When I awakened this morning, I wasn't sure what topic I wanted to write about. So, I went on a vigorous bike ride, which often gets my creative juices flowing. Spontaneously the word synchronicity came to me. I love watching for synchronicities, for they feel magical. Plus, synchronicity has helped me multiple times when I have unanswered questions floating in my mind: What to paint next? Where would I like to live? How can I bring more creativity to each day?
Synchronicity was defined by Carl Jung as a simultaneous occurrence that speaks to the individual. If I have a question gnawing at my subconscious, I look for signs or messages that might give me clues to the answer. Some of these signs are internal, like information obtained in my dreams. (I love dream interpretation.) However, most clues are external such as information from others, or symbols like a sign, image or name, that catches my eye.
One time I desperately needed to find a new townhouse. Over several months I had looked at twenty-five houses and none felt right, mainly because there was no space for a studio. Then in one day, two people gave me the same information that led me to an area I had not previously considered. Since two people simultaneously suggested this area, I paid attention, and found the perfect new home with a wonderful studio space.
On another occasion, when I had just moved to Albany, New York and knew nobody in that city, I was craving to find an artistic community and a new creative focus. Many questions arose in my mind, causing a restless anxiety: How am I going to meet someone who is an artist? How am I going to become involved in an artistic community when I know no one? Where am I going to find support? What will my new creative focus be? One day I saw a brochure on a store's counter offering a macramé class. To squelch my anxiety and for a lark, I took the class. At first I laughed at myself for taking such an “artsy-craftsy” class. But, the instructor eventually became my creative mentor, who led me on a ten-year odyssey, only ending when I created fiber sculptures that won awards at an international exhibit, and a one-person exhibit in a prestigious Washington, DC Gallery. (The photo above is one of my fiber sculptures, encased in Plexiglas.)
In each situation I was actively searching for answers. If I had just stayed hidden in my studio and not been open to information from both my inner and out worlds, I may not have answered my questions.
As an aside; I believe that each question will have several possible answers. In both cases I could have found other synchronistic answers to my questions and pursued equally satisfying, yet different, paths.
Our best paths were the ones that resonated with our inner spirits.
(Excepts taken from my book Break Through: Coping Skills for Chaotic Times. To learn more, refer to "book" page, on this website.)
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