Architecture of Meaning
Cultivating Meaningful Engagement for Highly Gifted Adults and Highly Sensitive People

Dominant Culture

The Recovering Introvert

Friday, February 10th, 2012

I often use the phrase recovering introvert when referring to someone who has spent his or her whole life existing as an extrovert, yet whose make-up is that of an introvert and is only discovering this later in life. ...

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Highly Sensitive in an Age of Chaos

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Between the news about what is turning upside down and the reactions to this upending – from fear to radical doctrines of change – not only is the news more intense, but the messages of what to do to bring about change are at an all time fevered pitch. While the media brings you news of crises from all over the world, severe environmental crises are more frequent than ever before. The water is beginning to boil in the pot that is our life on earth.

What is the role of the sensitive in a time of increasing chaos? When each day there are more and more reasons for people to be frightened, overwhelmed and self absorbed, how does the sensitive respond? How, when you are more vulnerable and attuned to minor shifts and changes than others, do you manage the deluge of dramatic upheavals? ...

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Rejection as Alignment

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Whether it is the meaning and value of a “no”, or the gift of rejection, family, school, work and cultural norms fail to assist us in appreciating the value of the no….

As children, if we grew up in a family or culture in which we were not seen or valued, we may have unknowingly adopted a false self. If we have a strong will, there are few ways for this persona to be penetrated. Often, the rejections are the chiropractic adjustment that force us to examine what we value, or what we have attached ourselves to, that may not be from a place of alignment. The more we slam our head against closed doors, the more likely we are to be willing to ask if that direction is our true path. The no’s and rejections may be the only path to our authentic self. ...

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Linear vs. Exponential Considerations

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

…While I do not begin to suggest that sensitives and visionaries know how climate change is going to play out, I would say that many sensitives and visionaries live with a sense of how large events will play out or come to pass that surpasses all logical explanation. In some ways it is as if they lack the filter that limits the ability of most people to see beyond the present….

If a pebble is dropped in the pond, it is as if the sensitive or visionary feels or sees as far out as the 100th ripple….As crises spread, deep change is mandatory. Someone aware of the ripples can be confused as to why it takes such crisis for most citizens to even begin to consider the need for change. This is part of the pain of carrying a capacity for vision – or for the awareness of the exponential. ...

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Failing the Evolving Man

Monday, December 15th, 2008

In a culture that puts a premium on production, mastery and outward engagement, an introverted, sensitive or evolving man has no model for his journey. There is no commonly shared vocabulary for his experience. In a dieing culture, any man moved to untangle himself from the crumbling infrastructure is at a loss when it comes to understanding the process of disengagement.

Whether it is the high functioning attorney who has a stroke at age 35 and must learn to walk and talk all over again, the financial advisor that must relinquish the notion of making clients money in a falling market, the entrepeneur committed to sustainability who comes to understand there is no saving the planet or the management consultant who must watch his wife die of breast cancer – when these men face the abyss, there is no philosophy, book or cultural movement to support them. ...

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