Dr. Lissa Rankin – 10 Signs You’ve Found Your Calling – – BodyMindSoulSpirit – 12-21-14

 10 Signs You've Found Your Calling

 

by Dr. Lissa Rankin

How can you tell if you’ve found your calling? As a doctor who was called to medicine at a young age but then wound up disillusioned by the system, questioning my calling, I’ve asked myself this question a lot. It’s been a long strange trip—first leaving medicine, then feeling called back, then leaving again only to find my role in healing our broken health care system as a writer, speaker, revolutionary, and teacher of physicians.
Along the way, I’ve learned a few things about how to know whether you’re on the right track.
1. You’ll realize you’ve been training for your calling since the moment you were born.
Even the gritty things, the disappointments, the regrets, and the screw ups, they were all prepping you for what you’re now being called to do. You’ll realize that the divorce, the bankruptcy, the death of your loved one, the failure, the rejection—it was just school, teaching you the lessons your soul needed to learn in order to be who you’re being called to be.
2. Mystical things will start happening.
You might be tempted to write them off as coincidences, only they’re too perfect, too exactly-what-you-need in that particular moment, too much like miracles to call them accidents. The synchronicities will fill you with a sense of wonder, because they’re proof positive that you’re being guided, that you’re not in this alone, that Someone is moving mountains to ensure that your mission is a success.
3. When you get off course, you’ll get redirected.
Doors you longed to walk through will slam shut. If you take the wrong fork in the road, your path will be littered with barbed wire and mustard gas and dragons and sharp knives lining the path. You’ll get the hint that you’ve made a wrong turn, steering yourself off course from your date with destiny, when the journey becomes a relentless struggle. The deal will fall through. The money will run out. The mentor who’s been providing the magical gifts won’t follow you onto the wrong path. People won’t sign up. You’ll be rerouted just as magically as you were steered to your calling in the first place.
4. You’ll be guided by ease, even in the face of obstacles.
 
When you find yourself struggling to get through an obstacle-ridden forest, it can be hard to tell: is your commitment just being tested, or have you veered off course? Obstacles can be part of the growth process, the cultivation of your inner hero, a necessary part of your hero’s journey. But they can also be signs that you’ve made a wrong turn. How can you tell the difference? The guidepost you can trust is a sense of movement towards ease. If the challenges are mounting, things are getting worse, one hard struggle is piling upon the other, you’ve probably gotten seduced off-course from your true calling, and the Universe is just waiting patiently, twiddling Divine thumbs because you have free will, but never giving up faith that you’ll find your way back to your calling, which will always lead you to your own holy grail. When you’re back on track, things start to flow again.
5. Magical mentors will appear just in the nick of time.
Just when you need it most, the right people will show up, with just the tools you’ll need to support you and your journey in an almost mystical way.
6. Your health is likely to improve.
A strange but welcome side effect of finding your calling is that your health is likely to improve. You may notice fewer cravings for unhealthy foods, you’ll have more energy for moving your body, aches and pains that used to plague you might disappear, you’ll feel less tired, and chronic illnesses you may be battling may start to get better.
Take Andy Mackie, for example. At 59 years old, Andy Mackie had undergone nine heart surgeries and was taking 15 medications to try to keep him alive, but the medicines left him feeling horrible, so one day, he told his doctors he wanted to stop the drugs. They told him if he did, he’d die within a year, so Andy decided if he was dying, he wanted to do something he’d always wanted to do.
So he took the money he would’ve spent on his medications and used it to buy 300 harmonicas, and he gave them away to children, complete with harmonica lessons. The following month, he was still alive, so he bought another 300 harmonicas. Thirteen years and 20,000 harmonicas later, Andy Mackie finally passed away.
7. You may find that money flows in just as you’re ready to throw in the towel.
I’m not suggesting that you won’t wind up in debt or staring at an empty bank account when you used to have a full one or even bankrupt. But if you’re on the right path, you won’t wind up living under that freeway overpass near what used to be your house, and you may find that money appears almost magically once you’re really right in the dead center of your life’s purpose.
8. You may feel strangely peaceful, even when you have every reason to be anxious.
Everyone around you will likely think you’re crazy. A part of you will agree with them. But a wise inner knowing, that part of you I call your Inner Pilot Light, will be so comforted by the fact that you’re finally on the path to your purpose that you may feel unusually calm—until your rational mind kicks in.
Our souls long to express what we’re here on this earth to express, and when you finally fall into alignment with your calling, your soul does a little happy dance.  It may appear as if everything else in your life is falling apart, but you’ll have this sense of peace, a huge relief, that at least- finally—you know what you’re called to do.
9. The Universe will roll out the red carpet. 
When what you’re being called to do is what is needed for the highest good of all beings, the Universe will bend over backwards to hand you whatever you need on a silver platter. No request is too small. A copywriter may volunteer to help you just when you were thinking you needed to write a sales page. Someone will donate a printer when it’s time print a flyer. You’ll feel so supported, so lucky, that you’ll know you’re on track, even if you’re not quite clear what you’re on track to do.
10. Your people will find you.
Few can fulfill a calling alone. Most of us need a tribe to lift us up as we do brave, scary, world-changing things. But don’t worry. When you’re really on purpose, your people will find you, if only you’re courageous enough to be vulnerable about what you’re being called to do.
Do Any Of These Sound Familiar?
Have you found your calling? Or are you still looking for it? If you’ve found your calling, YEAH! The world needs you! Blessings to you on your hero’s journey.

Steve Beckow – Following the Path of Our Nature – 7-22-14

MissionKrishna, in the Bhagavad-Gita, says something that should be of interest to us and is certainly of interest to me. He said:

All mankind
Is born for perfection
And each shall attain it
Will he but follow
His nature’s duty. (1)

What Krishna called our “nature’s duty,” we of this generation might call our mission.

I see the truth of this statement in matters that occur around me.  There are those whose mission is healing. Others practice meditation.  I consider writing to be my mission.

If I tried to attain perfection, so to speak, by healing, it may or may not come to me. If others tried to attain perfection by writing, it may or may not come to them. But, according to Krishna, it’s most likely to come if we follow our natural duty, dharma, or inclination.

Krishna goes on to say that “a man [or woman] will reach perfection if he does his duty as an act of worship to the Lord, who is the source of the universe, prompting all action, everywhere present.”  (2)

Let me approach this one with a preamble. Spiritual knowledge unfolds more and more with each generation. It isn’t that the sages expand; it’s that our ability to hear them expands and so their range of what they can discuss expands.

When the Being who incarnated as Krishna claimed to be an incarnation of the full Brahman (the Father), the same Being when he incarnated as Sri Ramakrishna (who is again among us today), now made the distinction that it is really the Divine Mother (Shakti, the Holy Spirit) who incarnates and whom he serves.

“It is the Sakti [the Mother], the Power of God, that is born as an Incarnation [avatar].” (3)

“The Full Brahman [the Father] is the Witness, pervading all space and time, equally. [But] it is his Energy (Shakti) that incarnates.” (4)

The Mother is the source of the Law and the architect of the Divine Plan. She is the only form of God that we will ever see. The Father cannot be seen.

Therefore while Krishna could say that perfection is reached by carrying out our mission as duty to the Lord, this generation, I think, is more likely to look to God’s form as the Mother as she whom we serve.

For the newest readers, I feel obliged to say that the Mother and the Father are not different. The Mother is God in the active phase. The Father is God in the passive phase. Says Sri Ramakrishna:

“That which is Brahman [the Father] is also Kali, the Mother, the primal Energy. When inactive It is called Brahman. Again, when creating, preserving, and destroying, It is called Sakti.

“Still water is an illustration of Brahman. The same water, moving in waves, may be compared to Sakti, Kali. What is the meaning of Kali? She who communes with Maha-Kala, the Absolute, is Kali. She is formless and, again, She has forms.” (5)

But the meaning of Krishna’s statement remains clear.  The carrying out of our missions is successful when done as duty to, in our case, the Mother.

And thus it is as well that the Mother baptizes us in the waters first of clarity, then of purity, then of love, and then of grace. It is the Mother who guides us to the Father. In doing so, Self guides Self to Self.

Krishna goes on to amplify his statement by telling us:

“A man’s own natural duty, even if it seems imperfectly done, is better than work not naturally his own even if this is well performed.

“When a man acts according to the law of his nature, he cannot be sinning. Therefore, no one should give up his natural work, even though he does it imperfectly. For all action is involved in imperfection, like fire in smoke.” (6)

None of us, probably, will carry out a perfect action or action done perfectly. I don’t think that is “humanly” possible. But we will not miss the mark (in archery, a “sin” is a missed mark) if we follow the dictates of our mission.

I just spoke with a friend who said she was of “the old school.” In her view I am of the “New Age.” She has read blogs, she says, that say they are “beyond the New Age.” Her mission involves her being out in nature. Mine involves me playing at the keyboard. Yours will take you where it does. We all of us follow our own dharma.

But all are paths to perfection if we decline to follow the path of another and follow instead the path of our mission, our natural duty.

 

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/07/22/following-the-path-of-our-nature/

 

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Jamie Dunmore – My Call For Humanity – Spoken Word

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Wes Annac – Why Are We Here – 4-23-14

Written by Wes Annac, The Aquarius Paradigm

We’re here to raise this planet’s vibration, and we aren’t about to give up on our efforts. The strength of our collective force is growing by the day, and as long as we remain committed to the tasks at hand, we’ll achieve them without question.

We’re here to transform the manner in which this planet’s run and reintroduce fairness and sustainability by taking everyone’s needs into account. We’re here to make sure everyone’s able to experience the comfort and peace of mind they deserve, and if we want to do this, it’s very important that we start getting to work.

Every seeker who’s become aware of the reality of their existence is here to change things in a positive way, and as long as we remain focused and committed to the tasks at hand, we’ll inevitably achieve our goal. As long as we constantly remind ourselves that we’re here on a very real and sacred mission, we’ll be able to handle the tasks before us with relative ease.

We’re here to bring sunshine back to the perception of myriad lost souls who’ve forgotten about spirit and the fact that something much, much greater exists beyond the stress of their daily existence. Even though we go through trials and difficulties ourselves, our primary task is to see beyond the stress and pain and into the light of our developing higher-dimensional existence.

We’re here to restore jubilance to the collective consciousness and help everyone see the light in their own way. We’re being divinely guided by higher-dimensional souls who have our best interest (and primarily, our evolution) in mind, and the things we’re going to do and be from here on out can’t be stopped.

Our mission as awakening seekers who are capable of changing the world is to do just that: change this planet and orient it to the loving, harmonious way of life we’re ready to establish. We’re pioneers; revolutionaries; world changers who are bent on achieving our goals, and nothing will stop us at this point.

With the immense progress we have and continue to make, we can’t help but complete and then build on the goals we’ve set out to achieve. We recognize the higher-dimensional assistance we’re being given, and we’re using the tools we’ve been provided to help everyone else become aware of it too.

With the divine inspiration and assistance we’ve been given, we’re a force to be reckoned with. The former powers, who’ve tried endlessly yet futilely to enslave all of mankind, can’t stop us or the mission we’ve come to complete. Like I’ve said before, we’re the only ones who can stop ourselves, but we aren’t about to do that.

We aren’t about to lay our mission down in favor of earthly pleasure or comfort, and many of us make personal sacrifices in the name of the light and serving humanity. We’re happy to make these sacrifices, of course, because we recognize the importance of our mission and the sanctity of where we’re going.

We’re here to help everyone remember the existence of spirit and the fact that a divinely inspired life can be lived by all of humanity. We’re here to set the example, even though many of us will inevitably falter along the way, and ultimately, we’re here to learn and grow away from the lower traits and habits that have kept us ensnared in the illusion.

We’re here to directly confront the forces who have and continue to make life difficult for the lower and middle classes, and it goes without saying that we’re here to expose their actions as we collectively root ourselves in the aforementioned new way of life we’re beginning to establish.

We’re much, much stronger than we tend to give ourselves credit for, because we have the loving strength of Source by our side. We’re divine beings who are on a mission to transform this planet, and since we’re given all of the assistance we could possibly hope for, we’re spiritually invincible.

Even though we’re going to make mistakes every now and then, those mistakes don’t subtract from our genuine efforts to help humanity become aware. We’re learning our way through this difficult experience as we help others discover spirit, and in time, we and everyone we seek to uplift will be back in a greater state of consciousness and satisfied with the mission we’ll have completed.

Stay strong, fellow seekers, because we’re here to achieve utopian greatness. We just have to believe in our mission and the reality of the work we’re doing, and when we do, we can start really flowing and helping this lost planet and its people evolve.

Are you up for the challenge? This is obviously a rhetorical question, and when it comes down to it, we know we are. There’s nothing we can’t do, and in this new era, there’s nothing we won’t do. We’re here on a mission, and we plan to complete it.

The forces holding humanity back should pay close attention to the things we do from here on out, and no matter what they do, we can’t and won’t be stopped. We’re in it for the long haul, and it’s time to start the greatest of our work.

Wes Annac – Motivating the rest of the conscious public to start creating the future we advocate.

I’m a 20 year old awakening seeker and creator of The Aquarius Paradigm daily news site.

The Aquarius Paradigm features daily spiritual and alternative news, as well as articles I’ve written and more. Its purpose is to awaken and uplift by providing material that’s spiritually inspired and/or related to the fall of the planetary elite and our entrance into a positive future.

I can also be found at Conscious Oneness, The Golden Age of Gaia, Lightworkers.org, Ashtar Command Crew, Facebook (Wes Annac and The Aquarius Paradigm), and Twitter.

 

http://beyondascension.blogspot.com/2014/04/why-are-we-here-by-wes-annac-42314.html

 

Steve Beckow – The Purpose of Life Re-Stated – Golden Age Of Gaia – 4-24-14

Who am I?

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Written by Steve Beckow   –   The Golden Age of Gaia.

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I’ve been asked to go over the purpose of life once more. It’s actually useful to do so from time to time because there’s no learning I can think of that’s more fruitful.

It contextualizes everything we do. It’s the broadest perspective we can take and puts everything, or almost everything, in focus.

In this restatement, I won’t offer the numerous quotes from enlightened masters that back up what I say here. (1) And for the source of my own knowledge of this purpose, I direct you to the vision I had on February 13, 1987 that showed these matters to me. (2)

After that vision, I remained in bliss for three days. But the vision itself was wordless and, for the next ten years, I read nothing but the works of enlightened masters, searching for words to explain what I had seen in eight seconds on that day.

I now see why that vision was given because it served as the starting point for everything I’ve written since then.

One could discuss the purpose of life from two vantage points: ours and God’s, if one could be so bold as to assert that one could possibly know God’s purpose in anything.

Let’s start with our vantage point.

The purpose of life for us is to know ourselves as God. That could be alternatively stated as knowing our true identity, knowing who we are, realizing our Self, etc.

Notice that knowing is the ultimate condition. It’s love that gives rise to that knowledge. In the vision experience, I saw that bliss, the great Comforter, does bring all things to remembrance. I had intuitive knowledge of all that the vision was showing me.  (3)

In the experience of universal love last November, I saw that love brought unitive consciousness. (4) And more recently, I saw that love wiped away the existential conditions that so deeply bother us. (5)

That having been said, these experiences were transitory, as all are until sahaja samadhi or Ascension.

The fact that knowing is what gives rise to realization explains why discrimination is so important. We must discriminate between the Real and the unreal and then realize (not just know intellectually but realize in every cell of our bodies and even deeper) who we truly are.

We realize who we are in a moment of enlightenment. And not just a moment of realization such as spiritual awakening (when the kundalini reaches the fourth or heart chakra) but knowing at a level of realization that is way beyond the chakra system, way beyond even sahaja, which is a permanent heart opening, but far beyond that level and far beyond even the dimensions that define the human experience.

We emanate from God as a spark of life, love, and intelligence. That spark is known to all the world’s religions as the Self, the soul, the Christ, the Atman, our original face, etc.

It is known as the firebrand plucked from the burning and the lamp always burning on the altar of the heart.

It is known as the pearl of great price, the prince of peace, and the savior. It has a thousand names.

We mount Jacob’s ladder of consciousness, step by step, until we know the Son or Atman, the Mother, Holy Spirit or Shakti, and then the Father or Brahman.  And far beyond the Trinity.

Once we merge again with the Transcendental One, beyond all materiality, we are again home. Whereas many sources call Ascension “full consciousness,” in fact full consciousness would be this final act of mergence with God.

That then describes the purpose of life for us.

The purpose of having created life forms, viewed from God’s perspective, as if that were possible, is, as a friend once described it, God meeting God.

When we realize God in a moment of enlightenment, God meets God, and for that purpose was all of this, all of life, created.

God is everything that is, One without a second. If you or I filled all of space and beyond, if we were all that is and all that is not, how would we possibly realize ourselves? We’d have no mirror, no other, or any other means of seeing ourselves.

Therefore for God to meet God, he created finger puppets (us) and then assigned them the task of Self-Realization, at which point, for a moment, God meets and knows Itself.

I use the image of “finger puppets”, because that image, which combines individuality and connectedness, best summarizes our relationship to God.  Hindus might call that image “qualified non-dualism.” It is qualified until the final mergence, at which point it becomes purely non-dualistic.

All of this that we see and hear and touch is simply an illusion, smoke and mirrors, created to allow ourselves the conditions we need to separate out the Real from the illusion.

In recognition of this, we speak of life as being a lila or divine play, maya or illusion. Our task is to see the Reality that lies underneath, behind and beyond the play or illusion.

The spark of life that we are is an eternal being so therefore we are always, already immortal and eternal. What Jesus meant by “eternal life” was winning release from the need to be reborn again into material life, a condition that’ll be ours upon Ascension.

We may, upon “death,” shuck our outer, physical body, but at no point do we lose consciousness. Instead we simply step out of one body (the physical) and find ourselves in another (the astral), in the same way as we take off our coat when we come indoors.

Consciousness is continual; “death” does not cause a break in it, except for the suicide, who may find himself or herself in a temporary condition of semi-consciousness. (6)

So this then is the purpose of life – that we realize God by realizing our own true identity. This purpose is what makes answering the question “Who am I?” central to life.

And everything we do, everything we learn simply assists us to go one more step on this long, long journey from God to God, this journey of discovery of who we truly are. And who we truly are is, we discover, God.

Footnotes

(1) For that see the essays clustered under “The Purpose of Life” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/spiritual-essays/16244-2/, specifically:

For the quotes from enlightened masters that describe God’s purpose, see particularly Ch. 4 When God Meets God.

(2) For a description of that vision, see “Ch. 13 Epilogue” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/spiritual-essays/16244-2/the-purpose-of-life-is-enlightenment/ch-13-epilogue/

(3) ”Ch. 13 Epilogue,” ibid.

(4) See “Review of a Spiritual Experience” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2013/11/09/review-of-a-spiritual-experience/. “Love Sweeps Separative Consciousness Away,” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2013/11/10/love-sweeps-separative-consciousness-away/.

(5)  See “The Answer for Me is Love” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/04/18/the-answer-for-me-is-love/.

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Teal Scott – How to Make A Difference in The World

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When we look at something across the world that causes suffering or when we look at something in someone else’s life that causes them to suffer, we feel powerless. Being empathetic, we want desperately to do something to improve the situation. But we don’t know how. The most crucial thing for us to understand is that we will never feel good about the world we live in, or about ourselves until we stop addressing suffering in terms of specific, isolated incidents. We will only reduce suffering if we treat suffering on this planet as a whole.
When you look at suffering as a whole, you will soon realize that your suffering is a part of that collective suffering. It will then become apparent that the most important thing we could do to reduce suffering in the world is to reduce our own suffering as individuals. You are contributing to world suffering when you suffer as a result of focusing on the suffering of others. Because of this, it can easily be said that the single most important thing you will ever do for world suffering, is to do whatever it takes to enable yourself to be happy.