When I shared the first part in this series on answering your call I promised to share 5 reasons to answer you call today. Well, I have something even better for you. And it has to do with you being brave. Remember on Monday I pointed out that answering your call means the following?
- Moving WAY out of your comfort zone
- Accepting that your calling won’t fit into your life as it is now
- Challenging what you know to be absolute about who you are
It's no wonder answering your call requires...bravery. Today I'll share a few stories of this kind of bravery. My hope is that these stories will act as little nudges to help you turn toward and even answer your calling.
One is about someone I haven't actually met but admire her conviction. One is about a client who's given me permission to share his story. And one is about me and what happened when I answered my calling.
"Maybe there's a way out of the cage where you live Maybe one of these days you can let the light in Show me how big your brave is
Say what you wanna say And let the words fall out Honestly I wanna see you be brave With what you want to say And let the words fall out Honestly I wanna see you be brave"
There is a woman who answered her calling and it put her on a quest that challenged her entire life. Her name is Elizabeth Gilbert. You may know her from her book, Eat Pray Love or her Super Soul Sunday appearance. You might have a very strong opinion about her journey, her book, or her message. No matter your thoughts put them down for a moment and let's look at the bones of what she did.
She felt something deep within her life that just wasn't right. She hand picked her entire life, she was present for every decision. Her work, her marriage, and her dreams. Yet one night, walking around her home in the dark, she just knew it was all wrong. She didn't know what was right just yet. It's easier to feel what's out of place because we haven't made space yet for what fits better.
Then did something even she couldn't believe - she turned toward her calling and let it fill in the blanks. Although terrified she left her marriage, left her home, and left her life as she knew it to embark on a year-long journey around the world. And she found the life that was perfectly designed for her.
There are always reasons to deny your call. Learn what's calling you, leave the rest to the Universe.
There is a man who is answering his calling one day at a time and he's finding each day to fit just a little more perfectly. This is the story of a client of mine. I'll call him John. When John first came to work with me he was in over his head. He had embarked on a business that felt right at the time but slowly it stopped fitting who he was. He wanted so badly to take care of everyone in his life that he never turned toward himself and what it was he really wanted. Until it started to make him feel lost, sad, and sick. Answering your calling will feel oddly effortless.
John slowly started to peel back the layers of his ideal life and where he wasn't living in conjunction with his vision. It turned out what he really wants is to be motivational speaker. Opportunities were already knocking on his door (yes, this does sometimes happen) and he was turning them down out of fear that it would rock his current life too much.
Answering your calling will pull you in a direction you are not already headed. Just talking about sharing his story lit him up. The tipping point is when not answering your calling is more painful than just doing it. John let go of who he thought he was so that who he is could show him the way. In the end it wasn't as scary as he anticipated. In fact, it's the easiest path he's ever navigated.
"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us." - Joseph Campbell
This last story is about a woman who didn't know she had a calling until it knocked her sideways. This is my story. I've shared bits and pieces here and here. Today I'll give you a short summary that has taken me more than a year to comprehend. Sometimes you have to go with the flow, ask questions later. I had two wake up calls 6 months apart to the day. The first a spiritual breakdown, the second a life breakthrough. The thing is, I was pretty content before my calling came knocking on my door.
My life was good. Good job, good friends, good relationship. All things happy in their place. Sure I had questions and quiet wonderings about what life was really about. Was there a purpose I wasn't fulfilling? Why am I here? What is the point? Until you answer your calling these questions are crazy making. After you answer your calling these questions are irrelevant.
I've always known I was intuitive and had a natural gift for hearing and healing people. When I see people hurting I can't help but go to them. Then on January 8th, 2014 it all came full circle when God tapped me on the back. Growing up atheist this was a bit...alarming. It sent me into a spiral of questions, books, mentors, guides, and late night journal writing. Turning toward your calling will have you questioning so much. Let the questions come - just don't get hung up on the answers.
This wake-up call set me up for my second calling when I realized I wasn't working on purpose. After God said hello I knew I was meant to help others lean into their higher selves, reconnect with their soul, and let go of their fears. Answering your calling brings a sharp amount of clarity we can spend our whole lives searching for. Just like that...there it is.
It would be another eight months before I was ready to really own this. Well, I'm still working on it. Each day I ease a little more into my calling. It's still scary. Here's the thing about self-enlightenment - once you see and feel the light, going back into the dark feels like dying. Even when scared, uncertain, or lost I keep going because it fits perfectly.
So yes, I want YOU to be brave.
There is no greater purpose for you than to answer your calling.
That silent tug on your heart?
Tune into it.
Listen to what it has for you.
Ask what it knows.
Set down your need to know it all, for a comfortable answer, or for the pieces to all fit together. They simple won't.
What do you have to lose? The better question is - what are you already losing by not answering your calling?
In light and love,
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