I had found one of the videos by Joseph Campbell’s myth series. Surprised to find the video, I continued searching the entire car and did not find “the” book. I took the video inside and was trying to figure out how and why I had put it under the seat of my car. I always did my own driving in my car and so I was not in that seat so assumed I must have somehow placed it on the seat and it had fallen off and been kicked under the seat. I could not imagine how long it could have been but would have been quite awhile since I had completed my study of Joseph Campbell’s works over a year before.
After I had watched the video series,which was from the Earlham College library I had finished my studies by getting other books from Earlham and the regular library. I had no reason to have had the video in my car since my neighbor who worked at Earlham had brought me the series and had taken them back to the library after I finished them. Or that is what I had thought.
To say the least I was totally confused and still had not found the book I was looking for. I put the video on my table where I put other people’s stuff so I would remember to take it to the neighbor or he could pick it up if he came over later. I felt very bad about it and wondered why he was able to have not returned it for so long. I thought no more about it while I worriedly searched the entire house for a very small book that could have hidden almost anyplace.
The very next day the library called to tell me they had found the book Synchronicity and to apologize to me for the misunderstanding. It had been put into the section of the library for old books which can only be looked at while at the library since these books may not be checked out.
That is why they had not checked it back into the library and so it was still showing up on my account. I was so relieved but told them I would always bring my books inside again since this had happened. I was told this was something that would or could happen so rarely that I really didn’t have to worry about that. Well, rare or not, it had happened to me and I was only saved replacing the book by luck and diligence of someone at the library. It could just as easily have never been found.
About an hour later my neighbor came over. I was so grateful about the found book I forgot for a moment about his video, but he spied it on the table and went into ecstasy about finding it on my table. He wanted to know how I had gotten it. I explained I found it under the car seat of my car, but had no memory of putting it there. He said he had about given up finding it and had finally asked his Indian guide, Grey Feather, to help him find it. He said he now remembers putting it under the seat of my car when I had been taking him back to Earlham one day. He had never been able to remember where it had gone because it showed up missing and signed out to him only a few weeks ago. He said he had taken the one video out to show someone else and was taking it back but that had been over three months ago. So it was just a coincidence that it happened to be one I had watched before. However that had only added to my confusion at the time I found it. He then went on to say he was so grateful to Grey Feather and how good he was to help him out this way since the loss of the video could have caused him problems with his job.
As he said thank goodness Grey Feather had helped him find it, I burst out that Grey Feather had no respect for me when he used me the way he did to help him out. I told him I had good reason to be mad at Grey Feather for using me that way just to find his video. He was surprised, so I then told him the story of the old book, Synchronicity, which I had found quite by accident and had returned. That it was a book that was not supposed to be checked out, but that somehow it was sitting there waiting for me and then the woman at the library had not noticed it was not to be checked out, and then it was not checked back in for that reason when I returned it. I explained I had only received the call that day after being on pins and needles for several days while Grey Feather was making me look under the car seat to find the video I had no idea had ever been put there.
He said that Grey Feather was not the most ethical guide but he was faithful to him and so he just had to accept him. I could only say, well, it worked, I guess. And we both laughed finally.
I did get over it, but will never scoff at stories about synchronicity nor allow others to do it around me since I am aware that circumstances can be around us that we are totally unaware. Of course, my neighbor thinks it all happened just as it was supposed to happen since we all got something out of it good in the end. As a pagan, this was just a normal occurrence to him.
I wish I could find that book and read it again. Of course, I have not tried, but may someday. I suppose all’s well that ends well, but what was the magic of that little book? The events could have unfolded without adding this little twist. Could this just be one of life’s many questions? Was this to just see if I was paying attention? What does this say about what our lives are really about? Are you listening to your life?
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