SERENDIPITY: THE ACCIDENTAL PRESENT
Much of my adult life was guided, or should I say yanked, by some astounding serendipitous moments.
Although I was a serious spiritual seeker my entire life, I reached a point of frustration in my twenties when not finding those Big Answers I sought. Exasperated, I took an extended break, partied heavily, and married someone I probably shouldn’t have.
So, when a garage door fell on my head, I intuitively knew it was a wake-up call to take my spiritual pursuit seriously once more.
Fast forward three years.
A student in one of the spiritual classes I was enrolled in approached me after class. She said, “You seem to know a lot of things. Would you consider teaching me what you know?”
I thought: This woman is absolutely crazy! What the hell do I know?
But, without conscious volition, out of my mouth came words that changed my life forever: “Sure and bring your friends!”
Two weeks later, when ten people arrived in my living room, that serendipitous moment became the start of my four-decade spiritual teaching career.
Fast forward another couple of years.
Two of my students had started a silk-screen printing company. They needed a space, so I let them use my garage. One afternoon, as I sat in my kitchen drinking a cup of tea, one of them walked past, just as he had dozens of times previously.
This time, however, I felt a strong, out-of-character pull to notice his muscular legs.
Honestly, I felt a *ping* in my heart, as if being hit by a Cupid arrow.
Three weeks later we were standing in front of a minister getting married.
Comparing notes, he had experienced the same Cupid Moment coinciding with mine.
It was as if the entire Universe aimed it's arrow at a target we didn't know was there just to bring the two of us together.
This man was everything I was looking for, but hadn’t even noticed as he walked past me for years. He not only became my life partner, he became my behind-the-scenes advisor, writing editor, and frequently worked alongside me doing private inner journey sessions with students.
We’ve been married for 35 years now.
I could go on and on….
What is Serendipity?
The definition of serendipity is an unplanned, fortunate discovery.
Some call it luck, coincidence, karma, synchronicity, destiny, or divine intervention. I call it the Universe speaking, reminding you to know there’s something more.
Undoubtedly, you’ve experienced unexpected things that triggered you to stop or change direction or say something you ordinarily wouldn’t. Maybe those moments made no logical sense, yet you felt compelled to follow, and eventually the dots connected.
So much of life is influenced by the unplanned and unforeseen, but since you can’t understand why, you make a detour.
But, these unforeseen events, chance meetings and bizarre coincidences are often the critical forces that make the biggest differences in your life.
There have actually been studies suggesting that perhaps 50% of major scientific breakthroughs are the result of accidents or coincidences.
We wouldn’t have antibiotics if Alexander Fleming’s Petri dish hadn’t accidentally become contaminated, growing a mold that led to the discovery of penicillin.
Similarly, Viagra, Post-it notes, X-rays, nylon, Velcro, rubber and microwave ovens were all the result, to some extent, of serendipitous “accidents.”
Can Serendipity Be Forced?
Attempting to generate serendipity sounds paradoxical.
However, by committing to be consciously aware of the unexpected, noticing connections that don’t seem logical, looking at the world with wide eyes, seeing opportunities, serendipity can expand.
Allow yourself to find meaning in surprising events. It may feel awkward at first, but attune yourself to the idea that the unanticipated is your best friend.
Be open to chance circumstances by letting go of obsessively planning things.
If you feel a spontaneous pull, allow yourself to be led. Trust that you’ll find out why – eventually.
Word of caution: Zealously trying to find “signs” can end up becoming a spiritual trap. Let the “signs” come to you instead.
Even these challenging times can yield serendipitous moments. Like being forced to self-reflect during a pandemic and discovering your Life Purpose. Or meeting the love of your life hiding behind a mask.
Unlike some people, ahem, no need to have a garage door fall on your head to get the serendipidous message.
Royce Morales, a renowned spiritual teacher for decades, shares breakthrough tools to get to the roots of self-sabotaging programming and create the life you deserve.
Royce offers remote group classes, an e-course and private inner journey sessions using her empowering spiritual clearing techniques.
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Royce is the author of three fascinating books about her teachings: “Want: True love, past lives and other complications;” “Know: A spiritual wake-up call;” and “Back: Rebirth After Stroke,” all available on amazon.com
Her website is www.RoyceMorales.com and Twitter is @RoyceMorales. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org