Several weeks ago I wrote about the link between sensitivity and creativity.
I commented that the challenges of sensitivity and creativity seem to come primarily from the audience side of things, and that ironically, I frequently I analyze hands for creative, sensitive types who have “Spotlight” in their hands — it’s astonishing how common it is.
What I’ve noticed is that for some of us who are more introverted or sensitive and have a tendency to want to be a hermit, it doesn’t stop us from wanting to or feeling called to the public eye — even though it can feel terrifying…
For people who’ve made an art form out of avoiding over stimulation, it can feel like a downright contradiction in terms to be “called to the spotlight.”
Here are some of the common concerns I hear from clients and sensitive types called to the spotlight:
- Fearing criticism of what we have to offer.
- Feeling uncomfortable receiving praise.
- Thinking there is some “right way” to be visible — and we don’t know what it is.
- Trying to fit in with a certain image or public persona.
- Doubting the value of what we have to offer.
- A fear of having to perform and not measuring up.
- Being overwhelmed, drained or exhausted being in the public eye.
- Feeling like we won’t be able to handle what comes up.
For sensitive, introverted types, there are some surprising pieces of information that can help you feel more comfortable about being in the spotlight and understanding yourself, like:
- Pitfalls empathic sensitives tend to fall into when engaging with others, especially an audience.
- How an introvert’s brain works, which can make you feel intimidated about speaking in public.
- Why sensitives may not perform well under pressure, and what we can do about it.
- The hand analysis gift marking that points to being “in the spotlight” and how to identify it.
- How to deal with “tomato fears” (the fear of having rotten tomatoes thrown at you) and other creative expression challenges.
On April 10th at 3 p.m. Pacific Time (4 Mountain, 5 Central, 6 Eastern, Midnight GMT), I’m leading a teleclass (a class held over the telephone) called “Sensitives in the Spotlight: How Artists, Writers, Hermits & Introverts Can Navigate a Call to the Public Eye.“ The fee for the class is $39.
When you register, you’ll have an opportunity to submit your questions for the live session, so I’ll be sure to answer them for you.
If you have questions about how the class works or any other logistical details, please post them in the comments section below and I’ll be sure to answer them.
If you have questions FOR the class about being in the spotlight, you’ll be given an opportunity to submit them immediately upon registration. And I can’t wait to see them.
Q: When are you offering this class again?
A: This is a one-time offering. I expect to record this class and make it available in my shop, but I do not expect to offer it again live. That may change, but as of right now, this is it.
Q: How does a teleclass work?
A: A teleclass is a class held over a telephone conference line. You will have to pay normal long distance fees in order to participate. In this class, participants will be muted until the Q&A period at the end of the class. That portion of the class will not be made available in the shop.
Q: Do I have to have had my hand analyzed in order to participate in the class?
A: No. You do not need to have had your hands analyzed to participate in this class, though I will be referring to some gift markings and other hand analysis markings during the session. To be clear: Being called to the spotlight by your hand markings is only PART of the story here. You may FEEL called to the spotlight and benefit that way. You may also benefit in terms of learning about being more comfortable in other public experiences whether you are called to the spotlight or not.