“Synchronicity: A meaningful coincidence of two or more events where something other than the probability of chance is involved.” ~ Carl Jung
It would appear the forces of the universe are sending some powerful messages my way. I have been living on the Sunshine Coast of BC (Canada) for around 2.5 years. I came over here following the end of a year long relationship which eviscerated my heart and soul. Tore me apart, wounded my very being, severed my self-esteem, eviscerated my heart to its very core. But I still gained way more from the experience than I lost.
- A deeper connection to the sacred and greater appreciation for ritual.
- A memorable reminder of my own emotional and psychological vulnerabilities.
- A revelation, an epiphany, at the discovery of the depths of love within me which can be released.
Since moving here, and with an increase in frequency recently, a string of synchronistic, serendipitous or auspicious events, opportunities or encounters have occurred.
“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.” ~ Charles de Lint
One of the most significant events of my life, very likely occurred heading to Camp Byng around 1974/75 when I was 14 or 15. I was reading something when this older (16-17) year old camp leader/instructor asked if I had ever heard of Carlos Castaneda. I said no, he talked about Journey to Ixtlan. I was so enthralled I stole three Castaneda books from the North Van Library as soon as I got home. I am still pursuing and studying shamanic practices, spiritual wisdom, transpersonal psychology and consciousness. It all started with those books, and likely only a few km’s from my house!.
“Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see.” ~ Carl Jung
Although I struggled with self-esteem issues, depression and elevated social-anxiety for the first 1.5 years or so after moving here, I have been getting out more, socializing more and have met some truly remarkable human beings over here. One who has introduced , and re-introduced me to so many new and old experiences and passions, that it goes beyond spooky. It is sublime. Right down to the book Naked Ape by Desmond Morris being the, or one of the, first psychologically transformational books both of us read fairly young,
“I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.” ~ Dalai Lama
Due to various personal and life events – including the end of that previous relationship – I have had to take two extended leaves from school. Since my interests and passions often change over time, my thesis topic has undergone three major revisions or evolutions. The topic which fell in my lap less than two months ago literally solves a personal challenge I have struggled with for decades. How to combine the apparent incongruence between the fields, and my interests in, technology , psychology, spirituality and well-being – collectively which I have spent decades pursing and studying, often independently.
“Synchronicity is choreographed by a great, pervasive intelligence that lies at the heart of nature, and is manifest in each of us through intuitive knowledge.” ~ Deepak Chopra
The thesis topic which has fallen in my lap, directly relates to a growing mental-health concern over the psychological impact of our increasing engagement with social-media and other online communications platforms or technologies. My question is basically:
“Can social-media platforms like Facebook be used in a manner so they INCREASE or FACILITATE well-being?”
The answer is YES, and I am planning to test it out – if all goes well that is, with subject recruiting, framework design, data collection, analysis and write up – all by November. Did you see Facebook’s stock plunge today? They say timing is everything.
“Don’t dismiss the synchronicity of what is happening right now finding its way to your life at just this moment. There are no coincidences in the universe, only convergences of Will, Intent, and Experience.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch
My interest in, and curiosity with, consciousness, particularly altered states of consciousness, began during my late teens and early 20’s with a fair amount of psychedelic use. I figured out the whole “Set and Setting” thing through trial and error. The field I study is transpersonal psychology, which just happens to be at the leading edge of this recent renaissance of research into psychedelics. Such as the mental-health benefits (treating depression, PTSD, anxiety etc); dealing with existential angst/fears (anxiety over impending death with the terminally ill); looking into the psychologically transformational effects or what is sometimes called “awakening”; and the creative and cognitive boosts offered through micro-dosing sub-perceptual quantities (no hallucinations). One of the incredible people I have met over here has helped re-introduce me to these healing and transformational plants and the many people using them, especially seniors! So I am now looking at some way to support awareness, knowledge and social acceptance of, the powerful, positive and transformational potential of psychedelics.
“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it Intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.” ~ Albert Einstein
Recently I stumble across a rare classic from the Detroit Muscle Car days of the 60’s and 70’s. A car which I never thought I would ever see in person. A car I have dreamed about, lusted over, coveted since I was 16 years old. A 1968 Plymouth Road Runner with a 426 Hemi engine. I almost fell off my motor bike when I rode by this beauty yesterday. And this morning I ran into the owner and he owns a shop across the street from me. Nobody will understand the mind-blowing extent this is a MASSIVE GIFT from the universe for me to be near such a car. I spoke with the owner this morning and he showed me the engine. I hugged him, and was nearly in tears. I still can’t believe this most beautiful, rare (one of 391) classic muscle cars is literally across the street from me. I hesitate to imagine the possibility of a ride one day. I can’t even allow myself to image the possibility of being honored with an opportunity to drive it just once. Might as well dream big!
“This is called synchronicity – a state in which you almost feel as if you are in a collaborative arrangement with fate.” ~ Wayne Dyer
TBA – I am also sure I am forgetting 1 or 2 other synchronicities, epiphanies or auspicious signs since moving over here. I can’t wait to see what transpires, evolves, is revealed or released by the universe in the coming days, months or years while living here on the spectacular, sublime, seemingly energized Sunshine Coast of BC (Canada).
“In every moment the Universe is whispering to you.” ~ Denise Linn