It keeps happening these days. I find that the more I lose myself in the process of creating something – a handbag, a watercolor, an apron – life starts to emerge as a series of sweet coincidences. Perhaps you’ve experienced the strange slow-down of time as you lose yourself in a hands-on project, as you get more specific and detailed and the flow just is happening in the process of the activity itself. When you emerge it is often a surprise to see how much time has passed. This occurs more and more lately as I go deeper into the act of making something. Then, while surfing the ordinary world out here, I notice graceful parallels that seem to carry affirmations regarding life’s underlying harmonies. Let me describe a few as best I can….
I fell in love with images of Italy my son photographed on a vacation with his wife last summer. This was a very special trip as he had safely returned from military service in Afghanistan the month before. I selected a cityscape with medieval church scene to watercolor as a gift to them as a remembrance of their special time together. After the painting was complete I found that it was the Church of Siena where Catherine of Siena, the famous 14th Century mystic, was buried. I was fascinated to hear from my daughter in law that they had actually seen a holy relic of Catherine’s, her finger, which is preserved for all to see! How this is strangely synchronistic, is that today as I was speaking with my daughter in law, Susie, she mentioned that during the Royal Wedding of William and Catherine just days ago, the opening reading was a quote from Catherine of Siena….”Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” Then she mentioned how my granddaughter, 4 year old Avery, while watching the Royal Wedding event on TV thought the couple was my daughter Pilar and her fiancée Peter. This would seem very normal for a little girl whose Aunt Pilar has long dark hair and whose fiancée is tall and blonde. But, the very strangest part, is that my daughter and her fiancé, who will be married in September of this year, live in Cambridge, England and that is the very Dukedom of the newly married Royals! If you have followed the thread of this story you may make up your own mind regarding whether or not this is an example of synchronicity linked to the creative process. I am just enchanted by it all!
In simpler ways, coincidences emerge around me as I keep creating. Birds fly all around our front porch every morning as my husband feeds and watches them at daybreak. I’ve created photopaintings with my husband of a bluejay and a chickadee. Lately I’ve wondered how I can incorporate birds into my sewing. Then, on a recent trip to the mall in search of fabric ideas I saw nothing but birds on handbags and jewelry and cards. It is as though my ideas begin to formulate reality around them. Not always, some of the time, and sweetly, just to remind me to keep imagining and seeing with my heart and mind.
Know that the love you put into what you do will emerge in the world around you. A coincidence is a gracious and friendly tap from the Divine to you.