Accepting that we deserve our gifts

During a lecture in Australia, a young woman comes up, “I want to tell you something,” she says.

“I always believed I had a gift for curing people, but I never had the courage to use it on anyone. One day, my husband’s left leg was giving him great pain; there was no one about to help, and – mortally ashamed – I decided to place my hands on his leg and ask for the pain to go away.

“I acted not believing that I’d be able to help him. Suddenly, I heard him pray: “Lord, allow my wife to be the messenger of Your light, your Power,” he said. My hand began to heat up, and soon the pain had gone.

“Then I asked why he had prayed like that. He replied that he didn’t remember having said anything. Today I am able to cure, because he believed it was possible.”

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  1. Natalie Dee says:

    Too often we don’t believe in ourselves, in our worth, our abilities and our gifts. Whatever stops you from valuing yourself, take the time to re-assess and allow yourself to like yourself and believe in yourself. It’s your right.

    All the best,

    Natalie

  2. Diana says:

    something similar happened to me years ago, I felt the heat up too…

  3. Empié says:

    y si no cuidas y desarrollas tus dones, ¿que haces con tu vida?, cuando ya ya cumples con tus obligaciones, ¿qué haces?. No se, veo gente que no hace nada porque ya estade,¿?, porque otros intentan ahogar su luz por miedo a que les supere, por costumbre, y ¿que hacen una vez cumplida sus obligaciones?.

    No se, me he acostumbrado a hacer lo que quiero pese a todo, si no comienzas nunca avanzaras en nada, que pena de tiempo perdido.

    Bueno, que cada uno haga o no haga lo que quiera, quien no siembra no recoge, hasta pronto.

  4. Anoop Tiwari says:

    I don’t know why but tears just came out of my eyes as I read it. your words have power Paulo. I Pray for your long life. Thanks

  5. margherita says:

    Nel 2007 ho detto a tanti miei amici e persone care: – Arriverà una crisi mondiale terribile. Lo sento con il mio cuore, con la mia mente, con ogni fibra del mio essere.
    Mi hanno risposto così: -Impossibile. Tu sei pessimista.
    Ma io ero certa di quello che stavo dicendo. Non so perchè, ma ero certa perchè mi sembrava già di aver vissuto un’esperienza simile. Forse in un’altra vita. Non so.
    Così ho scritto un romanzo ed ho parlato anche di questa crisi mondiale che ha radici solo nelle scelte sbagliate dell’uomo. Poi l’ho depositato perchè costituisse testimonianza per tutti.
    Ho fatto una proposta, importante per il destino di molti, ad un amico: gli ho chiesto che l’accettasse perchè lui e una moltitudine di persone ne avrebbe tratto un grandissimo giovamento, ma, credendosi invincibile l’ha ignorata, ed ora sta iniziando a pagarne pesantemente le conseguenze.
    Sono solo due esempi di cose che si sono avverate, inspiegabilmente.
    Ora penso e sento altre cose ma sono frustrata, non ho più voglia di dire ciò che sento perchè so che non verrò creduta.
    Perciò sto scrivendo anche quello che sento ora.
    Il futuro mi dirà se Dio mi ha dato un dono oppure no.
    Non sono un economista, nè un esperto a livello mondiale, nè mi credo un profeta, non sono una strega, sono l’essere più comune della terra. Perchè mi succede questo? Tutto ciò mi fa un’enorme paura. Non vorrei sentire ciò che sento e vedere ciò che vedo.
    Il futuro mi dirà se tutto quanto si avvererà, oppure se è solamente immaginazione, pessimismo.
    Buon Natale!
    Buon 2012!
    Anche a te, Paulo!

    1. Olta Canka says:

      Margherita, non ti frustrare. Non ce nessuna ragione di farlo in realta.
      I “doni” che habiamo in realta sono la perche noi li AMIAMO. Si, tu AMI il tuo dono ed e per questo che ce l’hai. Il fatto e che non te lo ricordi… E per questo ti frustri se non ti dano ascolto.
      E questa e la sola cosa che importa. e vedrai che cuando te ne ricordi saprai anche come agire.

      Ti auguro tanta fortuna e buone feste! :)

  6. Tisha says:

    This story covers so much more than ‘just’ healing. We all have gifts and it is learning to accept them that is one of the most difficult lessons of life. Your book, The Alchemist, restored my belief system with its powerful message.

    Thank you so very much for sharing your wonderful words of innate wisdom with so many. We are all so blessed that we have the internet and can meet and share so easily. What a magical time this is.

    My wishes to you and your readers for a wonderful Christmas full of joy, happiness, sharing and love xx

  7. Marie-Christine Cauvy says:

    Guerrir
    guer
    rir

    apres la guerre vient le rire
    :) :)

    Laughing is the best medicine.
    Have a good good Christmas and keep on laughing.
    I love you
    Marie-Christine

  8. Marie-Christine Cauvy says:

    En francais
    Accepter que l’on merite ses dons

    Lors d’une conference en Australie, une jeune femme s’approche. J’ai quelque chose a vous dire dit-elle.

    ‘J’ai toujours cru que j’avais un don pour guerir les gens mais je n’ai jamais eu le courage de l’utiliser sur quelqu’un.Un jour la jambe gauche de mon mari le faisait beaucoup souffrir – et confuse – ‘J’ai decide de poser mes mains sur sa jambe et demande a ce que la douleur s’en aille.

    ‘J’ai agi sans penser que je pouvais l’aider. Tout a coup, je l’ai entendu prier.’Seigneur autorise ma femme a etre le messager de ta Lumiere, ton Pouvoir. Ma main commenca a se rechauffer et peu apres la douleur s’est estompee.

    ‘Ensuite, je lui ai demande pourquoi avait-il prie comme cela.
    Il a repondu qu’il ne se rappelait pas avoir parle., Aujourd’hui je suis capable de guerir parce qu’il a cru que c’etait possible.’

  9. Marie-Christine Grimard says:

    Cher Paulo,
    Merci de ce “Gift” de Noël, qui nous parle de l’acceptation de ses dons et de la nécessité de les mettre au service de l’autre. Je connais plusieurs personnes ayant ce don de guérir, en dehors de mes collègues médecins “classiques”. Un homme m’a parlé un jour de son “Don” et du fait qu’il sentait une forme d’énergie le traverser et passer par ses mains, lorsqu’il se concentrait pour soulager un de ses amis souffrant. Il ne sait pas d’où cela lui vient ni pourquoi il peut le faire, mais il l’utilise quand on lui demande, ne se sentant pas le droit de refuser dans ce cas là. Il l’a vécu d’abord comme une contrainte, puis il l’a accepté et désormais le vit mieux. Pour lui c’est un Don et il n’en fait pas le commerce. J’ai moi-même expérimenté cela, et peut en témoigner même si je ne peux l’expliquer avec les données “scientifiques” qui peuplent mon Monde de médecin occidental. Il est difficile d’accepter les Dons qui sortent ainsi de l’ordinaire , et les mettre au service de l’Autre, c’est aussi se dévoiler et se soumettre à la critique et la désapprobation, de ceux qui ne voient que la partie matérielle de notre vie. Admettre ce que l’on ne comprend pas est aussi difficile quand on a été élevé dans l’esprit Cartésien comme nous le sommes en France. Savoir recevoir le Don de l’Autre, et lui rendre en retour notre reconnaissance avec un grand sourire, n’est pas aussi facile, et nous ne faisons pas forcément par pudeur…
    Merci à vous pour ce champ de reflexion et je vous souhaite de passer un Joyeux Jour de Noêl avec ceux que vous aimez. M christine G

  10. Haiku says:

    refreshing to the soul! Thanks Paulo

  11. Heart says:

    Correction: deserve..

  12. Pilar says:

    Una vez leí que Dios nos da un don a cada uno.
    ¿Cuál será el mío? Si lo supiera, lo aceptaría y lo seguiría hasta el final, aunque nadie creyese en mi,, aunque me lo impidieran.
    Lo cuidaría por ser un regalo divino que, además, me ayudaría para siempre a no dejar de creer en mí.

  13. kealan says:

    I have ‘The Gift’ but I do not use it… there are too many people out there who will heal you for a few silver pieces.

    1. Heimo Kruschinski says:

      This sounds very biblical. Somehow reminds me of Judas. Paulo said that a gift that you do not use becomes a curse. One can at least think about it.

      I wish you a wonderful Christmas, Kealan

    2. kealan says:

      ‘I wanna love you,
      But something’s pulling me away from you
      Jesus is my virtue,
      And Judas is the demon I cling to… I cling to.’ – Lady Gaga – Judas

    3. Heimo Kruschinski says:

      Judas is certainly been many things, but certainly not a demon. He has betrayed the Lord, but what if he had not done it? And the treason of Jesus teaching, which today takes place , is this not far worse? Who is the traitor? I think you’re making it a little bit easy Kealan. I like Lady Gaga not , and i must not listen to her. I do not know what you’re saying.

      A Merry Christmas!

    4. kealan says:

      go talk to a priest – how should I know!

  14. Tarek says:

    Since I learned German, I was fascinated by the fact that the word Gift in German means Poison! So, if one likes to play with the word in its two meanings one can say: A gift can be (become) a gift! And by doing so, A Gift/poison (it its German meaning) can sometimes be a gift (in English). And a gift (in its english meaning) can be or become a Gift (Poison in its German meaning). It all depends on how we deal with the Gift :-)
    I wish you all beautiful (English) gifts. Happy holidays to all of you.

    1. Heimo Kruschinski says:

      An ingenious play on words. You’re certainly right. You’re a doctor Tarek. Probably a matter of dosage? But probably more a question of morality. It is dark in the world, because all the gifts that God has given we use against ourselves, or not at all.

      Merry Christmas, friend!

  15. Arto Hutto says:

    In swedish:

    Att acceptera att vi förtjänar våra gåvor.

    Under en föreläsning i Australien, kommer en ung kvinna fram, “Jag vill säga dig något”, säger hon.

    “Jag har alltid trott att jag har gåvan att kunna bota människor, men jag har aldrig haft modet att använda den på någon. En dag fick min make stor smärta i sitt vänstra ben; det fanns ingen i närheten som kunde hjälpa, och – djupt skamsen – bestämde jag mig för att placera mina händer på hans ben och be om att smärtan skulle försvinna.

    “Jag agerade i tron att jag inte skulle kunna hjälpa honom. Plötsligt hörde jag honom be: “Herre, låt min fru vara budbärare av ditt ljus, din stryka”, sa han. Min hand började att värmas upp, och snart var smärtan borta.

    “Sen frågade jag varför han hade bett så. Han svarade att han inte kom ihåg att han hade sagt någonting. Idag kan jag bota, eftersom han trodde att det var möjligt.”

    I original postad här:http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2011/12/22/accepting-that-we-deserve-our-gifts/
    Paulo Coelho på svenska: http://www.facebook.com/PauloCoelhoSverige
    Översättning: oLaVie (kommentera gärna)

  16. Olta Canka says:

    Just met a friend of mine today and he told me:”Olta you have this thing, when you get what you want you get away from them.”
    It is true, I can get the moon if I wish for it, but I get scared once I have it…
    Can’t free myself from this fear, but of one thing I am sure now, I HAVE NO MORE EXCUSES TO LET THINGS HAPPEN, OR GET WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED NOW. No more excuses!!!

    Thanks for the beautiful post. You brought to my memory moments of my life when I did miracles that I myself can’t believe how happened, and which I’ve stopped doing and it has been a long while…
    NO MORE EXCUSES for me!!! TIME IS NOW.

    LOVE <3 :) :) :)

  17. Ravi Sharma says:

    Dear Paul,

    Sometime ago you had to see a feather to get the divine guidance to write. And when you started writing, there was no stopping.

    We father son duo have written a novel inspired by your novel the Alchemist. It is entitled “The Quest of the Sparrows.”

    You are known for your altruist sense. You have even uploaded your own books on pirate sites for your powerful message to reach your readers, globally.

    Our novel, a fictional account, speaks of the freedom to be connected to the self which is the divine. It speaks of verifying the absolute truth instead of following or dismissing the divine blindly. It is a 600 km journey on foot without money and belongings just to prove that the anxiety to secure the future is grossly overrated. The journey is inspired by the life of a sparrow which doesnt hoard a single grain for the future yet survives each day of its life joyously. It is while overly securing their future, that human beings fail to live up to the glorious potential within them.

    We didn’t know it before, only today. But this is uncannily close to the 500-plus mile walk you undertook on the Road of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. And where you received your own enlightenment.

    Like your first work, our work too is suffering from lack of attention, although it has already sold 1200 copies. But the message we feel is powerful. And we wish that it reaches the maximum people possible. Money or fame is not the primary objective.

    We would like you to read our book and if you like it, endorse it. Only if you like it. And just to prove that we are not seeking money with this approval, we will share a percentage of royalty from sales to any of the nobel causes you are serving. We cannot afford to give you a one time payment but will happily give your charity organizations a share from the royalty: You decide any amount and we will abide.

    I know this message may seem crazy. But most original thought has to be crazy. You don’t reach anywhere, don’t break glass ceilings with an ordinary thought.

    Should you agree, we will gladly send you a copy of the book to the address you specify.

    You have our website address and email id: syravi@yahoo.com

    Hope you will not dismiss this letter without considering its merit.

    Thanks and God Bless.

    Ravie & Kartik

  18. Annie says:

    “Accept your gifts…”
    what a great Christmas gift
    the 3 Magi bearing gifts
    of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
    You brought your sweet splendor
    merging words and worlds,
    old and new
    turning lead to gold
    as the herald angels sing
    glory to the newborn king
    turning gold to song..

    Love and Gratitude
    Annie

  19. Gonzalo says:

    Con fe en Dios, todo se puede.
    Abrazo

  20. THELMA says:

    Out of a fear of weeping later, we fail to accept the joy that is knocking our door. Paulo Coelho.

    Thank you, for this wisdom today, dearest Paulo Coelho! It mirrors our weakness in .. accepting full heartedly the .. unexpected joy, because of a …….. future pain! But without risks we gain nothing and as you say above: we have to accept that we deserve our gifts, but joy and happiness too. Because every story is a … different story..
    LOVE,
    Thelma xxx

  21. Yan says:

    I believe it is especially important for parents and teachers to encourage children that they can do what they believe. At least give them the chance, even if their dreams sound ridiculous sometimes.

    As adults, we may already developed certain degree of self-confidence to withstand failures and unfair criticism or prejudice. But for kids, what parents and teachers said is often considered as “the Truth”. So a wrong sentence could ruin a kid’s gift.

    A mother of two kids has told me once: she always wanted to be a policewoman or a journalist as a kid, but her parents didn’t allow her. Now she hates her office job, and always regrets why she didn’t follow her heart.

  22. K S S Pillai says:

    What is important is to have full faith in the powers that God has bestowed on each of us. ‘Miracles’ will follow effortlessly.

  23. katie says:

    Sometimes,
    I like your titles more than your stories :o).
    this is one of these cases.

    Thank you very much.
    - for your reliability on your blog.
    - for so many thoughts initiating posts.
    - for the way you are providing a a nurturing environment for mind/heart -development that goes beyond any culture.

    awesome to meet you here.
    Namaste & Merry Christmas to you & Christina.
    this story is indeed a beautiful christmas present <3

  24. Dani says:

    Oh! By The Way… Thank you for “Las Valkirias” (As Valkírias). It arrived in such a perfect moment.

    :)

  25. Dani says:

    Hi! Mr. Coelho.

    Have a nice Day… Merry Christmas.

    Hugs from Mexico.

  26. huma arshad says:

    unless you do not acknowledge your gifts given by God you are unable to share them or pass them on to others . Even if you feel guilty all the time in front of God whether you have done that mistake or not but you are feeling guilty ,you will land up in to trouble because you feel feeble and valnuable ,and which ultimately leads to weak decision making.Talk to God seek help to know yourself better by you.

  27. Dear Paulo, thank you for being you, thank you for all your beautiful words that touched my heart and showed me that we must try to help ourself and to help others, we must continue to tell our stories- not by the fire, as in the past – but on Internet and in our daily life! :) I love you, bye bye

  28. Heimo Kruschinski says:

    I really wanted to go to sleep. Then I saw the blog and came to think. What are my gifts? After I had written 10 pages and weeping with emotion, fell to the ground, I remembered my most important gift. I’m too modest. It was hard to accept. I have succeeded. I can also very well spread chaos, and people maddening. I’m no banker, but one does what one can. So I’m still increasing capability. My English is an impertinence, but I can German, better than most. This is also a gift. I am also great in not to pay bills anymore. The bailiff knows me by name. That’s reassuring, I think it’s nice to build a personal relationship with officers. My girlfriend is less enthusiastic about my gifts. But i have one or two other gifts that tear some out of the fire. Anyway, I find the story wonderful and self-confidence is probably an important basis for gifts of all kinds actually what I get for Christmas? That reminds me of something. You get a picture, I have not forgotten it. It is a gift. The snails are already at the door. :-)

    I wish you, your wife and your whole family, all your friends, and all here in this blog a Merry Christmas.
    May God bless you
    Heimo

  29. katie says:

    when one learns reiki, one learns that oneself is not the healer but that one serves as a medium.
    if your ego is involved in doing reiki it just does not work. one needs to step out.
    but I think this is with a lot of things …. that the ego brings in a disharmony in all our actions.

  30. Mille merci et avec un grand sourire.
    avec amour
    Marie-Christine

  31. Marie-Christine says:

    Je crois, je crois.Merci.

  32. marie-christine says:

    believe and have faith they are two very powerful components for the chosen road. Follow your intuition always.

  33. georgiana says:

    If we believe in ourselves we can realise even the impossible, i really believe in this…especially when we are supported by the loved ones…our powers becomes stronger…so keep the faith and open your heart to life…
    love, georgiana

  34. Kathleen says:

    Maybe people believe they have to be exceptional people to be worthy of such gifts. Because they don’t see themselves in such a light they can’t quite come to grips that maybe God afforded them such a special priviledge. As if you have to be perfect, without sin, and almost like a saint.

    Its good to be humble but I think sometimes people are too hard on themselves. How many people out their are not following their true calling from God because they don’t have enough faith, in themselves but also in God.

    Kathleen xxoo

  35. austere says:

    Its a process? And denial a part of the realization that a gift is a gift?

    Other wise how would one understand in one’s own mind, that a gift is precious, rare, to be worked at, chiseled, perfected?

    Yes, you have to come this close to not using it.

  36. Nanci says:

    Thank you for sharing this story. There are no coincidences. I needed to hear it today.

  37. Nancy says:

    This story made my eyes water. The words felt so real and so close.
    Support means a lot when a person wishes to follow their path. But if it is not there we must continue.

  38. Tania says:

    Yes – I accept .Blessings Tania

  39. Emi says:

    Every person has gifts and “powers”…and certainly, it is easier to believe in our powers when someone else – and especially our most loved one- believes in these powers of ours..and then we are ready to show our gifts and soul

  40. ellis says:

    What I think is interesting is that the woman believes she personally is not able to heal- and her husband asks not that she be the healer but rather the conduit.

    I think there probably is more wholeness is that- act not coming from the self but rather the self stepping out of the way for something much bigger. Is she the healer- only in that she steps aside and trusts…. -ellis

  41. Lia says:

    Believe in the “impossible” and make it possible.
    Love,
    Lia

  42. Angeline says:

    Anything can happen if you have faith. As they say, the Lord works in mysterious ways. The husband asked, the Lord answered and the wife became an instrument of the Lord. These are miracles.

    -Angeline

  43. wanbliska says:

    Yes “it’s possible”.

  44. THELMA says:

    Love makes a human being able to do miracles.. Miracles are not the deeds of people but through them ‘works’ the Divine power. They are the medium. Miracles happen everyday without us noticing, being ‘locked’ in our material world of the senses..
    Love,
    Thelma

  45. Heart says:

    Here is an example of a true soul mate, helping the other to fulfill the divine plan for her. Yesterday, I was reflecting on the question by Aart Hilal about mantras, and about Paulo’s answer that he wouldn’t give advice or follow advice. It brought back to me one moment in my life where my spiritual director, who I regard as a God’s messenger, gave me an advice opposite to what God told me in my heart. My priest even went so far as to say; If you do this, you will loose Jesus. I did follow my heart, and know I belong to a pretty dogmatic Church, but a Church which allows for final decisions to be made following one’s individual conscience. I believe I did the right thing, in spite of being disobedient.

    It’s a normal thing though to try to advice each other. Parents do it all the time, because they love their children. There is nothing wrong in trying to hand down experience and try to help a human being in finding the right path. I will follow any advice I believe is God’s will. However, I don’t think I could go for what, our dear Paul from Austria mentioned as, “double intent”. I renounce the devil and all his/her work.

    Today’s quote how the heart never suffer following the dream, is so beautiful. The heart might experience hardship following the dream, but won’t suffer the despair felt by those living in indifferent resignation, haven given up on finding happiness. Yes, I fully agree to this heading; “Accepting that we observe our gifts”.