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. 

543 thoughts on “Responding to the Call

  1. “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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  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.’ Vey beautifully said Joel.

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. “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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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