What I heard yesterday . . .

What I heard yesterday . . .

“Never apologize for your intensity. It is a gift”

from Team Avatar

“I am living out my share of life and thus abetting the scheme of things. Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it will lead him. There is no progress: there is perpetual movement, displacement, which is circular, spiral, endless . . . ”

Henry Miller, “Reflections on Writing” from THE WISDOM OF THE HEART


“Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, “This is the real me,” and when you have found that attitude, follow it.”

William James

And what are the tools that abet , for those following this imperative to let their personal destiny lead, unfold, and inspire?

For Kazimierz Dabrowski they are:

“Sensual hyper-excitability is an attitude of being sensitive to external stimuli, such as the sense of colour, form and tone. Psychomotor hyper-excitability gives sharpness, speed and an immediacy of reaction and capacity for action. It is a permanent psychomotor readiness. Affectional hyper-excitability is evidence of the development of a property which is the controlling dynamism of the psyche. Imaginational hyper-excitability gives prospective and creative capabilities as well as those of projecting and foreseeing. Finally, mental hyper-excitability results in easier and stronger conjugations [connections] of particular forms of increased sensibility which facilitates their developmental work and is a factor that controls and enriches the mentioned dynamism – creativity, psychomotor readiness, etc”.


Never apologize, I hear, for it is this very intensity that adds muscle to the developmental dance. Power and self-expression.

It is this intensity that deconstructs, even as it helps to build.

It is this intensity that is truly the lifeblood of the very alive.

And, in the end, it is this intensity that allows us to choose.

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”

Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are


About the Author: P. Susan Jackson, Therapeutic Director of The Daimon Institute for the Highly Gifted in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. This international institute offers service to highly and profoundly gifted children and adults, supporting the learning needs and overall development of this exceptional population.

Her clinical work spans 25 years, comprising over 40,000 hours of psychotherapy wholly with this exceptional population.  She is the author of numerous articles and chapters in the gifted education literature.  Her Integral Practice for the Gifted model addresses multiple aspects of human functioning – cognitive, emotional, spiritual, physical and talent based dimensions – and explains how advanced cognition influences all of these elements, the Self, and the expression of talent.

In 2010, she produced a short documentary entitled “Exceptionally Gifted Children”, which she received wide acclaim internationally.  In 2013-2014, the Daimon Institute produced “Rise:  The Extraordinary Story of the Exceptionally Gifted” – a 60 minute film on the lives of 12 exceptionally and profoundly gifted persons from all over the globe.

Sue served as the Chair of the Parents and Curriculum Networks Communications Committee and Counseling and Guidance Network (National Association to Support Gifted Children), and is a member of the advisory board for SENG.  She is recognized as an international expert in the field of the Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted and regularly presents with other leading experts at the international conferences.  She is a (nascent) photographer, poet, and nature lover with a passionate interest in advanced development, optimal health and well-being for the Profoundly Gifted populace.

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