Research and synchronicity

When I started writing Oysters, Pearls and Magic, I embarked on a journey of self-discovery of sorts. Readers would know that I based Mirra’s people on the Hui’ An people in Fujian, China. The Hui’ An people are of special interest to me: my paternal grandparents came from that particular region.

Like any writer, I love research. I begun reading about the Hui’ An people, asking my dad and teasing out interesting information about food, culture and traditions. Although they see themselves as Han Chinese, the Hui’ An people are a minority group with their own distinctive ethnic costume. The Hui’ An women are known for their beauty as well as their hardworking nature. I see this trait reflected in my grandmother who still wears the silver belt for married women.

Of course, the Hui’ An people do not practise polyandry or polyamory. The story of Mirra is after all fiction. But stories are often interwoven with deep truths. An important motif in the story is Mirra’s link to the sea. She calls herself “a daughter of the sea”, as the sea is literally the giver of life for her people.

Then, in the course of research, I found something which sent a shiver of recognition, of synchronicity, up my spine:

“Hui’an women have been well known for being virtuous and hardworking in history. In the past, they took over all the housework and farm work when their husbands sailed out for fishing. Their chores included fishing, ploughing and stone carving. Today in Dazuo Village, people can still see them busily working at the beach. They are nicknamed “the daughters of the sea”.”
(Italics are mine to denote emphasis)

Even now, reading this particular excerpt, I have goose pimples on my arms, because I feel as if I am indeed writing about deep truths. I have written something which I’d thought was/is fiction… and it turns out that I have indeed discovered that it exists. This is pure synchronicity, pure magic.

What do you think, gentle reader? Do you have moments of synchronicity when you write/read?

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ty Barbary
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 18:10:19

    That is amazingly cool.

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  2. Jaraix
    Feb 05, 2011 @ 03:57:07

    Synchronicity is also called meaningful coincidence, but a rose by any other name is just as sweet, innit?

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  3. gracemcgrath
    Feb 05, 2011 @ 12:22:55

    yes; I do find synchronicity is important;
    maybe its left-brain, right-brain activity? I’m not sure.
    But I’m sure that it’s part of the creative process.
    My own most memorable event was to have a place name that would not leave my head, and which I used successfully in a story about an eco-community. Amazingly, I found myself living only eight miles from a place called this, six months later; and there was an eco-community established close by!

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  4. ladyqkat
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 05:35:02

    Hi, again. Meandering back to things I wanted to read and didn’t have time to the first time I saw them.

    Michael and I tend to do things like this. Enjoy it because it means that you are tapping into the Cosmic All with more awareness than most people.

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  5. Alvord
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 05:25:56

    I am researching synchronicity, because I have been having them at a rate of about 1 a week. Everything from typing “it’s like trying to train a puppy,” in a message to someone, and then having someone on TV say the same thing a few minutes later, to having a friend post a picture of a beautiful stone bridge, and then reading a book a little later, and the main character crosses a beautiful stone bridge. My first one occured several years ago, when references to Mt. Capitan at Yosemite came up 3 times in one day, one on the radio, one that happened when a book naturally opened to a picture of it at an EMS store, and then another in one of my books, when I was looking for something else, it was in the page directly across from what I was looking for. Also had a day when it was all ‘pendulums.’ I should add that this seemed to pick up speed when I trained in acupuncture and developed a Buddhist meditation practice. I would agree with the ‘cosmic all’ quote, am also experiencing Qi energy, mostly vibrations, mostly in hands and lower torso. Email me if you get synchronicities alot. I have some of them documented, but haven’t tried to keep track of all of them…

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