Synchronicity – Visioning the Future

Christmas and the New Year is always a very exciting time in my life. I think we are very fortunate here in Australia to have the Christmas break over summer.  Summer always has a lovely vibrant energy about it – people seem happier, healthier and more enthusiastic when it is warmer.  We also get to take a break which is a welcome change.

 

As I think about this special time I am very aware just how blessed I am and how lucky I am to live here in Australia, to be in relationships with people I love and deeply admire. I have choices about how I live my life and the work I do, and how I can contribute more broadly because of the fortunate place we live.

 

I have just finished teaching on our Transformational Leadership Program with my wonderful colleague and friend Deborah Nanschild. This program is a deeply transformation program (as the name suggests) both for the amazing group of leaders we worked with, and for Deb and myself as facilitators.  The program had its genesis in a book, Synchronicity by Joseph Jaworski.  The book was pivotal in changing my view on what I wanted to teach and was the catalyst for Deb and me to develop the program.

 

Rereading the book again for the third time (generally unheard of for a leadership text!!) I thought I would share one of the final quotes from the book as a segue into this editorial.

 

If we think fifty years into the future and imagine what choices

we must make today to enable that future, then this is the place

we must come to make those choices and do whatever we’re

called on to do in terms of the larger work – Claire Nuer

 

To do this requires three fundamental shifts of mind:

  • A change in how we see the world
  • A change in how we understand relationships
  • A change in how we make commitments

 

To achieve these fundamental changes in mind, we need to have a clear vision of the future and a defining sense of our individual purpose that is bigger than ourselves that enables us to contribute to the vision.

 

Having a clear vision requires us to think about what we want for the future, 5, 10, 20, 50 years out. This is both personally, locally, nationally and globally.  The bigger we think, the bigger the difference is that we can make in the world.

 

Defining one’s purpose can be challenging for some people. One of the easiest ways to do it is to answer the following questions:

  • What do I want for the world?
  • What am I good at?
  • What inspires and energises me?
  • What part of my work do I care deeply about?
  • What is most important to me and guides my life?
  • How can I contribute to this world I desire?

 

When you have answered these questions you can begin to notice a pattern of things that you can use to contribute to the vision you have.

 

We can begin to reflect on how we are in the world – what are our goals, how do we want to live, what do we want to be doing, what kinds of relationships do we want that will sustain us.

 

By doing this we begin to prime our brain to our vision. There is a special part of our brain called the Reticular Activating System (RAS) which, once primed begins to notice things that align with our vision, purpose and goals.  Simultaneously we need to take inspired action, because when we do synchronicity happens, and when synchronicity happens we need to act on that!  It becomes a positive virtuous cycle!

 

Synchronicity, to paraphrase Jung who coined the term, is “the seemingly accidental meeting of two unrelated causal chains in a coincidental event which appears both highly improbable and highly significant”.

 

Most importantly, when we begin to notice, trust and live synchronistically, and begin to take inspired action, all measures of amazing things being to unfold.

 

As I wrote last month:

 

Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:  that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.  A whole stream of events issues form that direction, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would come his way.

 WH Murray – mountaineer – The Scottish Himalaya Expedition, 1951.

 

 

The future is not fixed. We live in a world of possibility.  We are creating the future in every moment by our thoughts.  So we need to make big and make them count!   Marianne Williamson wrote in her book Return to Love:

 

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are

powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God. Your playing small does

not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other

people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in

some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously

give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own

 fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

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