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A Note from Jacquelyn,  
Co-Creator of the HSP Gatherings

written in 2001

What is an ‘HSP Gathering'? Why not a conference, seminar, or workshop? We think of an HSP gathering as just how we call it: a group of people, all HSPs, who choose to come together for 3-4 days in a beautiful, nature-oriented setting. During that time you can have all your HSP questions answered, meet Elaine, and share your own story, if you like, of what it's like for you to be an HSP. Simple, Relaxing, Informative. Nourishing.

It has been very gratifying to know that the HSP Gatherings seem to be "therapeutic" even though they are not therapy. The therapeutic benefits seem to come from being within a group that not only understands you, but validates you as well. All you have to do is show up and be yourself. How many of us get that in our environments at home, work, or the world at large?

How Did I Become Involved in This?

Dr. Elaine Aron, Jacquelyn Strickland, Marcia Norris

Elaine, Jacquelyn and Marcia together at the Gathering in 2001. Photo by Shane Hathaway.

It's been a long time since I first became acquainted with the concept of highly sensitive people. It was May 1996 while waiting for a bus in Mill Valley, California. I stood reading a flyer posted on a community bulletin board. I became delighted to know my special combination of traits actually had a name! I've gone from being in benign denial of my sensitivity to actually promoting highly sensitive people as a culture that has much to offer our rushed, and sometimes beleaguered society. That has meant that my work as a licensed professional counselor has expanded into a specialization in working with HSPs, and I have become a spokesperson, educator, and (egads), a budding author! I am particularly happy to be co-creator of these gatherings because I now know that becoming an empowered HSP is a process…and that by meeting with others for validation, support, and information we can greatly accelerate that process.

I especially like the quote I've adapted from The Artist's Way:

"HSPs like other HSPs. HSPs help each other.
As HSPs, we must find those who believe in us
and in whom we believe, and band together for
support, encouragement and protection."

Excerpted and adapted from:
The Artist's Way (changing the word artist to HSP)

So welcome to the world of HSP… It is indeed wonderful… and we can take it upon ourselves to make it even better by ‘coming out' as an HSP, and offering our unique gifts to the larger society. As many of you know, one of my visions is imagining a world full of empowered HSPs! Won't you join me?

All the best HSP wishes,
Jacquelyn


 

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