Tapping for pain and distress is easy. You can name exactly what is wrong (the pain) and you have a clear idea of what you want (relief).
Tapping to create a life that we love can be a little bit tricker because we are often unsure of exactly what we want that life to be like. My friend Gregg Levoy refers to this idea of creating the life we were made for as a calling, as if our soul is calling us towards fulfilment. Once we have a clear idea of our calling, we can use tapping to help us work towards it.
In this conversation Gregg and I talk about what exactly a calling is and how to get clarity about it in your own life. In addition, I have added four easy ways in which you can use tapping to gain clarity about your calling by clearing the blocks standing in the way of taking positive action.
Guest: Gregg Levoy
Contact: web @ GreggLevoy.com
About Gregg: Gregg Levoy is the author of Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion, and the bestselling Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life rated among the “Top 20 Career Publications” by the Workforce Information Group.
He has presented lectures and seminars for the Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, Microsoft, National Conference on Positive Aging, American Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, and others, and been a frequent guest of the media, including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS.
A former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico, and former columnist and reporter for USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer, he has written for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Reader’s Digest, and many others.
Tapping scripts from the podcast
Being open to inspiration:
I give myself permission to be open to inspiration…To hear calling…In big and small ways…I give myself permission to hear this calling in ways that are unexpected…In ways that are even wacky…Because I know I have access to the information to lead myself by the right path…This does not mean I expect the next seventy five years of my life to show up with clear instruction in the next four and a half minutes…I know that this inspiration will come in many forms…Sometimes obvious…Sometimes subtle…I give my system permission to know it is okay for me to feel a little overwhelmed…To feel uncertain…But knowing that…Inspiration can come…Inspiration will come…I give myself permission to respond to it.
Being open to questions, not just answers:
I am open to having answers…I am open to having clear information…But I recognize the fact sometimes my calling is going to show up as questions…It’s not going to show up as clear answers…As much as I would like to have clear answers…It is okay if I get questions…Because when I am working with inspired questions…I’m going to find my way to unexpected answers…Sometimes inspiration is a process…It’s not necessarily a straight line…I give myself permission to be open to the process…To be open to receiving questions…To be open to exploring questions without answers…Knowing full well that these questions can leave me on the right path.
Not needing answers for the long haul:
When I receive information…When I receive inspiration…When I’m in touch with my calling…I recognize the fact but this isn’t necessarily my calling for the rest of my life…This isn’t who I am supposed to be forever…This isn’t what I’m supposed to do forever…Instead it is information for today…Information that’s going to help me to craft tomorrow…Information that’s going to move me forward in the near-term…It is possible that I could be called to this for the rest of my life…It is possible that this is much more short-term…I give myself permission to trust myself…To trust the process…Engaging with my inspiration…Knowing I will be soon inspired again.
Beating ourselves up for not having answers sooner:
When I encounter insight…When I encounter clarity…When I’m in touch with what I should do and who I should be…It can feel obvious…Because it’s strike such a deep chord with who I am…How I want to be…When this happens it’s really easy to beat myself up for not discovering this sooner…For not being open sooner…Not being ready sooner…But I recognize the fact that this is all part of the process…It might be obvious now…But it took what came before for it to become obvious now…I give myself permission to be easy with myself…For beating myself up…For not figuring it out sooner…The only thing that matters in this moment is what I choose to do in this moment…In response to this inspiration…I forgive myself for not figuring this out sooner…I give myself permission to be gentle with myself…For not getting here faster…I trust this process…Now is the right time for me to be here…I choose to be in this moment and not look back…I choose to create the next moment and not look back…Now is the right time.