I have written a great deal about synchronicity, and you can read much of that at http://1sojournal.wordpress.com/ Simply type the word into the search box on the sidebar and click on it. Essays will pop up in which I mention the word, but also entire articles related to the subject matter can be found there.
However, I would be remiss in not mentioning it here as well. Intuition is stimulated by connections. One part of the brain actually creates knowledge based on associations and connections. You see someone you know and also begin to process how you know that person because the brain will automatically feed you images from the past, memories, that are connected with that individual.
Have you ever been a part of a group that has known one another for a long period of time, maybe years? The conversation will often be interrupted, or fueled by words such as, “Do you remember when?” That is just one example of the process of associations and connective links.
Synchronicity is when two or more things come together and enhance our already established knowledge. It is an experience, more than a process. Some would call it an “Ah hah, moment,” while others might say it is “a coincidence, serendipity, or a small miracle in which God chooses to remain anonymous.” However it is defined, it is there to enhance our knowledge and it works on the Intuitive faculties.
Can we make synchronicity happen? This blog is about enhancing intuitive abilities, so needs to address that issue. We don’t so much make synchronicity happen, as create a space for it to do so. When we open ourselves to the enormous number of possibilities, synchronicity often takes place as a part of that openness.
What I’d like to discuss today is how we can prepare that space for synchronicity to inform our world. There are several means of doing that. Meditation is one of them. Meditation is putting oneself in a relaxed state and clearing the mind of all the clutter that constantly accumulates because we are thinking, reasoning creatures. Eastern forms of meditation are somewhat difficult for the Western mindset to embrace. Not impossible, but difficult because the Western mindset is somewhat based in the idea that an empty mind is a wasteland. We have a tendency to resist the main ingredient necessary to do that form of meditation.
However, all is not lost. There is a thing called Active Meditation. It differs from Eastern forms, because it also includes some form of physical and rhythmic action, or activity, such as walking. Many people take walks, when the weather permits, and do so to clear their minds. That is active meditation.
Writing is another form of active meditation. The rhythm of moving the pen across paper, as well as putting the thoughts on that paper is actively clearing the mind and making room for new and more connections. It also does something else that will enhance and encourage not only synchronicity, but intuition itself.
When we write something down, we are making a note of it. That has a tendency to lodge it into our memory banks where it is far more accessible for ongoing connective links. Yesterday, I spontaneously wrote a poem about shooting stars and a memory connected to them. This morning, the first thing that popped up on my homepage was an article about a shooting star and a picture of one such object.
And no, I in no way think that I made that happen. However, it was a connective link and a moment of synchronicity. The article was about how scientists had tracked this particular piece of matter as it traveled through space and landed in the desert here on earth. They had set out to find whatever was left of it and did so. In the rocks they found, they also discovered bits of diamonds glittering in the black substance.
Think about that for a moment. It really does correlate to what is being written about here. I am discussing the process of tracking connective links in the often desert like spaces of the mind, seeking to enhance whatever knowledge is already present. Those “ah hah” moments are often like glittering pieces of diamond imbedded in the black rock substance of our thought processes.
And that would be synchronicity in action. I wrote the poem inspired by an image a friend had sent to me. An image she created. To see the image and the poem go to http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/glimpse-of-awareness/ Then my eye is caught by the photo of a similar image and an article that tells a story that can be used to define the subject matter here. And by the way, I had no idea what I was going to write about this morning. As a matter of fact, I almost didn’t come here at all, because I just couldn’t put anything together in my head that made enough sense to write about.
Writing is an excellent form of active meditation. In doing it, we signal our mind that we are taking note of the constant stream of messages it is sending us, like shooting stars that appear out of the darkness, move across our field of vision and are gone within seconds. But there are many such activities accessible to each of us.
Most creative activities can be used as forms of active meditation. I have recently stumbled on coloring Mandalas. Mandalas are circles that symbolize the circle of life. Coloring them is the rhythmic activity that clears the mind, induces relaxation, and therefore the space for new connections to be made. And they do just that. And I make note of those connective links in my journal which is a daily practice.
Physical exercise is another rhythmic activity that will induce both relaxation and connective links for a cleared mind. All of these things, and many more, will enhance the intuitive faculties built into the system, but they will also prepare the ground and space for ongoing synchronicity.
Do you engage in some form of active meditation? Where, when, and how often? Do you make note of those connective links that occur when you do so? Why, or why not? Do you have synchronistic moments and do you make note of those as well? Doing so simply encourages more of the same.