Transformation can happen when one least expects it. The same is true of synchronicity. I recall a day last August that stands out as the most powerfully synchronous day of my life thus far. And now, looking back on the events that have unfolded since that remarkable day, I'm deeply grateful that I trusted in the flow and the plan that the Universe had for me.
My powerful summer day of synchronicity started with a visit to a gifted card reader, Nazli Khosravi. Nazli told me many things that morning, most of which fit, except for one piece that I struggled with.
"I see you going on a journey next year," she said, "A journey that will take you overseas."
I laughed. I could not conceive of how this could possibly occur, and shrugged it off as a mystery. I left Nazli's, feeling grateful and remarkably open and free, as if I were floating effortlessly through the world.
My next stop was my fave eating spot in Victoria, Cafe Bliss. Bliss is the home of vegan, high-vibe food, and a regular hangout of mine. After a bliss~full lunch with my longtime Bliss companion, Clare, who had her Mom along from London for the Bliss adventure, I was flying. I wonder if it was the company, or the meal, or the potent chocolate mylkshake that ultimately elevated me to even greater openness and surrender? Perhaps it was simply, the deliciousness of everything.
As I left the cafe I knew I was being guided. I let go and enjoyed the ride to whatever might be ahead. An image of a dear friend I hadn't seen for awhile entered my mind. Two minutes later, there she was. Then, as I crossed the street toward The Market, a voice within said "You will see Pat when you enter the store and she has something important to tell you." Grinning, I flowed through the front doors. And, incase I wasn't already awed, as I approached the produce section there was Pat, who appeared to have been awaiting me. Amazed beyond amazed, I kept surrendering......
"Hi Tree!," she greeted me with a smile and a warm hug. We chatted for a moment. "Hey," she said, "I played this amazing game last night called The Transformation Game and I thought of you. I could SO see you facilitating this game!"
I said I'd never heard of the game, but that I was open to trying it, and asked her to keep me posted on details.
As evening approached I went over to my parents' place for dinner. I told my Mom about the incredible day I'd been having, and about the Game. Later, as we were cleaning up the meal, Mom randomly asked me, "If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?"
I thought about it for a moment, somewhat surprised by the question, then answered "I'd go to Britain and do some kind of pilgrimage or spiritual walk." Mom was surprised at my answer, imagining that I would want to go somewhere more exotic. I admit that I, too, was somewhat baffled by my response, however I had been feeling connected to the Medieval history of England and Scotland in the months previously. As we talked, the desire to be there felt suddenly urgent.
Mom left the room and returned a moment later with a book she had taken out of the library earlier that day. The title was "The Spiritual Traveler, England Scotland, Wales. The Guide to Sacred Sites and Pilgrim Routes in Britain." Again, the synchronicity felt almost overwhelming, as if I were rushing toward something that I couldn't quite keep up with. I opened the book and turned to a map. The name Findhorn immediately stood out. "I want to go to Findhorn!" I said boldly, my finger on the name in the Northern part of Scotland. Mom mentioned that she felt called to explore the isle of Iona, also in Scotland, known by some as "the heart chakra of the world."
By now we were both swept up by this current of energy that had guided me all day. We sat down with cups of tea and opened Mom's ipad, intending to google "The Transformation Game," curious to discover more after my talk with Pat. Both Mom and I gasped when we saw the words "Findhorn Foundation" come up on the screen. The Transformation Game had originated at Findhorn! We clicked on the website, both of us literally screaming, completely transfixed by the unfolding events. "What is going on here?" I asked, laughing. "WOW!" We clicked through the website pages. There was a Transformation Game Facilitator's Training Workshop offered at Findhorn in May the next year, and I knew I was going. Before I even saw the Game or what it was about, I said yes.
Nine months later, in May of this year, Mom and I boarded a plane to Glasgow, via London. I had, indeed, committed to making the journey, knowing from my innermost depths that this was my destiny. Once committed, everything had aligned. We took a train north from Glasgow and arrived in Findhorn on May 9th. My two week training started the following day, at Cluny Hill College, part of the Findhorn Foundation.
The training was intensive, with 8-12 hour days and only one day off for the five of us that had come. Findhorn welcomed me fully. It wasn't until my second week there that I really started to feel the place. I realized that I was being held so completely and gently in what I would describe as a womb-like environment. A profound peacefulness rested underneath everything, palpable once I allowed the chatter of my mind and the demands of my schedule to fall away.
I fell in love with each person in our little training group, aptly named "The Spaghetti Group" by our German trainer, Angela, as we often managed to weave ourselves into elaborate tangles and knots. Spending an intensive two weeks with a small group can have its challenges, however I felt only tenderness, support and respect from my comrades on the path. I connected most deeply with Catherine, from England, my roommate. Belly laughs and forest walks helped get us through our gruelling days, as well as hot water bottles and late night tea. Through the training I was pushed to my edges. I surrendered, and in so doing learned to appreciate my wisdom and all the gifts that were mine to offer, while also appreciating others. I was accepted in my vulnerability, and in turn I accepted myself.
The Findhorn community, from my perspective, truly is a loving, generous family of people from many different countries and backgrounds, coming together to co-create a vibrant, inspirational, intentional space for spiritual healing, learning and growth. Devas and fairies abound. The many birds sing sweetly and every plant seems to vibrate with an aura of happiness and contentment. I was mystified by the way that Findhorn opened me with such grace and gentleness, almost without my awareness. In this magical environment the Transformation Game came fully to life for me, and I understood from all levels why the Game had called me here. The Transformation Game is a powerful therapeutic tool, yes, but it's really so much more than that.......
I'm immensely grateful for the opportunity to learn about the Game from the Source where it originated. Now an accredited Transformation Game facilitator, I carry this tool into the world and honour the sacred, life-changing energy it holds. And, it seems that Nazli's cards spoke the Truth.... indeed I did make a journey this year, a journey overseas to a land of transformation...... that has left me forever changed.