Posts filed under Chance

Chance Favors The Optimist

There is a differencebetween the optimist and the fantasist. The optimist sees the future realistically and with hope and confidence. The fantasist sees the future as they wish it to be but divorced from reality. Chance favors the optimist.

 

© Patrick O’Neill 2010. All rights reserved

Posted on February 9, 2010 and filed under Chance.

The Human Heart Always Believes

The human heart always believes

in the power of Chance.

How else could it survive

in this thin oxygen

of modern times?

 

 

From the forthcoming book A Hundred Chances: Short Meditations on Opportunity, Risk and Probability, by Patrick O'Neill

 

© Patrick O’Neill 2008. All rights reserved.

Posted on November 2, 2009 and filed under Chance.

Mercurious

Mercurious stands guard

at the cross-roads of Chance.

Offer him a token

of thanks and respect.

He is the god

of travelers like yourself:

confronted with important choices.

Seek the right road

through this haunted crossing

and ask for the protection

of Mercurious.

It is said

he has some influence

with Destiny. 

 

From the forthcoming book A Hundred Chances: Short Meditations on Opportunity, Risk and Probability, by Patrick O'Neill

 

© Patrick O’Neill 2008. All rights reserved.

 

 

Posted on October 29, 2009 and filed under Chance.

Insight: Unfoldment

The second portal of insight is unfoldment.  

The Visioinmaker is always tracking what is unfolding within and around them. This means one is paying attention to the "Implicate Order," a term coined by quantum physicist, David Bohm. Bohm writes:

 

"The word 'implicate' means to enfold–in Latin, to fold inward.  In the implicate order everything is enfolded into everything."

 

In Visionmaking, the path of heart and meaning is enfolded in the heart. It is the Visionmaker's responsibility "to pay attention to what has heart and meaning" in order to unfold one's Destiny through purposeful action.

 

At the same time, we must remain aware that the personal and collective journey unfold mutually, inextricably woven together in the fabric of Destiny's greater plan.

 

Insight is gathered by recognizing the patterns that are unfolding within us and around us. Curiosity and inquiry are the means by which a Visionmaker gathers such insight. You can use these questions to examine what you are sensing:

 

• "What am I experiencing or seeing?"

 

• "What events or occurrences appear to be giving rise to what I am experiencing or seeing?"

 

• "What else might this be connected to?"

 

• "What are the impacts and implications of what is unfolding?"

 

• "What actions can I take to follow my heart?"

 

 Patrick O’Neill 2009. All rights reserved
Posted on September 30, 2009 and filed under Chance.

Insight: Body Wisdom

"Behead yourself! Dissolve your whole body into Vision. Become seeing, seeing, seeing!"

-Rumi

 

I have been in Seattle all week working with the terrific folks at the Boeing Company. We had a great two days on advanced collaboration practices in support of the company's continued commitment to "Working Together."

 

Last time, I outlined the seven distinctions of Insight. This time, I will focus on the first distinction, body wisdom.

 

The body is the vehicle that has been given to each of us to pursue meaning and experience life directly. It is the principle agency of manifestation: whatever we do, whatever we produce, is done through the body.

 

The body, known as the Cradle of Manifestation in Visionmaking, has a wisdom that is instinctual and sensual, and is far older than our capacity to reason.

 

Body wisdom has protected humanity on its journey from the primordial soup to modern times. It is assembled in the gut, and attuned to the heart.  It provides the Visionmaker with sensate knowing. As the Latin proverb instructs: "Nothing reaches the intellect before making its appearance in the senses."

 

The body has been endowed with five known senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. The body is always honest and direct about what it wants, needs and experiences. Today, though, most people are so sedated by the status quo or the excesses of  comfortable living that their capacity to access body wisdom is diminished.

 

Or they have been taught to mistrust what they feel if it is not logical.There is far more to life than logic. 

 

When the Four-Chambered Heart (the subject of many previous posts) is aligned with the intellect and will, the five known senses are sharpened to a sensitivity that allows for heightened awareness.

 

This is the domain of the martial artist, the poet, the mystic. It is as if the whole body is wide- awake and aware of even the subtlest stimuli-a hummingbird at the window ledge, an action about to happen, the mood of a stranger, the atmosphere of a place.

 

The Visionmaker is always deeply respectful of the body, of the wisdom that is available there, and of the great gift of leading a purposeful life that it supports.

 

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Posted on September 25, 2009 and filed under Chance.

Chance and Folly

There’s a difference between

Chance and folly.

Folly is the abandonment

of common sense.

Chance is the abandonment

of hopelessness.

 

© Patrick O’Neill 2009. All rights reserved

 

Posted on September 18, 2009 and filed under Chance.

The Value of Monotony

  Don't underestimate monotony and boredom.

They are the best Chance we have

for a revolt against our own routines.

Break out of your self-imposed prison

and take a Chance.

And thank monotony and boredom

for your revolutionary spirit.

 

© Patrick O’Neill 2009. All rights reserved

Posted on September 10, 2009 and filed under Chance.

A Glimpse of Chance

Chance comes

when your back

is against the wall,

when you have nothing

to lose.

Chance comes

when you place yourself on the

line,

when you take a stand for something

that matters.

Chance comes

when you have immersed yourself so

deeply in something that you

forget you are

you.

Chance was always there anyway. 

It just takes full

commitment

to catch a

glimpse

of the obvious.

 

© Patrick O’Neill 2009. All rights reserved

Posted on September 4, 2009 and filed under Chance.

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 risk...it 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.

Chance 3

• The present and the future live side by side in this moment.  We have been taught to see them as contiguous.  They are in fact concurrent. Chance is the spark that occurs when the present and the future touch.

 

• Chance confronts us every day. This confrontation reveals three things: the work that we have done to fund our generative powers, the work that we have not done, and the work we need to do.

 

• Chance comes when your back is against the wall, when you have nothing to lose. Chance comes when you place yourself on the line, when you take a stand for something that matters. Chance comes when you have immersed yourself so deeply in something that you forget you are you. Chance was always there anyway.  It just takes full commitment to catch a glimpse of the obvious.

 

• Our certainties limit Chance.  Chance cannot penetrate a closed mind.  Perhaps it is the only place it cannot go.  Open your mind and improve your Chances.

 

• The eyes and ears are the receptors of Chance. Chance is empirical. It likes to be seen and heard. 

 

• Anticipation is required to capitalize on Chance. What is anticipation? It is the partnership of optimism and readiness.

 

• Synchronicity is Chance’s calling card. When events converge in remarkable ways, we know that Chance is trying to get our attention. But why, we ask?  What is the mystery that is unfolding in front of our eyes? The only way to find out is to follow the clues. 

 

• Second Chances come to us through positive changes that resulted from first Chances. That’s called continuous improvement.

 

• Living is an experiment. It’s full of opportunities and challenges. Outcomes are derived from our attitude during the experiment. If we are open, positive and excited to be alive, Chances are that our outcomes will support our outlook. If we are closed, negative and resentful about living, Chances are that our outcomes will support our outlook. The good news is we get to choose.

 

© Patrick O’Neill 2009. All rights reserved.

 

 

Posted on June 1, 2009 and filed under Chance.

Chance 2

Visionmakers see Chance as a rip in the fabric of the status quo that opens for the future to emerge. A futurist is one who knows how to rip open the status quo and enter the future.  

There is an inherent misunderstanding of Chance and how it forms.  Most people think it's random, unpredictable, and has no source. They don't see Chance as an effect with a cause. That is where their vision fails. Chance is caused by its pursuit.

 

Most people think Chance is about luck. Nothing could be further from the truth.  Chance is the opportunity to act and comes to those who are fully engaged in the pursuit of their dreams.  It requires tenacity, hard work and courage to generate the right conditions for opportunity to manifest.

 

In order to pursue Chance, we must be fully committed. We can't hesitate, second guess or dither.  We must be confident that every one of our resources are engaged with nothing held in reserve. Holding back simply makes us too heavy, too slow to gain the speed and fluidity required to pluck Chance from the fingers of Destiny.

 

The dominant culture further confuses our understanding of Chance by how it teaches us to speak about Chance. We are encouraged to "take a Chance." Visionmakers see this as a profound misunderstanding of the mechanics of Chance and their responsibilities in the matter. A Visionmaker says "make a Chance," and while the verb change might seem minor, therein lies a secret of manifestation.

 

Chance is not an entitlement. It is the reward of full engagement. The more engaged we are, the more Chances are generated.  Look at it from the standpoint of sports. A team that sits back and lets the play come to them rarely generates enough Chances to win. A team that is in high pursuit of opportunity, gives everything and never quits is usually more fruitful with respect to Chances generated.

 

Visionmakers study how Chances are made. It is the difference between stasis and a breakthrough.

 

© Patrick O’Neill 2009. All rights reserved.

Posted on May 28, 2009 and filed under Chance.

Chance

A Visionmaker is always alert to the presence of chance. Chance is a rip in the fabric of the status quo that opens when a Visionmaker's intention to make positive change is greater than stasis.  

Chance is often considered random, unpredictable, and occurring outside of a cause.  Some people associate it with being lucky. Others see it as risk-oriented as in "taking a chance."

  Visionmakers see chance differently. They see it as a gap between the present and the future that can be crossed through readiness, preparation, training and full engagement. They trust that by following a path of heart and meaning, by giving themselves completely to their life dream, that chance will occur if they are patient and vigilant. It's predictable.

 

Some people don't even see chance open up before them. Their vision is invested in other things-old stories, worries, the affairs of others, and things that they cannot control.  A Visionmaker is always striving to release vision from its obstructions so that focus can be placed on what is emerging rather than what has passed.

  To take advantage of the moment when the present and the future are adjacent fields, a Visionmaker must be strong-hearted. One cannot hesitate, second-guess or dither. The only act that has the power to bridge the gap is one that is free from doubt, worry or concern.

  Visionmakers enter the gap between the present and the future like one would ride the wind - with joy and exhilaration.

 

© Patrick O’Neill 2009. All rights reserved.

Posted on May 21, 2009 and filed under Chance.