“Stay Put, Attend, Wait, and Listen”
Derailment. Derailment. Derailment. You wrestle with the serendipitous drop-ins life imposes on you. You expected things to go right, while the tides of life just pulled left. What do you do? Is it will, or willingness…which one? Is it push, or pull? Which voice do you surrender to follow?
When is the right time? How do you know? You can sense it with your hands. It’s like golf or tennis. You sense what to do. Or like sculpting, you seek to know it through your hands and feel it, like an overriding guide working its way in, permeating your every next move. “It’s predictive intuition,” they say. Life surfing, you combine your intention to the ride, with your attention to what the wave is commanding. As a life building principle, it’s easier said than done, most of us have grown up to steer away from these inner pings that guide us. Instead we close our hearts off, and pay the internal price.
In modern society we get caught up in a familiar relationship with time—defined long ago by the metaphoric deity Chronos, who was the Roman God of time. Chronos time is the time of expected sequences, the time of order and plans. But there exists another kind of time which is invisible to everyone in the “do” mode. It is Kairos time—the time of opportunity. It is the time of serendipity. It is the time related to being-ness, not doing-ness. It is the time of new arrivals. For example, I know what time it is by the shadows during the day, or the seasons of the year based on the surroundings. It’s sensing “place” from a different, more macro source which informs micro. It is the glimpse of patterns of energy giving rise to a certain order.
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Kairos – Living from the Threshold of Silence