Calling - living 'in the glow of ripeness'
‘For that is what is lost in so many lives... a sense of personal calling,
that there is a reason I am alive…
there is a reason my unique person is here...’
James Hillman: The Soul’s Code
Calling is one of the most intimate - yet often neglected - elements of our identity. It can be a precious ally in supporting our fulfillment, happiness and capacity to contribute to life and others in meaningful ways.
Whatever age we are, much of our satisfaction comes from finding a balance between being true to what brings us pleasure, and giving the best of ourselves in ways that matter. Calling unites these possibilities. When we learn to listen out for Calling, we see that it is not just one linear thing over the course of a life, but something that keeps revealing itself. It alters in subtle ways and takes new forms at different points. Supporting us to stay tuned to what is truly 'ripe' and fresh in our current relation to Calling is one of the reasons I offer this workshop. (I've written more fully about the power of Calling as an ally here.)
On this day, we devote a day to deepening our connection with Calling. For some of us that will be to refine our sense of a particular calling; for others to regain a sense of purpose; and for some to stumble upon or clarify a purpose we have missed or underappreciated. Whatever we bring to the day, each of us will be supported in clarifying our inner visions and uncovering our hunches and instincts about what matters most to us now.
We will draw on ideas from James Hillman - who wrote an exceptional book on calling in The Soul's Code - John Dewey - who had a rounded understanding of the breadth and multiplicity of our Callings, psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas who had a rich understanding of our creativity and uniqueness as a 'force of destiny', and the Japanese concept of Ikigai. These voices invite us to rediscover the territory of calling in a rch, open way. We will look at the theme from a variety of angles, fleshing out the unique ways that Calling speaks to us.
the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams' eleanor roosevelt
We will work in a safe, supportive and confidential way, attempting to shed fresh light on each of these themes. Through a blend of theoretical input, inquiry exercises, brief meditations, and group engagement, each person will be supported to make fresh contact with how these issues affect them, and re-orient their sense of meaning and purpose. The emphasis will be on exploring this territory from an embodied, available presence. We aim to deepen our understanding of what has spoken to us in our quietest moments, and to clarify what is most vital in our lives and worthy of energy and commitment.
Certificates of attendance are available on request. Max participants 16.