What is YOUR Call of Self?

I was on a call with my prospective teacher, Dorothy (Didi) Firman Ed. D., and we were talking about why I was interested in the Coaching training and certification program she conducts.  “I am not sure!”, I started, “I am so frustrated and tired of trying to make this “thing I want to do, this transition coaching thing work.  I don’t even know why I am doing it; I should just close it down!”  Didi was quiet for a moment or two and then she started laughing and said “well…you can try to ignore that call of self…good luck with that!”  And deep inside I knew she was absolutely right.  This deeply held, heart-strong conviction of the work I am here to do in the world will not go away.  It is my Self, my deepest center, my place of connection to the Divine Source, calling to me.  It IS my Call of Self.

The name Call of Self comes from the Psychosynthesis School of Psychology which is what I practice and teach.  But there are other names from other traditions that include the process of transformation that includes self-awakening, deeper self-knowing, and a journey that leads to a life of deeper connection and meaning.  It can be called Vocation, Calling, Gift or Talent.  Whatever you call it the meaning has a big of magic to it…it is bigger than a job or profession or career.  It is deeper, and it touches you in the deepest part of your being.  It is more than interest or desire to do something that seems interesting, it is a deep, deep need from the depths of your being.  It is something you know you need to do in this life because your life will not be complete without it.   

There are some lucky souls, those old souls, who hear and respond to their Calling at a young age.  I have a daughter who is one of those lucky souls.  She discovered her passion, her Call of Self in her college years.  She continued to educate herself and grow into her professional self in the years following college.  It was amazing to see and to be a part of, to be on the edges of the swirling energy.  The energy, the passion, the joy was incredible to be around.  And the really important point is that it called to that same desire in me!  It helped me to ask myself, what in me has that same energy and passion and joy.  It really led me to start the journey to discovering my own Call of Self.  As we, each one of us, answer our own Call of Self, we exude that same energy, passion and joy…and we give that gift to someone else!  It is a gift that continues to give, to ourselves, and to those we encounter day by day. 

And I have another daughter who is so like me.  She is going to learn many lessons about what she doesn’t want before she commits whole- heartedly to her passion.  And she will, it is in her DNA, just like it is in all our DNA.  I believe deeply that we were created by a Divine Creative Being whose greatest desire is for each one of us to life filled with passion, joy, creativity, and the soul-deep satisfaction of answering our own Call of Self.

If you have the deep-seated knowing that you are absolutely doing the right thing to bring joy, and passion and energy into your life and into the world, Congratulations!  Keep it up, share it, invite others to be a part of it, light the way for others to find their own Call of Self.

If you are feeling there is something missing, that there is a something in your being that is just waiting to be brought into the world then I invite you to find a quiet spot.  Close the door, turn off the phone and the computer, light a candle and get comfortable.  Connect into that deep place that has something to tell you…and listen…listen for your Call of Self.

Karen Herold

Karen Herold

Transition Life Coach | Energy Psychologist | Creative Arts Facilitator



Karen Herold



After 30 plus in the business world Karen Herold considers herself a recovering CPA, finance and executive management business leader. She left her business career to pursue a master’s in transpersonal psychology followed soon thereafter by certification as a psychosynthesis life coach. She brings her wisdom and knowledge as a yoga teacher, creative expression arts facilitator, energy psychologist and a life transition coach to each coaching session. Karen is also a member of the faculty at Sofia University. Karen empowers and encourages her clients to embrace Transition as an Invitation to envision, create and manifest their next stage in life as one that is filled with Purpose, Meaning and Value. Karen is a contributing author to The Call of Self: Psychosynthesis Life Coaching, which is a journey to understanding transpersonally oriented life coaching where she shares her experience of the intersection of life coaching and volleyball coaching.

Karen is the mother of three adult daughters…all of whom she coached in club volleyball at one time or another. She is also grandmother to four young grandchildren and is recently married to her loving husband Chris.


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