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Purple chakra with words - “When your spirit sends you a message, it’s your duty to answer the call.” ~Gloria Stewart

The last few week’s Joy Journals have taken you on a journey of clearing and connecting with your inner spirit as a way to better hear its messages. Hopefully, your intuition has sharpened and your joy centre has been awakened.  So now what?

It’s one thing to live a joyful life of self-discovery and self-empowerment, but if you are only looking inside and not outside, in my opinion you have only accomplished about half of what you signed up for in this lifetime.  Joy without action can make you passive and myopic.  And I don’t believe that at this perilous time in our history, you can afford to sit back without fulfilling your mission.

That’s why learning how to tune into your spirit can help you remember living in the fullness of your joy so that you can express your purpose through every intentional action that you take. Let me tell you my story.

From the time I was a little girl, I always felt a compulsion to look after stray animals and the other children on the block.  I would be the one to organize parades and pretend school and I even had a Safety Club to teach the neighbourhood kids how to avoid dangerous situations. (my two younger brothers were not big fans!)

Anyway, as I got a little older, I would organize fundraisers for Red Cross or other causes that I believed were important at my young age.  Then when I was 18, I participated in an innovative simulation game in southern Alberta that exposed me to the international development issues of the day (that was 1971) and my heart was broken wide open as I became awakened!  The stark reality of poverty and social injustice that I had been spared from experiencing in my 18 years was a big wake-up call.  From that point on, I knew my mission was to lead, to teach, and to serve.  But how?

I remember sitting down with my dad and telling him that I wanted to go abroad to “feed starving babies” and dedicate my life to relief work.  I’ll never forget what he told me.

Dad said, “You don’t have to go to a third-world country to do good Gloria.  Just look for ways everyday to be of service, no matter where you are or what you’re doing.”  And that’s what I’ve been trying to do ever since.

Cover of Denise Lynn's cards

(Denise Linn’s
Native Spirit Oracle Cards)

Now, I’m not saying that we don’t need more people to be of service in countries and environments around the world where there is poverty, environmental destruction, and social injustice.  But I knew that I was to be of service wherever I was at the time.  I knew that because I had learned to trust my spirit as demonstrated by the many synchronicities that have occurred over the years, ever guiding me to where I stand today.  And that led me to write my book and this blog for you right now.

You see one of the intentional acts of spirit that happens for me on a regular basis can be found on my bookshelf. Without exception, the exact book that I need to read shows up.  Many times, I can’t even remember purchasing it.  Here’s a great example and one that has laid the foundation for this blog as well has provided me with greater clarity about the mission behind my book Being Joy™.

The book I’m talking about is Andrew Harvey’s The Hope – A Guide to Sacred Activism.  Wow – what a title. As a self-proclaimed Joy and Abundance Activist, no wonder this book jumped off my bookshelf!

If you’re not familiar with Andrew Harvey, he’s a poet, spiritual teacher and mystical scholar who wrote this book in 2009 as a tool to help you discover your divine purpose and take action to help save the world from its downward spiral.  Amazing how relevant and urgent this book is now given the global impact of the pandemic.

There was a great exercise in the book for helping you remember your mission that I recently performed.  It involved setting my alarm for 3 a.m. (did it on a weekend).  Harvey explained that this is a particularly good time to do spiritual work “because the noise of the world is hushed, and it is easy to feel alone with your spirit and with the Divine.”

I was then instructed to sit calmly on the bed and open my heart to feel the pain of what is happening in the world.  He says to then, “Ask yourself what is the cause of all the causes I care for that breaks my heart the most.”  He then asks that when you “imagine that your heartbreak has become a torch of flame and guides you down a spiral staircase into a small dark cave.  This small, dark cave is a symbol of your heart center.  By the golden light that your heartbreak is emitting, you see that there is a letter on the floor of the cave with your name on it in your own handwriting.  Praying for courage and clarity, pick up that letter, open it, and read it.  Written in the letter will be your life’s purpose, spelling out your particular role in the Birth.” (Harvey is referring to the Birth as the transformation of the world that you will play your role in helping unfold.)

So why am I telling you all this?  Well, if you’re still reading this blog, you are who I am supposed to be talking to.  You see, that’s my mission.  To connect with people like you who may have felt the calling of your spirit, but for whatever reason have decided not to answer.  Perhaps you’ve felt disconnected from yourself and can no longer hear the message clearly or doubt the message.  Or you’ve stopped believing in yourself or others and feel that “it is what it is”.  Or you’ve forgotten what the frequency of joy energy feels like and you have succumbed to artificial methods of self-soothing.

But I encourage you to listen.  And then when you become awakened (and thankfully, millions have been as a result of this big giant pause called COVID) and your heart aches to live a life that’s bigger than yourself, then I urge you to become the sacred activist your spirit has been calling you to become.

Start today.  Do one thing. Become the sacred activist you know you can be. And while you’re at it, keep your frequency high, your mind open, and your joy ever expanding!

black and white photo with man holding an umbrella over lady in a wheel chair. Text overlay - The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.


Love from your Joy Mama,

Gloria Stewart signature

P.S.    Sacred Activism is a life-long commitment and requires courage and patience.  This quote by Nelson Henderson sums it up perfectly:  The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”  Choose your gift to the world and act on it today.

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