I have recently been reading Lissa Rankin’s third book the Anatomy of a Calling, you can check it out at Lissarankin.com. Her premise is that every single one of us are heroes. We are all on what Joseph Campbell calls “a heroes journey”, we are all on a mission to step into our true nature and fulfill the assignment our souls were sent to earth to fulfill. Navigating the heroes journey is one of the cornerstones of living a meaningful, authentic healthy life.
There are times on this journey we wish we were on another persons, I know for myself that I could have done with the five Pysch unit admissions that took six months out of my life but now realise that I needed to go through this to get to the point I am at now with my own business and being the most relaxed I have ever been in my life.
Often we receives phone calls towards our true calling that we are not ready for as we have not travelled or completed our heroes journey as yet, how do we find our true calling and what has society said about people who confess to being on theirs. Here are 15 cuts at it:
1. Remember that first time you fell in love, the ecstatic humming and ability for anything to feel good. Don’t give that feeling up when the earth states to shake.
2. Yes as you expect, Oprah has commented on this. Its like having a Spirit Bird.
3. Many people receive their calling as a spiritual adventure, exploring all the possible paths available to achieve the outcome. Steve Vai, the legendary guitarist does it through his instrument: Tender Surrender
4. At times on the journey you will need faith because it certainly won’t be looking like you have imagined it would.
5. Melanie Moushigan Koulouris has a Youtube channel dedicated to her beautifully uplifting quotes, this is one of many that could get you closer to your calling : Melanie’s Quotes to Your Calling.
6. One of the actions Lissa took on her journey was to ask herself the question, what would Love Do, what’s your answer?
7. Time to open your heart and soul and hear the call.
8. They say it is good to get away from the bustle and bustle of the city to the serenity and call of the ocean which covers the majority of the planet. Its helps you hear what is truly in your heart.
9. George Bernard Shaw, known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic and polemicist whose influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as Man and Superman, Pygmalion and Saint Joan. With a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory, Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
10. At times you will think your journey has gone astray and the above is happening: Van’s excellent Wild Night
11. I have recently spent quite a bit of training doing breath and body work, it is remarkable how much it wakes you up to what your calling is.
12. Here is a man who found his calling, John Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is a prominent American conservation organization. The 211-mile John Muir Trail, a hiking trail in the Sierra Nevada, was named in his honor. Other such places include Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach, John Muir College, Mount Muir, Camp Muir and Muir Glacier. In Scotland, the John Muir Way, a 130 mile long distance route, was named in honor of him.
13. You will meet people on your Heroes journey that before they speak you will both know that you have been calling each other for lifetimes. I have several of these in my life.
14. to cultivate relationship with your calling, practice becoming the consciousness that witnesses the dialogues in your mind. You can then chose the above.
15. What’s that ringing sound of worry and anxiety, mark it down as a spam call. Move forward towards that irresistible calling that you have wished for your whole life.
Lissa also talks about the greatest tool we all have on our journey, our Inner Pilot Light. I love the ones she sends to me and write some of my one now.
Namaste until Thursday my dear friends.
Lissa is such an encouraging, passionate writer who shares her highs and lows in a way that encourages us to stay on the path, no matter how rough it may appear at times. I’m currently reading a book by a woman I think you might know – it’s called ‘The Comfort of Water’ and the author is Maya Ward. Apparently she was on the organising committee for The Return of the Sacred Kingfisher Festival for a few years. 😊 The book is about her pilgrimage along the Yarra from the mouth to its source. I like the idea of a pilgrimage as I’m sure it would help clear away some of the bracken that might get in the way of seeing one’s true path.
Yes Maya and I are friends. She also walked up the Merri Creek to its beginnings with several women from CERES including Cinnamon the current CEO. She’s a sustainable architect in her day to day world. I walked the first day with them. A truly inspirational person. She recently was very ill spending a few weeks in hospital, The conscious community who love her rallied to her side.
Cinnamon accompanied her on this walk as well. I am really enjoying reading about their experiences. Maya provides some background of things she has done and places she has been and it is all very impressive.