By Terry Shea
October 23, 2017
Posted In: Spiritual Wellness, White Rock
“Coincidence is the word we use when we can’t see the levers and pulleys.”
~ Emma Bull (author of Bone Dance)
Whether you are dealing with a Robbie the dog who makes his way home from Indiana to Oregon, or a dowser who finds a lost harp of inestimable sentimental value to a family, or the “library angel” who miraculously leads you to the very book you needed, we, experts that we are, claim, “It was a simple coincidence.”
Larry Dossey’s latest book is account after account of those unexplainable things that occur in our lives that science wants to discount, simply because the explanation does not fit into the narrow confines of Newtonian physics or Euclidian geometry. This seems to me to be a clear example of what Jesus meant when he said, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.” Science was made for man to use, to explain, assist in defining what it means to be a man/woman. WE were not made to be defined by science.
It amazes me that we will argue so fiercely for a totally random universe and use science, the knowledge of laws, functions, principles, all of which according to science are immutable to explain away phenomena that we cannot explain. During a lecture where Dossey was defending his one mind theory, a man in the crowd suggested that Robbie the dog had made the 2800-mile journey to be reunited with his family relying solely on the pheromones emitted by his owner and borne on the wind across the great divide. Another man said it was just dumb luck, Ignoring the fact that the emaciated dog had not only found his was to Oregon, but actually found the family home, let himself in, and jumped up on the bed where his owner was sleeping.
Some of us will go to any lengths to insist on our limitations and our limiting view of life rather than embrace a “new thought.” Why is that?
There are any number of explanations, but all revolve around our story and our history, the conscious one sometimes and the unconscious one most definitely all of the time. One of my most valuable learnings from my time in Context Training was the idea of how we get needs met. A driving need I have that I am conscious of I will tend to meet it constructively, and those that are unconscious I will meet destructively. I have seen this at work in my own life over and over and countless time in my spiritual direction practice with my clients.
Try this on for size as you think about this week’s Satsang: Why are we (as a society) so fearful of admitting that the whole One Mind idea might have some validity, that maybe there is a G-d Principle, Power or Source out of which we are all emerging? Could we individually and collectively have a driving need we are not conscious of that is constantly derailing our best efforts to be happy, fulfilled, successful and free?
I look forward to exploring this desire to be right rather than happy that is slowly compromising life on this planet.
Questions for Rev Terry? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org