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.