Life is a strange school. Whole life we spend in learning, how to live our life and before we could really learn and live, most of us are died. Thanks to the reincarnation theory...death is also linked with the hope of returning again. I’m a very strong believer of rebirth and that’s the reason I have made a list of my wishes/goals and intentions for next birth. Jokes apart, since childhood we are fed with different thoughts, belief system, and religious as well family norms and believes. This is called "samskaras" in my incredible country India. We are taught how to walk, behave, mannerism, how to pray, what religion to follow, what subjects to study, what career to follow. Our elders guide us since childhood. It’s a beautiful protective guidance. But on the other hand, this delicate beauty is destroyed when instead of loving guidance, elders start planning the life of children and the growth as a unique individual is overshadowed.
We are taught almost everything. I know many families who nurture with unconditional love but still I feel lack cause we don’t get training to connect with our inner soul, guidance or inner voice. We may have taught to be generous, gentle and charitable. We may have been taught to perform and follow religious rituals, or to be practical. But how many of us were taught to connect with ourselves? To spend time alone with ourselves? To blossom with our individual thought or philosophy of life? To find what we really want not others expectations from us? To recognize, acknowledge and follow our own inner voice but not believes we are fed with????
May be very few. Otherwise we are trained to run in a blind race. We are not supposed to pause and think or introspect what we are doing. As stopping in-between is out of the race or death. To be a successful means having loads of money, power and fame. The whole effort of learning is done in living outwards.... not turning in or contemplating inwards.
So, we keep on dragging life pursuing happiness outward and never thought to pause and introspect what we I am? What is my individual essence? What I actually want or do in my life? If by chance someone gets in touch with spirituality.... he is considered as philosopher or outcaste from normal life style. So, we are given religious training but not spiritual training. We are taught become like others but not to be, what we really are.
I was a problem child for my parents. I could not relate myself with normal world around me. I was a child with lots of metaphysical questions at too early stage of life. I was not a brilliant student, rather I failed many times and I was tagged as a "duffer”. My mother wanted me to become a doctor and manifest her unfulfilled dream. My father being a bureaucrat wished me to become an I.A.S officer. I could never fulfilled their dreams. But still I am grateful to them for not blaming me. At times, I use to feel I am misfit for this world. Sometimes I felt my ideas are far progressive than the place and people around me. My well wishers were confused what career I will fit into and how I will survive?
Even this was big question for me too.
Now when I look back I found, as I was not like others, most of my friends were elder to me, and I never get bored in the company of my grandparents while listening to their life stories. I was a very good listener. And what was my unique me??? I had inborn quality of counseling. That was the reason I had lots of friends. At times during journey a stranger sitting near me will suddenly feel comfortable enough to talk about her problems and I would listen and guide her. There was something in my aura that attracted others to come to me and discuss their issues with me. They always had this trust that I will not leak their information and keep their secrets. When others trust, its a great responsibility as well as earning. So, even if I was confused regarding my own career I always felt my self worth cause I was surrounded by known and unknown people who would come to me to share their sorrows, grudges, break ups, make ups and of course the improvement they felt after following my advice. I got famous wherever I went...in school, college and university. I didn’t put any effort to get famous, it just happened by word of mouth. Till then I never thought to become a professional in counseling.
When I learnt Reiki in year 1999,that was day when I was crystal clear that Yessss this is my purpose of life. Whatever therapies I practice would have never got successful results without combining my counseling art. Reiki helped me to recognize my unique potential of a good listener and counselor. I listened too my inner voice (though it was not an easy journey). I recognized this and acknowledged this even I was living in place where paid counseling is not considered as a good idea. For this I am expected to be a medical doctor or psychiatrist. With the Grace of God and my conviction I am able to carry this unique career.
I feel we should broaden our outlook and encourage our children to recognize and acknowledge their inner calling. We should remember that nature is taking care of us. Follow your inner calling.
-Prathma Prathma is a Reiki & Karuna Reiki Master. She is practising and teaching Reiki & many other healing Modalities for last 15 years. As she is an expert in Reiki, Magnified Healing, Past Life Regression Therapy, Theta Healing, Angel Therapy, EET and EFT. She has formed a Spiritual Meditation Club in Batala, in which Group Meditation is practiced & taught to every member. Master Prathma has also taken meditation sessions in Leading IT companies in Pune (like KPIT, Mansoft & Sungaurd). She also works as a Student Counselor in Gems International School, Batala. She is also a Tarot and Angel Card Reader. You can reach her at (M)09815489756, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://prathmahealingzone.com/