A Journey of Empathy, Creativity, and Self-Awareness

The infinite wonders of the universe are revealed to us in exact measure as we are capable of receiving them. The keenness of our vision depends not on how much we can see, but on how much we feel.

—Helen Keller

Welcome to the official website of Iphelia, her friends, and everyone who feels their feelings.

Iphelia is the story of a child empath who struggles with being highly sensitive to the feelings of everyone around her. As she grows she develops a passion for feelings and begins to spend most of her free time visualizing and drawing both the feelings she has and those of her friends and family. She soon finds that not everyone in her class is as interested in feelings as she is and this revelation begins a journey which carries her from the depths of despair to the heights of inspiration!

Iphelia was born with the special gift of sensitivity. We are all born with this gift. But as we are exposed to all the wounded grown-ups around us we develop defenses that quiet and dull our emotional sense. We lose touch with our feelings, our connection with ourselves, and our capacity to really connect with each other. We lose our empathy.

The first half of Iphelia is a graphic novel for the inner children of grown men and women. But it’s for kids too. The story is told through 80 pages of visually stunning images which animate the feeling level of experience through color, texture, shape, and motion. The pictures illustrate the language of feelings and teach valuable lessons in friendship, forgiveness, creativity, integrity, and the power of feeling!

The second half of the book is a passionate and educational exploration of the feeling dimension of experience, including exercises and techniques for practical application. Each of the practices support the reader in developing a deeper understanding of feelings and greater self-awareness. The practices build on each other, offering a journey toward a peak of insight and understanding. Some of the topics covered include empathy for self and others, personal integrity, addiction, communication, boundary setting, apologizing, meditation, and living consciously.

From the manuscript:

The visualization of our feelings is a window’s view to the truth, a window’s view to our interdependence. A window’s view to what we are really doing, and to what we are being. A windows view to our abuse, our sacrifice, to the selfish, and the selfless. Our feelings tell us what is really happening. Our feelings can even tell us who we really are and that is everything.

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