A Right Time For Everything

The timeless teachings of the past tell us that there is a right time for everything.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

How helpful it would be if we could learn to recognise these “right times,” to set the timelines of our lives to coincide with this universal guide, and to let the tides of being fluctuate with a cosmic ebb and flow.

Sometimes it is simple to do so.

Society and one’s own physical development can signal the appropriate moments for such important steps as going to school, starting a career, marrying, and raising a family.

Many decisions, however, are not quite so obvious.

Life is a succession of changes and new beginnings.

Whether we like it or not, whether we want to or not, at various moments in our lives we are compelled to enter into new stages of development, to consider new areas of thinking, and perhaps to abandon some old ways.

Knowing when to make these changes can often mean the difference between success and failure, between wasting our hours in no longer productive—even destructive—pursuits, or utilising this time for growth and achievement, both inner and outer.

But how does one know when this moment occurs? How does one know when it is truly time for a change?

“Act, act in the living present! Heart within, and God overhead!” wrote the poet, Longfellow.

So often the failure to act at the appropriate moment can mean loss of opportunity for growth and advancement, can even be the onset of a deep-freeze of the soul, a sinking into lethargic and stultifying habits—those spiritually deadening routines which can destroy us the most when we are least aware of them.

Failure to recognise when the time has come to re-evaluate one’s employment and perhaps consider a change; failure to recognise danger signs in a relationship that desperately needs renewal if a marriage is to be saved; failure to loosen parental bonds on a young person who is searching for her own identity sufficiently to avoid a complete rupture of those ties; failure to recognise that the decay of old interests has led to a limbo of the consciousness which can be reawakened only by development and expansion of new interests and thought—the list might go on and on of life-destroying traps which await the unaware and the unalert.

How does one learn to recognise the “right time,” the propitious moment when there is the most to gain—emotionally, materially, or spiritually—from change?

The answer, paradoxically, is both exceedingly simple and extremely difficult.

It is simple because the techniques are easy and within the reach of everyone, yet arduous because of the difficulties inherent in awakening those who are in deep, deep sleep.

Except for an enlightened few, we are all asleep to a greater or lesser degree when it comes to an awareness of our own potential and the psychological and emotional pressures which block the full achievement of that potential.

It would be even more valuable could we see ourselves as no one sees us, but as we are capable of becoming.

Fortunately, it is seldom necessary to solve the complex mystery of identity all at once.

We develops slowly. One new aspect of identity, one added shade of being, is all we can be expected to cope with at one time. And the time to recognise this new facet of ourselves, to bring it up for reflection and examination, indicates itself to us in many ways.

We get numerous signals from within when life has become static and unproductive.

With awareness and practice, we can learn to recognise these signals.

Sometimes, the signs are mental—a vague restlessness, a sense of boredom, an increase in tension and irritability, a diminishing or even vanishing of the joys which were once experienced in daily living, a feeling of listlessness or lethargy.

These symptoms may indicate problems other than the need for a change but, whatever their source, only benefits can accrue from an awareness of their existence.

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When inner needs go unanswered too long, they often manifest themselves in physical symptoms. These may go so far as to indicate actual illness but are more often expressed in fatigue, persistent or recurrent headaches, and insomnia.

Physical symptoms, no matter how mild, should never be neglected.

They are the body’s intuitive way of trying to tell us something important about ourselves. If we train ourselves to heed these signals, they can help point the way to improved physical and mental health.

We may even come to realise that sometimes these signs indicate that it is time for a change—a change upward and outward into increased understanding and self-development.

One who is alert to these mental and physical signals is on his or her way to the development of the awareness that leads to spiritual, emotional, and intellectual growth.

An aware person can take stock of his or her situation and recognise those areas of his or her  life that are in need of revitalisation and renewal.

Awareness must always precede action.

Just as changes in barometric pressure are followed by appropriate changes in weather, so our inner barometers can point out to us the need for change in our own lives.

The act of living involves unceasing action and renewal.

The person who works at the art of living maintains a constant awareness of his or her real self and the shifts in its needs as it grows and develops toward ever-greater harmony and strength.

Recognition of the right time for change can avoid wasted, unfulfilled hours and bring one into new areas of experience and creativity—a step closer to that perfection of the self for which we all yearn.

 

 

Adaptation of “A Right Time For By Carol H Behrman From the Rosicrucian Digest, January 1973

 

3 thoughts on “A Right Time For Everything

  1. Some phrases came to mind whilst reading this tract:

    “Life is what you make it.”,”Make the most of your life.”, “Defer not till the evening what the morning may accomplish.”, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”, “Don’t worry – be happy!”, “Time waits for no man.”

    Several points I picked up on were:

    The need for “self awareness” of our inner potential and the importance of regular self appraisal of our present state of peace and happiness.

    Being in harmony, balance and in tune with the Universal rhythms of Life.
    Listening to the promptings of the inner voice – acting on intuition.

    Being alert to symptoms and causes of physical and mental distress and taking appropriate remedial steps.

    Embracing, understanding and adapting to change and renewal.

    Keeping an open mind for opportunities to grow whilst avoiding inaction, lethargy, wasteful and unproductive pursuits.

    We can exercise control of our thoughts and decisions and the things we do in life. We can be careful to avoid setting up scenarios that will only end in confusion or contain the seeds of failure.
    We can question and think very carefully from all angles about the decisions and choices we have to make and the possible resultant effects that may occur because of them.

    We can undestand and learn the lessons of our past mistakes without being too hard or tough on ourselves because of what we did or said.

    As always, we live in the present, so we should really be all the while learning to enjoy the present, rather than thinking far too much about the worries of yesterday or the fears and possibilities of a future tomorrow.

    There is a multitude of challenges and opportunities around if we get into a positive frame of mind. Time is continually passing and we should use it wisely.
    Being mystics, we remember to be grateful and mindful of our blessings. We can look back over the months and years and see how we have changed after practicing the principles we have learned. By comparing who we were then to who we are now we may realise subtle transformations of our personality brought about by an inner ‘mental alchemy’ that provide us with satisfaction and proof of growth, advancement and progress.

    Certainly the goal we aim for is to become more fulfilled and happier, contented individuals. We can make this happen by continuing to add and build a personal philosophy of life that is right for us.

    Most people say and do things at what they believe or feel to be the right time – I’m sure we will get much better at it as we develop and perfect our personal spiritual evolution through performance of the exercises and experiments we are taught.

    “I am in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing.”
    – Louise Hay

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  2. Greetings, i am Fr.Jacob Etim Aidams from Thales Lidge Port Harcourt River State. I want to be a member of this forum, what are the rules?

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