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wyrd (Old English, “fate”) The Anglo-Saxon concept of fate that manifests itself chiefly in a hero’s willingness to test fate by matching his courage against heavy odds.
—Benét’s Reader’s Encyclopedia

A hero is a man who does what he can.
—Romain Rolland / Jean-Christophe

So, what can we do?

If we share / This nightmare
We can dream / Spiritus mundi
—The Police / Synchronicity I

Spiritus mundi roughly translates into inspired world, but it’s far more than that…

In Fresh Thoughts, we learned that spiritus is a derivative of a Latin word of unknown origin meaning “breath, breath of a god, inspiration: SPIRIT… CONSPIRE… INSPIRE… TRANSPIRE.” Mundi is also a derivative of a Latin word of unknown origin: mundus. This word is too weird to get into right now, but it translates into “universe” or “world.” There’re only two English words listed as having evolved from mundus: MUNDANE and ULTRAMUNDANE. Ultramundane?

ul•tra•mun•dane Extending or being beyond the world or the limits of the universe. [Latin ultramundanus: ultra-, beyond + mundus, the world…]

Principles (like synchronicity and morphogenetic fields) that seem to operate independently of time and space along with concepts (like ultramundane) that seem to transcend our surroundings—the universe—seem like likely candidates for use in our struggle to evolve. Do you agree?

By opening yourself to these new possibilities, you help make it easier for others to do so. You strengthen the morphogenetic fields of new hope, of new awareness, of new expectations. You help to inspire others. And remember, this works even if there is no direct physical contact, but:

It appears that the morphogenetic fields do require a certain number of repetitions of forms which set up a resonance, to establish a habit for similar forms.
—Yatri / Unknown Man

When you begin to explore these possibilities, you will become one of those waveforms rising further from the surface of the plane. A line will streak in from beyond the realm of the plane to resonate with you. Synchronicities will occur.

It might be unbelievable / But let’s not say so-long
It might just be fantastic / Don’t get me wrong
—The Pretenders / Don’t Get Me Wrong

Is it unbelievable? What do you make of these “mechanisms?” Can you imagine morphogenetic fields? What of “synchronicities?” What of my claim that, pending certain pro-active steps, synchronicities will occur? Are you able to imagine that these mechanisms exist? That they work?

The point I’m trying to hammer home is that they not only seem to exist, and seem to work, but that they seem to be part of a Grand Design.

Two days ago I visited Walnut Creek’s new Barnes & Noble bookstore with a list of books I wanted to pick-up. I only found one on the list, but, while wandering down a random aisle, another book caught my eye.

It should be stressed that I’ve been immersed in the effort to better understand and communicate the essence and nature of these so-called “mechanisms.” Both theory and experience tell me that I should’ve expected instances of meaningful coincidence to increase in both frequency and intensity. Of course, being the obtuse fellow that I am, I constantly get caught-up in the moment and forget to expect these natural by-products of such pro-active behavior.

The book that caught my eye was The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. There was only one copy on the shelf. I’ll skip all the minutia that made finding this book so interesting to me and cut to the quotation I just happened to open to:

As you work with the tools in this book, as you undertake the weekly tasks, many changes will be set in motion. Chief among these changes will be the triggering of synchronicity: we change and the universe furthers and expands that change. I have an irreverent shorthand for this that I keep taped to my writing desk: “Leap, and the net will appear.”

…Again, I do not ask you to believe this… I simply ask you to observe and note this process as it unfolds. In effect, you will be midwiving and witnessing your own creative progression.

The author seems to agree that we can “trigger” synchronicity by our actions. The only suggestion I’d make is to exchange her “irreverent shorthand” for something more meaningful.

The moment I read “Leap, and the net will appear,” (suggesting the breaking of a fall) I thought of an article I read in the San Diego Union years ago detailing a thirteen-year-old girl’s lost fight with cancer. The story focused on Beth Blanchette’s courage in the face of the ravenous disease. A note, taped to her wall, conveys a much more powerful image to remind us of our ally in this fight for life:

When we walk to the edge of all the light we have, and take that step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen—there will be something solid for us to stand on, or, we will be taught to fly.

It may not be as succinct, but it’s certainly a more powerful metaphor to embrace.

At the beginning of this “afterwyrd,” I asked, “So, what can we do?” In answer, I’ve suggested that we become heroes—to do, as Mr. Roland stipulates, what we can. Do you also find it odd that so little is asked of us?

The Great Commandment, our Golden Rule, simply asks us to Love: to open our hearts and love; to have compassion; to withhold judgment; and to resist hateful, hurtful impulses. Then we’re asked to imagine that following this path will lead others to it as well. There’s an interconnectivity that’s strengthened by buoyant, loving spirits. The scientific explanation lies in morphogenetic fields, and there’s a wealth of experimental evidence to confirm the existence of such fields, but do we really need to see the evidence? Isn’t there a place inside us where we can simply feel it ring true?

Energy is contagious / Enthusiasm spreads
Tides respond to lunar gravitation
Everything turns in synchronous relation
Respond / Vibrate / Feed back / Resonate

Dreams are sometimes catching / Desire goes to my head
Love responds to your invitation
Love responds to imagination
Respond / Vibrate / Feed back / Resonate
—Rush / Chain Lightning

When we embrace these notions, reality also responds, vibrates, feeds back, resonates…

At some point each had experienced a profound shift in perception… Each was overtaken by deeper, more intense needs. Life became a spiritual quest, a joyful, mysterious search for meaning, marked in most cases by an accelerating occurrence of coincidences, events that seemed significant in their timing—synchronicities.

Each had come to feel strangely like an instrument of evolution, following a path that was only lighted step by step; they were feeling their way into this new reality, testing their inner gyroscopes. Clearly these odysseys followed the same form, with the same landmarks here and there. And the participants had concluded, independently, that they must join others to make a world in which such journeys were less lonely. They must conspire.
—Marilyn Ferguson / The Aquarian Conspiracy

con•spire  […from Latin conspirare, “to breathe together,” agree, unite…]


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