“Synchronistic meetings are like mirrors that reflect something of ourselves. If we want to grow spiritually, all we have to do is take a good look. Synchronicity holds the promise that if we want to change inside, the patterns of our external life will change as well.” Jean Shinoda Bolen. (author of The Tao of Psychology: Synchronicity and the Self).
Synchronistic encounters are a tangible clue to how to let our lives be deeply meaningful. They offer us perceptions and insight into how we may live a life that resonates with our inner callings. Our life is full of these meaningful encounters, be it with each other, a wild creature, events, dreams or physical accidents.
These meetings appear as divinely tailored somehow by an invisible hand that opens up our life. Often disrupts the present current of our life. These are invitations to take notice! These synchronicities often take place in our vocational life. As a writer (just so for anyone in the healing professions as well), I recommend that we keep synchronicity in mind. Jean Bolen refers to synchronicity as the ultimate "match maker," bringing many significant others into our lives. As a therapist and Writing Sherpa, my clients and mentees often share how a set of circumstances brought us together.
Write about that! Write about significant encounters or events that you have had, and how these are match makers,--matching you to your soul's journey and to the truest meaning and path of your life.
These encounters are energized with emotions and creativity. The emotion may be antagonistic or they may be affirmative or antagonistically affirmative. They always hold archetypical and mythological depth to them. This is one reason in my work with writers that I invite you to explore the myth and symbolic language of your stories. There is always this thread of myth and synchronicity throughout our life and stories. Writing brings what is often unconscious to the conscious level. An encounter may be synchronistic but we may miss its message if we don't have a language to identify it as such.
Poetry, journal writing, taking notes, writing our letters and our stories down gives these meaningful coincidences a language.
Writing can bring together our inner and outer worlds.
Make a list of meaningful events and encounters. A list of synchronistic encounters.
To whom or what did these encounters match you to? Write about that!
What and to whom are you matched to now? And what were the events that brought you together? Write about that!
What is outside of you, is inside of you. Write about that.
“You have the need and the right to spend part of your life caring for your soul. It is not easy. You have to resist the demands of the work-oriented, often defensive, element in your psyche that measures life only in terms of output - how much you produce - not in terms of the quality of your life experiences. To be a soulful person means to go against all the pervasive, prove-yourself values of our culture and instead treasure what is unique and internal and valuable in yourself and your own personal evolution.”
-- Jean Shinoda Bolen
Join us, the Yogi & the Writer for 3 Sundays in November to Nurture the Deeper Self. Reach places within that nurture and strengthen your fearlessness and passion. Develop trust in yourself to further open and receive this season of your life. Listen and allow for what you love. Come to a deeper recognition of what you want and dream to be now. Come spend 3 Sundays opening and receiving the gifts of self we always carry within us.11:00am - 12:45pm (CST). Sundays, November 8, 15, and 22, 2020
“While everyone has a different experience of what is soulful, these experiences do share similar beginnings. We start by giving ourselves permission to be soulful, to take seriously this aspect of ourselves, our soul and our soul needs.”
-- Jean Shinoda Bolen