The Magic of the Space in Between

There’s magic in the space in between.

At least that’s what our spiritual and religious leaders tell us. And it’s what nature demonstrates.

I kinda understood that, but recently I’ve been playing more with the idea of the Ying and the Yang, great pain before unbridled joy, the darkness before the dawn, the masculine and the feminine.

Let me give you an example. I’ve been doing Yoga for the last 10 years. It wasn’t until recently that I came to a new understanding of one of the poses, Tree Pose. The way I’ve been taught is to stand tall with both arms outstretched overhead. Then imagine a string on the top of your head pulling it up to the sky. At the same time, place one foot on the inside of your opposite leg and imagine your foot on the ground is like the root of a tree.

Reaching high while rooting down deep is the name of the game.

What I realized was that by focusing on these two opposing thoughts at the same time, the real magic happens in the space in between. In this case, my core: my stomach, lower back, chest, and heart are where I feel the greatest stretch and release.

Nature shows us the same thing.

I spent five years on the island of Oahu. In the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean you have these majestic mountains rise at a 90-degree angle out of nowhere. Big, bold, lush mountains that when standing at their base seem to go up forever. Juxtapose that with a seemingly endless sky and ocean.

And what’s in between? What’s in between this expansive ocean and these towering mountains? The point where they meet is where you have some of the most beautiful rain forests, beaches, views, people, and cultures on earth.

In The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu discuss this concept quite a bit. They describe that often times on the other side of our greatest pain lies our greatest joy.

They give the example of a woman giving birth. It has been described as of one of the most painful experiences a person can endure. This pain is right before one of our highest joys, the birth of precious new soul.

So I suppose it’s not much of a surprise that I find myself helping coordinate an event titled: The Northern California Women’s Empowerment Summit while at the same time putting together a program for men. We’re looking to help guys figure out what masculinity is all about in today’s day and age. We’re tackling how do we, as men, thrive in this new era.

Being involved in these projects is a great opportunity, and example, of exploring the space in between. In this case, the feminine and the masculine…and it’s a trip!

Maybe, just maybe, humanity is currently operating in this same space. We live in an era of great challenges. The misinterpretation of a tweet could lead to launching weapons that destroy the planet. There’s a global trend toward authoritarian governments. We have a wildly changing environment, school shootings, staggering inequality, and the list goes on…

And at the same time, many of our spiritual leaders describe this era as a time of a great awakening. My experience tells me this is true. Though I prefer the way musician and way-seer Nattali Rize describes this era on my podcast. She calls it the great “re-remembering.”

As a people we’re starting to remember that peace, cooperation, and connection is our true nature. Our ancient cultures knew and understood this, but our current culture has been infected with a me-first, winner-take-all, eat-or-be eaten mentality.

But we’re realizing this mindset is destroying us. It’s creating much of the chaos in the world. This is why I do what I do with Radiant Tribes. I want to align myself with entrepreneurs, way-seers, guides, and mentors that are creating the space for this remembering. And in this space, we provide tools and resources so people can uncover their own truths.

Because the fact is we can create the kind of culture that empowers each of us to actualize our highest callings. And that’s a world that I want to live in.

In that spirit, I’ve created an engaging seven day program, delivered directly to mobile devices, that delves into the gap. It’s designed to help business owners and leaders ask the kinds of questions that will lead them to the beauty of their own space in between. The program is called Radiant You and it will be out soon. If you’d like a sneak preview be sure to enter your name and email below. I’ll send you more info when it’s ready.

In the meantime, I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read. My hope is to stir up something deep within you.

Please share your experience with the space in between below.

See you in the gap!

About IanFitz

Ian Fitzpatrick is the founder of Radiant Tribes and host of the podcast, Radiant Sessions. When not helping organizations create the new economy he enjoys daily walks with his brown dog, Abby.


  1. Laura Herman says

    Thanks for the reminder. There are days where I need a reminder about the space, the stillness, the listening to. There area days when I need to be reminded more than once. I appreciate this post.

  2. janice cinek says

    Beautiful Ian. Are you familiar with the poet David Whyte? His work speaks to this space, this pause, in a most profound and eloquent way.
    I have been told that listening to orchestra/symphony music as well gives one access to the space between 2 musical notes. To be able to embody this space with yoga is wonderful! Thank you for reminding us about the God space that exists in us all. Namaste.

    • Thank you for such kind words, Janice. I’ll look up David Whyte for sure.

      Yeah, the God space. That’s a beautiful way to look it.

      Thank you for adding another layer to the experience.

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