Roman Britain And The Magic Of Synchronicity
I love this concept as it has worked for me before and I had an inner nudge from somewhere to give this ago, by picking a book I had in my bookcase, but hadn't read yet.
I felt guided to a particular shelf then felt compelled to read
Stanislav Grof's book When The Impossible Happens.
When I pulled the book out of the shelf I felt a very peaceful feeling come over me...
But I couldn't help looking at the title and thinking as if anything impossible will happen when I read this book.
Then I had a feeling like the "library angel" was having a laugh and saying "you just wait".
I read through the intro at the front with the same peaceful fascination thinking if only I could bottle this feeling that has come over me right now, I'd make a lot of money.
Then I decided to go outside and read in the sunshine to get some free Vitamin D.
I was reading the chapter photographed above about the famous Joesph Campbell story involving his synchronicity with a praying mantis.
" He used to live in Greenwich Village in Manhattan on the 14th floor of a high-rise building.
His study had two sets of windows--one was overlooking the Hudson River, which was a very beautiful view and those windows were open much of the time.
The other two windows faced Sixth Avenue, and they were hardly ever opened. Joseph said those particular windows were only opened a couple of times during the 14 years he lived there.
Joseph was, at the time of this story, working on his World Encyclopedia of Mythology--in particular, the first volume called The Way of the Animal Powers, a comprehensive encyclopedia of shamanic mythologies of the world.
And he was specifically working on a chapter on the mythology of the African bushmen of the Kalahari Desert.
In that mythology, the praying mantis is a central, heroic figure.
So Joseph was surrounded by all these articles about the praying mantis and pictures of the praying mantis.
Just as he was working on this, he suddenly had this completely irrational impulse to go and open one of the windows on the side that he never opened.
So he does this and looks out of the window, and he automatically turned his head to the right without really knowing why, and there on the 14th floor of the high-rise building was a great specimen of praying mantis.
And Joseph said the praying mantis gave him this meaningful look, and then just continued up the wall.
So that's a remarkable example of synchronicity, because you don't see many praying mantis in lower Manhattan! "
When I finished reading that incredible sync I thought wouldn't if be freaky if I looked around now and saw a praying mantis crawling somewhere around me, as I haven't seen one for years.
I looked around and challenged the "library angel" in my mind to produce one now and then I would never doubt in guidance from beyond again.
But of course reality seemed to take over and say, not on my watch, buddy.
So I went inside and did a few chores.
About an hour later my son was leaving for work and as I looked outside I saw there was some junk mail in the letter box and it looked like it was about to rain, so I went out and pulled the mail out of the letter box...and when I did, something started crawling up my arm.
When I looked down to see what it was, I found out it was a baby praying mantis.
I couldn't believe my eyes.
I thought no one is going to believe something I can barely believe myself, I wish I had a photo of this.
So I thought I'd see how far I could get without the mantis jumping off my arm.
To my astonishment it made no effort to flee and it happily posed for as many photos as I cared to take of it.
And this book is shaping up to be my best read yet.
I can understand people thinking this can't be true, but I am willing to be strapped to a lie detector and tell the same story and I will pass no problems.
Yes Mike, there really is a library angel...that seems to have a thing for praying mantises.
And believe me I haven't seen a praying mantis for years around my house, so this appearance today knocked my socks off.
Sent to me via the link in the comments section below by King Uke.
I think that's enough mantises keeping their eye on me for now, anymore and I'll be reaching for the insect repellent, I think.