Saturday, November 20, 2010

Garden Variety Synchronicity

Have you ever had the experience of finding a book, hearing a song or opening the link to a you tube video your friend has sent you that speaks to the very core need in you, that thing you've been praying for help about, and lo, here it is?

That is garden variety synchronicity. A coincidence that maybe isn't, that maybe is really an answer to our most urgent prayers, spoken or unspoken.

To me, this is my proof that I am not alone. Synchronicity is Jung's way of describing this spiritual, psychological and emotional phenomenon. It doesn't always come with lighting bolts and hair raising realizations, sometimes it's gentle and subtle and just a consistent presence in our lives that leads us to discover something, something that holds the key and helps unlock the door where love and healing can make us whole.

It's a gentle arm around our shoulders and a loving voice in our ear that speaks directly to our hearts. I'm posting the link to Brene Brown's talk in the hopes that her message just happens to be the one your heart has been longing to hear. I think her work is so liberating that my new mission is to read more of her work and listen to her many other talks.


  1. Hi - your blog came up in Google alert for synchronicity. Hope you'll drop by our blog on that topic and join the discussions!

    Enjoyed poking around here. You've got some intriguing stuff.

  2. Dear Trish and Rob,

    My apologies for not responding to your welcome comment earlier; it was a cheerful surprise, and another in a series of recent synchronicities for me, large and small.

    When you posted this comment, I had just experienced a major synchronicity in my life that I wanted to blog about and, especially after reading your blog, share with you, but because of my commitment to another person to keep confidence, I couldn’t and can’t. I laugh at how mysterious this all sounds, but these were wonderful experiences for me in my work with children and dreaming.

    This synchronicity was so powerful and uncanny it raised the hair on the back of my arms and made me feel super alert to the events unfolding. I believe dreams and synchronicities, especially the big ones, originate in a spiritual source that I rely on but can’t really name. They motivate me to give 100% percent of my attention to what’s happening and to do my best.

    Then another synchronicity followed. The first heralded an opportunity to serve as a dream guide. That evening, following this opportunity, I sat at my desk and spoke softly to myself. I said, “This is what I want to do, with all my heart, this is my work.” I felt each word with soul certainty and a huge sense of the outpouring of some cosmic, universal Love. As I finished saying this to myself, highlighted against the skylight I faced across from my desk, I saw a brilliant burst of lighting, followed by loud and rolling thunder. I sat spellbound, ready for the sound of rain and the next burst. Nothing came. When I opened the skylight and looked out, the evening was calm and dry as before.

    Smiling in awe, I decide to go downstairs and across the yard to where my husband was editing in his cottage studio to ask him if he saw or heard anything. Innocently, I asked him, did you see or hear lighting and thunder? Yes, he heard thunder but didn’t see lightning, (he’s in a curtained room so no surprise there). How many times, I asked him. “Just once.” he said. Then I tell him my holy shit experience, which, lucky for me, he can appreciate.

    I puzzled over how to reply to your welcome comment; how I might share what I can that might be of interest, and not jeopardize any trusts I must honor. It’s very cool to hear from you. Trish I’ve enjoyed some of your fiction, share many interests you both blog about, and look forward to reading more of your writings. Cyberspace is an incredible community.

    A wee synchronicity more, when I got your comment email, I had just a couple of hours earlier discussed on the phone what I might and might not say in my posts and had commented, “You don’t need to worry, I’ve got few followers on my blog, all friends. I really do this for myself.” Then you posted your comment and I had to smile again, damn.

    I look forward to reading your posts on your excellent blog and hopefully, to welcoming more of your comments at Lita Dreaming.

    Many blessings to you,