The Mature Praying Mantis… by Hudley
The other day at the local Pub my friend, a master toxicologist, was talking about synchronicity. She seemed a bit frustrated about them. They were happening to her a lot and she did not quite know what to do about these experiences.
“What do they mean regarding me?” She affirmed many times that evening.
She told me they happened many times in one day, one right after the other. I said,
“You know you have heard about multiple orgasms? Well when that many synchronicities happen in a few hours or minutes; I call them multiple-synchronicities.”
The pub was loud, but I think she got the drift in what I was saying. These synchronicities are extraordinary experiences found in rather simple things around us that have symbolic meanings relative to us personally. Now how can that be, that is just strange!
I was extremely interested in her conversation. I used to have a lot of such experiences. I was glad she brought it up, the subject, because I did not often talk to others about it. I found my answers in books. Carl Jung the Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology; and the Medicine Wheel, based on the teachings of Native Americas, have both been major sources for me. They both teach us about synchronicity!
The medicine wheel looks at synchronicity as a coincidence. I was taught that a coincidence has great meaning and one should take notice of them. They are more than chance.
Jung refers to a synchronicity as more than causality. Jung coined the term and it was based on a visit he had with a scientific community. Albert Einstein was in attendance and he had a great influence on Jung. Jung seemed to need to incorporate this concept of synchronicity within the rationalist scientific community. The five senses are especially important yet there is another sense that needs to be included that was more than the usual idea of causality.
Recently I viewed the film Forrest Gump. It took me many years to see the film. It was a highly published media movie. So, I tend to somehow reject this. Anyway, after seeing the film again I realized something. At the end of the film Forrest gives a wonderful definition of synchronicity.
“I don’t know if Momma was right or if it’s Lieutenant Dan. I do not know if we each have a destiny, or if we are all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it is both. Maybe both is happening at the same time.”
The proof of this is by the extraordinary life the character of Forrest Gump lives. He lives a life of synchronicity.
To me the heart and the mind need to be at a place of balance and our insect antennae, like the intuitive praying mantis, need to be up and aware and open to a new type of living. Somehow this is when we are balancing experience with emotions and intellect. It is letting the feather blow around you and then grasping the notion that something special is being revealed just to you as an intuitive pat on the back.
This little essay is based on a night at the local pub that took place a few weeks ago thanks to a master toxicologist.
(This whole process has led me back to Carl Jung and IRA Progoff and his book entitled Jung, Synchronicity, and Human Destiny. They have led me back to the I Ching. A book that gives one understanding and is based on ancient principles of synchronicity and Taoism.)