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The magic of synchronicity

“I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.” – The Dalai Lama

First, a bunny update: The bunny that lives under our big blue spruce tree is alive and well, I’m happy to report. Hadn’t seen him for awhile, and since we border open space, I was concerned because we have various predators in the area. Anyway, with the snow quickly disappearing, bunny is chowing down on some grass as I start this post.

I’m 78, the world’s oldest, newest blogger, and I assert with confidence that one of the joys of aging is developing a greater appreciation for the mystery Carl Jung called synchronicity.

Synchronicity touched my life in an extraordinary way last week and I’m still drunk with the happiness of it all.

A fable about the hero’s journey

I had been invited to a private school called the HomeSpun Academy in Loveland, Colorado, to speak about a book I self published a few years ago entitled The Raven Who Spoke with God.

The book is a fable about integrity and the “hero’s journey.” I wrote it at a Starbucks soon after moving to Denver to marry JoAnn. It describes how a young raven named Joshua feels a sense of destiny in life and follows his mission regardless of the many challenges that confront him.

Goodness knows, I didn’t plan it this way. But the book came out on 9/11. It was translated into 11 foreign-language editions during the years following 9/11, but about two years ago it seemed to me it had run its course. Since we were planning to move to Denver I decided to give away some copies to Habitat before we moved.

Life had other ideas for my book

As I say, I thought my book had reached the end of its natural life span. Little did I know that life had other ideas for The Raven Who Spoke With God.

The principal of the HomeSpun Academy, Beth Sowders, saw a box of the books for sale for a few dollars at Habitat and decided to buy them.

But the box of books remained unopened on a shelf until August 2010, when Beth, facing a big challenge in her life, decided to read a copy. As she told me during my visit — the book changed her life.

Enrollment at HomeSpun had dropped and she was wondering whether it was the right thing to continue her work with the school. The story of a young raven who was true to his mission despite major challenges inspired her so much she knew it was the right thing to keep the school going.

“I couldn’t stop crying”

“By the end of the book, I couldn’t stop crying,” Sowders said to her students when she introduced me to them. “God showed me my destiny is to be a teacher.”

She had made the book part of the school curriculum. So when I arrived at the school last Wednesday I had the immense pleasure of meeting a group of students aged about 10 to 18 who loved the book and had been inspired by it to think more deeply about their lives.

Each of the students wrote me a note of appreciation.

Said one: “This book was very inspirational to me in some things that I was going through. I enjoyed having a character like Joshua, who goes through a very hard time at the beginning, but it got better along the way. I’m really happy that you wrote this book, because it showed me that even in the hardest of times God is always there to help you get through it.”

Being open to synchronicity

Synchronicity is another word for grace, as far as I’m concerned. I believe that like grace, it is always ready to bring happiness and healing into our lives — but of course we have to play our part.

We have to be open to its guidance, as the Dalai Lama points out. We have to listen to the little nudges that life brings to us, and act on the wisdom of our own heart.

Meeting Beth Sowders and her students last week was one of the greatest joys and fulfillments of my life for I had always hoped my raven book would help to remind people of any age of the unique destiny we each have to fulfill.

But suppose Beth had not bought the box of books I had more or less abandoned? Or suppose she simply left the book unread? Then the synchronicity I experienced last week would never have happened.

And I would never have met a wonderful group of young people whose passion and love for truth will inspire me for a long time.

Don’t give up on your dreams

Don’t be too quick to give up on your dreams — synchronicty can touch your life at any time and at any age in ways you perhaps could never imagine.

By the way, the Loveland Reporter-Herald carried a fine article about my visit to the HomeSpun Academy. Just in case you’d like to read it, here’s a link:

http://www.reporterherald.com/news_story.asp?ID=30802

Got a story about synchronicity you’d like to share? Please send it — I’d love to hear from you. Meanwhile, blessings from me, JoAnn, and bunny.

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Robin Easton January 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

Oh dear Chris, this is just soooooo very very beautiful. Such a powerful, encouraging and healing message. I am very moved by it.

I really loved these lines about Grace: “…grace, it is always ready to bring happiness and healing into our lives — but…We have to be open to its guidance….We have to listen to the little nudges that life brings to us, and act on the wisdom of our own heart.”

You not only consistently amaze me as to all you’ve done in your life, but you amaze me because you consistently advocate living from the the heart, and you live your own life from the heart as well. I resonate with that so very much.

The wisdom you share here is not only deeply, profoundly healing, but it is so fundamental to who we all really are. You encourage us all to live from our true hearts. I love that about you and am deeply grateful for your wisdom. You are a one of a kind gem.

Bless you dear friend, I needed this message in my life right now.
Huge hugs to you,
Robin

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Christopher Foster January 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Robin, thankyou for these most kind and encouraging words. It’s lovely to hear from you in this way and to feel anew the unique spirit of love and pure, unadulterated liveliness you bring into this world. Huge hugs right back to you. My, am I happy to feel spring getting a little bit closer every day…

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Karen Kullgren January 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Dear Christopher,
I am so happy to have found you and your blog. I, too, believe in the magic of synchronicity, and being open to grace. (Thanks again for letting me guest post you on my blog Grace in the Gray Areas!) But in difficult times like these, we all need reminders of what we know in our hearts to be true.

Thank you for all that you share with us from your own huge heart and spirit.
Karen

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Christopher Foster January 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Dear Karen: I am happy too that you found my blog and took the time to comment and connect. I wish you and your blog every good wish and I feel privileged to be getting to know you better. Grace in the Gray Areas. What a great name you have chosen for your blog.

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The Vizier January 26, 2011 at 4:05 am

Hi Christopher,

I am glad to know that you, your wife and the bunny are well. :)

I too have read about Carl Jung and synchronicity. But I came across it in the foreword Carl Jung wrote for the I-Ching. I have always found his work on synchronicity to be fascinating. Even so, it is not as fascinating as the story you told about your book.

It is simply amazing how events can unfold in ways which we can never expect. Unless we are ready and prepared, events may well take us by surprise. Thus, the important thing is to be alert to all the possibilities that could come our way.

Thank you for sharing this article. :)

Irving the Vizier
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Christopher Foster January 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Thankyou dear friend. You are so clear and truth-oriented in your commments, yet so kind-hearted as well. There must be a bit of synchronicity in how we came to be discovering this linkage between us. Love and blessings to you Irving.

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Phil Malmstrom January 26, 2011 at 1:16 pm

What a wonderful and powerful journey this book ended up being for you Christopher!

Isn’t it amazing how God chooses to use us, and lead us in helping others? I’m always encouraged to see and hear stories like this, and know that while we don’t always see the impact what we do may have, He does. I’ve happy for you to have had such a joyous moment, and pray you have many more like it.

Have a Blessed Day!
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Christopher Foster January 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Phil, always so great to hear from you and share your strong and utterly constant spirit. You’re so right. We are part of an unimaginable, indescribable but very beautiful whole, and our minds will never understanding its workings but they don’t have to do they?

We do the right thing in the moment as clearly as we can see to do, and stay calm in truth’s timeless presence. I’m so very, very happy to be sharing this journey with you. Blessings.

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JaneBeNimble January 26, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Hi Christopher,
I’m sorry to be late to your post, but I didn’t want to miss out on expressing how much I love your words here.
I loved reading your book and I can share in the excitement with those you’ve mentioned here. I really enjoyed your feature in the Reporter-Herald, too. Seeing you there inspired me greatly. Thanks so much for sharing this, Chris. I am happy for you, and this story made me smile.
Love,
~xo
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Christopher Foster January 26, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Lovely to hear from you Jane. Thankyou for your words and thankyou for your friendship and your great spirit. Keep on keeping on. Hugs and blessings.

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gloria r January 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

a message is always powerful when it flows from the heart…something you know about dear Chris!

I contacted you about a year ago as your book, A Time for Heroes, which came out in March 1980, is dogeared from use. We never know when or how but trust, that when we write from the heart, people will hear.

I volunteer as a tutor to adults who want to learn English (Spanish being their native language). Since everyone has a story, our common ground is the use of words. They tell their story using as much English as they can and we go from there. I usually start the class with your title poem, excerpt …”the hero goes quietly to work, needing no chariot, no spear, no audience no praise, no reward… ending with, a new world appears filled with magic and light.”

Indeed that is what your blog brings to many as well as my students. Many thanks gloria

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Christopher Foster January 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Thank you and bless you Gloria. I much appreciate your kind and encouraging words. Good to connect with you and share first-hand something of your current experiences. Well done and best wishes to you and all your students.

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Patti Foy | Lightspirited Being January 28, 2011 at 9:08 am

Hi Christopher,

Beautiful story, and what a win-win. Always great to hear about those. I bet your book’s wonderful.

I so value synchronicities. Not only for guidance but I find it’s fun noticing them.

You probably know but maybe your readers don’t, that Deepak Chopra has a whole book about them called “The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire” which is pretty fun to read.

Thanks again, Christopher. You always warm my heart.
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Christopher Foster January 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Patti, thanks. You’re a jewel. I hadn’t read that book by Deepak I’ll see if I can find it. You warm my heart too.

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Arvind Devalia February 1, 2011 at 5:57 am

Dear Christopher,

This is my first visit to your blog – and what a beautiful story to get introduced to you and your work:-)

You have a beautiful blog – and your light shines through all your words. Thank you.

Nowadays more and more synchronous things are happening in my life – and that’s probably because I am more open to them and more aware.

Magic is all around us – we just have to become present to it.

I am now looking forward to reading your ebook. How can I get a copy?

Thanks again Christopher.
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Ilze Burger March 12, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Dear Chris,

Thank you for your wonderful newsletters, blogs and other writings.

It has inspired me to look differently at my life of consumption and turn it around to a life closer to my own purpose and who I was meant to be.

It has in turn inspired others to take a look inside themselves. Keep up the good work!

Blessings

Ilze (South Africa)

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