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Question:

I saw your appearance on Ellen early in the New Year. You mentioned embracing uncertainty as a focus for this year. Could you speak more about this? More specifically, I have been living abroad for seven years and have been trying to deal with uncertainty since last July when my teaching contract was not renewed. Since then I thought I could work privately. In the fall it seemed as if I was riding a wave of uncertainty and was balancing my way through. I have never surfed before in my life, but it sure felt good at times. After spending the Christmas holiday at home and returning in the New Year I have not been able to get back on that pseudo-surf board to ride those waves once again. I feel rather lost and overwhelmed by the uncertainty that surrounds me. What are somethings I can do to embrace uncertainty and find my purpose again? Sending you a big hug and my best wishes.

Answer:

Embracing uncertainty is a way to step out of the ego mind’s need to control events and the future. And since in reality our ego does not control life, embracing uncertainty is also a way of affirming what actually is real.

Recognizing that we don’t know what is going to happen does not mean we don’t plan and take action. We do, but we are freed from the illusion that there is some absolute “right” action to take, and that if we can only figure that out we will feel certain and safe.

In your situation, I suspect it was easier to surf along with uncertainty when the prospects for private work there was more promising. Now that 6 months have passed, basic survival fears are mounting and gaining greater prominence in your mind. It’s harder to embrace uncertainty when there are pressing financial concerns. You need to take practical, sensible action to secure your real needs. At the same time use this situation as a spiritual opportunity to shift your feelings of fear and insecurity based on external events, to a sense of inner security, stability and peace rooted in a knowingness of your essential nature. For when you are firm in the knowledge of your true self, then you can act as required without fear, secure in the understanding that a way forward will be there even if our limited mind does not necessarily know when, where or how it will happen.

When we find our core certainty within, then we no longer look for certainty outside. The unfathomable nature of the ever-changing world ceases to be a source of anxiety and instead is a source of joy and adventure.

Love,
Deepak

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