As you may know, I changed my world view and came to believe in God/Spirit/The Presence – my Higher Power – via synchronicity. Coined by Carl Jung, synchronicity points to an acausal connecting principle, thus making ‘coincidences’ hold a meaningful connection or link to reality for the person involved.
As Rog and I progress in rebirthing our business and leave behind a regular paycheck, fear of doing the right thing and being financially sustained (at the minimum) had started to creep into my psyche. With my faith lacking, I sure needed some sign – uh hum, signs – that we were on the right path and would prosper. Our beautiful spring-green grasshopper (you may have read about him in Rog’s recent edition of “Reaching Out”) who’d been ‘living’ with us since before July 4th, proved to play a key role in increasing my faith and peace.
We finally got to research our little fella after we saw his shedded skin sitting on the Black-eyed Susan flower. Many synchronistic events have transpired since then and sharing them hopefully will give you a sense of the wonderment and deliciousness of it all. And, perhaps it will inspire you, grow your belief that something much greater than we is running this universe.
It turns out that our original friend was but a ‘nymph’, evolving into an adult, growing darker in color, and acquiring its wings.
We learned too, that as a Chinese symbol, the grasshopper offers attributes that include longevity, happiness, good health, good luck, wealth, and abundance. In Ancient Greece, the grasshopper was a status symbol. Native American grasshopper symbolism deals with messages of glad tidings and harbinger of good news. So far, so good.
The grasshopper moves to its own rhythm and tune, indicating it is an advocate of intuition and listening to our inner voices. The grasshopper keeps itself to the ground and thus can teach us stability, patience, security, and solidarity. I welcome all of those attributes!
The grasshopper chooses those of us who are innovators, forward-thinkers, and those who progress in life by unorthodox methods recognizing great leaps of faith, jumps in progress and consistent forward momentum. One is likely to aim high, and achieve amazing feats, taking grand leaps where others fear to do so. We can call upon the grasshopper when we need a sense of adventure in our lives.
Green is the color associated with the heart chakra, and once again, symbolizes harmony, creativity, health, abundance and nature. And, let’s not forget the obvious: the color of money is green.
The next morning, our adult grasshopper was gone.
Early that evening, on the way to throwing out the garbage, which is usually Rog’s task, I came upon a beautiful green (!) scarab beetle with iridescent features. It was not lost on me at all that Jung’s most famous case of synchronicity in psychotherapy was with a woman patient who recited a dream she had had about a golden scarab piece of jewelry.
The following morning, on my walk, I asked Spirit for one more sign, admitting I really didn’t need it, but would welcome it. Upon arriving home, Rog pointed to the garden patio door – there was our grasshopper friend back home, and the 3rd sign from Spirit!
My morning readings have added to this synchronicity, including a Daily Word “Worry-Free” which quoted a favorite scripture: “Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?” – Luke 12:25. Then a Unity teacher’s writing included “With God as your ever-present guide, do not fear anything or anyone. Be serene and confident because God is with you. You are not alone.”
And, on and on it goes. My faith and trust have been greatly strengthened, and I feel confident that Rog and I are headed in the right direction in our business and in service. I am so grateful for this fun and meaningful way Spirit communicates and assures me, reminding me I am not alone.
Thanks for reading. I would love to hear YOUR stories of synchronicity. Email me or leave a comment below.