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“Callings - Finding and Following an Authentic Life” by Gregg Levoy
Reviewed by Renette Meltebeke

"The sword embedded in the stone can only be removed by the person to whom the sword belongs "

When someone asked Albert Einstein which question is the most important question to ask about the mysteries of the Universe, he said, "Is the Universe a friendly place or not?" How you answer this one question will have a significant impact on how your life unfolds.

Gregg Levoy's book on callings is a compassionate guide to the process of trusting the Universe to discover your personal power and authenticity.

A calling is a way of getting your attention to help you to five a more authentic fife. Callings encourage you to listen to your deepest self and believe what you hear.

Callings require you to leave your comfort zones, to give up something you have for something you want, to let go of what is familiar for what is not. Every response to a call necessitates a leap in faith. If it doesn't scare you, it's probably not the right call.

Calls can come in a variety of forms including: in your dreams or your passions, or, on the other hand, as a symptom that recurs, or some friction in your life where changes are trying to take place. As Gregg Levoy put it, "you just need to figure out what decisions will assure that when your life flashes before your eyes, it holds your interest."

Calls do not go away. They persist until you respond to them. When you go against your calls, you go against yourself. "Wake up calls are simply calls that have become desperate to get your attention."

The first step, then in following a calling, is to pay very close attention to yourself and what is going on in your life. Ask yourself of every action or activity: "What is this trying to tell me? Does this take me toward or away from what I want? Where is my life attempting to go?" Only you will know what is true for you. By the laws of affinity, like attracts like, so people and resources will gravitate to your integrity and receptivity to help you realize your calling. As the poet Kabir wrote, "When the flower opens the bees will come."

Anyone interested in exploring this topic of callings is encouraged to attend the "Callings" Seminar being offered on October 20-21, 2000. First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson, Room 202, Portland, OR.