“Hide not your talents, they for use were made,
What’s a sundial in the shade?”
~ Benjamin Franklin
Strengths and Gifts to Call On
Often the things that we are good at, and the talents and gifts for which other people value us and our contribution, are things that are not clear to ourselves!
Today’s challenge will help you to redefine and become clear about what these strengths and gifts are. Once we know this, we can deliberately and consciously choose to use them in our lives. Result? We always move into greater flow and personal satisfaction.
Here’s what you need to do.
Take your crystal, and complete this short guided meditation:
Hold your stone in your cupped hands, close your eyes, and slow your breathing. Bring white light into your body until you feel peaceful and calm. Then bring white light into the crystal too. Allow yourself to connect to the stone. You may feel it tingle, or visualise a colour in your mind’s eye. When you are ready, open your eyes. Keep your stone near you, and hold it when you write.
Now shuffle your cards, while silently asking the question to yourself ‘What are my strengths and gifts that will best support me and my dreams right now?’
When you have shuffled the cards and they feel ‘done’, select three cards using the method that feels right for you.
Place the cards face up in front of you.
Clear your mind by closing your eyes and taking one deep breath in and then out. Open your eyes again. Take a minute and look at the first picture.
What stands out for you today? Is it an image or a colour? Is it a number or a word? What are your first impressions? What thoughts come into your mind? Do this for each card and write your responses down in your journal.
Now let’s go a little deeper. What feelings or words do each card evoke in your mind when you think about the card and its images in relation to the question ‘What are my strengths and gifts that will best support me and my dreams right now?’ Write some stream-of-consciousness thoughts down for each card. Don’t censor or judge them. Trust the process. Draw a second card for clarification if you need to.
Finally, read back over what you have written.
It is useful to revisit and read over this information often. We are almost always painfully aware of our faults, but we need many reminders about our gifts!
Hugs and love, Nicole <3 xx