An intelligent, malleable force

“Once you make a decision, the Universe conspires to make it happen.” I pull from this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote when I say I believe there is an intelligent, malleable energy out there listening and interacting with us. Some call it God, some call it the Universe, some call it consciousness. There are many names. I prefer Universe because of the enormity of its meaning. For me, it has an all-encompassing feel that divisive religions have stripped away from the God label. And when I think Universe, I don’t think noun, I think verb… the most active and dynamic of all.

“…the basic stuff of the universe, at its core, is looking like a kind of pure energy that is malleable to human intention and expectation in a way that defies our old mechanistic model of the universe — as though our expectation itself causes our energy to flow out into the world and affect other energy systems.”
-James Redfield, The Celestine Prophecy

I see the Universe’s fingerprints in my life, usually in small ways, from the way the sunrise brilliantly turns the forest behind my house to gold each morning, to the little yellow butterfly that sometimes comes to play with me during my walks (this as I’m working on a children’s book about butterflies), to that little thing my heart desires that somehow finds its way to me. Some might call such things coincidence. But what many see as coincidence, I see as synchronicity.

A few weeks ago, Chris, Alex, and I were working on rough recordings of a few new songs. One in particular, called “Sweet Amorilia,” was taking center stage as the favorite. I don’t know what it was, but Alex and I must have been tuned to the same wavelength because we were both hearing saxophone in “Sweet Amorilia.” We started discussing it, and the more we talked about it, the deeper the desire grew to figure out a way to get sax on the song. There was only one problem:  none of us play the sax, or know someone who does.

Two weeks later, we got together to flesh out a few more roughs, and again, that distant, yet ever-present sax was transmitting into our heads from somewhere out there in the universe. We started talking about it again. That’s when Alex revealed that over the last couple weeks he’d gone as far as to survey local pawn shops in hopes to find a sax he could pick up cheap just to see if he could make a decent sound with one. (We’re pretty brave about trying new instruments. It’s how we ended up able to play as many as we do, and why adding “Orchestra” to the end of “Sheila Kirsten Hughes and the TSP” seemed appropriate.) Realizing the unlikeliness we’d be able to add sax to the track, I said, “Well, let’s just put our desire out there to the Universe right now for a sax player.”

Enter Jim Mara, saxophonist…

Four days later, I receive an email out of seemingly nowhere that read:

“I was checking out Tampa musicians and found your music… simply soul touching. I have been playing saxophone for years and your music is what I’ve dreamed of playing… melodic and beautiful. If you would ever consider adding a sax to some of your music, please let me know…”
-Jim Mara

OH MY GOD! Uh, I mean OH MY UNIVERSE! (Just doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it? And OMG becomes OMU. Hmmm…. I think I’ll stick with OMG. LOL.) Was I dreaming? A huge smile stretched across my face. I had to pinch myself just to be sure. (Pinch!) Nope, not dreaming. So, what did I do next? Well, the dance of joy, of course, all sloppy and giddy like a little kid. I couldn’t believe what I was reading, and yet I could. Despite my excitement, there was a calm inside of me that wasn’t the least bit surprised (it’s from all the Yoga). It was my inner grasshopper saying, “Yes. This is the natural progression of things. All is as it should be.” (Screw you calm voice! This is no time for your zen-y-ness! C’mon, do the dance of joy with me!) I immediately forwarded the email onto Alex and was like, “Dude!!! NO WAY!!! Check this out!!!”

I replied to Jim and said, “You have no idea how synchronistic your email to me is,” and I explained to him what I just explained above.

Jim replied, “Wow! Sounds like our messages to the universe intersected.”

On Thursday, July 30th, the luxurious sound of Jim on saxophone resonated throughout our entire house as we recorded “Sweet Amorilia.” The experience was amazing, and so surreal. And we were right… it was the perfect addition to “Sweet Amorilia!”

Later that night, after Jim left, I remembered that Alex came to us the exact same way. “If you could please send us a drummer who’s a really good person with no ego. And if he could play other instruments besides just drums, that would be cool, too,” I remember writing in my journal. It didn’t manifest as quickly as Jim did. In fact, almost 2 years went by between expressing that desire and meeting Alex. Everything happens in its own time, I’ve found, and I’ve come to accept that because the Universe’s timing is way better than mine. Besides, it was worth the wait. Chris and I couldn’t ask for a more talented drummer, or better friend.

Before bed that night, I gazed up at the star filled sky and said, “Well done.” Yes, the Universe is good.  🙂

Before I say goodbye for today, you guys have to check out this video. It’s a scientific explanation on how an observer’s expectations affect reality… quantum physics and all. Fascinating!


~ by Sheila on August.13.2009.

5 Responses to “An intelligent, malleable force”

  1. I simply CAN. NOT. WAIT. to hear this new song!!!

  2. So at least give us a hint when we get to hear it!

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