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Service

Heed The CallBeing Called…it’s something that has been on my mind, tumbling about with all the other seemingly random notions that live in my brain. I was trying to think of when I first heard mine…the only image that comes to my mind is sitting in my front yard as a child, with my face turned to the sun, eyes closed, listening to the sound of nature as it spoke by way of the wind blowing through the leaves of the large trees on  the street.

I don’t think I had any actual comprehension that I was being pulled, and called by nature…by The Universe…by the Gods, but I do have a strong emotional connection to that moment, so I tend to believe that that was my first little nudge in the right direction.

Most people have a calling. Some are called to artistic endeavors, some to technology, some to politics, and some, like myself, have been called to Serve. I believe that all who follow a Pagan Path are called to Serve. Now, some of you might be thinking “Hold on there, Sister! I’m nobody’s servant!”. Bare with me and think about it for a moment. What is service? According to the dictionary it’s an “act of helpful activity”. As Pagans we are inherently helpful, aren’t we? We serve the Earth, it’s inhabitants, our Deities, and our Communities. We have been called to do this. Yes, we also do much self-exploration and soul-searching, therefore we also serve ourselves.

Heed this… What we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for another, remains eternal” ~Unknown

I think some people get hung up on the idea that service to the Community means putting in loads of time to do something “big”. Sure, it can be that way, but it can also be the little things like holding doors for people and helping little elderly ladies get a can from a high shelf at the grocery store. It really is just as simple as being helpful.

Some of us are called to do more. There’s that “called” word again, what exactly does it mean? For most you could go with the simpler definition of ‘being asked’ to do something…for some there is a much stronger definition ‘to command or summon’. Chances are, in my experience anyway, if you have a very strong urge to help others, such as in a healing or spiritual capacity, you’re probably being summoned.

Through consciousness, our minds have the power to change our planet and ourselves. It is time we heed the wisdom of the ancient indigenous people and channel our consciousness and spirit to tend the garden and not destroy it.” ~Bruce Lipton

I guess you could say this is a “Higher Calling”. In Wicca, we are all Priests & Priestesses – Clergy. We all have our roles to play, and we all have our special areas of expertise. However, some are called to do more….some are called to be leaders among them, our High Clergy. I’m starting to feel as though this may actually be part of my own Path…eventually. I’m not ready to go snatching up any reigns just yet. But it is surprising to me, because once upon a time, I was adamant about NEVER becoming a High Priestess. I was terrified at the idea of having that much responsibility for the Spiritual Lives of others. It really doesn’t feel so completely terrifying anymore. I think I may actually be pretty good at it someday.

Blessed are the ears that hear the pulse of the divine whisperer, and give no heed to the many whisperings of the world.” ~Thomas Kempis

I guess all my rambling is leading me to impart this little piece of advice: Pay Attention! If you feel a pull towards something, examine it. Do not dismiss an idea out of hand or out of fear. Some things the Universe throws at you are for future reference, so never toss out these notions. Tuck them away, and when the time is right, and you feel you are ready (and sometimes even if you’re not sure you’re ready)…Heed the Call.

Pay Attention