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[success]Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness.  It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. ~ Helen Keller[/success]

This is the second in my Encourager series.

Remembering that Encouragers are our greatest cheerleaders, giving a wonderful gift from their heart to ours and deserve our unreserved praise and thanksgiving, today I want to introduce you to another deserving Encourager.

Drum roll please for Brian Hill, who has an uncanny knack for helping you find your life purpose, your passion.

Brian is a brilliant astrologer, and I don’t use that word lightly.  He’s totally awesome.  Amazing in fact.  He has an astounding ability to get right to the heart of the matter of who you truly are.  And then meshes your passion and your purpose managing to create a wonderful synergistic life experience whereby you KNOW that what you do makes a difference in your world.

This is what Brian says:

Astrology is a profound and practical tool for understanding your life. It is, however, written in an ancient and symbolic language. I have been given the gift to understand this language. I find joy in using my gift of understanding this cosmic tool, to help you find the joyous meaning in your life.

And this is why Brian is in the spotlight today.  My guest author.  After you’ve read his guest post, you’ll be excited to know that we’re giving away a free half hour reading with him.  Lucky you.  More below…

“Simply put, the universe operates in perfect order. The orange tree always gifts us with oranges and the apple tree always gifts us with apples. They never get confused and try to gift us with bananas. As part of nature, we also are imbued with a one of a kind gift, a talent, that special something wonderful to share with our world. But unlike the rest of nature we may also be imprinted with confusion and doubt.

The lucky orange and apple trees only have to deal with the weather, the quality of the soil, getting enough water and the infestation of unfriendly creatures. But we, as part of the human condition, are often challenged with confusion and doubt, two devastatingly destructive elements.

Confusion befuddles us when we are trying to get in touch with our special gift. When I ask people, “What do you want to do with your life?” often the response is, “I don’t know.”  This happened again recently when I was counseling a middle aged, intelligent man who was having success in his job but not in his life. His job provided all the material comforts he needed but it didn’t feed his soul. He came to me for any hope of guidance possible for him to find joy in his life.

During the session I explained his birth chart as I normally do.  For the first thirty minutes he sat there with his elbows on the table and his hands covering the lower part of this face. He was stoic, offering me no feedback for his own cause. At that point I said, “If you could do anything you wanted to do, what would you do?”  He removed his hands from his face, his eyes welled and he said, “I don’t have any idea?” I then took a quick glance at his Venus placement on his chart and my intuition kicked in.  I asked, “Have you ever heard of David Mc Cullough?” He sat back in the chair, slumped down and started to cry. After a moment he said, “I want to be David Mc Collough!”

David Mc Collough is a Pulitzer Prize Winner for his narrative history writing. The despondent middle-aged man sitting across from me had a passion for naval history hidden deep in his inner world. He was confused for a myriad of reasons but all imprinted by an external world that did not encourage his special gift.

How about you? Do you know your special gift?  If you don’t here’s a clue: it makes your heart feel like its in love.

The second challenge your special gift faces is doubt. And make no mistake about it, doubt is a killer. It would be like pouring poison in the soil of an orange or apple tree.  There’d be no way, you’d ever taste that fruit. If you live in doubt you do without.

So what’s the antidote for doubt? Faith. Confidence. Positive expectation. Belief in success. All are wonderful concepts until your wrestling with the demon doubt. You know what you want to do. You know your passion but your mind blares with  ”but…but…but.”  And…sometimes you just need a little encouragement.  Encouragement to us humans is like the sunshine and water is to the orange and apple tree.

Chances are high if anyone ever encouraged that middle-aged lover of naval history to write the stories of his favorite ships, he might have been an award-winning author himself. As it happened when he left our session his confusion was gone, he was perfectly clear what his gift was and he was totally encouraged to begin writing. He was going to sow his special seed and look forward to his harvest.

If you’re clear about what makes your heart sing, your feet dance and your passion soar, you are one of the lucky ones. Then all you need is the necessary dose of encouragement and you’re on your way. “Wait a minute,” you might say. “Where do I get this encouragement? I can’t find it in the supermarket.”  True it’s not on the shelves and it can’t be bought but you can find it in most hearts and it’s given away for free.  So how can you get your fair share?  Simple. Give some away.  We all need it. So begin to encourage others.  Remember just like the orange tree and the apple tree we are part of nature and the law of life is that we reap what we sow, we harvest what we seed. The more we give encouragement, the more we are filled with it and the more encouragement we will receive.

To reiterate, your universe is in perfect order. Remember there is the seed of a special gift within your soul. Discover it and honor it. Then cultivate it with self-encouragement and by encouraging others. What you sow, you shall reap.  That’s the law.

The bottom line is that your essence of being resides in your special gift and in its harvest lies the fulfillment of your life.”

Thank you Brian, that was so totally you.

And now another drum roll.  To have a free reading with Brian, simply respond in the comment section, yes I want a reading…or just yes will do.  Whatever floats your boat.  The winner will be chosen randomly by Brian   so have at it.

You can find more about Brian here.

And please keep on encouraging one another, we can all use it.

Love Elle.

Elle Sommer
Elle Sommer is the author of the Mindset Mastery Series and when she's not searching for the secrets of the Universe or discovering a new technique that supports her growth and life expansion, she's on a mission to support others to become the best version of themselves through her popular personal development website Live Purposefully Now. Her website features original weekly articles on happiness, inspiration, gratitude, productivity, success, wealth, hope, and positive living. Her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to build the business, relationships and life they want.


  1. Yes i would love a reading – i feel i am one of those people who is struggling to know what to do with my life – even though i am now in my 40’s!!

    • Elle Reply

      Sara, if Brian selects you, it will make all the difference, I know. Check out his site, you can find it at the bottom of the post. 🙂

  2. i absolutely love this post and I’ve been to Brian’s site, he is brilliant! i did not know astrologers have this type of insight. being hindu, yearly, our family pandit aka the family preist, will build an astrological chart for us. don’t ask me if it ever makes sense to me. lol. could just be the way he explains it! but i have never known him to say V, this is what you’re about and this is how you can change your life. I’m looking forward to getting to know Brian. and YES. lol.

    • Elle Reply

      Hello Happy One – love the name. Good luck – have you checked out his site yet? 🙂

      • Dear Elle,

        I checked out Brian’s site, and I would be most grateful for a reading from him. He sounds like he’s led an interesting and eventful life that’s led him to this path. I hope he can help me discover my path as well as how I’m meant to help others and do my part in this world.

        Happy One

        • Elle Reply

          Hello Happy One – sorry for the delay in responding, but internet service is pretty spotty out here on the high seas! Rest assured you are on the list, and he’ll be randomly choosing the lucky winner very soon. 🙂 He would be a great guide to support you in discovering your path.

          • No worries! I have full faith that whomever is the one Brian chooses will be the one who needs it the most. I have an inkling of what I’d like to do, but I don’t know how I’m meant to help others through it.

  3. Yes, I’d love a reading. It seems the universe would be telling me it’s time to shed doubt … this is the 3rd message today to mention it … and I’ve only been on line for 30 minutes. Getting down to the business of my purpose would be a great gift for 2013 (and at 55, it would be about time). I know I am an encourager as was my mom. I often feel I give it and give it but seldom receive it … or maybe I don’t see it for what it really is.

    • Elle Reply

      Wow Debi, interesting that not only have you had three messages in one day, but you’re aware enough to notice. Pat on the back kiddo. Not everyone can see! And it sounds about time that you got a bit of encouragement for yourself! Good luck. 🙂

  4. absolutely want a reading! have been interested in birth charts but never officially had one done!
    it’s sad how many people don’t know what they want to do or what their passion is. it’s not an easy thing to figure out.. but it’s not that HARD either.. it’s just sad that so many people are that out of tune with their intuition… deep down, they DO know.

    • Elle Reply

      Janet, Brian is so in tune with his intuition and with yours when he has you in his sphere – it’ll really encourage you to follow your passion – and help you find it. 🙂

    • Elle Reply

      Hey Tess, got a brief moment of internet service, not forgetting a brief moment of time and just wanted to say thanks for all your kind words and support over the past year and I’m imagining a most brilliant 2013 for you too. 🙂

  5. Very interesting interview! Thanks for introducing Brian, Elle! Great to meet you, Brian! Love and happy New Year! Vidya

    • Elle Reply

      Thanks Vidya, Brian is truly a delight and has wonderful insights that shine a light a little more brightly on the talents we have. 🙂

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