March 17

FAITH MONTH: DAY 17: “According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.” Deepak Chopra

This has been my story since the day I was born. There have been incredible synchronistic events since the very first day of my life. Interesting.

I never doubted them or tried to explain them away. Maybe it is my Celtic heritage that I always believed I was one of the “wee folk” when I was younger.

I had SO many extraordinary experiences that could not be explained by any logical means, so I never tried. Early in recovery, I would write about the many threads that came together to make it possible for me to get to the rooms to begin with. SO many “coincidences” that a lot of people just did not believe me.

SO many times when a “chance encounter” changed my life. SO many moments of synchronistic involvement that I believed I was a special or magical person (like a leprechaun) from birth. Nothing was the same for me as I saw it in other people’s lives.

Today I tell people that I am God’s favorite kid when these things unfold. The right moment occurs throughout my days. Magical things unfold in the most wonderful of ways. I love it very much and welcome it every time it happens.

The best one, for me, is that I got to a detox bed on St. Patricks’ Day. That I quit drinking the next day and have not had one ever since. It is NOT my sobriety date, because I was so fucked up that day. BUT, it was the day I got a Divine Intervention in the middle of my most horrifying and painful day ever.

I wanted to die and became re-born into this amazing life I have now. The worst day I ever had became the one I celebrate even more than my sober date. Because it went from deadly to amazing.

This transformation and miraculous event is one I cherish more than most. There are some big miracles in my life, but this one kind of tops them all.

So many reasons for that, but most of all, someone as Irish as me can get to detox on St. Patrick’s Day. I had not even begun to party that day, but was dying inside because of the years coming up to that point. The party the night before was wearing off and I wanted to die. And I did not. And it had nothing to do with me.

Which is why it is all the more a miraculous event. And, just to really top it off, it was the first day I met the man who would become my husband and greatest love. And a woman who gave me the gift of the God she had found in AA. Such a powerful thing to receive…I truly know I am God’s favorite kid.

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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