Here’s a very “timely” one from my good friend, Timothy Glenn.
Patience: Still the Prime Virtue
We’ve heard it throughout the ages, in various cultures and languages: Patience is the prime virtue. The issue of impatience has been popping up in lots of sessions with clients this year, and has raised its head in online chatter.
If you haven’t read it (or don’t remember the essence of it) you might reflect on Laura Bruno’s response to a classic case of mass impatience:
The gist: some people wanted us to coalesce our energies to collapse the global economy so as to speed up our planetary transformation by “starving the beast”. Laura wisely counseled that it would be kinder and wiser to allow time for the unprepared to get prepared:
“A true, positive, lasting, sovereign change will involve a new kind of safety net that preemptively makes the system obsolete before recklessly crashing it.”
Take It from Bucky
Good old Buckminster Fuller had said: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Add that to another of his quotes: “Don’t fight forces, use them.”
Building a new model takes time, and thus requires patience. Fighting the existing reality wants everything yesterday, and leaps into the fray today. Bucky also said, “Rashness is the faithful, but unhappy parent of misfortune.” By this we might infer that patience is the faithful and happy parent of good fortune.
Several years ago, an online buzz erupted about some anticipated event, simply called The Event. One website even held a poll of their readers. The question was whether people wanted to wait longer for The Event to happen, in which case millions more would have time to prepare and thus make it through the shift; or would they rather rush The Event, knowing that those millions would suffer and maybe even die as a result.
Their comments section reflected the tally they reported: more than 80% of the readers voted to rush The Event. How lovely. This demonstrates the way impatience can express through much of the “love and light brigade”.
Many folks don’t seem to realize that impatience is one of the many faces of anger. You can easily test yourself any time you experience impatience. If you take a moment and breathe into your feelings, you will find that you are angry because the universe is failing to meet the demands of your personal timetable.
On a deeper level, impatience denotes a rigid belief in linear time being Real (with a capital R) and thus virtually almighty. This results in a subconscious resentment rooted in a feeling of being enslaved by what Proterrian calls “the tick-tock reality”. Infinity is a tad bigger than that, kids.
The Synergistic Entity
Proterrian also likes to point out that no one is playing solitaire here. Whatever we are endeavoring to do in life, there are other beings involved. You may have a relatively small inner circle of souls directly interacting with you, but there will always be those who are secondary or tertiary (or whatever) and yet still involved with you.
The collective energy field of any group will compose a Synergistic Entity. Since nothing is going to operate well (or at all) without all its components doing their parts, wisdom behooves us to tune in to (and flow with) the timing of the Synergistic Entity with which we are involved.
Expanding the scope of this concept, why not get in sync with the Synergistic Entity of Earth? We could flow with that sense of timing, and connect with universal timing, because there is a Synergistic Entity on that level as well; in fact, on infinite levels.
Coolness Under Pressure
In the world of sports, we have an old saying: Sometimes the best play is no play. Haste makes waste. Or as Gandalf the Wizard says: “The hasty stroke goes oft astray.”
Even the reptilian/insectoid villain in the amusing comedy Galaxy Quest understood this. When asked if they should pursue their quarry (the Protector 2) into a mine field, General Sarris calmly replied: “Patience, Lieutenant. Patience.” Later in the film, he lost his cool and chased the Protector 2 into that same mine field, only to lose his ship.
The pressure will mount on Planet Earth as we move into wilder and crazier times ahead, so we might remember the wise words on the front cover of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (in large, friendly letters): Don’t Panic.
Patience, Lieutenant. Patience. It’s still the Prime Virtue.