The Story Behind the Story
I am beginning to see a pattern here! A dozen people have emailed, or called me, to say they are experiencing synchronicites that coincide with references in the book, as they are reading along! I had a feeling something like that would happen ;
I have followed a particular chat forum/
As soon as she received the book, she began mentioning in her posts that she was having synchronicites connected with her interaction with the book.
In one post, I saw where she said that she opened the book, the first night she recieved it, to a random page and read an excerpt. Apparently it resonated with her. The page was about how I had burned my finger cooking and had a healing experience as the thought of the burned little boy from an Oprah episode entered my heart.
El was vague in her post but I was curious what her "burn" story was.
I waited until she finished her review and I emailed her to ask her if she would share what she experienced.
Here is her reply about her burn, in part, which is eerily similar to mine:
One evening, I was cooking chicken on the BBQ grill and the center of the breast was taking forever to get up to temp, and I knew I was only making it worse by opening the grill to check it every few minutes or so, so I took my meat thermometer and stuck it in the thickest part of the breast and closed the grill.
When the digital readout said 177 degrees, I opened the grill and without even THINKING about it, I reached in a gabbed the end of the thermometer and pulled it out.
My index finger, middle finger, thumb, and palm had MASSIVE burns.
Now, I've always been a big baby. I don't deal well with pain, but burns.
By far the worst burn I've ever experienced.
As I laid there just WALLOWING in the pain I was feeling, all of my conscious awareness very suddenly snapped into my hand and I could feel energy spinning in my palm. I'd never had such an experience before, and it actually seemed to intensify the pain, but I just knew it was what I was supposed to do.
So I laid there for about 5 minutes with every drop of consciousness I possessed focused into my hand. The pain intensified until it reached a point where I was beginning to fear I wouldn't be able to tolerate it anymore when suddenly the entire burning sensation seemed to drain right out of my hand.
I sat up a little shocked and looked at my hand. It still looked tremendously bad, but there was no pain at all.
At this particular time in my life, I was reading "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle and I was learning to meditate. In his book, Eckhart describes becoming aware of the tingling sensation, or the "life" under your skin in your hands to come into the Now, or to meditate, so I'd begun to do it at night as I drifted to sleep.
I did it again the night after that.
The morning of the third day, a mere 36 hours after the burn that turned my hand purple and covered it in angry blisters, all traces of skin irritation was gone. No mark, no scab, no blister, no discoloration, no pain, no scar.
Since then, I don't fear being burned. I get burns all the time as a cook and as the owner of a wood burning stove, but I no longer feel any pain by association. I feel the immediate "Oh, I've been burned" pain that lets you know.
I love that Tolle reference/
"I Love You
Please forgive me
I am sorry
Well, it gets even better! Already this morning I have had two more people contact me about similar experiences but it goes to a level I NEVER, (honestly!