I usually don't like to explain my own personal stories. This time, though, I would like to make an exception to explain and try to convey the experience of synchronicity.
I'm going to use this beautiful definition of synchronicity, based on Jung's definition:
"Synchronicity is the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer."
It happened while I was in Torremolinos, Málaga, Spain, on Sunday, March 24th. That morning I had been walking around, trying to get back into the habit of doing exercise every day by taking long walks. While walking, I was thinking about how uncomfortable I feel with my body. I'm getting heavier, rapidly out of shape, and allowing it to age when, in fact, I have always been, felt, and looked much younger than my biological age. I was talking to myself about cutting down on meat,
"Virgo is concerned with the maintenance and perfection of the body, through diet, routine, and healing practices. Equally, Virgo is the sign of all practical crafts devoted to creating something workable which is also useful, beautiful and refined. Virgo rules all rituals, and bringing to perfection the rituals of work and of the body are a feature of this sign (…) Virgo is also the sign of the alchemist, whose task is to purify, refine and perfect base material."
And, on page 182:
"Virgo rules the intestines, the function of which is to discriminate between what should be absorbed by the body and what should be eliminated. Virgos have very sensitive digestive systems and strongly psychosomatic constitutions."
None of this was new to me, but it stroke me as if it was, especially the first part: "concerned with the maintenance and perfection of the body, through diet, routine, and healing practices." Not me, I thought. At least, not me consistently. I was a vegetarian for several years, before and during the years I lived in the US. I felt great, and during that time it was very difficult for me to look at a piece of meat, not to mention to think about eating it. But then, after being sick for two years (my digestive system collapsed during my Uranus-Uranus opposition), I went back to eating meat and eggs in order to get lots of protein, which my body processes much better than carbs. I got into the habit of going to the gym, but I stopped that too. Even with all this, my reaction that morning, when I read that, was intense. I got almost a bit angry, and said to myself: "I'm not like this at all!!", to add, right away, "but I need to be", and, of course: "why am I getting so upset about this?"
After breakfast, I continued my long walk along the beach. At some point, I stopped to watch these five beautiful, gorgeous cats, sleeping, walking, playing, on a bed of grass, right next to an impressive rocky wall. While I was watching them, I was thinking that there is a part of me that feels save letting myself feeling connected with animals through intuition, and that maybe I should consider to engage in a line of work, parallel to what I currently do, related to animals.
I kept walking, and thought about sitting down for a while at a nice place where they had fruit smoothies and salads, and thought that, later on, it wouldn't be bad to have a salad, and maybe a soup. In any case, something meatless. This was the first time in years I had thought about meatless food.
Back at the hotel where I was staying, I mentioned to the person in charge that I was having difficulties with the Internet connection. She restarted the router and let me try on the spot, but it didn't work. I told her that I would keep trying from my room. So I did, and it didn't work. And then, I told myself: "well, look at it this way: not having access to the Internet to work may have a purpose, so just go with it." While entertaining that thought, I laid down and turned on the TV, which I never do during the day. After some zapping, I saw an interview with a Spanish bull breeder, who was offering her arguments against the anti-bullfight movement. Nothing she said was new, and it really had no strength, no base, so I told myself "see how weak her arguments are, so how come it is so easy to these people to still keep going with this bullfight madness?".
I left it there, and then I did some more zapping, and I got to "La 2", one of the Spanish public TV channels, kind of the PBS of Spain. A report about veganism was about to be broadcasted. Usually, I would have ignored it and kept going, probably hoping to find a movie in English, or some other kind of report. But I didn't. I got curious. I made, in a fraction of a second (really) and not rationalizing it, the connection with my thoughts from that morning, so I watched. It was about some organizations and groups based in Spain that work on and fight for veganism as a way of life, as a political positioning, as an environmentally conscious personal choice. They interviewed representatives from Igualdad Animal (www.igualdadanimal.org), Natursoy, Lujuria Vegana, Libera, and a vegan store in Barcelona. They also showed a coffee shop in Mataró where only vegan tapas are served. The documentary "Earthlings", narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, was mentioned several times. Some of the people interviewed explained how their moment of "conversion" to veganism came as a result of a very specific, routinely, experience. In a couple of cases, it was watching that TV documentary about the cruelty on animals behind the food industry which was, exactly, what I was watching, AND what was happening to me.
As I watched, my mind started to spin at light speed. That morning's events and thoughts; my long felt need to find a new work activity related to the selling of tangible goods, parallel to my work focused on ideas and personal growth services (coaching, psychological astrology, tutoring…); my desire to set up another Internet-based business; my neglected earth signs and houses from my natal chart; how much I miss having access to these kind of things as I did in the US; how much I enjoyed vegan food, my frustration for not having access to it now… all of it came together at once, and that was it. I told myself: I know what I want to do: going vegan, and selling vegan products online. By doing so, I will be tying together:
And when I went to grab the book again to get some notes, I opened it by the page where I had randomly left my red marker that morning. So, I opened it there, and the section on the left page is called "The synchronicity"!!!
So yes. Synchronicity does exist. It does happen. And if one is relaxed and confident enough to trust it, and stays tuned to one's own intuition and inner reactions towards the connection with what "happens out there", then one sees it!!
Sometimes, it hardly gets more beautiful than this.
And now I'm very hungry, and I'm going to get something to eat. And yes, for sure, already dairy free and meatless.
Right now, I love my life way beyond all the hardships I'm going through.
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