(Stillness in the Storm Editor)
The following is an introduction to the experience of synchronicity and
that it is a perfectly normal part of awakening. The fact is, the
mystical and miraculous side of life has been marginalized in our
postmodernist nihilistic world. The average person is incapable of
considering ultimate meanings, values, and life purpose—beyond the
socially acceptable outlets of the modern world. But behind the veneer
of consumerism, entertainment, and self-aggrandizing egotism that is so
commonplace in societies today, lies an ocean of mystery, wonder, and
amazement. In this sense, works of fiction and fantasy allow us to
explore aspects of life and beingness that have become socially taboo.
Most people don’t take spirituality and subtle energy seriously, but
they will go see a movie about people with mystical powers. This
suggests that all people are interested in transcending the limits of
who they are now, so they can become something more.
Awakening isn’t so much a random occurrence as it is an evolutionary leap.
is inevitable when the heart of curiosity still beats within the body
of the citizen, employee, or government agent. And when one begins to
awaken from their life’s slumber, a tidal wave of insights,
realizations, and connections become apparent—this is the quintessential
experience of synchronicity.
is the term often used for those times when we see repeating patterns
and/or feel that events in life have a profound meaning—one that
materialists are quick to “explain away.” For example, if you
spontaneously remember a friend from many years ago and moments later
they call on the phone or send you a message, this is often regarded as a
synchronistic event. But synchronicity is more powerful than just this.
who have fallen into the abyss of nihilism will—out of profound
fear—seek to downplay and marginalize the meaning of synchronicity,
often labeling it “random coincidence.” Nihilism is the belief that life
is random and meaningless, there is no purpose to experience other than
what we make of it. I characterize this as a grand all-encompassing
cosmic crisis—a psychological sickness that prevents someone from making
contact with the spiritual realities of existence—the very same
realities that allow one to see how all things are ultimately connected
and meaningful. Nihilism is a toxic belief that causes untold suffering
for the believer and society at large.
who subscribe to this philosophy tend to unconsciously fear the unknown
because it reminds them of this cosmic crisis. What we can’t understand
we tend to avoid because it makes us feel disempowered. As a result,
some reject synchronicity likely because to such people profound
meanings and insights are dangerous—they unsettle their beliefs about
the world. Such people tend to feel generally afraid of many things and
are also unwilling to entertain new ideas, which makes navigating
through life hard and tragically unsettling.
But to one on the awakening path, profound meaning and insight is everything. Why do things happen the way day do? What does it all mean? The answers to these questions beget more questions.
though asking these questions is often unsettling, and it should be,
the awakening one embraces the adventure, despite themselves.
Eventually, one’s desire for truth eclipses their fear of the unknown
and this is when personal transformation and empowerment can begin. For
there are some things within that must die so that we can be reborn
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is cosmic initiation because the truth is bigger than anything you can
possibly imagine. Initiation is a rite of passage into a group or
community. Thus, cosmic initiation is the community of beings who have
embraced the truth and seek for it in all ways, including the technique
of understanding synchronicity. And our pursuit of truth is an endless
adventure of personal growth and transformation—one which will feel new,
exciting, and sometimes, terrifying. The truth can scare us because it
tends to make light of our mistakes, misunderstandings, and lack of
mastery. And we can be tempted to reject such things to stay like we
are—but this is a fool’s errand.
makes us feel “insane” while waking up is when what we believed to be
true is comes under threat, and we aren’t ready to let go of it yet. And
that’s OK. Awakening isn’t a race; it’s more like a fine meal that
needs to be savored and appreciated, each bite of truth and experience
needs to be properly digested.
For those new to their awakening, don’t worry, your experiences are not weird, uncommon or strange.
Each one of us goes through a personal awakening—whether we embrace it or not. The
challenge is to keep following the truth wherever it leads and have
faith that the character your building in the process will be stronger
and better as a result.
truth, we can’t avoid the changes that life brings, but we can learn to
embrace it. In doing so, not only do we provide ourselves wisdom to
lead better lives but we also positively impact the world around us.
don’t turn away from awakening, for it is a universal right and destiny
that all creatures eventually need to face. The price of rejecting
awakening means suffering for oneself, and chaos for others. In this
sense, the meaning of life is to live it fully, completely, and with the
innocence of a child.
by Rachel Horton White, April 21st, 2017
I woke up one morning, turned on the radio and it hit me. “Oh my God. It’s not real,” I thought. In a flash, all of the scary stories, never-ending wars and the political hype fomented in the mainstream news appeared to me as one big web of deceptions. I tried without success to convince myself I was wrong.
Was I living in a delusional head space that I would eventually snap out of? Or was I waking up to what reality has actually been all along?
Last year, I decided I was fed up with my unfulfilling career and with re-living the same pattern in all of my jobs. I hired my own life coach and started meditating again. While reclaiming my spirituality, I started asking higher sources of wisdom to help me along the way. And that’s when things began to really happen…
Road signs would jump into my line of sight with messages that seemed to be speaking right to me. Songs on the radio seemed to be directed just to me. I tried to rationalize it all. Maybe I was reading too much into these things. But it kept happening and the messages were right in line with what was going on in my life.
As the weeks passed, this started getting stronger. I started seeing number sequences everywhere. First 11:11, then 2:22, then 3:33, then 4:44. Then a mix of numbers, usually on clocks, street addresses or gas stations, in some kind of orderly fashion.
I was fascinated with the repeating numbers. Through numerology, I learned that number patterns can be messages from the Divine, or ‘angel numbers’ (thanks to Doreen Virtue). Right now these numbers are being seen by people everywhere, especially 11:11. I have learned that this is the universe trying to get our attention. It is a collective wake-up call to access our true, spiritual nature as human beings — a summoning for us to start acknowledging the loving and unified selves that we really are.
Related reading: 11:11 – A Call to the Indigos
You have probably heard of the “Golden Age”, or the “Age of Aquarius”, referring to the new spiritual era we are in. Many say it started in 2012, and that there would be an event to end the world. But December 21, 2012 was just the date of a new era in the Mayan calendar, the beginning of a shift in consciousness for humanity. This shift on the whole has happened gradually. In 2016, however, the awakening accelerated significantly. People are now noticing that we need to change our lifestyles. We need to find real meaning in our lives. Many of us can no longer tolerate conditions (in our jobs, relationships, etc.) that do not nurture our inner selves. So many of us crave to work with the earth, to help others, to connect with other humans, to nurture children or animals, and to live more simply.
In my own life, I decided to start a new career. I didn’t know at first what that would be. I’d always loved Tarot cards and learning about developing my own intuition. So I started doing more of that, and it eventually evolved into a business. Once I started following what my soul really longed for, mysterious coincidences (also known as synchronicities) grew more frequent. I would be looking for something I had misplaced and it would just show up right in front of me, as if someone had secretly left it for me there. I would be thinking about calling someone and my phone would ring at that instant with that person on the line.
I knew part of this was about intuition, or the sixth sense we all have. Maybe I wasn’t crazy. Maybe I had just been oblivious to the magnitude of human Divine energetic potential. I had been subconsciously keeping my higher self (the part of us connected to universal love) dormant for years. I had been blocking so much from unfolding in my own life with my negative emotions of worry (mostly about money) and doubt (mostly of my own abilities.)
It finally all started making sense. I had always been intrigued by what spiritual books had always taught me. But I never really understood what they were talking about until now. Concepts like “we are all connected” started to click. Now I really got it: we are literally all connected by energy. And our thoughts and emotions affect our daily reality. Your negative emotional state emits some kind of frequency in the universe that can affect my energetic body. And my positive emotion can lift you up in kind. This is also known as a “resonance,” explained better by Gregg Braden (author of ‘The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Space, Miracles, and Belief’.) And positive emotions, such as the bliss produced in meditation, have even been shown to reduce crime rates.
Related reading: The Great Work: Healing the World with Collective Meditation
Like a water droplet jiggling an entire spider web, I started to understand how I could actually transform my life by focusing on what I believed was best for myself (and my soul) through my thoughts and emotional state. So I started trying it out on something bigger. In 2015, my husband and I were having another baby and our tiny house wasn’t going to fit four people. I made a point of visualizing what I wanted, wrote that vision down everywhere and talked about it openly and often. And I prayed. Then I started taking action, connecting with people and talking about my life goals. I focused on a home with more space, in nature, with privacy, near our workplaces, and in a loving community.
Soon after, my parents started talking about downsizing. They asked us if we wanted to buy half their house from them to convert the rest into an in-law space. I was so opposed to the idea of living in my parents’ house that I said no. Months later, after a comment from my uncle at Thanksgiving, I realized that this house was the answer I had been seeking. I had been blind to the opportunity right in front of me, out of my own fears. Fast-forward a year later, and we are now living in a multi-generational home along with everything else I had requested.
Here’s what I now understand. That even though we’ve been asleep for so long — thanks in large part to junk entertainment, bad food, soul-crushing workplaces and think-inside-the-box educational institutions — many of us now acknowledge some kind of magic in our existence.
We have been led to believe that we lack the ability to control and co-create our lives. Under the iron fist of traditional religious institutions, we were encouraged not directly to access Divine guidance ourselves. We were told that religious authorities (like priests) were the only ones connected to God. So we didn’t understand that we could simply ask higher forces to assist us in our everyday lives. And with the editing and omission of mystical truth from religious texts (like the Bible), we were unaware of the metaphysical powers within each human being. We didn’t know that we could actually create a reality for ourselves by using just our own thoughts and emotions.
Related reading: Waking Up From Religion
But as in a deep slumber, many of us have now awakened. We are meditating more and tapping into our inner selves, expanding our intuition to receive higher guidance. We are taking action by speaking up for justice, equality and truth, by demanding access to clean water and defending our natural environment. And more of us are creating lifestyles fueled by spirituality, sharing our crafts in the arts or in music, farming our land or building something beautiful and useful for others.
To truly elicit change we crave, we must stop giving our power away to our leaders. They don’t create our country — we do. We can be proactive instead of reactive. And we can ask for guidance from whatever universal power we believe can assist us. We can actually transform our lives with this magic, through dedicated inner work, separating from the illusions about our reality and working to co-create our own destinies. Knowing that we can take back control of our lives by allowing our higher selves to show us the way is the ultimate liberation. For me, it has been the only answer.
This is a sign of a shift in consciousness, a universal recognition that we are connected to a loving, Divine source. And we have the ability to heal ourselves and our planet. Each and every small decision that we make matters – from what kind of shampoo we use to what kind of water we drink. But we must start using our power and we must start acknowledging our true spiritual selves. Along the way, we can ask ourselves: “How can I best be of service? How can I best assist others?” This beautiful Hawaiian prayer, Ho’oponopono, can help us to set the tone for love and carry us forward. An ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and healing, it essentially means: I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.
About The Author
A spiritual seeker, practitioner and teacher, Rachel Horton White supports those searching for purpose and fulfillment in their lives through Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting. With degrees from Wellesley College and the University of Georgia, Rachel’s true education came from living in Senegal and Mexico. Rachel is an amateur dream analyzer, pianist, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, Tarot reader, yogi and writer. She is a wife and mother gratefully living near Portland, Maine. Rachel envisions a world of people aligned with their higher selves, listening to their inner wisdom and sharing love with one another toward collective healing and evolved consciousness.
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April 25th, 2017: The introductory portion of this article was edited for grammar.