Responding to the Call

Friday 24 April 2020 - Posted by Julia McCutchen

I’ve certainly had my fair share of unexpected life-changing moments, including over the last 18 months with a car crash triggering an incurable health condition and the sudden death of my father.

Yet these turning points have never coincided so directly before with the worldwide wave of change we’re experiencing at this epic time in history; it really feels like life will never be the same again.

Alongside the immense disruption and distress, there is a Great Awakening occurring, and this exceptional combination of factors seems to me to be a clear call for a whole new way forwards.

Extraordinary Invitation

The question is, how will we respond to that call?

Will old patterns that have so obviously failed to serve the greater good continue to dominate our agendas and keep us stuck in fear and programmed to strive endlessly for more?

Or will the intensity cut through the noise and prompt us to accept this extraordinary invitation to review how we show up and imagine a different future for ourselves and our world?

Deep Listening

My approach to all of this is grounded in a wholehearted commitment to a conscious, open and receptive way of being, living and working.

This has led me to a greater pause than ever before to prioritise deep listening so that right action arises from being in alignment with my depth in order to respond skilfully to the current reality.

Taking up permanent residence in my Inner Seat is giving me the strength to ride the waves as the storm clears out the old to make way for the new.

Doing Less and Being More

I’m also keenly aware of not limiting possibilities by jumping too quickly to conclusions about what might happen and how things might turn out.

Instead I’m engaging in a living inquiry to allow the process to unfold and new paradigms to arise through who I am being as the source of whatever I do.

Doing less and being more has never felt so important!

Presence and Influence

However simple that sounds, it isn’t always easy, especially on the back of an up-bringing based on being busy as the norm and seeing self-worth reflected in achievement and action.

Yet having an emphasis on being doesn’t mean remaining in a completely passive state.

Instead it’s an orientation that gives rise to the presence we have and the influence of that on those around us and the world at large.

Positive Ripples

One of my most significant discoveries has been to pay attention first and foremost to who I am being in order to help others more effectively and make a genuine difference in people’s lives.

A calm, centred and compassionate state creates an internal anchor that keeps me grounded and strengthens my resilience no matter what the external circumstances may be.

Learning to be gentle and take care of myself adds to the positive ripples which spread far more widely than I would have imagined possible in days gone by.

Path to Freedom

The magnitude of this moment has prompted me to share this brief overview of how I’m interpreting and responding to the scenario we’re currently facing.

We all have to find our own way through the challenges of our individual situations; yet it’s absolutely apparent that we’re all in this together.

I understand how easy it is for everyday issues to consume our time and energy.

Nevertheless, this opportunity to review what truly matters and re-structure our lives to be increasingly in alignment with that undoubtedly leads to freedom.

Bring You Alive

As David Whyte expresses with elegant simplicity in the final lines of his poem Sweet Darkness:

anything or anyone

that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.

How will you respond to the call?

8 Comments

  • Julia, my whole being resonates with what you have shared here. First, I congratulate you on your choice to focus on your inner journey as you cope with the painful challenges.’

    I woke up Easter morning with shingles, an extremely painful condition, triggered often by stress. I know the source of stress that brought this on because I handled it poorly. Now I must make some major inner changes, find a different way of responding to the the source (technology issues) as a way of taking better care of myself. These inner changes are challenges, along with coping with the pain ravaging my body.
    But making them will help me strengthen my own resilience as well as maintain an attitude of compassion for those who are dealing with so much during this time of the virus.

    • Thank you Helen. I’m so sorry to hear about the shingles and hope that my sharing will support you to respond to your situation by listening deeply to what you truly need at this time and going forwards.

  • Love reading your blog, and this edition is particularly powerful. Thank you.

    Wishing you well in rising up to your life’s challenges.

    • Thank you Sarah, that’s great to hear. I very much appreciate your good wishes and return the same to you with whatever is going on for you right now!

  • Thank you Julia for sharing your thoughts at this time of deep inner and outer transformation. Diving into the silence (no planes or traffic) offers us the space (no crowds) and stillness to hear the birds sing and the heartbeat of Mother Earth. By lovingly embracing our deepest wounds with kindness and compassion we are healing and restoring balance to ourselves and our beautiful planetary home. Life will never be the same again and perhaps we can all say, thank goodness! Sending you much love and healing blessings.xx

    • That’s lovely Jeanine, thank you. And I’m right with you on saying “thank goodness” that life will never be the same again… or words to that effect! Love and blessings to you too x

  • Thanks Julia for expressing so beautifully what is happening to us all at this time. I resonate so strongly with all that you are saying. As Christopher Fry once said: ‘Affairs are now soul size’. This is the opportunity for us all to dig deeply within and find our true selves. Sending love and many blessings.

    • Thank you for your comment Daphne and for the lovely quote from Christopher Fry; I’ve not come across that before but it perfectly fits the moment. Wishing you joy with your on-going inner journey… Much love to you x

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