Patternicity: Fine Tuning Synchronicity

Denoting meaning to something is a participatory act between ego and Self. Upon coming across a potential synchronicity, the event should immediately strike you as bizarre; unforced, depth will intuitively and naturally unveil itself unto you. Regardless of the label we place on that experience - whether we consider it synchronicity or coincidence, meaningful or meaningless, a sign from the cosmos or plain randomness - the seeming connections we encounter in life can still be harnessed creatively as a catalyst for inner growth with proper attention.

To strike a balance between apophenia (the tendency to see connections where none exist) and randomania (the tendency to attribute chance probability to apparently patterned data) keep in mind that everything simultaneously resides in both an interconnected and an isolated system encompassed and differing by the infinite, multilayered spectrums of measurement - in gradients of nuance - humanity’s collective imagination could conjure up to define the varied relationships of the world. In other words, all meaning is derived from you; you decide what qualities will be given ‘measurement’ as you alone decide where your attention is placed.

To keep ‘meaning-seeking’ aligned (i.e. to artfully weave life experiences within the mind without adding to superfluous confusion) in promoting inner growth, check-in on yourself to see if you’re subconsciously reaching to make a perceived event meaningful (e.g. doing mental gymnastics to fit or substantiate the model of reality you wish to prove true) - it will only lead you astray.

In the end, you must ultimately judge for yourself where upon the spectrum the meaning of a life-event falls; in every moment, the world is perpetually meeting you half way - you decide where to make connections relative to your circumstances. If the perceived connection adds to your life in some form - nurture that seed. If the perceived connections takes away from you in some form - seek understanding. If it doesn’t instigate change in any shape or form - disregard it.

Professionalism is a funny term, because it masquerades as neutral despite being loaded with immense oppression. As a concept, professionalism is racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, classist, imperialist and so much more — and yet people act like professionalism is non-political. Bosses across the country constantly tell their employees to ‘act professionally’ without a second thought. Wear a garment that represents your non-Western culture to work? Your boss may tell you it’s unprofessional. Wear your hair in braids or dreadlocks instead of straightened? That’s probably unprofessional too. Wear shoes that are slightly scuffed because you can’t yet afford new ones? People may not think you’re being professional either.