Safe Harbor by John Cali

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Do you feel safe? Has your daily life become a chore, or worse, because there are so many risks in simply getting out of bed every morning?

John Cali

We humans seem to be on a never-ending quest for safety and security.

You can see it, literally every day, in the mainstream news media. Whether they’re talking about health, diet, finances, driving on the highways, surfing the internet, relationships among various countries, sexual relationships, etc. etc. A common theme running through these, and other areas of human activity, is how we can be safe and secure. How we can minimize or avoid risk.

I’m not saying that’s wrong, but the heavy emphasis often makes people almost paranoid. I have a relative who’s convinced he’s going to die in a car accident. I have a good friend who’s convinced he’ll die of a heart attack. I have friends and family terrified of running out of money before they run out of life. And so on. They’re all living in fear.

Trying to avoid risk is an exercise in futility, in my opinion. And it often drains the joy and spontaneity from our lives. Living in fear is even worse.

I love this quote from Mark Twain:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

I suggest we start the 2007 New Year by sailing away from the safe harbor, and living each present moment in joy. That’s about the best New Year’s resolution I can think of.

And now here’s Spirit.


Ah — the illusion of safety and security! An illusion most of you carry with you throughout your earthly lives.

And yet, as John said so well, it doesn’t serve you well. In fact, it derails you. It throws you off the track you intended when you incarnated.

Most of you consider the status quo as your security and safety — your safe harbor. In other words, “If things never change,” you say to yourselves, “I’m safe and secure.”

Change is a threat to so many humans. And yet, ironically, the only constant in your lives is change. You cannot avoid it. You cannot “change” it. Not even by choosing to leave your physical bodies.

For change also exists in these dimensions of Spirit from which we come to you, and to which you will all return.

“Dead” or “alive,” you cannot avoid change. Get used to it!

Change equals growth. Growth is why you exist, whether you are physical or non-physical. Each of you, in your own personal and spiritual growth, are contributing to the growth of your brothers and sisters, and to the expansion of the Universe.

The Universe is constantly expanding, as are all of you.

So instead of resisting the inevitable and immersing yourselves in the illusion of safety and security, throw off your shackles. Free yourselves from the need to seek safety and security. There is nothing to seek, nothing to find.

You are safe and secure, always and in all ways! Even in the midst of changes, no matter how easy or awful they feel to you, you are safe and secure.

A safe harbor is not where you wanted to spend this lifetime. You wanted to spend it exploring, dreaming, discovering, growing. You wanted it to be fun.

But there is no fun in a safe harbor. Only stagnation.

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