Have you ever thought of a friend that you haven’t seen for a while and then lo and behold they call moments later?
It’s a very weird experience when it happens. And it happens to me more often than seems likely if it were only down to coincidence.
But does this really point towards the idea that the universe is conscious? Or do we live in a universe that is like a beautifully oiled machine?
The other day I started planning for a new version of a Dreamwork course I have run in the past.
Within an hour I saw a post by an author friend that she was, that very evening, running a short workshop on how to gamify your writing.
As gamification is THE way to make just about anything more intriguing and engaging I signed up.
It was a great little class and I left feeling more inspired than ever for my course. Then I had a conversation with another dear friend and colleague.
She mentioned that she was incredibly excited because she had just signed up for a course in building your course so that it is gamified.
It was expensive, but, I reasoned by the end of the 10 weeks I would have my course written and above all, gamified.
Surely this was fate.
The clock was ticking down with only a couple of hours to go and I literally had my credit card in hand when a thought crossed my mind.
What if I just checked with the tarot?
I’m not a tarot expert or anything. I have just developed a simple method that really helps me to open to my intuition and creativity.
I spread the cards and asked the question ‘what would the outcome be of taking this course?’
The answer could not be more clear.
The card I drew was ‘Failure.’
Oh. Now I was starting to be aware of the doubts about the course that I had been pushing away.
All that lovely enthusiasm and energy drained out of me. I was so caught up in the flow of this apparent ‘fateful’ gamification trail that I couldn’t quite believe it.
Never one to give up I decided to draw another card for clarification.
I received the ‘Prince of Swords’, a card that speaks to intuition and creativity as the guiding forces for this situation.
I couldn’t fit this with the stark reality and crystal clear message of the first card so I drew another (you can perhaps feel a little hint of desperation here).
This time I drew ‘The Star’ and it all became clear.
Buying this course would be a huge mistake and where I really needed to focus my energy was on listening to my inner guidance and embodying it even more fully. Simple.
So how is it possible to reconcile this apparent contradiction that things seemed to be so right before revealing themselves to be so, so wrong.
And what does it mean about whether the universe is conscious or not?
It is so tempting to overlay meaning onto the smallest occurrence. The friend calling when we have been thinking of them. A string of events like the ones outlined above.
Even the ones like the failure card can be used to justify the message that is coming from outside.
The plain truth is it comes down to the level of belief. But just because we hold a belief strongly the whole time doesn’t make it true all of the time.
So I prefer to take the creative option and ask the following question.
Does this belief take me into a state where I feel more energised and more of a sense of grounded possibility?
For me thinking of the universe as conscious does do this and makes my world a more enjoyable place. What belief do you choose?