Synchronicity or Coincidence--You Decide

Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD
 


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Synchronicity is a phenomenon where an event in the outside world coincides meaningfully with a psychological state of mind. “Meaningful coincidence". . . Synchronicity - a term introduced by the depth of psychologist, Carl Gustav Jung’s work. . . Recently the term “synchronicity" was introduced into pop culture consciousness by the artist, Sting (an avid student of Jung) and the Police. And more recently - the best seller book entitled “The Celestine Prophecy. ” The author, James Redfield, relies heavily upon the experience of “synchronicity. "

Synchronicity was defined by Jung as an “a causal connecting principle, " an essentially mysterious connection between the personal psyche and the material world, based on the fact that at the bottom they are only different forms of energy. Jung associated synchronistic experiences with the relativity of space and time and a degree of unconsciousness.

Synchronicity . . . consists of two factors: a) An unconscious image comes into consciousness either directly (i. e. , literally) or indirectly (symbolized or suggested) in the form of a dream, idea, or premonition. b) An objective situation coincides with this content. The one is as puzzling as the other. ["Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle, " ibid. , par. 858. ]

The very diverse and confusing aspects of these phenomena are, so far as I can see at present, completely explicable on the assumption of a psychically relative space-time continuum. As soon as a psychic content crosses the threshold of consciousness, the synchronistic marginal phenomena disappear, time and space resume their accustomed sway, and consciousness is once more isolated in its subjectivity. . . . Conversely, synchronistic phenomena can be evoked by putting the subject into an unconscious state. [On the Nature of the Psyche, " CW 8, par. 440. ]

It is not only possible but fairly probable, even, that the psyche and matter are two different aspects of one and the same thing. The synchronicity phenomena point, it seems to me, in this direction, for they show that the non psychic can behave like the psychic, and vice versa, without there being any causal connection between them. [Ibid. , par. 418. ]

To gain a fuller understanding and appreciation for the Jungian concept of “synchronicity" – One needs to take a circuitous path called the Journey of Wholeness, or “Unus Mundus". . .

Unus Mundus (literally meaning: One World) Journey of Wholeness

The four elements are depicted by the four cardinal Zodiac signs: Aries - fire, Cancer - water, Libra - air and Capricorn – earth.

Unus Mundus is the conjunction. . .

It's the royal mystical marriage of: Heaven/Earth, Sun/Moon, King/Queen transformed back into the original, undivided unity of the world soul. . . the world logos. . . the god image within. . . Unus Mundus is the final reuniting of our spirit, soul, and body with the world soul. Unus Mundus In Alchemy

Renaissance alchemist Gerhard Dorn's highest goal and desire was transforming the four elements (fire, water, air, and earth) back into the original One World unity of Unus Mundus.

"Learn from within thyself to know all that is in heaven and on earth, that thou mayest be wise in all things. Knowest thou not that heaven [spirit] and the elements [matter] were formerly one, and were separated by a divine act of creation from one another, that they might bring forth thee and all things?. . . Know that man's greatest treasure is to be found within man, and not outside him. . . From the alchemist text “Theatrum Chemicum" Volume One (1602 AD)

Gerhard Dorn's “Speculativae philosophiae. . . "

Unus Mundus In Mythology

In mythology, Unus Mundus is that mythical, imaginal place where heaven touches earth. . . Unus Mundus is the mystical land beyond all time and space. . . a sphere of unity where the opposites of: life/death, love/hate, peace/war, good/evil, spirit/matter all merge into one another and cease to exist separately. . . Then, there is only the One. . .

Christos “Understand that thou art a second little world and that the sun and moon are within thee, and also the stars. . . . "

Origen, 2nd/3rd Century Christian Mystic/Theologian, Homilies in Leviticum, 126

Late 2nd Century Christian mystic Origen taught that Christ showed each of us the way to Unus Mundus by the example of his (Christ's) life. . . .

Christ was the only person in the history of the world who had succeeded in the delicate, tricky balance of standing firmly with one foot in heaven while simultaneously placing his other foot on earth. . . .

Unus Mundus

The place where heaven and earth meet. . . . it's the marriage of: Heaven/Earth, Sun/Moon, King/Queen Have you experienced a “Unus Mundus moment?"

You know. . . Those brief, fleeting moments when we feel in total harmony with the flow and pulse of the universe? Those brief moments when we “somehow" know and feel that our lives are being mysteriously orchestrated by a power larger than ourselves? Those brief, shining moments when we feel more like “the windshield than the bug?"

Bringing Unus Mundus Down To Earth - (Unus Mundus & Synchronicity)

Examples of Synchronicity:

1. You're sitting at home. . . And then for no apparent reason you start thinking about someone you haven't thought about or seen for years. . . and at the same instant, the phone rings and it's the person you were thinking about. . . Synchronicity - meaningful coincidence. . . no apparent causal connection. . .

2. You're going on a road trip to San Jose, CA. Before going to bed that night, you set your radio alarm clock to wake you up the next morning with music. When the radio comes on the next morning, the words of the song playing on the radio are: “Do you know the way to San Jose?" Synchronicity - meaningful coincidence. . . no apparent causal connection. . .

3. One night, you have a dream about someone who used to be important in your life. . . This is a “someone" who hasn't been in your life, dreams or thoughts for quite some time - and the dream leaves you with an eerie feeling of concern for the “someone. " Later on you discover that the “someone's" mother died on the same night and it was virtually at the very same moment you had the disturbing dream. . . Synchronicity - meaningful coincidence. . . no apparent causal connection. . .

Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, author, motivational speaker and inspirational leader specializes in: Mind, Body, Spirit healing and Physical/Sexual Abuse Prevention and Recovery. Dr. Neddermeyer empowers people to view life's challenges as an opportunity for Personal/Professional Growth and Spiritual Awakening. http://www.drdorothy.net

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