Rediscover Forgotten Talents

What’s your talent?

Did the adult you follow the path set by the childhood you?

Childhood interests do not always blossom into talents. And talents do not always lead to careers. Yet scientists have determined that more often than not our choice of career or hobbies can be traced back to early childhood interests. Unfortunately we may be unable to remember many of the things we enjoyed doing well during those years. Remembering those things is the key to unlocking new talents. Here is a way to uncover your latent talents.

If you are 35 years old or older then take a few moments to think back to what your interests were when you were between the ages of seven and fourteen. (Younger readers may do the same thing but, for reasons you will learn later, your results may be inconclusive.) Think of anything you were doing during those years which may have held a particular fascination for you, or may have enthralled you or may have even been obsessive in nature. Think about activities that attracted you and absorbed your interest for hours on end. It might have involved people, places or things. Nevertheless search your memory for things which you loved and did well during those childhood years.

Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for the next 15-20 minutes, close your eyes and relax into a daydreaming state. No formal self hypnosis is required. Just allow your mind to wander along the lines previously mentioned and then go with your first impressions. No matter what comes to mind just freely go with. After a while you will naturally return to an active state. When you do, take a few moments to write in your notebook ideas and impressions of things which occurred to you.  Put that away, out of sight—out of mind, for a day or so. If you can resist the urge, please do not continue reading this article until then.


British behavioral scientists studied a group of seven year olds to learn their views of their future lives. They wanted to know what the children thought they would be doing as adults—their preferences for and outlooks for their future. They revisited the group every seven years up to the age of 35. By then the majority had reached a stable point in their career development.

The 28-year study confirmed that the things children love and do well stays with them into adulthood. Those early interests may persist as underdeveloped or unexpressed talent—or may even rise to become an avocation or hobby. It is possible for those interests to be ever present in the subconscious mind though unexpressed by the conscious mind. But, typically, early interests do become a significant component of one’s vocation. Furthermore those who strayed from those interests in the years leading up to adulthood eventually returned to incorporate them into their lives even if only as a hobby or past time.

I love performing music and playing musical instruments, and have played professionally for many years. When I was a kid—perhaps seven or eight years old—I had a small wooden stool which served me well as a small desk. One day my preference was to turn the desk upside down and hook rubber bands between the front legs, one pair of side legs and diagonally from front to back. Now instead of discovering the meaning of Pythagoras by his perceiving his theorem hidden in  the pattern made by the three bands—which might have suggested my future career in engineering—I began tirelessly exploring the harmonics of Nichomachus the Pythagorean by plucking the bands. Was this possibly a harbinger of my 33 year obsession with plucking bass strings—earlier diversions into piano, saxophone and guitar not withstanding? These days I play trombone, for which I have yet to find a corresponding childhood interest.

At about the same time I was strumming my rubber “bandjo” I started stringing wire along porch posts and soon discovered that connecting the wire to a screw terminal on the back of the radio made the sound louder. That was a quantum leap from my first musical instrument to my first electronics project in the same year.

Small incidents such as these can be part of a larger picture of innate talent which self-hypnosis can uncover.

Perhaps when you did the little exercise at the beginning of this article nothing presented itself for your consideration.  Self hypnosis can help you to rediscover lost and forgotten talents from your childhood.

How to Rediscover Lost and Forgotten Talents with Self Hypnosis

Before your self-hypnosis session tell yourself that you are going to remember things and activities that you loved and did well from age 7 to 14 years, things that you were good at, and for which you have only pleasant emotions.

Go into self-hypnosis and then proceed to your safe and secret place. If you wish, make a place there just for this work. Now starting at the age of 14 begin thinking of positive things that you loved and did well. Let those images come to you. At first images of things which you already know about may dominate the session. That’s okay because we want to get a free flow of information going and this primes the pump, so to speak. Thank yourself for providing that information and gently direct your subconscious to dig deeper for forgotten things. Allow yourself to go with the flow in whatever way this information is presented to you. If you go off track, then gently nudge yourself in the direction you want to go. If you have exhausted things from when you were 14, then move to 13, then 12, etc., until something new and previously unremembered presents itself. If you should happen to get all the way to 7 and still haven’t turned up anything interesting, then thank yourself and explain that you will try again another time. Instruct your subconscious mind to continue searching when the session is over and to present things to you as they turn up. Be prepared to get notions and ideas at unexpected times and in unusual ways. It is important to be persistent as your subconscious mind can be lazy and uncooperative. Nevertheless, keep at it and you will be rewarded with personal insights.

You can also do this in a number of shorter sessions, each covering only a few years. Just change the pre-session self-talk to the years of interest.

Some ideas for memory retrieval imagery: Imagine seven filing cabinet drawers, each labeled for one childhood year. Go into each drawer and pull pictures representative of your interests during that year. See yourself reaching in deep for each picture. Instead you might want imagine photo albums, books, encyclopedias, eight television channels, eight rooms each with their own numbered doorway—you get the idea.

One way to instruct your subconscious to continue searching after the session is over is to incorporate that into the emerging count up:

One…My subconscious mind continues searching for my childhood talent and interests even after this session is ended.

Two…It’s amazing what I can accomplish with just a little self-hypnosis.

Three…etc., etc.

Now that you have read this post, read the notes that you made earlier. Any insights? Please share them or anything else by commenting below.

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