Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Walk With Me... with Guest Blogger Chana Rachel Schusterman

The Power of Using Our G-d Given Talents (and Helping Our Children Recognize Theirs)

There are twelve months in the Jewish calendar.  The talent of WALKING is the third, beginning with the month of Sivan (May-June.)

People who have this talent are amazingly adept at taking steps to make progress.  They intuitively know how to move forward, when and where to turn, and when and how to accomplish what they need to do.  Forward movement is their motto. They are able to make changes easily and feel confident in their process without overly evaluating their progress.  People who are “walkers” also know how to move in sync with other people.  They are able to connect with others in a way that brings out the best in both of them.  They are able to connect to the pace of others and go with them and guide them to more accomplishment in the world

We can be role models for our children by taking our steps with confidence.  If you see that your child has this talent, it’s good to encourage him to take steps and move forward in his own way. Encourage him, “You can do it,”  “Trust that you’ll know what to do when you get further.”  When he wants to do something that includes you, let him take the lead and enjoy it together with him.  

We can encourage our children to progress and move forward in accomplishing their goals.

Tools for Developing Your Talent of Thought:
1.  Take steps to move forward in the areas in which you want to progress.
2.  Trust that you will know how to continue as you begin to take these steps.
3.  Choose friends with whom you feel that you can move forward and grow.

*  The Kabalah of Walking:
The month of Sivan is the time of the holiday of Shavuot, the Giving of the Torah (The Ten Commandments) on Mt. Sinai.
  This is a time  to receive the Torah anew. This is done through learning Torah and through doing mitzvos. (Mitzvos are commandments which are generally good deeds to be done, or deeds not to be done. In this way we take part in facilitating G-d's Plan.)  
  The Five Books of Moses (the Chumash) which is  the Written Torah, and the Oral Torah were received by Moses during the 40 days he was on Mt. Sinai.  The tradition and how to utilize it in daily life has been passed down throughout the generations.  (See for more information.)  Living Torah is our traditional basis for Jewish living.

  The tribe which corresponds to the month of Sivan is Zevulun.  Although he learned Torah, he was a businessman who supported his brother, Issachar ( a full time Torah scholar and sage).  Zevulun traveled to do business but always felt guided as he went out into the world to accomplish his purpose.

Chana Rachel Schusterman is a Jewish spiritual counselor and coach. If you would like to contact her, please email me at

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