The fulcrum


Have you ever felt as though you are neither here nor there? You know, between one place and the next? A foot in each world?

This is the fulcrum.

The fulcrum is a word to describe the once-in-a-lifetime experience that occurs during childbirth. During labor the baby is, for a split second, in between two worlds:

Soon it will be time for the baby to become its own separate person. One cycle is ending and, immediately, another is beginning.

What has been called “labor” is that in-between experience – the fulcrum – that small, short period of time and space between the baby’s two worlds.

As spiritual babies, we must learn to be throughout the various phases and transitions of our pregnancies and labors (both physical and metaphorical).

Some years, we feel stagnant and trapped, but a lot of subtle, internal growth is taking place. We are babes in the creative womb, nurturing ourselves in quiet, unseen ways.

Other years feel bright and full of possibility. We transition rapidly, buoyantly, jumping along an everlasting streak of success – oh, the high life!

And then there are the years that feel neither dull or bright. We simply seem to exist for a while. Then, we are ready, we garner all that we have to push through the walls of our fears into a whole new world. This is where we are born again, beginning anew in our hearts and minds.

Embrace the fulcrum. Accept the transitional periods as they come.

Be. You are becoming.

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Jessica is an employment specialist for marginalized youth in Toronto, Canada. She enjoys teaching, traveling and observing - especially the relationship between mind and heart. Jessica also has a passion for outdoor walks, dancing, and all things offbeat and authentic. You can contact her at

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