There is a reason ‘Why am I here?’ and ‘What is my purpose?‘ are such common questions.
These questions arise from authentic need.
They arise from a need to contribute (to others, our communities, our earth) in whatever capacity best aligns with our natural gifts.
They arise as well from a need to be seen and valued for our gifts.
Our gifts are often not seen nor valued.
Unfortunately, we live in a time where gifts are generally not valued unless they happen to meet a very narrow definition of merit.
For instance: athleticism or ability to make money (regardless of cost).
Further, one of our underlying cultural narratives is that we must fit in and not stand out. If we do, we risk ostracization (or worse).
And yet, we long to live our gifts.
We hold this deep longing to contribute our skills and talents to a community, a world, that has the ability to receive and value them for the precious gifts that they are.
Our hearts yearn for us to do the thing that we feel so passionate about. Our hearts know that we can make a difference through contributing our gifts. They also know that we were born with our specific gifts in order to make a difference!
The problem: we don’t know how to transition from our current reality to the one we wish we were living.
The good news.
At many points during our lives, we find ourselves in transition. Yes, this is good news! 🙂
For stretches of time, we do what we think we “have” to do, in order to fill the many roles we take on – spouse, mother, family member, friend, money maker, etc. In the process, we lose ourselves.
But, eventually, we enter a time of transition. The transition could result from breakup, a child leaving home, a change in the workplace. A transition can even be triggered when an inner knowing that something isn’t right becomes too loud to ignore.
Whatever form the transition takes, an opening is presented.
This opening allows us to listen to the calling of our hearts. We have the opportunity to step our of our culturally defined roles and into more authentic alignment with ourselves and our true gifts (or our purpose).
Meet Ana Paula.
That’s what happened to my friend, Ana Paula. Even though she seemed to be have a dream life as a successful architect, her heart said something wasn’t right. She listened to that inner knowing and transformed her life. Now, she is passionate about helping other women do the same and is facilitating a conversation called “Wake Up, Wild Heart!”.
Following the call of our hearts is crucial…
…for the wellbeing of each of us individually, yes. Even more so, for the wellbeing of our communities and of our earth.
We are in a time of cultural transition.
Transitions occur on both an individual and a cultural level. Currently, we are in time culturally when there is an opening for each of us to embrace our wild hearts and to heal all that stands between us and knowing/living our gifts.
Waking up and following our wild hearts is no simple task.
It is, for me anyway, a path often fraught with fear, tears, insecurity and tons of self-doubt.
Without the ongoing guidance and support of other healers, mentors and elders (and events like Wake Up, Wild Heart!) I would not be here, writing you this message.
A voice for love and healing.
I’m embracing the call of my heart through speaking in the Wake Up, Wild Heart summit.
I’m not (yet) a relaxed, confident speaker. Speaking about things that feel meaningful and true to me triggers massive anxiety and fear. My chest and neck breaks out in a rash, my voice trembles and cracks.
This call of my heart to be a voice for love and healing, however, is stronger than my fear.
I believe the call of your heart is as well.
Will you join us?
Wake Up, Wild Heart is a complimentary virtual event beginning on April 3 that brings together 21 speakers (including me) to share what it means to be awake now, how to get clear on your purpose, and how to align with your true gifts/self.
In my interview, I share what I believe it means to be awake now and offer a skill to help you realign with your body. Twenty other speaker-healers add their insight, hard-earned wisdom, and varied gifts to the conversation.
Join us, here: