Katy Koontz, Editor
THE INSIDE SCOOP
I first met Denise Linn (the subject of
this issue’s “Listening in With …”) more
than two decades ago while she was on a
book tour for The Secret Language of Signs
(Ballantine, 1996). She was scheduled to give
a talk in the city where I live, and a publicist
arranged for us to meet for dinner.
I immediately loved Linn’s warmth
and wisdom, and we had a great time
discussing the ideas in the book during our meal. I was fascinated
by the topic and peppered her with questions. The Universe is
always giving us messages, Linn assured me: They’re everywhere.
We need only learn how to recognize these signs to receive insights.
She recommended I pay special attention to synchronicities, which
she explained were the Universe’s way of nudging us in the right
direction. We parted as friends.
Months later, when I retrieved my usual large stack of envelopes
from the mailbox (this was before email was popular), I found a
response from a writing fellowship I’d applied for. I had wanted
to take my writing in a new direction, and I was convinced this
fellowship was the key. I opened the letter immediately—only to
learn I hadn’t been accepted.
Dejected, I turned my attention to the rest of the mail. My treasured
bronze unicorn letter opener had inexplicably vanished weeks before,
and so I ripped open each envelope by hand, grumbling about both
my lost fellowship opportunity and my lost letter opener. Clearly, I
thought, stewing, this is proof that the world is against me.
At the very bottom of the pile was a lumpy manila envelope
containing a folder of promotional materials from a zoo. When I
flipped open the folder, I gasped—a wooden letter opener adorned
with a carved rhino was tucked inside! This wasn’t just a letter opener,
I instantly understood. This amazing example of synchronicity was a
sign that the Universe would always deliver exactly what I needed at
exactly the right time.
I later discovered that the fellowship required more travel than
I initially expected. Because I had a young child, the rejection was
actually a blessing in disguise. And as it turned out, the Universe had
much more interesting work planned for me than what the fellowship
would have steered me toward.
I still have the rhino letter opener, and Linn and I are still friends.
(In fact, I’ll be in Phoenix this month to see her—and a slate of other
well-known speakers—at the International Women’s Summit that
Celebrate Your Life is sponsoring with Unity.) I still follow her advice
about keeping a sharp lookout for signs and synchronicities. Linn was
right. They are everywhere, and they never cease to nudge me in the
right direction at exactly the right time.
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