Not long ago, I took a trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Despite living in California for about a quarter of a century now, and even spending the last couple of years in the southern half of the state, I’d never actually made it to the Park. People seem to all but worship it, but I’m sometimes slow to clamber on board any given bandwagon, even if the bandwagon in question does admittedly look like it might provide some variety of a rollicking good time.
I can now safely say that Joshua Tree is, in fact, all it’s cracked up to be, and well worth a look-see in person. Between the oddly compelling Joshua Trees themselves, and the portion of the Park that’s made up of a bizarre landscape of giant rock formations that often look like great stone beings pushing themselves ever so slowly up out of the ground, it’s a pretty surreal and fascinating place.
This post is not meant, however, to be some kind of promotional travel brochure for the Park. Rather, an incident that occurred during my trip to the Park serves here as an illustration of a couple of ideas…
So as I was making the approximately 150-mile drive from my home in Los Angeles to 29 Palms, CA, the town that sits outside of one of the entrances to the Park, I noticed a lot of signage along the way. Not unusual for any part of this sprawling country, of course, but given that I was heading into the desert, the imagery gracing all that signage began to take on some decidedly desert-y overtones. This is entirely understandable and appropriate, of course, but I began to notice that while certain animals began to appear with greater frequency among the advertisements, business logos, and other trade dress (even some animals that I like quite a lot myself, such as the serpent, the eagle, the horse…), one animal in particular that’s especially near and dear to my heart — one desert-dwelling animal, I might add — remained, to my way of thinking, conspicuously absent.
I’m speaking here of the scorpion. Maybe I’m just unusually keen to see the fearsome little beings more than the average person is, given that I’m what the astrology crowd would term a “double Scorpio,” and that sign is symbolized by the scorpion, so I identify with it quite a lot. Then again, like I said, scorpions are desert creatures, and they’re incredibly striking to behold, and it would seem like a thoroughly natural choice for the locals in that place to make use of such a powerful and fitting image. And yet…nothing.
So after several dozen desert miles had scrolled past, all without so much as a stinger or a pincer in sight, I may have muttered something under my breath about how it would be nice to see some kind of scorpion representation along the way…
And then I kind of forgot about all that, arrived at the inn where I was staying, checked in, then decided to stroll the grounds briefly to get the lay of the land before heading into the Park itself…and no more than 200 paces or so from my room did I stumble upon this awesome spectacle:
It was like the desert itself was saying, “You want a scorpion, big mouth? How’s this for a scorpion?!”
And the answer was of course that this was spectacular for a scorpion!! That’s what I’m talkin’ about, desert!
So why am I telling you all of this? Well, I think the little incident illustrates a couple of points that have some importance in the metaphysical sphere:
1) Ask, and ye shall receive. It’s a fairly common supposition among occult and New Age types that the universe is always listening to us, and in fact, actively wants to help us get what we need and want. Sometimes, all you really need to do is to express those needs and wants directly to the universe in order to facilitate that help. In other words, if you need or want something from the world around you…just ask.
2) You can gain incredible amounts of knowledge and wisdom simply by noticing odd bits of synchronicity like this. I wanted to see a scorpion…and a giant metal one appeared right in my pathway. Coincidence? There may not actually be any such thing as “coincidence.” It could be that what plenty of people call “coincidence” is actually the universe dropping messages and manifestations on those people, but those people simply aren’t grasping the design behind it all. Not that the full design behind everything is always graspable — it may never be, not in its entirety — but I feel certain that there is, at least, such a design, and the more we open ourselves up to seeing connections among seemingly disparate parts of our world, the more the design becomes apparent (and the more such connections and synchronicities will start to proliferate, too — that is, once you start to see them and acknowledge that they exist, they’ll begin popping out of the woodwork at you).
And just what was the meaning behind this particular message/manifestation? Well…bring your valid Scorpio ID card to the next big meeting, find me seated in the back row, and I’ll whisper it to you…
But so the point of today’s entry is that if you ask for what you want, and then you keep your antennae out and on-line, you may be astonished at the results that start to pour in!