I coordinate the DevaTree grad lending library, and I had big fears about launching it.
I unpacked all the books, CD’s and DVD’s from their safekeeping. Finally they were settled in their home, on bookshelves in the new “library” —my yoga space. To my surprise, the books changed the energy in the room. With so much love and wisdom in the pages, my studio came to life. Spending quiet time admiring all the literature, I was filled with warmth in my heart, and a great sense of peace and gratitude.
My task was to highlight one book to launch the entire library. But with such an abundance of reading material and music to choose from, I was stuck.
Tamika’s series of J. Krishnamurti books kept coming to mind. Both Jyoti and Tamika stayed at the Krishnamurti Center in India, and these books traveled back with them. They are straight from the Motherland of yoga! My heart was drawn to this collection, but how could I choose just one?
I decided to wait for a sign—a synchronicity—to point me in the right direction. As soon as I let go of trying to force it to happen, right on cue, the sign showed up.
I use to hear the word “synchronicity” in conversations, but didn’t really understand what it meant. Usually it came up around unexplainable occurrences, and I noticed it created a lot of excitement for those telling the story. To me, it seemed like they were talking about a coincidence, yet underneath I had a sense there was a deeper truth. I wanted to understand how synchronicity worked in my own life.
Carl Jung coined the term synchronicity, defining it as “inner and outer events or occurrences coming together in such a way that can’t be explained by cause and effect, and as such is meaningful to the observer.”
Once I started paying attention to synchronicity, I realized I’ve had many of these occurrences in my own life.
I’ve been attending 12 Step meetings over the last 15 years. It still amazes me that the topics are completely relevant to something I’m working on in my life at that moment, like patience or tolerance. I show up, and the speakers seem to share exactly what I need to hear.
Many years ago, a big synchronicity happened with a girlfriend I hadn’t seen since high school. One day I was thinking about her, and two days later we bumped into each other at the grocery store. This synchronicity rekindled a beautiful friendship that would grow and flourish for the next 25 years.
Synchronicity can change our lives forever.
We can also invoke synchronicity, ourselves. By getting out of our mind, and asking a Higher Power to show us a sign or a signal, we allow for more meaningful events to occur.
Chatting with Tamika about the library launch book, she suggested getting out of the way of the decision. “Choose Book 4, Shelf 2, Bookcase 2,” she said, and so I followed the direction.
As I pulled the book from the shelf, I was filled with goose-bumps. It was one of the series of J. Krishnamurti books—titled “ON FEAR.” It was an amazing synchronicity experience for me. It instantly took away my fear of choosing the right book.
If that wasn’t enough, when I told Tamika about the book I’d chosen, she was amazed for her own reasons. She’d filmed a blog on fear, but the day I contacted her, she was debating whether or not to publish it. She felt the book’s message was for her too!
Being open to synchronicity in our lives creates magical events and occurrences, and when we share our synchronicities with others, they can gain meaningfulness too.
I have a few hundred books beside me that would love to help you find meaning in your day. If this sounds like fun, I’ll pick a “random” book for you. It might be meaningful right away, or it might come to you later.
In the comments below, write three choices: 1) Bookcase 1 or 2, 2) Shelf #1-5, and 3) A Book # between 1-34. Example: Bookcase 2, Shelf 6, Book #13.
Wendy Varana Brown