In my decades of practice as a psychotherapist, this is the insight that has inspired me most:
Our deepest wounds surround our greatest gifts.
Our Core Gifts are the most direct path to love and to the deepest meaning of our lives. They are not the same as talents or skills. In fact, until we understand them, they often feel like shameful weaknesses, or as parts of ourselves too vulnerable to expose. Yet they are where our soul lives. They are like the bone marrow of our psyche, generating a living stream of impulses toward intimacy and authentic self-expression. But gifts aren’t hall-passes to happiness. They get us into trouble again and again. They challenge us and the people we care about. They ask more of us than we want to give. And we can be devastated when we feel them betrayed or rejected. So we distance ourselves from the heat of our gifts. Yet the farther we get from the heat of these gifts, the less passionate and fulfilling our lives become.
In this lecture, I teach participants what core gifts are and how to discover their own. Throguh inspiring stories and dynamic group processes, participants will learn about their own core gifts, and how to lead with them in their relationships, their professional life, and in their personal search for meaning.