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The Key to Living Your Purpose

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The one question I always get the most when I give oracle readings in my annual online gathering “The Power of Your Spiritual Calling event”…

What is my purpose?

Kind of like life, your purpose is not about the destination. It’s about the journey. The journey can help you define and refine your purpose. Here’s how this works.

Notice What Lights You Up – And Do It!

From the age of 11, I knew I was born to be a singer. More than that, I HAD to be a singer. I was driven to sing! I was one of the lucky ones in that sense. I knew my purpose… or so I thought.

I got up on stage for the first time when I was 17 and I knew all those years I had been right. I kept on singing and made a career out of it.

Traditionally my indigenous ancestors would’ve paid attention to all the children in the community as they grew, to see who was gifted at what. Then they’d assign an appropriate mentor to each child to make sure each child would be trained and encouraged in their natural talents, so they would have a fulfilling role in the community doing what they enjoy and are amazing at. We need to do that for ourselves now, and we can do it for our loved ones too.

What Else Fits With Your Favourite Things To Do, Especially If It’s A Bit Scary?

I evolved into doing public speaking because guess what…? To be a singer, you’ve got to at least be able to talk about the songs from the stage, and my very first drumming and singing partner was even more afraid of doing that than I was. So I stepped up and discovered how much I enjoy teaching and speaking on stage, as well as giving workshops.

By the way, if it feels scary, it’s probably the right path for you.

What Are People Telling You About Yourself That You Keep Refusing To Believe?

About 10 years into my career, a Navajo medicine woman told me I’m a healer. My self-esteem was on the ground at that point and I didn’t believe I could be a healer when my life was such a mess. About 10 years after that, I got sick of the music industry, and finally started to use my healing gifts, which were inseparable from my singing.

I remember a co-worker telling me was very inspiring – and at that point, I actually listened. I realized that was one of the gifts that I had developed while I was on my healing journey. I started to believe in my ability to inspire people and work with healing energy to help people heal.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done a reading or mentoring session for a new client and when I saw their gifts, they said “Ohhhh, that’s what that medicine man, my friends and those 2 people have told me”.

So often your purpose is right in front of you, but whatever blinders you have on are just not letting you see it or accept it.

It Might Not Look The Way You Thought:

Now here I am in the midst of living my purpose, which I thought was just to sing. But it turns out, singing is the magic thread that ties together everything else that is part of my purpose. Singing is the foundation, but other pieces include working with healing energy, writing, painting, drumming and speaking.

But that’s not my complete purpose either. Those are all the pieces. But how do we bring them all together?

Well, what happens when I sing? What about when I combine singing with those other gifts? What is the impact on me and the people around me?

For example, I know I tend to inspire people, help them alleviate their self-doubt and help them to find their voice. I know that when people just even stand in my energy field, they just somehow magically feel better. I know that when I channel medicine songs, people get goose bumps and feel a deep connection to themselves and Spirit.

As you grow, your purpose grows with you.

So What’s The Key Then?

Right back to the first thing I said…

Do what you love.

Do what lights up your soul.

Catch yourself in the middle of smiling, feeling joyful, incredible posture, laughter and pure pleasure.

Pay attention to those moments, and to what caused those feelings.

Your purpose is infused with 3 elements:

  1. The activities that bring you the most joy
  2. How you can people through those activities
  3. Your positive qualities as a person

Your spiritual calling is within you. Nobody can tell you what it is except that deeper part of You.

Listen within. Listen to your intuition. Be that wild version of yourself that is bursting to come out and play. That’s where you will find your purpose.

Love & Blessings,

Brenda MacIntyre, Medicine Song Woman



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About Brenda MacIntyre

About Brenda MacIntyre

Known by her indigenous name Medicine Song Woman, Brenda MacIntyre has shared her evocative melodic voice and fusion of reggae, rap and indigenous hand drum healing music with appreciative audiences of 30 to 3,000 across North America. The Toronto-based Juno Award-winning singer has been featured nationally on MuchMusic, CTV, CP24, APTN and most recently, Global and the front page of the Toronto Star.

Powered by her grief from losing her son to murder in 2016, Brenda MacIntyre pours her soulful voice over a confluence of indigenous hand drum healing, soft rap and conscious roots reggae in her album “Picking Up the Pieces,” released in September 2019.

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