Finding Meaning With Synchronicity

I’ve really been getting into investigating synchronicity lately.  Which is probably totally appropriate because reading Tarot cards is all about synchronicity.  You shuffle the cards, you lay out a reading and somehow the Tarot tells you what’s going on in your life, what’s probably going to go on in your life, and what factors you should be paying attention to as you move forward.

There is absolutely NO logical reason why the Tarot should work, but it does work.  And when you get to a space in the Universe where something works for no particular reason, that’s the space where synchronicity lives.

For those of you who aren’t into synchronicity, it was a phenomenon that was first seriously documented by Carl Jung.  He noticed that some things seemed to happen together in a meaningful way, even though there was no direct cause and effect relationship.

The most commonly used example for that is that you’re thinking of a long lost friend you haven’t seen in years when suddenly the telephone rings and – shazam – it’s your friend.  The two events occurring at the same time are definitely linked but they defy logic because there’s no visible cause and effect relationship.  Scientifically minded people would label them as, “coincidences,” which is scientific short hand for, “I really don’t know what the fuck just happened.”

Now, I recently – and synchronistically – stumbled across a book called, The Power of Flow: Practical Ways to Transform Your Life with Meaningful Coincidence. I’d been thinking about synchronicity and how it worked and why it worked in the back of my mind.  I had pulled up an article on my tablet that was totally unrelated to that subject and, in the middle of the article, there was a reference to this wonderful book about synchronicity.

If you haven’t read the book, I really recommend it.  What’s been intriguing to me about its’ discussions is the idea that we can sort of cause synchronicity to happen.  Or, at the very least, we can set up our lives so that they are fertile fields for synchronicity.   Among other things that the author recommends are journaling, therapy, meditation, dreaming, basically anything that opens us up to Deep Mind.

One of those things that really leapt out at me, though, is INTENT.  Having the intention of having synchronistic experiences can increase the probability of them happening.  Or, perhaps I should say, “expectation.”  If you expect them to happen, they’re more likely to occur.

Well, I decided to put on my metaphysical-scientist hat and test that hypothesis using the most stringent experimental methods possible.  By which I mean, I went for a walk downtown.  I didn’t just go for a walk, though.  I went for a walk with the full expectation that the Universe was going to give me some sort of a sign, some sort of direction.  

I was actively looking for it.

And I immediately ran into three of the people I care most about in life.  Boom, boom, boom – there they were.  

I went back home and mulled that over.  It certainly seemed to have worked.  What were the odds that I’d immediately encounter those three people?  On the other hand, I thought, we live in a small town and people do run into each other.  On the third hand, I reflected, I’m an extreme, dedicated introvert.  I can go for weeks and not have the phone ring or have anyone knock on the door.  So. . . I step outside my boundaries for a change and there are my three friends.  Hmmmm . . .

 I repeated the experiment and went for another walk the next day.  And, boom, boom, boom, there were three more friends just like they’d been waiting for me to happen along.

Wonderfully weird, right?

And, if we’re able to stimulate the occurrence of synchronistic events by our intent or by our expectation that they are going to occur, then that establishes a direct link between what’s going on in our minds and what’s going on in the outside world.  Which is amazing.

Now, to be clear – WE ARE NOT ACTUALLY CAUSING THE SYNCHRONISTIC EVENTS.  They are occurring spontaneously with our intentions, but they aren’t mere reflections of our inner states.  Rather, it’s as if the Universe is responding to our inner states and giving us clues and pointing us in different directions.

In this particular instance, the inner state was my question, “Can you show me that synchronicity works?”  And the Universe responded, “Yep, we can arrange that.”  My friends, who, “appeared,” on my walk are all free, independent entities and I couldn’t MAKE them appear in any sense of the word, but the Universe could bend the rules a little bit and put us all in the same section of the same town at the same time.

In other words . . . there is something out there and we can have a dialogue with it about our lives.  You can conceptualize that any way that you want to.  You can call it spirit guides, angels, the universe, the Tao, being in The Flow,  Whatever it is, you can ask it a question and it will give you an answer.  “Hey, you’re puzzled about this, so look over there . . .”

When we really get into that framework, when we make that shift into realizing that we’re interacting with the Universe in a meaningful dialogue (we’re asking questions and we’re being given answers) it makes a HUGE difference in how we approach our lives.

Here’s how the authors of, “The Power of Flow,” put it:

“By using synchronicity for guidance, confirmation, and validation, people’s lives become a dance of energy with the Universe, a give and take with their environment that fills their days with insight and zest.”

Life, at that point, becomes a book that we know how to read and it’s  full of amazing answers.  As Albert Einstein put it:  “There are only two ways to look at life – as if nothing is a miracle or as if everything is a miracle.”  With synchronicity, everything becomes a miracle.

Ulla Suokko, author of Signs of the Universe: A Practical Guide to Shift Your Story gave an amazing Ted Talk on the synchronicity that has occurred in her life.  She reiterated Einstein’s point but took it a bit further.  “Choose to live as if everything is a miracle.”

When we consciously make that choice to LOOK for the miraculous, it appears. We can talk to the Universe and it talks back. How cool is that?

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The Justice Tarot Card

 

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This is one of the simpler and least symbolic cards of the deck.  On a very basic level it represents justice and fairness.

Since justice is usually played out in the court systems in our society this may indicate a favorable legal settlement for the questioner.  On the same level it may indicate an honest lawyer or a fair and impartial judge or jury.

In the realm of relationships this may indicate a romantic or business relationship which is well balanced and in which both parties are getting what they deserve.

On a personal level this can indicate that the questioner is a fair and honest person who treats others carefully and with consideration.

REVERSED:  If there are legal matters pending there may be an unfavorable outcome for the questioner.  On a personal level this may indicate a person who overly judgmental and critical, even harsh.  The questioner needs to take a good hard look at his or her life and relationships and decide if she’s being honest, open, and fair.

How you perceive the Justice card depends upon whether you want to think of it as Justice-small-j or Justice-big-j.

A Few More Thoughts About Justice:

Justice-small-j has to do with our court systems and what you might call ordinary, earth based justice.  It will almost always appear in readings when the questioner is involved with some legal process or litigation.  

From a small-j perspective it looks very much like The Hierophant card.  A person sitting on a throne between two gray pillars. The Hierophant represents organized religion as opposed to true spirituality and, in the same sense, Justice represents organized justice as opposed to morality based justice.  The Hierophant is spirituality as it has been collected in books and organized into long standing traditions. Justice-small-j represents justice as it has been collected in books and organized into long standing precedents.

Justice-small-j is all about court rooms, judges, law books, and lawyers.  It’s what attorneys go to law school to learn.

Justice-big-j is a whole different kettle of fish.  It’s about the principle of justice and whether or not it exists independently from the court systems.  We don’t talk about that much anymore but it was actually a very hot topic from ancient times right through the early twentieth century.

Plato argued that there was a, “form,” of Justice, sort of an archetype of righteousness that descended into the material plane and the human mind and heart.

In her wonderful book, “Jung and Tarot, An Archetypal Journey,”  Sallie Nichols quotes Carl Jung as saying this:

“It should never be forgotten . . . that morality was not brought down on tables of stone from Sinai and imposed on the people, but is a function of the human soul, as old as humanity itself.”

Dig that:  morality is a function of the human soul.  In other words, we instinctively seek to do right and to avoid doing what’s wrong.  

The Tibetan Buddhists talk about the human soul in much the same way.  Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche described it as a beautiful, glowing crystal that’s encased in rock.  Each time that we meditate or intentionally act with love and compassion a little more of the rock obscuring the crystal gets chipped away.  A little more of our beauty emerges.

We know that at the time the Tarot first appeared Plato was still being studied as the Great Master of philosophy.  And we know that the rest of the cards in the Major Arcana are very much archetypal images. So it’s not a stretch at all to assume that Justice was included in the Tarot deck not as a small-j but as a big-j.  

When you get Justice in a reading, yes, look for legal matters to crop up in your life.  But also look for the principle of Justice to be blowing through your life.  Something has been out of balance in the way you’ve been treated and karmic principles are stepping in to adjust that and bring it back into balance.  

BIG J!

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