Years ago I attended a weekend workshop for spiritual seekers who wanted to fearlessly examine personal life choices and present circumstances. The goal was to emerge on Sunday with an essential understanding of our life path purpose and to get back on track with renewed vigor.
Looking back now, I am filled with a great appreciation of this ‘examination’ as a life’s work and not a weekend excursion. However, one teaching from that workshop remains with me: the timing of windows of opportunity in our lives.
It seems that in our new-found smorgasbord of universal spirituality, we have grasped onto the belief that an opportunity once opened is always available to us. All that we need to do is get up the courage to follow that specific path. What appears to come as a shock is when we discover that the window has closed – with a resounding thud. While this means that another window has opened up somewhere, it is not usually the same window (specific path choice), and our inability to let go of the original information is where we get stuck in a mud-pit of inaction.
Here is what happened at the workshop
A middle-aged, unmarried woman was in distress about her career and relationship status and she was trying to decide whether to stay in her current home city or to move to another U.S. city and start over again. The master teacher for the workshop was also a renowned psychic and channeler and had advised (through Higher Realm information) this same woman four years earlier concerning this subject.
At that time, it was revealed that a different city was the one for her; that her heart was singing out for this location and that if she started her career over in that city, much prosperity would be on its way to her. In other words, there was Higher Realm support linked with her soul contract for the choice of moving to this city where there would be more abundance and ease for her in accomplishing her goals.
She chose inaction and indecision
The class learned that she never made the move and had, instead, remained in her current city. She shared that over the past four years, she had continued to struggle to make a living and still did not feel connected to a like-minded, like-hearted community. The class participants were moved by her feelings of distress and loneliness, and many identified with the fear and indecision she had faced around leaving a job and a house behind for the unknown that lay ahead.
She asked in a gentle and eager voice to the loving Higher Realm energy that was being channeled by the teacher, “Can I still move there and start over? I think I am ready now. I’m pretty sure I could manage it now.”
The monotone and unemotional response caught her off-guard. “Yes, you can move there,” the Higher Realm energy stated, “however, you have missed the window of opportunity. That city would no longer be an area of ease and abundance for you.”
The woman was stunned by this answer
Asking for clarification, the woman asked, “Do you mean I should not move there now? But it is what I have been focusing on and getting ready for all this time.”
The Higher Realm energy responded, “The synchrony of people and projects that would have opened to you are no longer there. You may move there if you wish, but the path for your work will be filled with challenges.” The Higher Realm energy was affirming her free will choice to move to the city she had once heard was the place for her to be, but that the ‘ease’ would not be forthcoming.
There had been a shift, the earth was in a new breath, and she had missed this particular beneficial timing.
As you might imagine, the room was rather silent. Everyone was in deep contemplation about what “windows of opportunity” or “Divine timing” really meant in our lives.
What have each of us missed and what are we still hanging onto in our minds and hearts?
When we embark on a true Soul Journey to discover our God-self and our unique gifts and passions in this lifetime, we are also tasking ourselves to ‘listen deeply’ – wake up and take action when we get true guidance. And what is true guidance?
True guidance is when our intuitive Self recognizes the information as true for us, which means it feels right even when it does not make practical sense in the rational world.
The workshop woman’s heart had been calling out to do the work that most filled her with joy in a supportive community – and she had received information of where to go to be most supported – at that time. Her ability to be flexible was part of her life lessons, and she seized up in fear when the idea of uprooting her life was first presented to her. She moved this to her rational mind and, instead of taking immediate action on what her heart knew to be true, she began the long, arduous road of earthly planning.
She left her Angels, Spirit Guides and her Intuitive Self out of the mix – no longer invited to be co-creators with her in achieving her soul dreams.
She was going to do it by herself, trapped by fears of not having enough money and choosing the experience of not having enough friends to lean on for support.
Some would call this a ‘lack of faith’ and others would say it is an inability to vision a better, more expanded life for herself.
We can simplify here: “She missed that particular window of opportunity.”
And the real tragedy is that she held onto that one stream of thought, believing that the support in that city should last forever. Instead of living the embedded experience of accepting Higher Realm guidance and support, and meeting a new community and work environment, she chose to stay in the illusion of the opportunity.
Windows of Opportunity are built into our Soul Contracts!
There are lots of opportunities built into our Soul Contracts for deeper, more loving relationships, for financial abundance, for joyful and fulfilling work, and for genuine connection to Source (Mother/Father God) on a daily basis. We are constantly brought face-to-face with our inner fears that bind us down and keep tight restrictions on our life choices – this is what an ‘opportunity’ will bring up.
What is at the heart of our hesitancy? We crave the promise of abundance and security from Source – and I mean, the unerring PROMISE of abundance and security – that is rooted in rational mind thinking and not heart-centered living. We want guarantees!
Because of that fear, we move into rationalizations on how we should live our lives and we shut down the whispers in our heart that send us crazy and illogical ideas.
Dedication to listening combined with action is our greatest asset.
While there is no weekend workshop ‘fix’ to get every last fear out of the body and mind, putting dedication and perseverance to our own Soul Journey with particular attention to our inner guidance system is the path to hearing and following our “windows of opportunity.”
Author and healer Caroline Myss reminds us that Divine Timing is just what it sounds like: it is set up in the Divine Realm and it has a timing to it – a grace period. If you miss this one, another one will come along, but it may not be the same shape or size of the previous one.
Our greatest asset is our ability to be flexible, dedicated to listening, and willing to take action when the inner ‘nudge’ shows up.
Embrace the new “window of opportunity” your heart has called into being.
Blessings on your Soul Journey,