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. 

522 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.

  16. ‘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’. Many times this seed falls on barren ground because we do not take the time to pause – to stop and allow the magic to do its work.

  17. Ah yes, responding to the call…but which call do we respond to because essentially we have two ‘phone lines’ in operation here and in any moment can answer either one. One line connects with our Soul and with this the wisdom of the Universe is on tap to inform us what our next move is that is in accordance with the All we are a part of, and the other line comes from our etheric spirit, that part of us that has withdrawn from the light and love of the Soul and in this withdrawal has sought to bombard, distract and delay us with a whole manner of thoughts, behaviours and beliefs that are not true to the essence of who we are, so that we are too busy and going way to fast to stop, pause and feel the magnitude of what is being communicated to and through us on the other line.

    1. This is a great way to put it Liane. One line is about the All and the magnitude we come from – the essence of God, and one is about remaining an individual and part of collection of forces that are completely loveless and in separation to God. But we have the absolute free will to connect to whichever line of energy we choose, and to the subsequent communication that comes with it.

  18. Brilliant to reflect on what is ‘the call’? And a great blog exposing where is ‘responding to the call’ coming from … what/who is the energy behind it and what is the purpose? I too have heard this term before attending Universal Medicine but it was only until hearing the term from Universal Medicine I heard it as coming from a place of truth. The true call. For we could have ‘responding to the call’ from what humanity is demanding but this might not always be coming from a place of love or truth. What I also felt reading your blog is the true call comes from within the body .. the body is responding to a divine call. I love how you express your writing is like a flower opening. No pushing, it unfolds in its own time and has also asked me to reflect on how often do I push for things or how often do I let them unfold. Let’s be more midwives to this, to the true call.

    1. Seeing whatever we are to bring through as if it’s a flower opening sure beings a deeper level of delicateness to the whole process, as pushing flowers to open just does not work. The time and space it takes is part of the magic.

  19. ‘Responding to the call’ in my case has often been reinterpreted by ideals and beliefs and therefore not a true response at all, but a forced action which makes something hard work, rather than an ease and a flow.

  20. ‘Hello, God here, I’ve been sending messages every moment but it seems this inbox isn’t checked, so I have to rely on the fact I know your cells so well. I’ve let them know in no uncertain terms what is needed now. I trust they have made themselves heard loud and clear to you. In particularly stubborn circumstances of course, we have to activate some illness and disease. It seems people have become so used to ignoring me, they need a little help unblocking their ears.’ This is how I imagine God would feel speaking to me Joel – thank you for this awesome blog on the true calling we all know.

  21. ‘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.’ I love what you share here Joel and a great awareness to be reminded of. I know for me staying connected to my body is key with this so I can respond more with what I am feeling so I don’t go off into my mind about what I think I ‘should’ be doing.

  22. I love the intrinsic understanding we all have of what ‘responding to the call’ is and that it holds true to something so precious, pure and confirming – a love that is within each of us. It is the unfolding we allow that is so gorgeous and is so much more than any grasping, pushing or pressure we can attempt to bring forth.

  23. Responding to the call is taking responsibility of the quality of my movements, for I can either be in reaction to what is going on around me by letting my sensitivity get in the way or I can move in a way that is in connection with my soul so that instead of reacting I am supporting another to be more of who they truly are.

  24. Thank you Joel, I can relate to truly delivering something after I feel called to do so, or responding for the wrong reasons and what I deliver does not have a flow or purity to it. Sometimes the call is true yet I deviate away from what’s there to deliver and the result again is not true. Keeping it simple and not owning it is key for me, as well as the joy of delivering or serving. A great line “I am witness to magic… not really its owner, not its creator but more its midwife, welcoming it into the world.”

  25. When we let go of the identification of what we do there is a possibility of allowing truly amazing things to come through which are needed and definitely responding to a call that has been felt.

  26. “I would be obliged to ‘respond to that call’” the word ‘obliged’ exposes the pressure and control of someone calling for material support but when the call is an impulse from within it will unfold and be felt when we are ready.

  27. ‘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… ‘ This is absolutely beautiful and hence so is life in its application.

  28. We can easily confuse responding to the call with a push and a drive within ourselves to do something for recognnition and acceptance. When we truly respond to the call there is no identification in that as it does not come from a need within us.

  29. Beautifully shared Joel. We are already everything, but if we forget this and get sucked into driving on to get ‘stuff done’ then truly all we do is ignore the call and block it out. Knowing we are Love then confirming that this is true in everything we do – well this is the call we are here to answer to.

  30. It is interesting that we have perceived a call as something from outside of us – what you describe is a call that actually is not foreign but present in one-self that continues forth by connection.. A connection to a higher vibration/full to serve in your true light.

  31. What you have expressed here is what it feels like to be in group work: “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.”
    There is no individuality in group work but a willingness to be part of a team which holds the space so that everyone benefits and is able to feel the whole which is so much grander than anything the individual can come up with.

  32. Responding to the call has always meant to do something or be someone. Yet this is not what it is in truth, for it is an alignment to evolution which impulses us to act in a certain way.

  33. “At the same time, I cannot just ‘leave it to the fate of the universe’, because then I take me out of the equation.” Yes and then also the unique part each one of us has to bring is missing. We can not change the world with the goal of being famous for doing that, but we can change the world by being ourselves and expressing when we feel it is needed. I found the latter is very clear when there is something to really write it is easy and flowing.

  34. Beautifully put into earthy words: ”..not really its owner, not its creator but more its midwife, welcoming it into the world. ”
    We need to welcome to expression of love again – and this can by allowing ourselves to be open to this expression again, let it come through us and taking care of our body in a way that we take care of it so that it can express all that love.

  35. I have not heard this term before but I certainly have felt it. It’s that feeling no matter what you do, wherever you go, however much you have – there’s something still missing.

    This call was from deeper within, that nothing can touch the sides, until Universal Medicine came along and I responded to that call – that’s all I can say.

  36. Stopping and appreciating when we do feel the call is super important. I find it is the spaces in between where I can allow for myself to really feel in body the grace of divinity, when I stop and allow those moments of stillness.

  37. Totally gorgeous Joel, when responding to the call we surrender to all we are and allow all that is to flow through us moving in and with co-creation.

  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.’ I love the way you express this. In this sense, we are facilitators rather than the owners.

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