If we were to ask people what the words Divine Timing mean to them I imagine we would get a variety of explanations. In Cantonese I have heard the worlds ‘Tien on pai’. My take on it is ‘as arranged by the Universe’. When I was a teenager there was a popular song called ‘Turn, turn, turn.’ I knew the words and sang along when I heard the song on the radio and I have to admit as a youth I did not pay much attention to the lyrics or their origin! A couple of years later in a Scripture class at school I learned that the song was inspired by a bible verse, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
This article is not intended to be a bible study session so why include it here, I ask my higher guidance?
Perhaps it is to serve as a reminder that we have may have chosen to agree with a timing of events that has nothing to do with what we consciously desire in any given moment! And I ask myself, is there really a time to hate? Hate is an energy depleter! I think that verse is not about encouraging one to be filled with hate, it is more about acknowledging the full range of our emotions.
Understanding there may be a bigger picture when it comes to the timing of events can help us deal with frustration when things turn out differently from what we expect. Also, when this seems to be an ongoing pattern, it is helpful for us to look at what limiting beliefs we may have that could be in the way of our receiving a desired outcome. We could still have previous programs of monastic vows running and those would most likely bring obstacles along our paths to manifesting what we desire. In addition to doing the work of cancelling intentions and vows that no longer serve us, may I suggest you add one positive attribute to your thoughts? When an outcome is not what you had expected or wanted, add to your thoughts the words, ‘not yet’ instead of ‘never’. And I like to also say “since what I expected hasn’t happened, thank you for showing me what positive outcome IS in my Divine Timing for now that is equal or better”.
So often ‘or better’ was right under my nose and I simply had not noticed it! If you are stuck with not being able to figure out the ‘bigger picture’ and moving toward a more desirable outcome, a session with a Heart Metta Practitioner can often shed light on this or a playshop like the one that is coming up on December 4