We all have an innate calling and gifts. Our modern societal framework may not always recognize or celebrate them in ceremonial ways as the native cultures have done for lifetimes.
Native elders witness, observe, and acknowledge the natural essence and adeptness of an individual. They name their children for these special skills and nuances. The names given might be humorous, if that is the character of the child. And, the names might be filled with power and grandeur. No matter, symbolism and meaning exists to empower the spirit and the soul of each being.
In this deep process of seeing, the peoples of a tribe validate and ground not just an individual identity, but the importance of how that person’s spirit, personality, physicality, voice, and so on, may operate, interact, and play a useful role within a larger context of Mother Nature and their society.
How honoring is it to be recognized for the natural strengths we may possess by our loved ones and our community? How much does this selfless act from loved ones and our community give strength to our ego and our spirit, so that aspects within ourselves may be activated, grounded, and then enabled to take flight and soar from that space of awareness into the bigger dimensions of life with confidence and grace?
Today in our globalized setting, the validity of acknowledging each other in deep and profound ways is necessary for our survival. We all need a spark to light our fire or a breeze to stoke the flames.
What is so lovely is how easily this can be done. We each have our own ways to connect, see, and speak to another individual, if we choose. Our heartfelt and authentic acknowledgement and acceptance can be powerful tools in this process. It is possible to transform another person by our being open and able to notice, identify, validate, and support another being’s intrinsic, instinctive, and intuitive abilities. Why don’t we begin this practice today?