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What is Your Place in the World?

October 6, 2020

What is Your Place in the World?

By Amba Gale

“What is your place in the world?” is, perhaps, one of the most fundamental questions we can address, always. A question asked by poets, thinkers, philosophers, thinkers, theologians, during all times, this question begs to be addressed particularly during this time, as the ground is shaking every day, where there is no shoreline to mark our way, where the external circumstances, ever changing, do not provide us with any information about who WE were born to be.

When we connect with our Selves, at our core, when we discern our own unique thread, we are able to make choices in life that are given by our own integrity, our own underlying, deep authenticity, that deep river of sourcefulness that runs beneath the surface of our everyday life. Living our lives out of our hearts, out of what gives us meaning, of belonging to the world in the particular way we were made to belong, allows for a great deal of resolution to the existential or spiritual dilemma, at any time.

For most of us now, during this Great Threshold Crossing we are all taking, the universe is asking of us, begging of us, to address this question, to shed the skin that is now dead and no longer appropriate to be wearing, and to take some deep dives into the questions, what is my calling? What gives me joy? What does the future want me for? What is my purpose on the planet? What is my place in the world?

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The Joy of Being

Whale Breaching

This fog filled morning

the bright lights of our family room

illuminate the whale.

Leaping with joy, he flies

Up

Up

Up

he flies

beyond the froth,

far above the hills.

Eyes open wide,

he smiles,

joyous,

wondering,

celebrating the glory of being alive,

his great flippers just like wings

as he propels

himself toward the sky,

and then, married to gravity, falls

to the depths of the sea

with sheer abandon,

announcing his place in the world.

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