In an article called, Synchronicity: How We Relate to this Mystical Law, Caroline Myss asks, “Can a person influence acts of synchronicity; that is, are some people more likely to experience synchronistic events, and if so, why?”
I’ve wondered that myself, and just the day before reading Myss’ article I had an opportunity to try influencing an act of synchronicity. Here’s what happened.
For the past several months, I’ve been teaching yoga and working out in a gym that’s about five minutes from home. The most famous member of Ultima Gym is Bruce Springsteen, who lives here during the winter months. For weeks, I had been hearing reports of sightings from friends in the gym, but I’ve never seen him there.It’s odd, because he usually shows up around the same time I’m there. One day, instead of working out, I took a yoga class, only to find out that while I was doing the downward-facing dog, the Boss was working out at the other end of the gym. I’d missed him again.
So, finally, a day came when I had a chance to see if I could create a synchronicity related to this scenario.The radio station at the gym was playing Springsteen’s “Darkness on the Edge Town.” That’s a tiny synchronicity in itself since he lives here on the edge of town. But I wanted a BIG one. I wanted him to show up during the song or as it ended. Yes, a big request, and I only had about three minutes. But I really focused.
“Bring on the Boss,” I said, using his nickname. I said it over and over, imagining him walking into the free weight area. I also wondered if anyone else was thinking the same.I figured I could use some help, but when I looked around everyone ws wearing ear buds, engulfed in their own personal tunes, possibly not even aware of the song playing. Oh, well. Looks like I’m on my own, I thought, and continued focusing.
The song ended. I made one final effort. C’MON BOSS! Center stage is right here!
That’s when it happened. Who should walk by and nod to the people working out? Springsteen? Nope. The boss of the gym – the owner, my yoga boss. Hmm. Wrong Boss. Well, at least, I got a trickster synchronicity out of it. And maybe someday the real Boss will show up…while I’m there.