One day, I noticed all my clients were actors. One of them posited an explanation: "It's Monday. Broadway goes dark. It's our day off."
I suppose that makes sense. Still, why is it that in less than two weeks, I read for Alex, Alexa, Alexandra, Alexis, Lexi, and Alejandro? Within just a few days I meet Derek, Derrick, and Derick, Ann, Annabelle and Anne. Not all in a row, but still... And once I've noticed all that, Meghna, Megen and Meghan visit me!
In the course of one afternoon, all my clients are concerned with the same topic. It could be a school exam, being jilted by a lover, getting pregnant. Doesn't matter. But my mind wonders why the Universe delivers themes to me this way.
A statistician will tell you that coincidences like I've described are within the range of odds. When a scientist explains the reason water droplets cling to one another (water has magnetic properties) I understand that.
But when it comes to Coincidence, rational explanations don't seem to suffice.
Though I'm curious about Coincidence's methods and motives, I try not to obsess over them. Sometimes I think the Universe is simply having fun with me, letting me know that an invisible thread of intelligence courses through everything.
For every client I see, I draw twelve cards from a deck of 500. When I place them in a circle it's uncanny how they can mirror life.
Recently, a woman sitting with me mentioned her son. I looked into the circle for a card to reflect his nature. An image of a herd of Zebras called me so I pointed it out. One of the animals was photoshopped by a graphic designer. Its stripes were converted into hearts. To me it signaled that her son was strong, creative, and stood out amongst others. That may well have been true. But my client responded by bursting out in laughter.
She said, "You have no idea how crazy that is."
"My son is playing the zebra in his school's production of The Lion King."
What are the chances that the same image would appear in the same position on my circle-chart within three days? When this kind of situation happens, I don't ask 'How did this happen?' anymore. I'm more interested in 'What do I make of it?'
The image that called me was of a famous wood block print titled, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa. It's by a Japanese artist named Hokusai, in a style called Ukiyo-e. I bet you'd recognize it. You will find it amongst the images here:
When Coincidence sends me a symbol, I research it. The word Ukiyo means 'floating world'. What a great way to describe coincidence! Ōō-Key-Oh. Floating World.
A few days ago, I dreamed of turning my head and seeing a giant wave ready to crash down on me. It's an archetypal anxiety dream. This time, I dreamt I had the wherewithal and time to escape the wave's impact. I used my know-how and simply dove under the wave.
The next day, a client familiar to my work wrote to me:
"I've been thinking of how that Japanese Wave showed up in multiple readings in the same spot. Maybe there's a macro or global message for you to share, like in a newsletter? You often talk about patterns in those letters (I do read them!). Maybe you are to convey a message that all will be OK?"
"K, I have goosebumps. How did you know I was writing this newsletter!? You're psychic." Coincidence is the hallmark of psychic ability.
These are indeed overwhelming times. When a giant wave calls for your attention, it requires an immediate response. If you remain calm and dive down under it, it will roll over your back. Then the wave can give you a back massage!
Life won't give you a wave bigger than you can handle. The trick is to practice tackling them. Keep your mind about you, and trust your wherewithal. All will be OK.