What would it be like to live fully switched on and deeply engaged in all facets of our lives?
In their innermost core – at their best – the gifted adult is a passionate, deeply curious, sensitive and intense person, with a vast appetite for learning, for profound experience, for deepest understanding, for creating anew, and for contributing and participating wholly in the world . . .
Their extraordinary intellect, oceanic emotions, communicative capacities, social appetites,and reservoir of uncommon talent pulse with the need for right expression, right experience and right contexts, to be able to live authentically, and with verve.
When I am silent I have thunder
Yet, many gifted adults do not have the self-knowledge, opportunities and set of circumstances that enables them to live fully, and to express themselves wholly in the world.
The psychological architecture of this extraordinary populace includes an extraordinary and complex cognitive capacity; heightened experience of reality; distinct and directive SELF, which shows up early in life, in the form of a strong will, a inner self-knowing; not-to-be-ignored leanings towards things – oftentimes towards what is right and just – to interests; all of which are fueled by an untameable curiosity and a vast imaginative inner-scape.
“There was a single blue line of crayon drawn across every wall in the house. What does it mean? I asked. A pirate needs the sight of the sea, he said and then he pulled his eye patch down and turned and sailed away.”
– Brian Andreas, Story People: Selected Stories & Drawings of Brian Andreas
Our high intelligence and perceptivity interact in extraordinary and delight-filled ways, and in ways that may be either misconstrued and/or troublesome . . .
So we feed ourselves through intellectual growth and continuous learning. We thrive on the stimulus of that learning and on the capacity for the endless associative connections and new insights about ourselves and the world that is birthed.
“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
We seek to create works of works of imagination which can ably bridge the unconscious and conscious realms and fortify our hungry spirits within.
We long for relationships and groups where our complex emotions can take root, grow wings, have life.
“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”
We learn that play and fun are an endless source of rejuvenation and joy, and essential to our well-being.
Where we can, we use our senses – touch, and sight, and smell and sound – as conduits and amplifiers of beauty and possibility in life.
We learn that we must befriend our physical SELF, through movement and regular exercise, as the embodied SELF is a healthier SELF.
We embrace our curiosity, our need for beauty and rightness, and our stumbling towards living fully, with humor, a little grit and a modicum of grace.
We join hands, through social media, through various groups, through local communities of all stripes, through volunteerism and following our deepest interests.
At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.
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.