“If you try to work for whatever everyone else wants, I think that you get lost. I think you’ve got to be in love with what you’ve done and then see what happens.”
– Melinda Bilyeu
When I experience synchronicity, I believe it’s a sign that I’m meant to share the message that I receive from it with you. But, I know that everything we experience is a mirror reflection of what’s going on inside – so, first and foremost, the synchronous event is meant to guide me in some way.
Yesterday, I wrote about how the Universe prepares you for “flight” through struggle, a couple of days ago, I wrote a post that was inspired by a song that had the words “one in a million“ in the lyrics, and when I was looking for images of airplanes, I found today’s feature image of seagulls, which had no reason to show up with a bunch of pictures of planes.
The feature image reminded me of a book I read some time ago, Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. I remembered the book was about the journey of a seagull who found the courage to pursue his passion despite his flock’s disapproval, and how he finally found the strength to follow his inner yearning and free himself from perceived limitations, ultimately leading him to discover that our limitations only exist in our minds, and that the truth of Who We Really Are is that we are limitless Divine beings with the ability to achieve whatever we believe we can.
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I didn’t remember all of the details of the book, so I went to the wikipedia page for a quick refresher. The wiki page referred to the main character as a “one-in-a-million” bird, and went on to mention that the book was rejected by several publishers before it was published – I cited Stephen King as an example of triumph over obstacles in yesterday’s post, stating that he too, was rejected many times before his first book was published.
That’s a lot of synchronicity. So, what’s in it for me, and by extension, you?
Your desires, your path, your journey may not look anything like the people around you or the people closest to you. The general population might believe that you should think, act or be a certain way to “fit in” to the norm. You might be afraid to listen to your own voice and pursue a path that is different for fear of being “outcast” like our seagull friend. But as Bach says in allegory, you must remember that you have to be true to yourself:
“You’ve got to understand that a seagull is an unlimited idea of freedom…You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way. It is the Law [Of All] That Is.”
Our enlightened seagull also realizes that the spirit cannot be truly free without forgiveness – that holding on to past hurts and perceived wrong doings only limits you. When you can see those experiences as the limitations of the ones you forgave, you find that through love and forgiveness, you can help others to go beyond their limitations as well. Our seagull says it so well:
“Oh, Fletch…You don’t love hatred and evil, of course. You have to practice and see the real gull, the good in every one of them, and to help them see it in themselves. That’s what I mean by love.”
The final bit of brilliance in the little novella comes at the end:
“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly.”
This is the message I received today – to remember to be true to yourself, and when your path is met with resistance, to find the courage to separate from the flock and do what you love, yet never stop seeing the good in everyone, even those who don’t support your journey because love and forgiveness are the best practice to help others see their own divinity.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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