S Y N C H R O N I C I T Y
The health of the Earth, the health of the Body, the health
of our Souls...all things are related.
Physics teaches us that neither matter nor energy can be
created nor destroyed. For every action, there is an equal reaction. Free Will is expressed through the process
of living. Fate is life's natural consequences for the choices we make within the framework of life's experiences.
Jung called the occurrences of meaningful coincidences
that are not by themselves causally connected "synchronicity". Nothing happens by chance, but through the process of
the principle of random events acting within and upon these first two processes of Fate and Free Will. Within
this randomness is the spark of the divine.
As Voltaire wrote so eloquently, the philosopher Leibnitz
was wrong -- we do not live in the best of all possible worlds. People are not poor because they are meant to be poor,
people are not wealthy because they were meant to be. We have free will, but act within the limited sphere of opportunities.
There is a reason for everything that happens, but we are only a part of the process -- not the creator, not the end product.
Nothing can be achieved through will alone. You may
"Do as thou wilt," Crowley commanded, but he was mistaken in thinking that this is the Whole of the Law. Our will has
only a reciprocal influence on our lives. Whatever we do comes back to us in its own time, and life will happen whether
we are prepared for it or not. And if life gives us lemons, we must make lemonade.
We must never allow these
sometimes opposing forces to make us feel that our free will is insignificant. When faced with the unknowable concept
of eternity, the vastness of the cosmos, the mystery of the divine, we must never feel that our individual choices -- our
lives -- are meaningless. It is faith that our place within the universe is as important to the outer world as it is
to ourselves that allows us to live in harmony with the Will of our Gods. ~ Editor
"Nothing remains the same for two consecutive moments. Heraclitus
said we can never bathe twice in the same river. Confucius, while looking at a stream, said, "It is always flowing, day and
night." The Buddha implored us not just to talk about impermanence, but to use it as an instrument to help us penetrate deeply
into reality and obtain liberating insight. We may be tempted to say that because things are impermanent, there is suffering.
But the Buddha encouraged us to look again. Without impermanence, life is not possible. How can we transform our suffering
if things are not impermanent? How can our daughter grow up into a beautiful young lady? How can the situation in the world
improve? We need impermanence for social justice and for hope.
If you suffer, it is not because things are impermanent.
It is because you believe things are permanent. when a flower dies, you don't suffer much, because you understand that flowers
are impermanent. But you cannot accept the impermanence of your beloved one, and you suffer deeply when she passes away. If
you look deeply into impermanence, you will do your best to make her
happy right now.
Aware of impermanence, you
become positive, loving and wise. Impermanence is good news. Without impermanence, nothing would be possible. With impermanence,
every door is open for change. Instead of complaining, we should say, "Long live impermanence!" Impermanence is an instrument
for our liberation." ~ Thich Naht Hanh, from AlphaWorld