The blog of Michael Jawer explores how emotion shapes extraordinary sensitivity.

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  • Sentient creatures share a profound connectedness, with one another and with nature. The concept of soul can be understood in context of this innately felt connection with creation. ...
  • Animals that express gratitude, that play, that contemplate nature, that mourn, or that save a fellow creature are all demonstrating aspects of connectedness. This connectedness – underpinned by the ability to feel and emote – is the core of spirituality. It really is a matte ...
  • Strange but true occurrences suggest that what family members (including our pets) feel for one another bonds us in unusual ways. Such experiences could only be chalked up to sheer one-in-a-million chance were it not for their conjunction with deep emotion. ...
  • Some animals have truly distinctive personalities. The passing of one such pet created an enduring mystery while also hinting at the spiritual nature of emotion-laden family ties. ...
  • Examples abound of non-human animals (dogs, pigs, bears, seals, gorillas, dolphins, whales) showing not only empathy but sympathy. In other words, these creatures not only possess an awareness of what someone else is feeling but they seek to alleviate the other’s plight. ...
  • Evolutionary and behavioral science is giving credence to what Darwin observed and intuited 140 years ago. Studies indicate with a fair degree of certainty that animals have intense experiences comparable to human feelings of joy, anger, love, exuberance, delight, compassion, so ...
  • If you’re a pet owner, then you know that these animals have feelings. Other mammals may even be more aware of feelings that human beings are, because they possess a ‘primary’ form of consciousness: they live closer to the bone, so to speak, than we do. ...
  • The people I've been considering in this series - synesthetes, savants, the autistic, the highly sensitive, the gifted, the prodigious, the psychic - quite possibly retain a degree of access to the universal 'foreground' of all life. ...
  • Young children around the world are known to spontaneously volunteer recollections that seem to be about someone else’s life. The degree to which these children show heightened emotion in recounting such apparent memories is a tip-off that something truly significant is going ...
  • Genuine differences in sensory processing – and, consequently, a different sense of self – may relate to who reports anomalous perceptions and who generates psychical anomalies. ...
  • Young children sometimes blurt out statements about what moves them but seems very much beyond what they’ve read or encountered. Here, a closer look at a truly mystifying capacity. ...
  • Penetrating intellect, reservoir of energy, passion and drive, empathetic embrace of others – these qualities distinguish prodigies and other highly gifted children. Most striking of all, though, is their intuitive understanding that all life is connected. ...

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