Sharing Our Gifts

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I must admit that my favorite photographs are ones taken during dawn or dusk — the times of the day when the light brings out nature’s beauty in unique ways. The breathtaking beauty of a natural landscape is always there, of course, yet it’s subtle character and vibrant colors often become more visible to the human eye when highlighted with a soft, revealing light.

In much the same way, I have always had a natural ease in “seeing” and connecting with the unique presence and gifts carried by most people I encounter in life. One of the most fulfilling aspects of being a counselor is having the privilege to be able to share my perceptions with those I work with, to tell them the inherent beauty they carry, and to support them in living more fully from their authentic nature.

“The greatest privilege of a human life is to become a

midwife to the awakening of the Soul in another person.”

~ Plato

It has been my experience that each of has a place inside of calling, a place that whispers to us and encourages us to honor its intuitive guidance about who we are — and towards life choices that will most fulfill us. I consider the world a powerful stage that is uniquely designed to receive our gifted expression, to reflect to us our own beauty so that we can receive it and know it more fully. In addition to supporting our learning and healing, it seems to me that our wholehearted participation in this world contributes most generously to those around us. Simply put, sharing our gifts is a deeply healing action for everyone involved.

And, as we all know, it takes great courage and support to embrace a more visible life, a steady dedication to get a hold of our deeper truths, and a healing gentleness to hold the hand of the younger parts of ourselves that become afraid, feel so small, and want to hold us back.

Here is an insightful sharing about the process of learning to listen to and write from a place of authentic presence inside:

“What is your truth? Ask your heart, your back, your bones,

and your dreams. Listen to that truth with your whole body.

Understand that this truth will destroy no one and that

you’re too old to be sent to your room.

Move into your truth as though it were an old house.

Walk through each room. See, hear, and feel what it is

to live there. Try to love what you find,

and remember the words that come to you as you explore.

If you embrace it, if you are faithful to it, your truth

will reward you with unimaginable freedom and

intimacy with yourself and others. You won’t land

in a world made to order; some people in your life

may not like what you write. But those who remain

will be allies, people who breathe deeply and listen.

It will feel good to be seen completely and loved as you are.

As Natalie Goldberg said after her friend found and read

a piece of work-in-progress that she had left out from

the day’s writing, “I feel good because I don’t care that she

sees how I really am. I’m glad. I want someone to know me.”

~ John Lee, from Writing from the Body

I invite you to take a few minutes to reflect upon and treasure your own unique gifts……as I share with you this poem about craftsmanship from the heart:

WOODEN BOATS

by Judy Brown

I have a brother who builds wooden boats,

Who knows precisely how a board

Can bend or turn, steamed just exactly

Soft enough so he, with help of friends,

Can shape it to the hull.

The knowledge lies as much

Within his sure hands on the plane

As in his head;

It lies in love of wood and grain,

A rough hand resting on the satin

Of the finished deck.

Is there within us each

Such artistry forgotten

In the cruder tasks

The world requires of us,

The faster modern work

That we have

Turned our life to do?

Could we return to more of craft within our lives,

And feel the way the grain of wood runs true,

By letting our hands linger

On the product of our artistry?

Could we recall what we have known

But have forgotten,

The gifts within ourselves, each other too,

And thus transform a world

As he and friends do,

Shaping steaming oak boards

Upon the hulls of wooden boats?

With heartfelt blessings to you and your gifted expressions in this life, Gavin

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