Have you ever been judged for having autism or OCD? What if everything you think is wrong about you is actually your greatest capacity?
Have you ever even judged and blamed yourself?
Access Consciousness facilitator and X-Men teacher Diva Diaz thinks you should look at your disorder as an X-Men capability, instead of a disability.
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I grew up thinking I was a bit mad. I was told that often enough. “Do you know you’re crazy thinking that …” “What do you mean you see what’s going to happen? Don't be silly.” “Goodness, your imagination?!” I was made wrong for a lot of what I was aware of.
With all those projections on me, I was told I was many things. Weird, a little crazy, stupid , and a nutter. Kind friends I had, huh?
In fact, I wasn’t crazy. I was just aware in a different way.
I grew up in a time before "on the spectrum" was something society accepted. I was labeled as sensitive, cognitively slow and hyper.
The signs were all there. I never spoke before until I was 4 years old. I was hyper-sensitive to everyone around me (noise especially)
I used to think that the way my mind worked was back to front compared to other people. And yet I still managed to (somehow) do well in school and university, and in working life without ever really knowing how...
I'm not saying I was dysfunctional, I wasn't. I was (and am) different though.
I heard things said in class in a different way.
I remembered different things than the other students.
I had a terrible memory yet I was able to pull things out of my mind when I pictured the scenario it was said in.
I didn't see the point in a lot of what I saw as pointless 'doing' such as science experiments when it seemed that we were just going through the motions to get to the answer we all knew was coming.
I didn't get why people would have to say the same thing over and over just in different ways and with different words. Why was there always so much talking and so many words?
I didn't react emotionally in an appropriate way. I didn't get sarcasm. And I was just generally quite often confused by people.
Have you ever wondered why it is that some people are more prone to being 'sensitive' to the world around them than others? Welcome to the X-Men of our world! They are the brilliant people who are so honed in energetically to the world around them that on the outside they appear to be 'sensitive', but what if what they really are is aware?
One of the things that the 'sensitive' or 'introverted' or labelled people in our world get asked a lot, is 'why are you so sad?' or 'why are you so sensitive?'. But how often does that question actually help, and how often does it just make the person being asked feel worse about themselves?
“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She sounds a clarion call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness. It’s a soaring testament to the potential of human diversity.
“Autistic children are not disabled, they are actually very abled,” Access Consciousness Founder and best-selling author Gary Douglas has consistently maintained.
To Douglas, autistic people represent a mutation of the species, a mutation we could all learn from and which would contribute to our survival as a species.
One of the outstanding examples of this is 66-year old Temple Grandin, who considers herself a livestock management expert first and autistic person second. She has a PhD and teaches animal science at Colorado State University. Grandin’s mother could have been echoing Douglas when she insisted that her daughter was “not less, just different” to the psychiatrists who diagnosed her and recommended she be institutionalized at age 4.
Now Grandin and other high functioning autistic people, covered in a book excerpt in Time magazine, are using science and more, to demonstrate the correctness of Douglas’s assertions.
No one will ever acknowledge the gift you are until you yourself are willing to acknowledge it. What have you denied know about yourself that could change everything and everyone around you?
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So often the X-Men we get to see around us here and now are the amazing children who are still willing to be WHO THEY BE!
On nous dit si souvent comment nous devrions et ne devrions pas être avec les enfants, ce qui est la bonne façon de faire les choses, la bonne approche, les pires choses que vous ne devriez jamais dire, et les conséquences que cela aura. Et beaucoup de cette information peut être incroyablement utile, tant pour les adultes que les enfants. Mais combien de fois cela laisse t il les adultes avec le sentiment qu’ils n’ont encore pas été à la hauteur ? Ou qu’ils échouent dans leur job de parents, d’enseignants ? Ou que cette nouvelle technique fonctionne parfois, mais ne crée pas un changement durable ?
Diva Diaz is an Access Consciousness® and X-Men facilitator. Being an X-Men herself, she is passionate about this topic and the change this work creates!