I believe in synchronicity. It's powerful and even more powerful when you notice it. Carl Jung first explained it as 'meaningful coincidences.' He explained them as acausal events having meaning. Usually when we think of events we think of this causing that or as just being random. But what if they had no relationship to one another other than the meaning they have for you? What if they were clues from your higher/future self or guides or the universe to connect the dots in your life?
Amy Schumer in Inside Amy Schumer on the Comedy Network Channel did a hilarious skit about the universe and the women who believe that these 'synchronicities' that come up were meant just for them.
Ok. ha. ha. ha. I get it. Total first world self-centered problems. And seriously, there is something about synchronicity. Once you notice and open your eyes to it. It's a life-changer. Really it is. I'll give you an example:
A couple of months ago I was reading about Christina Northrup and her work in Epigenetics and the work about the difference between chronological aging and biological aging. I blogged about it and the thoughts brewed. I started thinking more and more about DNA and stories we tell ourselves as true, reliving our 'true' stories' in our bodies and in our realities, creating events in our reality to substantiate the stories, and the power of thoughts on the DNA. Then a week ago a client of mine sent me the book, The Holographic Universe and it explains how we shift our reality much like a hologram and how those shifts change our DNA. Then FMTV emailed me last week a movie called Awake about DNA and the power of thoughts and noticing synchronicities in our lives that we set up as clues. Ok. I get it, I said. So what does a rational person like me do...she throws the coins and reads the answer through the I Ching...the result: Ken/Sun-"recognizing and correcting the cause of decay has supreme success. It furthers one to cross the great water. Before the starting point three days; after the starting point three days. (I won't go into all the details about I-Ching and this particular meaning other than to say that it mentioned the three days before and after which has always been my ritual for insight- a three-day-before-and-after cleanse and that it talked about myths, ancient stories and the power of false stories. hmmm.)
"In Jung's book Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle, Jung wrote:
"...it is impossible, with our present resources, to explain ESP, or the fact of meaningful coincidence, as a phenomenon of energy. This makes an end of the causal explanation as well, for "effect" cannot be understood as anything except a phenomenon of energy. Therefore it cannot be a question of cause and effect, but of a falling together in time, a kind of simultaneity. Because of this quality of simultaneity, I have picked on the term "synchronicity" to designate a hypothetical factor equal in rank to causality as a principle of explanation."
Synchronicity was a principle which, Jung felt, gave conclusive evidence for his concepts of archetypes and the collective unconscious." Wikipedia
Synchronicity is a way, if we notice it at all in our daily lives, of getting closer to our path as outlined so subtly by a higher force (collective unconscious, higher self, future self, the universe). The key is to take the time to notice the signs. And taking the time to notice the signs means we have to be out of survival mode and into a more philosophical state of being.
This is what I think the Dalai Lama meant when he said, "The world will be saved by the western woman." in the Vancouver 2009 Peace Summit. It wasn't that he was dissing all other women or men for that matter. It was that the western woman has first world problems and that once she steps out of her self-centered self and looks around her in a more philosophical and unselfish and is centered on Self - she can and will save the world.
Back to synchronicity and the example. I to my mom's for Easter and noticed how amazingly young she looks and acts and she's in her seventies...give or take ten years...and she eats well and healthfully and keeps her body and mind fresh and optimistic. Then I went to Easter dinner at another friend's house and a question was asked about a book recommendation. The book was the exact book mentioned to this person earlier and what they didn't know was it was the exact book that contained some of the answers I needed about the power of the mind and the soul connection. Then the conversation came up about epigenetics and it was exactly the next connection I needed.
In the movie, Awake, Bruce Lipton says that, "genes are controlled by our perceptions and by how we respond to our perceptions." So change your perceptions change your genetics. We are personally responsible for our lives...it's our hologram.
The term epigenetics refers to heritable changes in gene expression. Where we once thought genes and heredity ruled our lives we now have to say that experiences and attitude express themselves in the gene. Epigenetics modifications can manifest as dis-ease.
Meaning: we are responsible for our lives. We have the power to unlock or lock in our own DNA code.
Then I went to lunch with a friend, a fabulous woman also around late 60's super early 70's and she brought up people and thoughts that provided more clues. Her outlook and her way of living was another living testament to the power of thoughts, intuitive eating, and how DNA can be altered by these things.
I opened a random page of Love Letters in the Sand, Khalil Gibran:
For Life goes not backward
Nor tarries with yesterday
The power of synchronicity is in noticing it and then taking the next touchstone to the next clue. Onward and upward my darling!