THE SUPPORT OF NATURE
“Carl Jung coined the word synchronicity to refer to the remarkable coincidences most of us experience from time to time. They are remarkable in that they usually involve two or more unconnected events coming together in an unlikely way. These events seem to be more than coincidences, more than pure chance. They often seem like miracles, bringing us just what we need at just the right time, opening up new opportunities in our lives or supporting us in some other way.
” … The Maharishi, with whom I had the good fortune to study in India, explained this as ‘the support of nature’. When he wanted to assess how we were progressing in our practice, he was not interested in our experiences in meditation itself … he was more interested in whether we had noticed what he called ‘increased support of nature’. By this he meant, did we notice the world supporting our needs and intentions? That is to say, did we notice more synchronicity in our lives?
” … It might sound like magical thinking, but I’ve noticed that the degree of synchronicity in my life often reflects my state of conscious. When I meditate regularly, especially when I have been on a meditation retreat, life seems to work out well, with many little coincidences leading me to just what I need at the right time. It’s as if the Universe has my best interests at heart and arranges for their fulfilment in ways I could never have dreamed of.
“Conversely, when I’m stressed, not in touch with myself but caught up in worry or in some other way off-centre, synchronicities don’t flow so abundantly.
“Furthermore, synchronicities seem to happen more often when I’m engaged with the world. I can sit alone in a cottage in the middle of a forest, at peace and in touch with myself, yet few synchronicities occur. Significant ones nearly always involve other people in some way. It is as if my interplay with others gives cosmic choreography greater opportunities to reach me.
“Although we cannot make synchronicities happen – it’s in their nature to occur ‘by coincidence’ – we can encourage their occurrence. We can support nature by taking time to step back from our egoic thinking and reconnect with our essential being. Then, grounded in our true nature, we can go out and engage fully in the world. We can go out and play – play whatever game or role best fits our intentions and best serves our awakening, and that of others.
“And then enjoy, and perhaps marvel at, the way nature responds by supporting us.”
Peter Russell Letting Go of Nothing: Relax Your Mind and Discover the Wonder of Your True Nature 2021 http://www.newworldlibrary.com – (Foreword by Eckhart Tolle)
My life is a continuous stream of synchronicity – it always has been but my awareness of it only came about when I committed to a spiritual practice, Druidry. Philip Carr-Gom asks ‘are you a mystic or a magician?’ Well I’m definitely the latter as I manage to manifest so much in life. Luck? I think not… I do believe I have an inherited knack for it – my mother was not spiritual at all but she had all she ever wanted. What I learned from her was about what was ‘enough’… I would say that a key part of synchronous life is being aligned with principles of enough over greed.
Another book to add to my reading stack… thank you.
Thanks for this confirming comment Lynn. I like your point about ‘principles of enough over greed’. There’s a kind of ecology at work here.
Carl Jung was a great admirer of Ramana Maharishi, but he never met him. This tells us why:
Interesting! Peter Russell’s teacher came into prominence after Jung’s time (and Ramana Maharshi’s) though doubtless aware of them both.
The Oxford American Dictionary defines ‘Maharishi’ as “a great Hindu sage or spiritual leader.” Although Ramana was that, the correct spelling of his surname is Maharshi.
Peter Russell’s reference here is to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of transcendental meditation. Peter was with him in the late 1960’s and early 70’s
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