First, my girlfriend shared it with me and asked me to read it because she thought it was a good post, then I also saw it on the side of a random website I visited while surfing the web. Then out of the blue, later in the evening I checked my mail and received an e-mail from a friend who rarely if ever communicates with me via e-mail. And low and behold it was an e-mail sharing exactly the same message as can be seen in the link above.
Co-incidence? Or divine intervention? Synchronicity? The universe, God, my guides or angels - whatever you wish to name it - trying to get a message to me and making it pretty clear by ensuring I see the message via a number of avenues? Now normally I would think nothing of this, but of late I have been trying to be more aware of synchronicity (a term coined by Carl Jung) or synchronistic moments. What is synchronicity? The term synchronicity is coined by Jung to express a concept that belongs to him. It is about acausal connection of two or more psycho-physic phenomena. Which basically means, the possible connection between an incident where a psychological, emotional feeling or realisation is reemphasised in a physical experience or manifestation of some kind. This concept was inspired by a patient. Her exaggerate rationalism (animus inflation) was holding her back from assimilating unconscious materials. One night, the patient dreamt a golden scarab - cetonia aurata (gold green beetle) . The next day, during the psychotherapy session, a real insect this time, hit against the Jung's cabinet window. Jung caught it and discovered surprisingly that it was a golden scarab; a very rare presence for that climate.
So, the idea is all about coincidence: in this case, between the scarab dreamt by the patient and its appearance in reality, in the psychotherapy cabinet. - from carl-jung.net
Essentially, Jung believed that many experiences that we label as coincidence due to chance in terms of causality, suggested the manifestation of parallel events or circumstances in terms of meaning, reflecting this governing dynamic. He believed there was some meaning between both events, and that they were not merely co-incidence.
Is it just a coincidence, what happened to me? Or is there a presence of some kind trying to help us along, feed us clues to where we need to or want to truly be, or at least where we need to be moving towards. I think that Mr Jung was onto something, and I think there may have been some message in the repeated revelation of the message both mailed and messaged to me. I have been asking what I need to do of late, was my question answered?
So what was the message? Essentially about Karma, and the numerous karmic laws, a description of what it is and how one can make use of the understanding of it to make positive changes in ones life. Basically - Karma - you get what you give. You give out hatred, violence and negativity, well then you are sure to get that back in return. If I think about it, this simple "law" if you will, is spread or at least mentioned in one way or another in all religious texts. Catholicism - "you sow what you reap", or " do unto others, as you would have them do unto you". Karma is also obviously part of the many eastern religions - Karma is part of Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sikh philosophies.
Gandhi put it best for me - "Be what you want to see in the world".
Without me having to run through each of the laws and discuss them. My intention for writing this blog, I guess was to make mention of the synchronicity I experienced, of the need to see and read, and more importantly perhaps apply the ideals within the message into my life. And having read the entire article, and being wholeheartedly committed to the ideals stated within, I guess the message is clear. I have NOT been as mindful of these "laws". I prefer to call them ideals, I need to be more mindful of these ideals, and practice them everyday in every moment.
On a final note, when I arrived back home after having completed this blog, I found the following bug lying in front of my home. Coincidence? Synchronicity? You decide? I know what I think.....