The dreaded fortune teller
My friend and I were in Venezuela visiting my dad...
My uncle was calling me, saying that there was somebody who wanted to speak to me.
I went upstairs nervously. I never really trusted my uncle, especially after he had stolen our tube of toothpaste! And even when we took it back, he stole it again! What a cheek…
Once I got upstairs, I could see my dad crying. A spiritual fortune teller was shouting things - it was all very strange! My dad said that I should have a reading as well. I guess I didn’t think I had a choice, so I just sat down. I was quite scared, unsure of what was to come.
I was told to choose a life topic to discuss. Suddenly, the lady started shouting at me in tongues (the language people use to speak to spirits) and eventually told me to pick a stone from a selection on the table. I picked a big grey one, which apparently was a negative one, which meant the fortune would be negative too. This went on for a while, and though the topics kept changing, I kept picking the big grey stone resulting in bad answers for my future.
How to forget this
By this point, I was feeling super uncomfortable and I just wanted to get out of there. The fortune teller told me I would be in a plane crash in my mid-thirties and a whole host of other scary things. The worst thing about it was, that for the next 20 years, I never forgot her voice and the things she said to me and how she made me feel. I was only 18 at the time and the words stuck with me for that long - always lingering in the back of my mind when I was making decisions about my life and its direction.
Eventually, I was able to consciously work on this and teach myself how to let these words, and the emotions attached to them, go.
It made me realise; the words we hear when we are teens are extremely powerful and can echo in our ears for a lifetime.
What words do your teens hear from you? What impact do you think they have?
What words do you say to yourself daily? What impact do they have on you?
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