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Divine coincidence

A friend in high school, Maureen, used to say that “divine coincidence” was an oxymoron. If God had a hand in it, it couldn’t be a mere coincidence, it was preordained, not random.

I keep a coincidence journal where I write down the synchronicities I’ve noted each day, from the mundane to the magnificent. Most times I can’t make sense of them, like the word “roundabout” coming up twice in one day. Why? What is the message?

Sometimes I know there’s a message, I just need the secret decoder ring, like three cards coming up today with women wearing blindfolds. Kinky sex in my future? Or is there something I’m refusing to see?

I’m taking a class with Brigit Esselmont from Biddy Tarot. In the introduction to one of her lessons, she used a quote from Deepak Chopra from his book The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire Harnessing the Infinite Power of coincidence. I’ve enjoyed Chopra’s books in the past, so I ordered it.

It arrived the other day and I started reading it yesterday. In the introduction he talks about each of us being “immersed in a network of coincidences that inspire us and help direct our lives,” a “conspiracy of coincidences.” Yes, I thought. That’s why I’m here.

The next paragraph made me sit up. “Just the fact that you are reading these words now… is one of those potentially life-altering coincidences.”

And then this morning, the Universe hammered it home for me as I opened Nancy Rush’s blog (Nancy also clears energy) and found she had started her post with a quote… by Deepak Chopra.

Intention is the starting point of every dream. It is the creative power that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love. – Deepak Chopra

So, as I say, from the mundane to the magnificent.

Similarly, Spirit tapped me on the shoulder and suggested I watch the Netflix series on meditation, Headspace. A friend mentioned it to me, he knows I meditate and thought I might enjoy it. I’ve been meditating since I was twelve, so I thanked him for thinking of me, but didn’t plan to watch some watered-down, made-for-the-masses, simplistic show. Ahem, said the Universe, and showed me an article about it in my newsfeed. I asked my friend if that’s where he found out about Headspace, in his newsfeed. Nope, it was in a Tim Ferris podcast.

It gets better. I had just bought Tim Ferris’s The 4-Hour Workweek.

Okay, okay, I’m watching the series already. And it’s quite good. I’ve picked up some useful reminders and even new ideas to deepen my meditation practice.

I’m only four episodes into the eight that were made. If one of them mentions Deepak Chopra, my mind will be completely blown.

This week I’m working with this affirmation: I notice the synchronicities around me, the mundane and the magnificent.

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