Crossing Thresholds: A Conversational Bridge to Your Next Opening
Register for the NEW and EXTENDED
Crossing Thresholds: a Conversational Bridge
to Your Next Opening
September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, and 19, 2021
10 AM–12 PM Pacific Time Each Tuesday
Join us for a six-week, live online course with Amba Gale, spiritual journeyer and leadership coach, author of Crossing Thresholds, Island Reflections, who opens people to their own joy, spirit, heart, and power to transform their lives. With special contributions from Owen Ó Súilleabháin, Amba’s own Irish guide, and weaver of creativity, music, and heart.
“I have had the privilege of seeing this book grow from a handful of seeds that Amba let me glimpse by the River Shannon in Ireland in 2018. Each word is a stepping-stone for us to skim across the surface of our soul.”
– Owen Ó Súilleabháin, singer, composer, speaker, and founder of Turas D’Anam: Journey of the Soul
Like many of us during this time, it is possible you have been feeling ungrounded, overwhelmed, or you simply sense that you are out of touch with your own spirit, your own passion, your vitality. Perhaps your own ability to be living from states of presence, joy, and wonder has eluded you. Perhaps a sense of speed has overwhelmed you, and you have not given yourself time to stop, pause, and dive into the silence, where the wisdom that comes from listening to your heart can speak to you to guide your way. Perhaps you simply know that there is a personal threshold for you to cross, from one territory where things seem not quite right, to another, where you are at one with your own sense of Self and with the world.
Crossing Thresholds is a profound and inspiring six-week course, where through conversation, we build a bridge, a transformational shift, to take us from one land to another, from one territory to another, to land in a place of well-being, resiliency, creativity, and a sense of being at peace with things as they are.
Let us brighten our own lights during this time, in behalf of ourselves, the people we serve, our families, our communities, and all those we love, through the miracle of technology, and the deep distinctions inherent in crossing thresholds well. In conversation, we explore and lean into what it takes to cross a threshold well. We move from stress to healing, finding out what it takes to be a light in darkness. We create the pathway for creating equanimity while living in an external environment of constant change, shaking ground, our plans upended at every turn.
Drop down deep into the world of pristine nature, wonder, and stillness, as we journey together with transformational coach, poet, photographer, Amba Gale, to the Great Lakes without, and the Wild Heart within. In that still, and silent place, through the vibrant and interactive conversation of the course, the beautiful work in pairs, the release of the wisdom of the community, the sharing of each other’s journeys, and the images of Amba’s musical poems, given even greater life by Amba’s coaching, distinguishing, deepening the principles of gaining access to equanimity, you awaken to your own Wisdom, as you travel across your own inner thresholds. From being in fear to loving, from feeling wounded to compassion, from experiencing stress to living in well-being, from resisting change, to befriending circumstances, this inner soul journey is what these times are calling for.
A lone dock with its bridge missing becomes a metaphor for Amba, for building new bridges with her now adult daughter. Though the poems are intensely personal, they are also universal in their themes, for discovering pathways for building new bridges, bridges that shift our perspective of breakdowns as a problem to breakdowns as a gift and opportunity for new life. We can re-invent our relationships. We can live a life of deeper meaning. We can create breakthroughs when things are falling apart. We can heal ourselves and others. We can flourish in times of uncertainty. We can create futures that bring us more fully alive.
Crossing Thresholds: a Conversational Bridge to Your Next Opening is offered through Zoom six Tuesday mornings in early fall.
September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 2021, 10-12 Pacific Time each Tuesday.
We meet, in community, and we engage the conversations together that arise as an opening from the poetry in Amba’s new book, Crossing Thresholds, Island Reflections.
Who is Crossing Thresholds for?
For someone who
- is interested in an inner adventure for moving from one state of being to another, with depth and meaning
- is willing to initiate a courageous conversation with themselves in behalf of leaving behind what it’s time to leave behind (whatever is no longer enlivening) and is hungry to step out onto new ground of aliveness in their life
- is crossing a threshold, allowing them to unfold life in life-giving ways with ease and grace
- would like to enhance their mental, emotional, spiritual well-being
- would enjoy engaging in open, authentic, honest sharing with others, both paired and in community, and is willing to and interested in seeing and discovering new territory.
- is interested in deeply opening the doors to presence, cultivating gratefulness, cultivating wonder
- is out to have a breakthrough in their creativity and self-expression
- senses that it would be wise to take a long, deep, pause and be intentionally reflective on what their life is all about
This is a conversation for the Explorer, the Adventurer, the Curious, the serious traveler, who is interested in and committed to traveling an inner journey, to developing some serious muscle for handling and moving through whatever personal threshold crossings are ours to make, during this collective, communal, global threshold crossing time.
What are the Purposes and Intentions of Crossing Thresholds?
The overall purpose of Crossing Thresholds: a Conversational Bridge to Your Next Opening is to open up for you a step-by-step process for navigating across a threshold crossing of your own choice, in community, and with ease, grace and an opportunity to learn and to develop, to open new doors to your own access to spirit, sanity, equanimity, and gratefulness.
The intention for our work is for you to come home to yourself; to be able to shape and re-shape who you are – for yourself, for others, and for life – as you paddle through this threshold crossing in which the shorelines that normally guide our way have disappeared, and in a way that you are guided by your heart, by your intuition, your own Voice.
Specific Purposes, Intentions of Crossing Thresholds:
- You distinguish, and then cross, a particular threshold that is yours to make.
- You shift from any states of resistance, to acceptance for, embracing, and viewing as gifts, the current circumstances of your life.
- You create a new sense of connection with your intuition, your imagination, your own Wisdom, as your trusted guide in life.
- You have a new opening into cultivating LONGING as a source for BELONGING.
- You tune into the natural world in new ways, tuning into the Wonder of Life.
- You have a new capacity to surrender to and trust life’s unfolding.
- You embrace and accept the endings in your life and begin to step into the new births and arrivals coming into your life.
What is the Course Design?
Each conversation builds on the previous conversation. The sessions will be recorded. If you have to miss a session, you will be able to watch the recording.
Sessions 1, 3, and 5 are “Teaching Sessions,” where you will lean into the principles for taking yourself on your own, personal journey. Throughout the course you will be paired with a partner, with whom you will be engaging work between each session. We have found that the partnerships are incredibly powerful, valuable, like “gold,” as people engaged this conversation. You’ll want to set time aside between the sessions to work with your partner.
Sessions 2, 4, and 6 are sessions devoted to journeying together through sharing, debriefing our work, and being contributed to by the wisdom of the community. The opportunity for moving through a journey as community is not only rare, but precious. Spirit shows up in community. Heart shows up in community. In community, there are no hierarchies; there is, only, the circle.
As a special opportunity, during those sessions, we welcome Owen Ó Súilleabháin, in behalf of further deepening our relationship with the work.
What you will get out of engaging with Crossing Thresholds:
Awaken, revive or deepen your ability to
- Create new openings for thriving when things are falling apart
- Heal yourself and others through forgiveness
- Have even your wounds be an opening into vulnerability and compassion
- Stand in a possibility for a new future
- Hear the confluence of Faith and Declaration, even when the ground shakes underneath, and change is constant
- Generate pathways into living from appreciation, amazement, and wonder
- Flourish in times of uncertainty
Owen Ó Súilleabháin, is a musician, artist, historian, philosopher, storyteller, lover of great poetry, has an Irish sense of humor, and is a creativity and leadership coach himself.
In the summers of 2018 and 2019, Amba and her husband accompanied Owen and his brother Mícheál and his mother Nóirín on a “Journey of the Soul” in Ireland. There, he deeply encouraged her to share with others the poetry she was writing, forwarding her ability to contribute in this new way. Coming from one of Ireland’s most esteemed musical and artistic families, singers, storytellers, poets, steeped in the Celtic traditions, Owen will bring his beautiful spiritual energy, his connection with the primordial wisdom of the land, his deep connection to nature, his historical perspective on threshold crossings, to our community-based conversation. Sharing his energy of inspiration and creativity, he, too, will be addressing the themes of Crossing Thresholds, coming from his unique Irish perspective and Voice.
His inspired contribution will allow for a deepening and expansion of the conversation for us all.
What is the Tuition for the Program?
The tuition for this program is $1,275.
If you are experiencing financial difficulties, and find yourself drawn to this course, please contact us, with a brief description of your situation and what you’d like to open for yourself out of being in the course.
What Previous Participants have said about the Course
I’m still processing, integrating and luxuriating in the experience of your recent Thresholds course, so engaging, inspiring, inner depth stirring as well as nourishing with the awesome community of bright individuals you draw to you and bring into community, exploring, and sharing. And now along with technology as it was originally designed to be …. connecting for real, high level, heart-full communication to further conscious, responsible life on the planet.
ANNA BILLINGS, LMFT
Going into it, I really didn’t have many expectations about what I was hoping to get out of it. As you know, the partnership with Ryan was huge for me and really came from our other course that we took together where I realized how little I knew about him and how little he knew about me. This course really opened up a connection through dialogue that was very refreshing. Ryan and my relationship is very important to the success of our company. The more his position and mine can be understood and supported then the clearer we will move in the same direction. The more this became obvious, the more important the foundation became. If there was a threshold to be crossed, I feel we are stepping through together with total respect for each other. There has been a lot more reaching out between us and conversations that are off the record. For me, it has been reassuring about how we will be working together in the future.
The Threshold I thought I wanted to cross when the course started was to begin to write more freely and to make a lifestyle shift that will allow me to finish my first book. During the first session, I realized that cultivating longing is what was and is truly before me. I realized that my threshold felt flat, and like it would remain dormant unless I allowed that longing to come to life.
In the second session, someone said that “coulds and shoulds fade in the face of the opportunity before me.” I was struck by this and began to let those words work on me a little each day. Some moments began to yawn open before me and I could almost literally feel a burden start to lift. Thank you so much for doing what you do, for striking your gift against the needs of the world and helping light the way for so many.
Because I know Amba Gale and have been with her in her coaching work, I knew there was going to be a big value in the course, but I had no idea if she could enable access for a group of us through Zoom in a powerful enough way that we would step into the needed velocity and power to cross the thresholds that we were intending to cross.
Frankly, I was blown away. I did not have a lot of faith that we could be dropped down into the deep depth where we could get entry into what we needed to get complete…in order to get to the place of opening up to a new future…but we did. I felt held and profoundly contributed to in the course on Zoom by Amba. Her teaching, coaching, and her powerful reading of her own poetry opened up new windows into my soul.
Before the Course, I knew I was writing a book, but it was on the “down low.” My expressed identity out in the world centered on my coaching work. I crossed a major threshold, deepening my connection to my writing, respecting its centrality as vital, welcoming the shift-shaping of my life.
Crossing Thresholds tilled my soil, so to speak. Like a master gardener’s tools, Amba’s words loosened up parts of me that had been compacted and hardened by the weight of the world, transforming what was root-bound into humus, allowing air and light in to create a fertile environment for germination and growth.
Crossing Thresholds was a surprising journey, deep into the heart of my soul, opening up places that I had not accessed for a long time, (like a did when I would lie alone in the mustard fields in California as a kid, and star at the clouds, being in wonderment allowing the still voices in me to be heard). I entered a place that was the “right” threshold for me to cross. It was like my whole being opened up to awe, wonderment and peace for what was to unfold as my threshold around the area of Belonging.
I really want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend the last Amba class, Crossing Thresholds. In short it was exactly what I needed at the exact time I was ready for it. A perfect storm as they say. The last few months have been very trying for me. Not really being able to engage with my customers as I normally would, working harder than I ever have while wearing a mask, the thoughts of the “unknown” and the added daily stress of shoplifters/no maskers/worried employees really made me rise to a level of anxiety that I have never experienced before in my lifetime. How can I be in service to the employees of Mill Creek when I am feeling this way? Then there is my mom who is in her late 80’s. She ended up moving in with us a year ago and is very worried about getting COVID. I am doing everything I can to stay safe for her.
Then Amba came back in to my life. What a God-shot! One of my crossings was a strong desire to be Dave. I have not seen him for quite a few months. Where did I go? I thought back to other classes and really got an opportunity to be alone and find myself. My true self. I am using catch and correct now on this journey and soon it will be just me. Dave is back! Just last weekend I was able to spend more time on the sales floor and just be myself and it felt AWESOME. I have a couple more, deeply personal, thresholds to cross. Work in progress…
Let me just say here that I am really, really really, glad I was in the course, … and that I am standing in front of numerous ‘new openings’ crossing thresholds that were on my mind going into the course, ones that emerged in the process of being in the course and areas that I am just now seeing either newly or am seeing from an entirely different perspective.
Exuberance is alive in me.
All manner of things shall be well……………
Amba, you crossed another threshold with the birth and completion of your online course. Thank you. During this time of great uncertainty which has exhausted so many, you generated life through love.
Crossing Thresholds has given me the opening I have needed for some time and I have very much enjoyed the course as well as the inquiries it has offered me. I have been navigating my employment with refreshed eyes, forgiveness for some family and trying to understand what my new relationship is with my sister. This is a lot!
If there is anything that our quarantine time has highlighted, it is that each of us has territory to cover with our internal “undones” and having more reflective time to spend opening our hearts to creating a better pathway for ourselves is a healthy step to take. Your poetry, candor and deep reflective questions helped me considerably in opening up and working on the troubling emotions I had stored away for so long. From my listening to the others in the course, it seems to have done that in some way for all of us.
How to thank you for the gift that you and your course, Crossing Thresholds: A New Opening, has been for me? The gift began before the course even started when you challenged me to name and commit to the Threshold that was in front of me to cross. I knew what it was right away, it had been sitting there, beckoning, for nearly five years. My Threshold, as you know, was to pick up my paintbrush and paint again, create again. To rediscover they joy of getting lost in the wonder of bringing into being something from myself that only I can make. Did I cross that Threshold? YES! Absolutely. But that is only the beginning of my journey and the gifts I received from you.
Talk about life changing! Outwardly, I look the same. I still get up and go to work everyday. I am still my family’s sole source of income and support. But, inside, oh the change!! I am no longer living in a grayscale world. I see and feel colors again, I have put brush to canvas, pigment, paint, shape, texture, all are awake and real again. I feel renewed, reborn, rejuvenated, and I am filled with unwavering gratitude for the gift that you are, Amba. I am eternally in your debt.
With gratitude and love,
This course has a poetic quality to it, as you led us through your journey with each poem. The greatest measure of a poem is not its clever craft, but the person you encounter, when a picture painted with words becomes a window into a poet’s heart, and then a window becomes a mirror into the hidden truth in your own soul. Where you sang beautiful harmony with voices like Nepo, Whyte, and O’Donohue in previous courses, this one had more of a “singer-songwriter” feel, you telling us your stories, singing us your songs, and (most importantly), calling us to write our own. To paraphrase one of the poems, this collection of verse calls us home to ourselves.
In this course, I came to appreciate and understand the pathways to wholeness, like gratitude, forgiveness, and acknowledging accomplishment. But the big, unique feature of this course is in the title. From the start, we were challenged to identify the threshold before us that we are called to cross, then to summon the courage to cross it. What is it time to do, to become? When you, Amba, take a stand for MY breakthrough, it’s like a power booster to my own intentionality. I felt you reaching through my screen, willing me into a space of creation. I know it comes through tremendous effort. It is also a gift I’ve not encountered in anyone else. (A gift to all of us.)
A threshold is not a transition. I don’t need a transition into some new projects. I need to move out of my old, comfortable home, put it up for sale, and inhabit my pilgrimage. One of the “Eureka” moments of the course was realizing I didn’t need to create a new format or enter into new activities. The pilgrimage happens as I bring a full-throated, wholehearted howl to every opportunity I ALREADY have to make a difference in someone’s life.
Love and gratitude always, peace and joy to you.
ENDORSEMENTS FOR THE BOOK,
CROSSING THRESHOLDS, ISLAND REFLECTIONS
Amba has fashioned for us a work of great transformation and healing for our troubled earth. This is surely a contemporary Scripture where every verse, every image and every contemplation is a prayer for the universe. Franz Kafka, wrote: ‘A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.’ Now is the time, reader, to take up this literary cleaver, Crossing Thresholds, and begin cutting through to the fish hole of your soul.”
– The Rev. Nóirín Ní Riain, PhD, spiritual singer, author, teacher
Crossing Thresholds provides a gift of healing for all of us – individually, collectively, and globally – as we cross this threshold time, between worlds.
– Lynne Twist, author of Soul of Money and cofounder of Pachamama Alliance
But now, our eyesight rinsed by tears and our hearts widened by silence, we are ready to be guided across inner thresholds we will have to cross before we can cross the outer ones awaiting us. Amba Gale’s work can provide much needed guidance. Blessings on its task!
– Brother David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk and co-founder of Gratefulness.org
We invite you to join us in this conversation.