Most gifted healers were at first victims of their own multidimensional awareness and highly sensitive natures. They did not ask for, or seek, the abilities that plagued them. It took them a great deal of time and pain to find the way to live with their gifts and come to understand their needs as highly sensitive people. I don’t think there is any other way to thread oneself through the form of work for which one is destined.
Some healers recall being highly sensitive from early childhood. For others, the awakening of their gifts can appear to spring fully blown as the result of dramatic life events such as a near death experience or a life threatening illness. Others find their gifts emerge or deepen with time. For someone who has carried unusual ways of attending from early in life, there can be childhood issues of alienation they need to clear. For someone whose gifts seem to arrive unbidden, the new awarenesses can be disorienting and overwhelming.