The last couple of years I’ve heard and read so much about “synchronicities” that I look for them everywhere. And, like anything, the more you look, the more you find. Some say that the more you acknowledge the synchronicities, the more the universe will give you so that it’s not just a matter of perception, you actually get more.
Gary Schwartz is so fascinated by the phenomenon of synchronicity that he has written a book about it. I’m starting to view synchronicity as a glitch in the Matrix. The glitches in the Matrix were unintended. So, not a glitch really. Maybe an easter egg (an unexpected or undocumented feature in a piece of computer software or on a DVD, included as a joke or a bonus). As we go along in the game, every once in a while the Creator throws us an easter egg. For those of paying attention, they can be little reminders this is all just a simulation.
A couple of days ago I’m out taking my morning walk and at the moment I’m passing my neighbor’s house, her daughter comes out to her car in the driveway to retrieve something. I’ve known this little girl since she was just a couple of months old and she has just turned 21. At the exact moment I spot her, I turn and on the sidewalk in front of me is a squirrel. I take note. Squirrel is the nickname her mother calls her. Hmmm…. that’s interesting. The engineering brain in me starts working. I wonder what the odds are of passing her house just as she’s coming out. Then multiple that by the odds a squirrel will be there at the same moment. We have a few squirrels in the neighborhood, but not a lot. Seeing squirrel is no big deal. Seeing Regan is no big deal. But, seeing Regan and the squirrel at the same time. What are the odds? I’m listening to a playlist I put together for a friend’s wedding. I don’t remember what songs are on it exactly. I just created it last week and I haven’t played it through yet. The song that comes on while I’m in this moment is one I don’t really care for. I skip it. The next song isn’t one I care for. I skip it. The next song is Brick House by The Commodores. Wow. Brick House is this girl’s mother’s favorite song. Many years ago when we used to hang out with her, every where we went she would freak out if Brick House came on. If we went to hear a cover band, she requested Brick House. It’s crazy that I would forward to Brick House in that moment when I was noticing the other synchronicity. Add those odds into the equation.
Several days ago I’m listening to a podcast and I discover a new podcaster. I subscribe to her podcast and go through the back episodes saving the ones I want to listen to. Independently, before that, I decide to read Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations with God Book 3. The book is almost 20 years old at this point, but I just decided to read it. These are two totally unrelated things. The third unrelated thing is a couple of days ago I was discussing a fundamentalist pastor with a friend who has been in correspondence with the guy. The pastor is of the opinion that man cannot destroy the Earth because, wait for it, the Bible says so. The pastor also believes that God will destroy the Earth, by fire. As my friend is posting the pastor’s views, I tell him there was a time when I thought it my duty (as a fundamentalist) to go out and convert the world to my views. Now, I will not make the mistake of thinking it’s my job to convert the fundamentalists to my view. I say to him “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”
Here is where these three seemingly independent things comes together. Yesterday, as I’m choosing a podcast, I see that the podcaster has interviewed Neale Donald Walsch about a year and a half ago. That’s coincidence number one. I’m reading his book. I listen to the interview. Later, as I’m reading the book I come across the quote (spoken from God to the author) “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” This is about two days after I say this to my friend on Facebook. So, I decide to read a book that is nearly 20 years old, out of the blue. I discover this podcast and this interview, out of the blue. And, I use a quote (not exactly an uncommon one I know) and then read the quote in the book a couple of days after I use it.
Some synchronicities, I think, are meant to guide us. They provide direction. If we look for them and heed them, they can make the road a little less bumpy. Some are signs from our loved ones that they are still here with us. And some, I believe, are easter eggs. They’re bonus features that we can take note of and say “Hey, I see you (Spirit). Thanks for the reminder.”