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The Call

--by Oriah Mountain Dreamer (Nov 19, 2012)

I have heard it all my life,

A voice calling a name I recognized as my own.
Sometimes it comes as a soft-bellied whisper.
Sometimes it holds an edge of urgency.
But always it says: Wake up, my love. You are walking asleep.
There’s no safety in that!
Remember what you are, and let a deeper knowing
color the shape of your humanness.
There is nowhere to go. What you are looking for is right here.
Open the fist clenched in wanting and see what you already hold in your hand.
There is no waiting for something to happen,
no point in the future to get to.
All you have ever longed for is here in this moment, right now.
You are wearing yourself out with all this searching.
Come home and rest.
How much longer can you live like this?
Your hungry spirit is gaunt, your heart stumbles. All this trying.
Give it up!
Let yourself be one of the God-mad,
faithful only to the Beauty you are.
Let the Lover pull you to your feet and hold you close,
dancing even when fear urges you to sit this one out.
Remember, there is one word you are here to say with your whole being.
When it finds you, give your life to it. Don’t be tight-lipped and stingy.
Spend yourself completely on the saying,
Be one word in this great love poem we are writing together.
--Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Excerpted from THE CALL (c) 2003 by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Published by HarperONE, San Francisco. All rights reserved. Presented with permission of the author.

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On Nov 15, 2012 a wrote:
 Today, I surrendered.  
I surrendered a special friend to the exclusive care and love of God (because I could not hold him, today, the way I know he needs to held)!
 I am promised, in marriage, to my husband and need to remain pure in it. My husband and I are "bound" by God (and  in our case, God used "Heaven's Super Glue")! 
 I had to surrender my friend, today, because even though he is a man . . . even though he has needs, like every other  . . . even though,"set apart", he desires to "come near '' . . . to be coveted . . . to consumed by another's love, attention and physical closeness . . . he cannot.
I, and he, belong to a church that asks "our shepherds" to be "Supermen".  Our leaders can't simply "be men" they are asked to live "above" men"?  I have never understood this!  Given the question:  What would Jesus do/ what does Jesus do?  He loves. He touched. He kissed.  He held.  
He asks us to do the same.
I surrendered my friend to God today . . .  
I surrender my church, this evening . . .
Without fluidity in love . . . we have nothing.

Beautiful poem!



On Nov 16, 2012 Conrad P Pritscher wrote:
 The one word I'm here to say with all my being is notice.   That implies being in the present and noticing your noticing while you are noticing. We practice opening are " fist clenched in wanting" by noticing  an open unclenched fist is best (more peaceful) for you  and everyone and then open it.   Being open and aware is a way that is easier to say than to do. thank you for the opportunity to respond.  I believe I am still too much in my head to experience surrender .  The thought of being no one going nowhere I cherish but I do not deeply experience it. Warm and kind regards to everyone.

On Nov 19, 2012 Narendra wrote:
 What is the one word you are here to say with all your being? Love (absolute love or Being Universal consciousness). How do we practice opening our "fist clenched in wanting?" We open our clenched ego with unselfish love, by expanding our ego-centered, relative love to include all of nature. With this, we transit from ‘wanting to giving’. What do you understand by "God-mad" or "faithful only to the Beauty" or letting the "Lover pull you to your feet and hold you close”?  When we let love pull us out of ego in to Self, we enter a ‘state of trance’ or ‘God-madness’, beyond our physical-time dimension and awareness. We experience ‘intuitively’, that we are the timeless consciousness and all of its creation, and not just this physical body. We will be immersed in universal love or ‘Eternal Bliss of Consciousness’, (Sat-chit- Ananda). Can you share a personal experience that illustrates this feeling of surrender?  When we completely surrender our ego and soul (conscious and sub-conscious mind) to our own Self (Universal, unselfish Love), even for a short moment, the ‘Bliss of Love’ will replace the burden of ego and soul and we ‘see’ ‘the Light of consciousness’. This ‘light of consciousness’ can leave everlasting positive qualities in our conscious and the subconscious mind, even when it is experienced as a short transient state. To make such a state of awareness permanent (Samadhi or ‘Being God ’), we need to replace all of our subconscious emotional contradictions (vasanas) with love, through the practice of Karma-yoga and Bhakti-yoga. This is ‘Burning our Karma’ through Tapas.

On Nov 19, 2012 gayathri wrote:
 God-mad...... Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa is evoked in my thoughts as i try to understand the depth of God-mad.  being god-mad is actually a source of sanity and sanctity.  without the appreciation for all of this creation, without the gratefulness for the beauty of each one of our stories that is woven timelessly, tirelessly...soo creatively through times is actually insane and ugly. 
maybe the play of imagery or matrix tricks...the word 'surrender'...seems to me somewhat authoritative and commanding....however i do often find myself contemplating that...i don't want to be forgiven for my bad karmas....that i be given the strength to shoulder it, understand it  and learn from it and grow spiritually....

On Nov 19, 2012 Tamilyn wrote:
<3 PEACE <3  i am thankful for being aware that i am in the right place at the right time fear of saying or doing the wrong thing quelled ... i have had i one word mantra since i remember learning about the magic of wishes .peace. on a broad scale ,a small scale ,peace of mind, world peace be at peace.. healing peace ...peace to bring me calm in trying times....i wished for many kinds of peace ... i have lived loved learned lots in my relatively short span here so far and i have often wondered if my quest for knowledge ideas and the greater good was out of ego somehow and i believe yes it is on some level as it FEELS good to learn grow evolve ..and the cautious side of me wanted to akin that to feeling... "powerful".....  which is not on my agenda .

I realize still it is this constant thirst that has opened every door and opportunity in my world to better a better me..i  believe i have finally reached a place where i am mostly at peace within myself  and have checked most fears.. not perfect by a long shot but  i am ok with that ..I believe i am ready to begin my journey of BEING peace ... experiencing peace as a creation, something i can help to fuel with my attention effort and energy ..instead of passively calling it forth to me ..Be the change ....

On Nov 20, 2012 Maria wrote:
 Beautiful & very meaningful.  So true.

On Nov 20, 2012 Kristin Pedemonti wrote:
 one word for today: Kindness. in all we do, say and how we ARE in the World. Opening our clenched fist is the realization that the more me GIVE, the more we Receive, though the receiving is NOT the reason to open our clenched fist in wanting... however it is the Release to know that in Giving we are not depleting ourselves, but Adding to our hearts and to others. HUG. When I sold my house and gave away or sold most possessions to become a full time storyteller and founder of volunteer project Literacy Outreach Belize, I felt more liberated than Ever in my life. That Letting Go was and still is a very powerful lesson for me. One I need to remember in all relationships in my life whether with people or possessions. When we Let Go we allow for the Other to BE. Thank you for this reflection.

On Nov 20, 2012 Ricky wrote:
Timing is everything.  Although I have read this over and over, it seems nothing in my current hectic and disappointing life could resonate with the topic, the seed questions for reflection, and the reading itself seemed as far off as the stars present in the dawn sky.  And then after reading the passage one more time, sitting quietly and in stillness this morning, a wave of contentment and a sense of gratitude enveloped my being from the inside out.  I just want express thanks to all of you who have allowed the focus of this passage to be revealed in your efforts through servicespace and to then offer each of us such a rich bombardment of coconuts for wakefulness. 

On Nov 20, 2012 BLUESTOCKING wrote:
To be present and centered in loving kindness...centered in light...universal energy of love 

On Nov 20, 2012 Laurel wrote:
 My word is "stay".  Just "stay".   That's all we have to do to be happy.  I surrender every day when I feel my thoughts, my irritation, my blame coming forth....I notice the pain of it and in this...I begin my surrender.  It's a circle we repeat over and over....lost in thoughts, pain, realization, surrender, happiness. 

On Nov 20, 2012 ROHAN wrote:
Joy! Eternal Bliss that spontaneously arises. With eyes opened or closed, behind the dark of the eye lids or the brightness of vision, it knocks at the door of your heart :I am here. I am you. Ever present. I AM LOVE.  

On Nov 20, 2012 d wrote:
I like this piece.  It's a meditation in itself.  I found myself calming as I read it.  The first 'one word' that came to me is 'now.'  We practice opening our "fist clenched in wanting" by being now, appreciating the now, and letting go of striving for something there and then.  I still have goals, and I do best when I maintain an abiding awareness in the now while I have and am in control of my goals rather than my goals having and being in control of me.  I am more aware of my inner voice than years ago, which I also call my inner experience and truth, and consult it and make use of it more than before, and that certainly helps me in my living -- it results in me being more present, more personal, and more grounded.  I don't get the term "God-mad."  If "God-mad" means faithful to my inner voice/truth/experience, then I value and want to grow in "God-mad."  The personal experience that comes to mind is having advice to give my daughter and my inner voice told me to keep it to myself, it was criticism and would result in defensiveness and distancing, and this time I listened to my inner voice, kept my opinion/advice to myself and I'm glad I did.  I hope to do that more often. 

On Nov 20, 2012 Oriah Mountain Dreamer wrote:
Thank you so much for sharing my poem "The Call." Many blessings, Oriah Mountain Dreamer (

On Nov 20, 2012 Michell Armeanu wrote:
 My one word has been allow. 
Tonight I received a reminder as my seven year old daughter came to me after I had tucked her into bed:
Sabina "I feel angry and sad and I don't know why. Why?"
Mama "Your feelings don't need a why. They are just there. Often the why comes after the feeling anyway."
Sabina "I feel like I need to cry. Why?"
Mama "Perhaps you are tired or got into a ray through the universe or have something deep inside that says 'This is a quiet moment and it is a good time to speak and be heard.' It doesn't really matter why, just let the crying come. Remember when I told you that often people believe it is not ok to feel so they squash their feelings inside? Sometimes they are difficult like pain and sadness and anger and sometimes they are the opposite like a lake of joy. For some reason it was said or at least believed that it isn't ok to feel so then the sadness came that it can't be felt. Then the fear came that it might be felt anyway. Then the anger came that there is fear. Beneath all is that feeling waiting to be felt. Perhaps your need to cry is these feelings calling to be felt. You could go curl up in bed with a comfy stuffy and quietly let it come. It seems to want quiet."
Sabi nodded her head then went bed while I waited to turn off the light. "I will be awake for a while if you need me."
The tears didn't come but in a few minutes she came to me and fell asleep almost before finishing her wiggles. 
She was peaceful. 
Allow is what the word has been for me and the universe has amazing ways to remind me, often by having me say to my daughters exactly what I need to hear. 

On Nov 21, 2012 Amy wrote:
 Today, I listened to a Christian speaker addressing the topic "The Perfect Relationship".  In this, he spoke "ideals" like: passionate commitment . . . like soul . . . common purpose . . . depth . . . beauty . . . harmony . . . authenticity . . . like minded . . . intimate.  For this reason (relationship), I am "mad" for God.  I cannot ask, expect or think it even possible another human could meet these needs . . . "perfectly".  
My one word?  Jesus
"Fist clenched in wanting"?   Relax that clench.  (What we "think" we have (earthly finds and less than perfect relationships) we do not (passing).  What we hope to find (JC/something beyond what we presently have) better found with open hand.
"Faithful only to the beauty":  We can believe the lie of ourselves (what i see) OR we can believe the truth of God (what He sees)  There is beauty in suffering.  There is beauty in serving.  There is beauty in the absolute mess of life and relationships . . . .  BECAUSE, at the end of each day, when my "to dos" are all done, my Faithful "Lover pulls me to my feet/lays me down and holds me close."  (like no one else on earth can!)
I am sooo thankful for YOU!            

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