When I say, “Spirituality,” I am not talking about the decision to “believe” in God or not. And clearly, not as some old image of a bearded man sitting on a throne in the sky (an icon skeptics love to disparage). To enhance one’s life, I am talking about connecting and downloading a loving, tangible force within ourselves that feels undoubtedly Spiritual and broadens our minds in a very real way. It stimulates a higher functioning intelligence, a more accurate and guiding Intuition, and a clarity of mind, concerning “something” we most want to do with our lives.
These experiences are consistently happening to people and found across all cultures and religions. In total, they bring us the truest form of evidence that Spirituality is not only real but incredibly beneficial.
In The Celestine Prophecy series, I have sought to show how we are “wired” to observe and take Spiritual experiences seriously. Unfortunately, there is a strong scientific bias against spirituality that goes beyond a healthy skepticism. When we do take notice, the spiritual download feels almost automatic in the way that our minds expand. Furthermore, people everywhere are finding these encounters, in spite of the skepticism.
The key is to stay in touch with the common Intuition we all start to feel by early adulthood: existence is not meant to be this difficult. We are not supposed to feel so ill-equipped to deal with the challenges and dead ends that routinely confront us. We should not have to resign ourselves to living mundane, conflicted, random lives – often coping with the boredom and angst with some repressive distraction or addiction.
There has to be more! And, there is! To sense this confirming experience, I believe all we have to do is cling to that feeling of “more” as long as we can. Slowing down just enough to observe our lives very intently, and remember the ancient proverb that predates the Bible, “Sincerely seek, and the doors of perception will be opened unto you.”
1. AN AWARENESS OF SYNCHRONICITY
In the genuine search for Spirituality, the first experience one often detects is the development of “mysterious coincidences.” This very common phenomenon was termed “Synchronicity” by the noted, early twentieth-century, depth psychologist, Carl Jung. It is defined as “the experience of meaningful events in one’s life that are so timely in occurrence it feels as though some hand of fate or destiny is involved.”
Synchronicity usually happens when we have a thought or daydream of some new direction we might take in life. Perhaps it’s a change in jobs, the need to get in or out of a relationship, or just to resolve the problem of some sort. Then some time later, we meet someone, see something on the computer, or notice a story in a magazine that eerily gives us the exact information we need to move forward.
What makes this circumstance so striking, is that it seems too meaningful and too unlikely to have happened out of pure chance. We get a sense of energy and excitement that suggest it’s importance in our lives, all while the events are occurring.
The question arises, of course, as to what to make of these significant moments. Skeptics argue that they are just ordinary incidents that our minds tend to organize around our wishes. This argument does not ring true on the level of personal experience. Once we learn to explore these moments fully and cultivate the opportunities they present for us, one Synchronicity flows into another. Thus, giving us a real sense that some force is opening doors on the path of destiny.
Biographies of people who have made considerable contributions are full of meaningful coincidences. Their stories have explained how they followed their dreams with determination and led to their true purpose. Skeptics are right to advise us in not letting our imaginations get ahead of us, and to follow basic rules of logic. Still, they do great harm in asserting that these perceptions are just a matter of fortunate circumstances, chance, or pure luck.
It helps to know that scientific skepticism, on this subject, is a longstanding disposition by most scientists. They contend that the Synchronicity could not actually be happening since the assumption is that we live in a dead and meaningless universe, in which no such help is categorically possible. Their preference is also highly ironic considering the history of science is full of Synchronistic breakthroughs at every turn. Moreover, in being too skeptical, they break one of the cardinal rules of science: do not jump to conclusions until you suspend judgment long enough to see whether a particular phenomenon is real or not.
Once discovered, the Synchronistic experience disproves the notion of a meaningless universe altogether. We, in fact, do live in a Spiritually dynamic world. One that is animated with an overarching, higher intelligence that touches our lives. Once we observe Synchronicity, and we continue to look, we soon identify another experience; being regularly guided forward by an equally mysterious sense of “knowing.”