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Diagnosing Ace

In response to Is There a Name for This Weird Syndrome?:

Ace, I'm going to take your question as a serious one because it happens to me all the time.  Recent example for me -- "not in my/our/your wheelhouse."  I've never heard this phrase my entire life, but have it heard it a dozen times in the last month.

This reminds me of the book, "The Celestine Prophecy."  The first insight is experiencing a series of what the book calls "coincidences."  An example is thinking of someone you haven't thought of in years and then seeing or hearing from them the next day.  It's best explained by the first two insights:

THE FIRST INSIGHT . . . A CRITICAL MASS
A new spiritual awakening is occurring in human culture, an awakening brought about by a critical mass of individuals who experience their lives as a spiritual unfolding, a journey in which we are led forward by mysterious coincidences.

THE SECOND INSIGHT . . . THE LONGER NOW
This awakening represents the creation of a new, more complete worldview, which replaces a five-hundred-year-old preoccupation with secular survival and comfort. While this technological preoccupation was an important step, our awakening to life's coincidences is opening us up to the real purpose of human life on this planet, and the real nature of our universe.

I swear I'm not a New Age reader.  I don't even know what "The Secret" is beyond the "The Simpsons" parody. 

In the context of therapy dogs, I'm not sure what larger message the universe is trying to tell you.  So, I guess since I have you on the couch I should just say, "What do YOU think it means?"

(Sidenote: Therapy dogs are totally legit.  I know two people with therapy dogs.  There's also this group that visited the children in Newtown.)

(Once again, I swear I'm not one of those New Age people.  Now I must retire with my crystals to de-stress...)


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