Even among people who have heard of the term “bardo” or “transit state”, it’s understood to mean the state of being between one’s death in one life and one’s rebirth in the next, filled with the angels and demons of our minds.
However, in the Tibetan tradition the word “bardo” is used to mean a “gap”, a moment of uncertainty or groundlessness.
There are said to be many bardos, even a bardo between two breaths, or between two mind-moments. Within any life there are bardos, when we have lost out familiar ground of being who and what we thought we were, moments when a fixed identity cracks open into the utterly unfamiliar. They can be triggered by an illness, a divorce, a job loss, or merely the process of aging, any of which compel us to leave a known life, a known self behind.
So on these seas of uncertainty (You can tell I’ve just watched Life of Pi, in 3-D! a new classic bardo movie!), is there any way to orient oneself and navigate?