There are no coincidences says James Redfield in the Celestine Prophecy. The world is filled with synchronicity says Wayne Dyer and just about everyone else. A few weeks ago I was scheduled to go to the Omega Institute for a workshop but had to cancel at the last minute due to a knee injury. Omega has become a summer haven for me over the past few years. I depend on its quiet energy, the peaceful oneness of its population and I find that living among them for a few days each year is uplifting yet grounding. It’s a simply miraculous world where anything and everything is possible, where we can learn and grow while just being.
Almost effortlessly I decided on a workshop. You see, James Redfield is facilitating a workshop at Omega this month so it was a toss-up between him and Mark Matousek, the memoirist. I aspire to be a writer and have finally, after 61 years of careful deliberation, decided to give it a shot. Excuses Be Gone, right Wayne?
Signing up for Mark’s workshop, The Untold Story, prompted me to buy his memoir, Death, Sex and Enlightenment. The book arrived today and during my lunch hour I had a chance to read the inside flap and the first few pages. If I had not known better, I would have been surprised to be reading exactly what I was supposed to be reading today. The book was written in 1996, however it found me just as the workshop did. When I was ready! Timing is everything.
Mark’s honesty is openly courageous as he candidly writes about himself without self-judgment or the self-imposed anxiety that discriminating others can so expertly deliver. And the dichotomy is that his writing not only liberates him from the sentences of condemnation whether self-imposed or otherwise but it shows us, the readers, the way to free ourselves of past disappointments, shortcomings and failures that decree a form of self-punishment.
I’m glad it’s raining this weekend! Curling up with Mark’s book is all part of the plan!