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,