The Certainty of Uncertainty by John Cali and Spirit

Did you ever wish you could know what the future holds? I sure did—I spent most of my younger years planning every detail of my life, present and future. How deeply I yearned for certainty, for that sure knowing everything would turn out exactly as I wanted.

Talk about an exercise in futility! I finally learned to embrace not knowing what the future held—to embrace the certainty of uncertainty.

All we have is the present moment. That much we can know with certainty. And when we do have that level of certainty, we will find the joy and peace we will find nowhere else.

As my spirit guides often say, the present moment is all we have, and where all our power is. It is only in the present moment that we can be truly and fully ourselves. There we will dare to soar—and to reach for dreams we never dreamt before.


Some of you have a saying: “The only certainties in life are death and taxes.” We would say even those are uncertain. As John said, the only thing that is certain is uncertainty.

We know how you struggle with uncertainty. You live in swiftly, dramatically changing times. But that’s a good thing—it means you’re moving forward, growing. Even though it sometimes seems the opposite.

The present moment is all you have, all you will ever have. What is certain is you are safe, you are loved, you are supported in this present moment. This is the only place you will find joy and peace. You will never find them in the past or the future.

So you might as well be here now, as your beloved spiritual teacher says. (Spirit is referring to Ram Dass.)

Now is where you live. Now is where you thrive. Now is where you love and are loved. Now is all you have.

Cherish and embrace your now. It’s where miracles will flow easily and effortlessly.

Here is one of my favorite spiritual teachers, Buddhist nun Pema Chodron, discussing living with uncertainty. There may be parts of this short video you’ll find uncomfortable, but stay with it.

Related links:

Be Here Now
Be In the Moment
The Present Moment Is Your Key To Happiness
Past, Present, or Future?

Are you comfortable with the idea nothing is certain in this world? If not, what can you do to find greater comfort and peace in the face of uncertainty? Please share your thoughts and comments with us.

What other subjects would you like us to talk about in these posts? Please email me.

About John Cali
John Cali is a writer, blogger, and channel for a group of spirit guides. His next book is Conversations With Spirit: Real Answers to Life’s Pesky Questions, Book 1. John lives in northwestern Wyoming. Sign up for his newsletter here.

6 Responses

  1. Mikala

    THis will probably sound funny to some, but the first thought I had on this was, “Wow, I don’t even know if I will awaken tomorrow.” I am not expecting not to, I just have that kind of awareness. My childhood was wonderful, but there was never certainty of tomorrow since we moved many times, most unexpectedly. Once I went to a new school for 3 days.

    The only certainties I grew up with had to do with the love of family and the knowledge that I would always have a home (someplace) and safety. As an adult, it is the same. The rest is a wonderful place of expectant surprise and joy.

  2. Jeannie

    This just came to mind after I sent my post……..there is an Uncertainty Principle in physics. Nothing is certain !

    rather cool
    love and hugs

  3. Jeannie

    I’m a student of the tarot. I am very good at it but I refuse to tell fortunes for I found the tarot will tell you exactly where you are and the future is malleable by your thoughts and expectations. If I read for someone I see a possible future and it’s their thoughts that pulls that possibility to them. A reading can change a second later once the idea’s are placed on the table. It is like we sort through each possibility until one tweaks our imagination, our desire. The only certainty I know is I Am and because I am anything is possible.

    love and hugs

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