It is natural that we inherit some physical features from both parents. We might have the eye colour of our mother, but the stature of our father, but is there a case for our skills or intelligence – that they have been passed on somewhere through the family line? We learn continuously from the day we are born and can be influenced from various sources as we make life’s journey. When we do something or have some skill set that no one else seems to have within the family the questioning begins.
Understanding your genetic inheritance requires some exploring of the family line. You can ask questions of older relatives, start researching your family lineage and make enquires at family reunions. You can search historical records for the professions of your relatives on marriage or death certificates. Of course this doesn’t account for hobbies and other talents when they were often marginalised to keep large families fed in difficult times. Wills, personal letters and greeting cards tucked away in grandmas cupboards may also be helpful in your search.If you look back carefully over your life you may notice where you might have picked up your particular talent. If no trace can be found, either meditate on that question or ask it in a waking state and see what answers arise over the next few days. Remember that an aunt or uncle six generations back may have the same interests as you, but you don’t have access to that information.
If the answer is still not appearing look at those innate human traits of survival! Most baby animals know what to do when they are first born because their survival instincts are infused with a plan or purpose, though some still need help from their parents. As they grow they need less help because instinct and independences takes over! If your particular talent is imbedded in a trait that is important to basic survival, like building a house, growing or cooking food, medical care, building physical strength for protection and so on, a heightened sense of survival may have honed your talents (though only if this is a career you are passionate about). It is certainly an interesting examination of those basic necessities and what percentage of need is prevalent in your life. Something that often escapes examination in the rush of urban life!You may even decide that you came to this life with a certain purpose that you need to fulfil and your skill-set comes from that desire. Some are still children when they know what they want to do and do continue in that profession. While the majority take much longer to discover a sense of purpose or special talent. We may never know why some things have our attention and others are easily passed by. All we can really do is rejoice in our uniqueness while enjoying our interconnected community spirit.
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