The Power of Being
Our generation needs a new motto – from “Just Do It,” to “Just Be.”
The state of “being” is one of: openness, clarity that is free of worldly clutter, a passageway or channel, accessible and unencumbered. Many things are possible when we are simply “being” that aren’t when we are “doing;” which is a forced, focused, almost closed act that is filtered through our past experiences and assumptions.
A friend of mine suggested I read, “Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership,” by Joseph Jaworski and Peter M. Senge. What an eye opener about experiences in my life that I have always considered mere coincidence. Jaworski explains how these coincidences are actually part of a divine order in the world; not one surrounded by the illusion of separateness, but of a grand inter-connection.
In order to open ourselves to the power of attraction in our lives and actually “see” these opportunities that are presented to us, we first have to change the way we see the world. For, as Anais Nin said, “We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.” Consider the possibilities and greater vision for one’s life, community, and the world that exist beyond the reflection of what we “see” in the mirror dimly today.
Let me give you a personal example of how synchronicity has played out in one experience of my life.
I was a caregiver for my grandparents and my mother who shared a home in their later years of life; all while taking care of three young children. When I would visit to help them, most days I would see a Senior Citizens minibus pick up a neighbor and bring her to the local senior center. I never gave it much thought other than what a nice service for those who can use it.
After the weight of caregiving lightened and my children were all in school, I came to a point where I was ready to enter the workforce again. It had been years. One of the first job openings I applied for was as a computer operator/receptionist at the local senior center. I jumped at the chance and was hired. Within three years I was serving as the supervisor at the senior center. In this capacity, I was also in charge of managing the Senior Citizens minibus!
I sensed a touch of the divine in this experience – that it was more than coincidence. I was extremely grateful for the opportunity I was given and remember the euphoric feeling I had as if it happened yesterday. There seemed to be something magical, something bigger involved in this experience than separate beings, organizations, entities and circumstances simply coming together in my life. It’s a perfect example of synchronicity. As the Buddhist saying goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” And as the author, Jaworski, pointed out regarding a sign above the entrance to the home of one of his mentors, “Whether we evoke God or not, he is always there.”
I have always felt a touch of the divine in this experience along with others in my life. Until I was introduced to synchronicity, I was closed to the possibilities of its power. The concept of synchronicity is somewhat difficult to understand and the mirror most often reflects a dim image of life. I believe I do not “see” clearly because of the old patterns of how I learned to “see” the world. Synchronicity is more about intuition and feeling than structure and stuff. It makes up the inconspicuous, yet powerful currents in one’s life. Once I realized that I have already experienced synchronicity in my life, I understand it to be more than coincidence, and to be grateful for being open enough at times to channel it through the creation that is my life.
May you open to the synchronicity waiting to be discovered in your life as you become Refined by Age.™