Me and heart-touching stories go together like peanut butter and jelly. Suffice to say, this is one of the most remarkable I’ve come across in some time…
Please allow me to introduce Chooka Parker, a 16 year old Farmhand from rural Australia. In this clip Chooka is showing up to audition for Australia’s Got Talent. As the camera pans the audience before he plays, you can tell that they’re expecting a trainwreck based on the things he’s shared in his opening intro, including that fact that:
- He’s self-taught
- He’s 16
- He’s never performed in front of an audience before
- He’s decided it would be fun to make the piece up as he goes
Little did they know what’s in store for them…
What struck me most about Chooka was the fact that neither FEAR nor his GREMLIN (ego) had any hold on him. He was simply there to play, which was what he loved to do more than anything in the world. And play he did!
I couldn’t help but wonder how he had escaped the vices that so many of us fall victim to. Was it the lack of TV? The encouragement from his parents? The fact that he had no formal training and never learned to compare himself to others? Why do so many of us bury our talents for fear of having them judged? We’d rather shelve them completely than have someone rob us of the joy of honing our gift. In case you didn’t notice, that’s a lose-lose proposition!
I truly believe that we are all prodigies in our own rights. Sadly, we rarely give ourselves permission to OWN our brilliance. We all have an inkling of where our brilliance lies, it just scares us so much that we bury it and use all our emotional energy keeping it away from us. You see, when we’re busy channeling all our energy into fear, there’s no room for it to be invested in developing our gift. It’s a very convenient gremlin ruse and one that I’ve only recently become aware of in my life.
So my question for you today is, “How would your life be different today if you could wave a magic wand and permanently erase all the negative criticism and limiting thoughts that have stifled your ‘inner prodigy’?” Let’s hear some inklings of where you think your ‘inner prodigy’ lies…
Since this is vulnerable stuff, I’ll go first with the hope that you’ll be brave enough to follow (don’t leave me hanging here people, okay)?
The easy thing to say here would be that my ‘inner prodigy’ lies in coaching. And while that would be true, I think it’s even bigger than that. I’ve never said this before (other than to my own coach), but I sense that my real genius lies as a HEALER. Just writing that makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit because it feels so grandiose to put out there. I mean, who besides Jesus and the Prophets claim that they’re a healer (why, hello Ms. Gremlin, nice to see you!) I digress…
Yes, I sense that I’m meant to heal. I’m not sure what type of healing it is yet, only that it produces radical transformation for the individual. I get the feeling that it may be along the emotional/energetic/spiritual plane instead of the physical, but again that remains to be seen. At times I feel like I’ve been anointed for this work (feels like more than a calling, like it’s not my choice), which scares the bejeezus out of me and makes me want to run as fast as I can in the opposite direction. I am actively working with my coach to get unstuck though, so I may have the courage to do the work that is being asked of me, even though most days I feel completely inadequate for the task.
So there you have it folks. What say you on this topic?