Ask: What is your experience with synchronicity?

“What is your experience with synchronicity?  Have you found meaningful synchronicities occur between your outer and inner experiences as your awareness of Truth has deepened?  Would you have called meeting E and experiencing a Holy Relationship such a synchronicity because you were ready for that Vision at the time?  And do you think that she left your company because you needed that particular trial as well, in order to deepen your understanding?” - OT

This mind has observed that the quieter and slower it has become the more it sees connections, coincidences, patterns, and relationships that are all around at the level of form. Some refer to these connections, coincidences, patterns, and relationships as “synchronicity”. This mind does not see any special meaning in them. It is natural to see them given the interconnectedness of things at the level of form. This mind seeing them also has no meaning. Seeing them is simply the natural result of a quieter, slower mind that is more mindfully present.


The self’s meeting E (the woman with whom it experienced the Holy Relationship) and the unfolding of that relationship and all that followed is simply the story of this particular “Liz” in the greater story of time. It has no meaning, either. Yes, the self was ready for the experience or it would not have happened. And E did not leave because this self needed a trial. She left and this self chose to see it as a trial until she chose to learn valuable lessons from it. There is nothing making things happen for a reason in the universe of form. What happens in the universe of form is the result of cause and effect at the level of form. Things happen and the mind decides what it will tell itself about what happened, depending on what it wants to learn. So sometimes a self also makes its own synchronicity by deciding to view things as connected whether they really are or not.

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Comments

Peyara said…
That brings us back to workbook lesson one and two. Nothing has meaning of its own but we give it meaning.
hannah said…
thanks. this has been great, ive felt that what i wanted to learn from the synchronising thats happening lately was not getting through. there were so many lovely ways of looking at things, but it didnt feel complete.

this was especially helpful

'It is natural to see them given the interconnectedness of things at the level of form. This mind seeing them also has no meaning.'

and

'Things happen and the mind decides what it will tell itself about what happened, depending on what it wants to learn. So sometimes a self also makes its own synchronicity by deciding to view things as connected whether they really are or not.'

i have a question about this though

'There is nothing making things happen for a reason in the universe of form. What happens in the universe of form is the result of cause and effect at the level of form.'

i understand it in the way that there is no real universe of form, so nothing real could be making anything real or not real happen or not happen 'here'! i understand it that the statement 'there is something making things happen in the universe of form' being true would have to mean that an actor and an acted upon must exist.. the split would have had to occur.

oh, hang on.. so is what youre saying here like.. nothing i see has any meaning but the meaning i give to it?

revised question! things dont just happen right.. as you said, within the universe of form, there 'is' (appears to be) cause and effect at the level of form. so in the illusion, is there only one cause? the decision maker, or learning/choosing mind? so there is only ever one of two 'meanings' we can give to anything?
ACIM Mentor said…
Hannah, at the level of form (or in the "illusion" if you prefer) for any given effect there are probably multiple causes. And those effects themselves can be causes. It is complex. But in any case none of it has any meaning in itself. What the decision maker does is give it meaning (or recognize it has no meaning). And, yes, the decision maker has only two choices of from where it chooses to perceive meaning: the thought system of the ego or the thought system of the Holy Spirit (awareness of Truth).
Christine said…
I am re-reading Lesson 253 in Practicing A Course in Miracles and I just read this a.m.: "My True Self rules everything." 1. "It is impossible for anything to come to me that I have not asked for. Even in the world that I perceive, I rule my destiny.What happens is what I desire; what does not occur is what I do not want to happen. I must accept this, because this is how I go past the world to my Extension of God, Which is my True Will, in Heaven, Where my Holy Self abides in extension of God."...it goes on a bit, then you have your "Mentor's Notes" which are very helpful.
So, as a personal self, are we just gleaning from what occurs to "fit our personal story"? Fits our narrative? except - now knowingly, we can practice interpreting things with the HS rather than with the ego?
ACIM Mentor said…
Yes, Christine.
will said…
Everyone has their own understandings and beliefs. I'm afraid if I did not think the Holy Spirit was actively intervening in my life spiritually and in form on a daily basis I'd have to throw in the towel. I took a terrible beating getting to the point where I could finally let it go, life, that I think I'll have to hang on to that for awhile.
will said…
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will said…
In AA you "Turn your life over to the care of God as you understand him." It's an experiential thing, you get sober and your life gets better. But again everyone has their own beliefs and experiences.
Liz, thank you for shining the light of truth on the belief in synchronicity. Great love.
Christine said…
Will, I am re-reading right now Lesson 254 and 255 in PACIM...one quote from 255 is, "What is One with God can not have concerns, and must remain forever in the Peace of Heaven." I find lately, that whenever I feel like something, someone, some situation I believe I am perceiving is bugging me, if I just wait a while, the disturbed feeling usually goes away and then I see the situation, person, place much clearer. I think I am experiencing "automatic pilot" with the Holy Spirit now. I know now that when I feel disturbed (which is less and less - not in denial, but I am less reactive)I am usually misinterpreting what I see or hear, etc. This included thoughts I think about this personal self.
will said…
Christine,
I appreciate what you are saying. That IS a problem I have. In the case of this weeks blog I'm not upset with anyone (that I'm aware of). I'll think on it. When I wrote 'everyone has their own understandings and beliefs' I didn't want it to appear I was looking to debate the topic or step on anyone's toes (Liz). Not that she would care anyway:)
will said…
Christine,
The other thing I was thinking about when I wrote my comment was the topic we have been talking about off and on over the past months. That the Course says one thing but the persons spiritual journey may reflect something else. That's what I am experiencing with this topic. The Course is clear on it's definition of the illusion. But then in many places it is saying that the Holy Spirit IS active in the world of form. Last week I wrote about the echo's and harmonics of prayer which is a reference to form. There is a paragraph that I have been searching for without luck that I like very much that reflects this same thing. If I find it I'll post it.
will said…
Christine,

I thought about your comment. Your not specific on what caused you to write it so I'm guessing your projecting.
Christine said…
Oh, hi, Will - Just back on line after a couple days...I didn't have any goal or objective when jotting down the lessons I quoted - they just happened to be opened there in Liz's PACIM book! Actually - any lesson would be appropriate at all times!!
will said…
When I first met Liz online about ten years ago my concern was the intensity of what I called shame and she called guilt. The personal mind of Will was deadly. The things it said about Will were persistently cruel. I identified with that voice as me, Will, and believed what it said. Possibly from the alcoholism the personal mind was attacking itself a lot. The attacks became so vicious and so prolonged that I had a very hard time functioning as a normal person. I’m not talking about a thing like Schizophrenia, just your everyday alcoholism, the ego on steroids. The shame came from my IDENTIFYING with the personal mind. Bad person. Very early on I began practicing the exercise of “looking at the personal mind.” The understanding that I was not the personal mind was very quick, like the first time I tried it. Being able to use that new information took much longer. Today when the personal mind is yelling that I have done something wrong I step back and look at the voice. It’s not ‘me’ any longer. And with that, began the ending of shame.
will said…
Just for clarity when I talk about alcoholism on this blog I am not talking drinking alcohol. Alcoholism is a mental illness that is there if you are drinking or not. That's why people who try to quit drinking have such a hard time of it. Instead of things getting better they often get worse.
hannah said…
ok.. i had to sit with that for days before it felt like i was staring to get what you meant Liz. have i got this?

there is absolutely no meaning whatsoever on the level of form. nothing happens 'for a reason' in the form of communications/occurrences that have potential to lead us to awareness of truth. so.. even our growing in our awareness of truth has no meaning.. cos its not happening in truth? learning doesnt mean anything, cos it only happens at the level of not truth. but we can learn in ways that lead toward truth. is that right?

so, in the case of the cockatoo feathers, it was the result of cause and effect here in the separate selves experience. period. and mind will choose to endow it with meaning OR use it as a reminder that form is not truth? if im endowing the happening with meaning, im trying to bring light to the darkness, or truth to form?

one more question.. in regards to 'Christines" quote.. is that about cause and effect at the level of form? and how accepting that can be a path to moving beyond attachment to form?

"My True Self rules everything." 1. "It is impossible for anything to come to me that I have not asked for. Even in the world that I perceive, I rule my destiny.What happens is what I desire; what does not occur is what I do not want to happen. I must accept this, because this is how I go past the world to my Extension of God, Which is my True Will, in Heaven, Where my Holy Self abides in extension of God."

im wondering, does that mean that this minds desire for the feathers caused that cockatoo to drop them in front of me? (or rather, was one of the causes) but the event had no meaning!?
Christine said…
Hannah, this reminds me of the tapes I used to listen to of Ken Wapnick's seminars and lectures...on one of them, I remember hearing his saying that Helen used to "get the Holy Spirit to help her find green pantyhose". He also said a number of times how God's Love is like the ocean and we just bring an empty thimble to fill of His Love because that's all we can seem to do at the beginning of healing our mind...the fear/guilt is so great that we can allow little bitsies of forgiveness shown in form to come into our experience.
So, the cockatoo feathers, as an example of what you really liked and wanted appeared not from your reaching out, but from your reaching in to the Holy Consciousness which we are. And the form has meaning presently only to you/me, then at some point we won't need form to know/remember Truth.
ACIM Mentor said…
Hannah, yes, nothing has any meaning at the level of form because it does not come from or affect Truth in any way.
That quote of Christine's refers to your experience (peace or conflict) not to the actual events that occur. Or, if you want to make it refer to what happens in form, you choose to have the experience of form so therefore you must accept all that does or does not happen as your choice. The HS always looks at the larger picture. Only the ego nitpicks the details.
I do not know to which cockatoo feathers you refer. But, in any case, you as a person are part of a larger tapestry of cause and effect. You are part of a greater whole. You do not make things happen by yourself. You do not live in a vacuum. It is always the universe living through you. So your thoughts do not cause something to happen. Your thoughts and the happening are the same thing. To put this another way, you knew on some level that the feathers were to fall. Afterward your knowing this seemed significant to you so you gave it meaning.
ACIM Mentor said…
I refer you all back to my earlier blogs, http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2015/03/in-flow-of-universe.html and http://acimmentor.blogspot.com/2015/04/one-story.html.


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