Clues to Your Soul Gifts and Life Purpose

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Soul Gifts As Part Of Your Purpose

What are your soul gifts?  How do they tie into your Purpose?  Part of our purpose is to just be here, living and breathing, enjoying what life brings us and what we bring to life.  Another part was sent here on a mission, a mission to express our purpose fully and bring the world our gifts.

When I was a kid I loved to read the comics, Dear Abby and Ann Landers.  Back in New Jersey there used to be endless flea markets where my family went antiquing.  I would always gravitate toward the booksellers’ tables, where there were rows and rows of boxes of books.  I could spend my whole life there, just reading books.  I would find series that I loved and I would not rest until I had experienced every last entry.  I loved mysteries like Nancy Drew and comic books series like Peanuts.  There were stories of girls who had psychic powers or could perform telekinesis.  There were many series which were about girls my age in school, often written in a Dear Diary format.  I loved Erma Bombeck, e.e. cummings, Thoreau and Dante.  Give me stories about life, about relationships, about how to navigate in the world.  Give me Bill Bryson taking A Walk In The Woods.  Send me to Italy on a grand adventure.

Since then I’ve spent a lot of time in the car and I love talk radio.  I listened to anyone and everyone who did advice call-in radio shows, such as Dr. Laura, even if I disagreed with them.  For a while it was politics but I gave up on that as a lost cause.  If the show was more about advice via intuition, I loved it even more because I could play along and compare my answer to the host’s response.

What has been calling to you your whole life?  What kinds of things have you loved since childhood? What calls you back over and over again?  What are you always excited to do?  What would thrill you if you could spend all day, every day, doing it?

What have other people been telling you that you are great at your whole life?

No matter how busy you may be right now, if you feel a bit empty inside, or like something you can’t quite put your finger on is missing, then it might just be a soul gift which you’re treating like a dream deferred.

If you pay close attention, you may find that you’re getting the opportunity to do those things or be that thing, a little here and a little there.

When I was a kid, every other kid always came to me for advice.  I was such a consumer of information that I always seemed to be in the know about everything from why your left breast being bigger than your right is no cause for alarm to referrals of other kids who were potentially suicidal.  Everyone was always sending me their friends for diagnosis.



What have you “always been”?  A counselor?  A writer?  A teacher?  An artist?  A sports fanatic?  A music lover?  Think on that for a moment.  Even if you are incredibly busy you might be incredibly busy doing the wrong darn thing.  I was incredibly busy being an insurance broker and auditor for about twenty years.

I totally forgot about the basic innate call I had to be a counselor and a listener, a person who holds other people’s secrets safe.  Part of that gets satisfied in intuitive work, but I realized that I was simply not doing it enough to satisfy my soul.  My long time childhood friends still call me up when they’re having a crisis, but mostly these days people come to me for intuitive advice.

Sometimes part of our purpose or one of our soul gifts is just our “way of being” in the world.  Are you funny?  Are you a joy to be around?  Are you wonderfully sarcastic?  Are you amazingly organized (if so, come here, I could use you!)?  Our skills and natural talents are part of the answer to what we are doing here.

Answering Your Intuitive Questions

My best answers usually come from questions that other people ask and I just stumble upon.  Anytime I ask for questions from readers, people always have such a tough time coming up with one!  I’m not sure why this is, but I’ve noticed it everywhere.  It’s like we all freeze and forget what’s been on our minds.

So I’m opening it up to you.  Any time you DO have a question that you think I can help you with, just send it on over through the contact form or hit me on Facebook through a private message.  I’ll post the answers here.  You can ask me about anything.  It doesn’t have to be about intuition per se.  You can ask me to use my intuition to help you solve a problem, too.

Connecting The Intuitive Dots

As you know, sometimes the oddest things happen to me.  Last week I noticed something rather large and black seemingly fly past my window as I was walking along past the pool table.  It was SO big that it cast a shadow across the room.  Black usually isn’t a good sign and I wondered what that could possibly be.

That night I was reading a SpongeBob book to the kids, and one of the stories was about Stan the Manta Ray who cast a huge shadow over Bikini Bottom and terrified the entire town who, not knowing what cast the shadow, thought it was the end of the world.  Sandy Cheeks the squirrel went up in a rocket to check it out and discovered it was simply Stan, who had gone away to school, grown enormously while he was gone, and sat hovering on the surface not sure exactly where his old home was.

Yes, that was enough of a sign for me to know not to fear whatever it was that had visited me.  It wasn’t a foreshadowing.

Sure enough, I spoke to someone a week later who said he saw a black object going through his home and later kept hearing the flapping of what sounded like bird wings outside his window.  Every time he looked outside, there were no birds.  He did feel compelled to buy the most beautiful angel statue to keep him company, though.

Nothing like angels for protection.  If you are ever afraid, be sure to call on yours.

Another Opportunity to Solve a Mystery

Every once in a while I get a song or a message in a dream or just an intuitive hit popping on in out of the blue and I know immediately who it’s for and can pass along the message.  Other times I tuck the strange things I see intuitively into my back pocket and they sit there for months before I can figure out who they belong to.

Usually spirit has to send me on a trail to sniff out the answer.  For instance, they will send me to look something up, and in the course of doing so I “just happen” to stumble upon one of those old messages that makes the connection for me and then I know who the message is for.

A while ago I had a dream that I was taking photos.  When I looked through the camera, the image was completely different from what I saw in front of me.  So if I was looking at a beautiful young woman, I might see an old crone through the camera.  A man might be a woman.

I took it to mean that I was seeing who the subject really was (at soul level) through the camera.

While I was looking up the phone number for the person who got a Blue Moon Phone Call, I had to scroll through several emails to find it.  One of those emails was really old (just like the dream) but she mentioned that she takes photographs. After taking the photo, she’ll notice something really unusual there, like this:


Seriously, how cute is that?  I would never have noticed that in a million years.  The message was that she sometimes sees spirits in her photos as well.  The connection I was supposed to make for her was that she is capable of intuitively capturing people’s souls, not just through photography but simply by nature of who she is.  I was able to give her a leg up on managing her energy, which is what she needs to do at this stage.

What do you think your soul gifts are?  Can you think back to being a kid and identifying something you’ve been missing in your life that you can add back in?  


Image credit: Charles Schultz

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  1. I have always been a teacher. Sometimes I’ve been officially a teacher, as when I was a law professor. Other times, though, I have found myself in a teaching position of one sort or another. Even when I’m not seeking it out, it happens. Just today in martial arts class, the teacher was called away for a few minutes during warm ups. Even though I was not the senior student in class, he asked me to continue the warm ups. I was so surprised! But it was natural for me to move into that position and continue.

    All my adult life, I’ve been drawn to wolves. I know if I were an animal I would be a wolf. Then a few years ago, I found out that the wolf, as a totem animal, is a teacher. So there you go.
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    • Hi Galen, Yes, you are definitely a teacher! There is no doubt about that. I also feel like one of your gifts is your calm and rational approach to difficult situations. You have that gift of bringing consensus in a kind and loving way (and I can imagine in your old career that came in really handy, too!) I love the wolf as a totem. I’ve always been drawn to cats (house cat to big cat) but I hear my totem is actually a bird…

      • I appreciate what you said about my approach to difficult situations. I wasn’t always like that, at least in my personal life. In a professional setting, as you noted, I could remain detached and help people come together. As a negotiator, that was handy indeed! However, in the past, my reaction to a challenging situation in my personal life was to immediately try to alleviate my discomfort by trying to control the situation rather than trying to control myself. I was never very successful with that approach, but it took me a long time to change! So your observation about this gift was a gift to me! Thank you!
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  2. I learned a lot more about myself after discovering what my soul gifts are through various readings. Even if I am to reflect on some parts back to childhood, I would not have guessed them. Yet, there are other pieces of info which are so obvious….that I completely missed them. But yes, I generally agree that recalling our childhood memories can help unearth some answers for us.

    It can also help having someone point out the info to us. Because we don’t think it to be a big deal, we often fail to recognize something about ourselves as a soul gift.
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    • Hi Evelyn, It is so common that we tell people what we find their gifts to be, and they say,”Oh, that?? That’s the way I’ve been my whole life!” It’s like it’s as plain as the nose on their face, but it’s so obvious it just never occurred to them. It’s often harest to see ourselves in ourselves, that’s for sure.

  3. Todd | Channelingmyself says:

    Hi Julie,

    Another great read and very thought provoking. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
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  4. *sniff sniff* I LOVE this week’s blog! 😉 and I love Julie! Growing up, even though a lot of different things interested me, I always ended up losing interest in whatever it was I was doing, never really feeling I was good enough to do whatever, always ended up never feeling “at home”. I am starting to feel a little more “at home”, not with my regular full time job (gotta pay the bills…), but in all what I’ve been experiencing lately….and I feel urged and drawn to taking those pictures. :))))

    Did I already say I think Julie is awesome?!!!! =)

  5. *darn autocorrect* supposed to “be all THAT I’ve been experiencing”

  6. Well said. It’s been whispering to you for a long time, and if you don’t listen it begins to holler like hell. 🙂
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  7. OMG my soul gift is writing?!? That’s the message I keep getting. Will have to seriously explore that.

    Thank you Julie–you are my muse!
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    • Kathleen, We aim to direct course 🙂

      • We shall see, we shall see. I connected totally with your omniscient reading as a kid, though–yes, Nancy Drew, also Little House on the Prairie, and Betsy Tacey & Tibbs–a wonderful trio of teenage girls set in the 1920s. I devoured them countless times.

        I noticed someone’s comment about being a life coach, her passion for helping people, and in many ways that resonated with me (and has for awhile), so now I’m also going to explore than more, putting aside naysayers’ comments that it doesn’t pay the bills and instead see if the way I’ll do it can pay the bills!
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  8. Hey Julie,

    I was about like you but I didn’t have the “gift” ya know. All my friends always came to me for advice and I had no idea why. I didn’t consider myself the smartest kid but I was very wise and street smart. Lots of common sense and we all know not every has that so maybe that’s why.

    I never really thought that I had any gift or was passionate about that until I worked with a life coach years ago and realized that I was passionate about helping people. That was just part of my everyday life so it didn’t stick out for me because I was already doing it. I was thinking that it had to be something else like being great at drawing or dancing or music. Something like that.

    So here I am online helping people figure this crazy place out and loving every minute of it.

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    • Adrienne, Yup, your gift (one of them, anyway) shines like a bright light 🙂 It’s great when we know it’s something we’ve been doing all along. Everyone seems to think it’s got to be some “big deal” but trust me, if you’re the girl who always makes everyone laugh, you will have a lot of friends vying to be near ya. We all need that, and it is rare. So we need not diminish that “everyday” gift, because that’s the one that wouches so many lives. It’s great when people like you have discovered their thing and are enjoying the heck out of it.

  9. Ha ha, well, in addition to the aura thing, I am definitely incredibly organized. Ridiculously, ludicrously, excessively organized. Too bad I don’t live closer, huh?

    Oh, and speaking of Nancy Drew, I remember reading one of those books at maybe the age of ten (I think it was The Secret of the Old Clock), and in the story they repeatedly referred to the African-American housekeeper as “colored.” Not having been trained to be racist in any way, I spent the entire book picturing her as rainbow colored (yeah, I would, right?), without it ever occurring to me how silly that was. This amuses me even now. I suppose most people are, though, at the soul level. 🙂
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    • Jen, If you lived closer I would have you blocking the door every day when the cavalry comes home with all of their school papers, receipts, and so on.

      When I was little we had one “colored” family in the neighborhood, which I always imagined to be pink, purple, yellow, who knows – a comination of swirling colors. Every year on Halloween I would approach their house with trepidation, because I thought maybe they were scary looking like aliens.

  10. This is a great post. I love anything about soul purpose.

    I never knew what my purpose was. I didn’t seem to have a recurring theme in my life – except writing and reading – but it seemed like EVERYONE was a writer so it didn’t feel special or unique. I always thought a soul purpose was something only I could do.

    I recently had a free reading with a woman who trained under Erin Pavlina, and she definitely turned me on to this idea about what my Guides want me to be working on, what I came into this life to do. Let’s just say I wasn’t – and continue to be! – unhappy with what I’ve been told. It’s almost the complete opposite of what I’d like to be spending my life doing and I don’t really feel any intense draw to what she suggested. I just don’t see why I should do it and I don’t think I’m the most qualified (life experience or otherwise). There are other people who can do it!

    So the life purpose stuff is fun when other people talk about it.

    • Todd | Channelingmyself says:

      Just follow your heart. I recently had a reading at one of the metaphysical fairs here in town and I was told to stay in this line of work (I’m getting laid off.) However, I was thinking this can’t be right because there is no way I want to continue in this type of work, I hate it!! So sometimes readings can be fun but not very helpful.
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      • Todd, That is definitely NOT your purpose, although maybe it’s something you used to do to pay the bills. Getting laid off frankly sucks but sometimes we get booted out of one thing in order to have the opportunity to try the next. Crossing fingers for you xo

    • Tatiana, I think a soul purpose might involve doing something in the way only YOU can bring it. There might be millions of writers but no one will deliver the message you were sent to bring, in the way that you bring it. It doesn’t mean that everyone discovers the cure for cancer – maybe one or one hundred people are part of the team that does that. If we were all meant to be uniquely outstanding in a global way, it wouldn’t be so unique anymore. Each of us is special though – we all do what we came here to do and it’s not a “go big or go home” kind of thing.

      Sometimes we just don’t see ourselves the way that other people do, today, but we grow into things later on. Other times, other people are just dead wrong. Don’t take what anyone else says as gospel, ever. You have your own inner authority – use it!

  11. Anne McCarroll says:

    Two things: solving mysteries/decoding/analyzing anything (if Nancy Drew had a satellite team, I’d have been on it!) and singing! I’d sing for my supper. I thought for a time I’d work for the FBI but decided I couldn’t work for big brother – too ‘ick’… But art or history plus some
    Intrigue ? Yep. I was in – both feet. I ended up teaching British Literature which actually answered the call for a while (!) all of those kings and queens and crooked politicians and old ladies in their gardens brewing up god knows what-
    Still, I am a voracious reader of all mysteries.
    And be Pat Benatar by night-and in the car after carpool…at least her backup singer –

    • Anne, That is hilarious. I wish I’d known you when we were kids (would be a trick of the age, but you know what I mean) because we would have had so much fun! I love people with active imaginations. I cannot sing, however, not at all. I was told in 3rd grade that I had perfect pitch and I was like dude, I couldn’t hear a thing, I was so confused I just checked off any box on the multiple choice music test!

  12. Julie, I just love the way you encourage us all to embrace our gifts! Thank you for that!

    I think I told you this already but as I kid I just HAD TO KNOW what was going on under the surface, to the chagrin of my parents – when, once, I ripped my Dad’s boss’s toupee from his head! I’ve learned to be much cooler about this now – definitely don’t reveal things so dramatically anymore!

    Kiss the goat for me, ok you don’t have to do it on the lips though.


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  13. Patti Foy | Lightspirited Being says:

    Hi Julie!

    I haven’t been out reading blogs in so long, and now that I decide to remedy that, look where I end up. 😉 Just wanted to say I can hardly tear myself away, reading this one, then the previous, then the one before that, etc. Thanks! Still as funny and insightful as always.

    AND I’ll come back with (or email) a question next time I have one! What a nice offer!!

    Happy Easter/weekend!
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