Jung hems and haws but is never able to demonstrate that any acausal connection between events exists. To produce good results means setting up a good test. If there are flaws in the test, the results will be useless. Sadly, it was immediately clear to professionals in the field that the results were unreliable. Through the course of his early experiments , Rhine did not lay out a system by which the testing took place.
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References What Does Coincidence Mean? There are too many coincidences, does this have some sort of meaning? The great thinker and Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung , first coined the term, synchronicity, in to describe a meaningful coincidence. In this article, a meaningful coincidence, as coined by Jung, defines synchronicity. Synchronicity Quotes Synchronicity effects show no causal link between the two events that are correlated. In his view, the occurrence of synchronicities supported the existence of this collective unconscious.
While she was telling me this dream I sat with my back to the closed window. Suddenly I heard a noise behind me, like a gentle tapping. I turned round and saw a flying insect knocking against the window-pane from outside. The scarab appeared at the window and was a symbol to Jung that what she was saying was meaningful to him. Personal Signs One of my own life examples of synchronicity involves a time I was away visiting a friend, when one morning I found my watch had stopped.
The timing seemed to correlate with the stopping of my watch. I returned home, soon after, to find all the clocks in my house had stopped, though at different times. Nothing could explain it and I am left wondering about these unexplained coincidences. Was my father trying to send me a message?
Jung noted synchronicity as a phenomenon occurring, above all, during emotional situations 1, such as death, illness, and accidents. Finding love is also an emotional situation and perhaps the reason for love synchronicity signs. Synchronicity Between People Regarding synchronicity and love connections: I have a male friend whose three primary loves, his mother, wife, and first-born daughter all share a specific birthday.
If you believe in explaining coincidences using probability, the odds of three generations sharing the same birthday are 1-in million one in x x , according to Statistician Cristina Anton. Compare this to a 1-in chance of being struck by lightning in your lifetime.
Kim Smith, Global News A report of a similar coincidence in the UK with three generations born on the same fixed day June 30 also mentions the probability of one in 48 million, this time from bookmakers, Ladbrokes. Some coincidences are more unlikely than others and people wonder about destiny meanings. Is it coincidence or is it fate?
Certainly the birthday connections here seem more than random occurrences. Inter Personal Signs of Synchronized Thought Another example of synchronicity with another person is when two related people, either twins, brother, sisters, or friends, buy the exact same item without having consulted each other beforehand.
Mindfulness is a of meditation. My article: Developing the Art of Intuition Through Meditation , covers how such practice opens unconscious channels. Another is where something happens at the right time indicating you are on the right track. What is synchronicity trying to tell me? There was a time, years ago, when the last three digits of my car number plate, my work phone extension, and my home phone number all matched.
Signs from the universe or Pure coincidences? You could ask: are coincidences signs? And if so, what do they mean? Often, the answer is obscure like my examples above. Jung described synchronicity as a meaningful coincidence. A former chair of the University of Missouri-Columbia department of psychiatry, Beitman, covers how to use coincidences and even how to increase the number of these. He concludes with a test to rate your coincidence sensitivity. See my article on some fun intuition tests and games.
Further Reading If you find this topic fascinating, the following book may interest you. Final Thoughts Some see meaningful coincidences as synchronicity signs from the universe. Others discount such occurrences as random events with logical explanations. In reading this, consider that people often resist ideas that break their established belief system. When Galileo discovered the moons of Jupiter with his telescope he immediately came into head-on collision with the prejudices of his learned contemporaries.
Beitman in that everyone and everything is connected by an invisible network. Some of us, possible those living intuitively, pick up the signs and signals more so than others. Opening your channels to intuitive thinking and accepting synchronicity as signs means loosening restrictions of prejudice and stilling the noise of logic. What are some weird coincidences you have experienced? What has been your most life changing experience of synchronicity?
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Signs of Synchronicity: Examples in Life
Cetonia aurata In his book Synchronicity Jung tells the following story as an example of a synchronistic event: My example concerns a young woman patient who, in spite of efforts made on both sides, proved to be psychologically inaccessible. The difficulty lay in the fact that she always knew better about everything. Her excellent education had provided her with a weapon ideally suited to this purpose, namely a highly polished Cartesian rationalism with an impeccably "geometrical" idea of reality. After several fruitless attempts to sweeten her rationalism with a somewhat more human understanding, I had to confine myself to the hope that something unexpected and irrational would turn up, something that would burst the intellectual retort into which she had sealed herself. Well, I was sitting opposite her one day, with my back to the window, listening to her flow of rhetoric. She had an impressive dream the night before, in which someone had given her a golden scarab — a costly piece of jewellery.
Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle
Keiron is the author of the recent book Jung on Astrology , which was discussed in episode with his co-author Saffron Rossi , as well as the book The Archetypal Cosmos. Keiron is a professor of depth psychology and archetypal cosmology, and chair of the Jungian and Archetypal Studies specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute. For more information about his work see his website www. Show Notes Introducing Keiron and talking about his background. What is synchronicity? Of subjective and objective happenings. An acausal connecting principle.