Lessons From Bob the Barber

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One of the most common things my spirit guides tell folks in personal readings is how wise and powerful they are. Some do not believe it—they take the attitude that the guides must say that to lots of people. Which they do.

But what these folks fail to see is that we are all wise and powerful. We are all special.

I understand where people are coming. After all, our modern world is not always supportive, and often discourages thinking highly of ourselves.

If someone had told me, when I was younger, how wise and powerful I was, I would have thought it was pure nonsense. I could see nothing special about myself.

Marianne Williamson once said, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”

Here are a few thoughts from Spirit.


Even the most “ordinary” of you have special abilities—gifts and talents—not one other person on the planet has. You are all wise and powerful far beyond what you’ve been taught as little children, and as adults.

One of the reasons you chose to come into this incarnation, at this time in your planet’s history, is to share your wisdom with others. You knew this was to be an era of heightening awareness and growing consciousness. And you wanted to do your part to nurture and further this growth—not only for others, but for yourselves.

We would go so far as to say you have an obligation to be who you are, which is God in human form. You have an obligation to do that which you, at the soul level, intended to do when you incarnated. You have an obligation to be true to yourself and to your reason for being here in the first place.

Be who you are. Remember why you came here. Let your light shine. Let your power and your wisdom be known far and wide. You cannot do otherwise and still remain true to yourselves.


Here’s a touching video tribute to Bob the barber, an “ordinary” guy who was anything but ordinary.

Related links:
Down At Frank’s Barber Shop
Frank’s Barber Shop Revisited
Trust: The Gateway To Yourself


What are your unique gifts and talents? Do you share them with others? Or do you hide them where no one can see them? Please share your thoughts and comments with us below.

What other subjects would you like us to talk about in these posts? Please email me.

13 Responses

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Barbara. And thank you for the video — it makes you realize how harshly critical we can be toward ourselves.

      Love, John

      • Barbara

        You are very welcome. I think it is a very important message.

        • Susan

          You know, I just got this same video from another email buddy — it seems to be making the rounds! I know that A Course in Miracles says that we need our brothers to truly see ourselves. I guess that is correct and very important to remember.

          • John Cali

            Well, I’m glad it’s making the rounds. We all need gentle reminders of this now and then.

  1. Claire

    Hi John,

    When I was learning computer graphics, one day, I made a poster for a meeting in aikido, the photographer with whom I was going to print it had congratulated me and said “When we love, we do well.” .. I retained and passed the message to my son for his choice of future job… Today I’m very happy to see him happy in his studies, though he suffered a lot of school. And in this time, It belongs to me to choose a good job where I feel comfortable, I hope now that my spirit inspire me to the good direction… to realize my dreams.

    In an ideal society, as Francis Lucille said, we all should have this choice. I hope you can understand this video despite the simultaneous translation … Francis lives in Temecula and also organizes meetings there.

    Why do I see so many people unhappy with 10 times more money than me, even though sometimes I also still feel this fear of not provide for my family … I must also say that lack of money has helped me to develop my creativity and learn alone when I could not get training, and also my son.

  2. Sarah D

    I feel very strongly about this, especially from a parents’/educationalist point of view. As you know, I was a teacher who worked with the young end of the spectrum (equivalent to your KG1 and KG2). Part of my strength as an educator was that I was usually able to see children’s innate gifts and nurture them from an early age. Sadly in the UK the curriculum has now been regimented and less time is spent creatively. I always wondered why we have an education system which does not nurture the strengths and gifts of the individual yet expects confirmity to a set standard, like little robots. Why force children to waste time studying subjects they hate and will never use when their gifts could be nurtured and their path of joy encouraged. I guess society is the same. Its such a shame to see people surpressing their gifts. I am guilty of that, I was always gifted in the creative arts. I intend to pick up where I left off, though, with my favourite passion which is photography! (I was a baby and child photographer for a while until my husband passed into spirit). Thanks for this timely reminder.

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Sarah, for your thoughtful comments. It seems one of our modern society’s hangups is that everyone, including children, should fit the mold of whatever society deems “right.”

  3. Valerie

    Timely post for me, John. I’ve been trying to figure that out! ha. Though I see a tendency in my own children to sort of dismiss what I see as their greatest gifts, Perhaps it is because they come so easy to them, they can’t realize how special they are? Has me wondering about that and trying to peer in the mirror, see if I can discover my own.

  4. Micki

    Hi John,

    What a wonderful lesson, I believe we all have something to contribute in this lifetime, and I for one, enjoy every moment. John I am part of group of 6 women that meet every tuesday, we are all so different, from all different walks of life and yet we compliment each other and support each other in our endeavors. We all have different talents that seem to blend and help not only our group but family and friends of our group.

    I feel very blessed and I learn so much from these exceptional ladies.

    Have a wonderful week John and thank you again for a great newsletter.
    Love and hugs,

    • John Cali

      Hi Micki,

      Thank you very much. As you said, we all have something to learn from each other.

      You have a wonderful week too, Micki!

      Love & hugs,

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