Bird Droppings March 26, 2012
We are where we need to be at the moment
“We are discovering again that we live in a deeply mysterious world,
full of sudden coincidences and synchronistic encounters that seem destined.” James Redfield
Throughout my life I have felt a sense of belonging to that specific moment in time. Often I will pass by a spot that I have passed by hundreds of times and see something new that had previously never caught my attention before but at that moment triggered an idea or thought I needed for that day. I often talk about and several days back was approached about the idea of fate. I quickly offered that there are unmistaken interactions going on that seem to lead in a direction. It does seem one event occurs that leads into another and had that first event not occurred the next would not and so forth. I use with teenagers the idea of a timeline and granted comparing sixty two years to fifteen or sixteen is not really fair but then again they can remember more of their early years than I can. I have each student draw a line and then indicate critical points in their lives. At first I ask for only positive events and subsequent happenings or direction changes and then ask to put in negative aspects and events although since in a public building allow them to not indicate what they are unless they choose to. Having worked with many Emotionally Disturbed children in eleven years many times you can find spots point that could be reasons for or about what it is they are holding in.
Once we have a timeline of our lives we discuss and look at how we came to where we are and what if another option had occurred. In dealing with behaviors and misbehaviors I use a similar approach looking at after behavior has occurred what could I have done different and avoided this consequence or attained that consequence. I try and show the intertangling and interconnection of each event and how we are not a single organism and only self-centered that it is the interactions of our environment and others that provide catalyst and medium within which we survive or do not survive.
I have used many times the concept of a puzzle all of the pieces falling into place one at a time. In life these pieces are very intricate and complex yet when we stand back we can see the interlocking pieces and interconnections one to another. I often wonder at my own life’s journeys and how I ended up where I am. Many the time I have said I am where I need to be right at this moment to interact with the people I meet and that I come into contact with here now and that tomorrow is another day and another piece to the puzzle. My first glimpse of this concept was in a dream or vision nearly twenty years ago sitting on my porch in the midst of a hundred acre pasture. I would go out at night and think ponder in the wee hours and sadly back then I did not write down my experiences to the extent I do now. I saw a sky full of puzzle pieces falling and all I could see was the gray back side of each piece. As they fell they each came into place interconnecting each exact and precise one to the next. I had a feeling of this is my life falling into place. I walked toward the puzzle and as I tried to see the face of the puzzle it turned only allowing me to see the back. However I could grab a piece of the puzzle and look at what was there. A vivid image of that moment and then I placed back into the great picture that was forming. A dream or vision but so vivid at the time. I seldom reference other than using the idea of a puzzle falling into place but as I sit today I know after many days of writing that each word has significance somewhere.
“A new spiritual awakening is occurring in human culture, an awakening brought about by a critical mass of individuals who experience their lives as a spiritual unfolding, a journey in which we are led forward by mysterious coincidences.” James Redfield, The Celestine Prophecy, insight one
It was several years after my puzzle experience that I first read Redfield’s book I was amazed at how it seemed to fit many things going on within myself. The book was not a great literary piece of work yet at the moment I read it of great import to me. Even to the extent I was told about the book by a consultant who came to work with my company for two days in 1998 and review our business plans etc. Basically he told me to close up and move on which I did shortly thereafter. But he also was married to a girl from Peru and they were in the process of moving to Peru to start an import and export company. Coincidently The Celestine Prophecy takes place in Peru.
I wrote the name of the book on a sheet of paper and stuck in my wallet for a Borders, Barnes and Noble trip whenever that may come which for me is often once a week. It was several months later walking in Borders a surprise, as guess what book fell off the shelf and hit me in the head. As I picked up the book and looked at the title it rang a bell literally. I looked in my wallet to the piece of paper and this was the book I was told I should read. I never had contact with that consultant after he left and could not recall his name if I tried.
“This awakening represents the creation of a new, more complete worldview, which replaces a five-hundred-year-old preoccupation with secular survival and comfort. While this technological preoccupation was an important step; our awakening to life's coincidences is opening us up to the real purpose of human life on this planet, and the real nature of our universe.” James Redfield, Insight two
It was in the early 1900’s Dr. Carl Jung came up with the word synchronicity which relates to and ties into Redfield’s book which was written in the mid 1990’s. Jung found this concept as he interviewed patients, these interrelated meaningful happenings, and these puzzle pieces falling in place. Moving to science in the concepts of quantum physics they are ideas addressing many of the ideas in Redfield mentions in fiction. Energy and a bond we all have to this flow of energy is often a focus of theoretical meanderings of quantum physicists. String theory and other theoretical frameworks point towards interconnections of all matter not just life. I found that interesting as this is an Indian view of reality as well that all is connected and that is thousands of years old. One of favorite old tee shorts is one from the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds in Macon Georgia. On the back is a world view graphically illustrated and around it all is connected borrowing from Chief Seattle.
“We now experience that we live not in a material universe, but in a universe of dynamic energy. Everything extant is a field of sacred energy that we can sense and intuit. Moreover, we humans can project our energy by focusing our attention in the desired direction...where attention goes, energy flows...influencing other energy systems and increasing the pace of coincidences in our lives.” James Redfield, Insight three
Somewhere in my readings I read a science article on how a double helix shaped mass of space dust was found near the center of our galaxy. This cloud had the form of what appeared to be DNA. The massive magnetic forces of the black hole at the center of the galaxy appear to be what has created this cloud in this shape. As I read it became apparent how literally insignificant we are in the total scheme of things floundering about trying to understand literally infinite understanding with a finite tiny frail mind. Many times I look for reality in my place of existence and find I am so totally unsure so today I will borrow a short poem from a wise and brilliant young man who at the time of his writing was eight years old.
By Mattie J.T. Stepanek
I really miss
Having a brother
I miss my
Two brothers and my sister
And I don’t
Why they died
It’s so sad
To not have
A brother, and
Another brother, and
When I should have them.
And I know that
Will make me
But right now,
don’t know what, and
I don’t know when
Mattie Stepanek died at thirteen from a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, along with his brothers and sister. He was able to share though briefly his heart felt understanding of life and all around him. As I looked through one of his poetry books, Hope through Heartsongs I was caught up in his words but also by the forward written by Gary Zukav author of numerous bestsellers.
“Chapters begin and end, but the book continues. Five sensory humans mistake their lives for the book. A multisensory human sees his life as a chapter in the book. He sees the lives of others in the same way. A multisensory human does not think of herself as beginning with her birth and ending with her death and more than she thinks a book ends when one of its chapters comes to a conclusion. The unfolding history of the book becomes more visible in each chapter – in each life.” Gary Zukav, Foreword to Hope through Heart songs by Mattie Stepanak
I am looking forward next week to spring break and one of the nice things for me when I have days off from school is to enjoy the sunrise. I walked out this morning facing east and a bit of smoke drifted as I lit a small amount of white sage, ursi leave and red willow bark too contemplate on as I stood mesmerized by the wonders around me. As I walked into opening to a large field behind our house green with growing wheat grass the sun rising still hours away across the other side of my existence to my left and on one side darkness into the pine forest overhead stars and a jet stream lined across the sky I felt at ease with where I was today. We exist much in this same manner seeing brilliance in black and white at times in settings conclusions and in beginnings and soon brilliant colors. Each day our pieces fall in to place one tiny piece at a time each integral to the next each a page as Zukav views life as a book and for me each a piece of the puzzle. I wonder where today will lead and where the pieces will fall. Peace and please keep all in harm’s way on your mind and in your hearts and to always give thanks.