Category Archives: Synchronicity

All Creatures Great And Small…

When I was growing up, I loved reading James Herriot‘s semi-autobiographical vet stories. I devoured all his books, I would get so engrossed in the stories that the time would just fly by.

I never entertained the thought of becoming a veterinarian, though, mainly because my father saw it fit to encourage me towards becoming a medical doctor instead. That’s where the money was, he said. Vets just didn’t carry the same social status as doctors.

He succeeded with my older brother. However, in my misspent youth, I careered off the carefully laid out tracks my father had envisioned for me. And I ended up doing a degree in Music instead, far, far away from the field of Medicine.

But now, at long last, I’ve heard the call and am answering it. Though not in the strict sense that I’m going to become a veterinarian. Hey, I’m nothing if not practical. I’m no spring chicken, and studying to become a vet (5-7 years) will take far too long. So, instead, I’m studying to become the next best thing – a Vet Nurse, which I can do in 18-24 months.

So far, so good. I’ve been getting High Distinctions on my online assessments thus far. And I’m waiting impatiently for several textbooks on veterinary nursing to arrive in the post. Why are they taking so long??!

And recently I decided to rekindle my romance with my old flame, James Herriot. Granted, his books were written many decades ago, and the man himself has long departed from this earth. But his heartwarming stories are eternal and the subject of his writing even more so. Surgical techniques may have changed, medicines may have evolved, diseases eradicated and new ones discovered, but the stories of one man’s love and compassion for all creatures great and small will continue to resonate in all of us.

Mind you, it is getting rather hard to source James Herriot’s books these days. His Omnibus and box sets are rather expensive on the secondary market. Amazon has some really cheap, affordable copies, but after factoring in international postage to Australia, the costs soon add up to Too Much. But still, you never know when one or two of James Herriot’s books might end up at your local thrift store.

A short while back, I wrote about animal relationships, and mentioned several books on the subject. One of these books was “Unlikely Loves” by Jennifer S. Holland. And guess what, a couple of days ago I felt compelled to visit Elizabeth’s Secondhand Bookshop in Perth, and I found a copy of that same book there, for a paltry AU$8.80. Happy days!

And so, being as the Universe appears to be answering a great many of my prayers these days, and helping me manifest my desires, I again felt compelled to visit my local thrift store in Rockingham today…and I was just about to leave when a large hardcover book under several other books somehow caught my eye.

Could it be? Was it possible? Yes!! It wasn’t an Omnibus or Box Set like the ones I’d seen online. This was something else altogether, something unique and special. The Best of James Herriot. AU$2.00.

And here it is, my Great Find Of The Day. It’s a sign, surely.
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As you can see from the photos above, this edition contains not only James Herriot’s own selection of stories, but also photos and descriptions of the towns mentioned in his books, a bit like a travelogue. It also has many rather quaint illustrations, and some useful and informative sidenotes on instruments, animals, farming equipment, etc.

I feel so lucky and privileged to have come into posession of this wonderful book. Thank you, Universe!! :)

Synchronicity and Wayne W Dyer

So, yesterday the 31st of August was a real milestone for me. I’m in Australia, where the time zone can be more than 15 hours ahead of the USA, so do bear with me if the timing of events I’m about to talk about seems off-kilter to you. My present is your future, you see ;).

I’m going to talk about synchronicity and Wayne W Dyer, and how I’m “connecting the dots” between events that happened very recently.

Last night, on the 31st of August, as I was checking my emails just before bedtime, I noticed that someone had just purchased one of my Lenormand divination card decks. (I have created 17 decks so far, and they are available to order on my eBay and Etsy stores online). What a pleasant surprise! I sometimes don’t get any sales all month, or maybe 2 or 3 scattered over a month.

Not 5 minutes later, another email alerted me to the fact that another of my Lenormand decks had sold, this time not on eBay but on Etsy. Wow, I thought, 2 in one night, Thank You, Universe!

I then had my beauty sleep and when I woke up the next morning, surprise surprise, there was a 3rd email telling me that yet another of my Lenormand decks had been purchased, on eBay.

3 in one night (or day, depending on where you are). That had never happened to me before. The Gods must be smiling upon me.

…and then I read the sad news that Dr Wayne W Dyer, (my favourite spiritual teacher after Eckhart Tolle), had passed away in the night. Oh no :'(! I’d been reading his books and wishing he’d come over to Perth, Western Australia, to give a talk or two…and now he’d gone to that higher realm to do his life’s work from above instead.

One thing Wayne Dyer had taught was that we should not get attached to anything, not even Life itself. In one of his last posts on his Facebook page, Wayne had prophetically stated that the clothes he would wear to his own funeral would have no pockets, as they would not be needed, because you simply cannot take anything with you when you pass over.

I was sad that Wayne was no longer with us here on this Earth. But I’d learnt enough from that great teacher to realise that grieving over his passing would not be the right thing to do, instead he would have much preferred his followers to celebrate his life and teachings, and continue to spread his philosophical ideas, and practice what we’ve learned from him.

I like to think that Wayne Dyer left me a parting gift yesterday. He brought me not 1, not 2 but 3 sales of my Lenormand cards. Because these decks were my own artistic creations, made using digital photography and Apps on my mobile phone, and made available as print-on-demand, they were very much an embodiment of my creative self. I believe that the timing of those 3 sales, and of Wayne’s passing, are more than mere coincidences.

I believe it was a validation of my worth as an artist.

To add, just the day before, I’d bitten the bullet and signed up for a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, with Open Colleges. This is the industry standard entry level requirement for anyone in Australia wanting to work as a Veterinary Nurse in a vet practice. I’d been dithering over whether to do the course or not, last year I passed up the opportunity because the timing and my frame of mind weren’t right. But now, especially after starting my Canine Caring volunteering at the Dog Shelter, I knew I really wanted to work with animals. So this time, I was in the right frame of mind. I start the course tomorrow.

The same day I enrolled for my course, we went to look at secondhand cars. Hubby has a Subaru Forrester that’s way too big for me, and I wanted a small little runaround to help with lugging home bulky items like pool salt, poultry mix and dog kibbles. And also to get me to and from work, once I qualify as a Veterinary Nurse and get a job.

I fell in love with a Kia Cerato hatchback, and a deal was struck with the car dealership.

But the very next day, the deal fell through because hubby’s Forrester had a loan secured on it and could only be used as a trade-in for the Kia Cerato, if he paid $10,000 in cash. Which we did not have. So, following Wayne Dyer’s teachings about detachment, I let the Kia go in my heart.

Then this morning, I convinced hubby to visit some car dealerships in a different area, to see if we could find a cheaper, more affordable car for me. (Strangely enough, as we were having breakfast and coffee before setting off, a friend sent me a email containing a joke about how a teenager was able to purchase a large, brand new car for a mere $15. There was even a photo of said car. Talk about synchronicity!).

We were at one of the car dealerships looking around when the phone call came in from the dealer who had the Kia…offering a different financial deal, whereby we left hubby’s existing car out of the equation.

So, off we went back to the dealership. And before we knew it, I was driving that Kia Cerato home. Happy days!

Again, I don’t believe this happened by accident. I believe it was perhaps a test of my ability to detach from any attachment to the Kia. And I believe it was Wayne Dyer who had a hand in steering that car my way again, after I’d let it go.

Talk about synchronicity! Just as I finished writing the last sentence, what should flash up on my screen but Eckhart Tolle’s “Present Moment Reminder”. And it says “Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found”.

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I feel blessed indeed.

Connecting more dots…

Isn’t it funny how things happen seemingly at random, yet turn out to be exactly what’s needed to complete the picture? Just yesterday, I blogged about Connecting the Dots.

Today, a strange series of events led to yet another incident of seemingly random dots connecting. The Universe is truly conspiring to make things happen for me!

I’d been trying to decide between doing 2 courses – a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, or a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services. The former will get me employment as a nurse in a veterinary practice, or as an Animal Welfare Officer or Zoo Keeper. The latter will prepare me to run my own pet shop or dog grooming parlour, or be an animal behaviourist and trainer. Both are equally good for my purposes. I really want to work with animals, as I find it really rewarding and soul satisfying.

So this afternoon, I searched the internet for providers of these courses who offered help with paying fees. I was specifically searching for what’s known as VET FEE-HELP, also known as “Study Now, Pay Later”. One of the few providers of the Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in Western Australia is Polytechnic West.

There was information about doing the course part-time, on their website. But, strangely, no information about the full-time course. I needed to know what the differences were in terms of attendance hours, work placement, fees etc. So, I sent Polytechnic West an email requesting a callback, and thought perhaps they’ll ring me tomorrow or next week.

Here’s where it gets weird. Later the same night, just as I was about ready for bed, out of the blue my ex-husband sent me a mobile text alerting me to a Skills & Training Expo in Perth this very weekend. http://www.skillswestexpo.com.au/

I looked up the details of the Expo, and specifically the list of exhibitors. And there it was: Polytechnic West. The very people I wanted to speak to about the course I wanted to do!

Is it a sign? You bet I’m taking it as a YES!

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Connecting The Dots

The inimitable Steve Jobs once said:

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And this is true, regardless of whether it relates to Business or Life.

When events are flashing by our daily lives, sometimes so quickly that we hardly even notice them, it is hard to make connections between one event and another. Everything appears to happen at random, with no discernible pattern.

But, if you were to concentrate on specific cues and clues, or on specific words or images, i.e if you were to somehow tease out little details from the vast stream of daily events that make up your life, you can certainly find patterns or even cycles. Criminal Profilers are adept at doing this, to delve into the minds of criminals. Buddhism teaches that Life is a continual cycle, and what you do in this life will be repeated in your next, if you have not learnt the lesson. The concept of Karma is an example of a cycle or pattern that repeats.

If finding the connections is hard enough, knowing when something is a “Dot” to connect to another, is even harder. You don’t know whether it is a “Dot” or not, until you try connecting it to another possible “Dot”. And with everything potentially being a “Dot”, trying to make sense out of every one and trying to connect them, is virtually impossible.

So, what do you do? Trust your gut instinct, look for similarities, tune in to synchronicity and coincidences, listen out for cues, watch for events/things/actions that are out of the ordinary. And throw in a healthy measure of creative thinking.

And then suddenly, A will link to B, B to C, C to D and so on. Then the dots will connect, and suddenly you understand what is meant by “Seeing The Bigger Picture”.

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