Something IS Calling You. Time to Answer Your Call?
If you are stressed, in pain, unhappy, feeling out of balance, etc., something is calling you, needing your attention. Answer your call….
Lack energy, tired all of the time, and/or not sleeping well? Something is calling you.
If you have health issues, whether headaches, sciatica, GERD, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., something is calling you.
If you repeatedly have thoughts such as “I’d really like to _____, but not now. Maybe someday. I don’t have the time, talent, skills, money anyway. It is just a pipedream. I don’t deserve it, couldn’t do it, and am too old.” Something is calling you.
If you want more from your life, but don’t know what, nor know where to start……… can you guess what? Something’s calling you.
Is something calling you? What is it?
Answer your call.
Answering the Call
If you know me or have been following me, you know that years ago I had my own challenges with physical symptoms that didn’t fit traditional diagnoses, and didn’t respond to conventional medical approaches. Though not yet debilitating, my symptoms weren’t improving, and disability seemed a very real possibility in my youthful future.
At one point, I consulted with a massage therapist. She asked if I had examined the emotional aspects of my life/situation. I told her, “I am happy. There is no issue there”. I didn’t make an appointment with her.
And, I was happy. In many ways. I loved my husband, my home, my family, my friends, my job, my life. I did. (I still do, but even more so now….)
But, in a seemingly small way, I was not satisfied. I was beginning to feel more uncomfortable with my work environment. I persevered. I was challenging myself to grow in many ways through being there, which I valued, made me who I am, and do not regret.
So, I focused on the job in a way that resonated with me – one of helping people. But I didn’t realize that none of this was really enough. Nor did I realize the huge importance of those whispers I was ignoring….
It Was Time for A Change. Time to Answer My Call.
My Soul was guiding me toward that change. It whispered the desire for something more meaningful in my life. I ignored the whispers, as if they were frivolous, and not to be taken seriously.
Those whispers grew louder to get my attention in the exact language I would hear and understand: physical discomforts that became concerning, and more limiting. I had to listen to them in order to not just feel better, but to BE better as well. I had to transcend symptomatic relief, and find true, lasting change if I wanted to break the cycle and be free, healthy, and at peace.
Dr. John Upledger has referred to this inner healing wisdom as “your inner physician”. His book, which I highly recommend, Your Inner Physician and You, was intriguing, enlightening, and pivotal in my understanding and use of these concepts. (Get it: International Alliance of Health Care Educators, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Good Reads, Google Books). (Dr. Upledger developed the method of craniosacral therapy that I first studied, that turned around my health and my life, and which is my first go-to with my clients).
Once I listened to the shouts, addressed them, and got to the root causes, my health improved, my symptoms subsided, and my life improved beyond anything I dreamed. My relationship to myself, my life, and my health became clearer, and richer. I became response-able, and peaceful thru anything life throws my way.
I stopped limiting my self to chasing symptoms, and began resolving my challenges at the roots.
How Did I Do It?
I became more respons-Able.
Conventional approaches treat symptoms. They don’t get to the roots of my issues. I learned that I was the only one who could truly do that. I was the only one that had the inside information needed for that to happen.
I was the only one who could change what I was experiencing. I was responsible for my experience.
Others had knowledge, skills and expertise that supported me, yes. Others could perform tests, evaluations and assessments that helped me quantify my situation. Others provided craniosacral therapy, massage therapy, love, support, and guidance.
But, how I responded to my situation determined my experience and the direction of it. And, I was able to respond, wasn’t I? Therefore, I was respons-ABLE.
Change From The Inside Out
Ultimately, the changes needed had to come from within me. No one else on the outside could truly know what was best for me. I was the only one who knew what the voices in my head were saying. (Same voice that you have inside you that says, “What in the world does she mean here?” Or, “I know exactly what she means!”). I was the only one who knew exactly how I was feeling.
Only that Inner Wisdom built within me, keeping me safe and alive, healing my wounds, fighting off invasive microbes, replacing cells as they died off, maintaining my metabolism, keeping my heart beating, etc., could truly know what was best for me. Tapping into it, listening to it, supporting it in supporting me is what got me through. It guided my healing journey every step of the way, and was even more powerful once I learned to partner with it, instead of relying on others to walk that path for me with an outside-in point of view.
I became more respons-Able, which helped me improve and maintain balance in my life, giving me more energy, better health, increased connection and confidence in my decisions, and JOY. I was even happier because I came to understand that I had a Purpose, and I was being guided to live it. It was time not only to answer the call, but to live my Calling.
So How Can You Answer Your Call?
Be willing to do the work and make yourself a priority. If you have trouble with this, grab your copy of my fr*e checklist to Seamlessly Fit “YOU” Into Your Busy Schedule:Give yourself some quality attention and care – healthy food, adequate hydration, quality rest, and LOVE. Be the best version of YOU. Don’t you want to be your best for those you love?
Assess your needs. This isn’t intended to be a substitute for necessary medical or mental health treatment, and you should always seek such necessary treatment first. Some people may find that this approach complements such care, and streamlines it. In some cases this approach alone may suffice.
Answer Your Call. Tune In.
You can’t truly follow your guidance, get to the roots of your challenges, and create the joy, energy, and peace you desire without learning to tune into yourself. This is the first step.
Tune into your body and ask yourself:
- What do I notice in my body? How does my body feel? Where do I not feel well?
- Do I feel open, closed, tight, loose, heavy, light etc.?
- Do I feel balanced and equal from side to side?
This is a skill you can master. Having regular bodywork with a skilled practitioner helps you become even more aware of your body, and can give you a sense of it you won’t have without touch. The latter is still true for me after nearly 20 years of weekly bodywork – it is part of how we are built.
It is work, yes. In my experience, it is work I will trade for nothing because I know that no matter what happens, or doesn’t, my best interest is served. That brings me peace.
Find Your Peace
In my next post I will explore the next steps to… Answering Your Call. For now, practice tuning into your body and see what you notice. See how it feels throughout the day. See how it feels and what you notice when you are stressed, vs. when you aren’t. This is gold……. It is your Pearl……
It is my wish that you find the peace you seek, too.
And, if you need a little support finding your solutions from the inside out, contact me today for a free consultation to see how we can work together to help you answer your call.