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When Life Calls, How Will You Answer?

When Life Calls, How Will You Answer?

“Life issues a call; it makes a demand on every living individual…Only as you become aware of your own illusions can you simultaneously become more aware of the truth within yourself, and therefore in life. Consequently, you will understand in each moment what the call of life wants to convey to you.” ~ Pathwork Lecture 145   How has Life has been calling you lately? Is it whispering for you to surge forward on a new adventure, nudging you to make a slight correction in course, or maybe screaming for you to turn completely around and run like hell?   Does it sometimes feel like Life speaks a foreign language that you cannot begin to understand?   Just under the surface of the daily details of our life, the soul’s evolutionary journey is under way, whether we are aware of it or not. This journey can be likened to the metaphorical “Hero’s Journey” as coined by Joseph Campbell, and as we learn to translate the messages that are all around us, the obstacles fall away and the path can open up in astonishing ways.   There are several stages of the journey that Joseph Campbell has illuminated, which can be broken up into three distinct phases. Let’s take a look at these as they may relate to your Soul’s Journey:   The Departure. This is the phase when the Hero (that would be you) hears the Call.  We often become open to hearing this call in the midst of a personal or spiritual crisis or life transition, but it can come anytime, and it can be experienced differently for each...
Tasting the Sweetness of Community

Tasting the Sweetness of Community

“There is almost a sensual longing for communion with others who have a large vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendship between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality impossible to describe.” ~ Teilhard de Chardin   The spiritual journey, if sincerely followed, is a path of self-discovery leading us home to our Real Self, and the paradoxical realization that we never really left home to begin with. To once again align with and anchor in the deepest truth of who we are is a precious gift of grace, and while it requires a certain amount of solitude, prayer and inner reflection, most of us were never meant to spend our lives secluded in a monastery or as reclusive hermits in a cave high on a mountain top.   We all need Connection. Communion. Community. We need one another!   If we could have made this journey alone, we would have reached our destination long ago. But just as there are insights that can only be revealed in solitude and silence, there is wisdom that can only be gained when kindred spirits engage in authentic relationship, walking the path together in service of supporting one another’s personal and spiritual growth. Both are essential to the spiritual journey.   Here are some of the invaluable gifts I have received in community:   To know I am not alone. When others share their hopes, fears, sorrows, and disappointments, it gives me the courage and humility to come out of my isolation and share the same. I realize we are really more alike than different. To be supported....