I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the idea of calling. And right now it seems to me that women everywhere are being asked to “heed the call” in ways that they never have before. (Have you noticed this too?)
Like most women, I felt the stirrings of my creative muse very early. And like most women, I learned very quickly to suppress it. I remember getting the message very clearly that living a creative life was for someone else, not me, and that it was simply not possible, practical or feasible to heed the call of my true heart’s desire without, well, starving to death (metaphorically and perhaps practically as well).
I’ve done a lot of healing work around that, and part of it was the realization that, to be fair, the kinds of resources that we have access to now simply didn’t exist back then. (The Internet was still mostly in the hands of academics and engineers, building a platform as a writer meant 200 signings per year, and coaching was still a faint blip in the mind of Thomas Leonard – oh wait, I’m dating myself, aren’t I?)
Now, things have changed. And so has the calling.
For the past several years, those of us whose spiritual roots run deep have been talking about “the shift” – the shift in consciousness, the falling away of the old structures that no longer work, of the emerging new paradigms and ways of being that we are all being asked to embody.
And you’ve probably heard by now what the Dali Lama said a year ago: that the world will be saved by the Western woman.
Back when I was a teenager, I felt trapped by a lack of possibility. How could it be possible to manifest my dream? How can I do the work that I’m meant to do in the world?
Now, none of us have that excuse. Because the way to make our work real is more available than ever. And that means it’s time – finally time – to heed the call. It’s time to get … Read MoreRead more