Today’s blog continues the exploration into the question of personal, spiritual, soul, calling. Who and How are we uniquely called to be?
The Soul’s Calling
For each and every one of us, there is a unique call that when heeded, leads us to a place of inner fulfillment, contentment and joy. This unique spiritual call is the magnificent way in which we are called in service to ourselves and in service to the world and is accomplished through our own unique vision, gifts and passions. In heeding this call, we are birthing our soul, our truest self, our most magnificent self, the person God made us to be. Attending to the soul’s calling is the most important work we can do in the world – because in birthing our souls, we are providing a model for others to follow when soul calls to them.
The soul is a mysterious spiritual thing. It whispers to us in our dreams, through our imagination, in the tiny whispering voice of intuition and in various physical sensations. Soul can also show up as restlessness, rage, hatred, anxiety, tension, worry, depression and despair – especially when it is being ignored or not getting the attention it knows it deserves. And soul is messy. Soul does not show up in a tidy little package that fits into the tightly woven box of societal constructs or expectations – in fact, soul is everything BUT compliant. Soul breaks down barriers, boundaries, traditions and rules and will not fit into anyone’s box, least of all our own. And soul is surprising. Soul shows up when we least expect it and in the most unexpected way. But….one thing we can be sure about soul is that it reflects our gifts, our passions, our hopes and dreams and it holds within it all the ways in which we are able to be in service to love and in service to the world. Soul holds it all and is limitless in what it is able to hold. And soul is big – as in big, wide, general terms such as healer, teacher, provider, helper, lover, muse, comforter, guide, counselor, etc. But by definition, soul cannot be defined, instead, it defines itself in its revealing. Soul grows as we engage in it and teaches us who and how it wants to be. In recognizing soul, we are the student, the soul is our teacher.
Surprising but not so surprising revelations
As I mentioned in last week’s blog, I have been journeying with and through Bill Plotkin’s book, Soulcraft. As I have been reading this book, I have been amazed at how my own spiritual journey began to take on a new life and a new direction. It was as if in reading his book, my own Soul was seeking to be born. And last week, through a series of meditations, dreams, “coincidences,” writing exercises, visualizations, my SOUL made itself known. How do I know this? Because her appearance was surprising, but not surprising at all because she has shown up in this way time and time and time again and I have followed trail upon trail upon trail in her pursuit. While I’m a little hesitant in sharing my soul, I am heeding Bill’s directive that when the time is right, it is important to share our SOUL in the world so that it can take its rightful place and begin to do its work. So….without further ado….
Heeding the call to be PRIEST
Yep, I said it. PRIEST. I know, I know, I know…..I’ve been down this path before, but Soul assured me that while all the other explorations of this path proved to be fruitless…..this one is right. BECAUSE…….it is a priesthood of my own making……free from the confines of denomination or even belief. Free from the rules of institution. A priesthood that is authentic to who I am, what my gifts are and how God continues to call me in service to the world. A priesthood that encompasses all that I do, all that I am and touches every single part of my everyday life and personal encounters. Exploring Priest from this perspective took me back to my ministry training which outlined the responsibilities of a priest: (to which I would add PRAY):
And, these are the things I am already doing and will continue to do in the world through not only my professional ministry, but in simply being and walking in the world. So, yes, I accept the call to be priest – and will allow it to reveal itself to me in the way that it wants to be known uniquely through me. 🙂
How is your SOUL calling to be born in the world?
(Here’s one of the coincidences that occurred this past week as my daughter and I were having a little fun with her choir robes….and my goofy son trying to get in on the fun) 🙂