A Synchronicity Story for Jim B.

02 Mar 2009

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The other day, my old friend Jim Banholzer sent me a link to a blog devoted to synchronicities. This has long been an area of interest for me, but never more than lately. "Synchronicity" is my preferred word for describing certain events that, to me, are unquestionably meaningful beyond their base coincidental properties.

In fact, the word "coincidence" has a certain dismissive quality about it, don't you think? Calling something a coincidence, no matter how mind-blowing it might be, instructs others to think nothing of such occurrences, to write these events off as nothing more than peculiar experiences that, aside from their entertainment value, bear neither depth nor meaning.

The word "coincidence," to me, simply means: I cannot explain that, therefore it's meaningless. The word "synchronicity" means: You don't always have to explain it or interpret it. If it's a particularly positive synchronicity, maybe it just means something general, like "you're on the right path" -- an affirmative, perhaps even appreciative, nod from the universe that, to it, is subtle beyond any measure while, to you, it's life-alteringly amazing. If there is meaning beyond the appreciative nod, you'll know it intuitively at some point. For now, just be it, just experience its beauty.

So, here's the latest interesting "synchronicity" I've taken note of in my life. It's a long story, but fortunately, I've told most of it already. A few posts back, I discussed an out of body experience I'd had not too long ago. In order to keep it focused, I omitted a rather interesting aspect of that story.

If you recall, my wife had suggested, just after I'd "returned" to my body, that we write down the details of what had happened. So, there we were in the dark, in the middle of the night, scrambling around for a pen and paper. None were to be found. However, as I'd said a few posts prior to that story, I'd been reading a book called "Way of the Wizard" by Deepak Chopra. Since that book was still on my nightstand, my wife grabbed it and began flipping through the pages to try and locate one with a lot of blank space on which to write the details of my experience. She found a page and began writing as I relayed the story.

Okay, rewind a bit ... A while prior to this tale, my wife and I had been interviewing a relatively new friend and mentor, Kevin, for a promotional event on one of our raw food web sites, the All Raw Directory. When I say "interview," I mean literally interviewing him -- making audio recording of a telephone conversation, the MP3 of which will be one of the "giveaways" we plan to offer with this promotion.

We'd been working with this guy for a while by then and had quickly become friendly with him and his wife, Annmarie, beyond the level of simple business stuff we'd been working on together. They'd visited our home once many months prior, and my wife had met and hung out with him and his wife again in Arizona. But, that had been the extent of our in-person interaction to date.

Anyway, during one of those interviews, Kevin told a personal story. I don't remember it now, or what the context of it was, but I do recall vividly his saying that he has a favorite personal mantra: "I am a child of the universe and I am safe." It wasn't simply something he said; he actually focused on that for a while and discussed its particular significance in his life.

Prior to the uncanny spiritual experience I'd had, Kevin and Annmarie had never stayed overnight in our home. But they were in the house that night, when it happened. I didn't tell them what had happened, but naturally, the next day, I tried reading some of the notes my wife had hastily written in the dark on that blank page of the Deepak Chopra book. It wasn't until much later, perhaps weeks after their overnight stay, that I began to wonder what else appeared on that page. What was the subject matter Deepak was discussing on that particular page of Way of the Wizard -- that page that my wife had flipped to in the dark and chosen based only on the fact that it seemed like there was enough white space to write on, that page that presented itself on the only occasion we'd had Kevin and Annmarie in our home overnight?

Ready for the hair raising finale? Here's the quote that ends the text of that page of Way of the Wizard, just above the white space now inscribed with the tale of my mystical experience:

"In the light of trust, as it develops slowly over time, you will find that you are a privileged child of the universe, entirely safe, entirely supported, entirely loved."

Synchronicity. Just be it, just experience its beauty.

Original Comments

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On March 2, 2009, Chris wrote:

Interesting cross connections. Like you said, maybe it is just an affirmation that you are headed in the direction that you need to be.

On March 2, 2009, Some Guy wrote:

Very cool.

On March 3, 2009, Cap'n Ergo "XL" Jinglebollocks wrote:

::sip::

very tasty, my friend, very tasty ...

On March 17, 2009, Janine wrote:

So cool - I have had so many of these moments that I started claiming that "god speaks to me through the media!!" LOL All joking aside, I completely believe in this kind of thing.

-Janine aka "sturdy"

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