There is no such thing as chance; and what seems to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny. Friedrich Schiller
Serendipity and synchronicity! What musical words! They sound like smiles and laughter and dancing and poetry.
Serendip was one of the ancient names for Sri Lanka and the word serendipity was coined by the 18th century English author, Horace Walpole. The word was actually based on the title of an old fairy tale called The Three Princes of Serendip. In one of his essays, Walpole referred to the story and said that, “as their highnesses traveled, they were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of….”
Synchronicity is when events that are unrelated appear together in a meaningful way. Synchronicity, a meaningful confluence of events that appear to be unrelated, and serendipity, unexpected happy accidents and discoveries, are two of the ways that you’ll know that the Universe is working to bring the life you dream of into your life. They are like signposts on the road to your future, guiding you as you make decisions about which way to turn, which path to take. The Universe will erect the signposts but it’s your responsibility to look for them, pay attention to them and follow their clues.
When you have a chance meeting with someone you haven’t seen in years and they tell you about a book to read that turns out to be exactly what you need at that moment, you’ve been touched by serendipity. If a piece of paper blows against your leg on a windy day and it turns out to be an invitation to an audition just when you’ve decided that you’d like to try acting, it most definitely is a sign from the Universe. You just never know when and how the Universe will send you a message, but you can be sure that if you’ve put out a call—sent out a visual prayer or a clear intention—somehow, someway, someday, the Universe will answer.
We are bombarded with people, noise, information and opportunities. It’s very much like driving along a busy highway feeling almost assaulted by billboards, neon signs, and moving digital displays. How do you figure out which ones are signs and which ones are just ‘urban blight’? How do you screen out the extraneous so that you can hone in on the important? You have a built in automatic universal positioning system. You just have to fine tune it and keep it turned on.
Your vision board and Ideal Day exercise are components of that automatic universal positioning system. They act as a filter, helping you to identify and focus on those things that are in line with your larger goals. It isn’t really a conscious process, but rather acts at a deeper level. You’ll find that, even though perhaps you haven’t looked at your vision board or read your Ideal Day recently, you’ve made choices that have pulled you closer to the future that you’ve envisioned. Imagine how much clearer your future will appear and how much easier it will be to navigate the many possible routes to reach it, if you make reviewing your vision board and Ideal Day a daily practice.