Something very deep and mysterious, very holy and sacred is taking place in our lives right where we are, and the more attentive we become the more we will begin to see and hear it.
Welcome back to our Co-Creative Mandalas blog!
Each month, we share insights, inspiration, and all the ways the cycles of the Great Mandala uplift and support you. We draw upon the metaphors and messages of each season to explore and celebrate our individual and collective journeys toward Unity.
The Co-Creative Mandalas have a name that represents something about the natural world and the energy of the current time.
This month's mandala is Serendipity.
I hope you’re having a magnificent summer, and that you are taking the time to bask in the preciousness of small things. August 1st marked mid-summer and now Fall Equinox is on the horizon. In Colorado (and other parts of the US), we're still enjoying summer's heat.
This is the hottest time of year, when all the plants are flourishing, growing out of the rows we neatly planted in the spring. Even so, I sense the shift in energy that comes with the subtle changes in the light and shortening of the daylight hours. We've entered the beginning of harvest season when we're really rewarded for our gardening efforts.
Our garden continues to be a miracle, a sacred space of goodness, which Don and I appreciate daily. It feels as though we're living in a paradise. “If you want to live in the garden,” a friend says, “you have to be the gardener.” That’s key to what we’re doing. We're Being gardeners in paradise tending to the plants, in just the same way we tend to our families, our friends, ourselves, and each another. It can't get much better than that!
As the new season is unfolding, do you feel called to create positive change for yourself, those around you, and our planet? Our individual and collective evolution of consciousness, our inner growth is a lot like growing and tending to a garden.
Whether you're physically or metaphorically growing your garden, this is a very powerful time to remind yourself of what you planted and wanted to harvest this year by revisiting and examining your intentions--what you planted in the spring & what you're growing in your life right now. What are you beginning to see ripen from those intentions? What still needs nurturing? How can you re-engage with those intentions? What is something you can do to continue to move those intentions along?
From ancient times, wisdom teachers tell us that our Universe is perfectly balanced by natural and spiritual laws which maintain order. We can learn to depend on these laws and live in alignment with this order and be “in the flow”. If we plant carrot seeds, carrots will grow, not squash. One of the Universal Laws is, “what we sow in consciousness we reap.” It is important to remember that Source (the Divine, Nature, the Universe--whatever you name that power and presence) doesn't operate in a straight line. Many years ago I realized that we're on a "zig-zag path to enlightenment". Our logic would like to use the straight line method of getting things accomplished, for setting intentions and meeting our goals--with no detours, scenic routes, or inconvenient barriers to fulfilling our dreams.
With experience we learn that when we are “in the flow” things run smoothly in our lives AND unexpected events happen. Some call these events coincidences or synchronicity, some even call it luck. Others call it Serendipity.
Webster defines it as, “the gift of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.” It refers to the discovery of a idea or goal which you stumble into (or which stumbles into you) while you are on a search for an altogether different one.
Read about the fairy tale that inspired the word serendipity.
Those are delightful or surprising moments when you bump into an insight, a person, or a circumstance that you never could have imagined, but you recognize deeply in your soul as something that you’ve always wanted – that’s serendipity. Serendipity is the Universe’s way of saying "YES"--telling you that you’re on track.
Serendipity is the process of making happy discoveries along the road of life. Whenever you have a clear goal that you visualize continually and that you are working toward each day, happy, unexpected events and experiences occur in your life, each of which seems to help you to achieve your goals even faster.
Goals –second edition
The Universe continually sends messages to help us remember our Wholeness. Often we're so absorbed in the changes and challenges that we call life, we miss the subtle clues. Serendipity, is a slight nudge in the right direction, a tiny hug to let you know you are not alone in the Universe. It's the reminder to stop, breathe, and notice.
Martha Beck, life coach and columnist for Oprah's O Magazine, talks about serendipity in her book Steering by Starlight. In her comments on how things unfold when people get started on the the path to living their best life – fulfilling their destiny, she says, “Circumstances beyond your control will begin aligning as if to facilitate your actions."
These are often happy accidents.
The challenge is to have an observant mind that accepts the unexpected, or at least pauses to be present with what these un-looked for happenings may mean in relation to your vision, your intentions, your life in this moment.
Serendipity has played a significant role in my life, so much so that I feel it has outweighed all my carefully laid out plans, both personal and professional. I like the idea of Serendipity in that it allows me to think life is purposeful, i.e., that things happen for a reason.
One quick example, which I'm guessing is quite typical for others--even if the details are different. I know the power and magic of being open to the unexpected from personal experience.
Read how Co-Creative Mandalas manifested because of Serendipity and were born out of a random search on Google.
John Krumboltz says in his Planned Happenstance Theory that people with optimistic qualities are more likely to turn Serendipity into opportunity. We can transform uncertainty into opportunity if we can keep a philosophical attitude that “something good and enjoyable can happen"...which creates a space in which we notice Serendipity.
When you trust your guidance and your intuition you begin to trust you're on the right path. When you experience Serendipity you'll notice that you feel:
Motivated by the experience.
Filled with a sense of Wholeness.
You and the world are uplifted.
The unexpected happens all the time and that kind of unexpectedness can lead to positive outcomes. Trust what you are feeling. Let go of someone else’s meaning if it doesn’t resonate. Simply call it in and let go. Then, open your eyes to the mystery, magic, and simple wonders in the present moment. That's where you'll find Serendipity.
If you calmly and confidently believe in the mystery and magic of Serendipity, no matter what happens, you will have repeated serendipitous experiences that will help you to achieve your real goals in life.
The great news is that this attitude can be cultivated by all of us. If you want to experience Serendipity more often, cultivate these six qualities that support noticing and experiencing those magical moments:
1. Humility: The willingness to meet anyone and any opportunity with openness, curiosity and compassion.
2. Surrender: For a fun and interesting talk, check out Todd Kashdan's TEDtalk "Becoming a mad scientist with your life"
3. Openness: Make space to explore, to discover, to be surprised. This...“or something better.”
4. Growth mindset: When we step outside of our comfort zone and take calculated risks, magic happens.
5. Wonder: Mix perspectives by building self-awareness while simultaneously reflecting on the world around us.
6. Ownership: Acknowledging you have gifts that can benefit others, a voice that can bring about change, and a responsibility to show up fully.
Serendipity is not simply good fortune that shines on a blessed few. It is a frame of mind, a desire to live fully, that allows us to venture into the little mysteries of life with humility, curiosity, and a real hunger to make a difference.
Staying open to the power of Serendipity helps you remain flexible when things don’t go as planned, or when you’re invited to an even better opportunity. We can’t always see the path ahead, so practicing mindfulness and paying attention to the small things helps steer us in the right direction. Plus, gratitude and patience are two of the keys to living in the flow of serendipity-filled lives.
This Co-Creative Mandala, "Serendipity" is from a photograph of Turk's Cap Lily (symbolizes reassurance). The colors are related to your heart and crown chakras. Lilies also represent the circle of life, compassion, and the love and support from your guides, allies, and the Universe. This mandala invites us to see the wonder in everything around us, in nature, in music, in our creations.
I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.