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Synchronicity Chronicles: Why Finding Trash Made Me Smile.

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You will be invited to become a “Kairomancer”: someone who is poised to catch the messages in special moments when synchronicity is in play—and to take action to seize the opportunities those moments present. To be a kairomancer, you need to trust your feelings as you walk the roads of this world, to develop your personal science of shivers, and to recognize in your gut and your skin that you know far more than you hold on the surface of your consciousness. –From Sidewalk Oracles by Robert Moss

Thursday night I finished reading Sidewalk Oracles-Playing with Signs, Symbols, and Synchronicity in Everyday Life.

For a long time I’ve been fascinated with synchronicity and how the universe listens if we are open to paying attention. I don’t believe things are coincidence, but that it all has a purpose when things happen that seem out of the ordinary, or line up with our thinking of something in a particular moment– and then how supporting signs will show up along the way.

But it can be easy to miss those signs if we aren’t paying attention. I enjoyed reading Robert’s book because he makes a game out of it — in fact he has several different games he suggests as helping us to be more in tune with what is going on in our inner world and how that can then show up in our outer world.

And how fun it was when something happened to me yesterday morning!  I woke up thinking about Dilly Bars.  I’ve not thought about Dilly Bars in a long time. I do enjoy them, but I wouldn’t rank them as one of my favorite treats from Dairy Queen. But I certainly wouldn’t turn one away if I am offered one.

But what made me think of them in that moment, I don’t know. In the afternoon I took the dogs and we headed for a walk in a small woods near my home. As we were on the last stretch of our walk, which borders a fence to an athletic field, I noted that there were a few spots of trash along the fence line.

It always makes me sad to see litter. I almost walked by, but just couldn’t leave it there as I don’t like seeing trash anywhere, but especially when in nature.

I picked up an empty Doriotos bag, a piece of newspaper and a piece of paper that had a list of sorts on it. The last item I almost left as it was buried under some dingy leaves and sticks, but after just a few tugs, I got it out.

And when I read what it was, I smiled. It was a Dilly Bar wrapper! It made me think back to the morning waking up to thinking about this ice cream treat.

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So what does it mean?  Well, that part I don’t really know. Perhaps it’s just a confirmation after finishing the book on synchronicity and the universe tapping me on the shoulder in case I had any doubt — that yes, this stuff is real.

And perhaps this is the universe saying, “Welcome! You are now an official kairomancer!”

Whatever it is, I never thought I’d say picking up trash made me smile.

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Our Deepest Fear Is Not That We Are Inadequate

I received the following quote  today (below)  from my dear friend, Julie.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’  Actually, who are you NOT to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” –Excerpt from Marianne Williamson’s book “A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles”

I was touched beyond words that Julie said when she heard this verse during a movie she was watching that she instantly thought of me, and she shared with me that this is what I have taught her. She said that by letting my light shine and being me and believing in who I am, it has inspired her.

I write about how I played “small” often in my younger years because of my own insecurities (in my upcoming book) and didn’t grow tall until I was in my early 40’s. I wish I could change that it took me until a few years ago to do that, but I can’t regret the past– I can only move forward.

When we truly live into our authenticity we never know who we will affect around us, just like Marianne says. But we must do it because we are a piece of God- every one of us. Whether you call it God, , the Universe or higher source, it does not matter.  We are here to shine our light- to be the best we can be. And I think at the core of each and every one of us, we want to leave a mark on this world- to know that we mattered.  From my experience in the past 10 years and all I’ve learned since then, that when we let our light shine it truly is how we leave our mark on the world– and when we do that, the Universe automatically supports us.

I recently began an 8-week course that has me giving thought to my purpose (as I move forward with the release of my book) as one of the assignments. One of my purposes (of which I have many!) I’m writing about is how I want to help others not be afraid to live their own truth and to know and understand that joy is their birthright. I was having my doubts of how I was going to actually do just that. So there is no coincidence that I got this verse from my friend today, reminding me that this is part of my purpose…. and by just being me I am already living that purpose. Thank you to my friend, Julie for this reminder.

Now go out and shine your light! Each and every one of you!  And just imagine, what our world will be like when we all do just that. Brilliant, beautiful, and at peace.