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Turning Weaknesses into Strengths

turning weaknesses into strengths

We were all born with a gift, a gift so big and powerful that it was the very reason we decided to incarnate this lifetime, our destiny so to speak. The irony is that the package our gift comes in is usually quite unexpected. Our gift usually masquerades as a huge challenge in our life whether it be financial, physical, emotional, or otherwise.

I recently took a class from a healer and psychic who talked about how most people’s greatest weaknesses eventually turn into their greatest strengths. She told us her story of being a sensitive child who was overwhelmed easily and got teased for being different. Now she is a talented psychic who uses her amazing sensitivity to help others!

Maybe you know someone who has turned their greatest weaknesses into their greatest strengths. Perhaps it was someone who lost a great amount of weight and now teaches others how to do the same, or someone who escaped poverty and now teaches others how to live more abundantly, a divorcee turned relationship expert . . . Maybe that person is you or maybe you are in the alchemical process of turning your greatest weakness into your greatest strength.

My greatest weakness has always been my health and my entire life seems like it has been a journey to discover how to be and stay well. It has led me to so many different diets, foods, supplements, and healing modalities and I am so grateful for all I have learned and all the consciousness I have gained. The best thing my health challenges have led me to is my soul, my heart, and my purpose for being here this lifetime. However, there are times though that I wish I was stronger and that I didn’t have to try so hard to take care of myself, but my husband gently reminds me, if I hadn’t experienced sickness I wouldn’t have the experience, knowledge, or compassion to help and understand others on a similar journey. He has a point:)

As someone who has accepted the transformational journey that only great hardship can bring, I can tell you with utmost certainty that turning your greatest weakness into your greatest strength takes 100% complete acceptance of your weakness. That means accepting and even loving (yes, I said loving) your weakness whether it be painful shyness, illness, a disability . . . whatever it might be for you. That is the first step and by far the most important step. Cursing and being resentful towards your weakness is cursing your gift, your destiny, and just prolonging the great transformation! I heard someone once say, “Resistance is what we do to make pain last longer and hurt more.” Very true indeed.

Once you have accepted your destiny you will go on a journey of self healing and discovery guided by your own spirit and instincts. It will not be easy. There will be times where you will feel like you are making progress only to fall flat on your face and feeling worse than when you started! DO NOT GIVE UP, this is a signal that you have been making tremendous progress and that you have finally uncovered the deep seated reasons behind the challenges you have been experiencing. It is like digging for buried treasure and your shovel is hitting the lid of the treasure chest. You might think that the hard chest is actually a rock and give up your dig, when the reality is you are closer than ever before to discovering your treasure, your happiness, your passion, your gold!

On this transformational journey you might want to start teaching others what you have learned so far. Even if you don’t feel ready or like you have it all figured out, just know that you already know a lot and that through teaching you will achieve mastery. Sometimes we teach what we need to learn the most.

I let go of the concept that teachers have to be perfect. I believe it is actually the teachers who make the most mistakes that are the most effective, because they have the most to share about how to avoid the mistakes they made! I am not saying to not be in integrity, but I am saying that even through your imperfections you have a lot to share and offer the world. Don’t wait to long! The world needs you and your precious gifts more than ever!


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About Cecilia
CeciliaCecilia is a gifted and compassionate intuitive healer and meditation teacher who is passionately dedicated to helping sensitive and intuitive people tap into their soul power to live strong, balanced, and purposeful lives. Learn more about Cecilia and schedule an intuitive healing session.


18 Comments Post a comment
  1. Brilliant Cecilia! The best articles are the ones that make the reader feel as though you wrote it for them, and you certainly did. Muah! xxx

    May 3, 2011
  2. Cecilia #

    Hi Bethanne, thank you! I actually had different plans for today but felt strongly that I needed to stop and write this article. I felt like I was writing it for myself as well as others! Thanks for stopping by.

    May 3, 2011
  3. Ashley #

    Thank you for this! I really needed to hear it. It is really easy to lose sight when you are stuck in difficult times. It’s nice to have a reminder that hardships can turn our life in a completely different direction, the right direction, and actually become a blessing.

    May 4, 2011
    • Cecilia #

      Hi Ashley, you’re right, it is so hard to think of a difficult time as a gift while you are smack dab in the middle of it! That’s why I’ve found that acceptance, trust, and listening to your inner guidance can really help. All the best!

      May 4, 2011
  4. novalee truesdell #

    I have always been hesitant to share my knowledge with others since I felt the personal flaws I still struggled with would negate anything wise I had to say. Not true, according to the revelation you just made me aware of , for indeed, I have never known a teacher who was perfect , and still they had much of value to tell. So why did I think that could not be me as well! Good thought pattern you got me on……thank you!

    May 4, 2011
    • Cecilia #

      Hi Novalee,
      We all have the ability to help many people through sharing our tribulations and what we have learned on our journeys. You have more to offer the world than you know and have overcome many hardships. You are one tough cookie, and we could all learn from you:) Thanks for stopping by.

      May 4, 2011
  5. Kelly #

    Hi Cecilia, thank you so much. I personally benefited from your article and I really can’t begin to explain the timing of it and the impact it is having on me at this very momemt. I really needed to hear those beautiful words about staying on tract, not giving up and that it’s alright to share our imperfections. Thank you for sharing and for helping us all to be the best person we can be. Can’t wait for from you again!

    May 4, 2011
    • Cecilia #

      Thank you so much Kelly for your kind words. The journey of self transformation takes much courage and strength, but the rewards are so worth it! Thanks for stopping by and the best of luck to you.

      May 4, 2011
  6. Jilly Turner #

    Hi Cecilia, heartfelt thanks for this article- I too feel it could have been written for me, at a time when it’s most welcome. You are an inspiration! x

    May 4, 2011
    • Cecilia #

      Hi Jilly, you’re welcome and thank you for your kind note.

      May 4, 2011
  7. Shana #


    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’ve been struggling for many years with shyness and communication anxiety. I have a great desire to connect with people around me on a deeper level, but these weaknesses have made this hard. Your words have encouraged me to stop resisting and start transitioning

    May 4, 2011
    • Cecilia #

      Hi Shana,
      Thank you for sharing. I bet many people struggle with this issue, but only you can really understand what they are going through. I’m excited for you!

      May 4, 2011
  8. Kathy Le-Nguyen #

    Hi Cecilia, Thank you for the encouragement on my journey of a deeper understanding of myself. This last week, I went through some emotional detoxing and all these old feelings such as resentment and anger resurfaced after burying them for so long. It was not pleasant. I stuck through it remembering certain events and how I acted. Past emotions came up and my reaction to these events could have been handled much better have I realized the bigger reason why I was upset.

    It’s still a journey for me, I think the first 20 years of my life, I learn a few things and the next 80, I try to unlearn them all. We all learn and teach each other! That’s how we grow =)

    May 5, 2011
  9. Cecilia #

    Hi Kathy,
    Thanks for sharing. You’re right, we are all on the same journey together on this planet and the learning and growing never ends! All the best to you.

    May 5, 2011
  10. Danny #

    Excellent article. thank you so much for your effort to inspire and give us hope in a chaotic world at times. we all need some inspiration that comes from a place of love with an emphasis on letting your heart do the guiding. keep up the good work : )

    May 10, 2011
  11. Cecilia #

    Thanks Danny for your kind note. May you be guided by your heart and find joy and fulfillment in this world. Many Blessings.

    May 11, 2011
  12. coach-daytpn #

    Cecilia, excellent job as usual. That article is so on target. Indeed we do have to accept our flawless, weaknesses and tribulations so that we can move on. I saw your intro video and thought it was very well done. You are an inspiration to many. Thank you for being my friend.
    Coach – Dayton

    May 20, 2011
  13. Cecilia #

    Hi Coach Dayton, thanks for stopping by. You are an inspiration to me too.

    May 23, 2011

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