Release date: May 1, 2023
In episode 33, Chris and Emma talked with David Sweeney, a fellow traveler on the path to authenticity. Identified as gifted late in life, David shared his introduction to positive disintegration, his understanding of giftedness, and insights into how trauma early in life shaped his abilities.
We discussed discovering the theory of positive disintegration and overexcitabilities, dealing with sensitivities in daily life, and then talked about some of the reading rabbit holes David tumbled down like Alice! This includes his reading into giftedness, researching neuroscience, and discovering how trauma relates to his experience of being adopted.
The conversation then turns to mysticism, having mystical experiences, and some of the complications of discussing those experiences in the modern world.
Bio: David Sweeney is a fellow traveler on the path to authenticity. Identified as gifted late in life David shares his introduction to positive disintegration, his understanding of Giftedness and insights on how trauma early in life shaped his abilities.
Links from this episode
For more on Elizabeth Mika, see Episode 17
Personality-Shaping through Positive Disintegration by Kazimierz Dabrowski (2015 reprint)
Living with Intensity by Daniels & Piechowski
Frames of Mind by Howard Gardner
The Mind Illuminated by John Yates
The Primal Wound by Nancy Varrier
Coming Home to Self by Nancy Verrier
Eknath Easwaran’s Blue Mountain Center of Meditation