Inner Calling

Guidance for the Week of June 9 through June 15

Do you feel like you’re here, on earth at this moment in time, for a reason? Do you feel that you are here to service a particular purpose? The guidance for this week is that it’s time to listen more carefully, stand up, and welcome insights for your next steps.

Some of you may be saying, “YES!,” others may be scratching your head and thinking, “what?,” and most of you may be somewhere between. You know what? None of the answers to the questions above are better, higher, more spiritual. The answers are your answer at this moment in your life and you may shift the answer at another time and place … or not.

It’s possible that I’ve always felt that I was here for a reason, to serve a purpose. I do know that when I was 16 or so, my friend’s mother offered astrology readings to the five of us young women. One thing that she said to me shaped my thoughts, beliefs, and choices, “you are here to be a spiritual leader.”

Now, in 1974, in the heart of white middle class suburbia, the only spiritual leaders I knew about were rabbis, ministers, and priests – and you can be sure that I had no idea that women could ever be welcomed into one of those roles. I didn’t know what that guidance meant, or how it would related to my life, but it was always there, whispering in the background, informing the ways I saw my choices as I moved on into my ‘real’ life.

In more recent years, other astrologers have told me the same thing. The message might come with different words but the essence has been the same. It’s one of the inspirations for this blog on practical spirituality.

I love the Judgement card because it’s so dramatic. An angel! in the sky! with a trumpet! calling forth the dead! who rise to embrace the calling!

In reality — or at least, in my reality — the angel is not visible but sensed, the trumpet is actually a whisper or a silent bell, and the dead being called to rise and embrace the message is me.

Me, when I make choices that go against my personal calling, me when I am willing to settle for less, me when I try to be accepted in mainstream culture.

“Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.”
Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

What I know is that whether we feel that we have a particular mission or are satisfied with following our life and interests, we are all called to be who we are. Without shame, without fear, without hiding.

The guidance for this week is to listen. Perhaps you will hear trumpets (and please let us know if you do!) and perhaps you will hear the wind in the leaves, the ripple of a stream across rocks, the line of a song that suddenly inspires, or the words of a friend over coffee. Listen.

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