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. 

614 thoughts on “Responding to the Call

  1. Learning to be aware of responding to the call from the heart and not from the head calls for an ever deepening connection within.

  2. I love this Joel
    ‘Responding consistently from that deeper place within is now my daily study.’
    There is such a deep space to connect to and just allowing that through is my daily commitment and study. I actually don’t have to do anything but just be and the rest follows naturally. It is so liberating to give up the control I thought I had to have in life. This is another lie we have fallen for, that we constantly have to be doing something to keep ourselves occupied when actually the reverse is true.

  3. For me, responding is to respond to an impulse that the body receives, it’s automatic there is no hesitation, it just is and the something gets done, and then wait for the next impulse. If we second guess or try to own it then we have gone into self, its not about self, as soon as self comes in then the impulse is lost.

  4. “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…” Life is a constant lesson in simplicity, there is everything to be (instead of everything to do), and we can give space to everyone and everything around us – instead of getting tangled up in it all.

  5. I love your writings, Joel, and this is such a gorgeous sharing of how you do what you do. Not the owner, nor the creator, but the midwife – this actually means that we all equally have something to bring through, and that is the bit we want to shy away from, and wanting to make someone special instead.

    1. Thank you Fumiyo for highlighting again the bit about being the midwife, in that we all have something to bring through that we are all responsible for, whatever it is that is needed for humanity, and whatever it is, it is very precious.

  6. “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.” This expresses so well the balance between doing it oneself and leaving it to the Universe, neither of which results in magic.

  7. I have had the feeling recently of being a dandelion spore, a feeling of being taken along on the breeze. Not in a weak or defeated way but in a very surrendered way. There are great things for each and every one of us to do, and we reach those things much quicker if we put aside our own small pictures of how things should be, and what it is that we think we should be doing. For a long time I have held a picture of what it was that I envisaged I should be doing, and yet recently I responded to a call to do something that I have previously resisted. And now I am absolutely loving my new job and have never ever felt more purposeful in all my life.

    1. It’s a complete fallacy that we have to try to be anything. In fact any amount of trying will actively take us away from who we already are. Who we already are being all we ever need to be and yet with scope to always be more.

  8. Responding to the call requires us to first unplug ourselves from the disharmonious way we have been living so we can start to reconnect to our essences, so the call comes through load and clear without the reinterpretations of our wayward spirit. Our essence being that Soul-full aspect that has always resided within, and will always be felt as a Harmonious, Loving, Joyous, True aspect of the Love we all are.

  9. “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.” It’s very true, this is how it is for me also, and responding to the call comes from a settled body with a deep connection to myself. From this place I know I am the everything and it’s a joy to bring through what’s needed. When I’m out of connection I feel like I need something back, recognition etc!

  10. ‘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…’ love this example, it feels like we don’t even really have to do very much…just being present, observing and allowing, the magic happens.

  11. Joel your sharing is very honest, I appreciate the way you observe yourself to discern where your impulses are coming from. There is no guilt, regret or trying hard just a clear reading about where you are at in any given moment. I can imagine how amazing this society would be if we all would operate in this way in our daily life. Responding to the call from a deeper space inside us.

  12. ‘Responding consistently from that deeper place within is now my daily study.’ is a beautiful focus Joel, that lets the magic happen.

    1. Yes Rosanna, I agree with you. This sentence is very profound in itself and takes me to a new and known space where I can also stay to explore myself while offering and learning from what is there to be shared at each time. It’s really beautiful to be available and ready to serve from that deeper place..

  13. Responding to the call can bring up a lot for me. It can sometimes bring a tension within my body but the tension is there to support me to respond to what is needed. The tension exposes a holding back from surrendering to the call within.

  14. A great distinction is raised here. We can do things from our own neediness or from a genuine call, and it’s an exploration and learning as shared here in distinguishing these. The more we’re willing to be honest, the more we can see which is which.

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