The Meaningful Trails (32)

Like the thirsty fish in the water, the starving chicken living in rice barn, that is the fate of many seekers these days. Joseph Jaworski in his book “Synchronicity: The inner path of leadership” explicitly elaborate the story. He speaks thru his personal experience, which makes it a first hand story, regarding how dry a soul who own material possessions only. Joseph had been a wealthy lawyer that owned a successful insurance company, lived in very prestigious area, and drove the most luxurious car ever in the US. Yet, the same luxuries is what then made his soul to collapse, particularly as it destroyed the family he loved. The wife of whom he truly loved, sued a divorce, and his only son chose to live with his mother. As a result, the scintillating life he was living suddenly become dark and dreary. It is the starting point from where this author then seeking for a spiritual answer.


To be honest, the scene found in most meditation classes is not much different from what Joseph experienced. Never been heard of someone living a wealthy and happy life ever been trying to enrich their soul with spirituality. The first door, of nearly all seekers in the path of spirituality, is opened by deep suffering. From a chronical pain to losing a loved one. From troubled kids to miserable life. Nevertheless, only a few seekers are as earnest and as sincere as Joseph Jaworski. Though being hit by the greatest storm of life, from being in the peak of material life, to suddenly fell in a very frightening spiritual abyss, he then discovered the flashes of Light. Notice on what is written on page 54 of this book: “My very worst performance happened when I operated at a purely rational level”. Joseph had to traverse the deepest gulf of his life when he grew fully using rationality. It is where he then allowed himself to be guided by meaningful coincidences (synchronicity). Rather than trying to control life, he learns to allow life to ‘flow’ thru him.

Strangely, what was seemed as a disaster, is apparently a blessing. What was seen at the beginning as a deep suffering, is simply turned out to be a home return calling of the soul. Therefore, the fourth part, which is also the last part of this book, is being entitled “The Gift”. By living life wholeheartedly, and sincerely encounter all miseries of life, a spiritual door will be then opened: “Everything, is apparently a blessing in disguise”. In a later part of this book, Joseph quoted TS Elliot’s opinion, which disclosing a sign that he had found the Light he sought: “At the end of our exploring will be to arrive where we started”. Eventually, we will be arriving at the point where we started. In other words, human beings start their life by having a childlike mind. When one is blessed to attain enlightenment he will thereafter return to the same innocent mind.

About the author

H.H. Guruji Gede Prama

Gede Prama started his spiritual journey through a dialogue with his symbolic Guru in a village at the north of Bali. The journey is then being enriched with his experiences of studying abroad, his meetings with the world greatest spiritual Gurus: His Holiness Dalai Lama, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as Professor Karen Armstrong; and also being deepened by his intense meditation practices.

Despite the fact that he was once a CEO of a large corporation with thousand of employees, and was traveling abroad frequently for the purpose of teaching, yet, being deeply moved by the Bali bombing incident in 2002, he then decided to leave everything and went back to his home island.
He has never leave Bali for the past few years. In fact, he rarely leaves the silence of the forest where he lives, except for the purpose of teaching at the sacred sites within Bali.

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