Responding to the Call

by Joel L, Western Australia

I have heard the term ‘Responding to the Call’ in a few different settings…..

A leadership group I have been a part of used it; I have heard mainstream religions use it; I have also heard the term used at Universal Medicine. It has been my experience with the latter where I started to truly feel what this is asking of me.

Before Universal Medicine, ‘responding to the call’ meant to do something that someone asked of me from within that group. If an alumni of the leadership group called me, I would be obliged to ‘respond to that call’ because of our shared alumni status, regardless of whether I knew them or not.

But I am learning that these ‘calls’ I used to get from people (often latterly phone calls) are quite different to ‘the call’ that comes from that much deeper place within. Responding consistently from that deeper place within is now my daily study. I find it’s not about waiting for ‘the call’ to do something big or grand, but about discerning if those things I feel/think just ‘have to get done’ are coming from that deeper place within, or if they are coming from a neediness within me.

Writing these blogs has been a particularly interesting exploration of this learning.

In moments of stillness I have some insight into what ‘might be’… it’s not ‘a voice in my head’, or outside me for that matter… it’s like a seed from within – a feeling – that if I don’t second guess what it needs to be, becomes its own flower. And, if I don’t get excited and try to open the flower bud before its ready, it opens in its own time and in a magical way… For me, this is how I experience the call. Not just in writing, but in most things.

Recently, I was reading some of the comments from one of my blogs and thought, ‘I’ve got to write another one’. But this was coming from a neediness within me to replicate what I had done (dare I say recognition played a part). It was not a true call. In that moment, I decided what the flower would be and I wrote and wrote and wrote until I forced it open… and, when I finally stopped – what I read and felt wasn’t nice.

I am learning that when I act from my own ideals and ‘needs’ I somehow minimise the potential of any given exchange, expression and experience before it has even begun. At the same time, I cannot just ‘leave it to the fate of the universe’, because then I take me out of the equation. There is something about being neither the controller nor the victim of life – being willing to express what I feel in each moment, combined with not forcing or second guessing what is there to be expressed or created. The result is not always fireworks or brass bands, but joyful and beautiful nonetheless.

So, when I respond to the call within and am able to navigate away from my own needs or beliefs about what life should be; then I am witness to magic… not really its owner, not its creator but more its midwife, welcoming it into the world. 

579 thoughts on “Responding to the Call

  1. Thanks Joel, that things have to been given the time is a good one to learn, but also not use it as an excuse to not do what is needed. I guess feeling is the key here, to go within and feel.

  2. It feels like there are two types of calls. One that is calling us to be individual, conforming to life and its demands and another that calls us to be grander, more of who we truly are, and responsive to the fact that everyone is this grandness also.

  3. When responding to ‘the call’, as you share Joel “being neither the controller nor the victim of life”, is heavenly.

  4. This blog is both refreshing and inspiring Joel. It reminds me to walk in the space between my thoughts to allow what comes from deep within to surface.

  5. ‘So, when I respond to the call within and am able to navigate away from my own needs or beliefs about what life should be; then I am witness to magic… not really its owner, not its creator but more its midwife, welcoming it into the world.’ There is a true simplicity in this magic, or is it magical simplicity.

  6. A great reminder that ‘responding to the call’ is a surrender to being moved by our love within, the impulse of our Soul, without knowing particularly why or the needing to know the outcome. As such when we are moved in this quality we serve humanity by bringing, expressing and sharing the love, the universality and multidimensionality we know we are and know we all are here to live together.

  7. As soon as ‘me’ comes into why I am responding to ‘a call’ the integrity of ‘call’ is lost. You explain and illustrate this with great clarity and simplicity, Joel. Thank you.

  8. Yes.. as soon as we try to own that magic and identify it as something we’ve come up with or have created, we reduce it and diminish the magic. Also love what you’ve shared here about not being the victim or life nor controlling it, but a vehicle for it. It is so simple when we let go and follow the clues from our bodies.

  9. “and, if I don’t get excited and try to open the flower bud before its ready, it opens in its own time and in a magical way”. A wry smile came across my face when I read this today. Totally with you on this one….you can’t force a flower to open, no matter how hard you/I tried/try 🙂 You can do your part by preparing it (water, fertiliser,right spot etc…) and then you have to let the magic unfold in its own time.

  10. The hallmark of the call from deep within is devoid of neediness and is for the benefit of all.

  11. Joel, it was really revealing and inspiring to read your description of what it means to ‘respond to the call’. The analogy of the flower opening in its own time really sends the message home, and I could recall many times when I had forced something to open for the wrong reasons, usually to overcome some feeling of not being or doing enough in the world to help others. But what I am seeing and feeling now is how much less stressful it is to simply listen to my body and discern where the call is coming from and then respond accordingly.

  12. Saying yes to the true impulse within happens in small and big ways, and each yes is a confirmation of the light we each are.

    1. Beautiful Heather – indeed it is a ‘confirmation of the light we each are’, and the reflection though our movements thereafter serve as a divine reminder of this truth.

  13. Recently I clocked myself getting annoyed when being asked to do something. Even if it was a task within my job description, or I was the only person who knew about it, so they obviously came to the right person, my initial response was along the line of ‘Why don’t they do it themselves?’ or ‘Why me?’ and I do know the answers to those questions very well myself but I still try fighting and resisting and criticizing and blaming others for bringing this onto me. I would do it anyway, but my reluctance to comply and serve was just huge. If this is how I respond to the direct calls, I wonder how I might be already setting myself up so that I won’t even have to feel the subtle ones.

  14. “..not really its owner, not its creator but more its midwife, welcoming it into the world”.. love the way you welcome to birth love Joel, as well as birthing these wonderful blogs of insight too.

  15. Beautifully said Joel . . “There is something about being neither the controller nor the victim of life – being willing to express what I feel in each moment . . .” . . this is a constant surprise to me as I never know what’s next until it is there. This occurs when there is no thought before just a willingness to express whatever I have felt to express. It is sometimes like I am watching the words appear before me as I am writing or witnessing opportunities coming seemingly out of the blue as I am going about my day.

  16. We are so controlled for so long that it is a whole process of building back the love within to feel the difference of when we get an impulse from heaven to do something or when it is from other planes of energy.
    The best we have is our body, to feel when we speak, comes from our body.

  17. Thank you Joel for so beautifully expressing the balance between not being creator, yet at the same time neither being at the mercy of the Universe.

  18. Responding to the call to share what we have to offer by being willing to express what we feel in each moment, without attachment or agenda, simply an honest sharing.

  19. ‘Responding to a call’ is a two-part process. One is to be able to hear and understand the call, the other is the ability to respond accordingly. Both require taking self out of the way, so that no interpretation comes in, neither when it is received, nor in the process of delivering what is needed. It is and feels actually very natural and simple, but becomes a mess when self takes over by loading it with emotions through attachment.

  20. The very characteristic of a true call is that it is not from self, nor for self, but what is needed from and for all. It has a particular flavour that is very different from anything tainted by need or desire, self-interest or outcome based pursuits.

  21. It is the discernment that we have to learn, as I can be sure if I am thinking I need something that there is an agenda behind this, as it is completely different from an impulse when often you don’t even know why you are doing something and it turns out to be exactly what is needed at the time. This is magic unfolding before your eyes

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  22. As I become more aware of the call, I’m also becoming more aware of the recognition I crave and the excitement I go into when I want things to go a certain way. The moment I do the connection I had fizzles out and I end up in old patterns of rush, stress and drive.

  23. This is a fantastic point Joel, and one that I too would like to work on with more awareness: “Responding consistently from that deeper place within is now my daily study. I find it’s not about waiting for ‘the call’ to do something big or grand, but about discerning if those things I feel/think just ‘have to get done’ are coming from that deeper place within, or if they are coming from a neediness within me.”

  24. There is something in this about not getting invested and not leaving things to fate – knowing and understanding the balance of what we bring and responding to that. This is a great sharing of how we can look differently at how we are.

  25. Discerning where the call is coming from is great as the more discerning we are the deeper we can go and the more we can bring through.

  26. Discerning whether we are pulled to something out of a need within ourselves versus a deeper call for the all is a great way to differentiate our motives in life.

  27. This blog is a 553 word lightbulb moment for me. I especially love what you share about forcing things and seeking recognition. Sharing in service without needing an outcome is a beautiful thing.

  28. “Responding to the call” – equals reading the energy of who is (doing the) calling and responding accordingly. I’ve found developing patience helps in my responses.

  29. Thanks for such a great sense of what responding to the call means – not forced or second guessing. Being willing to say yes when the initial impulse is felt is what I’m discovering leads to simplicity of what ever is next.
    Pushing or delaying never offers simplicity in my understanding.

  30. I love what you write about ‘Responding to the call’ being like a flower opening in its own time… when all the conditions are true and can’t be forced. I am learning not to override the first impulse of the call, but to stay with it and allow it to unfold, not based on pictures I may have, or to please, but on what it true for that moment. I know I don’t always get it right but it is an amazing way to learn about life and deepen my connection with myself.

  31. Every moment our body is communicating truth for us to heed. If we don’t listen to this, is it any wonder that we ignore the bigger tasks we are here to do? Our evolution begins and ends with listening to our body – thank you Joel.

  32. Responding to that inner call is a daily study worth undertaking. Of which I feel I will forever be a student of. What I am finding is that the response never requires pre-planning or thinking but me choosing to surrender and let my body take lead/speak. Pre-planning lessens the quality of whatever I express.

  33. Feeling the call and responding vs. trying to control what we will do, or not do according to what we personally want, are two completely different approaches to living. The first is surrendering to a greater plan and the second is selfishly wanting it to be our individualised way, in complete disrespect to the whole.

  34. Gorgeous Joel, it’s true we either are in flow delivering the magic, or coming with an energy of force from the self’s needs.

  35. “not really its owner, not its creator but more its midwife, welcoming it into the world.”.. beautiful analogy Joel, because the midwife senses when the body is ready to produce, to birth what’s coming and when to wait until the exact, precise moment of delivery. The delivery of joy!

  36. I agree that if we let our needs come into the picture then we find it blocks our connection to that inner wisdom. This wisdom is naturally always there for us to access, we just need to honour that.

  37. Yes there can be true potential for something however if needs get in the way then what plays out will not be the potential but our own individual version of what we want it to be…

  38. ‘So, when I respond to the call within and am able to navigate away from my own needs or beliefs about what life should be; then I am witness to magic… not really its owner, not its creator but more its midwife, welcoming it into the world.’ Vey beautifully said Joel.

  39. The more we see ourselves as vehicles of energy the more we can rest into being able to respond to the call, whatever that call is in any given moment.

  40. Some great honesty here Joel about our need to do things for recognition. And it’s no wonder that when we force something, there is no flow.

  41. There is a magic and beauty in responding to the call when we allow a true impulse from within to guide us, unhindered or diluted by our own need to be able to deliver what is needed for everyone equally.

  42. It is our responsibility to feel and discern the quality of our our movements, as that is what allows us to determine whether something is coming from a place of truth and for the evolution of all, or from the insatiable need of recognition and self- gain from the spirit.

  43. “There is something about being neither the controller nor the victim of life – being willing to express what I feel in each moment, combined with not forcing or second guessing what is there to be expressed or created.” It is being the part of life or the universe that we are without questioning it or wanting to be a different part or many parts at once or no part at all of this grand whole.

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