Sinchronicity and Cowboy Caviar— Giving Up On Control
Posted on July 29, 2012
“Though we can’t always see it at the time, if we look upon events with some perspective, we see things always happen for our best interests. We are always being guided in a way better than we know ourselves.” — Swami Satchidananda
Yesterday I was planning for the Mexican themed dinner party I was having and needed to find a salad. As I scoured the internet for recipes I remembered a chunky little salad my mom makes with corn and beans. “What was that salad???” I thought as I landed on pinterest.com. Amazingly, smack dab in the middle of the pinterest front page, was a glorious picture of Cowboy Caviar- the exact salad I was looking for. “Ah! synchronicity I guess I was meant to make the salad!” And I was, because it was awe..some!
According to the man himself, Carl Jung, who developed it; synchronicity is the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer.”~Carl Jung
I love synchronicity. It makes my everyday life a little less about working in a cubical under fluorescent lights or picking up after my children (or husband) and a little more mysterious, more cosmic more Matrix. I used to think that synchronicity only happened to me once in a while but now that I am watching for it, It happens almost daily.
I’m going to segway here to a talk I had with a friend a few days ago. We started by laughing at the fact that her son calls the Bible “The killing book” ( I guess she started reading it to him from the Old Testament) then we shifted the discussion to her life, then my life, how is she going to know what to do next, how am I going to make more money, how do we get our husbands to finally accept our superiority (lol just kidding- well, not really). Our talk was exhausting, I left feeling like I was grasping for the control of a slippery gel covered universe. I realized later, after watching my daughter throw a fit for not being allowed to drink the entire gallon of milk, that control was over-rated. I become miserable when I need control. On the other hand, I am more than happy to experience synchronicity. In fact, I am thrilled when the universe can take some control away and lead me in the right direction! Just think, if we let ourselves listen to the repeating patterns and synchronic events of life, we literally experience the phenomenon that we don’t control everything. It is not just a concept. We are shown that events are not up to us alone but that our lives are working within a universal energy. Depending on your belief system this phenomenon becomes the teaching of Buddha or Jesus or maybe, if your Atheist it just is an event that happens—but how interesting—that we can all come together and bridge the gap with it.
I woke up this morning thinking about this post and how I was going to talk about my experience of letting go of control when I picked up my iPhone and checked my email. Right on top was an email from the Center For Action And Contemplation about The Art Of Letting Go by Richard Rohr. AH HAH! Synchronicity!! I invite you to read his article and learn more.