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Follow Your Bliss

The late, great mythologist and teacher Joseph Campbell advised his students to “follow their bliss.” He told them to expect synchronicity, which he defined as “helping hands.” “Follow your bliss,” he taught, “and the Universe will open doors for you.” An octogenarian when he became famed as a teacher, he had decades of teaching experience with which to back up his theories. Over and over again, he had seen doors swing open. His life had taught him to be a firm believer in the advice offered to us by Goethe: “Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, begin it. Because action has magic, grace and power in it.”

Another quote comes to mind, this from the Scottish explorer Joseph Murray: “There is one elemental fact, the ignorance of which has scuttled many a grand design. That is this: when you are committed, the Universe moves too.”

When we write Morning Pages, we are contacting the Universe. We are telling a benevolent something our precise needs, goals, and desires. It is as if we are in a life raft, bobbing in the sea. When we write our pages we send out a signal that tells our precise location and allows us to be rescued. Within a short period of time after we contact the universe, the universe contacts us back. We begin to have the experience of synchronicity. We find ourselves increasingly in the right time and place for our wishes to be fulfilled.

When I teach and I explain to my students the concept of synchronicity, they may at first protest that such a concept seems too good to be true. Not wanting to be gullible, they exclaim, “Julia! Do you really believe the universe opens doors for us?” I tell them yes, and I ask them not to believe me, but to keep track themselves of the instances of synchronicity they now encounter.

from It's Never Too Late to Begin Again