My stepdaughter and I attended an Energy 101 workshop last weekend, hosted by a man who has always had the gift of clairvoyance. Spirits from beyond our three-dimensional world are part of his life, and he easily sees and communicates with them.
My stepdaughter has this ability, too. But as so often happens in the world, she shut down that part of herself for years because she didn’t understand it, was afraid of it and didn’t want to let others know. Attending the workshop gave her the opportunity to understand and claim her true nature.
She experienced some big ah-ha moments, including one that happened after the workshop was over. We stopped at a convenience store and, when we left, she told me the woman in line ahead of us was accompanied by two spirits. As we talked about it, she realized that this is the reason she’s always been reluctant to be around people….because she’s subject not just to the people all of us can see, but to the spirits who are tagging along.
This may sound strange, but it’s completely real for the people who have her gift. And it has a definite downside. My stepdaughter’s life has been like one continuous visit to the state fair. She’s constantly in a crowd—and not a crowd of her choosing.
For the first time, she understood the “problem” and could focus on a solution. How can she work with the spirit world as a partner? How can she use her gift in a way that uplifts her life rather than draining her energy? How can she embrace this part of her nature and manage it so it doesn’t control or overwhelm her? And maybe most important, how can she claim this important part of herself without judging or being afraid of the judgment of others?
No matter what particular gift we have, the journey to accepting ourselves and our own nature is very much the same. Afraid to name it, look at it and claim it, we suppress it for years. But when we finally open up to what makes us unique, we cast off a lifetime of burdens and find ways to work with our light rather than trying to hide it. From that point on, our true nature can be a source of adventure, joy, excitement and true service to the world. Thanks to my stepdaughter’s gift, she has the potential to impact this world and the one beyond.