Think back to your childhood. Can you remember what you liked to do the most? I will admit I was a bit of a tomboy. I liked to climb trees, go for walks in the bush, hiding and stalking other people. I had a talent for being able to follow someone silently without them knowing I was there. It was a fun way to frighten my brother and sister. I used to look for rocks and collect the most interesting ones, sometimes sharpening them to make them look like arrowheads. I picked berries and sucked the honey-flavoured nectar out of flowers that grew near our house. I liked to make shelters out of sticks and leaves and cook food in a campfire.
I thought this sort of behaviour was something all kids liked, but my friend across the road was more interested in playing games with dolls. That was so boring! I just wanted to be outside. I hated wearing shoes and used to walk around everywhere in the summer with bare feet (much to the annoyance of my mother).
It did not occur to me until years later that these early desires probably related to my past life as an American Indian. It hit me when I went to a museum in New York that was full of Native American cultural artefacts. It was all so familiar to me and I seemed to innately know what everything was used for. I know now from the work I've done that my interest in healing this time around has evolved from being a medicine man in Arizona.
It is helpful to look into your childhood for clues as to who you may have been before. For some people it is obvious. Talents can come to the surface very early, particularly in music and art. I love to watch the behaviour of young children because they can still remember their last incarnation until about the age of seven. Sometimes it is really obvious if they pick up a skill without very much instruction. I knew kids who were obsessed with their chemistry sets, or with pulling things apart and putting them back together, with cooking, dancing, catching and examining insects, learning other languages - all pursuits that can indicate a previous life career. Sometimes dislikes can also be a clue. I had a friend who hated the smell and taste of beer - most unlike all of his peers. He discovered that he used to work as a brewer in a previous unhappy life. I have had visions of working by candlelight as a servant girl, sewing hundreds of tiny beads onto elaborate ball gowns back in 18th century England. I am sure this explains why I hate sewing now.
You may be drawn to a particular career because of talents you already have. You may just be continuing down a path you have already been on before. If you are ignoring these talents because you feel like there is no money to be made in this area, I urge you to think again. Particularly, if this decision has been forced onto you by well-meaning parents.I understand that they have your best interests at heart, but if you are not following your true path, you may feel unfulfilled in this life. You will find that the universe will support your decision to follow your heart by putting the right opportunities in front of you. If you are doing what you were born to do, you can’t help but be successful and what’s more you won’t feel like you’re even working. You see examples of this every day. People having ground-breaking ideas and following through on them with great success - having the courage to follow a dream where nobody else is prepared to go.
Clients come to see me for help on discovering their life purpose. Childhood is where I always begin. If you can’t remember what you were like as a child, ask your parents what they noticed about you. It may not be a talent necessarily, it may be something behavioural such as leadership, empathy, love of animals, nurturing qualities. These are also great clues as to what field of work you would be most suited for.
Remember we are all on a soul journey each lifetime, so discovering your true purpose and fulfilling it will mean that you get to learn something different next time, instead of being stuck in repeated patterns. My current healing methods are very different from what I learned as a Native American, but the sound of a medicine drum still resonates deep within my soul and gives me the inspiration I need when I am feeling stuck. What object or activity does this for you?