Worn Out Souls: A Story of Synchronicity

Posted: July 24, 2015 in awakening, enlightenment, hope, impermanence, inequality, love, purpose, spirituality
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People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.

  • Mother Teresa

By Irwin Ozborne contributing writer to TTMO

There are no coincidences in life. A coincidence is defined as a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent connection or significant meaning. Again, these do not exist because all coincidences have meaning which is what Carl Jung defined as a synchronicity.

Synchronicities refer to the law of unity, that we are all linked through our unconscious. There is no separation between you, me, anyone, or anything. Any movement, no matter how small, will eventually be felt by us all.

Every interaction we have with others will trigger a chain reaction that impacts the universe. This can be small interactions that include a friendly smile to the clerk at the gas station, changing her day, which may make her smile at the next person, who treats his clients better, and they go along and feel better and pass along the chain of love to the next. It can also have enormous impacts on the world such as a woman in Montgomery, Alabama, refusing to give up her seat on a bus in 1955 which led to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Once we are aware of synchronicities, we start seeing them every day and with every moment, interaction, and movement. In fact, we see that not only are synchronicities true, but that they exist in every single moment. Everything is a synchronicity; every moment is changing the course of history for the world.

Yesterday, I had one of these that reminded me of how simple this works.

I had plans to meet up with someone at 9:00 p.m., and I was early so I stopped by my local gym to go for a quick 45 minute jog. Cardio has become a form of meditation for me and allows me to clear my mind and come up with new ideas. Currently, I had been struggling with how I can do more to give back to others and make a difference on the world. I was hoping that a quick cardio session would boost some creative juices and give me some ideas.

However, the universe had a greater plan in place. About seven minutes into my jog, the sole of my shoe had started to rip open and I could feel my big toe pressing against the moving rubber of the treadmill. Frustrated, I wanted to “fight through it,” but knew that it would only create much greater pain. I had no choice, but to end my session at this point. I didn’t feel like lifting, so I returned to my car to text my friend and see if we could meet earlier.

As I drove away from the gym, I was receiving about twenty texts and needed to pull over and see what was going on. Through the intersection, there is a Super America gas station on the left and a Walgreens pharmacy on the right. I come here often, and I would say 99 percent of the time I stop for a snack or anything that I always go to the gas station. I had every intent on going to the gas station today, in fact, had my left blinker on and there was a car behind me and it was clear to turn.

Just at this instant, it was if somebody grabbed hold of the wheel because I felt an incredibly strong urge to go to Walgreens suddenly. I switched my blinker to the right side and made a quick, sharp turn into the pharmacy so fast that my tires squealed which was quite embarrassing to say the least.

While I sat in my car responding to texts and in my own world, I continued to ask what I can do to give back and help the world. I grabbed a piece of paper and started making a list of the things I wanted to do to help volunteer, start new projects, or reach out to others. I came up with an incredible list and then just asked, “If only an opportunity would present itself to me.”

Then, opportunity knocked.

Literally, a knock on my passenger side glass startled me and I looked up. As I looked out the window, there was a middle-aged African-American man that had taken a good couple steps back from my car and had both his hands up as if to show me that he had no weapon and that he was not a threat. He had a sincere look of helplessness on his face and I almost wondered what my facial expression looked like to have him jump back a few steps. I rolled down the window and you could see everything in this man’s body language that he was in dire need.

“I am so very sorry,” the man stated with remorse in his eyes, “I really hate to bother you but I am in need of some help.”

“Sure what’s up?” I asked curiously.

“Do you know where Brooklyn Park is?” he asked, “It’s a long ass way from here. I came out here to help some people out and now I’m the one stuck here.”

Just to clarify, Brooklyn Park is a predominately black suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul area. I live in a predominately white suburb about an hour away from this man’s destination. I wasn’t sure what he needed at this time and just kept my window down and waiting for him to continue.

“This is so embarrassing, but I was out here helping someone out and I am just about out of gas,” he said with a shamed look in his face, “I have to make it all the way back to Brooklyn Park and I forgot my wallet. I’m trying to do a good thing and this is what happens. Is there any chance you could help me out?”

“Yeah, let’s go inside and I’ll grab you some cash,” I told him and you could see the life go back into this man’s life. As if hope in humanity had been restored.

As we walked inside to the ATM machine, I felt all eyes were upon us. An elderly couple looked at me in disgust, a middle-aged white man scowled at the man who was in need, one of the younger female workers had fear in her eyes. The woman behind the counter, the only other African-American in the store, gave me a look in her eye which said “you have a kind heart” but her facial expression had a tone as if to say, “but you are being taken advantage of by this guy.”

I gave them man $20 and asked if that would be enough to get him home.

“Thank you so much, you have no idea how embarrassing this is,” he said with a tear in his eye, “I asked a couple people and you wouldn’t believe their response. One man told me, ‘How the HELL does a GROWN-ASS man forget his wallet!’”

“I do it all the time,” I told him, “We’ve all been there. I’d hope someone would do the same for me if I were in your situation.”

He gave me a hug in front of everyone in the store and wished me a happy Fourth of July weekend. I wished him well and went on my way to pick up a few snacks at the store myself.

This is what I call a soul contract. A soul contract is a prearranged contract prior to entering this lifetime that we make with others. We do so in order to teach each other lessons that help us grow. This was part of our plan to meet at this encounter, and the universe works in ways to make sure we meet.

The worn out soles of my tennis shoes led me to another worn out soul asking for help.

But this is not where the soul contracts end, it goes much deeper. We actually have soul contracts with every person we encounter, every single day. There were other soul contracts with each person in that store for us to teach each other lessons.

As I made my way to the counter, the middle-aged man who had previously yelled at the guy asking for help was in front of me. He spent $34.17 that day, mostly on junk food, soda, candy, and unnecessary items.

“I can’t believe you gave that man money,” he tells me in disgust, “You realize he is taking it to the liquor store or a crack house right now.”

“That is not up to me,” I told the man as I looked directly into his eyes that filled with hurt of his own, “I am only responsible for my actions, choices, and behaviors. I am not responsible for the outcome. The man asked for money to get home and I willingly gave him some money. That is all that happened. Nobody knows the outcome, nor do we need to know.”

The man grumbled and threw his hands at me as to say, “The hell with you.” Then he took his bags of junk food and walked out the store continuing to carry with him his bitterness of this entire situation.

I also had a soul contract with this man. He was teaching me of how I have acted in situations in the past. In fact, just thirty minutes ago, worn out soles of my sneakers had ruined my day and I was getting bitter. Everyone we encounter is just a reflection of ourselves, and this man was portraying the way I was acting internally not too long ago. I was letting a minor inconvenience ruin my day. That is the lesson he was providing me. Hopefully, my lesson to him was spreading love. But again, it is not up to me what my lesson is to him. I am not responsible for results.

The woman behind the counter did not even mention the interaction. She just smiled and wished me well after paying for my items. There was a soul contract there too. I do not know the reasons, nor do I need to know. I have no idea how this story ends and probably never will. It brings great inner peace to no longer have the need to attach to outcomes. But it also brings great humility to remember that each person I meet, despite our difference is beliefs, opinions and attitudes, is there to teach me something and help me grow.

There are three main ways to help remember soul contracts and help use them throughout our daily lives. The first one is remembering the story of Brahma. In this tale, Brahma creates the universe and all the people. His friend Maya then asks to play a game in which she cuts Brahma up into millions of pieces and puts a piece of him in every human. She erases his memory so he does not remember, and the game is for him to find himself in every person – or for each of us to find God in each other.

Taking this concept one step deeper, I realize that every person is actually me from a different lifetime. It works on the same level as the story of Brahma. We are all one interconnected being and experiencing the world from different perspectives. When I view the world this way, I see the pain and hurt in others eyes, and see into their soul. I do not know the man’s story that was so angry, but I know that was me from a different lifetime and I am trying to help him grow and flourish.

The third way of thinking of soul contracts, is taking the second concept even one step further. Since we are all God from a different perspective, I think of each person I encounter as an enlightened master and have been put in my path to teach me a lesson. Everyone I meet is enlightened, except for myself. With this perspective, I learn from everyone. The man needing gas, the old couple, the angry man, the scared employee, and the kind woman behind the counter, were all put there to teach me something. I can only hope that I learned the lesson. But if I do not learn the lesson, the soul contracts have stipulations to ensure that we do not move on until we get what we needed to know from that interaction.

Albert Einstein once said, “There are two ways to go about looking at the world; as if nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle.” I prefer the latter. I prefer to believe that worn out soles leads me to worn out souls, and that worn out souls will always lead me to greater peace, freedom, and serenity.

Comments
  1. Vibrant says:

    Beautiful and wise. The last bit of advice is also wonderful. Someone told me that Tantra suggests to treat everyone as enlightened. And the paths of Bhakti and Jnana Yoga suggest you to see your Self and God respectively in each and every living and non-living being. Non-living are also beings–whatever is–is a being because it has a consciousness–it exists in consciousness. It was a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. LFM says:

    Its so great! Thank you!
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  3. Nurse Kelly says:

    This was a beautiful story. I really appreciate how it speaks universally to people, regardless of their religious or philosophical beliefs. In fact, it serves to unify them, as opposed to creating more division among them. Very well done. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. I wish I could like this article several times over. If only people could understand and try to see past the myopic distant of their noses, believe me it would be a much better World. We should focus on giving our best and let providence handle the rest. Keep paying it forward, it yields positive and unbelievable results.

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  5. Reblogged this on Jennifer Buergermeister and commented:
    From Takingthemaskoff…and exactly what I needed to read this lovely morning. Love them anyway…every encounter is one step closer to enlightenment.

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  6. Great piece to wake up to today. Thank you!!!

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    • irwinozborne says:

      Glad you enjoyed it! Every encounter has significance, I try to always keep that in my head. Especially when things get hectic. I feel that is when we are being tested. Thanks for the nice comments.

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  7. edithhucks says:

    The universe had a plan? I’m sorry you feel this way, but God controls my world and He has The Plan. Soul contracts? I follow Jesus Christ and let the Holy Spirit guide me.

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    • As do I Edith. But for me, rather that picking apart the details of the story I realize that God is in control of every situation and that through the Creators providence opportunities such as this arise.

      I also see that this story reaffirms the Biblical idea that we all are connected to one another because we are his creations and we are all neighbors to everyone else.

      Peace to you,
      Mark Schnitzer

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    • irwinozborne says:

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. The purpose is not to promote one belief system over another. It is universal concept that has nothing to do with any religion. Although, all religions have the same message at the core, love each other, interconnectedness, and faith. I do appreciate your comments and perspective. I think, and hope, that this message could be accepted with all belief systems.

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  8. Inspiring post. What I strive to be everyday.

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  9. I feel worn myself today, so am pleased to find my way to your synchronous post. Thank you.

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  10. beautiful. thank you. i needed the reminder.

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  11. spykeyone says:

    Really good piece. Thought provoking and intelligent.

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  12. Allu says:

    Excellente!

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  13. This is beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to write it up.

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  14. Very beautiful…thank you so much. Going to share this story with my teenagers. 🙂

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    • irwinozborne says:

      Thanks for the nice comments and sharing the message. Sometimes I think teenagers are far more receptive to different ideas as they are in the greatest learning period and figuring out who they will be for the rest of their lives.

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  16. Joyful2bee says:

    I found this absolutely fascinating. It does make a lot of sense too. Thank you for sharing this uplifting and thought provoking experience. I pressed this and shared it on Facebook.

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  17. countingsheepstudio says:

    I feel compelled to write a comment, as your words touch me deeply. I appreciate how you reference the ‘soul contracts’, I have always seen this though I use different words. I also enjoyed your sentiment about letting go of the outcome, this is a strong lesson we all need to learn. The important thing is that you felt the need to give that man what he needed in that moment, which speaks volumes. Thanks for this – saving to read again at a later date.

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    • irwinozborne says:

      Thanks! I’m glad it was able to have such an impact, a soul contract of its own! Letting go of the outcome is very difficult but it brings so much peace everytime. Giving the man the money was the easy part. The hard part was seeing myself in the angry bystanders and understanding those were soul contracts as well.

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  18. Sarhn says:

    It may be a cultural difference but I have noticed and sensed most people in Australia won’t help in that same situation not because of judgment but because of their own embarrassment. “Everyone is now looking at me, I feel out of control, I don’t know what to do….I will say No and send the man away”. This statement in itself is not a judgment, just an observation and yes a reflection on who I once was. Great post!

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    • irwinozborne says:

      Interesting, it certainly could be cultural. But I think it can also be individualized. I think it has more to do with our mindset and dissolving the illusion of separateness. Once we realize we are all one it becomes much easier to help and support each other. Thanks for the nice comments. I appreciate it.

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  19. gretahartmann says:

    Encountering this post tonight is extremely significant, as it ties in the theme of lessons my soul has been learning this week- all from different sources- all interconnected. Amazing! It is also refreshing to read about someone who understands giving without interrogation of motives. That is what the Bible teaches us to do. I can see the other perspective logistically, however, my heart has always swayed me in the same as your’s in the matter of giving to people who ask. Amen and thank you for passing on the lessons you’ve learned.
    Greta

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    • irwinozborne says:

      Thanks Greta! It does seem amazing when our soul wants to teach us something, the messages come from everywhere. I’ve noticed this myself. In the book I’m reading, conversations, or even in a children’s cartoon. Its hard to deny the souls messages and signs. Glad this piece could be a part of it for you. Also ties into the theme of the article, every interaction has significant purpose. Thanks for the kind comments and response. I appreciate it.

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  20. gretahartmann says:

    …since you are moderating the post I just sent, would you be ok with fixing my wrong spelling of “Bible”? I caught it as I was pressing the post comment button!😁thank you!!!! Greta

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  21. Elissaveta says:

    Wow. What an inspirational read! I loved the play on words with “soles” and “souls” and am glad I discovered the tale of Brahma (which, shame on me, I didn’t know).
    This brought such a fascinating imagine to my eyes and I’m sure to reflect on your post this afternoon as well as tea more on synchronicity.
    Would you say that it is kind of what we call “the butterfly effect”? The idea that every single, slightest action will have an impact on another and then another, etc.
    Ether way, thank you for all your wisdom today!

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  22. irwinozborne says:

    Yes exactly! The butterfly effect or chaos theory is the same idea. I used the example of Rosa Parks in this article. But even less significant events like a cab driver made a wrong turn in Sarajevo in 1914 in which led to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand creating a chain of events that led to world war 1. Those are major events that started with something small. But I do believe all little events change the course of history. Thanks for the comments.

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  23. This is a really great piece I must say.very eye opening.Bless u!

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  25. bipman says:

    Great writing as always. I do try to do this but it is not always easy although it does get easier. Another example is the checkout person at a store who seems to be grumpy and unhelpful. That person may be ill, they may have found out they have cancer or they are out of job in a week etc. People are rarely ill humoured for no reason. Another example is driving in my car and someone pushes in a queue. I used to get mad at this and would try to make that person realise I was mad. Now I just let it go as that person may be late for his wife’s birth or rushing to see his father’s last moment in hospital etc. That’s not to say let people walk all over you but remember the next time you meet someone grumpy they have probably got good reason to be.

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    • irwinozborne says:

      This is very true and well said. I saw an advertisement for Cleveland Hospital that explains everything you said. It goes through the hospital and behind every employee, patient, or visitor it tells the struggles or joys they are going through. Your post reminds me of that very much. Everyone is fighting a battle we know nothing about. Thanks for the great comment and adding to this.

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  26. tomthesnail says:

    “in the final analysis it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway” that sums it up for me, so easy to loose sight of that 😀 TTS

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  27. Reblogged this on Blissfully Informed Hippie Chick and commented:
    Beautiful. I needed this today. Must mean something 😉

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  28. walkerkaty0 says:

    Everything about this post was beautiful!

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  29. sheiladerosa says:

    I like this article. A good example of how to live comfortably with our fellow humans.
    Is this a Christian way of life? In it’s most true sense, yes. And probably, if I knew more about them, all religions would agree. Thanks

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  30. Anthony867 says:

    I feel we are all working together un a collective unconscious level to wake up or reach higher consciousness. Like without the internet it wouldn’t work. Just that our conscious mind can only handletheillussion we had to create to play our part in that evolutionary process. Well and talking about sychronicity, I’m seeing this left and right in my life and so is your post…

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    • irwinozborne says:

      I couldn’t agree with you any more. The internet is a great tool for helping expand the collective consciousness, if used correctly. However, it also has the ability to create further separation. The more you recognize synchronicities, it seems like the more frequent they appear. very true. Thanks for the comments.

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      • Anthony867 says:

        Well, thanks for your post :). It confirmed me. I was kinda speaking in riddles…But you should find within the deeper meaning of that which I also can’t really grasp but kinda can.

        Such a sign of the coll. unconscious would be for example relay race or dancing where you get away from your partner and then close. It would mean we created an eviroment of competition (away) to then get close. I’m not quite sure but I feel very sure, it’s hard to explain 🙂

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      • irwinozborne says:

        Hi Anthony,

        I’m not sure if I am following 100-percent of what you are trying to say. Do you mean we need to pull away, take a step back, before we can come together and move ahead? I’m sorry, I want to respond but I am not sure if i understand completely. Thanks for the message and I’d like to continue this conversation as you seem to have a lot to offer on this subject.

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  31. Diana Reyers says:

    A lovely reading; thank you for sharing your wisdom xo

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  32. Flawlessly written + beautiful

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  33. Anthony867 says:

    Hello, irwinozborne

    I can’t find the reply button. I am confused myself, this is the thing. it is more a vision that came from deep within or I don’t know. I feel it is a natural change process and by forcing things it won’t work but forcing things was part of it too. Like a caterpillar turns into a butterfly if it wants or not. But I also read it digests itself which could be narcissism I’m not sure. And we are not a butterfly, we work with love.

    The idea that came to me was that we would cause differences between us among the natural process and the ego is needed as a temporary thing to keep these differences up which is needed to at some point so to speak wake up by realizing that there are no differences which would also heal then.

    If you look at families you see there is borrowed energy from the scapegoat but it doesn’t make the scapegoat weak. But the energy was needed so ego is created to look at the scapegoat as weak cause you can’t use the energy otherwise which is needed to move forward to the point you realize this coll. unconscious synchronicity? I’m not sure myself.

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    • irwinozborne says:

      Ok I think I understand a little bit better. That is quite deep and fascinating. I’ve read through this a number of times and I think you are definitely onto something here. Sort of like in order to appreciate what we have, we need to experience loss? Or in order to appreciate happiness, we need to experience pain? Such as the collective consciousness needed to experience separation in order to appreciate connection?

      I find this very interesting and you seem to be on the verge of a very insightful breakthrough with this.

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      • Anthony867 says:

        As I said I don’t know for sure. I could see how my life fits in it but that would take too long. And I’m also very cautious to form beliefs about it. And maybe it is not about appreciating. I fee It wouldn’t need to experience seperation to be able to appreciate connection but to get to that.

        Ok I’m gonna share one thing I think would fit as such an expression. The band REM picked their name randomly from a dictionary but in a bigger picture this was coll. unconscious. Rem as you know means the sleeping phase before you wake up. Well and they sang about “it’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine” So it could mean that currently this coll.uncosncious channel is used to wake up and therefore blocked for what it would do afterwards. Also it means that there are no genius, just people who are more connected to this source of inspiration given the role they have in life. But usually it’s easy to think it was about being special or such.

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      • Anthony867 says:

        Oh wait, I think what you said about appreciating fits in too. Thing is if there is somthing to it, it would mean it goes by itself anyway and we don’t have to overthink or push 🙂 cause that disconnects us from the natural flow I guess.

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  34. Anthony867 says:

    Maybe one more thing 😉 It’s like either I am on to nothing and it puffs away or we are on to something. But this would be not about me.

    I enjoyed the conversation, thank you. It was good to find somebody to talk about it cause in my personal environment I wouldn’t know who this would be regarding such topic. Thing is your article inspired me at the same time which could be interpreted as ..but you know 😉 We’ll see 🙂

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    • irwinozborne says:

      I appreciate the conversation as well. This is very deep-thinking in which I enjoy to discuss. I like the analogy you provided about the band REM. It was quite intriguing. Also I agree with what you said about overthinking things pushes and creates disconnect. I guess I typically refer to that as surrender or acceptance. Just allow it to flow. Glad that the article was able to inspire you in any way! Yes, it is hard to find like-minded people in these taboo subjects but that is the great thing about the internet. It is able to connect people that normally would have no chance of ever meeting or discussing such topics. Thank you for your insight and perspective on this stuff.

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  35. Reblogged this on AwakeningWorldFoundation and commented:
    We must always strive to remember our deepest, authentic human selves. Kindness and trust are our true nature. This beautiful blog post affirms the best that’s in us, only waiting to be brought out into the world to shine.

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  36. queena deboever says:

    It just hit me that what you wanted all along, to be of service, came true after all. Sometimes I get lost in the syncs that I forget there may be an underlying meaning, besides the event itself. So many good points in this article. Thanks.

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    • irwinozborne says:

      Yes, exactly. The opportunity literally knocked on my door (or window…). Thanks for the nice comments about the article and yes it seems the more we are aware they more present they become. Thanks again.

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  38. Stephen Lancione says:

    My understanding is any suffering is repaying karmic dept .you should only have purchased gas otherwise you are complicit if he dies from drug or alcohol . Your sentimentality was probably play if you were honest with yourself I have come across many people in need and will only offer the food at that moment needed otherwise you are enabling bad behavior.have you ever wondered why your soul winning a healthy white body instead of the slums of Kingston or Calcutta . It’s all about your previous, Karma

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  39. michel frances deslatte says:

    Thank you for sharing the beauty in which you are, that we all are ❤
    I wish i knew you, I was left with that thought…
    Take care.

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