Synchronicity – the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, yet are experienced as occurring together in a meaningful manner. The concept of synchronicity was first described in this terminology by Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychologist, in the 1920s.
Have you ever tracked synchronicity? The Wizard of Oz movie was filled with synchronicity. Call it coincidence or serendipity, I didn’t pay much attention to it until I learned about it in The Artist’s Way. Julia Cameron writes that even though possibilities frighten us, once we commit to our creative projects and dreams, the universe moves in to support us.
“Take a small step in the direction of your dream and watch the synchronous doors flying open.” (p. 66)
Here’s an excerpt from the book I found interesting and quite enlightening:
For most of us, the idea that the creator encourages creativity is a radical thought. We tend to think, or at least fear, that creative dreams are egotistical, something that God wouldn’t approve of for us. After all, our creative artist is an inner youngster and prone to childish thinking. If our mom or dad expressed doubt or disapproval for our creative dreams, we may project that same attitude onto a parental god. This thinking must be undone.
What we are talking about is an induced — or invited — spiritual experience. I refer to this process as spiritual chiropractic. We undertake certain spiritual exercises to achieve alignment with the creative energy of the universe.
If you think of the universe as a vast electrical sea in which you are immersed and from which you are formed, opening to your creativity changes you from something bobbing in that sea to a more fully functioning, more conscious, more cooperative part of that ecosystem.
As a teacher, I often sense the presence of something transcendent — a spiritual electricity, if you will — and I have come to rely on it in transcending my own limitations. I take the phrase inspired teacher to be a quite literal compliment. A higher hand than just my own engages us. Christ said, “Wherever two or more are gathered together, there I am in your midst.” The god of creativity seems to feel the same way.
The heart of creativity is an experience of the mystical union; the heart of the mystical union is an experience of creativity. Those who speak in spiritual terms routinely refer to God as the creator but seldom see creator as the literal term forartist. I am suggesting you take the term creator quite literally. You are seeking to forge a creative alliance, artist-to-artist with the Great Creator. Accepting this concept can greatly expand your creative possibilities.
As you work with the tools in this book, as you undertake the weekly tasks, many changes will be set in motion. Chief among these changes will be the triggering of synchronicity: we change and the universe furthers and expands that change. I have an irreverent shorthand for this that I keep taped to my writing desk: “Leap, and the net will appear.”
Personally, I need to carry a small pad around with me to track synchronicity. Have I ever done this? No, I just never really remember any synchronistic events in my life that well so I imagine this “pad” would help. I’m hoping writing this blog post will help me be more aware of the synchronicities in my life. I think they happen to all of us all the time, we just aren’t always aware enough to notice.
How do you play with synchronicity? Do you brush it off as coincidence, do you not notice it much, or do you smile when fortuitous happenings unfold?