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The Knock of the Spirit

Updated on December 15, 2008

 "Realize that there comes a time in the life of every individual when he or she knows for a fact that it is not possible to continue with his or her existing life as it is.  In that moment the individual knows that if peace and happiness is to be found, then a most drastic change is called for.  This event is known as the Knock of the Spirit.  When it comes, the Spirit of man metaphorically knocks upon the individual's door, and the message given is brief, but overwhelming in its implications:  "Follow me now without question, or remain where you are.  I offer you freedom, but know that if I leave without you, I will not be returning."   Such is the Spirit's message, and the decision of the man or woman to go with the Spirit must be instantaneous if he or she is not to miss this fleeting moment of chance."  -Theun Mares, Toltec

 I have been listening to "knock of the spirit" as of late. I have chosen to seek new potentials, possiblities in my life and to follow my heart. I have been thinking about what would make me happy and how I can make a difference. I know I don't want to live up to expectation and I do want to try to leave a legacy of my exsistance on this earth. I would rather live my life as an adverture, and not as others view me.

At the same time, I know that if all I ever focus on is the future, and I do not enjoy my journey. I am denying my own experience. Spirit can symbolize creation. As in a reminder that I must be a participant in life's creative process, not just an observer. I am also reminded that whatever I do is affecting something or someone else.

Funny thing about the spirit, it cannot be manipulated by prayer or sacrifice. It is not some god/ goddess created in the likeness of humans. Spirit is not religion. Religion has tried to make you believe that spirit is knowable and controllable. Yet spirit touches, but we cannot touch it back. Spirit is the awareness, the energy behind life.

The "knock of the spirit" maybe pointing out the lack of a focal point. Possibly trying to communicate that it is time to realize that  fragmenting yourself into too many direction is never allowing yourself to finish what you start. The spirit can help you when wavering between dicisions, and choices.

Maybe the spirit is suggesting that now is the time to let go of the limitations that you or ours have set upon you. It just may be time to identify goals and focus on them. The spirit is the unknown at work.

"Let your spirit guide you, listen to your heart and follow your bliss." I have been following just that as of late, and my path of is leading me toward a few new ways. I am thankful for the new experiences, because I think I will finally get to do what it is my heart, mind and soul knew along. Their just now getting around to letting me in on it. It feels right.

"Redemption Song" by Bob Marley (from his home video)


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    Amanda Severn 9 years ago from UK

    I agree TOF. once you've made a decision it's just a matter of waiting for the turn of the tide, then it's anchors away!

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    The Old Firm 9 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

    I too think, as you appear to be saying St James, albeit more metaphysically, that when things turn sour it's better to walk away.

    The hardest part is to make the break. We all get into the rut of conformality, and the older we become the more difficult it is to break free. In consequence we stay in hateful marriages and awful jobs which eat us away because the fear of the unknown is greater than the misery we're living with. -

    How will I cope? (buy burgers, use a laundromat)

    How will they cope? (About the same as before, less the rows, and if they're bitter at least you won't be round to cop the backlash.)

    Or if you toss your job - What about my pension? (What good's a pension if your sick or dead?)

    It sounds as if you've made your break. We can't tell you whether it was right. However I believe that any decision is better than no decision. So good on you. Look ahead and savour the future, don't dwell on what's past. To be sure, remember the good bits as part of you pasts wonderful experiences, but leave them there, in the past where they belong.

    Good luck, go in there swinging, and give life hell.


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    Shalini Kagal 9 years ago from India

    Amanda - no wonder you have that indefinable quality too that one can sense across the miles!

    CW - I loved that video too!

    St.James - sorry we've made ourselves comfortable in your hub but we're awake in our part of the world while I'm sure you're fast asleep :)

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    countrywomen 9 years ago from Washington, USA

    James- This is a great hub. I love that Bob Marley video. Yes their are many times when we have to listen to our gut feelings but also their is our realistic side that stops us from taking a decision. I guess so far in my life all the small goals I had I have realized and yet I wasn't as excited now as I thought I would be when I started out to go for those same goals.

    Spiritual progress is another dimension that is important too and I guess we can listen to the inner voice which guides us. Also as they say when a student is ready the teacher will arrive. Maybe their will be associations or situations created that make it clearer what our higher purpose in life is.

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    Amanda Severn 9 years ago from UK

    I think you're right Shalini. My father was very psychic and was able to tune in to people and places, and vibrations from the past with amazing accuracy, and I do believe this ability is passed down to some extent. Perhaps it is genetic, and one day they'll identify the particular gene responsible. It's not so very far-fetched, after all, a hundred years ago mobile phones might well have been considered witchcraft!

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    Shalini Kagal 9 years ago from India

    Amanda - your imagery is awesome! 'How we tune our receiver' is so important isn't it? I wonder if it has something to do with it being passed down - a sacred legacy that's unwritten, unspoken even maybe, just going down through our genes, making some more sensuitive to the 'knock' than others?

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    Amanda Severn 9 years ago from UK

    I was always taught to listen to my instincts (the knocking of the spirit?) by my very wise parents. When I have heeded this advice things have generally turned out better than when I've tried to rely on intellect and reason. I always feel that it's like being a radio scanner. We can have a narrow range or a broadband range depending on how we tune our receiver.

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    Jewels 9 years ago from Australia

    Knock of the Spirit, I call it the Leadings of the Spirit, same thing. I did it and have few regrets. It's hard at times but had I remained with the life I was leading I'd probably be quite bitter with the futility of it all. Hope you get what you're looking for.

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    Shalini Kagal 9 years ago from India

    St James - what a great hub! Just love the phrase - 'Knock of the Spirit' - aren't there times when we feel we should just open the door and follow it?

    That Bob Marley home video was great. And thanks for bringing Theun Mares back to mind. I liked Cry of the Eagle - will go back now and read more of him.

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    Kellys Writing 9 years ago

    Very nice hub. I like the picture.

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    Mike the salesman 9 years ago from birmingham alabama/sherwood oregon

    man, it sounds like you are in the exact same spot I am in frightened to give up the familiar, but knowing it is an empty path... Wanting to be higher, but discouraged by the cheap dogma that smug people think they know. You make me think..thanks!