Monday, November 17, 2008
The Reluctant Psychic
Do you have a talent that makes you uncomfortable? I've always wondered if being double jointed (I'm not, thank God) is kind of creepy for the person who can, for instance, bend her hand all the way backwards to touch her arm. Or if you have a voice so piercing it can break glass. (Is that true or just a legend?) Or maybe, depending on the personality of the individual, these strange talents are something to be proud of.
Skills and powers come in all shapes and sizes. In theory I believe it's important to be grateful for all gifts that are a part of my being. In reality, being a psychic, especially here in twenty-first century Washington DC, can be problematic.
I used to think that given a choice, I'd prefer to be good at making money, or at math. I would love to have a beautifully critical mind or be handy, able to fix things when they break.
While proudly maintaining a healthy skepticism, I'm trying to pivot my thoughts about my own gifts. If I wasn't in some sense a psychic, I don't think I'd be as good a healer as I am, and I AM grateful to be a good healer. Slowly but surely I'm cultivating a sense of compassion about all of who I am. Better late than never!