Recently I attended a spiritual event where different practitioners talked about their various areas of focus and the kinds of metaphysical work we can do. As a mostly private spiritualist (not a lot of opportunity for community in my area) it was enlightening hearing these people talk. I learned some new things but what I learned wasn’t quite what I expected to learn.
The first woman to talk was a medium who kind of fell into the role later in life, or woke up to it rather. She seemed frank, direct, and down-to-earth, very much my kind of person, and she spoke matter-of-factly about how she could see those around us who have passed. I started thinking about what it was like to be in the room with someone who could see what I have felt alone for years. Perhaps it was a little unnerving but it was also freeing in a way. What a powerful thing to be able to perceive another aspect of reality so regularly and naturally like that. She talked about how our loved ones are very much present with us and how they make themselves known. For me (and I think everyone else in the room) these sensations were very familiar and conscious. Perhaps that was why it was unnerving to have someone be able to see them when I had come to think of them as a private part of myself. But what it really spurned in me was how we each have spiritual gifts to offer and they are not all the same.
The next talk was from someone who was an herb specialist. I’d never worked with herbs except in a dabbling sort of way and he mentioned that while he was good with herbs, he had never seemed to pick up the same knack for crystals. I thought this was rather strange because I had thought that crystals were an intrinsic part of spiritual work and that working with any kind of spiritual tool meant being proficient at them all, in a sense. But when I thought about it…I had never really clicked with herbs despite my obvious love of crystals. He passed around a bottle of Rue and asked us to measure how we reacted when we smelled it. When it got to me, my first reaction was oof, that’s…almost repellent. But after I passed it on, I felt this strange energy surge, almost as if I had had caffeine. It stayed with me for awhile. I think it was the first time I had ever felt the energy of an herb. When I got home a few days later I drank some medicinal herbal tea, and I could feel the life force and energy from it. Perhaps I hadn’t ever thought of herbs as something that possessed their own energetic signature (of course I should have as they are living beings) but once I became aware of them on this level I could experience what they had to offer.
I think the message here for me was a number of things. First, we have different skills and different tools that we prefer. I’ve tried a lot of modalities over the years and while I enjoy them all, I don’t think many of them really mesh with me as well as they mesh with the practitioners in those fields who I’ve followed with interest. Something about that herbalist’s talk made me realize that that’s okay, because there are many tools, many modalities, many fields of spiritual focus. We can be good at a few or really good at one but we won’t be equally good at all of them. Part of the fun of our spiritual journey is to discover where our gifts and talents lie. Another part of the fun is to try a bunch of different things and find what works. It’s a process of learning and trial and error sometimes, but all the more rewarding for the experience. Learning what you don’t connect with can teach you about your skills as much as what you do connect with.