Greeting in the dance of the Holy Shekinah!
Wanted to share a stirring contemplation that has arisen over the past couple weeks regarding the opportunity to pause, the opportunity to re-direct and the opportunity to turn toward God.
The teachings speak of a quality called Rega, which means pausal moment, suddenly, instant or space. Rega is spoken of as the smallest possible measurement of time, being but a fraction of a second. This is a quality found is the material realm which allows a duration of time for things to play out, a pausal moment before actual materialization occurs. Within this duration of time souls are allowed the opportunity to turn and repent, therefore causing a different outcome than would have otherwise arisen. Rega has both positive and negative attributes in the way it plays out in the material realm. On the positive side, as has just been said, it allows space and time for beings to change their minds and turn, which can potentially shift the outcome. On the negative side, because of this time span, beings here can have the tendency to forget the original intention.
Rega shows up in scripture in a number of ways, following are examples of just a few;
Sing praises to the Lord, O you faithful ones, and give thanks to the Holy Name. For the Lords anger is but for a moment; the Lords favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with morning.
For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In overflowing wrath for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you says the Lord, your Redeemer.
But now for a brief moment favor has been shown by the Lord our God, who has left us a remnant, and given us a stake in the Holy Place, in order that our eyes may be brightened and we may be granted a little sustenance in our slavery.
All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror; they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.
Looking into Psalm 30 a certain dynamic involved in Rega can be seen. Notice the mention, "The Lords anger is but for a moment". While, "The Lords favor is for a lifetime."This brings up a teaching of Rega that points to the Mercy of the Lord, and that really, all is Mercy. We may experience moments of hardship, but in the bigger picture we abide in the Mercy of the Lord. What if we can see all experience here as a series of moments put together? In this way we can see a very fluid and flowing reality capable of shifting moment to moment day to day. This fluid flow is all predicated upon what is happening in the smallest increments of time, Rega.
The example found in Isaiah says something similar to what is being said in Psalm 30, though, here the ideas presented in Psalm 30 are elucidated even further. Notice "For a brief moment I abandoned you", in contrast with the duration of compassion pointed to, "With great compassion I will gather you".How beautiful to hear a gathering in attributed to compassion, as well as an expanse of time! Here too we can see how all is occurring in these brief fractions of time, Rega, and in this way there is always possibility for change, for shift into a larger view, a view of expanding compassion.
In Ezra we see a bit different connotation. Here we find a conversation of respite associated with Rega. That, "For a brief moment favor has been shown by our Lord your God", and that, "We may be granted a little sustenance in our slavery."This points to the brief moments of rest or peace we can experience in the midst of trials and tribulations, in the midst of pain and suffering. For example, when we look into pain itself and how it manifests in the body we can see instead of a constant experience of pain it actually cycles through becoming more or less intense. We can see the same phenomena in mourning, instead of a constant it really comes in a wave like motion, giving moments of relief in the midst of grief. This too points to Gods Mercy!
In Psalm 6 yet another angle of Rega is given. Here there is a direction toward the possibility in any moment to shed negativity. "In a moment be put to shame".In any moment, that which we struggle with in consciousness can shift. When we look into negativity and how it manifest in mind we find the actual power of is its endurance, its ability to nag on and on and continuously spin like a dog chasing its tail. Really, to break its cycle it merely needs a shattering, and it is the breaking of the cycle that dissolves it! This too is found in a split moment, in the smallest fraction of time, Rega.
Taking the exploration above into consideration let us now return to the idea presented in the beginning of this dialog where it was mentioned Rega is a quality that allows a duration of time to play out before manifestation, Rega is a pausal moment. Now, looking toward the ideas spoken of we can see how all of these examples, however they may differ, have much to do with ways in which we may participate in the shifting of outcomes here in the physical realm. The power of Rega is really a power that inherently expresses the law of the physical realm. If we can then become aware of how this principle really works then we have then been given the key to become a conscious co-creator in all that is transpiring! We then can walk with God, aligning ourselves with creator in the midst of creation. How powerful!
May we walk with you, Holy One, and your Torah, enacting sanctuary, enacting your everlasting compassion, Amen.