In his orientation for this week, Jack offers us a range of places in which to explore Time’s aliveness: ‘the aliveness of intention’ is one of these.
I have long been interested in the energy of intention: when I was much younger I felt I couldn’t achieve anything. In my 30s that began to change and later I came to see that I was learning how to invoke that energy.
I notice that setting an intention, acting with intention and so on is akin to praying. As a good Roman Catholic schoolgirl I was taught that ‘prayer is the raising up of the mind and heart to God’ but that felt very vague to me. A teacher I knew pointed out that we are often praying (for instance when we have our heart set on a plate of prawns on the other side of the table) and that prayer works and always towards success (it’s just that we’re often unaware of the nature and direction our prayers). One day a gifted healer by the name of Ken Page encouraged a group of us to say ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ while focusing within our own being, with our eyes closed and to direct our prayer to that Being. I found this very healing and revelatory. But what’s all this got to do with TSK?
It’s interesting that the Tibetan word for ‘prayer’ translates as ‘wish path’ – very closely linked to the idea of intending. I notice that, when I set an intention, I invoke the power of Time – that ‘place’ (to use one of our earlier analogies) at which the solid volcano turns to molten lava and it begins to flow. But that is almost too solid an image for how this feels.
Invoking Time (and particularly, it seems the future as unknown creative potential), is the means by which everything and everyone (past, present and future) who is any way connected to the nature of the Intention can connect their energy to that intention. It truly clears the way for miracles.
As long as I stay within what I currently know, think, feel is possible with regard to that intention, to that extent I am likely to limit my capacity to realize it. Time is such a huge energy; such a huge gift, offering itself to us moment to moment to enrich our deepest and best endeavors.
There is a very tangible feeling that accompanies this connection; as though something clicks, unexpected reserves of energy suddenly become available, and everything is harmoniously inter-related.