When you tried to share your gifts or strong emotions with others you may have heard, ‘why do you have to be so strange?’ or ‘stop it, you’re freaking me out’ or ‘why do you have to cry all the time’?

These type of comments taught you to stop revealing your inner world. You wondered if it might be better to try to blend in and be ‘normal’.

But it never felt authentic, just led to even more frustration and hurt.

You began to form thick walls of protection around your tender, empathic heart. For a while, walls seemed to be the right choice: close yourself off to avoid getting hurt or being exposed.

Now something inside is inviting you to open the door a tiny crack…