Synchronicity and Forgiveness

Synchronicity is a term used by Karl Jung to describe events which seem to be coincidences but actually are patterns that are often remarkable and rarely just coincidences. In my experience the universe is constantly trying to tell us where to go, what to do and who we really are. In my novel The Twelve, synchronicities were at the heart of the story and synchronicities are key to events in my own life. Examples can be dramatic or not, but by paying attention we can see and be more than we sometimes perceive.

Yesterday was a busy day for me. I taped a wonderful radio interview with Marilyn Tam for her new show about happiness. Part of the show included my suggestions for how others can be happy. One of the points I made was related to the importance of forgiveness. In my experience, it is essential we learn to forgive ourselves and others in order to be happy. To err is human and we all make mistakes. To forgive is also human and in many ways essential to our humanity. Holding grudges and focusing on our own mistakes with negative self judgment does not create happiness. However, it is not always easy to forgive. Sometimes it seems impossible.

In the afternoon I happened to have a meeting with another client. His name is Master Charles Cannon and the book he wrote is entitled FORGIVING THE UNFORGIVEABLE: The True Story of How Survivors of the Mumbai Terrorist Attack Answered Hatred with Compassion.  This is a remarkable book by a remarkable man. Eckhart Tolle wrote the foreword. Neale Donald Walsch wrote the afterword. Marianne Williamson, Andrew Cohen and many other spiritual luminaries have read and endorsed FORGIVING THE UNFORGIVEABLE. Master Charles is a low-key but powerful teacher. In this book he explains how two members of his international association were murdered during the terrorist siege at the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai in November 2008 where he too was at risk of being murdered himself for more than forty –five hours. During this ordeal, Master Charles chose to focus on the events as an opportunity to meditate and connect with the state of oneness which permeates all of life and even death. For me the most remarkable aspect of this meditation was the ability of Master Charles to immediately forgive the terrorists even while his life was in danger.

One of the miraculous developments that emerged from those forty-five hours of terror and knowing any minute that Master Charles and his associates might die was the creation of the One Life Alliance, a charitable, educational organization dedicated to honoring the oneness and sacredness of life. Was it just a coincidence that I was speaking about the importance of forgiveness the same day that I was scheduled to meet with Master Charles? I don’t think so. After all, the name of his Virginia based organization is the Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality.


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