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Follow Your Heart

Learning to Trust the Signs and Follow Your Inner Compass

Be who you want, Life LessonsChloë RainComment

You just never know where life is going to take you when you answer your calling.

It is said that the soul's journey is to whatever creates more love, or a greater capacity for love and to love and of love...

With each step on the path of purpose and new wave of experiences that challenge me, I feel that to be true, I continue to love more fully and deeply than I knew was possible or that I was ever capable of....

I am excited to share with you that I will be moving to Norway in July. More specifically to the Arctic Circle of Norway, to the city of Tromsø.

My new location on the globe implies a mission, the Arctic and its unique causes, have personal significance for me, and to be able to contribute to the preservation and promotion of its natural and cultural resources is an opportunity of a lifetime.

It was an auspicious day in April 2010, when I saw a picture of the Lofoten Islands in the Arctic Circle of Norway, and became completely lit up by the idea of visiting those distant mountains and experiencing the magic of the midnight sun. What I knew was that I had to go there and to write.

Less than two weeks later I booked a plane ticket taking me all the way to the Arctic Circle. I became obsessed with this feeling and desire to go there and never come back, I declared to my friends that "I am moving to Norway" and I repeated "I'm moving to Norway, I’m moving to Norway!" it as if it were a mantra and the repetition of it, would compel my life to reflect what I felt in my heart.

Granted, there were a lot of things afoot in my life at that time, which I have a better understanding of now; my heart could no longer manage the constant longing and heartache and my soul was calling out to be heard. Some part of me knew I had to change my life or die, and so I began to make drastic changes.

That trip to the Arctic Circle of Norway in 2010 set me firmly on the path of internal and external transformation. Nothing short of a spiritual awakening.

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When I returned from Norway that summer— I moved to Seattle, Washington. Landing in a place that felt and appeared about as close to Norway as one could find themselves in the United States. Later, I resided in Ballard, a Seattle neighborhood with deep Nordic roots, where homes fly the Norwegian flag, and each year they throw a 17th of May Celebration, in honor of Norway's Constitution Day that ends in Bergen Place Park. I always felt that my dream had been fulfilled in ways that I couldn’t have planned.

The Olympic and Cascade Mountains, as well as Mount Rainier and Mount Baker, the Puget Sound, the Pacific Northwest Ocean, the San Juan Islands, and Seattle would have much medicine for me.

Though, life had in store another turn of events, ones I couldn’t have fathomed, and I returned to the place of my birth in Virginia and once again the Shenandoah Mountains became my home. Here I have experienced a different kind of medicine, one that could not have been received at a distance or worked through in theory. An experience of coming back to my roots, reconnecting to my spiritual home, healing of my past and familia relationships at a deep and transformative level, and ultimately integrating the whole of who I am—in this lifetime. And who I came here to be....

Nine years later, the dream of the Arctic Circle never left me. Occasionally I would be visited by the Spirit of Whale, or have dreams of the Mountains there, and visions of the Spirit of the Glacier living inside my heart.

Honestly, the thought of being alone in a foreign country, learning a new language, going weeks without seeing the sun, and living with constant cold temperatures — frightens me a bit.

And yet here I go....

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When I return from Peru in June, I will be packing up my home and moving to Tromsø, a beautiful city about 200 miles into the Arctic Circle, famous for its spectacular Northern Lights, and venturing out from there— bringing my cross country skis with me as my only form of personal transportation.

Exploring deeply, and experiences in nature are essential to my work with others and keep me inspired and hopeful as a human being. I relish being out of doors, and I experience nature as a kind of medicine.

The years of working one on one with clients as a mentor have been committed to rekindling each individual’s awareness of their personal connection to the natural world around them and their reason for being alive in the world at this time.

I help them to see what is already within them, but not easily perceived through our modern lens of individualism and consumerism. In exploring deeply our own divinity and purposeful gifts, one can find the guidance and resources to bring to life the most extraordinary of dreams.

With this dream becoming manifest in my own life, I understand at a deep and profound level.... that we must do the work, become a clear conduit of the Divine, and be the person who can hold the vision, in order to have the strength and courage to act on our inner guidance to bring the dream into reality.

In my next phase of work, I hope to inspire more people to listen to their soul’s calling, and cause them to look a little closer at themselves, at the natural environment that surrounds them, and at other people and their beliefs of separation, race, culture, and religion.  I will continue working one-on-one with clients in Mentorship capacity, as I dive deeper into the ancient wisdoms and study of the light. There are apprenticeship positions beginning in June. Please go ➳ to the link and apply if you are interested. 

Our life purpose is to use our own personal transformation to help transform society.

I will begin leading spiritual journeys to the Arctic and the Lofoten Islands, to experience the medicine of this land as soon as 2020 and I will continue to lead spiritual journeys to Peru to sit in sacred Ceremony once a year.

I understand this is just the beginning... not the end destination, but a whole new journey—with different vehicles, different mountains, different medicine to learn and to receive— a new road enlightened by all the bright insights that have come to pass on this part of the journey...

May you find the courage to listen to your soul's calling and the strength to walk your path of purpose.


Much love to you as you walk your path of purpose!!!

                              In love and service,

Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

She has had the pleasure of mentoring women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to their own guidance, and experience greater love and fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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How to Find Your Calling: Navigating Your Own Hero’s Journey

Guest Writer, Life LessonsLissa Rankin
How to Find Your Calling: Navigating Your Own Hero’s Journey

Life is hard, and to live it fully and express your soul authentically requires the courage of a warrior and the softness, gentleness, and yielding flexibility of a goddess.

Of course, everyone’s path is unique, but there are well-traveled paths that all heroes before you have worn smooth through experience. So why not model your journey after Luke Skywalker, Mother Teresa, or Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Navigating your own hero’s journey is one of the cornerstones of living a meaningful, rich, authentic, wholly healthy life. So what does it mean to be on a hero’s journey? What is the arc?

Joseph Campbell described it best, first in his book A Hero with a Thousand Faces  and then in The Power of Myth, a famous interview with Bill Moyer that aired on PBS. Luke Skywalker follows the epic hero’s journey classically. But so do you, every time you say yes to your calling.

Some of us are driven towards our purpose by passion, but many others take a journey to hell and back, and only when we’ve survived something traumatic do we realize we have been in training to serve others who are still in hell. Sometimes we only discover we are heroes when we get disillusioned enough with the dysfunction of our present circumstances. When we feel sad enough and lost enough and hopeless enough, something deep within us has the opportunity to emerge, something stronger and wiser than we may ever have known existed within us. We all have this heroic spark that never dies, even when we’re in our darkest moments.

This spark within you is fueled by a pressing sense that there is adventure out there, that your life has purpose, that you’re on a quest you may not understand yet, that your small little existence on this very big planet could mean something, that there is more to life than the ordinary, dysfunctional world, and that perhaps all it takes is a cape and a mask and some really cool boots in order to save the world.

Let me break it down for you because it can be helpful to know what lies ahead.

The Ordinary World

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Most of us don’t realize how truly heroic we are until we’re called to step up to the plate and do something we would never have believed we’d be capable of doing before we were called to get out of our comfort zone and demonstrate our potential. We don’t know we are heroes because we assume heroes are supposed to fight battles and overcome obstacles and rescue damsels in distress and still looking dashing while they’re saving the world.  But heroes start out like everybody else, living our ordinary lives in our Ordinary Worlds, doing our ordinary things, slogging through life, reacting to life’s tragedies and feeling like victims of our circumstances, treading water in our lives until we realize we are drowning and the only way to survive is to quit fighting so hard and just trust that we will be thrown life preservers. Because we will. But maybe not the way you expect.

The Call to Adventure

Right when you might start to question your inner superhero and feel tempted to lose hope that your little blip of existence in this great big world could really make a world-changing difference, you’re likely to hear the phone ring. It usually rings very softly at first, perhaps so softly that, like your cell phone with the ringer off, you miss it altogether. But when you fail to pick up, the phone is likely to ring louder. Some Divine force turns the ringer on.

Refusal of the Call

Because heroes are inherently curious, you won’t be able to resist picking up the jangling phone, yet when you hear what you’re meant to do on your hero’s journey, if you’re like the rest of us, you’re likely to respond with a rousing, “HELL NO.” What you are being called to do is too scary. The dangers are too risky. Your comfort zone is too secure. It would be so much easier to stay in the Ordinary World, even though the Ordinary World is so . . . well, ordinary. Fear wrecks you. There are so many really, really good reasons to hang up the phone and refuse the call. Nobody would blame you. You’re only human. It would be natural to turn your back on something so terrifying. So like all the other heroes who have ever walked a hero’s path, you refuse the call. It’s how we heroes play hard to get.

Yet no matter how much you pretend you’re not available for that last minute Friday night date with destiny, I guarantee you that, when it’s your true calling, the call will keep pestering you. You can resist the call, but you don’t get to choose your calling. Your calling chooses you.

Meeting of the Magical Mentor

Because it’s so scary to say YES to your calling, a magical mentor will arrive, either as an inner mentor or an outer one, someone who will guide the hero, offer protection and reassurance, and share wisdom intended to help the hero navigate what is sure to be a challenging journey ahead. This mentor will encourage you to say yes, gifting you with boons and uplifting your confidence.

Crossing the Threshold

Finally, with the aid of this mentor, you either muster up the moxy to rally to the task, picking up the phone with a smile, or you get so worn down by the incessant ringing that you pick up with a sigh and a roll of the eyes.  The hero leaves the known world and leaps into the unknown, which signals the hero’s final separation from the Ordinary World and marks the hero’s willingness to undergo metamorphosis. There’s often a rupture of some sort, an unraveling, as the hero goes from caterpillar into cellular debris inside the cocoon.

The minute you say YES to your calling and cross the threshold from the Ordinary World into the Special World, life tends to get very interesting and synchronicities tend to pop up to affirm that you made the right decision.

The Road of Trials (Test, Enemies, Allies)

Because magical things start happening the minute you say YES to your calling, you may be seduced into thinking the whole journey will be a cakewalk. But the honeymoon period of your entry into the Special World is just a phase. It’s almost like your reward for having the courage to accept the call. But this hero’s journey is an initiation, which means it won’t always be roses and violets. That’s when you’ll realize you’re on the Road of Trials. The Road of Trials consists of a series of tests and obstacles the hero must overcome, and along the way, the hero meets allies and enemies and begins to learn the rules of a world far different than the Ordinary World.

This can be a challenging time. When you find yourself struggling to get through an obstacle-ridden forest, it can be hard to tell whether your commitment is just being tested, as every heroes is, or whether you’ve veered off course. Obstacles can be part of the growth process, the cultivation of your inner hero, a necessary part of your hero’s journey. But they can also be Signs that you’ve made a wrong turn.

Approaching the Innermost Cave

As the Road of Trials intensifies, the hero comes to the edge of a dangerous place—the headquarters of the enemy or the dark cave of the new world, or a scary inner place where the reckoning must happen as part of a Dark Night of the Soul.

The Ordeal

The ordeal usually follows, a fight to the death with the forces of darkness, when the hero is at risk of losing it all. Surviving the ordeal is a right of passage, an initiation into the new world that graduates the hero into a wiser, more enlightened state of being. There are death and rebirth during the ordeal. As the former Cat Stevens—Yusuf Islam—sings, “To be what you must, you must give up what you are.”

Reward/The Holy Grail

Having survived the ordeal, the hero is rewarded. The holy grail is found. Life-changing wisdom is earned. An elixir that will serve as the balm for a wounded culture is won. But the hero isn’t out of the woods yet.

The Road Back

Once the hero finds the holy grail that promises to change the Ordinary World into the new bliss, it’s tempting to hold that knowledge dear, to protect it close to the heart, where nobody can threaten it or challenge it or take it away. But that’s not what heroes do. Heroes always find the courage to bring the holy grail back home to the Ordinary World so others can benefit too.


Before the grail comes home, the hero undergoes one last final exam, a last-ditch effort on the part of the forces of fear and darkness to derail the hero from bringing the hard-won reward back to the Ordinary World so that it may become the promised land. This last ordeal nearly brings the hero down—again. Another near-death ensues. But once again—phew—the hero is resurrected.

The Resurrection happens once the hero leaves the Special World and reenters the Ordinary World. Without this death and rebirth witnessed by the people of the Ordinary World, those the hero left behind might have trouble recognizing that Joe Schmoe, who was once just like them, has now transformed into a butterfly. Because this resurrection tends to be witnessed, people in the Ordinary World wake up and realize the hero has a precious gift to bring back home, something that could turn everyone at home into butterflies.

Return with the Holy Grail

That’s when the hero can finally bring the grail home once and for all. Dorothy makes it back to Kansas with the knowledge that there’s no place like home. Luke Skywalker learns to ally himself with The Force. Nelson Mandela becomes President and dismantles apartheid, bringing to chaos the peace he discovered during his imprisonment. Once you find the holy grail, you see the light and can use it to illuminate others.

The Heroine’s Journey

Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey aligns with the dominant masculine paradigm, but depth psychologist Anne Davin reinvents the journey into a heroine’s journey. Anne describes the heroine’s journey as a series of phases a woman moves through as she infuses her divinity into the surprises, disappointments, and ruptures that life can bring, a journey that happens in five phases. Anne describes the difference between the hero and the heroine:

“Although the hero in modern times is a rugged individualist, the heroine is interdependent on others for her survival. The hero views humans and the divine as separate. For the heroine, there is no separation between spirit and matter. All are One. The hero is self-sacrificing; the heroine receives from others. The hero survives against all odds; the heroine’s ego dies to the perfection of whatever is happening, coming into agreement with what is, rather than forcing her will. The hero dominates; the heroine surrenders. The hero competes; the heroine collaborates. The hero revels in his victory, filled with pride; the heroine wears her humility as a jeweled crown. The hero never questions his value or direction; the heroine lives her life as an open question. The hero fights death, living in perpetual fight or flight; the heroine dies willingly into the still point of Beingness. The hero asks, “What can I get for myself?” The heroine asks, “How can I serve the dream?”

Phase One: The Everyday Woman

The woman is the everyday woman, living her everyday life. She doesn’t realize she is about to encounter an experience that will create chaos and deep internal change, perhaps dreamed up by her soul to facilitate her evolution as a divine spark of the feminine.

Phase Two: The Rupture

The second phase is the “rupture,” wherein the heroine experiences an activating event—a divorce, the loss of a loved one, a cancer journey, getting fired from her job, being a victim of violent crime—that creates the perception of loss or disappointment. This rupture leads her to descend into a swamp of what can almost be described as delicious grief. During the rupture, she refuses to play the victim, instead, embracing the tragedy with grace and sensual surrender.

Phase Three: Transparency

In the third phase of “transparency,” the heroine uses the action and power of transparency to embody her wholeness in every moment. She courageously embraces all of the many faces of her feminine self, including what may be judged by the culture as repulsive or frightening.

Phase Four: Receiving

The fourth phase is about “receiving,” during which the heroine remains open, exposed, and vulnerable while she receives the soothing contact and assistance from others who tend her. She recognizes this as essential, and compassionately allows herself to be nurtured through her crisis.

Phase Five: Action

This love and support she receives in Phase Four lead her to Phase Five—“action,” during which she experiences a profound emotional and spiritual restoration that energizes new attitudes, perspectives, and action in her life.

Reposted with permission from LissaRankin.com

How to Find YOur Calling


Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over MedicineThe Fear Cure, and The Anatomy of a Calling is a physician, speaker, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, and mystic. Passionate about what makes people optimally healthy and what predisposes them to illness, she is on a mission to merge science and spirituality in a way that not only facilitates the health of the individual, but also uplifts the health of the collective. 

Bridging between seemingly disparate worlds, Lissa is a connector, collaborator, curator, and amplifier, broadcasting not only her unique visionary ideas, but also those of cutting edge visionaries she discerns and trusts, especially in the field of her latest research into "Sacred Medicine." 

Lissa has starred in two National Public Television specials and also leads workshops, both online and at retreat centers like Esalen and Kripalu. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her daughter. She blogs at LissaRankin.com and posts regularly on Facebook.

Blessings on Your Journey

All I know after a long, winding journey is that we are here to love and to be loved, to open our hearts all the way and to let the impulse of love spawn a revolution that helps us remember Why We Are Really Here.

Each of us will participate in this revolution of love in our own unique way as we navigate our own heroic journey. As we journey together, we will all wake up to the truth of what is real and why our souls chose to incarnate at this special time on Planet Earth. This is why you are here, so we can co-create a more beautiful world together, one little miracle at a time.

If the phone is ringing for you, trust your heart if it tells you to take the call. Your instructions await you. The time is now. Blessings on your journey.

Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

She has had the pleasure of mentoring women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to their own guidance, and experience greater love and fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose.