Monday, January 28, 2008

Divine Timing

Before I knew what this lamp was for, I was going to name it Kairos, which is my new favourite word, with its beautiful meaning.

There are two kinds of time: Chronos and Kairos.

Chronos is chronological time, the world's time, deadlines, dates, appointments, calendars, clocks, seconds, minutes, hours, days, years ... etc.

Kairos, simply put, is Divine time/timing. It cannot be measured.

In my reading on Kairos, I gathered and distilled certain definitions which I have put below for you to get a quick overview. But if/when you have or make time (i.e. chronos time), check out this great pdf document entitled "Time measured by Kronos and Kairos"; Mark Freir (2006).

The day I realised what the lamp was for, I changed its name (to be revealed soon). However, it remains Kairos in spirit, since everything about it is happening with Divine timing and purpose.
Some distilled definitions.

1. The quintessential moment that must be seized or acted within in order to achieve a desired result.

2. The discrete moment in which an act is done that decides the outcome of a matter.

3. The God-given moment of destiny, not to be shrunk from, but seized with decisiveness.

4. The moment of turn-around, of change and of building bridges.

5. Moment in time when opposites meet and contradiction evaporates.

6. An undetermined period of time in which "something" special happens.

7. The window of divine opportunity. The transformative moment.



Blogger Elspeth said...

P.S. Keep this extract (from the pdf I linked to) in mind: "Kairos is the right moment of opportunity which requires proactivity to achieve success. It is
significant and decisive. These moments transcend kronos, stirring emotions and realities to cause
decisive action. It is not an understatement to say that kairos moments alter destiny."

4:14 AM  
Anonymous Joanne said...


that photo of the window so inspired me ...

to say the window has so many depths is very cliched but that's exactly what i thought when i looked at it this morning and i realise that that's why cliches
work-because they say this so aptly...

anyway, here's what i see-a paradox of definition and texture
a conflict and resolution that is all life dark and light, ying and yang, empty and full all coming together to erase the negative and positive and create only neutrality, i see right-side up and upside down,reflection and
inflection, contour and straight, defined and free, sun and darkness
and the window is there, framing all this, stating all this, without judgement, without labeling-just
providing a panorama of concepts and leaving interpretation alone.

blessings girl, this is beauty, art, SPIRIT!!


8:21 AM  
Blogger Shereen said...

You can see through the window to what is out there.

What you see through it can be beautiful, transcendent, and spirit-affirming.

Or it can be the opposite: life in all its slouching, violent, dark side. In which case the sunlight is a cruel recurrence of senseless time, which is indifferent to us, and the illusions we all grab on to, to invent meaning for ourselves.

I prefer to see the sunlight as hope, as the possibility of new beginnings in this dance of life and death we are all caught up in.

The window, however, is closed, not open. Do we have to look carefully through it first, before either opening the window, or shattering the glass which in itself shapes how we see?

Or do we look through the window only when we need to, at special moments, never breaking it, but simply visiting it to help us see (see in an "other" way), and then quietly leave it - like a vampire coming to a still pond for a drink of water instead of blood?

9:05 AM  
Blogger Andreamuse said...

Good morning!

I love the idea of divine time. I was just thinking about it in the middle of the night when I was having difficulty sleeping, how if you think that if everything happens on the Very Day it's supposed to, then there should be no more anxiety over timing...

9:22 AM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

All of you are very thought-provoking. What you say rings true.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What you're presenting asked me to shift and alternate my gaze from the sunlight in the distance to the activity just beyond window and back to the reflections in the glass itself...speaks to me of what is needed internally to effect change...

The expression 'Shadows of Tomorrow' also came to mind looking at this...which is part of a whole way of thinking about the nature of time itself and our ability to change it through attention and action.

Thanks for the ideas...

4:04 PM  

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