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HSP Gathering Highlights

2004 West Coast Gathering

Our Rights to Personal Power

Defining Personal Power


About LifeWorks

HSP Gathering Info



A newsletter from Jacquelyn Strickland   |    May 2004 Vol. 1 Issue 2

LifeWorks is committed to harmonious personal and social transformation aimed at creating inclusive environments of individuality, belonging and mutual respect; self discovery and healing; positive regard and goodwill.

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Spring Greetings from Colorado


It’s a gorgeous spring day here …. Everything is blooming Everything is green.   Our somewhat arid geography has been blessed with a lot of moisture in the last few weeks.  I’m grateful for the view from my window.  Mountains in the west with blue skies; white, red and pink blossoming trees; and a  green grass sprinkled with yellow dandelions. I am anxious to connect with the joys and blessings of nature.  Are you? 


This “spring joy” is in spite of my inability as a HSP Priestly Advisor to change the course of the war in Iraq or Afghanistan.   J   See, “Is Everything Okay?” in my first ezine. See Archive. 


I’m writing to let you know details of The 4th Annual West Coast HSP Gathering.  Information is now  up on the web site 


[For full Gathering details click here.]



Our Rights to Personal Power


The road to claiming one’s own personal power can be a daunting one to say the least.  Many of us were raised to be seen and not heard … and unfortunately, many of us have remained invisible to those around us well into our adult years.  This is especially true when in conflict situations.  A familiar pattern with HSPs when in conflict is to either deny the conflict or give in to it’s demands, thus reinforcing our sometimes powerless reactions. 


Somewhere along the way we learn to choose between “Reacting” and “Acting.”  Yet this choice takes knowledge, time, practice and support.  The “Rights” I am sharing with you will hopefully give you the courage needed to begin moving toward your own personal power.  [Click here for “Rights.”]  



 Defining Personal Power

To understand our rights in interpersonal situations, I think it is important to define personal power.  For purposes of this article, I am borrowing these definitions from Harriet Lerner and Steven Bavolek.    [Click here.]



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"It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. . . If only you could love, you would be the happiest person in the world.”

                                                   Alan Cohen


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