Sometimes the hardest stories to share are the ones worth telling. It was 2013 in Homer, Alaska when I met Steve Johnson, the founder of Alaskan Flower Essences. For several years I had seen the training he offered, but lived in Seattle and then Livingston, Montana. So, I couldn't swing the long trip to Homer.
In a strange and bizarre twist of events, I found myself unexpectedly living in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2011, we were forced to move after a series of unfortunate events from our home in Montana.
How many of you reading this know you are highly sensitive? Raise your hands. How many of you have met the highly insensitive person? Let me see the hands.
Yes, I see them. Many, many hands. Raised up high and all jazz fingers a wiggling.
We live in a world where highly sensitive people (also called Sensory Processing Sensitivity) are the minority. Dr. Elain Aron suggests this number is 15 - 20 percent of the population. Since we make up a much smaller part of the whole, it's our job learning how to not only live, but thrive in an insensitive world. It's our job to take care of ourselves. Knowing this changes everything.
(Photo Credit: Gary Swanson Pictured: Liz Karmooch, Jamie Pawlik, and Emanuel Sylvano at The Montauk Group Summer Program.)
Champions don’t become champions in the ring. They are recognized there. In our boxing ring, the entertainment industry, a performer hears the sound, “Action!” instead of a fight bell. This cues an actor to penetrate through the camera. Bringing scripts to life is our job. From Audrey Hepburn’s charming and charismatic performance as Holly Golightly in Breakfast Tiffany’s (1961) to Matthew McConaughey’s dramatic transformed hustler Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club (2013), actors must live, breathe, and believe their characters to capture our hearts.
There is wide spread public interest in the intuitive arts these days. People like Teresa Caputo of TLC’s hit series Long Island Medium and Chip Coffey of A & E’s Psychic Kids, Children of the Paranormal come to mind. Teresa is not only intuitive she is a medium who ‘sees’ and ‘hears’ spirit. Add psychic onto that list and Chip Coffey has the same skill set. A medium is a person that is able to pass messages on to the living from those in the afterlife. Teresa’s waiting list among the living is booked three years out. Both television shows have been on for more than one season and continue to generate ratings.