What is your gift?

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Think back to your childhood. Can you remember what you liked to do the most? 

I liked to climb trees, go for walks in the bush, hide and stalk other people. It was fun to follow someone silently without them knowing I was there. 

I used to look for rocks and collect the most interesting ones, sometimes sharpening them to make them look like arrowheads. 

I sucked the honey-flavoured nectar out of flowers that grew near our house and loved to pick the mulberries off trees during the summer. I had an insatiable curiosity about what different plants and flowers could be used for medicinally.

I thought this sort of behaviour was something all kids liked, but my best friend was more interested in playing with dolls – something I could never relate to because it didn’t involve playing outdoors. 

It did not occur to me until years later that these early interests probably related to my past life as an American Indian medicine woman. It hit me when I went to the Museum of Natural History in New York that was full of Native American cultural artefacts. It was all so familiar to me and I knew innately what everything was used for. It’s no wonder I was drawn to natural healing. 

Travelling is a great way to trigger memories and de ja vu experiences which all offer insight into what path to take this time around.

It is helpful to look into your childhood for clues as to who you may have been before. Talents can come to the surface very early, particularly in music and art. Children can remember their last incarnation up until about the age of seven. For others it takes longer.

The activities we are drawn to such as playing with chemistry sets, pulling things apart and putting them back together, cooking, dancing, catching and examining insects, learning other languages – are all pursuits that can help to reveal a previous life occupation.

You may be drawn to a particular career because of talents you already brought with you. Or sometimes you ignore these talents, believing that they’re not something you can earn a decent living from. This belief often starts with well-meaning parents or the education system, but if you do something you were born to do, you’ll never work a day in your life.

How many people do you know of who’ve had successful mid to late life career changes because they finally decide to follow a passion that’s always been inside them? Using your innate gifts is the key to happiness and fulfillment. When you follow your true path the Universe will support your decision by placing synchronistic opportunities right in front of you so that everything falls seamlessly into place. 

Take time out to play. Reconnect with that beautiful inner child who remembers what you’re here for. Your soul knows, but you need to slow down long enough to discover the real you. And if you’re feeling drawn to a particular destination – don’t ignore the calling. It’s probably a vital piece of the puzzle that completes your life purpose.