The topic of timing is really a difficult one to write on because it is a subtle art which speaks directly in several ways both to the developing skillful wisdom and also its demonstration. It is a sensitivity which is spontaneous, but is an informed spontaneity which is not reckless. It is not casual, loose, or wasteful in the way that many aspirants interpret because there is a deep humility (which recognizes power) and patience of cosmic scope. Often when speaking about timing in terms of the Tantric Vidya, one thinks just in terms of what is a good time to take a certain action (like a homa or sadhana during a certain period). One is told for example, that it is good to do sadhana during an eclipse or during a time like Shivaratri, and while this is certainly so, the wisdom of timing runs much deeper than just this. To know when it is time to push a boundary (or take on something new), as opposed to settling in a bit to gain a deeper integrity and confidence, can be one aspect of timing. And that example of timing, may exist within several spheres of timing, both large and small of scale. What that means, using our example, is that in a certain period (say some months), the time may be one of assimilating and coming into greater integrity/confidence with “where one is at”, while within the shorter timing of a particular sadhana period, there are places where it is time to “push”.
Even expression should be informed by the art of timing. Many people are wasteful because they talk too much and too soon. If they get some experience, they run around in great expressions of “love” etc. However, often it is the time is to keep quiet, to give the seeds of experience the silent soil in which to mature. Of course, a spiritual teacher or guide need also have a deep intuitive understanding of timing. A student may really “need” something, but if it comes at the wrong time or when it won’t be effective, then it is a waste. Because of this, a true guru is always more committed to effect than “message”, and timing is a big part of effect. Students also should understand timing in relation with a guru, as often people look for or insist upon a consistency of message or in some cases seek out inconsistency in the “teaching”. However, mature students not only understand timing , but also delight in the different approaches which illustrate the vastness of the wisdom and the “spinning of the diamond” (as it points to one’s own vast nature). Being supple enough to be open to the different approaches makes one always accessible to deeper transmition. (While nit picking semantics or always looking for apparent intellectual contradictions just closes and confines the stream of wisdom.)
The sensitivity with developing timing contains a deep respectfulness. Often, people don’t respect themselves because they know (better than anyone) that they have not always moved with honor or in accord with their own will. Because of this, the functions of engaging (both within and in relation) remain rather sloppy and lack a certain “gentleness” or soft touch. Great timing is most often a soft touch, and even in cases where a sharp action is required, the accomplishment is razor like precise. Timing is also as much about knowing when “not to”, as much as when “to do”. In that regard, the deep sensitivity can create an almost organic/bodily feeling which is instructive. This is far outside the purview of intellectual consideration or morality, as it is the direct knowledge of power (and feeling “where” it is or would be lost). In this way, timing relates to energetic imperatives of integrity rather than contemplation of decision.
Of course, the highest levels of timing deal with the understanding of time “itself” which can lead to an unending opening. Just having some perspective on life (and time offers a vast horizon upon which to view manifestation), will give one a greater sense of timing (and the other qualities such as humility and patience which inspire timing). To view time, as time itself, should certainly offer some scope. And indeed what exactly is time? And what is outside of time? Why not experiment with falling into that…something that is so pervasive but ellusive. Everything and no-thing. Form/fabric and emptiness. Shakti and Shiva. To be time is to be beyond time, what a marvelous nature.