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.
I totally agree. I am constantly amazed when I do something that comes naturally to me and others around me tell me how wonderful it was. I am so used to taking my gifts for granted I generally can’t see them myself.
If you want to know what your gifts are, ask your best friends. Sometimes they have a better perspective on you than you do.
When I think I don’t have any particular gifts, I just have to remember the appreciation I get from others. They can appreciate my talents when I cannot find them.