As I was listening to a guided meditation on the root chakra, a car horn beeped twice at the exact instant I heard the word “prosperity”. I paused the audio and pondered this a moment. I live pretty far out in the country on a dead end road. We don’t hear a lot of car horns. This one stopped me in my tracks and I had no choice but to consider the word, “prosperity”. At first, I recoiled, thinking prosperity means putting money first. But as I thought on it, prosperity is really just a lack of worry. Who doesn’t want enough money, food, good health and love? With that thought, I think I want to create prosperity for my life. This is what I learned from reading Sidewalk Oracles by Robert Moss. Sometimes things happen for a reason and if you are paying attention, you may be changed from the experience.
How does one begin to understand the importance of “dreaming consciously” in everyday life? You do this by accepting that the world in some way speaks to us in signs and symbols. Making the word “synchronicity” a part of your permanent vocabulary is an interesting concept. Obviously, The Police were way ahead of me in 1983:).
Synchronicity as a term was created by Carl Jung to more easily describe coincidence to a general population. By paying attention, you are taken to the multi-dimensional universe you live in. By trying to understand and accepting why one is here and finding an appropriate place for a “by chance” encounter, one becomes more in tune with what is at work in the larger stratosphere. Destiny, coincidence and synchronicity become common to one’s general humanity.
I particularity enjoyed learning about “kledons”, a sound or speech that comes out of silence or undifferentiated noise. This actually happens to me often and I never knew what to call it. Like my car horn, sometimes something just shows up. It’s great to be able to put a name to it. A kledon can be many things, a loud snippet of conversation, an out of place sound that feels close or a sudden association between a sound and a thought in your mind. By having a “poet in your soul” and an “applied scientist” in your head, one can more effectively become a part of everything.
Even with all of those lofty terms, Sidewalk Oracles is a book of games. By learning some basic awareness skills, you become so much more attuned to all that is happening around you. I took extra time with this review to work with the activities in the back. What a wonder! I learned how to be a “kairomancer”. I studied for two days the origin of the term “wyrd” and how the evolution of this term made us all more sensitive. This is a book that gives you so much to work with and you can choose just how deep you want to go.
I felt my car horn incident was total Sidewalk Oracle! I have been considering prosperity ever since! I was ready to learn. First up, is “Sidewalk Tarot”. How do you play? By allowing things to just pop up in your field of vision – could be cards, logos, license tags, chalk drawings, words on a page, anything that seems just a bit more obvious than the rest. What does it mean to you? If you pose a question to the universe, don’t necessarily obsess, looking all over for the answer. Wait and it will come. Somehow, the concept of synchronicity says it will. The best times to play Sidewalk Tarot are during your daily walk or your commute to work. You might play “one card” or image. Then again, you could collect three signs and qualify them “past, present, future” or “body, mind, spirit”. See what is revealed!
Another exercise I worked with is a daily “bibliomancy” practice. Each day, I consider my day and pull a book from my library, open it with eyes closed, graze my hand up and down the page and stop. What does the text say? What meaning does this text have for you? My favorite book to conduct the bibliomancy exercise is a “Dictionary of Feng Shui” by Christine M. Bradler. Filled with meaningful definitions and descriptions, I seem to find plenty of insight each day. Today, I landed on a page dedicated to flutes. My finger rested on “I am surrounded by peace and harmony-I am fulfilled. Everything in my life is good.” Here, I am am once again assured that I have the prosperity I am hoping for!
I think my favorite part of “Sidewalk Oracle” is the balance between concepts that are very deep, like “kairomancer” ,and practical everyday activities, like “sidewalk tarot”. Not only could I learn and think at a very scholarly depth, but I could also establish an additional aspect to my own daily practice.
A final blessing: I was sitting on my deck at twilight, enjoying the evening, when I heard a strange bird noise, different from the usual denizen of my yard. Like a prehistoric bird screech! Next came a flapping sound and I looked up. Much to my surprise, I was graced by a barn owl in flight. So much meaning can be attributed to an owl sighting and I have spent days trying to discern how this gift applies to my life. Amazing!