Universal Coffee

A few years ago The Law of Attraction was a big buzz word. The Secret was selling like crazy and all of a sudden people were obsessed with positive and negative energy. I didn’t want to read the book because, well, um,  geez, I don’t know why. I was in art school and I guess I felt the need to reject all things pop culture.

One day, while I was stuck in a train station in Boston, I perused the selection at a bookstore and picked up a copy of The Secret. I flipped to a random page and read something like this, “If you don’t believe the universe delivers, ask for something simple like a cup of coffee.” I rolled my eyes and asked, “hey universe, can I have a cup of joe?” I did not end up purchasing the book.

I moved to the lounge and waited to get the track number for my train. The lounge was busy and I needed to share a table with a stranger. As soon as I sat down the overhead speaker announced that all trains would be delayed for a half hour. The man next to me sighed, looked over at me, and asked if I would like a cup of coffee. Chills went down my back. I politely said no, trying not to scare the poor stranger with my revelation.

Looking back, I feel bad for not accepting that cup of coffee. I am currently reading The Artist’s Way, and she believes in the power of synchronicity – as soon as you know what to look for you’ll find it. She argues that most people don’t know what they want, and if they do  they aren’t afraid of not getting what they want, they’re actually afraid of getting it.

That day in Boston I was testing the universe. If I was never offered coffee I would have been fine with it. In fact it would have affirmed my skepticism in all things metaphysical. The simple offer of coffee forced me to question my beliefs. Could the universe actually care about what little old me wants? It also makes me wonder how many real opportunities I’ve turned down because it was scary. Have you ever turned down something you want because it scared you?


  1. Tracy!

    This post sent chills down MY spine! Wow! Yes, I have turned down things I wanted or better yet, just “been distracted” from things I wanted because they scared me. However, I am getting better and better at feeling fear and continuing forward. I love being aware of my language as well (another idea from the secret) and using that to see what your actual beliefs are about things and how those beliefs may be blocking you from getting what they want (i.e. “I’m broke, that’s too expensive”, I could go on and on. I also love The Artist’s Way and should work through it again because it was so eye-opening the first time around. Keep these awesome blogs coming!


    1. Being aware of language is a great tip! I don’t know who said this, but I believe it:
      Watch your thoughts, they become words.
      Watch your words, they become actions.
      Watch your actions, they become habits.
      Watch your habits, they become your character.
      Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

      Let me know if you take up the Artist’s Way again.


  2. I remember reading ‘Ask and it is Given’ by Jerry and Esther Hicks (about the Law of Attraction) and then, being my sceptical self, deciding to test it. I just pictured a yellow Jeep wrangler for about five minutes then got bored and decided to go shopping. I was walking to the shopping centre when I was forced to take an unusual route due to road works…and I passed a carpark with a Yellow Jeep. Freaked out.


  3. Well, I kind of believe in synchronicity but only because we will notice things when we look for them and other times it may happen anyway but we weren’t looking. But it is cool to think the universe delayed all the trains so that you could get a cup of coffee. Now I wonder what it will do so I can sleep in late and not go to work?


  4. Have you ever turned down something you want because it scared you?

    Great question! Sometimes I resist opportunities because I’m afraid of all of the “work” and “obligation” and “being tied down” that they will bring. When, in reality, those opportunities could be bringing me the exact opposite — freedom, resources, and learning.

    Fun experiment: Try the manifestation thing with parking spaces in the city 😉


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