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Carl Jung & Sync Awareness (#SyncStory)

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By Jennifer Palmer

Synchronicity has played a prominent role in my awakening to a reality beyond the one we can see with our eyes. By developing sync awareness, I’ve learned how to see the magic otherwise hidden in the everyday—a magic that we miss when we’re too busy to step outside of our routines. When the most important thing is getting from points A to B to C, whether on a journey through actual space or in accomplishing a task or learning a skill, we tend to miss or disregard the “accidents” that occur along the way as “distractions” from our “goal”. But when we open ourselves up these occurrences and become aware of them, we’re opening ourselves up to a non-linear way of being that may actually be more aligned with way the universe really functions. For instance, it might be while waiting on line to see the movie that we share a life changing conversation… or it may be while procrastinating on a project that we discover an entirely new passion.

Andy Warhol tells a great story about being invited to a grand European ball and getting more and more excited about it as the date grew closer. But, as it turned out, the planning and preparation and the actual cab ride to the Ball were all more exciting and fun then the event itself. In the same way that life’s big parties are not always the best part, the supposed set backs and endings are often the start of a whole new chapter. For instance if we lose a job it’s likely to feel terrible, but years later, we can look back at that time as a fortunate moment in which we were forced to find a new job that turned out to be far better than the old one. The act of being sync aware takes us away from thinking about life as a straight line moving through causally related events to an existence based on spiraling circles of meaning, in which there’s a bigger picture that we can only see if we step back from our mechanical based understanding of time, in which we move through quantifiable units like an object on a conveyor belt. Manmade time is something that’s measured and sold—we live our lives according to its gage, judging our productivity by what we’re able to accomplish—and not by what we’re able to feel.

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My Father the Cardinal (#syncstory)

Do you have a story about a synchronicity? Send us your experience and we might publish it on our blog.  Although they are typically hard to put into words, we recently received the amazing story from Sharon Catley from Vancouver.

Synchronicity – is it only, as skeptics suggest, selective perception and the law of averages playing itself out? Or is it, as Carl Jung believed, a glimpse into the underlying order of the universe? He coined the term synchronicity to describe what he called the “acausal connecting principle” that links mind and matter. He said this underlying connectedness manifests itself through meaningful coincidences that cannot be explained by cause and effect. Such synchronicities occur, he theorized, when a strong need arises in the psyche of an individual.

[Excerpt from “The Power Of Flow”]

Peppermint Patty, a dear friend of mine, thinks that if you listen to the Universe with an open heart it will talk to you.

My friend Karen was diagnosed with lung cancer about two years ago. She was feeling scared and lonely so asked her parents who were both deceased for a sign that everything would be okay. Several weeks later she was walking across the rug in her living room and stepped on something sharp. She looked in the rug and found the little silver faith, hope and charity charm that her parents had given her years ago.

She could not figure out how the charm got into the rug as the last time she saw it was in a box, within another box in her underwear drawer. She asked her partner Tim if he had brought it out but he did not know what she was talking about. She had not told him about her request for a sign from her parents. As it was a mystery how the charm they had given her was in the rug she took it as a sign to have hope and faith. She felt reassured.

Because I believe that things like this can happen she told me about it. My Father had just passed on. She knew I was missing him and encouraged me to ask for a sign that he was okay. That night as I was going to bed I made my request. “Dad, if you are okay let me know. Please send me a sign.”

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