Rooms 476-481: Make Your Guitar Gently Weep
Put Synchronicity Into Action
Yesterday I cut my nose shaving, which was not as bad as the time I cut my forehead shaving—going after a stray eye brow hair. Just the same, it was one of those tiny cuts that wouldn’t stop bleeding. But I thought nothing of it and went on with my day. I was working on a blog post at the time, which was currently a white piece of nothingness and not going well.
Two minutes later and a tiny speck of blood dripped on to the white sheet of paper. Then another, and yet another. While it didn’t spell out any words, the message was clear—stop bleeding over a piece of writing that wasn’t ready to be written. But there was a second and more important message. Keep your nose out of other people’s business, something I clearly wasn’t doing the day before.
I won’t go into the details but, suffice it to say, I was more into someone else’s life than my own, which is never a place you want to be. I should have noticed it right away, and not when blood was dripping Morse code on my notebook. But I had to have my say, in spite of the warning bells ringing in my head. The ego can be stubborn—and deaf—when it doesn’t want to let go, causing us to ignore the obvious signs in our lives.
And make no mistake about it, everything is a sign. Stop. Slow Down. Speed Up. Turn Around. Yield. Watch Out For Deer. Or in my case, Stay In Your Own Lane. There are no accidents, not even a cut nose with a dull razor.
Of course, of all the signposts we have at our disposal, our emotions rank right up at the top. Our reactions to everyday life serve as barometers for both what is good in our lives and what is not, for what is in balance and what is out of balance. Our emotions point us straight towards that which we need to look at.
Unfortunately, and this is a recurring theme on this blog, life gets busy and we forget to listen. It’s easier to put on a band-aid and distract ourselves. Truth is, it doesn’t matter how much we try to stay awake and conscious, it’s easy to stop looking at the things that come into our world. It’s human nature. Of course, it’s our spiritual nature to transcend human nature, which is exactly why we’re going to revisit the spirit of Room 43.
Room 43 was a long time ago, but in a nutshell, it was about waking dreams and paying close attention to the tiny synchronicities in our day-to-day lives. Like the time when you’re thinking of a friend and the friend happens to call on the phone. Or when a book falls off a shelf and ends up being the exact book you need to read. Or when you feel depressed or lost, and then the next person you see says something that brings the “just needed” guidance. It’s all those times when life speaks to you, directing you towards some larger truth. That’s what we’re going to listen to today.
I know it’s easy to believe in synchronicity for all those big anvil-falling-on-your-head moments, like when the stressed out workaholic gets a heart attack and realizes it’s time to slow down or switch careers.
In these larger than life moments it’s easy to believe in cause and effect, and even the most ardent skeptic can see the clear synchronicity of life. But what about all those small, insignificant moments? What about that cryptic song that comes on the radio, the ill-timed flat tire, the slip in the shower, or the shaving accident? Should these not have meaning as well? Does the Universe only send out messages with locusts and famine?
I suppose the answer comes down to what you want to look at, and what you choose to believe.
Personally, I choose to believe the Universe is responding in kind with every breath and thought and movement we take. I believe we are constantly sending out energy which is constantly returning to us in infinite ways, one of which is the waking dream. Or synchronicity. Or bloody nose. Call it what you want.
And the more we recognize the Universe’s hand in these every day moments, the closer we come to understanding the true nature of our world. It’s here where life becomes a miraculous adventure, simply because we realize that all life is a spiritual moment.
Of course, sometimes we have to shift our attention so we can see these miracles. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that the Universe is behind our bloody noses and clogged toilets in the same way it’s behind the sky full of stars.
Sometimes we even have to prove it to ourselves.
Rooms 476-481: Make Your Guitar Gently Weep
You probably already know that “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was written by George Harrison of the Beatles. It’s also consistently ranked as one of the top 100 songs ever written.
What you might not know is that the inspiration for the song came to Harrison when reading the I Ching, which, as Harrison put it, “seemed to be based on the Eastern concept that everything is relative to everything else… opposed to the Western view that things are merely coincidental—that every little item that’s going down has a purpose.”
Taking this idea to heart, Harrison committed to write a song based on the first words he saw upon opening a random book. Those words were “gently weeps”, and he immediately began writing the song. The rest is history.
That’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to recognize the same synchronicity in our own lives, all of which is predicated on the simple idea that nothing we encounter is random, and all events and happenings point towards something larger and more meaningful.
The idea is to ask yourself two questions, which can be about anything you want to know. The only caveat is to avoid yes or no questions. Other than that, it’s entirely in your hands. It could be what do I need to do this week? Today? What should I write/talk/teach about? Where will I take my next vacation? What do I need to know about my health? A relationship? A career change? It could be anything.
The next step is to follow George Harrison’s lead and grab a random book, open it, then base your answers on the first few words you read. There is a good chance it might not make immediate sense, but that is the beauty of it. It’s your job to find its meaning, and to make sense of it.
And don’t do it just once, do it as often as you can. I have done it five times over the last three weeks, and I have two new blog posts, a title for a new book, a brand new approach to treating my health, and a possible trip to Tahiti, for which I’m still waiting for the Universe to fund.
But don’t stop there. Take George Harrison’s initial experiment and go one step further. Start looking at everything that comes into your world.
You can start by noticing when your emotions creep into your life—anger, grief, frustration, jealousy, rage, happiness, joy, love. The idea is not to judge or deny them, but to acknowledge them, and to be fully conscious of why they’re there. They are signposts of what’s going on in your life, telling you to either continue doing what you’re doing or switch gears and try something else.
After that, start dissecting your entire day, both the small and large moments. That means everything from the way your car acts, to the words that come out of a strangers mouth, to the junk mail that you receive. Look at everything that comes into your life and assign meaning to it all.
Now I realize this isn’t for the skeptic, but I suspect there aren’t many skeptics reading so I won’t waste the effort with the hard sell. And yes, I know exactly what the skeptics would say. “You can find meaning in anything if you wanted”.
Well that is exactly the point. You can find meaning in anything. And we should. Especially the small stuff, which is there to help us before it becomes big stuff. Deal with it now or deal with it later, but eventually we all deal with it.
To find meaning in life takes a keenly tuned microscope. It takes an open-mind, imagination and a creative spirit.
It takes seeing layers and subtext. It takes knowing yourself and the world you inhabit.
It also takes the belief that the Universe is talking to us, offering lessons and guidance in the most seemingly random events.
It takes being fully awake.
Let your imaginations go and believe with all of your heart that there is wisdom in the pages you open and the words you read and all the things that come into your world.
Open the book that is your life and point at the first thing you see.
Let your own guitar gently weep.
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