Caravan Conversations
Caravan Conversations

Season 1, Episode 36 · 1 week ago

Getting tuned up for our place in the plan of the universe

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Welcome to week thirty-six. This week, David explores two aspects of life mission - life mission coded within us like an acorn and we are part of a larger whole, like an instrument in the orchestra of life.

Excerpt:

Here in Caravan, I ask, is there a life that makes sense to live that does not include the reason we were sent? Can you conceive of choosing anything but your life mission?”

The man replied, “Depth psychologist James Hillman addressed  this question in his book The Soul’s Code. He referred to what he called  the acorn principle. I think he is saying the code of our life mission is  within us, and like the mighty oak tree is waiting to unfold over time in  the course of our life. He wrote that it is inherent in us from birth, like  the acorn, and isn’t created by our life in the horizontal world.”

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Hazrat Inayat Khan also writes that everyone has a place in the orchestra of life. Each of us is an instrument in this orchestra. Finding our place has to do with getting tuned up for our place in the performance of the piece. According to Hazrat Inayat Kahn, all things, even electrons, have their very specific, unique place in the scheme of things. Not only does each and every human being have their place in the Divine plan, with a mission that is unique to each, every electron also has a uniquely designed place in the plan of the universe.

The Caravan of Remembering, Chapter 8, Life mission across culture and over time, p.94, 97-98.

Welcome to caravan conversations. A year living dangerously is a year long offering based on the book the caravan of remembering by Daniel good enough. That provides a sort of kindling for your body, mind, heart and soul to light up your exploration of your life's mission. Hi, Chris, SA, hi James. Welcome for week thirty six. Thank you. This Week David Explores two aspects of life mission, life mission coated within us like an Acorn, and life mission as part of a larger hole, like an instrument in the orchestra of life. Here's our exert here in Caravan. I ask, is there a life that makes sense to live that does not include the reason we were sent? Can you conceive of choosing anything but your life mission? The man...

...replied depth. Psychologist James Hillman addressed this question in his book the Soul's Code. He referred to what he called the acorn principle. I think he is saying the code of our life mission is within US and, like the mighty oak tree, is waiting to unfold over time in the course of our life. He wrote that it is inherent in us from birth, like the ACORN, and isn't created by our life in the horizontal world. Has Read in a at Khan also writes that everyone has a place in the orchestra of life. Each of us is an instrument in this orchestra. Finding your place has to do with getting tuned up for our place in the performance of the piece. According to hazard in at Khan, all things, even electrons, have their very specific, unique place in the scheme of things. Not only does each and every human being have their place in the divine plan, with a...

...mission that is unique to each, every electron also has a uniquely designed place in the plan of the universe. Well, I love these two quotes together. I do too. I was taken to first the oak in the forest becoming an oak tree. But it's in the forest, it's in the forest of relationships, of of fungi and mysilium networks and in the relationship of all other trees and the plants and the animals and the insects and the water and the air and the sunshine and people and just more and more and more and more and more. So I really like this as well. This set me on a on a really interesting set of what am I exploring and what is my experience and what I'm discovering when I focus narrowly on me as an individual, with what's packed in my bags. How am I in response to all...

...of these scales that are coming up that show me different aspects of my being in relation to the question of life mission, like why am I here? I was uniquely designed to be something, and I look at it as who is the James that I'm becoming, that I'm that I need to be to do those things in the world that I'm here to do, like I'm called to do. And so it really is this wonderful sense of interplay between the specific need that's becoming and is in the world and it is in relationship to all aspects of the world and is expressing itself as fully as it can in this moment with all the other little bits and pieces of stuff that you know, comes with my experience over the years, that if I can take off that particular aspect that no longer serves me and maybe more of the James will...

...be shining through so that it could offer itself to the universe and the plan of the universe. So where I fit in my life, my song, my note, all my relations, those that walk with me, that I'm aware of and those that walk beside me that are supporting me in this, because I wouldn't be able to do this without someone in some place made this equipment in which we're zooming on right so it's like, oh my goodness, we do need everyone else and we need to show up as well. And yet, even in showing up to what's happening all around me or in the world or what's just in front of me, the place I start is where my feet are. where I am is where my feet are, because that's the place, that is my world, that's the place that I can act out in a way that's supportive with whatever relationships I have, both seen and...

...unseen in my world, aware unaware, of that will help me being able to realize what I came here to do. So, yeah, I really like this. It's Um it speaks to me at many, many different levels and, yeah, it makes me excited about being alive. Actually, how did this land with you? Well, first I just want to say I'm really enjoying your poetic kind of speaking tonight today about this. I could feel the energy of it. So I started with the acorn first and thinking about the source code that we have this source code inside of us, and I'm also in the world of tech a little bit, so I'm thinking about this as so we each have the source code within us and it's underneath the cultural codes and the genetic lient codes and the lived environment codes. It's just it's under all of that at and it's informing how we even relate to all of...

...that. And then it makes sense from there that we would we wouldn't be a source code and isolation, we would be a source code connected to like that source code is connected to an even bigger source code that is informing all these other beings in electrons and everything that has a life mission. It's so interesting how how our minds can feel separate and yet you know, it's where we really are part of this orchestra. And I was thinking about how the supply has applied to my own life and how I've often felt more like I was part of a quintet or a quartet than an orchestra. It's easier for me to understand this with my collaborations and different teams I'm on or different places. I can feel how my instrument is part of the whole in my life...

...more in this everyone. You know, people have different scales, but that's how it shows up for me and I was reflecting on how, right now in my life I feel this more than I ever have. I feel that I'm part of the symphony more and it's very exciting to feel that way, that what I'm bringing really is what what's coming through me from this source code. That's how it feels more and more. So I was reflecting to on what I would say to the younger me from like twenty years ago who was struggling with this, who didn't feel like she was necessarily part of the orchestra and she she wasn't feeling connected to her unique acorn. What came to me? So I have this image of me working in an office and doing all these different things and only some of them are really my thing, but I'm asked to be doing all of these other things in my work and people are...

...kind of, you know, eyes and ears are on me. Is this my first job after my degree, and I'm I'm feeling a little dislocated, but also like it's a right place for me, but also a little bit unsure of what's my thing to bring and the the advice that I had, and it's probably because I have a six year old. I watched him do this, is to give myself secret play, to give myself more spaces where I just kind of secretly explore things that I find interesting or that I enjoy and not make my world quite so much about what everyone is saying I need to be doing, create those little niches for myself. So I had this image of being in my in my work and then having like this little bit of time where I would be doing something and just just exploring and letting that be there as a way of accessing that code through the very specific way that...

I would want to, not anybody else telling me what that is exactly. So that's that's the interesting direction this took for me. Well, that is an interesting direction. I read an article just a couple of days ago about something called the Google and it's this is where Google maps came from. Basically, is that of your time you actually have carved out. They would like you to carve oute for creative play, for creative to follow things that are it's both a wise thing for an individual to be able to say, yes, I'm supported in doing this, like you do with your son or you do with yourself. Now it's also good for business. Google maps came out of that, you know, and Google other things came out of that. So so there is this thing that says if we give ourselves the space to...

...explore, to experience, to discover, you know, just just what it is that's attracting our attention and that we feel called to do, that would light up for US aspects of our being that we weren't all that aware of or aspects of relationship in the world. It really may change how people live their lives if they can afford to do that. And I think you know underneath like, okay, I'm just going to follow these things, really is the conviction on some level that there is an acorn in me that's growing and I'm going to let this grow. How can I let this grow in myself? What is helping me grow this? And I loved how you brought the forest in for the symphony, the connection in the ecosystem that's going to help...

...nurture this acorn that's growing. I read recently that humans, unlike other animals, are born with a smaller brain than what they grow into. Other animals are kind they kind of come in with their whole brain, so they come in with all the firings and everything that's going to help them survive. We come in with lots of space for learning and growth so we can adapt to our local environments. I think that's also space for this acorn to grow. I agree. I really do see that as a as we're here to explore it, to experience, to discover both who we are and also to discover why we're here. And it starts with first, it starts for me anyway. Started with this. I feel less of a call but more of a leaning into and as I explore that I get more of a sense of opening in to a call. Oh so this is where I'm going, you know,...

...this is what's attracting me in this time. And then how that reinforces the the growth. Those experiences, both good and bad, and no right and wrong and all those other things, they they shape who I'm becoming. Sometimes you have to unshape things again because of the experiences that you've had. In other times you're fit. It's like I'm fitting into that space in the universe that's uniquely designed for me, and I'm not there yet. However, it's feeling more at home there in that uniquely divined space, not in a comfort zone, default kind of place, but in place of yeah, I feel alive. I truly feel alive, and the work that I'm doing with you and on caravan and in the world, and you know, it's just...

...it's a great time to be alive, even though it's a very chaotic time to be alive. Yeah. Well, thanks, Chris, and its very nice conversation. Good conversation. Okay, bye for now. Thank you for listening to this episode of a year of living dangerously. If you're new to the PODCAST, please head over to our website, caravan of remembering dot com, where you can subscribe to this podcast, learn more about the caravan remembering or check out our offerings. If you think of someone who would benefit from this podcast, please do share it with them. Thank you again for listening. Bye for now.

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