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. 

493 thoughts on “Responding to the Call

  1. Responding to the call it has taken a little while for me to let myself get a sense of what that call really feels like. So often pictures of what that should be get in the way of that deeply personal and unique relationship with God.

  2. ‘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.’ Joel this is so true because we cap ourselves and everyone else unless we get ourselves out of the way.

  3. Joel L, I can feel the difference between the call from within and trying to control life; ‘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’. When I am open to the call and feel impulsed to do something then I have noticed how life then flows and this feels easy and true, if I have a set idea and want to control the outcome and have a picture of how things should be then often things get complicated and difficult and I am no longer in the flow of life.

  4. The call of the Soul is rarely loud, but rather subtle, and purposely so, for it is firstly completely non-imposing in doing so, but secondly communicates in a way that encourages us to reawaken our true senses that go far beyond the temporal senses that allow us to feel the physicality of life around us.

  5. ‘Responding consistently from that deeper place within is now my daily study.’ Our studies within is the most enriching and educational way to live life. The inspiration, love, harmony, humility and grace that comes from living a life connected within and thus to the Soul is then shared to all through everything we do.

  6. This is a joy to read, as is everything you publish, you are one mad midwife, I wish I could have you deliver my baby but alas the call of the universe does not work like this. I must respond and connect to my call that will allow me to be qualified to give birth to my own article one day.

  7. When we respond to the call within we are guided by the universal truth of who we are, through which the majesty of our Soul is lived and shared through our lives.

  8. On one hand there is what we know to be true, on the other tasks and things that appeal to you. Or at least some part of us that has an insatiable need to get, to mark, to own and achieve. But all any of this ever results in is the distortion of our own petals as you say Joel which get bent, twisted and pushed to the side by our relentless drive. Compare this to the simple beauty of following what you know deep down is right to do. You might not be in control, but the reality is – you never are.

  9. I have felt the call to speak up recently, but resist doing so as I want to be in control so that what is said come out right ( my ideals and beliefs) so as to avoid any reactions, I love reading these words you have shared Joel, and feel inspired by your blog, “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.

  10. When we come from our neediness and with our images and preconceived ideas, we sign up to a force that can be very manipulative and coercive.

  11. Yes it brings more joy and surrendering to life when we understand that when we are asked to do something it is important to feel why we are asked and what we can bring to the situation. For instance it is like being asked to do a job in a very busy place, we might not like it but if we are for instance a very still and connecting person we can see that the busy place calls for our stillness and connection. Which is a very beautiful job to do, it gets less about us not liking it then in my experience. Seeing life like this has changed my whole feeling of being without purpose resolved because there is always a reason why we are asked and sometimes it is up to us to say no if it does not feel right too.

  12. When we use force we may get what we want but we get a lot more as well…the latter we often choose to ignore and the results of which are not so pleasant.

  13. This is such a key point you highlight here Joel, allowing ourselves to surrender to the feeling within our body, that naturally knows how to truly respond to what is called forth for all equally, and to let it expand by its natural impulse to blossom in full.

  14. I love your analogy Joel of relating your response to the call as being the same as a flower bud waiting to blossom. This is very beautiful and confirms the innate rhythm that there is in everything when it is given the space to unfold in its own time resulting in the fullness and beauty that was waiting there until the time was right for all to see.

  15. Great subject, Joel; the call. Is it a call from my head or from my heart? Is it a picture, or something that triggers enthusiasm in me? Then I know it is not the way to go. You deepen my awareness of what is true call and what is not. Thank you.

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