A few years ago, 25 years to be precise, I was set to attend a psychology seminar at the University of Brighton in The UK for two weeks. I was excited about this because it meant two weeks involved in something I love, two weeks away from the routine of work and two weeks away from the challenges of the life I had. Which, at that time was not a bed of roses. I needed change and this was my launch pad.

The trip to Brighton involved a journey of a little over seven hours from Germany (388 miles / 543 KM) and a ferry across the water from Calais, France to Dover, England. After a full and exceptionally long day at work, I left Germany at 10:00 pm and as I drove over the Dutch border heading west, something interesting happened.

The further I drove, the lighter I felt and a sense of knowing told me that something amazing was going to happen. I embraced it and enjoyed the feeling.

Positive Intentions

I set some intentions before traveling and in the main, they were about meeting new people and enjoying the seminar.

Here’s What Happened

Within the first hour of arriving on campus, I met the woman who is now my wife. Other than the admin team, she was the first person I talked to. OK, truth be told, she rescued me because in my lack of sleep haze, I couldn’t find the dining room. She escorted me to dinner.

Less than two hours later, we met a woman with the same surname as me; Costello. Kerry came from New Zealand yet when we shared what we knew of our family ancestry, you could have pushed both of us over with a feather.

The details we shared were identical; including how our ancestors had arrived in County Kerry, Ireland from Italy until our ancestors left the emerald isle in the early twentieth century. We remain very close today.

Later that night, Sarah and I sat on a small hill between two university buildings enjoying the summer evening, talking and watching the stars. Romantic right?

After a short while we noticed a shooting star. It was like the prelude to a firework display when one firework starts the show. What followed was stunning and the images are burned on our memories. Neither of us can give an accurate account of how many shooting stars we saw in that meteor shower, but it was a message from the universe that neither of us will forget.

Time Skip

In the comments to one of my recent posts about vibration raising, a commentator mentioned a TEDx video that I should see and yesterday evening he found the link and kindly sent it across.

Why Raising Your Vibration Increases Serendipity

Oh, I also saw a post about serendipity a couple of days ago. Interesting and, there’s more.

The woman presenting the TED talk was Joanna McEwen. Although she didn’t train at the same university as I, she is a qualified Youth and Community Worker. We are two of only 11,000 people in the UK within the population of 66.44 million in that industry. We don’t know one another.

Joanna delivered her TEDx talk in March 2016 on the anniversary of the death of my grandmother who said, “Steve, you can do anything”, and on the precise day that my wife joined us full-time in France after commuting to the UK since we moved our family to France in 2013. The talk was recorded at the University of Brighton.

More Recently

At the start of 2020, one of our friends, suffered a psychiatric breakdown. I talked about this in a post in January. By profession, this friend is an energy healer and uses sound and vibration to assist people to heal.

Joanna McEwen “creates and delivers wellbeing workshops through the use of sound healing, music, drama, mindfulness and breath and body awareness”.

Intuition Shouts

Sometimes our intuition sends quiet, subtle messages than can easily become lost in the maelstrom of daily activities. On other occasions, it shouts. After seeing that video and the related detail, I stopped everything. Here was a set of messages that demanded immediate attention and the first thing I did was to send Joanna a message.

Intentional Visualizations

Without the fine detail, here are three of the intentions I have set recently and am working on:

  • Plan and execute a speaking tour
  • Help my healing friend to heal
  • Contact influential people in my industry / niche


My intentions are exceptionally clear and since seeing Joanna McEwan’s TEDx video I have added detail to the clarity I had already. My belief is total that there are no coincidences in any of this story. Serendipity has provided the occurrence of opportunities in line with things I want to attract. Now it’s up to me to take Passionate Action and keep attracting precisely what I need.

May All Your Intentions Become Your Reality


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Steve Costello is a British Community & Youth Studies and Psychology honors graduate with over 30-years theoretical and practical experience in the Personal Development public and private sectors. He founded ExGro in 2018 with business partner, friend and clinical psychologist, Leo Faerberg.

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