fire in the belly

Like most encounters with the Great Mystery, a call to adventure is typically experienced as uncanny or numinous, suffused with the sacred or holy. More often than not it is accompanied by enormously powerful emotion- as either cause, effect, or a coincidental event. Non-ordinary states of consciousness are also common, states in which you may apprehend something astonishing about the world for the first time.

Crossing the threshold into your uncharted future is an act of great courage and self-compassion, and it changes your relationship to life in a fundamental way. it embodies your willingness to employ a new form of risk-taking, to consciously choose growth-stimulating, soul-nourishing conflicts, to live through the accompanying anxiety, and to accept your life as open=ended and unpredictable. Passing through that door commits you to living in the present in a way you never before have.

~Bill Plotkin

when did you notice a little subtle discontent?

inquiry for today~ the call can be lonely without the sustenance of beauty… that butterflies-in-the-belly feeling……

beauty and destiny

And something ignited in my soul,

fever or unremembered wings,

and I went my own way,


that burning fire

and I wrote the first bare line,

bare, without substance, pure


pure wisdom

of one who knows nothing,

and suddenly I saw

the heavens


and open.

~Pablo Neruda

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