" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

October 23, 2017

Lucky Bamboo/Lily and Dandelions

My "Lucky Bamboo" plant as it looks now
I wrote a post on the 12th of September this year about a butterfly that landed on my kitchen windowsill -
A Butterfly That I Felt Was Worth Crowing About
My half dead "Lucky Bamboo" plant last September with the butterfly
In that post I promised to write a follow up post about a few synchs I had with my "Lucky Bamboo" plant at the time, but I kept putting it off until today, which probably makes it a richer post now in hindsight.
I have since found out that "Lucky Bamboo" is not bamboo at all, but from the Lily family, so it should probably be called a "Lucky Lily" instead.
"The Lucky Bamboo is not a Bamboo plant at all.
It belongs to the same family as the Lily plants.
It is native to the tropical rain forests of Africa and parts of South East Asia.
The Lucky Bamboo plant is also known as Curly Bamboo, Chinese Water Bamboo, Friendship Bamboo, Goddess of Mercy Plant and Ribbon plant."
Although that probably wouldn't be a good idea in Australia,
as Lilies are a plant associated with death.

I had no idea on the day I saw the butterfly that my "bamboo" was really more of a lily and when I thought of bamboo plants I thought of pandas, because pandas are meant to like eating bamboo.
And the weirdest thing is that a few days after I wrote the post about seeing the butterfly I saw that the world's oldest panda died on the 1st anniversary of my father's passing, Wednesday the 13th of September.
China mourns death of the world's oldest panda Basi at age 37
My "Lucky Bamboo" in my rented unit around March
I first mentioned my "Lucky Bamboo" plant in this old post, which was more about dandelions than my lucky plant -
Plant Medicine, Rune Soup and Dandelions
That post involved the above pod-cast of Gordon from the
'Rune Soup' blog interviewing Becky Beyer about plants as food and medicine.
The Dandelion plant growing from a crack in my carport concrete
When I was renting in my last place of residence about the only outdoor plant I had growing was the dandelion pictured above.
Today when I was in my backyard I noticed two dandelions had sprouted in the last week.
Dandelions sprouting in my backyard today near my tin chook
And mushrooms growing in my brickwork, too
I hadn't spent a lot of time in my backyard this week, as it has been constantly raining all week, hence the mushrooms thriving between my pavers.
In a way I see a dandelion as a potentially luckier plant than a "Lucky Bamboo".
Although that may just be wishful thinking on my part;-)
Dandelion Meaning & Symbolism
"To this day, Dandelion still reminds us that wishes have power, but they also come with responsibility.
We have said this before: Nature spirits may be capricious.
They don’t operate exactly like humans do, which also makes them a lot of fun.
Dandelion’s favorite saying is “expect the unexpected.”"
That's just par for the course around my home, I reckon.
And I see this week that Gordon's wish came true and he is now the proud owner of a farm in Tasmania.
I love Tassie, so maybe in the years ahead if it's in my cards I might be down there, too.
Might just depend on my "Lucky Bamboo"?
When I was in my last home I tended to neglect watering my plant, but since I moved into my new home I give my plant some water out of the jug before I make my morning coffee and as you can see from the photo right at the top, it's starting to thrive.
Even the little stalk that I had given up for dead is coming to to life.
I would have thrown what I thought of as the dead plant out a while back, but I liked the Yin/Yang type motif of a dead plant/live plant side by side.
But the dead plant wasn't dead at all I found out. 
Unlike the lady in the video above I did nothing to bring my "dead" plant back to life, except look after the living one. 
Another bizarre coincidence occurred the morning I was Google-ing around for information about "Lucky Bamboo" and came across this website, which was also the website that I found out "Lucky Bamboo" was really not bamboo at all, but related to the lily.  
Facts About the Lucky Bamboo Plant
There was a video on this site (the one above) where this guy was wearing pretty much a copy of the same clothes I was wearing that morning.
Although my Pink Floyd t-shirt was a cheap Big W knock off, which was good for wearing to bed, but not out in the street.
Me in my cheap Big W Pink Floyd t-shirt while watching Bamboo guy
Maybe I should get a 'Bad Panda' t-shirt instead?-)
I think I need to read my Benebell Wen book and keep rubbing my laughing Buddha's tummy until I'm laughing all the way to the bank;-)
And maybe get a few more plants?
"Although the word bamboo occurs in several of this plant's common names, D. braunii is of an entirely different taxonomic order from true bamboos.
Despite several of its common names that suggest it is from China or Belgium, it is a native African species.
Keeping lucky bamboo inside houses and business places is believed to bring happiness and prosperity, and this belief has promoted sales of lucky bamboo shoots grown in decorative pots.
The plant has become the most popular indoor plant in certain parts of India, where the plants are usually imported from China and Taiwan."
Ah...the story of my life on one DVD
And maybe rent some movies, too?
Still it could be worse, like in 'The Married Guy';-)

InnSæi: The Sea Within, To See Within, To See from the Inside Out

Looking out of my Tardis like fish bowl at the world
"A story of soul searching, science, nature and creativity, InnSæi takes us on a global journey to uncover the art of connecting within in today's world of distraction and stress."
Yesterday afternoon I was about to start writing up a post about "gut instinct" that I had been putting off because other news stories or synch subjects would grab my attention and I would throw the post on the back-burner of simmering posts that I have cooking up as future posts to serve up to my hungry readers. 
The old insinkerator I had removed
I was trying to write up a post about "gut instinct" and the old InSinkErator (in-synch-erator?) I recently had pulled out and replaced by good healthy piping.
My new piping after having the old  insinkerator removed
The post I had planned to write was going to be about coming across a lift-out in my local newspaper the week I had booked a plumber to remove an old InSinkErator, which was way beyond its use-by-date and was clogging my drainage when I washed my dishes in my new townhouse.
Not to mention I had recently ripped out an old, but functioning dishwasher and had my brother-in-law take it to the dump for me, so I had somewhere in the kitchen to place my rubbish bin.
Who needs a dishwasher when you live by yourself anyway?
But because the dishwasher pipe was attached to the InSinkErator I had to really tape up the cut hose to stop the water from the sink flowing into my cupboard under the sink.
Sometimes you really have to think things through to avoid a back-flow into your planned life. 
Where the dishwasher used to be and my bin is now
I think that it is paramount to follow gut instincts when they arise in your...well...gut I suppose.
Because if life has taught me one thing worth learning the hard way, it would to be to listen to my if that makes any sense at all when it comes to the senses we all possess. 
It's not like your gut is going to grab your ears attention to tell you something's a feeling, which is why it's called, "a gut feeling" of course.
So you don't really listen to your gut, you feel it don't you?
Well I do anyway.
My gut feeling was to hold off writing up this post about "gut feelings" as I felt more needed to be added to the recipe of the post first.
I had planned to write this post up yesterday morning until I listened to a 'Mysterious Universe' podcast and then wrote this post up instead -
The Mysterious Universe of Flight MH370?
Ironically that post involved the sea in a big way.
After writing up that post I was sick of being online and ironically decided to have a break from sitting in front of my computer by grabbing my iPad and heading downstairs to watch a movie on my iPad.
I went to "My List" in Netflix and saw a movie there that I didn't remember ever having added, titled, 'InnSæi', which was about the subject of intuition.
I thought this would be a good distraction from writing up a post that I really had no idea of how to write up, but felt that I should.
This movie blew me away and filled in the gaps of the post that I really wanted to write for the last few weeks.
My gut instinct was that viewing this movie was the last piece of the puzzle for me when it came to writing up this post, because this movie is really worth viewing when it comes to the subject of  going with your "gut feelings".
The print on the wall of my study/computer room
InnSæi is an Icelandic word that gives the movie its title and is why I have always felt the goldfish pictured above sums my feelings of this world that I live in to a tee.
I've had that goldfish picture of Tracy Keller's painting as my blog mascot since I started writing this blog, as that is how I felt, like a goldfish looking out of its bowl and observing the world around it.
I think the fishbowl for a head idea is a great metaphor for the conscious being that is trapped in a body for life 
Although while the fishbowl feels like a constrained space while looking out of it at the world outside, when the fish turns around to look inward the fishbowl becomes like a vast ocean, to my way of thinking about the painting anyway.
And while I can see some people complaining that InnSæi stars the controversial spirit cooking artist Marina Abramovic, I say the message in the film is no less truer no matter what you think of her performance art.
I think InnSæi is a great movie to watch if you have Netflix on your iPad and makes the distraction worth paying attention to.
But don't trust what I say about the film, go with your own "gut feeling" and decide for yourself whether it looks worth watching.
I think we all swim in fishbowls as big as oceans, but it is only when we swim within that we see just how big that small fishbowl really is.
The old sink tap running at full bore that I had replaced
I even had to put in a new tap with the rest of my plumbing as the water from the tap just wasn't flowing fast enough and there was stories in the local media about Chinese taps being sold that had lead in them, so I wanted an Australian made tap for my drinking water supply (which I have filtered before I drink, as well).
So my home plumbing is now flowing fine and I just have to focus on the sea within and my internal InSynchErator.
One fish's half-full glass is another fish's ocean.
Or something along those lines.

Orange is the New Black Coffee in the World of Pop Culture?

The Art of Butchering Pop Culture

I just read Chris Knowles new post at 'The Secret Sun' blog and it is rather mind-blowing no matter from which angle...or should that be take it from -
"Enter the Hypnotic World of MK-ULTRA"
Whether you believe it's a black op, a clever meme, just coincidence, or all of the above, you can't help but be impressed while reading this post...and maybe there is a reason for that, too?-)
Chris is the author of 'Our Gods Wear Spandex' and
'The Secret History of Rock and Roll'.
In the world of pop culture we seem to be trapped between the devil and the deep blue sea, at least in Jungian terminology when dealing with the "collective unconsciousness".  
And October 2017 is turning out to be really creepy with the
100th anniversary of the Fatima apparition falling on a
"Black Friday", too.
"Our Lady of Fátima (Portuguese: Nossa Senhora de Fátima, formally known as Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Fátima, European Portuguese: [ˈnɔsɐ sɨˈɲoɾɐ dɨ ˈfatimɐ]Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈnɔsɐ siˈɲɔɾɐ dʒi ˈfatʃimɐ]), is a Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary based on the famed Marian apparitions reported in 1917 by three shepherd children at the Cova da Iria, in Fátima, Portugal
The three children were Lúcia Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto.
Bishop José Alves Correia da Silva declared the miracle worthy of belief on 13 October 1930, officially permitting devotion within the Catholic Church.
The event is commemorated each year on that same date."
I can't help but think that we are in for some dark nights ahead and it's time to buckle up for one wild ride that's in front of us.
But then again I probably do watch too many movies and listen to too many songs, as well;-) 
Orange really does seem to be the new black at the moment.
And as for the siren themes let's hope it doesn't mean curtains for us all, as well.
The Butcher Billy and Chris Knowles really do have their finger on the pop cultural pulse at present it seems.
Happy Halloween...that's if we all make IT that far;-)