Week 3, Day 2 of The Artist's Way
Today, let's take a small step in the direction of a dream and watch the synchronous doors fly open.
Life is what we make of it.
Whether we conceive of an inner god force or another, outer God, doesn't matter. Relying on that force does.
Is it any wonder we discount answered prayers? We call it a coincidence. We call it luck. We call it anything but what it is—the hand of God, or good, activated by our own hand when we act in belief of our truest dreams, when we commit to our own soul.
When we answer that call, when we commit to it, we set in motion the principle that C. G. Jung dubbed synchronicity, loosely defined as a fortuitous intermeshing of events.
Back in the 60s, we called it serendipity. Whatever you choose to call it, once you begin your creative recovery you may be startled to find it cropping up everywhere. Don't be surprised if you try to discount it. It can be a very threatening concept.
I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seatbelt. The most remarkable things follow.
In my experience, the universe falls in with worthy plans and most especially with festive and expensive ones.
I have seldom Conceived a delicious plan without being given the means to accomplish it. Understand that the what must come before the how. First, choose what you would do. The how usually falls into place itself.
We like to pretend it is hard to follow our heart's dreams.
The truth is, it is difficult to avoid walking through the many doors that were open. Turn aside your dream and it will come back to you again. Get willing to follow it again and the second mysterious door will swing open.
Take a small step in the direction of a dream and watch the synchronous doors flying open.
Seeing, after all, is believing. And if you see the results of your experiment you will not need to believe me. Remember the maximum “leap, and the net will appear.”
(The Artist's Way, 2016, p. 62-66)
As I leap, the net will appear.
Describe your childhood room.
If you wish, you may sketch this room. What was your favorite thing about it? What's your favorite thing about your room right now? Nothing? Well, get something you like in there—maybe something from that old childhood room.
“Did you ever observe to whom the accidents happen? Chance favors only the prepared mind.”
– Louis Pasteur
What is a small step you can take today in the direction of a dream?
We'd love to hear in the comments!