This post is for any of us (and yes, I proudly consider myself a card-carrying member of this not-so-exclusive club) who are consciously aware that we are “differently wired.”
Perhaps you, like me, have experienced what some would call a Traumatic Brain Injury (tbi), and others would refer to as an Accelerated Spiritual Emergence or Global Ascension Syndrome. Perhaps you have moved through experience that has left you “walking in two worlds” or “disassociated” or “biochemically imbalanced” or “highly sensitive” or saddled with the letters PTSD — even as you have created a life of uncommon texture and attunement.
The words and labels and descriptors mean very little. If you feel that your central nervous system framework rests upon a different operating system than most — regardless of how you got there — then you are accurate in that regard. What matters is that perhaps you, like me, have journeyed with the knowing that you simultaneously feel larger than — and less than — nearly everyone you know or observe around you. Perhaps you, like me, have always known that you process information and experience in a way that has left you feeling a sense of “alien-nation,” frequently outside the margins of some generally agreed-upon sense of what is “normal.”
You, like me, may have been praised and adored and celebrated for this difference, or perhaps you, like me, have felt your experience to include being constantly misunderstood, judged, labeled, or otherwise set apart, seemingly without the inner tools to create a more sustainable state of belongment.
If so, you may find a certain level of deep peace in your soul (as I did) from the material in these two links:
Here, on Huffington Post, Rabbi Adam Jacobs, Managing Director of Manhattan’s Aish Center, writes on “Kabbalah and the 32 Types of Consciousness” — bringing understanding to how we may “…live balanced lives in a stable yet meaningful spiritual equilibrium.”
And here, courtesy of http://www.ted.com (or, you can link directly from Rabbi Jacobs’s piece), is a stunning, life-altering presentation from brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor, who experienced a brain hemorrhage and massive stroke, consequently embodying the integration of science and spirituality in her own awareness. The video runs just over 18 minutes.
Perhaps you, like me, will find it illuminative and spellbinding from beginning to end. Tears and chills of recognition are, as always, optional.