Can a Spirit Guide Have Intellectual Overexcitability?

I have been an educator for more than 40 years, and much of that time my emphasis has been in gifted education. There is a concept in gifted education known as “overexcitabilities.” Without getting into too much detail, that overexcitability can be categorized as: psychomotor, sensual, emotional, imaginational, and intellectual.

The overexcitabilities are inborn intensities that cause a heightened ability to respond to stimuli and an increased sensitivity and awareness. People with intellectual overexcitability seek understanding and truth, and they analyze and synthesize. They have active minds, are intensively curious, keen observers, and tenacious problem-solvers. They are able to concentrate on prolonged intellectual efforts in areas of their passion. They are often interested in concerns about moral and ethical interests.

This morning, during my daily QiGong routine, I found my spirit guide Holly sending me all kinds of ideas for future blog posts. I tried to focus on my body and the QiGong routine, but Holly was insistent. When it was time for meditation and guided writing, I decided to ask Holly about her insistent messages.

My question of Holly: I get the feeling that your intellectual overexcitability has been unleashed. Prior to the creation of this Soul Bridge Coaching blog, your messages have been just once or twice per day, and they were usually less intense. Now it feels like what a medium must experience when they are in public and spirit wants to come through to their loved ones. Some mediums have to wear hats or set up boundaries so they aren’t bombarded by departed loved ones of the people they encounter.

Holly: Indeed, your willingness to be a bridge, a conduit in this process, is invaluable. The truth is, these synchronicities and experiences have always been happening to you, and in the creation of what we are calling a “spiritual memoir,” we are guiding you to a thematic approach. Humans tend to be so linear, writing memoirs like timelines, but the truth is that it is only in the spirals, leaps, and backward-looking that one can make sense of the patterns, themes, roadblocks, and soulful evolution of one’s life. This is a big undertaking we are asking of you, but for anyone willing to join you on this journey, they will begin to see their own synchronicities, roadblocks, patterns, and evolution. This life you have been undertaking is far richer than one might imagine. It is as though one who cannot swim falls into the water and thrashes madly until that one dies or is saved. On the other hand, one who swims can marvel at the teeming wonder living beneath the water’s surface. We are inviting you to swim in the grandeur of life.

Now I have come to understand why Holly has been so insistent about this project. I am creating a spiritual memoir as a way to hold onto the wonder of my life’s experiences, the challenges and the joys, all aspects of the foundation of the person I am today. And, in answer to my question as to whether a spirit guide can have intellectual overexcitability…Holly does! I will gratefully accept her heightened sensitivities and mine own, as well.

Much love and gratitude to a soulful friend who gifted us this special journal for our writing. It was in this journal that the idea for this WordPress blog was birthed. Soul Bridge Coaching and Holly (May 18, 2021)

Mother Earth and Her Children are Calling Us

This is a photo of “Doogie,” a Douglas fir tree we got as a seedling and lovingly watched grow on our deck. When the city of Eugene, Oregon, was commemorating its first Earth Day celebration, we donated Doogie to the cause. We took this photo of Doogie in 2010, and he had become a beautiful towering tree surrounded by his fellow inhabitants of the park.

Several years ago, I was asked by a wonderful psychologist, who works with children who are interested in the protection and healing of our planet, to respond to some questions kids ask about our planet’s environmental issues. I was at a loss for words about what might be most appropriate to say, so I sat down for a soul bridge conversation with Holly.

Question for Holly: What advice do you have for children and youth who are working diligently to solve the ecological crisis and taking urgent action to tackle climate change? How can they stay sustainable for themselves and not burn out?  What can parents do to support these children who are feeling called to be of service of the earth?

“Sweet friends, young and old, but particularly my young friends who are feeling the cries of help from your Mother. You are facing a challenge because it is more than a political issue, it is also a financial issue. There are businesses and individuals around the world who are putting profit before the welfare of your planet. There was a time when people who were “anarchists” would destroy new cars and other symbols of capitalism as a way to get attention for their cause. It is important for you to NOT use destruction as a way to stop destruction. You need to use your energy and passion to educate those who are willing to listen. There will be a tipping point where humans will no longer be willing to financially support organizations and individuals who are robbing you of a sustainable future. Do not forget to join together with other organizations that have long-fought to protect and sustain life on Earth. Examples include The Nature Conservancy, Citizen’s Climate Education, Surfrider Foundation, Trees for the Future, and Climate Reality Project, just to name a few. There is also the political aspect of climate change. Your vote matters. While you may be too young to vote, you are not too young to support and work for candidates who share your passion for protecting your planet. While working with others, whether for a political candidate or an action organization, it is important for you to realize you are part of a dynamic network of people who are equally devoted to stopping human-created climate change.

Dear parents of these young lightworkers, you have an important job to support their passion for protecting the environment and helping maintain Earth’s ability to sustain life. There will be times when your children feel hopeless, and they will want to retreat from the destruction they see on your planet. It is in those times that you remind them they are lightworkers who are here to expand humankind’s awareness of the challenges they face. Participating in whole body exercises such as yoga, qi gong, and tai chi will help them remain connected to Universal Energy that is always available to nourish them. It is also important, as parents, to refrain from talking in doomsday terms about the future of life on Earth. These children are highly sensitive, and you do not want to give them reasons to leave Earth sooner than they should.

I will encourage all of you to learn to tap into the Universal Energy that is here as guidance and wisdom. Some of you are already connecting to this energy, and it fortifies you though the challenges of this most vital struggle. Others of you have yet to connect to this field of love. Much gratitude to you for your deep love for your planet.

While these words were written for these passionate young guardians of Earth and their parents, we are asking you to join in this movement for the future of all people and the future of our planet. No action for the benefit of this planet is too small. We know Holly’s list of organizations is a short one created in a “quick write.” We would appreciate your help in adding other names of organizations in the comment section below.

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Much Love for this planet and for its guardians of all ages. Soul Bridge Coaching and Holly (May 17, 2021)

They Come as Birds

My brother was the first member of my immediate family to die, and the birds showed up the following weekend at the footbridge near Valley River in Eugene. My husband, daughter, and I went to the bridge to toss his favorite flowers, roses, into the Willamette River. As we were dropping the flowers, three honking geese came flying toward us. Two went under the bridge, and the other one flew right over our heads. Little did I know this would be the beginning of my interactions with birds.

Then 22 years later, on the anniversary of his death, a flock of geese flew over our apartment building in Los Angeles reminding us of our ceremony at the footbridge so many years before. Just that morning I had read a passage by Mark Nepo that spoke about “burying and putting to rest” so we can resurrect our lives anew. Holly reacted to these two experiences by saying:

Holly: What a blessing to hear the sound of the geese and to read Nepo’s passage about burying and renewal. Today will be a nice day to take care of yourself and your work. A day to plan, reorganize, and rejuvenate. You are carrying no stress and no pain about your brother’s death. You have more of everything than you will ever need. You are wealthy in so many ways. That abundance is freely shared with others, and it returns to you as an aspect of the circle of life.

The flicker woodpeckers started to arrive in the fall after my brother’s death. First it was just one. I would be thinking about my brother, and the bird would arrive. Prior to this time, we had never seen a flicker in our backyard, but the flicker is not an unusual bird in Eugene, Oregon. After my brother’s death, he seemed to want to get a lot of attention from me. When I had an astrologer over to my house for a reading, she was sitting with her back to the large maple tree in our backyard, and I was facing toward the window. While she was introducing herself and her reading approach to me, the first flicker arrived. I tried not to pay attention to it, but then a second and third one arrived. Within five minutes, there were five flickers dancing around the tree. It became hard for me to ignore, and I had to have her turn toward the window to see the commotion.

My mother was the second family member to die. Shortly after her death, the first ever downy woodpecker appeared on the maple tree. What I loved the most about this bird is that it had a red head. Most of my mother’s adult life, she had dyed her hair red, so this bird was a synchronicity that made me laugh every time I saw it.

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By the time my father died, we had already moved back to Los Angeles. Just before he passed away, an oriole landed on our balcony railing. We live in an apartment, and we had never seen a bird like this in our neighborhood. I knew it was probably a sign that my father, who was in hospice care, was close to the death of his human form. I purchased this statue as a reminder of that day.

On April 30, 2019, I saw a dove on our balcony for the first time. At first it just sat there looking in at us. But then the dove started bouncing back and forth on the railing of our balcony. I realized it was a message, but I couldn’t figure out what it was trying to tell me. I suddenly realized that for the first time ever, I had forgotten the anniversary of my brother’s suicide. I was so moved by seeing this dove that I decided to buy a clay mourning dove to keep on our balcony.

June 8, 2019, the mourning dove was on a patio table on our balcony. He sat there for quite a while without moving. We thought he might be ill. I had a feeling that the bird was once again a messenger. I suddenly remembered that my brother’s daughter was getting married that summer, so I googled registries to find the date, and sure enough, she was getting married that same day! Here is what Holly had to say:

Your curiosity and awareness have been rewarded. You are learning to make meaning from symbolism. There is a limit to the way a dove can communicate, so it will be up to you to translate that meaning.

And he comes close to the window so we can enjoy seeing each other.

For the past two years, the dove has returned regularly, and recently he has been bringing another dove with him. One of my favorite photos is of the two doves sitting near the clay dove.

With much appreciation for the beauty and power of love on both sides of the veil. Soul Bridge Coaching and Holly (May 16, 2021)

Covid Warnings From My Spirit Guide

If someone had told me in January, 2020 that a pandemic was coming that would kill more than 500,000 Americans, I would not have believed that person. But it was my spirit guide, Holly, who was telling me this, across many guided journal posts. The few people I shared this information with were skeptical, to say the least, but I had a history with Holly, so I took her warnings seriously. Here are some excerpts of that guidance:

January 24, 2020: The new virus that is spreading will get more and more press. Despite that, you will know that more people are actually sick and dying than will be admitted.

January 26: There is a great fear, worldwide, about a virus that is very easily transmitted from person to person. This is not the first time in history that a plague has caused great human suffering and death. Humans have packed so many people close together in cities, on transportation vehicles, in schools, in places of worship, that it will be easier for this disease to spread.

On February 28, I posed this question: What is going to happen with this novel coronavirus?

As you are already aware, this virus is highly contagious. Unlike the flu, where you can go to your local urgent care and get a quick test, that is not the case with this new bug. We have already made the analogy to the plague, and our sentiment remains the same. You and Rick are very smart to be stocking up on necessities. We will suggest you do this with greater precision. You see, this will unfold like a rolling snowball, and most people will consider emergency supplies once it is too late. Be prepared for when the kids’ schools will close. Do not be caught off-guard. Too many people will be lulled into the idea that they will never get sick. Do not be lulled into magical thinking. Once this takes off, it will be difficult to stop. You must be prepared to be in your apartment for weeks. The impact of this virus on the American political scene is potentially devastating. We are not trying to alarm you. We are here to guide and support you.

March 4: You are meeting health issues and other issues outside your control with a calm openness. Meeting joys and hardships as they arise in the now is the wisest path. That is not to say that you don’t get prepared for possibilities, but you don’t worry and agonize over what are just suppositions. You plan and feel joy in knowing your calm preparation allows you to be in the now even when the now is difficult.

March 13: The greatest gift you can give yourself is to not be afraid of the virus that is spreading around the world. You are one of the lucky ones who can work from home. You have a comfortable place to live, and you are not alone. There is no need to fear. Now is a good time to breathe in healing energy and breathe out love to anyone who needs that love and compassion.

March 14: There will be great challenges and animosity during this health crisis, but there will also be tremendous moments of love and acting from a greater sense of kinship. While the haters may get media attention, there will be health care workers who will continue to work and provide both front line and support services. It is those people who will deserve your attention and gratitude. Those who fall ill will experience fear, and they deserve love and compassion. Do not be afraid. Life for humans is a flow between challenges and resolutions. The world has been in crisis from climate change to war to totalitarian leaders. Humanity has been unable to come together over these challenges. But here is a challenge that will show what is possible when people come together. And, if you can’t, the consequences will be beyond which most can imagine. It is important that humans believe this to be the threat it is. And yet, we ask that you not be fearful. It is how you maintain your relationship with Truth and Love that measures the life you’ve lived.

On March 17 I asked: Am I trying to live, or am I trying not to die during this self-isolation from the coronavirus?

Holly: This is the true struggle of humanity: are you simply surviving, avoiding pain, discomfort, death, or are you thriving? We would say you are thriving – even in the midst of the shelter in place order. You are working with clients and showing love and compassion for others. It is not a matter of you hiding away, afraid and depressed. You are laughing and lovingly engaging with others. You are finding new ways to maintain your spirit and joy – but don’t mistake that as avoiding death – see that as living fully within the restrictions you are facing. This is your lemonade.

On day 7 of our social distancing in Los Angeles, I was resigned to the idea that it might be 6 to 18 months before I’d be able to hug my friends and family.

March 19: Yesterday you spoke of this one opportunity to be the person you are in this time in history. This is the one time you overlap with each family member and friend as who they are currently manifesting. The beauty of reincarnation is that each opportunity helps you grow soulfully to who manifest today. Do not take one moment, no matter how challenging, for granted. You are in this for the long haul. Think of the joy all of you will experience when it is safe to hug and kiss. You are imagining the sadness Covid 19 brings to individuals and families. No one wants to die a fearful and isolated death. Sending love into the Universe may make its way into the hearts of those suffering.

In response to my question on March 21 about how to continue to feel hopeful under the circumstances of isolation, Holly said:

We know you don’t feel isolated, and that is because you are able do online coaching, and you are skyping with family and friends. You mentioned to Rick that there is less stress on you now as you have more free time to plan and work and rest. This is the old lemons to lemonade. In the end, these emergency measures will have reshaped your work. This is an example of being with the flow.

March 23: The truth is that this “shelter in place” is just a dress rehearsal for the calamity that is about to come. Although your country’s leaders have known about Covid as long as you have, a tragedy is about to unfold due to their unpreparedness, and there will be a feeling of panic throughout the nation. It will be like a ripple as the first affected cities run out of space, supplies, and personnel. Right now, this is being viewed as an over-reaction, and the tendency will be to go back to social contact. But this will be a mistake as any hope of containment will be shattered. We implore you to stay sheltered.

On March 23, 2020, it was reported that 473 people in the U.S. had died from Covid. Yet on that same date, Holly told me that more than 500,000 people in the U.S. would eventually die from Covid. How was it possible that Holly would make a statement like that? I started to question the validity of what I was learning from Holly. Hindsight has proven Holly to be quite accurate in all she was telling me.

And then my clairsentience began to kick in. I was feeling the suffering from around the world, and Holly knew it.

March 25: You are picking up on the tragedy that is about to unfold. Once it gets going, and the seeds are already sown, the physical, emotional, and financial toll will be beyond what your generation has ever experienced. You are already feeling the burning in the pit of your stomach from the angst of this tragedy. It will require a focus on your own wellness to help you cope with the emotional devastation that will be experienced in waves around your country. Bringing your hand to your heart – allowing an alchemy of Earth’s Universal Energy to flow through you will be vital. Focus on the many people and many ways others are giving of themselves in these times. Do not worry about financial gains and losses at this time. Be generous to those who are delivering your food and supplies. There may be a time when few people are unavailable to do this. Do not give in to boredom or a feeling that you are invincible. Staying sheltered and supporting others online and virtually is what you are meant to do. No need to try to convince others of what is to come. They will learn for themselves – some the hard way.

And I continued to feel pain.

March 26: What you are feeling right now is the clairsentience of the suffering of other human bodies. Of course you know there is no suffering at the soul level. However, your compassion and sensitivity have impacted the human aspect of you so that you are acutely aware of what millions of people are and will be experiencing around the world. They do not have to be your blood relatives, because they are your Earthly brothers and sisters. Suffering is not new to humans. We suggest you hold deep compassion for doctors who will be experiencing medical horrors. The long-term emotional damage to these people will be real – beyond what MASH doctors experienced in Vietnam.

And the messages from Holly continued. And I followed all of her advice. We created a family Covid pod with our daughter and her family, and we have been watching our grandkids four days per week for the past year so that our daughter and her husband could work from home. And we have remained Covid-free. And the adults are now all vaccinated.

I am grateful for my deep and loving relationship with Holly. This past year has given me the opportunity to develop an even deeper bond with this ever-present being of Love and support.

Suffering continues as waves and tsunamis around the world, and many of us feel it deeply. We send love to those of you who are ill and/or who have lost a loved one to Covid. We also send love to those of you who are facing financial hardship. Soul Bridge Coaching and Holly (May 15, 2021)

What Wants to Re-Emerge?

On Day 232 of my journaled conversation with my spirit guide, Holly, I posed the following question: What is the original aspect of myself that wants to re-emerge?

Holly: You have always had a connection to Source, and to us, but you shutdown many aspects of yourself to fit in with family and friends. You heard your father speak harshly about people who believed in God, so you developed negative feelings about religion and spirituality. Yet, despite that modeling, there was always an unspoken string that kept you connected to Source. You once even said that you felt you were held together by fraying threads you were afraid were going to break. After the death of your brother, your mother’s dementia, your husband’s open heart surgery, your sister being estranged from your family, and the September 11th tragedy, you had a positive disintegration, and you were invited home to your original self, your default setting. Now you are able to feel the love from within and share it outwardly, rather than trying to grasp it from somewhere outside of yourself and bring it inward. Your original self is recognizing the string of Source that connects you to all that has ever been, and all that has yet to manifest. To be self-loving, as Mark Nepo suggests, is to be all-loving in thoughts and actions. Gratitude and appreciation for what is, for the current moment, is part of the loving heart. Take an opportunity today to see Love in all its manifestations.

I surround myself with meaningful visual metaphors. This piece sits on the counter in my bathroom to remind me of maintaining an open heart, especially during times that challenge my heart and mind. It was designed by Debbie Berrow and made by many loving hands at Bell Pine Art Farm in Creswell, Oregon.

We hope you find many reasons for which to be grateful, compassionate, and kind. Soul Bridge Coaching and Holly (May 14, 2021)

Taking a Leap of Faith

Here I go, taking a leap of faith. A faith in my spirit guide, Holly. We have been in formal communication for more than 20 years, and she is now encouraging me to share my talent in guided communication with others who are interested in spirit guide communication.

Holly shared this message with me on Friday, May 31, 2019. I was having a great deal of angst on that day. It was hard for me to tell if it was my own anxiety or that related to an impending tragedy, which usually brings me great stress. Later that day, a news flash said that 12 people had been killed by a colleague. So there it was, once again, my struggle with clairsentience. I used guided writing to ask Holly and my other guides to help me understand all of this. Here is her response:

“There is a mounting buildup of pressure on your planet. There is a pulling as seen by the political groups around the world. Scapegoats are being used to deal with the rampant fear of those in power as well as those who are powerless. The anxiety you feel is not recognized by others as they may be disassociating from their bodies through self-medicating, over-eating, turning a blind eye, and over-indulging in media. On the other hand, you have come to this planet ready to feel deeply. And that is what you are doing. Now that you are exquisitely sensitive and aware of your existence within a bubble, it is time for you to create an environment of joy and calm awareness that has a knowing without the pain. This has been a multi-step process, and the next step will move you to nirvana. This must not be pushed, and no drugs. This will happen through a greater awareness that you can be an observer and transmitter of Love. The Universal Energy (God to some people) does not suffer when humans experience suffering. That Energetic Source is always available with Light and Love, and so, too, must you. You are allowing the sensitive human aspect of yourself to be a lightning rod for the disharmony and pain of your planet. Now it is time to shift your frequency to the truth of your connection to Universal Energy. You, and all souls on Earth, have a choice to acknowledge and experience your Love and Light. It will take time for your awareness to shift, but the discomfort you are feeling is the butterfly who can no longer be confined to the chrysalis. We invite you to expand your bubble and proceed to the end of this Earthly journey in the truth of your Divine nature.”

Much love, Dear Friends. Soul Bridge Coaching and Holly (May 13, 2021)

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