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.
What is a Personal Mythology? There are several definitions out there, as well as many different books that have been written on the subject. Here, you will find my definition based in my own personal experience.
About thirty years ago, I spontaneously began creating a personal mythology based in quiet meditation and imagination. I had no idea that was what I was doing at the time. Just thought I had discovered a wonderful little way of finding the peace I was seeking in the midst of a hectic life as wife and the mother of four active children. You can read more about the details of all of that in an article I wrote on Dec.13th, of 2008, titled A Tiger Named Pain, and posted on my other site:
Just use the search box on the sidebar, type in Tiger named Pain and click on it.
While attempting to create a quiet place to withdraw for a few moments each day, I stumbled into what I came to call “My Secret Garden.” Going there was my means of relaxing, at least for a while. Once comfortable, however, I began to have visitors. Imaginary wild creatures, who would come and softly (sometimes not so softly) tell me their stories.
After several of these unexpected visits, I realized that these wild creatures were ones I had always found fascinating and interesting. I began to read about each of the species represented in my imagination. What I found was even more intriguing. Each creature had myths and legends attached to it. They were actually symbols of certain character qualities found in the human psyche.
It took some time, but I finally began to realize that I was interacting, on this imaginary level, with the pieces and parts of my own personality. Whew! As I listened to their stories, heard their particular needs, I learned a great deal about my own person and how I operate and actually came to be who and what I am.
Some of my visitors came in human form: myself in images from photographs, others that I recognized and knew from real life, sometimes acting in very contrary ways to what I knew about their persons. I will write about some of those experiences in later blogs. Suffice it to say, my inner world went from empty to heavily populated over the course of the next few years.
Not only that, but my “Secret Garden,” didn’t remain a quiet place I retired to of an afternoon. Spontaneous imagery began to occur at odd moments and in all the places I went. It was rapid fire, occurring in less than a second or two, and then gone, but hardly forgotten. It might relate to what was actually going on in the moment, or to some random thought that had occurred to me within that present moment.
Sometimes it was no more than a flashing glimpse of one of my inner creatures or people. But, the connections to that glimpse could alter my direction, as well as my knowing and understanding. When I would meet new people, I would wait til I was alone and then visualize them inside my inner world. Depending on how my imaginary creatures and people reacted to that individual, I could often decide on how to proceed, or if I should at all.
I started college the same day my youngest child started kindergarten. In the course of taking a few basic psychology classes, I finally found a definition for what I had been experiencing and doing. My “Secret Garden” was a Personal Mythology that filled my inner world, and fueled my imagination, as well as my intuition.
Being a talker, I spoke quite freely about my experiences. There were those who simply nodded and stared at me with cocked-eye expressions. There were also a few, not many, who suggested that I might be suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder. I lacked the background history necessary for that one. However, there were far more who were interested and wanted to know if they could do the same. They saw it as a practical and possibly easily accessible tool for living life on a deeper level. I would agree.
Eventually, I got a divorce, graduated from college, and started work as the General Manager of a bookstore. That access to the written word helped me to explore far more deeply all the areas of interest I was drawn toward. Then the opportunity to teach came along, and I used my knowledge of imagery in my writing classes.
I had spent some time reading the Anne McCaffrey series on dragons. I loved her imaginative take on these wonderful creatures of legend and mythology. So, it wasn’t a big surprise when dragons began to appear within my inner world. One, a Tinker-Bell sized creature, who couldn’t seem to sit still but danced through the air where her emerald green and yellow scales glinted and flashed in time to her delightful laughter. She told me with a giggle that her name was Tui, short for Intuition. She always makes me smile.
I will write more about the dragons and the purpose they fulfill in another blog. Personal Mythology, like all other Mythology, is the story within the story. The difference is that the symbolism involved is personally oriented. Mythology is an analogy. A story told in order to underline certain morals, issues, qualities, skills and abilities, meant to give knowledge and possible direction. Perhaps we humans can accept those messages more readily because they come from a bit of distance and unfold with time and new understanding.
Here they are, the answers to last week’s quiz:
1. Bleached Yule (White Christmas)
2. Soundless Nocturnal Period (Silent Night)
3. Delight For This Planet (Joy to the World)
4. Yonder In The Hayrack (Away in a Manger)
5. Give Attention to the Melodious Celestial Beings (Hark! The Herald Angels Sing)
6. Question Regarding Identity of Infant (What Child is This)
7. Kris Kringle Will Be Arriving in the Small City (Santa Claus is Coming to Town)
8. Assemble , Everyone Who Believes (O Come, All Ye Faithful)
9. Leave and Broadcast Message From A High Elevation (Go Tell it on the Mountain)
10. Allow Crystalline Formations To Descend Three Times
(Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!)
11. Small Municipality in Judea Southwest of Jerusalem (O Little Town of Bethlehem)
12. A Dozen 24 Hour Yule Periods (12 Days of Christmas)
13. Decorate The Corridors (Deck the Halls)
14. The Under-sized Male Percussionist (Little Drummer Boy)
15. Our Team of Majestic Triplets (We Three Kings)
16. I Desire A Pair of Incisors on December 25th
(All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth)
17. Caribou With Vermillion Proboscis (Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer)
18. Tintinnabulation of Small Chimes (Jingle Bells)
19. Our Group Extends Felicitations For Your Yuletide Season
(We Wish You a Merry Christmas)
20. The Christmas Before All Others (The First Noel)
21. Hallowed Evening (O Holy Night)
22. May the Deity Give Ease To You Well-Mannered and Happy Males
(God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)
23. I observed My Maternal Parent Osculating St. Nick
(I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus)
24. Dapper Individual With a Frozen ID (Frosty the Snowman)
25. It Arrived On A Cloudless Night at 12:00 AM (It Came Upon a Midnight Clear)
26. Hard-Shelled Seeds Cooking Over Uncovered Flames
(Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
27. Precious Metal Musical Devices (Silver Bells)
28. Travel by Vehicle on Runners (Sleigh Ride)
29. Large Woody Yuletide Plant (O Christmas Tree)
30. We Listened To Winged Heavenly Beings Far Above (Angels We Have Heard on High)
31. Traveling Through Amazing Area During Barren Season
(Walking in a Winter Wonderland)
32. As Ovine guardians Kept Vigil During Dark Hours
(As Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night)
33. Are You Aware of the Same Sound As I? (Do You Hear What I Hear)
34. I Viewed a Trio of Nautical Vessels (I Saw Three Ships)
35. I Yearn for a River Horse at the Height of the Holiday Season
(I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas)
36. Maternal Octogenarian Flattened by Suspicious Hoof Prints
(Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer)
Thank you Pamela and Paula for responding to the quiz. I’ll be sending you both something via email, simply for participating.
Because the Holiday Season has been, and continues to be, a busy time, the next discussion will not be posted until after the New Year. Wishing you all a bright and happy holiday and a fruitful new year.