Control of the mind allows you to make sensible choices, but passion from the soul is what fulfills your purpose. Answering the call of your spirit requires a lot of acknowledgment and acceptance. In this episode, teacher, healer, and shaman Heidi McBratney brings a depth of wisdom, insight, and encouragement that will guide you through your journey. She talks to Susan Norton and rediscovers the spiritual tools that proved a vital role in her growth. Stay tuned and learn how to unlock the doors to getting answers from your spirit. Get ready to take on a self-discovery moment just for you.
I have been influenced by a remarkable book that helps return a spark of light and joy to my life. It is the bookAnswering The Call of Your Spirit: How to Wake Up And Remember The Light of Your Soulby Heidi McBratney. It is an honor to bring you all this remarkable woman. I had the opportunity to study with her over the years on my path of healing energy medicine, the path of shamanism.
I can honestly say she has had an amazing impact on my life. She is an extraordinary teacher, healer and shaman. She brings a depth of wisdom, insight, compassion and encouragement that enables her to guide others, to develop their innate ability to grow and flourish from the money life challenges we all experience. Her goal is to support others in developing new lifelong skills that increase their awareness and balance, giving them a roadmap to emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health. She has been a practitioner in counseling, energy medicine techniques and teaching for many years.
She has achieved recognition as an expert in trauma, stress, compassion, fatigue and healing the soul back to wholeness. She believes that supporting one person at a time to remember the light of their soul has a ripple effect on that person's family and community that brings further illumination and peace. Her book Answering The Call of Your Spirit was published in 2021 in Canada.
Her most significant education has been through her world travels and learning from various elders of different indigenous tribes who encourage her to share her ways of returning home to one's truth and soul. She has been given guidance and support from various native elders in Canada, the United States, and from many elders in South America, Africa, Egypt, Israel, New Zealand and Australia. Heidi, welcome.
It is such an honor and joy to be with you, especially having been a little part of your journey and seeing how amazing you are.
The stories you share in the book are powerful and personal. As I read them, they took me on a journey of discovery and experiences. I want to thank you for being so honest to us about your challenges and how necessary these challenges were to answer your call to spirit. Heidi, is it ever scary to answer the call of our spirit?
My first response is absolutely. To give a little bit more of what is inside of us, our spirit is always there. We are always that purity, and it is always there trying to guide us. It gets covered up with the muck of life, the things we learn and believe, we get told or programmed into believing we are something else. When we hear the call of our spirit, that is often very quiet but sometimes very poignant. It is almost like a shock, and it can challenge us to get out of the ways that we have been doing things that sidetracked us. It can be scary because it can at least change. For the most part, humans are not great at change. We get into a comfort zone. We are all that. Even though we know we are not necessarily happy in our comfort zone, it feels safer.
Your spirit is what makes you, you. It's always known exactly what your purpose is and what you're looking for. It’s never going to mislead you.
When your spirit calls you, it does not give you all the answers to what it is going to look like. As human beings, we like to have a plan. We want to know that if I do A, B and C, these are going to be the end results, but that is not how our own spirit speaks to us. It tells us or gives us a feeling that we need to do something, go somewhere, experience something different, or change how we are interacting inside of ourselves or with life. Our mind goes, “What if I do that? How will people like me? What will change around me? What if my whole life changes? What if I end up alone?” All these big questions come into play.
At first, it can be frightening to follow the call of your spirit. One thing and very poignant to people is that your own spirit is what got born into your human body. That is what makes you, you. It is always known exactly what your purpose is and what you are looking for. Your own spirit is never going to mislead you. It has got your back 100% of the time. It may not always tell you exactly what It is doing, but it has got your back compared to your mind. Our mind is what we have learned and have been taught. It does not necessarily have our back. It is telling us what the systems think is best for us.
I can feel what you are saying. That resonates with me. In your book, there are these self-discovery moments. The book has beautiful stories of teaching, adventures and transformation. In addition, it includes a lot of self-discovery moments. My question is, can anybody do these self-discovery moments that you talk about in the book?
My hope was that it was designed that anyone could. From reading the book, you will not hear about shamanism. I do not talk about energy medicine in it. It was intentionally done. This could support anyone who picked it up. They did not have to have a skill, knowledge, or have an interest in a particular field other than the book, and the title caught their eye, or it fell off the shelf on them.
Those self-discovery moments are things to help us remember who we are and have insight into ourselves because the world and your life experience are happening inside of you. What I mean by that is we are all living in the outside world right now. I look out my window. We had a beautiful snowfall, about 1-foot of snow. The trees are still beautifully covered. The sun is shining and sparkling on them now. That is something in the outside world, but the world happens on the inside.
As you just heard me describe what is happening on the inside of my world, I'm looking out at the snow, how beautiful it is and sparkly. I have a son who was in a car accident, where he rolled his vehicle five times. When he sees snow in his inside world, he is terrified. He does not want it to snow. He was even saying to me, “I want to move to Texas.” In his inside world, he does not see the pretty snow. He sees something that is a challenge for him now.
Life is happening on the inside of us, not on the outside. The outside is a reflection of what is happening on our inside or how I perceive it. Those self-discovery moments are meant to bring us to the inside of our world, to remember who I am. What is my spirit calling to? What do I believe? Who am I? What do I want to experience in my life experience? I'm not talking about that I want to live in Texas or some other place. Do I want joy, laughter, peace or all of those? Why did it come and show up on her?
Doing those exercises and reading the stories, it starts to happen. I started to feel these things as I was going through the book. I went through it carefully and with intention. It did have a beautiful impact. It got me to take action. I maybe knew on some level I could, but I had not thought about it that way. I had like a little journal going, and more exciting things to happen, like where it took me was interesting. Is there anything that could get in our way? Let's say we are reading the book and want to take action, but what might get in our way from taking action when we are going to this book?
I have to tell you that I was so excited when you shared with me that the book got you to take action because that was the full intent. You got it, and you summed it up right away when you said, “It got you to take action,” as it was written with that energy in that intent. Now you ask the question, “What could get in the way of us taking action?” The biggest thing is fear.
Feared if I do something. Feared, if I do not do it right, what does that mean? Feared if I do one of the self-discovery experiences, “What will I discover?” Sometimes what can stop us from taking that action is that moment of uncertainty. Some people will talk about, “I'm a procrastinator.” “I had my next places. How come are procrastinators?”
Sometimes we are bored. We are not sure, and I procrastinate, too, especially if I do not want to do something. It is more like something I have to get done. Procrastination is often a form of fear of uncertainty. Uncertainty is a very low level of fear, “What if I do this, and what is it going to pop open for me?” It is sometimes a form of protecting myself.
I would even say, “Even if you can't do the self-discovery experience, notice what comes up inside of you because that is a part of the experience.” The very fact that you can't do an experience is part of the experience, to notice what is happening inside of you. If I'm working with people sometimes, they will call it homework. I give them the things to do to move along in their journey, and they will come back and sometimes feel guilty or shameful.
I’m like, “No, this is not like school. You do not get a grade, whether you tip the work or not. Even if you did not do the work that was suggested, what happened to you is that it becomes learning in itself. That is an opportunity to learn something about yourself. Let's say I was scared to do a self-discovery moment. Maybe I need to go and acknowledge that part of me needs to protect myself at that moment. I'm a little uncertain, and maybe I need to have a connection with that part of myself instead of trying to push myself and demand myself to go through and experience.
Being present to the resistance and looking at it, not judging it or pushing it aside.
When we are present in something, it loosens up the feel or the energy of it.
Life is actually happening inside of you. The outside is just a reflection of what's happening on the inside.
I have noticed that too. I’m feeling this or owning it. I'm like, “I’m feeling this way right now.” Saying that or, in my mind noticing is like, “It got less or lightened up some of that.” That is interesting.
When you are present with it, even if there is resistance, it disengages your own need to either resist, fight, or run from it because we have a system that is always trying to protect us, the survival system. If I sit with my uncertainty or resistance, I do not have to fight myself to try and control it, push through it, or soldier on. If I notice the resistance, I do not have to run from it. I will put that book down or do that exercise some other time. It was like, “This is uncomfortable.” This engages that survival system.
There is no struggle with it and no battle.
In my twenties, I was a different person exploring the world a little bit. I was in Colombia, and I was on the beach in the evening, drinking with locals. Suddenly two motorcycles pulled up with militia on it, they had machine guns, and they promptly pointed them at my forehead. I'm terrified. I want to get up and run, but another part of me knows the likelihood is I will get shot if I run.
The local said to me, “Pretend they are not here. Keep drinking and talking.” Part of me wanted to tell them where to go in not-so-pleasant words. How is that possible to do when you are terrified? Every cell in your body wants to run or disappear from them. They kept saying that keep drinking. Have another drink. I kept doing that. I'm shaking having a drink, and everyone can be that.
After about five minutes, which felt like about two hours, the militia got back on their motorbikes and left. That taught me something valuable about fear, about having to sit in. Do not resist it, but be present with it. It does not take you over, and it disengages. After that, I could go, “I'm okay.” I did not try to fight or run, which would have caused me to get shot. I was just present in my terror and having to act like everything was warm, even though knowing nothing was warm.
I had not heard that story before. There is so much teaching in experiencing life. If we observe, feel and do not hide.
You are absolutely with that, where the experiences and how we take it in, how we perceive it, and what we do with it because that experience could have shut me down to never travel again anywhere in the world. I could have gone home and hid under my sheets for the rest of my life. There are a lot also in what we do in sitting with it and saying, “What do I want to do with it?” How have I ever gone back to Columbia? I have not. I have not had the desire to go back, even though I have been to many of the other South American countries.
Let's say I'm doing the exercises or the self-discovery moments, and how do I know if I got it right?
That is a concept that we have, and we have been taught as human beings because what is right or wrong? I have to tell you honestly, I do not understand what is right or wrong. I know what it is as a human being. I'm going to come back to your very direct question about how do you know if you got the exercise right or wrong?
The experiences are meant to bring you inside yourself. To think about yourself and life experiences in the way they have been and/or in a different way. The very fact of someone considering to do one of the self-discovery moments means that they did it right, even if you did not do it. You sat and considered that you would do it. You did not have it in you to go through with the whole thing. Even the awareness that I do not have an enemy to go through, the exercise means that you learned something about yourself.
Let's say you go forward and do the whole experience. We said earlier that the world is happening from your inner self and not from what is happening in the outer self. Even though there are things happening in the world, it is how you are interacting with it. If those self-discovery moments help you view or get a different vantage point about yourself or your life experiences, right there, it has done something for you.
We all heard this, “It is not the destination. It is the journey.” That is a common theme that is out there. I want to expand on what that means is we are wanting to get to a destination. If I'm going to the grocery store, my destination is grocery stores to pick up some groceries. What has been my experience in the process of getting there, whether I'm walking or driving? What was my mood like in the process of getting there? What was my experience in the grocery store?
I was just in there. I went, got my groceries, and I was out. Maybe I met someone, or one time someone passed out in a grocery store. What was I going to d? Did I want to involve myself or not? What felt right for me? That is the journey we are talking about and the process we are experiencing in our inner world as we are moving towards our goal.
My very first trip to Peru was in 2007, and I had the intention of getting to a very sacred site. That has not gone to a lot because it was a heck of a journey to get there. It is a two-day intense hike. After the first day at the base camp, cresting over one mountain and down at, I realized that I had pulled my hip out of its joint. That was great.
The thing that stops you from taking action is that moment of uncertainty and fear.
We had a massage therapist who was there. They worked on me, and that was great. In the morning, I got up, and I was limping because my body hurt still from that hip being out of joint. The person leading the group, unbeknownst to me, had someone go back to the village we started from. You got a couple of horses. There was also someone who had a respiratory issue going on. They came in and said, “I got a horse for you.” I thought, and this is me thinking in my head, “That was nice of you. I did not ask for it.” I got to do and walk this journey. Otherwise, I have not done the journey.
We started the next day, which meant crossing a river and going up the mountain. I'm going up limping and the horses on a rope behind me. After a while, I go, “Why am I doing this? Why am I so stubborn that I won't get off on a horse that someone kindly got for you by going on the horse.” His name happened to be Puma.
I wanted to control Puma. I wanted Puma to move fast. I did not want him to stop and do all the grazing that Puma was doing. Puma would look back at me as if, “Listen, lady, you are on my back. I'm going to do what I want. I'm going to graze, and besides, I know these mountains better than you.” At times we had to go around corners that were very narrow.
It was a little scary that I was now on top of a horse. If he leaps and loses his footing, we are both down, and we are not getting up from there. I try and control Puma again. He would look back, and it looked a little like, “You are annoying.” I eventually learned to let go of the rein and let Puma say, “You know these mountains better than I do.” I'm developing this trust with Puma.
When we arrived where we arrived, I realized that the journey was for me to let go of the control that I tried to have in life, of myself, to me having to prove something to myself. “No, I had to walk this journey and not use a horse.” I felt like I arrived with ease and almost like a queen when I arrived. Not to have that in an evil way, but it was like I was supported so well that I had to surrender in that maybe if I let myself open that there was support for us.
Getting to the destination that sacred site I wanted to get to was amazing, but you hear how it stuck out in my mind, the actual process of getting there, of how significant that was. When people are doing the self-discovery moments, it is more about the experience you have in doing it versus the end goal.
When I was going through one of the self-discovery moments in the book, there was one called supporting the community within. I met the different parts of myself, and we had a meeting. What was going on? How was my mind thinking about what was happening in the body and spirit? Something did come up. I took notes. We had a council meeting. That was the activity. We have a meeting and see what is going on. You could probably explain more than me. I'm doing this from memory.
I got the message, “Finish something, be done with it, clean up the garbage, the wrong thoughts, and actions, clean it out. Have a clean plate.” In my mind, I'm like, “They all agreed on that.” It is like you have so much crap on your plate. It is a bit of a mess. You are gluttonous. If I was eating all that food, I would be sick.
I saw a blue plate. It is beautiful. I had on my plate too many things. They wanted me to clear off my plate completely. Take everything off their plate, wash the freaking plate. Keep all that crap on there. I had to remove everything. They want me to clean the plate, pause, and carefully put back only what was needed with consciousness.
That experience stuck in my mind. I keep the blue plate. I do not eat off this one. I keep it on the table to remind me to pause. Do this all the time? No, but the plate is a visual reminder to stop because I want to do everything. I wanted this thing, that thing, go here and there. I get overwhelmed, get tired, and I do not often do anything. I get stuck in that like, “There is too much. I'm overwhelmed. Let me not do anything.” That was not the best solution either. That was super powerful. Thanks for that beautiful activity that came out of your book. It was so simple. It took minutes.
Thanks for sharing those because you even gave something even more important also. It is something symbolic that you see and reminds you of something that you learn that helps you do your inner world and helps you to live your life better. You were saying, “I keep the plate out, just so I see it in that I remember when I see it.” You ask yourself, “How is your plate? Are you doing things consciously?” That is fantastic and a good suggestion to people.
I noticed that I do take on less like, there has this big two-day workshop training, something that I'm getting into a little bit. I'm like, “I'm not there yet. It is going to be a lot to take in. I'm not ready. Maybe one day.” I'm like, “Maybe the opportunity will come again.” I'm like, “I'm not getting involved with it. It is too much for my plate.” It has been helping me. It is like little pauses. It is coming into my life in ways that I had not even thought about. It takes that simple practice. Thank you.
What you said is important. What the self-discovery moments are meant for is simple yet sometimes hard because it pushes us inside of ourselves, but we want our changes to be subtle versus always feeling, “I got to work at it.” We all have a lot of stuff to work at. I have been trying to eliminate the word work. It feels like low-level energy to me. I do not know about you when we think about work, but it is like, “It is heavy.” Instead of, “I'm looking forward, too. When I get this done, I'm going to feel this way.”
That is like putting ease and joy into the things that I want to do. I'm going to try not to use that word work as well. I wanted to ask you, is there a self-discovery moment that you would like to lead us on if this is appropriate? You could say no. I know you are feeling for what is right, and you probably do not have the answer in your head.
Simply being present disengages your own need to resist, fight, or run from that experience.
It is the self-discovery discovery moment, number eight, and it is called using the past to build a new future. If you were in the book, it would be on page 69. What I can do is lead us through it. I'm going to provide a bit of a template first, so we have an understanding because our mind likes to know what to do. We are appeasing the mind. We will go into the experience, which allows us to connect with our body and our spirit. We have the whole team participate.
What we are going to be doing is when I take us all through this, I'm going to ask you to imagine that you are watching the movie of your life. You are a witness and in the audience. That is up on the screen. You can have that movie starting at now and going backward, or far as back as you remember up to now. It may be a little part of that movie of your life, but you are witnessing it. I want you to notice what you experienced and think about the main actor, which will be yourself when you are watching that movie.
We do that because when we are witnessing something versus right in it, we are better able to see patterns, belief systems, or things that are repeating themselves over. Sometimes we got stuck in life or experiences that we had in life that took us on a different trajectory, whether that trajectory was, “bad or good.” It allows us to see what's happening for the main character in a different way.
Once we have done that, I'm going to give a bit of space for that to happen a couple of minutes. It is going to be a real short movie, and you are going to have a pop-up of what is significant at this time. I'm going to turn it to a slightly different where you become, instead of the one witnessing the movie. Now you are a wise witness or an elder who is looking at this movie and sharing some thoughts about this movie, maybe some guidance to the main actor in that movie, which is you and saying, “If it was about me, I'm watching my own movie.”
Did you notice that you tend to do this over and over again in the movie? Maybe you are looking for this, experiencing this or, “Why don't you try this?” Why is that important? It is because we named that we are putting the past to build a new future. For most of us, we have been told to put the past behind us. You want to put the past beside you or in front of you because I want to learn from my past experiences. I want to know my patterns and how life experiences have changed me, good, bad, or otherwise. When I can see that, I can more clearly make a choice versus being led by my survival system or my fight or flight system. We step into a place of wisdom. We are going backward, bringing the past into the present. It can help us build a new future. I can look at myself differently.
That was the explanation for the mind. Now I'm going to take us through the experience. What I'm going to encourage all of us to do is cancel out all of our distractions if you close your eyes. Take a deep cleansing breath in through your nose, filling yourself with there and out through your mouth. What that deep cleansing breath does is allow us to be present.
I want you to imagine that you have chosen to go and watch the movie. That movie is entitled by your first name. You are sitting in a movie theater, and the film begins to play. You are witnessing it and noticing your own experiences as you watch what has happened in this person's life experience. You may see the same scene or many different experiences in that person's life history in your own life history. You are noticing as the one sitting in the theater to witness, looking at the movie, that you are noticing and experiencing. I'm going to stay silent for 1 or 2 minutes, where you can notice your reactions to the movie you are watching.
For this moment, in this experience, from the start to let that movie come to a close at this moment. If we were doing this on our own, we would probably take a length bigger period of time and notice it as the ones watching the movie. What are your thoughts about the main character, whose name is yours? What are your opinions, any patterns that you noticed, or beliefs they have? What’s your own spirit feel about that person or that main character? Take note of that inside yourself.
You are going to allow yourself with what you noticed in the movie to become a wise witness or wise elder that is going to talk to the main character in that movie, that character of who you have been in the past of your life. As an elder, you are approaching a person with compassion and care, showing them and sharing your thoughts with them, and you think you notice in either way. There is no right or wrong, just noticing.
As a wise witness or a wise elder, replace compassion. You are sharing with that main character from your past any guidance or suggestion about how to shift. It will listen in a different way, how to challenge some of the things that were in the past and how to have a different view or perception. It becomes an opportunity to make peace with the past and see how it becomes useful in the current moment and create a new future.
When you are ready, bring yourself taking a deep breath to this current moment taking in the inner experience of what the wise elder had to say, how the main character is doing, how you, as a witness to yourself, are doing. This also ties into many of these parts within us, including the community within us. They come together and support each other. I wonder, Susan, is there anything that you want to share from that experience that might be helpful for others?
First, I saw some incidences when I was a child. I began to go in my head and start going into the experience. I'm like, “No, watch.” I did remind myself to watch. That shifted something. I was not experiencing the pain or those moments. I saw a lot more good stuff in my past that I had felt at the time, like enthusiasm for life, this drive, playfulness, some incidences with partners, and things like that. They were fun to read and watch. There were some beautiful things that happened.
When the wise one came, there were not a lot of words. I felt like the wise one had entered the scene and was comforting that child that had been through so much, and that was hard. He was touching the hair and like, “You are beautiful.” I was told I was not a real girl. I was told horrible things. This one was like, “You are cool.” He is touching the hair.
I think they touched me here in the spirit. All of that glory and excitement that I had as a child, teenager, and early in life, they were saying that was all still there like, “Here is the steering wheel.” The steering wheel was soft, like a cushy one. They were gentle. They showed me there was so much. As then as now, except now maybe I'm safer. I do not know, but it was interesting. It felt very comforting and comfortable to do that. Thank you for leading us through that.
It's not about the destination; it’s the journey.
People who have comments or something, let us know and reach out. I will get the messages back to Heidi so she will know too. It is nice to know that we make a difference and that our work or what we are teaching brings something to the world. It helps me, and I wanted Heidi to know that helped so much, as she has helped me in the past and now. What a gift. Is there any question that you would wish I had asked you? Something is coming up that wants to be shared now with the readers, who seek spiritual solutions and enjoy. What would you tell them?
I'm going to give the question and answer it is maybe what was a powerful experience in my own life, and the book shares many of those experiences. I want to give one that I believe is in the book, but it's been very impactful for me. That is the experience of this amazing woman I met for a very short time, maybe two hours in Botswana in Africa. Her name was Beatrice. She probably would have been in her late-60s, maybe early-70s. She lived in poverty. In Botswana, we were out in the desert. She lived in a metal shack. That was maybe 10 by 12 if we were lucky in poverty, but she had the biggest smile from ear to ear. I was amazed. It was an infectious smile.
She told her life story. It was very sad. It was horrific. She was still smiling, and she said, “No one can take my spirit from me.” She was very spirited. Her story had included someone harming her so much they had made her dig her own grave. They said she was to die that night. She pointed across the way. She said, “You see that man over there. He murdered my son.” She's still smiling. It is like, “How are you doing this?” She said, “I'm sad and angry, but no one can take my spirit away from me no matter what happens in my life.”
I remember thinking, “I want to be like her when I grow up.” In some ways, that is part of what this book came from is how do we answer the call of our spirit? How do we listen to that and keep having the courage to say yes to our journey of life? To be courageous in about waiting for feeling, “I got this.” It is about being terrified, uncertain, and not knowing where it is taking us but feeling the drive.
I often think about people who are protecting countries, people who are in the services. I'm sure they do not wake up wherever they are thinking how excited they are that they could die that day and they could never see their family, but they have courage. I'm sure they wake up terrified and think they will not see their family at times.
They may die that day, but their drive and need to protect their families, country, or whatever has driven them to do that particular job is stronger than that fear. They still have the fear, but their vision drives some through it. They are saying yes to the journey, and in some ways, for all of us is to say yes to the journey of our own spirit like Beatrice in Botswana, who, no matter what life offered up, never lost a sense of herself. I wanted to share that. That was a powerful moment for me that I still connect with that times or in those moments where life is a struggle. I remember that smile, and I go, “Do not let your spirit go.”
I have a stick that is in the form of a Y. I have two because saying yes to spirit is one of the things that I learned when I was in training with you. I have this Y stick that reminds me to say, “Yes to spirit or to the call.” Somehow, the answers will come, or the way just open. Sometimes I have to say yes before I even know how it is possible. I say yes anyway, and I'm like, “I'm going.” The way opens. It does not become all neat and pretty. I'm amazed. I still do that. I have to not get bogged down.
That is why books like this helped me so much. Reading this book brought me back to this. I'm amazed. I appreciate it. What a beautiful journey this has been with you. I want to say that I have had many interesting moments in reading this book, Answering The Call of Your Spirit. I have learned how to clear off my plate. I had a small fire outside in which I burned my old stories.
I sat in the snow by the base of a beautiful tree, by a waterfall in the freezing cold, and I got some answers I needed from a sacred tree at the edge of a waterfall. I brought my journal out there. That was super helpful. I got answers that I needed from the spirit. One final question is I want to keep evolving this connection to spirit. I do want to answer my call. Let's say I feel great. I feel amazing and I'm sitting on a mountain top. I feel good. What if I forget?
What I would say to you is you do not forget. None of us ever do. We just get distracted. Your spirit never leaves you and is always there inside you. It is always talking to you. It's always there. It will never forsake you. It will never leave. Our mind gets distracted by life. We get a little misguided. We know when we feel that because we feel yuck. We are disorganized, irritable, depressed, unmotivated, all those words, we all know it. We have all lived it.
At that moment, moment, that should go, “I got a call to the wise one in me, the spirit. I got to call him or her back into the driver's seat to help me know where I'm going.” That part of us, when it comes back, is ours is to let it drive and come laser-focused on what your spirit is calling you to. You said something earlier, “I don't always know what I'm saying yes to, but that is not the plan. You do not know how it is going to happen. You have to say yes. Somehow as soon as you say yes, it is like the doors open, or it becomes clear the next step.”
I often like that. How do I keep going? How do I not forget? Are there probably be times that we do? We get caught up in life. Number one, have compassion for ourselves, not feel bad. To say that, “I'm human.” Even our distractions or where we got off the road of our spirit can be opportunities to grow and learn, that maybe I start to notice a pattern of what distracts me, what makes me forget.
Maybe when I forgot, it is because I'm getting overwhelmed about something. Maybe I do not want to know the next step because I'm scared to take the next step. I put it inside, and it feels like I'm forgetting. Everything in us is an opportunity. Always go back inwards and focus inwards, do the inward journey.
I know when I start to get distracted and I get off course, I do not feel comfortable. It does not feel good. That is a motivation for me to get back off or get back and tap back into taking the time to ask like, “What is going on?” To read books like this or do some of those exercises again. It was so beautiful. Can I read a quote from your book that struck me?
I would be honored.
It is on page 201. It is near the end of the book. It is at the very back, but this sums up the experience of the book, “It is the experience that turns knowledge into wisdom. It takes you far beyond just reading about or hearing about something. The growth is in the doing.” I wish I had a bell. I would ring a bell. That brings us to the end. Thank you very much, Heidi McBratney. I'm sure you are dying to figure out how do I get this amazing book that is powerful that now you have met the author, Answering The Call of Your Spirit: How to Wake Up And Remember The Light of Your Soul by Heidi McBratnrey.
Thank you so much, Susan. Thank you to everyone who will see this. May you enjoy the path of answering the call of your spirit. I can only tell you it's nothing but stunning and amazing.
Thank you and Heidi's life as a testament.
You are welcome.
Answering the Call of Your Spirit is for everyone, including you, who has forgotten their original light, the spark inside them. With this book, you will come to understand your power and be gently introduced to a number of practical steps to regain your inner light. Learn how to break free of worries or fears that might have been holding you back. Once you begin to take action, you’ll naturally tap into your own unique personal power and remember your original mission. It is your birthright and you deserve to shine brightly and be happy.
“Because the world of Spirit is a great place to be”
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