Having been inspired to write about the re-enchantment of life by my trip to Paris last week, I have started to write a series of posts. The day before yesterday I focused on beauty – how becoming aware of beauty can make life more magical.
Later that morning I opened a novel which I purchased last week. It is “Le Principe” by Jérôme Ferrari. I bought it because it’s about Heisenberg and his uncertainty principle, which is something which has fascinated me for ages, and because I decided to start reading French novels to improve my French language skills.
I won’t quote specific passages or try to translate them here, but on page 3, the author says that Heisenberg and other Physicists investigating subatomic phenomena were startled by how their experimental results could not be explained by classical physics, and it was all very confusing and baffling for them, but what drove Heisenberg on, what stimulated and supported his determination, was “his faith in beauty”.
His faith in beauty! Not his dedication to reason, mathematics or science, but his faith in beauty.
Wow! I didn’t see that coming! How does that happen? That synchronicity? I have a number of ideas about re-enchanting life, and beauty is one of them. I happen to pick that to write about that day, then two hours later I open this French novel about a scientist, and read that passage.
Suddenly, in that moment, I sit bolt upright, put the book town and sigh. How amazing! How incredible life is! How unpredictable and curious it is! I pick it up again and re-read it carefully (I’m still a learner and might have misunderstood) and there it is – beauty – the motivating principle.
So in that moment I find another way to re-enchant life – to be aware of, and to relish, the moments of synchronicity.
Those experiences are certainly not a daily occurrence for me, but they do happen frequently. How about you? Do you experience synchronicities? If you do, take your time to savour them. They are a gift.