“Walk without a stick into the darkest woods. Believe that the fairy tale is true.”—Cheryl Strayed

“The more you look for synchronicity, the more magical your life becomes. You are the magician that makes the grass green.”—Robert Anton Wilson222

In her book, Tiny Beautiful Things, Cheryl Strayed, posing as Dear Sugar, tells the story of hiking in New Mexico. She was alone and had been for several hours. She turned a bend and suddenly ran into another solo hiker who at that exact moment had run into yet another lone hiker. The three of them laughed, began talking and discovered that all three of them had the same birthday, in three consecutive years.

In E-Squared, I wrote about coincidence and how rather than being some weird anomaly spit out by what Dr. John Lilly called “The Cosmic Coincidence Control Center,” it’s actually evidence of the Zero Point Field to which we are all connected. I also pointed out that simply contemplating synchronicity often triggers these “Oh Wow!” events. I also asked readers who experienced “an amazing coincidence” after reading that chapter to send me an email. Just so you know, I’ve gotten dozens of stories, many including the number 222 that I mentioned in the book.

My daughter, when she was in junior high, for those who haven’t read it, had a thing about 222. She started a 222 Facebook page, her friends called her at 2:22 every day and that summer, we ended up staying in room 222 in two different hotels (one in Seattle and one in London).

I used that anecdote in the 101 Dalmatians chapter and was amazed at a) how many coincidences people sent me and b) how many included the number 222.

My daughter, who is now 19 and in college, and I were talking about her 222 fascination the other day and suddenly we started seeing 222’s everywhere, sometimes two different ones at the same time. We started texting each other every time we spotted a 222. It has become an amusing game.

So today, in honor of my incredible daughter who “coincidentally” called me when I was getting ready to post this, I’m hosting a 222 competition. For the next few days, make an intention to notice the number 222.

I will send a free autographed copy of E-Squared or one of my other books (if you can’t think of anyone you’d like to give a copy to) to whoever posts the best 222 story in the comments below.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

“Let’s get out our leg warmers and dance our asses off.”–Vince Vaughn in “The Internship.”

“There is a path toward the light. The one that goes blink, blink, blink inside your chest when you know what you’re doing is right. Listen to it. Trust it. Let it make you stronger than you are.”–Cheryl Strayed

I was interviewing a business owner yesterday for an article I’m writing for People mag. We got off topic (imagine that) and she made a comment that made me consider reaching out and giving her an inappropriate bear hug. It was a simple comment, one I’ve heard (probably even said) many times before. She was upset about a particular issue that shall not be named and, in resignation, threw her hands in the air and said, “If it’s not one thing, it’s a thousand others.”

Her rant almost seemed like a foreign language to me. It wasn’t that I was offended, but it had been so long since I’ve thought that way or really even been around people who aren’t aware of the tremendous power of their words, that I sat there dumbfounded.

Now, I’m not this woman’s coach or counselor, but I wanted desperately to comfort her, to explain to her that every word that drops out of her mouth is sculpting her life experience.

I wanted to warn her, to help her understand that whatever she believes and yes, utters out loud, will be seconded by the the great universal energy.

I know. I’m probably like the annoying ex-smoker who no longer has patience for friends still practicing their former vice.

So instead of lecturing her, instead of suggesting that if she wasn’t more vigilant, negativity, like a body snatcher, could eventually take her over, I held my tongue and thanked the blink, blink, blink pounding in my chest for showing me a better way.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.