Bird Droppings January 7, 2014
Intuitiveness and being there
I have always thought that teachers need to be two things intuitive and empathetic. Both require an element of compassion and caring. I wonder often how people teach without these capabilities. Over the last week with several other teachers we have been discussing this in detail.
I thought back nearly ten years ago to a night I was heading home from graduate school in Athens Georgia. As I came home from my class actually from a midterm in Advanced Behavioral Techniques, I was hungry since I had not really stopped since morning. I knew one of my former swimmers worked at Taco Bell and sure enough she was working and I said hello and headed home. Desert in the wee hours of the day always sounds good and I made a second stop. I went by our local Brewster’s ice cream shop and two of my former advisees were there we talked for a while about uptight teachers and who was not. Always that is an interesting subject as to why do teachers get so uptight or anybody for that matter. As I talked several more students and former students pulled in I met their girlfriends and boyfriends and such, coincidence as always. So often I mention the word coincidence and try to explain it much like I explain intuitive to many who say what.
Recently in a letter to a friend I used the term of we are where we need to be right now at this moment and when we realize that all of a sudden so much more becomes clear. James Redfield, a bestselling author refers to coincidence frequently and when you begin noticing coincidence it happens more often as you become attuned to it. I use intuition in a similar fashion. Essentially as you become aware of your place in the puzzle the pieces all seem to fit better and more clearly.
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” Carl Gustav Jung
Jung was of the nature there was purpose in all that happened and he and his former partner Freud disagreed on that point. Jung coined a word synchronicity to explain his thoughts in the early 1900’s, things happening at a specific time with specific people seemingly chance but obviously not. Again I see intuitiveness and empathy playing a role.
“His notion of synchronicity is that there is a causal principle that links events having a similar meaning by their coincidence in time rather than sequentially. He claimed that there is a synchrony between the mind and the phenomenal world of perception.” http:// skepdic.com/jung.html
“Some scientists see a theoretical grounding for synchronicity in quantum physics, fractal geometry, and chaos theory. They are finding that the isolation and separation of objects from each other is more apparent than real; at deeper levels, everything — atoms, cells, molecules, plants, animals, people — participates in a sensitive, flowing web of information. Physicists have shown, for example, that if two photons are separated, no matter by how far, a change in one creates a simultaneous change in the other. “ A Wink from the Cosmos, by Meg Lundstrom (Intuition Magazine, May 1996)
Somewhere in and among ideas and thoughts are answers. Some people seek answers through religion some seek answers through pure science and others assume there are no answers and sit on a rock. I wonder if I will be picked on and considered elitist for that statement. Each of us can choose our direction and flow. The actual point I was making was when we are aware of our interactions with others that each moment we spend with a person effects not only that person but the next person they see or talk too as we too are effected in a similar manner.
I came away from that night happy from talking with some folks that I had not seen in several weeks and hopefully they too went away a bit happier and this is how life works and if we are aware of this imagine the effect. If I know I will be affecting people beyond my contact with someone I will be more aware of how I affect them and so forth. The old credence of leaving the person you are talking with smiling is true again, is that coincidence, fact or fancy who knows but it sure happens a lot. Please keep all in harm’s way on your mind and in your hearts and to always give thanks namaste.
My family and friends I do not say this lightly,
(We are all related)