May was synchronicity month on my feng shui resolutions chart, and I most certainly had an adventure with synchronicity this May.
Oddly, thus far this year, each month has largely corresponded with the resolution I've associated with it. Whether that's by own subconscious will or by the universe's doing, I have no idea. But it has been very surreal to experience this kind of alignment month by month.
Synchronicity, May's resolution, as it's described in the feng shui bagua chart, is related to travel and helpful people. It's about the idea of getting out, meeting people, mingling, and finding opportunities.
So I started this month out by reading my horoscope by Astrologer Susan Miller. Why not? She told me:
"If you are hoping to travel overseas this month, you might have to plan carefully. Make sure every detail is correct and to your liking. Mercury, your ruling planet, will be retrograde until May 22, indicating you may have last-minute changes to your itinerary. You might want to ask your airline about rebooking costs should you suddenly need to change your air ticket for a later date. Even so, it appears you will want or need to fly this month, so be flexible as last-minute changes come up. It appears you will go far, possibly overseas, for pleasure or business, and the city or country you will be visiting appears to be the first time you will see it."
In fact, Susan told me that Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto (five out of the eight planets) were in retrograde. So I prepared myself for the upcoming trips I had scheduled.
First, I went to Omaha, Nebraska to visit my childhood home. It was nostalgic and emotional. A friend and I recently projected that this trip would be about the idea of "integration" or getting rid of a divide that existed in my mind between past and present, then and now, there and here. This trip confirmed our projections. Connecting to the past brought peace with my life decisions. I am proud of who I am and where I am. Everything I've done up to this point in my life has brought me to the present moment, a moment I can cherish. Having this foundation of inner peace is so very important to our lives and our health.
Next, as Susan Miller projected, a last-minute change indeed did come up. I flew back to Long Beach after Omaha. I needed to touch base. I needed to see my home and my creature. I needed to see my own stuff. So I changed my itinerary and marinated in home for a day...
Only to fly off again, this time for Nashville, Tennessee. There, I presented a creative essay I wrote on the TV show "Mad Men." It was a cathartic experience to read this deeply personal essay in front of others. Who knew I could do vulnerability so well in front of a bunch of academics? Fellow attendees at the conference presented some really amazing papers, and it's a Mad Men fangirl's dream to spend days on end analyzing every micro-moment of the show from about every angle and discipline imaginable: film and media studies, sociology, English, anthropology, literature, history, etc. The people I encountered at this conference were indeed great, helpful, and lovely. We often remarked to each other how much we appreciated being in the midst of similarly Mad Men-minded company.
After the conference, it was time to make the long journey home. And by long, I mean looooong. What was supposed to be a short trip from Nashville to Vegas with a stopover in Chicago ended up turning into a 16-hour airport-dwelling affair with a sleazy motel stay mixed in. But the beauty of this royally effed up journey was that I ran into two fabulous women from the conference trying to get to Vegas, as well. They were the fashion and style ladies from the conference who were fashion historians and fashionistas in their own right. They called themselves the "Joans," had brightly dyed red hair, wore vintage '60s clothing, and had gone to a burlesque show in Nashville with me nights before (which was food themed and definitely in need of its own short story). Things got really interesting for us when at midnight, we decided to leave the airport and its eternal flight delays for a brief motel stay in the area before coming back to catch our rebooked flight at 5 a.m. Our motel was hidden away in a dark hilly Tennessee cove and ended up being a bit like the motel featured in the film "Gone Girl." Think Appalachian accents, Mountain Dew, and dingy carpet. None of us were faking our death or plotting the destruction of our adulterous husband, but if we were, I imagine that this motel would've been the place to do it.
At 5 A.M. the next morning, we finally got on our flight that re-routed us to Dallas, Texas from where we'd fly to Vegas, and I'd arrive a disheveled, achy mess. But I was grateful for being able to make this painful journey with the Joans, the helpful people I'd thought might come into the picture, and that we were able to provide each other some much-needed comic relief.
A day of recovery and meeting with one of my editors in Vegas prepared me for the journey back to Long Beach the next day.
And I made it home. Finally. Tired. Relieved. Grateful.
So yes, May was very much about travel, helpful people, synchronicity, and asynchronicity at times.
In times devoted to synchronicity, we get out; we network; we socialize; we tell people who we are and what we do; we travel; we hustle.
And that's just what I did.
Have you been paying attention to synchronicity in your life? Synchronicity doesn't have to be something we relegate to the back burner in our lives or only notice one month out of the year. We can notice it each and every day and thank the stars for the many moments in which things just seem to align. This includes moments of deja vu, moments of connection with others, so-called "coincidences," and other wonderful, mysterious things that seem to fall from the sky into our laps.
When we pay attention to the nine areas of our lives, we create balance and harmony in our environment. We're more in tune with ourselves; we know our priorities; we act with conviction; and we take care of the people and things around us. This, of course, creates a strong resonance in our surroundings that in turn, comes back to us. Through the process of resonant synchronicity or entrainment, we all feed off of each other's energy. Just one person's positive resonance, if the person is strong enough, can drastically change an environment.
I would normally say "good luck" with synchronicity this month, but instead I'll say "good eye" with synchronicity this month, as I hope you'll be able to just passively observe and appreciate it.
Have a great June, friends.