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Are You Hiding Your Gifts?

written by Maggie Sale Ostara, PhD

Are your gifts hidden?  For most people at least some of them are. And for some people, some of the most important ones are.

Hidden, unrecognized, unnamed, unacknowledged, unappreciated.

And that’s “normal” in the sense that it’s the norm. Typical, common.  Not okay in my book, but the normal nonetheless.

What I really want for you is for your gifts to awaken, be expressed, and be received—fully.  And not only that, but for your gifts to be the cornerstone of your business and the service you offer.

Imagine that!

Now I know if your gifts have been hidden, unrecognized, unnamed, unacknowledged, and unappreciated, it might be difficult to imagine them being the cornerstone of your business.   I get that.

AND I want you to know that this really is possible!  In fact the very best businesses are those that arise out of your gifts and your passions combined to make a positive contribution to the world.

Why are so many gifts untapped, unappreciated, even unseen? 

Historically many of us hid our gifts in order to not be persecuted.  The memory of the Burning Times lingers in the cells of the bodies that walk the earth today, even though that was long ago, lifetimes ago, for many of us.  That’s one reason.  Phew!

Today, and in the last 50 years, our educational system has prioritized analytical, left-brained skills and knowledge over more creative, right-brained skills and knowledge. Certainly math and science have contributed huge advances in technology and lifestyle for which I am grateful (I say writing from my laptop).  But it’s been way, way, way out of balance, so much so that as budgets are cut in the public schools across America today, the arts are disappearing.

Even where the arts are still included, they are typically segregated to “enrichment” classes and not integrated in the main body of learning.  In fact we are just moving our daughter from an Arts Magnet school because the curriculum is too left-brained!!  Not what we expected (sigh).

I have yet to see a class in the psychic arts in elementary school.  You know the one where you learn to contain your energy, protect your field, and clear out anyone or anything else’s energy that you have picked up unwittingly?  Or where you learn to interpret the voices in your head, or the colors you see about people and plants, or the feelings you have that don’t seem to be your own?  Or you cultivate your ability to move energy with your hands, to sense blockages in someone’s organs, or see their stories in their eyes and body posture.


I didn’t have a class like this, so I didn’t know how to understand the richness and fullness of myself as a child.  What I knew is that I was good at math, and the adults around me thought that was cool.  I was recognized for that, rewarded for that.  The way I knew the truth underneath what adults were saying, or my sensitivity to other people’s feelings, these gifts were not so well received.  I was told I was “too sensitive.”

Fortunately we are living in a time when our gifts are re-emerging, and they are needed.  You are needed.  Fully equipped with all that you are.  Including your brilliant, creative, radiant self.

Because creativity, accessing and expressing your gifts, tapping inside and bringing forth the wisdom, insights, and solutions that are within you—these are all critical as you help forge a New World that makes sense.  (Not the whole new world, just your piece of it, as my friend, Shiloh McCloud, would say.)

  • What do you have to give that you have been holding back?
  • What have you been afraid to bring forth that you know, YOU KNOW, it’s time to bring it out?!
  • What are you now expressing that you could bring out even more?

Tell us what gift you are now claiming and how you’ll express it right now, this week.  I, we, will all celebrate you, and delight in your (ongoing) emerging and awakening!

Maggie Sale Ostara, PhD left her prestigious job as the Director of Women’s a Gender Studies at Columbia University when she realized she’s not built to work for anyone else. Since then, Dr. Ostara has become a Certified Human Design Specialist (Level 4), a Certified Clarity Breathwork Practitioner, a highly sought after teacher-mentor, who teaches high-achieving women how to develop their personal sovereignty, to activate their super powers, and to unleash themselves from society’s prescription of success.

She’s the creator of the Soul Signature Self Awareness Project, the Wheel of Power of the Visionary Entrepreneur, and over 20 educational programs focused building soul-inspired businesses that positively impact the world and taking command of your life through personal sovereignty. She’s hosted 5 multi-speaker online conferences, and spoken on over 15 such conferences reaching audiences of over 200,000 participants.

With two decades of experience supporting 20,000+ students and hundreds of clients through her online programs and conferences, Dr. Ostara teaches how to avoid overwhelm and burnout, how to make reliable decisions, how to create a bigger impact with less effort, and how to transform inner liabilities into powerful assets and allies.