Embracing the In-Between: Understanding Liminal Spaces

Embracing the In-Between: Understanding Liminal Spaces

In the intricate tapestry of human experience, there exists a realm often overlooked yet profoundly influential – the liminal space. This ethereal terrain asks us to reflect on the very essence of who we are and what we know about the world. In this time of great revealing, many people question what they thought was Truth. And are learning how to navigate uncertainty in many areas of their lives. In this article, we will explore what a liminal space is, why it is so important, and ways to be okay with not knowing.

What is Liminal Space?

 If you are unfamiliar with the idea, it is a transitional space that arises on our passage through something. Usually brought on by a crisis or major life change, it is a time that forces us to be introspective and reevaluate our values, goals, beliefs, and life trajectories. Because of its destabilizing nature, it is a time often characterized by ambiguity, uncertainty and disorientation. 

A Rite of Passage

Most rites of passage are all but forgotten in these modern times. While we have retained some of them like, baptism, confirmation, or marriage. we have forgotten the value that these ceremonies and traditions once held. Helping individuals to embrace change, growth, and the pursuit of a deeper understanding of themselves and their place in the world. That passage between the acceptance of the call to change and the awakened transformation is the liminal space. 

Shedding Identities

Liminal spaces are the in-between spaces where an older version of ourselves becomes increasingly ill-fitted and yet the new version has yet to emerge. Because of the malleability of this time, it can be challenging to navigate. Part of this is because what we thought we knew no longer seems to fit and feels increasingly inauthentic. And partly because shedding old identities and stepping into new ones is, by its very nature, a destabilizing process. The ground is shifting beneath our feet and without a North Star to point towards, it can be a difficult time.

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Metamorphosis

Think of this time as the pupal stage in the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. A caterpillar is born with imaginal cells that remain dormant until the onset of the transformation process. Once the caterpillar starts to undergo metamorphosis, the imaginal cells begin to awaken. But if you interrupt the process mid-way, it is neither a butterfly nor a caterpillar, just a big pile of goo.

Space For The Extraordinary

Traversing this space can take a few weeks to a year or more depending on the precipitating factors and how a person deals with the unknowing. In this liminal space, we need to allow ourselves to awaken what lies dormant within us and not rush the process. What’s inside of us might not yet be fully formed, and to push ourselves to figure it out, we risk settling for the ordinary. Pushing ourselves back into the status quo or not giving ourselves enough time for discovery. Shouldn’t we give ourselves the space to make way for the extraordinary?

Read Are You Experiencing an Identity Meltdown by Vidya Frazier

 

Tips For Navigating Liminal Spaces

  1. Acknowledge the liminal space: Recognize and accept that you are in a period of transition and uncertainty. Surrender to it and understand that is normal to feel disoriented, anxious, or confused.
  2. Stay Curious: Instead of resisting – Embrace ambiguity. Stay open and learn to play with ideas, thoughts, and visions without needing them to be the answer. Try them on, like you would a jacket, and see how they feel on you. Do they feel expansive or contractive? How much energy do they hold? Try to resist the urge to make them concrete but rather let them float in and out without attachment. There will be a time to take action, but that isn’t this moment. 
  3. Use this time to explore new perspectives, interests, or pathways. Take a class, read a new author, and learn something new. Engage in novel activities. If you’ve never considered yourself an artist, take an art class or try your hand at writing. 
  4. Seek support and connections. Invite your friends and family with you on some of these excursions. Explore new terrain with people you love. If you feel stuck seek out the support of a therapist or support group. 
  5. Cultivate self-care. Take care of your physical, emotional, and mental health by engaging in activities that bring you joy, relaxation, or a sense of meaning.
  6. Set small goals: Think about what you want to do for the day and set out to attain that. Having small, attainable goals can bring a sense of direction and accomplishment during a time when life may seem unpredictable or uncertain. 
  7. Don’t compare yourself to an older version. You are moving toward something new. This means new habits, new mental constructs, and new ways of being. That means that things will change. Comparing yourself to how you used to do things will hamper this process and increase suffering. 
  8. Be kind to yourself. You are in the process of awakening something very special.

In the intricate dance of life, the liminal space fosters the metamorphosis of the self. It is a realm where identities are shed, and we make way for the emergence of the extraordinary. As we navigate this terrain of uncertainty and transition, let us embrace the inherent ambiguity, stay curious and be open to possibilities. And in the midst of this profound transformation, be okay with not knowing. It’s not going to last and the experience itself is part of our journey. 

A Dark Night of the Soul

A Dark Night of the Soul

In the depths of the human experience, there exists a profound stage in spiritual development known as the “Dark Night of the Soul.” This elusive concept has captured the imagination of poets, philosophers, and seekers for centuries. As the collective experiences a swift disintegration, an increasing number of individuals are experiencing this phenomenon. In this article, we venture into the shadows and illuminate this transformative journey. Understanding its origins, manifestations, and the profound light that often emerges from our darkest moments.

What is a Dark Night of the Soul?

The dark night of the soul is a painful process of death and disintegration that happens before a rebirth. A period of intense spiritual and emotional turmoil, in which the very essence of one’s being is tested and transformed. Often described as an existential crisis, a crisis of faith, or a descent into the underworld, it is usually brought about by a painful and/or abrupt life transition. Such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness.

During this time, individuals may feel a deep sense of separation from the divine, a loss of purpose or meaning in their lives, and a heightened awareness of their imperfections. Leaving them feeling spiritually adrift and unsure about their future. 

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The Origins of The Dark Night of The Soul

The dark night of the soul is a term that originates from the writings of the 16th-century Spanish mystic Saint John of the Cross. After experiencing a period of suffering, profound spiritual desolation, and feeling abandoned by God he wrote Noche Oscura del Alma. A spiritual treatise and a poem that describes his journey through purification and transformation. He describes it as a time of purging the soul from attachments and desires and purifying oneself as a way to be closer to God. Believing this was a necessary step towards union with the divine.

Why It Happens?

Transformation is a necessary part of a spiritual awakening.  Although the dark night of the soul is not a universally experienced phenomenon, it is a common experience for seekers. Experiencing a shedding of previous mental constructs like identity, beliefs, and ego is necessary to make space for new ways of being and a deeper relationship with Spirit.

Positive Disintegration?

Kazimierz Dąbrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration explains that these experiences of inner turmoil are a prerequisite for higher levels of personal development and self-actualization. Much of the shedding that occurs is the loss of beliefs, values, and ways of being that were established through enculturation. Often adopted by the family and society that we were brought up in without much personal contemplation. After we are faced with a difficult situation, we begin to see through much of the conditioning, patterns, and habits, leaving us with a loss of meaning and purpose. Part of the process of rebirth is a conscious re-evaluation and reconstruction of our values, relationships and the foundations of meaning.

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What Happens After?

The dark night of the soul is the process of purification and self-discovery. As we strip away our ego, identities, our attachments, we gain a profound clarity of our relationship with Spirit, with ourselves and the world. We gain emotional resilience and inner strength as we learn that we can be in the darkness and emerge stronger than before. We also learn that in our darkest moments that Spirit never abandons us, and instead acts as a cocoon for our transcendence. 

The dark night of the soul is a paradoxical fusion of suffering and transformation, despair and enlightenment. It is a profound testament to the human capacity for growth, resilience, and the pursuit of deeper meaning. As individuals traverse the shadowy depths of their inner worlds, they are given an opportunity to shed the superficial, confront their deepest fears, and emerge with a more authentic sense of self. This journey is not for the faint of heart, and its benefits are hard-won, but for those who endure, the dark night of the soul is a catalyst for spiritual evolution and a testament to humanity’s capacity for rebirth and renewal.

Divine Union: Weaving The Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine

Divine Union: Weaving The Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine

In the previous two articles, we explored the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine Principles individually. In this article, we are going to look at how they come together in Divine Union.. 

Divine union is a term used to describe the coming together of the Divine Masculine and Feminine energies. Leading to a state of balance and harmony as these two forces coming together as an integrated whole. The divine union can be experienced within oneself, as well as within partnerships. It is a sacred and transformative relationship that requires inner work, self-awareness, and a willingness to let go of old patterns and beliefs that create imbalances. When these principles are balanced and harmonized, it can lead to a state of wholeness within the self, deeper intimacy in sacred partnerships, and oneness with the universe.

The Divine Masculine & Divine Feminine

It is important to recognize and value the significant contributions of both masculine and feminine energy. The Divine Masculine principle is associated with traits such as strength, courage, action, and logic. The Divine Feminine principle is associated with traits such as compassion, intuition, creativity, and nurturing. These two energies exist in harmony. If one is out of balance it means that the other is also imbalanced. So if you are too grounded in your masculine energy, you will be deficient in the Divine Feminine and vis versa.

In an ideal world, both men and women would be able to connect with both energies and make conscious choices that blend the best of both aspects in every situation. Each person would be able to embrace intuition and logic. Making decisions with both prudence and inner awareness.  Display self-discipline as well as be able to go with the flow, connecting with the structures within the cycles. Show proper emotions while at the same time being rational and even-handed. You get the picture. 

If you feel stuck, stagnant or out of balance, I would examine how these two divine energies manifest in your life. A great place to start is to look at the formative and important relationships with the men and women in your life. What did you learn about masculinity? What did you learn about femininity?  How did these examples affect who you are and how you show up in the world?

A Great Model

Yin Yang symbolYin/Yang in Chinese philosophy describes equal but opposite forces that are attractive and complementary. It is a great model to understand Divine Union. Yin and yang are interconnected and counterbalancing. Yin symbolizes the dark, receptive, feminine force, while yang symbolizes the light, active, masculine energy. From this perspective, the universe creates itself out of chaos (the Feminine), and organizes into form (the Masculine). Then the cycle of creation and destruction continues indefinitely. 

The symbol itself consists of a circle divided into two halves by a curved line. One half of the circle is black (yin) and the other is white (yang), with a smaller circle of the opposite color in each half. These smaller circles are integral to understanding divine union. They symbolize the masculine within the feminine and the feminine within the masculine. Reminding us that these forces are interdependent and one without the other is incomplete.

The Integrated Whole

This is similar to Jung’s description of the Animus and Anima which describe the masculine and feminine aspects of the human psyche, respectively. The Animus represents a woman’s inner masculine and is often symbolized by archetypal figures such as knights or warriors. The Anima is the feminine aspect of a man’s unconscious mind and is often symbolized by figures such as goddesses, or muses.

To reach our full potential, we must allow these energies to interact and transform our consciousness. He called this the “mysterium coniunctionis,” the synthesis of opposites or the ability to hold opposing forces in balance. Bringing the King and Queen into Divine Union. The Animus and Anima are not fixed or static, but rather exist on a spectrum. Both men and women can develop and integrate these opposing aspects of their psyche to achieve a more well-rounded and balanced sense of self.

How They Serve Each Other

The Feminine without the Masculine exists as pure consciousness but has no awareness of where or what She is. The Masculine has structure and direction but no meaning or purpose. The feminine creates the container for all of creation but without the masculine can never bring form out of the formless. She remains unseen and unknown. Without the instruction or structure for her creative force. 

In less esoteric terms, you can be the most creative person in the world, but without structure or self-discipline, you may never see any of your creativity come to fruition. Conversely, you may have may be incredible at getting things done but lack originality or you burn yourself out without taking time to just be. 

Sacred Partnerships

Beyond just being an integrated whole, bringing together the divine forces in sexual partnership is a powerful experience. The merging of the pure consciousness and pure energy of both the male and female principles allows for the attainment of divine union in Tantra. Tantra, meaning to weave, is exemplified through the active feminine energy of Shakti rising into the passive pre-existing masculine consciousness of Shiva.

In her book, The Heart of Tantric Sex, Diana Richardson explores the importance of slowing down, being present, and connecting with your partner on a deeper level. By cultivating sexual energy, first within the self and then with your partner, this union creates a powerful magnetic field. As we learn to harness the polarity – meaning the positive male pole and negative female pole coming together within the individual and between partnerships to create a ‘magnetic intelligence’. It helps to not only build intimacy but also get the individual in touch with a vast well of creative energy that can be used to manifest in our daily lives. Sexual energy is creative energy whether in love or in life. 

Divine union is important for mankind’s evolution. It can lead to a deeper sense of self, more intimacy and catalyze personal growth by allowing us to show up as a whole, integrated human. It is important to understand and embrace both energies to achieve a state of balance and unity within one’s self and in our relationships. 

Check out this Tantric Guided Meditation for Partners 

 

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Ascension & The Higher Chakras

Ascension & The Higher Chakras

Many people believe that part of our human ascension is the activation of all of our chakras, including our higher chakra centers. However, there is much debate about where these chakras reside and what their purpose is. We do know that there are more than the 7 major chakras commonly discussed. And some feel, as I do, that our ascension has less to do with our lower chakras and far more to do with the activation of those that connect us to higher, less dense states of consciousness. Here I discuss some of the other chakras and their associated connection to our ascension and energy body.

The Earth Star Chakra

This chakra is located approximately 12 inches below your feet and is associated with grounding and physical connection to the Earth. This chakra is responsible for connecting the individual to the Earth’s field and serves as a grounding point for physical and emotional energies. The earth has an almost limitless capacity for neutralizing frequencies. So, it is through this center that we can release unwanted or unnecessary energy to be balanced by the earth. By facilitating this connection an individual will experience a greater sense of balance and harmony as their relationship with nature deepens.

This chakra can be activated through grounding exercises like walking barefoot on the earth, visualization techniques, and meditation. Also, moving the breath in and out the soles of the feet can be a powerful way to connect with the equanimity of the earth’s energy. The activation of this chakra is necessary for the ascension of individuals and establishes the foundation for our relationship with the cosmos. 

Want to learn more about the 7 Major Chakras and how they can be used as a framework for our personal evolution?

The Causal Chakra

This chakra is located three to four inches behind the crown chakra and aligns with the spinal column. This chakra is responsible for the manifestation of thoughts into reality and allows a person to tap into their creative potential. When fully activated, the causal chakra can lead to a greater understanding of one’s purpose, enhanced psychic abilities, and a connection to higher wisdom and intuition. Some people would describe this as the seat of the higher self which acts as our guide on our awakening path. This center must be connected to the heart. Creating a clear channel for direct communication. Using meditation, intention, and visions of light, one can open up this channel and receive divine guidance from this chakra.

The Soul Star Chakra

The soul star chakra, also known as the eighth chakra is located approximately 6 inches above the crown of the head. It is associated with the color white or gold and is said to be the seat of our soul and assists in the expansion of consciousness beyond the physical body. It is responsible for connecting our minds to the cosmic wisdom of other galaxies. Allowing us to obtain information from galactic sources. It is believed to be the connection point between our individual consciousness and the universal consciousness. It is also thought that it is the entry point for divine love. Whereas personal love is experienced in the heart chakra, here we have the experience of unified love from the Divine. 

The Stellar Gateway Chakra

The Stellar Gateway Chakra is the highest energy center of the human body and is located roughly 12 inches above the head above the Crown Chakra. It is a gateway to the source of creation itself. It represents our connection to the universe and the larger cosmic picture of our existence. Activating this chakra is a critical piece in the evolution of all of humanity. The opening of this chakra is not something an individual can open themselves, it occurs as a function of humanity’s ascension as a whole. This center of the light is thought to be timeless, holographic, and multidimensional and is our direct connection to Source.

Check out this moving meditation that blends sacred geometry, the chakra centers, and a guided meditation to activate your light body. 

 

Is Self an Illusion?

Is Self an Illusion?

What is essential to your being? Is there a version of self that exists when everything else is stripped away? In today’s episode, we talk about self, identity, and the enduring aspects of our being.

“To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti

The concept of self has been integral to our spiritual development since ancient times. Some say it is an illusion, others regard it as ego. In Western culture, the individual is at the center of all things. Where does the value in seeing ourselves as individuals end and when does it serve us to see ourselves as part of the larger whole? Are we more than our worldviews, our roles, our thoughts, and beliefs? The answers to these questions are at the core of most spiritual contemplations and are fundamental to solving our modern challenges.

Self as Illusion

Some traditions believe that the self is an illusion. That there is really is no you or me. Instead, we are a dynamic process in constant flux that moves within an impermanent reality. From this perspective, it is only when we identify as a static entity that suffering, self-importance, envy, greed, and even addictions occur. 

Neuroscientists believe that the self can be quantified to some degree, by the correlations between what they consider the contents of our consciousness and our brain activity. For example, if someone feels fear, then there will be a corresponding activation in the amygdala. Because of this, they feel the self is really more a product of neurons firing in the brain, rather than an enduring Self. While this activation is predictable and quantifiable, the experience of fear will still be subjective. So at least in part, the self belongs to the first-person viewpoint. Furthermore, they can’t pinpoint the self in the brain. It doesn’t reside in a single area but across many, as a dynamic process. 

Self As Identity

Self and identity should be seen as two separate but interrelated concepts. Our idea of self answers the questions of Who am I? and What am I? And identity is our perception of other people’s ideas of who we are. However, in a society that puts the individual at the center of everything these two concepts have become interchangeable.  So much value has been placed on outcomes, what we can produce, and the attention that we can acquire, that the question of ‘who am I?’ is often answered by the roles we play and the thoughts and emotions we have as they relate to our perceived perception from others. Similar to the concept of the egoic mind.

“So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.”
~ Alan Wilson Watts

Self as Essence

Through techniques like meditation, mindfulness, or psychedelics, we can see beyond the first-person experience. We can witness the thoughts and emotions that we normally identify as self. Instead of saying ‘I am angry’, we move to the perspective that ‘this is the experience of anger’. We are able to step back and observe the contents of our consciousness rather than own and identify with them.

In some instances, we can even move into what I would call the unity consciousness. Or a connection to all that is. Some people might describe this as the oneness they feel in altered states of consciousness. Having these experiences are integral to our spiritual development because they are a reminder that we are more than just our identity or our thoughts. You can call this the spirit, soul, or essence, but there is an enduring part of us that connects the enduring part in everything. 

I often describe spirituality as the search for meaning and that meaning is connected to something bigger than the individual. This larger whole could be the universe or nature, but we understand that we are part of something that is integrative and interconnected. We understand that on many planes of our existence that we a whole human AND we are all one. 

“Let the drop of water that is you become a hundred mighty seas.
But do not think that the drop alone
becomes the Ocean— the Ocean, too, becomes the drop!

~ Rumi

Self as Collaborator

All things are collaborative. Between people, between us and the natural world. Even the body which we view as an independent and rational being, is really an ecosystem made up of billions of organisms. But we don’t perceive it that way. We dominate our natural world, we struggle for power in our relationships, we opt for conflict over cooperation. Maybe exploring the self is our entry to the whole. Not the self that produces or meets expectations, but the self that communicates with the meaningful.

There is value in viewing the self as a dynamic process, illusion, essence, or as an identity. Because each is an opportunity to see the world through different perspectives. It only becomes problematic when the first person self is always seen at the center of everything. The closer we get to our essence, the more we can live intimately with our world. We realize that all those beliefs, roles, preferences are just window dressing for our true nature – the place where my essence meets yours. 

What if we shift our framing and saw the self as the ultimate collaborator – which includes all other versions of self. This makes room for the whole human that has a unique perspective but it doesn’t make us separate rather complimentary. Our world requires us to have a deeper self-awareness at this time. Without it we move blindly through our lives and make choices that serve the individual without regard for the greater good. So spend time in community, meditation, nature, and move intimately knowing we are all connected.

If you are interested in more perspectives on the self, listen to this episode of the Chaos & Light Podcast called The Inner Self and the No Self. 

 

Resources:

Your Elusive Creative Genius by Elizabeth Gilbert

Atkins, Paul & Styles, Robert. (2015). Mindfulness, identity and work: Mindfulness training creates a more flexible sense of self. 10.1017/CBO9781107587793.008.

Sam Harris: The Self is an Illusion | Big Think 


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The True Nature of Synchronicity

The True Nature of Synchronicity

 There are no accidents or coincidences in life – everything is synchronicity – because everything has a frequency. It’s simply the physics of life and the Universe in action. ~Rhonda Byrne

Synchronicity is explored in spiritual circles in a light and playful way. Some are claiming it as the Universe’s way of telling us we are on the right track. Others believing that the Universe is leaving us breadcrumbs on our path to awakening. In truth, the well of synchronicity goes much deeper than initially explored. It speaks to some of the fundamental truths at the core of spirituality – unity, self-organization, and our capacity to create our reality. 

What is Synchronicity?

When Carl Jung coined the term synchronicity, he called them meaningful coincidences. A significant occurrence of related events that have no apparent causal connection. For example, last week, I was listening to a podcast, and the guest recommends the book War of Art by Steven Pressfield. An author who I’ve read before and really enjoyed. Then the next day, my husband tells me he wants to buy the same book – out of the blue. He heard of it from a completely different source – that to me is synchronicity. Events falling together in time but don’t appear to follow a causal path. 

For decades, Jung and a Nobel-winning scientist, Wolfgang Pauli, explored this idea in a series of correspondences. These letters were later published as Atom and Archetype: The Pauli/Jung Letters, 1932–1958. Jung was convinced that somewhere deep in our psyche, we call forth events needed for our growth and development. Jung believed that archetypes were the origins of these synchronous events. 

Archetypes are universal patterns that are the structure of the collective unconscious that bridge the unmanifest and the world of form. Johannes Kepler described them as preexisting ideas from the mind of God that left imprints on our souls and as humans, we had an innate ability to perceive them. Another way to understand archetypes is that they are symbols of shared mythologies or templates of human experience. Moving from the universal and objective and crossing over into the world of matter, becoming more personal and subjective as the individual experiences them.

If you know your archetypes – and not just yours, if you know how to perceive the world in archetypes, through archetypes – everything changes. Everything. Because you have two things: you can see through one eye which is impersonal, and through the other, which is personal. That’s the way the game is written down here. ~Caroline Myss

Embracing the Whole

To fully appreciate synchronistic events, we must see the world through the eyes of unity rather than separation. Physicist David Bohm had a similar view of the universe. Explaining that the universe should not be fragmented and looked at as the mere sum of its parts. Instead, we should see it as an Undivided Wholeness in Flowing Movement. This living awareness consists of potentialities or what he called the implicate order. It wasn’t until an observer came along that the implicate order would collapse into form (explicate). The implicate, explicate, and awareness are not separate; instead, they co-emerge.

This holistic view of the universe is also mirrored in Buddhism as explored through co-dependent origination. Or the Kybalion, through the Hermetic view of cause and effect. While it might seem that this correlates well with our Western view of causality, it is much more integrated. In these perspectives, the effect is a matter of the entanglement of many forces and elements that co-produce and self organize. It is about unification rather than fragmentation. This self-organization of the universe is the coming together of diverse individual parts in unified relationships.

“After a careful and critical appraisal of the many experiences and arguments, I have come to accept the existence of deeper spiritual layers that cannot be adequately defined by the conventional concept of time.” ~Wolfgang Pauli

Meaning as Order

So if it isn’t the law of cause and effect, what brings these events into our experience? Jung believed that there is another acausal force that orchestrates these events that is non-local. In this view, meaning is seen as an ordering factor. There isn’t a point A that moves to B in a defined space. Rather it is beyond time and space and brings about events based on meaning and affinity. This affinity or attractive forces are selectively calling forth form and function to assist our movement into an integrated whole. Or as Maria Popova put it, “The ultimate dependency between the observer and the observed.” On some level, we are using meaning as an acausal force to attract experiences into reality that serves our evolution.

Why Is This Important?

Synchronicity speaks to both ideas of a self-organizing emergent Universe and our ability to bring into form what serves our highest potential. Once we begin to recognize these sync events, our capacity for co-creation becomes tangible. We are creating a union of the masculine principle as an ordering agent+time and the feminine principle of energy and creation. This is the very nature of all manifestation. And the movement of the cosmos from unmanifested consciousness into manifested. But the idea that these events operate outside of time/space and is a product of meaning and affinity is also the very nature of magic itself. 

Don’t dismiss the synchronicity of what is happening right now finding its way to your life at just this moment. There are no coincidences in the Universe, only convergences of Will, Intent, and Experience. ~Neale Donald Walsch

Becoming Aware of Synchronicity

James Redfield, in his book The Celestine Prophecy, talks about synchronicity as a way of building energy and as a means to further our spiritual path. Describing them as a spiritual process that we can consciously engage with. If Jung believes we call them forth on some level from the collective unconscious, Redfield contends that we can do this deliberately. He suggests we do this by clarifying what we’d like to know and asking the question. Then we pay attention to our inner and outer environment and look for the signs. This makes synchronicity an act of co-creation, not just a passive sign by the Universe.

The more we become aware of these signs that our higher self calls forth for our growth and evolution, the more that occurs. We no longer need to wait for the Universe to send breadcrumbs to let us know we are on the ‘right’ path. Once we understand synchronicity, we know we create the path. The Universe is a self-organizing, emergent intelligence, and we are part of the intelligence. We have access to the mind of God. When we understand these events’ true nature, we take a step toward our full human potential. As we become agents of the whole, we embrace our roles as revolutionaries rather than passive participants.