Principle 3 Well Timed Action - week 3

Principle 3, Third week

Principle of Well Timed Action
This week we continue with our meditations on “The Principle of Well-Timed Action”. It says: “Do not oppose a great force. Retreat until it weakens than advance with resolution.” It can be found with the other Principles of Valid Action in chapter Xlll of the book “The Inner Look”, by Silo.


cat perspective
Waiting patiently for the dog to get bored and depart



This Week
This week we continue our meditation on “The Principle of Well-Timed Action” it says: “Do not oppose a great force. Retreat until it weakens than advance with resolution.” We are focusing on the present, and on the possibilities and implications of trying to apply this principle in my present circumstances.

Personal Reflections
Like last week I start by asking myself some simple questions, things like:
What are the “forces” acting on me? More particularly what are the “forces” opposing my plans or objectives?

After a moment I’ll probably find I have lots of questions. Some as basic as, “what are my objectives”, “what do I want”. However let’s assume we have at least a rough answer for those and turn to the other aspect that of the forces and my action in front of them. Are they great forces? What does that mean in this context? etc. What will “retreat” mean in the present cases? How will I retreat, will that mean physically withdrawing, or reducing certain relationships? Will it mean acquiescing and going along with something? Perhaps it will mean something very different, or very specific to the circumstances.

Finally how will I fulfill the last part of the principle and “advance with resolution”? How will I know when it’s time to change gears and begin to advance? What kind of difficulties can I expect? What kind of result?



Coming up:
Next week we’ll look at how this principle might apply in the future, i.e. in situations in which I anticipate finding myself.

Note:
These notes have been postd to the email list and Facebook page of The Community of Silo’s Message Toronto Annex, as well as here on my blog.

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PS. Since they made these notes twice as long and always contained the same information I’m no longer including the general information about, the principles, materials, parks, etc that were included each week. You can find more info at the
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