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Helen Noble is a writer of psychological/crime thrillers and historical time-slip fiction. A mother of three, she developed a love for creative writing in her own childhood, publishing her first short story (under a pen name) in a magazine at the age of 19. Tears of a Phoenix, her debut novel, was published by Soul Rocks Books in 2012 The 49th Day, her second novel, and a collection of short stories titled Scorpio Moons were both published in 2014. In 2015 The Deeds of the Devil, the first crime/psychological thriller was published. Helen is currently working to complete the crime/thriller series.

Spiritual Intelligence: Creating a Compassionate World

Your Rainforest Mind

photo courtesy of Arunas Naukokas, Unsplash

Being the super sensitive, emotional, deeply aware human that you are, I suspect that you’re feeling a bit discombobulated these days. OK. Extremely distressed and anxious these days. From where I sit in North America, there’s a lot to be discombobulated (read: extremely distressed and anxious) about. A lot. You may be overwhelmed with grief, rage, or despair. You may feel a responsibility to act but not know your best path. You may feel pressure to be brilliant because, after all, you’re so smart.

I want to send you some extra love and inspiration.

To do that, I need to step into more iffy territory. Some of you may balk. But these times require risk, expansion, and iffy territory.

Are you with me?

OK, then.

Here’s the overall plan:  Believe in your deeply introspective journey. It will heal you and inform your outer…

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Giftedness, Achievement, and Guilt

Your Rainforest Mind

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How are giftedness, achievement, and guilt related?

I’m glad you asked.

Here’s how:

People find all sorts of ways to define giftedness: High IQ, exceptional talent, 10,000 hours of practice, task commitment, academic achievement, high test scores, straight A’s in school, Nobel prizes, eminence, etc. Typically, high achievement is the main requirement.

If you don’t fit into the high achiever category, your teachers, relatives, therapists, and pets may not think that you’re gifted. And you may agree with them.

Not so fast, sweetie pie. Can I call you sweetie pie?

In my humble opinion, based on my many fabulous years communing with gifted kids and adults, high achievement may or may not be part of the picture.

And what is high achievement anyway, I ask you. Wealth? Awards? Good grades in school? Celebrity? iPhones? But I digress.

The gifted humans that I know were born…

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The healing art of nature

As a confirmed Grecophile, I was most surprised to find myself appreciating the Spanish culture on the Canary Island of Lanzarote at New Year.

Being in the country, immersed the culture, the art of the Spanish masters, such as Picasso and Miro, came alive for me. I appreciated the intensity of colour in their paintings, the boldness of their shapes, and their humour, humanity.

It was the masterful work of Cesar Manrique I have to acknowledge for that connection. How better to emerge from the very nature of existence in a place than to build within it, to grow from and dwell in its interior, as so artfully demonstrated in his genius, volcano house? His love of curves, as evidenced in all of his art installations, seduced me into the flow of his work, and his passion for nature. I loved to learn of his environmental activism and to read that as an artist he viewed his role as framing the beauty of nature, a view I share in relation to my amateur attempts at photography.

I am savouring the connection and the consequent reaffirmation of this aspect of my self, gently absorbing the new experiences and realisations into the whole.

Art is healing, healing is an art.

10 cases that defined 2017

UK Human Rights Blog

christmas-2960048_960_7202017 has been a dramatic year in global politics and no less in the world of human rights law.

It has been a fascinating time to be editor of the UK Human Rights Blog. As just a taster, decisions have ranged across issues of the best interests of a seriously ill child, the conduct of British soldiers in Iraq and whether a transgender father should be allowed access to his children in an ultra-religious community. But there is much, much more.

So pour yourself a large measure of whatever you fancy, unwrap that mince pie waiting for you in the larder, and let me take you by the hand as we embark on a whirlwind tour of 10 of the biggest human rights cases of the year:

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High Court decision refusing ultra-Orthodox transgender father access to children quashed — Paul Erdunast

I love the definition here of the reasonable person

UK Human Rights Blog

Open_Torah_scroll.jpgThe Court of Appeal reversed the judgment of the High Court that a transgender father from the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community should not have direct contact with her children. The case was remitted to the Family Court for reconsideration.

Facts

The factual background is fully set out in the High Court judgment of Peter Jackson J (as he then was). The parents and their five children are all from the ultra-Orthodox Charedi Jewish community of North Manchester. The mother and children remain there, while the father no longer lives within the community after leaving in June 2015 to live as a transgender woman. Both parents agree that the children should be brought up within the community.

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The Gifted Human’s Guide To Normal

Your Rainforest Mind

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You may think that you’re normal because you’ve always been the way that you are. It feels normal to be you. You may not spend much time comparing yourself to others. At the same time, you may often feel weird, left out, and misunderstood. Different. It’s a paradox. You can feel normal and abnormal at the same time.

Let me clear this up right now. You are not normal.

Sorry.

You’ll never be normal.

You may be OK with this now. You may even celebrate it. But I bet when you were a child, this was hard. I hear it from kids. I just want to be normal. Yeah. You wanted to fit in and be one of the gang. It was painful to be an outcast, to be excluded, to be rejected.

But normal for you?

Not gonna happen.

You’ll need to…

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What Psychotherapists Need to Know About Gifted Clients

Your Rainforest Mind

photo from Anne Allanketner photo from Anne Allanketner

If you are a counselor or other mental health practitioner or if you’re gifted and want to see a psychotherapist, there are some things that you need to know.

The rainforest mind is complicated. Like the jungle, it’s breathtaking in its capacity to create: Thoughts, emotions, questions, sensitivities, worries, beauty, and iPhones. It’s intense and overwhelming.

The rainforest mind, in counseling, needs deep, empathetic, authentic understanding of its fascinating and convoluted intricacies.

Your counselor will need to recognize how you are different. Here are some clues a practitioner can use:

A gifted adult may have any or all of the following:

  • Advanced vocabulary, existential questions and concerns from an early age, multiple in-depth interests
  • A range of deeper than normal emotions and sensitivities (often underground in men), advanced analytical abilities, need for precision in fields of interest, perfectionism, rapid thinking, talking and learning
  • Excessive worry, great empathy for all living things, unusual insight…

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