I’ll admit it. When people ask me what it is I do, I still kind of stammer for a second. In my head I say, ‘Here we go…How is this person going to react when I explain this?’ And then I say, ‘I’m a writer and a Shaman and an Animal Communicator.’ And then I just wait. I usually get, ‘What’s a Shaman?’ or ‘What do you mean, you talk to animals?’ Once I explain, I often see that polite, yet disbelieving look in the eyes, some uncomfortable shifting, and a change of subject. And that’s absolutely fine. We all choose to believe in something or not to believe in something. And that’s our right. But what I’ve recently realized is that I’m ‘sugar coating’ if you will, what it is that I do, in order to make someone else feel more comfortable.
Like I said, when someone asks me what it is I do, I usually start with ‘Writer.’ And I am a writer. I’ve been freelance writing for clients for over 20 years. But it’s really not the main thing I do anymore. My energy work with humans and animals is. But in today’s society, it’s still more comfortable for people to hear things like, writer, insurance salesman, doctor, accountant, manager or whatever, than it is to hear something weird like Shaman or Animal Communicator. Many people just don’t know what to do with something like that. (Let’s face it, if it were 1692 I’d be burned at the stake…) And maybe it’s not what you do for a living that makes people uncomfortable, but what you believe in, or how you dress, or the music you listen too, or the books you read, or the artwork you display on your walls.
Sometimes we tone down who we are in order to make someone else feel better. Unfortunately, when we do that, we ourselves feel the discomfort. We ourselves are being buried a little bit each time. We ourselves are hidden.
So, today I challenge you to stop hiding those parts of yourself that you think might make someone else a bit uncomfortable. Today I challenge you to…
Fly your freak flag.
And see just how good it makes YOU feel.