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When it’s time to jump

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In Greek, there are two kinds of time. Chronos time is what we observe when we look at a clock and measure out our days. Kairos time doesn’t operate at a tick-tock pace. It is the “appointed time”, when powers and movements of a deeper world irrupt into our regular lives, when the Greater Trumps are in play.

It is a risky time, offering both opportunity and danger and the excitement of living on the edge.
Jean Houston calls it Jump Time. Lyanda Lynn Haupt says beautifully (in Crow Planet) “It is a time brimming with meaning, a time more potent than ‘normal’ time.”

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I sense that Kairos is the spirit of our time. The celebrated Greek sculptor Lysippos carved his image, showing a winged figure with a razor and hair hanging down over his face. As explained by Poseidippos, the razor is “a sign to men that I am sharper than any sharp edge.” His hair hangs over his face because “he who meets me must take me by the forelock.” The back of his head is bald because “once I have sped by none can seize me from behind.”
It is Jump Time in our world, as well as in our lives.

To quote Lyanda Haupt again, we live in a time “when our collective actions over the next several years will decide whether earthly life will continue its descent into ecological ruin and death or flourish in beauty and diversity.”

Quotes from Lyanda Lynn Haupt are from her new book Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom for the Urban Wilderness (Little, Brown)

  • Savannah

    Love this, and perfect timing! Crows have been playing catch with me for a few weeks now, and I’m learning to catch the waves. Crow Planet’s going on my summer reading list…

  • http://sothismedias.com Justin Patrick Dreamer

    Robert, I’m glad “Crow Planet” caught up with you. It’s a Timely read.

  • Sal

    Kairos, for me, represents the all knowing angel in the guise of a vagabond at the cross-roads of anyone’s life path(s) and mediates through the immaterial, or “virtual” emptiness, that is our open spaces to which we move freely through, but carefully–and prudently–“balances” out crucial patterns of behavior, character and virtuous deeds and “weighs” them against transgressions of the heart, or when we pimp our own souls for an ambitious design of security, false companionship, or decadent romp; if the later out-weighs the former, I believe that Kairos’ angelic wings shift upwards from a downward position to become a monstrous devil that reminds us–still gently–of how we “clip”, or “shave”, our own “wings” from growth, or growing.
    Kairos has presented itself to me at all times of the day, but I particularly enjoy it at the hour of power; whereby I don’t see it as “jump” time, rather, I see it as a matador dance with eternity–with a personal aim of not killing, but engaging with all my faculties and being…
    We are truly the captains and designers of our own fates and destinies!

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Sal – Your Kairos resembles my Trickster, that agency that comes into play at the crossroads of life and is our devil if we are set in our ways, our ally if we are wiling to shift and change. Still, I suspect that the early Aegean peoples might have appreciated your image of a “matador dance with eternity”; they didn’t have matadors but (at least in Minoan civilization) they were famed for their bull dancers.

  • Sal

    Robert – Speaking of Kairos and Tricksters, I don’t know if you’ve seen a movie that reminds of a modern version of Greeco – Roman tragedy, “A Guide To Knowing Your Saints.” It’s an autobiographical telling of one individual’s (Dito Montiel) poetic, heart wrenching journey through hell and how a Kairion-type energy pokes, prods and goes to the extent of bringing that monstrous devil into his life in the form of fire to show him that the path of least resistance is where anyone will find a better space of existence for their personal evolution/transformation.

  • Janice

    “A Guide to Knowing Your Saints” Sounds like an interesting movie Sal. Certainly the way you talk about this concept is very interesting to me because I have been thinking about which path of growth facilitates the most growth. I suspect a bit of both, depending upon the angel or devil aspect of Trickster. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://errandknight.blogspot.com/ Patrick

    Is it ever!!! Thanks for the reminder…

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