The Art of Being a Healer: Sensitivity, Tragedy & Beyond

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Many sensitive people don’t realize it but one of our greatest powers is our ability to heal those around us. And in healing others, we often heal pieces of ourselves.  

After the attacks in Boston on Monday I was reminded of the power in healing one another; the power that radiates outward in simply offering to help those in the midst of crisis. 

I lost my best friend on 9/11. That was one of the hardest times of my life. And of course I remember the horror of it all. But those aren’t my only memories. 

Just as prevalent are the memories of the love that seemed to surround everything and everyone. The people who stood outside day after day handing out food and drinks to those searching for their loved ones. The endless offers to help. The teams that rallied to search every hospital. The loved ones who knew when to simply hold my hand, tight, and not say a word. 

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It’s not easy to find beauty in tragedy, but it’s there. It’s then that we give the most love. It’s then that we rise to our potential because we’re able to let go of all the nonsense that pulls us down spiritually. It’s then that we call forth our deepest ability to heal others. 

And the more sensitive you are, the more you are able to heal those around you. 

There will always be people in our lives who need healing. But sometimes we get so lost in our own struggles that we forget about what a gift this is.

So if you often feel like you’re too sensitive, focus instead on the powers it brings to you.  One of those powers is your ability to heal others. This gift is so essential, especially in times of great suffering or tragedy. 

Below are some of the healing strengths I bet you possess that you can focus on so you give the most to the people you love. And in doing so, you nurture and grow the very best of yourself.   


If you’re sensitive, your intuition is your superpower. You sense things others miss. You can sense exactly what someone needs to hear or needs to happen. It’s that intuition that will guide you to help someone exactly as they need to be helped. 

When I was looking for my friend immediately following 9/11 (when it wasn’t yet clear just how few survivors there would be), my very intuitive friend stayed by my side day after day. There were a ton of people around me, but it was her healing ability that got me through it. It was her intuition that often told her to hold my hand and not say a word. Without having to ask she knew that what I needed most, was silence. Without her I’m really not sure how I would have gotten through that agonizing time. 

I don’t think my friend fully realized how powerful that was for me. She was simply following her intuition and doing what came naturally to her because of it. I wasn’t ready to hear comforting words, they made me want to run, her silence is what kept me grounded.  

Follow your intuition and you will likely have the same affect on someone who needs you. You will sooth in profound ways without even trying.  


Sensitive people seem to read energies. They can read the feel of a room the second they walk into it.

After I gave birth to my daughter we spent two nights in a room with lovely roommates. The energy was wonderful. My baby was peaceful. She wasn’t, and isn’t to this day, a big cryer (we are blessed). It was all love. But our nurse was terrible and my husband insisted we switch rooms. 

As we walked into our new room and heard the couple we’d be sharing space with I immediately turned to my husband and said “this was a mistake.” He didn’t know what I was talking about. 

The couple were nice people, telling each other nice things, but their energy was off in a really bad way. I could feel their energy coursing through my body just from the few words they spoke. And apparently so did my baby; she wailed mercilessly the entire night. To date, that was her worse night ever. 

Our ability to read people’s energies can feel overwhelming at times. As it should. But it’s also one of our greatest strengths.

If someone needs your help you can use that strength to see what’s blocking them, what they’re attracting, or what they need to release.

The more in tuned you are to people’s energy, the more affectively you can respond to their specific needs. And the healing begins.


If someone needs you, your ability to listen deeply to what they’re saying, how they’re saying it, and equally as important, what they’re not saying, is essential.  

Sensitive people are natural listeners. We hear what’s spoken and we hear what’s not spoken. 

Use this strength to guide your intuition, your actions, your words. Listen, deeply, and you will heal with your response. 


As I mentioned in a previous article, I think sensitive people are some of the strongest people out there. We’re sensitive, but we can actually handle a lot more than most. We just get it done, whatever it may be, for whoever needs us. And it’s this strength that rises up when people need the most help.

Whether big tragedies or small personal tragedies, the world needs healers. Healers can take what’s broken, sooth the sore spots, and slowly put things back together. Sometimes it won’t seem like much, but your actions can change the life of the person you’re helping. 

I will never forget the comfort of my friend, holding my hand, and standing with me in silence. 

If you are a healer, you are gifted. The world needs you.

Have you ever felt like you have a gift for healing others?

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13 Responses to The Art of Being a Healer: Sensitivity, Tragedy & Beyond

  1. Karen Clancy says:

    Oh, this couldn't have come to me at a better time. I was just agonizing over the fact that I'm living more like my secondary type three than my dominant type 2. My 10 year old type 2 son's reaction to me lately is mirroring this for me very well. Thanks for posting this.

  2. Lois S. says:

    Beautifully put.

  3. Mystic Comfort says:

    This is SO beautiful and I am SO happy to have found your website!! Gentle but powerful is right up my ally, as a healer, and in the life I am trying to create. Can wait to pour over your website to discover all its treasures!

  4. Susie says:

    I’m so glad to have found this place. The name “gentle living” alone articulated what I have been looking for and not quite accepted in myself for some years now. Despite knowing how I want to live, I felt like maybe it wasn’t reasonable because my need for gentleness, kindness and simplicity seemed so much at odds with what most of the people in my current world are going for in their own lives. I’ve always been extremely sensitive and have had so many doubts about my place in society (not so much in the world or existence but specifically in human society). But I have also realised that the sensitivity leads into compassion, and that my ability to make people feel safe, calm, listened to and valued is tied to the struggles I have.

    Anyway. Thank you for this oasis, I’d been looking for one for a while.

    • Liz says:

      Hey Susie, thanks so much for stopping by. I think you just so beautifully articulated the struggle many of us have experienced at some point in our lives. My hope for everyone struggling with this is for us to not negatively compare ourselves to others but to understand and live within our unique beauty and strengths. The more we do that, the more we attract the right people into our lives, and the more we see the very special and profound ways that we contribute to the world. Thanks so much for your comment and for being here! xo

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