• stories,  synchronicities

    Plans for a Cut Flower Garden

    I had a vision when we first moved to the 19. It consisted of flowers everywhere. I declared that I wanted to be a flower farmer that year, but much of the time was spent landscaping around the house and growing vegetables instead. My flower farm plans were put on hold. We’ve had a successful vegetable garden for the last four years but at the end of last season, we decided we’d grown too much. Both of us too busy to sell at the farmers market, we gave away much of our crop to friends and family. It sure would be a lot more fun to give flowers away, I thought. I love summertime, growing a garden, spending time in nature, and I get an itch around this time each year. Winter has dragged on. It’s time to be outside, or to at least look forward to that time, and this year’s ‘a ha’s’ about my health have made it even more clear that I need to regularly step away from this computer, do something with my hands, be outside and in my body. So, a few weeks ago, I revisited my intention from four years ago. I declared to J that I wanted to start…

  • being human,  stories,  synchronicities

    Today I Take A Little More of My Life Back

    On this day one year ago my mom told me she was giving up her fight with cancer. Less than two hours later my daughter, my only child, came home from school and announced that she wanted to transfer to her dad's school district. It was not a good day. I lived in heartbreak for months. I've never been prone to depression but that is exactly what I would call the period that followed. Nine years ago on this day my life was forever changed when I learned of a careless, reckless act between two people -- one person I love dearly, the other I barely know. It wasn't a good day either. Again, there were months of sorting things out -- my feelings, life in general, trying to figure out the why of it all. That's just torture. Sometimes the why just IS.

  • synchronicities

    The Psyche Doesn’t Care

    There is so much more going on here than we can see in day-to-day life. Real life or imagination, it’s all the same to the psyche. We can actively live something or we can symbolically do so. To the mind, it’s all the same. Crazy, right? And a bit freeing too. Swiss Psychologist, Carl Jung, wrote extensively about such matters, as have countless others who’ve studied Jungian Psychology. Allow me to elaborate. A few working definitions … psyche the human soul, mind, or spirit. And in psychology, it’s defined as the totality of the human mind — conscious and unconscious persona/conscious ego personality the outward ‘face’ we show to the world shadow those parts of us that we don’t show, yet very much exist active imagination dialoguing with images and symbols in our dreams, typically in written format, in order to understand what our dreams are trying to tell us We have a lot to learn from kids. They practice life all the time, playing out certain situations, being who they aspire to become. And to them its all real. We adults, however, err on the side of practicality. If we can’t observe it with one of our five senses, it doesn’t exist. Active imagination,…

  • stories,  synchronicities

    How a Cardinal is Pointing the Way

    As she was preparing for D1 Prospect Camp she looked through a list of logos for all of the colleges that would be there. “What school is this?” she asked as she pointed to an image of a red bird. “I don’t know,” I say. Ball State University was one of the main school’s to pay attention to her at the camp. She worked extensively with the Associate Head Coach, Josh, and found out that day what school that bird belonged to. Their motto, “as cardinals, we fly.” . . . “I want a shirt that just says BALL, or SOFTBALL,” she said to me several months ago, months before she knew Ball State existed. Mostly she liked the idea that ball was the thing she was most interested in. It didn’t have to be attached to a place. Maybe it was already attached in her psyche. Like my Synchronicity Coach, Cynthia, says: “the psyche knows.” . . . “Are you ready for some news?” she asks as I answer the phone. “I have an official visit next week. They’re going to make an offer.” I scream in sheer delight. It’s the news we’ve been anticipating over the last several months. Prayers are being answered. Life…

  • synchronicities

    Understanding Synchronicities

    I remember hearing the word SYNCHRONICITY many moons ago, thinking what a cool word. And while the sound of the syllables have a pleasing rhythm, the phenomenon of synchronous events is true magic. Swiss Psychotherapist, Carl Jung coined the term as he experienced meaningful coincidences where two or more signs seemed to occur randomly, yet were connected to meaning in life. Synchronicity: the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection. . . . So what’s the difference between a synchronicity and coincidence? Awareness and emotion. “The primary reality of synchronicities is emotional, not intellectual,” says Mark Holland, co-author of Synchronicity. “The reason they’re there is to make us feel something, and the feeling that our lives are rich and worth our reflection comes in part from our sense of the depth and mystery of life.” With synchronicity, we notice signs and look deeper into their meanings. We allow them to inform the path. Coincidence, on the other hand, is an event that’s funny or interesting but quickly discarded as chance or random. You’ve heard the term, “hindsight is 20/20.” Perhaps you can recount such an event and notice coincidences you didn’t pay attention to that might have led you down another…

  • synchronicities

    Synchronicities are Everywhere, 11:11 Edition

    Ever since my mom passed, I’ve been seeing repeated numbers on the clock every day — 1:11, 2:22, 3:33, 4:44, 5:55 … and certain numbers I’m seeing even more. It prompted me to do some research. For 11:11, I found the following article by Willow Soul, excerpted below. Read full article for more in-depth info. . . . Are you seeing 11:11 everywhere?  Do you know what this number means? Some believe that the actual meaning of 11:11 is a sign that angelic beings are close by.  They come with love and protection, and they want to bring you clarity and guidance. 11:11 is the number of masters. The ascended masters are sending you the message that you, yourself, are a divine aspect of the Universe, a master at being yourself. It’s no coincidence that every year, from November 11th and up until January 11th, we’re going through a period called the months of divine trinity. All in all, this is a divine time that brings tremendous opportunities for all of us, to wake up and embrace our true divine light. But, there is more than just one reason why you are seeing 11:11. Here is a list of what seeing 11:11 means. Pay attention to…

  • synchronicities

    The Symbolism of Feathers

    I took a hike today. It’s always a great way to clear my head and ask for insight. I woke up feeling negatively about myself; vivid dreams of lack woke me and left me feeling not good enough as I started my day. I’ve been noticing lately how much other people’s energy affects me. I began to unravel that thought on my hike. . . . My daughter and I spent the weekend together, and on Friday night we headed out to watch a local band play. During the outing we saw many people we know – people we love as well as random acquaintances. One girl I used to be ‘friends’ with was out. We were never close but always ran in the same circles. She no longer speaks to me unless I speak to her and I’m not sure why. I can speculate and that speculation is what starts the not-good-enough syndrome that plagues me more often than I wish. I try not to judge but it’s hard when you’re being judged. She feels quite self-righteous to me, as though she’s never made a mistake. I, on the other hand, know I’ve made many in my adult life — and I own them. I’ve…

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