In my last two blogs, I have written about anger and pain, and the advantages of using a daily writing habit to seek solutions and healing for what happens to all of us in the course of living our lives. It is certainly far cheaper than counseling sessions, also more personal and private. Today, I am going to speak of another important advantage in that regular writing: synchronicity.
Synchronicity is when two or more diverse things, moments, flow together, and blend to create a deeper moment of understanding, or enlightenment, for the individual who experiences them. It is also the deepest and richest reward of a regular writing regimen or journal. We all have those moments when we find ourselves saying, “Ah, hah. So that’s the way it works.” That’s what synchronicity is, and a course of ongoing daily writing is a catalyst to such experiences, actually bringing them about on a more regular basis.
We all engage in thought process. Constantly and continuously aware of the thoughts that flow through our minds like a never ending film unreeling from an inexhaustible spool. For the most part, the thoughts are there for less than a second and then move on to make room for the next, and the next, and the next one. And again, for many of us, those ongoing thoughts get lost in that constant movement. We are just too busy to make space for them to take root and develop past that first, and sometimes, only flash of unreeling. They include commentary, emotional response, and reaction to what is happening around and inside of us. And synchronicity happens when some of those thoughts collide and present a new perspective.
The problem is that there are way too many of them. They become extremely easy to dismiss, can even be an annoyance or hindrance to what we would rather be doing or have planned to do. They can and do change the color of our environment, altering our response in the moment, whether negatively or in a more positive vein. All of that, in the blink of an eye, and often without comprehension or understanding. Our minds, our hearts, and our souls, are speaking to us, but that doesn’t mean we are actually, actively listening.
That is where the writing comes into play. When we deliberately sit down and write, we are slowing down that unreeling spool. Letting it speak to us in imagery, words, ideas, and emotional content. We are finally listening to our own inner voices, and don’t be surprised, we do all have them. But because the movie keeps moving, we can’t differentiate between the nonsense and the necessary. Some of it is absolutely necessary to our own well being and continued health and growth. And yes, other parts are absolute nonsense, and might have value as humorous party chat. How much value is there in knowing the difference?
In slowing it down, even for fifteen minutes a day, we are giving ourselves a signal that we are ready to pay attention. And it is incredibly amazing how swiftly those inner voices respond to that invitation, sometimes speaking far faster than we can write. We are taking notes, making that senseless constant thread comprehensible. In doing so, we are also allowing ourselves to make note in facilitating our memory about all of it. Because we now have the notes, we are far more inclined to see some of those ideas, thoughts, images, etc. come together and blend into newer, more advanced ideas and thoughts that can be put into play in changing ourselves, our lives, and our environment.
On some level, this can all appear as some form of magic. It isn’t, but it can certainly feel that way. It is synchronicity and you allow it by simply choosing to take a few minutes to write. I find that taking those solitary moments, puts me more deeply in touch, not only with myself, but with everyone I meet and the world around me. That constant flow of thought, has become my own secret source of ongoing synchronicity. It is a flow that allows me to know that I am in the right place, doing the right thing, for me and those around me. It allows me to embrace my own existence on ever deepening levels of awareness. That’s not a bad outcome for a few minutes of solitary occupation each day.
In the sixties, synchronicity was called serendipity. I like the sound of that word, but to me, it seems to express something that is happenstance, only occasional, a sort of slippery coincidence that maybe shouldn’t have even happened, or happened only because of some secret magical force that only occurs at its own peculiar choosing. On the other hand, synchronicity, seems to put a solid foot down and say this is real, its happening for a purpose and it might be best to pay attention or miss out on the experience. I much prefer staying in contact with all of my experience and learning from it as much as possible.
For a more lengthy discussion on the subject, I would suggest a reading of Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way. It too concerns itself with a regular daily writing regimen that really works on all sorts of levels. I know that because I read it through several times and even facilitated groups in its endeavor to enhance ones own creativity. Synchronicity certainly plays a major role in that activity.
My suggestion, for today, is that you write about one synchronistic moment you have experienced, a moment when you said an inner “ah, hah”, a moment of personal enlightenment. How did it come about? What were the diverse elements that made up its content? How did you feel when it happened?