The Opportunity of Uncertainty

"Where nothing is sure, everything is possible." -Margaret Drabble


We are living in a period of great uncertainty and volatility economically, socially and politically. Although world markets appear to be recovering, most "experts" concede that they remain unpredictable. Industries have been shaken, people have lost their jobs, and governments are seeking to stabilize the marketplace through stimulus spending initiatives.


Most people seek simply to survive such conditions of uncertainty.  Visionmakers see uncertainty with different eyes.


Uncertainty is a condition where there is a lack of knowledge, experience, precedent, or assurance about current conditions and what may emerge in future. That implies a high degree of also implies an abundance of opportunities.


Uncertainty is a condition that exists in the Field of Possibility. In Visionmaking, this field contains all the creative thoughts, feelings and actions available to everyone and anyone as they pursue a journey of heart and meaning.


Possibility is limitless, despite what conventional thinking dictates. There is always far more available within the Field of Possibility than the imagination can apprehend.


Visionmakers recognize that uncertainty carries with it risk. But to one who hears uncertainty as a call to adventure, the benefits of venturing into unknown territory is far more compelling than to remain on the shoreline of convention.


Calling on the gift of foresight, and trusting the careful preparation that he or she has made to enter uncertainty, a Visionmaker sets forth connected to personal power and trusting the heart's guidance. He or she enters uncertainty with respect, discernment and excitement. 


Rather than be afraid of the conditions of uncertainty, the Visionmaker's intention is to hold the creative tension that comes with the emerging future. Creative tension, the atmosphere of uncertainty, is the perceptual stretching required to stay open to new possibilities rather than overwhelmed by them.


This demands equanimity. Equanimity is the ability to maintain buoyancy and composure in the face of a challenge. Put another way, equanimity is the ability to meet a disturbance without disturbance.


In the Field of Possibility, and in the atmosphere of creative tension, a Visionmaker seeks to explore all the potential opportunities and actions that further the journey of meaning. In this new territory of uncertainty, if one is agile, it is possible to pluck the future from the fingers of Chance.


© Patrick O’Neill 2009. All rights reserved.

Posted on July 1, 2009 and filed under Chance, Original Vision, Uncategorized, Uncertainty.