As of lately I have been having more and more serendipitous occurrences. Thinking of someone and seeing them in person, humming a song then hearing it on the radio, expressing a thought and having someone say “that is exactly what I was thinking of .”What exactly is this and can it be cultivated as a common experience?.
Carl Jung a famous psychiatrist, coined the word, synchronicity, to describe what he called “temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events.” Jung variously described synchronicity as an “acausal connecting principle”, “meaningful coincidence” and “acausal parallelism.” Well, this was just a fancy way of saying that the experience of serendipity or synchronicity is the appearance of two unrelated events connecting in a meaningful way.
Have you ever had someones name pop into your thoughts and minutes later have them call you on the phone? Or call someone and have
them say they were just thinking about you. One of the strangest experience of Serendipity I have ever experienced was walking on a beach in the Caribbean thinking about the concept of “Bringing more Joy into my Life” and moments later finding an unopened bottle of liquid joy dish detergent sitting there in the water!!.
Following that I realized two important things. Number one God has a sense of humor and number 2 joy is on the inside and not inside of some bottle!!
These experiences of what we call Serendipity or Synchronicity often give us a glimpse of the meaningfulness of our lives and the interconnectedness of how we are related to our universe and everyone else. Serendipity is defined as a “happy accident or pleasant surprise “. “Finding something good or useful without necessarily looking for it “. I am not so sure this is accidental as it is so often described in a dictionary.
The question I have been pondering lately is whether or not we can cultivate these experiences and how to do it.
When I am in the flow of life these occurrences seem to occur closer together and more frequently so I have come to the conclusion that there are ways we can enhance the possibility of this happening by doing various activities. I also have come to believe that when you start to have these experiences it is an indication that you are on the right path in your life and should follow the so-called leads to explore where they are leading because they might very well be signposts to a direction that could be taken to enhance your life.
So what are my recommendations to Cultivate Serendipity in your Life:
1)Get excited about something that inspires you . This naturally raises your energy or chi level which often draws these experiences to you . When we are passionate about our mission here and excited about getting out of bed in the morning our energy level naturally goesup and serendipity can flow in. If you are not excited about what you are doing then take a moment and use your imagination to think of what
it could be and cultivate it.
2)Exercise/Move/:Movement gets our vital energy in motion. Much like a river flowing this movement of energy is jump started with motion. Movement is not only good for the body but for the spirit as well. If you are out of shape start easy and build up. Move around the house, go walking, walk in place. Any movement
gets energy going.
3)Breath:Breathing is life and is something we do about 16 times/minute but often the breathing is shallow, labored and tight. Take a few moments every minute to take a few deep breaths and follow your breathing with your mind to calm the mind. Remember breathing is life and the more the breath is deepened and developed the more life there is.
4)Get the creative energy going with activities that express who you are. Writing , drawing, making things, crafts etc. help to get the juices flowing in the body because the natural creative energy inside wants to express itself. The more expression there is the better the chi can flow and thus attract to you more creative energy. Much like a river flowing it stays healthier when there is flow rather than stagnation.
5)Admire Beauty.There is beauty all around us particularly in the natural environment of Maine. The Chi of nature is a powerful remedy to enliven and cultivate the connectedness of all things. You can learn to tap into it by breathing in the beauty that surrounds you and filling yourself up with it. This can function as a food for the soul and often when we feed the soul we are not as hungry with our appetite to continue consuming large amounts of food because we are taking in the food of life. There are specific methods for feeding on beauty and I will be discussing them in future blogs. For now if you see something you admire
take a few moments and ” breath it in.”
6)Give thanx:I find this can one of the most powerful energy and serendipity cultivators that there is. When we/I give thanx for all of the experiences and things that I have imore flows in. The flip side is feeling like there is just never enough and feeling resentment for that which only serves to attract more of the same.
Serendipity can sometimes be like a train to jump on . A seemingly strange coincidence can be an opportunity that can be life changing or possibly offering a contact that will be important to your unfoldment.
Years ago when I was starting out in practice looking for my first office I remember sitting at my kitchen table pondering what I wanted out of practice. I thought of being in a busy location, near a mall, lots of traffic going by etc. Finally what I decided upon was that what I really was looking for was a place with “a view”. What I wanted in my heart was to look out the window while I was working and see something beautiful. Moments later after having this thought the phone rang . There was a real estate agent on the other end and she said “I found an office with a view”. I immediately said I would take it because I knew that this was not just a random event but was meant to be. And of course it turned out to be a beautiful location.