Thursday, September 20, 2007

Are You Seeing The Greatest Gift You Have to Offer?

I recently facilitated a weekend of women's circles in Oregon. One of the women who attended all the circles came away with the following observation. Though her reflection was based on her observations at a woman's event, I believe many men will also see the truth of her words for you as well.

One thing many women have in common is that we tend to overlook those gifts that come naturally to us, thinking it must be all-too-common when, in fact, each gift is entirely unique to us and we must learn to recognize and honor it. Only then are we able to bring it forward with the value appropriate to the gift itself so that others may recognize and benefit from its true nature ... and ultimately to awaken to their own true nature ... —Susan Gold

Particularly if your greatest gifts are intuitive and supernatural in nature, you may have the most challenging time recognizing your gift and knowing how to utilize it in the world. Add to the challenge a history in which you might have been told as a child that your intuitive, supernatural gifts weren't real or that you couldn't make money with them, and your motivation to foster and share your gifts might have been squelched at a young age.

And yet, your unrecognized, forgotten or suppressed gift may very well be at the essence of your truest work. The flowering of your being occurs when you recognize, honor and use the greatest gifts you have.

Periodically, I do Life Path Readings for people because my gift is an ability to see other people's gifts. For some people, their gift is such a part of their life, they don't realize they have a unique talent. They think their gift is normal for everyone. If no one has pointed out it is a rare gift, how would they know?

The people around you may be one of the best sources for understanding your greatest gifts. Isn't it true that sometimes others see us better than we see ourselves? Consider asking your friends to share their insights with you about your unique talents. Then, as Susan suggests, bring it forward with the value appropriate to the gift itself so that others may recognize and benefit from its true nature.

Burning Through Obstacles

Have you ever heard, felt or seen an inner call to do something and then found yourself saying, "But I don't have the money, time or qualifications?" Have you ever watched that calling linger in the back of your mind, while never really getting to live it?

There is a reason our personal callings sometimes never manifest. The reason is that we spend too much time hung up in what we don't have to do it. Certainly, the challenges are very real and are not mean to be ignored. They need to be addressed if we are truly going to bring our calling into life.

However, we can burn through that state of stuckness with one simple change of perspective. Instead of dwelling on the challenges, imagine going from, "I hear my calling" to "I will." "I hear it and I will do it."

Now address those challenges. Since you have made your commitment with your agreement of "I will do it," the challenges must be addressed differently. You may notice yourself asking, "Hm, I said I would do it, so how do I create the money?" "How do I create the time?" "How do I become qualified?"

Do you see how such a subtle shift makes such a huge difference in burning through the obstacles? Now you are in creative mode. Now you are looking for solutions rather than dwelling on the limits of the challenge.

You will find yourself moving very quickly from the calling to becoming that which you have called yourself to be. And isn't that ultimately what you want? To move through obstacles try following these three steps:

I hear my calling
I will do it
I am that which I called myself to be

By addressing the challenges after "I will," you will accelerate your ability to live your true purpose sooner than later