BILLBOARDS FROM GOD
by Larry Heisler, M.A., LMT
"The simple things are also the most
extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them." Paulo Coelho,
"Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the
soul into the universal current of life." Paulo Coelho,
I have said many times in my writings that this is an interactive
universe. The more sincere you are about working on yourself, the more
you begin to interface with the natural science of this world.
Psychologist Carl Jung talked about this, alluding that it was a common
occurrence. In discussing the synchronistic nature of our human
experience with Albert Einstein and Wolfgang Pauli, Jung and his
extraordinary friends believed that Relativity Theory and Quantum
Mechanics were allied with these synchronistic experiences. Whatever you
believe about dramatic coincidences literally shaping the direction of
your life, they do happen.
Case in point...when I was an assistant principal in Flatbush Brooklyn
(1970's), I became close to my colleague and boss, the principal who I
will call Mary. She was a remarkable educator that had devoted her entire
life to teaching and administrating for special needs children. A few
years after I had left my position and moved from Brooklyn to Northwest
New Jersey, a group of us went to a Peter, Paul and Mary concert at a
place called Waterloo Village. It was a really out of the way destination
but perfect for a summertime show with beautiful environs. The outdoor
tent fit thousands of ticket holders and our tickets were perfect, smack
dab in the exact center of the arena.
This is how it went down. We were brought to our aisle by the usher and
the usual excuse me; pardon me, as we made our way to the actual seats.
Upon sitting I had the profound realization that the person sitting
exactly next to me was my friend and former colleague, Mary. She had her
back turned away from me initially, as she was talking with a gentleman
next to her. Nonchalantly I cleared my throat and exclaimed, "Yo Mary, who's the dude?" With that, my friend
swung around looking startled and pale. She had traveled to another state
with her secret lover to literally be incognito. I had no way of knowing
because we hadn't talked in a couple of years. I
guess the lesson for her was you can never really be incognito because
you always take yourself with you. Or in this case a spook called Larry.
This simple coincidence is a cute story that would mean less to me if
it didn't happen on a regular basis.
Hilda, my wonderful meditation teacher, would repeatedly remind her
students that committing yourself to personal development and devout
spiritual practice opens the door to the spirit world in amazing and powerful
ways. This is an
Interactive Universe, meaning the communication goes both ways and is so
much more profound than your simple imagination.
Decades ago we scheduled a parachute jump for a Sunday. Some how I thought a free fall experience was in my cards. On
the Friday evening before the designated event I received a phone call
from my friend Suzanne. She started the conversation off by exclaiming
that she was sitting in her living room and as "Clear as day,"
she heard in her mind, "Call Larry." I got a kick out of that
because I'm always telling folks that "God talks to us through other
people." So I said, "Wow, that's cool, I haven't talked with
you in about a year. How are you, the children, and your husband?" As
Suzanne went through the family status, she said that everyone was doing
fine and that her husband was visiting a friend in the hospital. I said,
"Hospital?" She said, "Yeah, his friend did a parachute
jump and landed on his neck and is paralyzed from head to foot." All
of a sudden I was silent. "Sue..., let me
get this straight. You are sitting in the living room and all of a sudden
you get a distinct message in your mind to call me, is that
correct?" "Yes." "For no specific reason, you just
heard, call Larry." "Yes." Was that a coincidence or
communication? The next day I canceled the parachute jump. One more...
Some years back, I bartered with the great comedian Andy
Kaufman's brother, Michael for Andy's personal massage table. It was old,
a little shaky, and not a great table to use for regular clientele, but
it was Andy Kaufman's (Latke on Taxi) and I loved his brother Michael as
well, so I bartered. It sat in the shed until our school was to give free
on site massage at the major Morristown Health Fair. We had a team of 19
massage students attending, so we brought Andy's table along, just in
case we needed it. I remember that day vividly; we set up a large room
with a dozen massage stations, sacred music, flowers, beautiful
aromatherapy, a real healing environment with some of the best hands in
the business. The room was filled with serenity and positive expectation.
That was until..... Standing on the far side of this very large room
I observed a lady meander into our healing space and cozy right up to
Andy's table. She was a large lady. Ok...a very large lady. A Rodney
Dangerfield fat joke of a large lady... One of our therapists
immediately greeted her and before my scream reached her, "DON'T USE
THAT TABLE!" the lady placed her derriere..... a
derriere the size of Cleveland, right smack dab in the center of the
have to ask yourself the question,
would Andy do?" And bang......the table
split in two with Cleveland landing squarely on her ego, and with a thud at
that. I ran across the room, rushing to her aide but she politely excused
herself, assuring us she was all right and immediately left our space. At
that moment the entire room began to giggle and then went up into a roar
of laughter. I'm talking about 50 people in that room laughing so hard
they were crying. Apparently my scream turned their attention to the
event so everyone was in on Andy playing one of his last performances.
It's as if he scripted it and I'm pretty certain I heard him laughing.
here's the teaching...
reason I call these Billboards from God is probably obvious. We get clear messages about our
personal spiritual work all the time, particularly if we are paying
attention. And yes sometimes we are so dense or stubborn, they need to be
billboards. Maybe falling on her butt was a most embarrassing moment in
her life but if she changed her course from that pivotal minute and
averted the massive stroke that was coming her way, I'd say it was worth
a little ego bruising.
Pain attention, there are omens all around you. The
natural science of this world interfaces with you and gives you personal insights at all times. Synchronicity is
not a miracle, it's just physics. You are not alone in the wilderness.
There are natural laws at work.
Listen to the
omens all around you.
ONE LAST MESSAGE:
Its spring, time
to break up the winter hardness in your muscles with a couple of great
deep tissue medical massages. We have them and they will get you healthy
and ready for the warm weather coming. As we like to say, get young with us at New Jersey
hath put a spirit of youth in everything."