Saturday, February 05, 2005

Do we have enough time?

All of us sometimes feel that there is "not enough time" in our lives to focus on work, family, community, and personal creativity. We fret about time management, time pressure, running out of time, finding time, time crunch, and quality time. The common denominator in this concern with time is a desire for and a fantasy about having greater control over our busy lives.

I've often voiced a wish for more time in the day. "If I had more time, I could accomplish so much more, couldn't I?"

I believe that we all have enough time to accomplish exactly what we need to for our soul's learning in each lifetime.

Physician, Brian Weiss, author of Many Lives, Many Masters, tells how the death of his baby son changed his life course by directing him to become a psychiatrist. Later on, his patient, Catherine, under hypnosis channeled information from his son. He told Brian that his life purpose had been to guide his father to his new work. The soul's learning through service was achieved in that very short time.

And an autistic girl explains in A Child of Eternity that she chose to have autism in this lifetime to gain certain important experiences for her soul's growth.

"For everything its season, and for every activity under heaven its time."

Michelangelo lived to be nearly ninety and worked up to the time of his death. He wanted most of all to sculpt, but was continually given assignments by the Papacy to paint. He was required to paint twelve figures on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. He made the time to paint over three hundred.

All of us have enough time to express our signature creativity.

King David's son wrote in Ecclesiastes that the futility of constant striving is like "chasing the wind." In some of the most beautiful passages ever written about time, he suggests that wisdom is in knowing that "every activity and every purpose has its proper time. For everything has its season, and for every activity under heaven its time."

In our hearts we know that truth. One of my businessmen friend told me one day that he is calmer now than usual, and he then explained: "I've decided to concentrate on being in time rather than worry about being on time."

When we are in time we live with emotional trust and spiritual faith that every area of our life is unfolding in just the right way. We immediately move from crisis and inner tension to creativity and inner peace when we allow a shift in consciousness from being time bound to time less.

You can relax into timelessness with one deep breath. Then send a message to your inner Self to proceed easily with your plans. When we are in the place of creative flow, whether it's total absorption in office work, cooking, childcare, writing, exercising, gardening, or any activity that captures our concentration, time disappears altogether and perceived limitation becomes fulfillment.

So the question may not exactly be whether we have enough time but rather,
"Are we doing enough in the time that we have?"

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