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How could a weakness be anything but annoying? You overcompensate, ignore, educate, act as if, but no matter what, you feel like an utter failure. Even if your many strengths should counteract any weakness. Even if you are highly successful in other ways.
Let’s start with a list that can inspire a shift in your thinking.
- Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was four, read until he was seven, and failed high school math, causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped.
- Jerry Seinfeld froze, was jeered and booed off stage the first time he tried to do standup comedy.
- Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because, "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
- Colonel Sanders chicken recipe was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant finally accepted it.
- Charles Darwin gave up trying to have a medical career and was often chastised by his father for being lazy and “too dreamy.”
- Teachers told Thomas Edison he was "too stupid to learn anything," was fired from his first two jobs and made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.
- Oprah Winfrey endured a rough and often abusive childhood and was fired from her job as a television reporter because she was "unfit for TV."
- When the Beatles just started, a recording company told them "we don't like your sound, and guitar music is on the way out," two things the rest of the world couldn't have disagreed with more.
- The first book by Stephen King, the iconic thriller Carrie, received 30 rejections, causing him to give up and throw it in the trash. His wife fished it out and encouraged him to resubmit it. The rest is history.
- Michael Jordan, the man lauded as the best basketball player of all time, was cut from his high school basketball team. "I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I’ve been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
Each person above is undoubtedly regarded as one of the greatest in their field. They all faced incredible obstacles, ridicule, rejection and even the animosity of society. These heroic icons, forever imprinted as the best of our species, overcame hurdles, hindrances and maybe even hopelessness.
Thankfully for the world, rather than giving up, they were inspired to work harder and show even more determination.
It could also be said they chose to follow without choice what their soul was patiently directing them to do.
Each experienced the infinite wisdom of the Universe clearing the way for them to present their unique, timely, necessary contribution. Not buy into their so-called weakness.
Get the point?
From inventors to entertainers, business gurus to athletes: History proves that ‘failure’ can be the impetus kicking us in the butt in the direction we are meant to take: Our Soul’s Purpose.
Also, those disappointments, fiascos and disasters can help us discover what we aren’t supposed to be doing… by admitting weaknesses and taking the path our strengths point out.
Rather than defining ourselves as failures, choosing to look at our challenges in a different light can expose the open door we may’ve missed. We just might discover the real direction we’re being led, determine hidden strengths, or, most importantly, what we were put on this planet to do.
However, messages received as children from people we entrusted to know more than we do are powerful. They can lead us away from our True Purpose, get stuck believing we are hopeless failures, and live life futilely, repeatedly, falling into black holes.
Is it any wonder we end up in unfulfilling careers, strangling jobs, belittling positions and thankless professions? We spend time living for the weekend, dreading Mondays, fantasizing about our accumulated vacation time and landing at far too many Happy Hours.
A gold watch or Golden Parachute retirement doesn't make up for those resented decades.
So, why did that child struggling with math end up discovering the Theory of Relativity? Was it because he needed to work harder to prove he wasn’t a failure? Or was his mind already churning with E=Mc2 thoughts that went way outside any box anyone tried to put him in?
Or was his soul’s message stronger than any limitation?
Maybe all of the above.
Here's the message: Think about what those famous people went through getting where they were supposed to be, and keep on keeping on.
Remind yourself that, sometimes failure(s) is (are) just a step(s) toward success, not who you are.
You DO have a purpose here. Let your soul lead you.
If you need assistance finding your True Purposeful Path, let’s chat.
When you start to understand the life-death-life dance, you see that, not only are you the master of your fate, you choose it as well!
As you get in touch with the time you spent between lifetimes, you may recall being in a spiritual realm determining your next existence. Like an architect creating a blueprint for a building, you do the same thing for your next adventure inhabiting a body.
There are many things you choose during that time. Your parents, what sex you will be, your physical condition, geographical environment, interests, talents and, most importantly, the lessons you’re supposed to learn. Not only big Universal Lessons such as forgiveness, love and compassion, but lessons specific to things you've done in prior lives.
There are two levels of consciousness that makes these choices.
- The part of you that’s strictly concerned with physical existence chooses a body from a needy place, a desire to be back in a physical form, worried only with how you are going to survive best this time around.
- Your more evolved, Higher Consciousness, on the other hand, chooses a body based on what you need to learn, clean up and complete from previous existences. It also chooses what you are here to bring to the world: your Higher Purpose.
Here are other things you choose:
1) Because of what you are here to remember, you choose a life that repeats various patterns so you can eventually learn a particular lesson or clean up situations from previous lifetimes. Unfortunately, your less evolved consciousness fights this since its only concern is physical survival and being “right.” It actually loves feeling like the innocent victim.
2) You choose to learn (or remember) some very basic Universal lessons such as letting go of attachments, trust, feeling empowered, forgiveness, etc. In other words, getting fully back to your Power by choosing ways that will demonstrate that to you.
3) You choose a life with the same group of people in it, repeatedly. Every lifetime this group may take on various roles depending on what lessons are needed. You have some people with strong soul ties to learn some big lessons with so may choose them as parents or a spouse. You might also be destined to do something Purposeful together.
4) We are not required to choose only being in a human form. However, since we have so many things to clean up and learn, we usually choose being a person as the most efficient way to do so.
If you are interested in exploring some of the choices you've made in between lifetimes, contact Gayle as your best guide!
Although getting in touch with who you were in previous incarnations can be interesting (Spoiler Alert: Chances are you were NOT Cleopatra!), the therapeutic value is literally life-transforming.
Discovering past lifetimes still unknowingly impacting your consciousness can bring understanding, awareness and peace into your current life.
Remarkably, releasing deeply-held traumatic events from other lives can help heal current life issues, bringing compassion toward yourself and others.
Even more, you can be freed to manifest what you are here to do, your Soul Purpose in being.
Taking time to look at, appreciate, and resolve past lives can release you from their subconscious hold and bring wholeness, connection and spiritual expansion.
Although past life regression therapy is not for everyone, if you feel ready to explore, contact Gayle Barklie to start your inner-discovery process.
Gayle is a certified hypnotherapist and received advanced training in spiritual regression at the Newton Institute of Life Between Lives.
She will facilitate your inner journey with compassion, wisdom and true caring.
Often, when people hear the term Past-Life Regression Therapy, they scratch their heads and say, Huh?
Thinking of how Hollywood mis-portrays it, or the mystery surrounding it can be a bit unnerving. People sometimes say - that sounds woo-woo-weird - and determine it’s reserved for those “New Age types.”
Regression Therapy is a time-tested, effective and gentle technique that allows for retrieval and resolution of deeply held memories. From this or past lives. Whatever you're ready to remember.
Remembering is this life transformational.
Why? Because, by not fully understanding or getting the lessons from your past, it becomes a prison of your present.
Feel ready to delve into who you were so you can find out who you really are? Contact Gayle Barklie and start living your whole life.
Gayle is a certified hypnotherapist and received advanced training in spiritual regression at the Newton Institute of Life Between Lives. She will facilitate your inner journey no matter where it takes you...with compassion, wisdom and true caring.
As a practicing artist, I love teaching others some of the interesting techniques I've worked with. My favorite medium is called "Encaustic Painting" which is an ancient technique utilizing hot wax mixed with pigments.
The wax is hot as you paint with it, and when it cools it gets transparent. You can layer color over color to create some really interesting effects.
Encaustic painting actually began in 700 A.D. as a decorative way to patch boats. It was almost a lost art until it re-emerged in the 1970's by Jasper Johns. Unfortunately, when he began experimenting with it, the materials were quite toxic. However, nowadays it is completely safe and a really fun way to express yourself!
I've made several different "mandalas" utilizing this technique. I frequently use mandalas as a focal point to help me do into a meditative state. I would love to show you how to do that as well!
I was invited to teach an encaustic painting class, so of course I said yes! The three week series starts Saturday February 13 and then February 20th and March 5th from 10-12.
If you are interested in learning this fascinating art form, contact me for more detiais at email@example.com.