Interview by Amy Schief
Hi and welcome to the first installment of InterGifted’s new IG Member Interview Series, in which we get the chance to learn more about the thoughts and inner workings of fellow members and discover the unique things they’re doing in the world.
So without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to Paula Wilkes, one of our InterGifted Coaching Network coaches.
I was born in Los Angeles, and at the age of 26 my husband and I moved to Eugene, Oregon where I spent 25 years as a public school teacher and 9 years as a university professor of gifted education. We moved back to Los Angeles in 2012 to be near our daughter and her young family.
How did you find your way to InterGifted and how have you gotten involved so far?
I am new to IG. I am a coach for gifted children and adults through Summit Center’s Los Angeles office. In addition, I have a private practice called Coaching The Gifted. I was surfing the net for other gifted coaches, and I came upon IG and contacted Jennifer.
What are you working on now? What do you most enjoy about it?
I am working on developing my spiritual and healing sensitivities. For most of my life, my OE’s (or “amplifications” as I like to refer to them) were a source of distress for me. But as I have learned to become even more exquisitely sensitive and remain totally embodied, rather than leaving my body, I have found those amplifications to be a source of strength and greater awareness.
What would you like to learn next? Why?
I want to learn to see the energetic presence I feel so strongly, and I want to be able to see it in others. I am working on that, and I believe that by becoming even more present and aware, that subtle energy will show itself to me.
What is your favorite or most inspirational place?
This might sound odd, but my most inspirational place is the calm place within myself. I try to remember that it is available to me in any moment, but sometimes it is hard to bypass the ruminating mind to find that place of calm. I would say that is a work in progress.
How has giftedness shown up in your life? Have you always known about it?
Despite having a Ph.D. in education, I wouldn’t say that is how my giftedness has shown up. There is always so much imposter syndrome when you are a professor and others are sitting in judgment of whether you should be granted tenure and/or promotion. It often felt as though I was proving myself to others. I think the giftedness has shown up in the most authentic aspects of myself, as the healer, as the coach of others who are gifted. I am able to make an energetic connection with my clients, and that is something that can’t be measure by an IQ test, by what degree I have earned, or by test scores. It is the gift of being my authentic True Nature.
What are your three favorite books of all time?
The Spiritual Child by Lisa Miller
Falling Into Grace by Adyashanti
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer
What are you reading now?
I am reading books about healing, and I just finished Anything Can be Healed by Martin Brofman.
What would be your perfect day?
Each day is perfect if I can understand the messages and learnings that were intended for that day. Each day is also perfect when I am able to begin the day with the ritual of qigong, qigong shaking, energy healing, meditation, and automatic writing. Those self-nourishing techniques make it worth waking up early to start the day with a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
If someone wanted to get in touch with you or learn even more about you, what’s the best way for them to do that?
My email address is: CoachingTheGifted@outlook.com; to inquire about coaching with me or schedule an intro conversation, they can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much for sharing your time with us Paula.
You can learn more about Paula’s coaching work on her website: www.coachingthegifted.net. To schedule an intro call with her, email us at email@example.com.
Stay tuned for the next interview in our series, and if you’d like to share more of yourself with us or there’s someone you’d like to know more about, send us a message here. The concept for this interview series comes from our very own InterGifted’s Artist Curator, Ashraf Osman who will be bringing you more great interviews with the artists in our community, like this one.