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


Healing and the HSP Label

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

The chronic anxiety, self doubt and high level of inner criticism that claim the free will of many HSPs are all states that can be effectively addressed with therapy. Anyone who understands their HSP nature to mean that these traits are part of the given terrain, are misunderstanding the possibilities. While being an HSP may tend to tilt one in the direction of these experiences -these experiences are not indelible parts of the picture….

Deep work – transformative work – is limited when one is struggling with chronic anxiety. The anxiety indicates that the system is not feeling safe. Whether this is anxiety is a result of childhood trauma and/or a result of living with a highly sensitive nervous system, addressing the anxiety is one of the first steps to gaining greater freedom in one’s life. This is the work to be done with a skilled therapist. ...

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Healing & Readings & Resources

Friday, February 20th, 2009

The resources available on topics of healing continue to proliferate. Searching out topics on, or browsing shelves in a bookstore to see what jumps out at you are great ways to find what you need at any time. Here is a short selection of resources that I consider to be a kind of backbone to reading on the topic of healing. ...

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Unconscious Healers & the Invitation to the Client

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

…Part of the healing work is to identify if something is not working in the interaction. Often, the anticipation of expressing some dysfunction to the practitioner evokes fear in the client. A client often fears that sharing what is not working will put the relationship at risk.

The client’s childhood trauma often involved splitting from oneself in order to get love. The predicament of deciding whether one continues to see an unconscious healer, (or a practitioner who is causing some harm), in order to “get help”, or if one will put that relationship at risk by stating one’s needs, is a repetition of the childhood dilemma…. ...

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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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Kicked Out of Life

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

If you are compelled to evolution, there will most likely come a time where you feel kicked out of life. It is not merely that you have to change your diet, or give up drinking, or change careers, or give up exercise, or let go of a mate. You find that the world no longer holds any interest for you.

You will probably spend awhile trying to kick start yourself into wanting to want the old things – certain friends, or activities or life goals. However, at some point, you will realize it is not going to happen. Then you may spend a period of time frightened and afraid that you are going crazy. If you are lucky, during this time you will stumble across an author (if you have not given up reading) or meet someone who validates this disinclination to the culture as part of the evolution into a creative and authentic life. ...

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