There are wake-up calls and then there are spiritual wake-up calls. Spiritual wake up calls may reveal themselves in dreams or come from recognition that life is leaving us feeling incomplete. There are as many different types of spiritual wake-up calls as there are people. They won’t always be bolts of lightening that strike you down, or knock you off your feet. In fact, it is sometimes the lack of Hollywood drama that causes one to miss a wake-up call the first couple of times.
Someone standing right next to you might not notice that you just received a wake-up call. That’s because the call comes to us from the inside and invites us further inward to discover the sacred ground that resides in each of us.
Either you will at some point in your life discover there is a spiritual quality within the heart of every one of us or you won’t. If you do, then your journey begins with a personal realization that you have this quality. A moment transpires in your life when you realize you have the potential to move out of the confusion of life into a heightened state of aliveness and joy. A glimpse certainty and clarity shows up and that glimpse is intoxicating. You are certain something or someone is trying to send you a message to tell you something you should know or something you should do. You know this voice comes from a place our eyes can’t see, but our hearts can feel. Your soft-focus world shifts ever-so-slightly into a crisp, concise and clear world where you discover your true self. The wake-up call invites you to awaken the higher part of yourself, your soul, your true nature, your deeper identity.
According to sacred texts, the soul is always within reach, waiting for us, calling us. In the Koran, God says, “I am closer to you than your own jugular vein.” In the Gospels, Jesus says, “The kingdom of God is within you.” The soul waits for us to wake up so that our lives can be transformed from the ordinary to the extraordinary. We challenge everything we know and break through emotional and intellectual boundaries set by our everyday consciousness, which until now has been out to superficial lunch.
In the movie Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner’s character tries to convince his brother-in-law that the field he built is full of dead baseball legends who have all come back to life, to this reality, to play at his field. The brother-in-law thinks he has lost his mind. Then, an accident happens. Costner’s daughter falls off the bleachers and one of those legends steps off the field, crosses the field line and transforms back into his life as an older doctor. The brother-in-law looks up and sees the field full of players. The players, of course, have been there the entire time. The only thing that changed was the brother-in-law’s perception.
Our soul is waiting for us to look up, clear out our foggy perceptions and raise our level of awareness.
The first step into this magical and mystical existence is to realize you are getting a wake-up call. Some of us will choose not to answer this call. I believe it is our birthright to get this call, and, at the same time, completely our choice as to whether or not we answer it. Our spiritual capacity is a possibility only.
Ever seen the movie Groundhog Day? If not, go rent it. Better yet, buy it. You will want to own this one. Bill Murray stars in the film, the story of a weather reporter who has to experience the same day over and over again. Each day begins the same way, with a wake-up call, from his digital bedside alarm clock in the form of Sonny and Cher singing I Got You Babe. Finally, after trying to kill himself over and over and over again, Murray embraces his fate, and, in a sense, answers his call and changes the way he reacts to this day by changing his perception of the people he encounters.
First, you must believe there is a call, then a way for you to answer it so you can be transported into a richer way of life. Like the characters in the Matrix movies have to answer the ringing phone to be transported to another level of existence-the same thing is true here, find the ringing phone and answer the call.
Have you gotten your wake-up call?