because on some level, they are struggling too. Sometimes they just want to be heard. At times I have engaged these people and surprisingly, discovered just that. Compassion and kindness are key. Sadly, for all of its positive potential, social media attracts all kinds. And for the record, why the heck shouldn’t you monetize something you’re passionate about, good at and have worked hard to learn and develop? Sheesh. Tomorrow is a better day! <3

  18. Rustine
    Rustine says:

    So sorry people say those awful things to you💔
    I always look forward to your teaching and sharing your vulnerability. I learn so much and nice to know someone else is sensitive like me.❤️🌹🐾

      • Orla
        Orla says:

        Rise above it Danielle, you are a strong lady and they, do not know what they do. They have not awakened yet and your empowerment will see you through. We are all with you, on your journey. O


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