Sunday, June 03, 2007

Synchronicity 1

Mere Chance or Powerful Synchronicity?

The provenance of the contention that “we see the world not as it is (in itself) but as we are” is contentious. Some attribute it to Carl Gustave Jung to whom I alluded in the previous post, while others attribute it to the Talmud. I have even seen it attributed to various other kindred spirits also. Whatever about its origins, it contains an amazing truth. There are other phrases, too, which come to mind, like “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” “it’s all in the mind, anyway” and “we’re reading into the situation in hindsight.” All of these contentions contain more than a grain of sense. Yet, at a deep existential level of our being, especially when we have been emotionally moved or have been caught up in the “enthusiasm” of any shared experience, we may see patterns in various acausal episodes, that is, occurrences that are not causally linked.

Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events which occur in a meaningful manner, but which are causally inexplicable to the person or persons experiencing them. Here, I will give an apt quotation from the Wikipedia entry on synchronicity: “Carl Jung coined the word to describe what he called "temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events." Jung variously described synchronicity as an "'acausal connecting principle'" (i.e. a pattern of connection that cannot be explained by direct causality), "meaningful coincidence" and "acausal parallelism". Jung introduced the concept in his 1952 paper "Synchronicity — An Acausal Connecting Principle", though he had been considering the concept for almost thirty years. It differs from mere coincidence in that synchronicity implies not just a happenstance, but an underlying pattern or dynamic expressed through meaningful relationships or events.” (See the following link for reference

Now I wish to return to the “synchronicity of events” around Seán’s Graduation Mass and Ceremony. Firstly the theme chosen by the graduands was “we will never forget you.” Their poster for the Mass was based on the famous WW1 American Army recruiting poster “We want you” which depicts Uncle Sam pointing at the prospective recruit. Underneath Uncle Sam were written the words “We will never forget you!” Also, I had asked Seán to be the candle-bearer on the night. Seán carried the candle, neatly nestling in a red glass bowl and surrounded by red rose petals, to the altar, while a reader read the words of the Service of Light alluding to hope for the future. The readings were also most apt, especially the Gospel which was the prayer of the Good Thief on the cross beside that of the crucified Jesus Christ, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” The Old Testament reading was from the prophet Jeremiah lamenting his call as a prophet, “Lord, I am only a child,” and God’s words of encouragement to him to rise to his calling. After the Mass Ian Lowry gave the student address which was very emotional as he was the last in a line of five Lowry brothers to attend St Joseph’s. His speech was brilliant, apt and to the point, underlining the shortness of human existence and encouraging his friends and graduates in these or similar words “You will be a long time pushing up the daisies so pick them while you can!” In short it was a “carpe diem!” speech. In fact Ian broke down just at these precise words.

In the light of Seán’s tragic murder, the words were prophetic almost. I admit that those of us emotionally caught up in the tragic death of our pupil and friend do run the risk of reading back into these sad “coincidences” and in imposing a pattern which was never there. But, for us there was a pattern – that was our experience of things. Here we are dealing with deep personal, interpersonal and collective unconscious stuff which are outside the bounds of science. All as I can say is that the human heart and mind work as a total unity. Human nature is greater than the intellect which is only one small, albeit significant part, of the overall totality.

I contend that synchronicity incorporates the wholeness of experience and operates in a non-scientific way or in an intuitive way. In the words of the late great Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner, synchronicity would work at a first level of reflection, that level of reflection which makes possible “to put it paradoxically, the scientific nature of being legitimately unscientific in {all} vital questions. There is a first level of reflection which has to be distinguished from the level of reflection of science in the contemporary sense because life and existence require such a level.” (cf, Foundations of Christian Faith, Darton Longman and Todd, 1978, p. 10)

Above, I have pasted another picture I took of Seán's funeral Guard of honour. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal óg.

1 comment:

Fausto Intilla (fisico teorico) said...

a)The Jungian Theory of Syncronicity, is a clear demonstration that
everything in this Universe is predeterminated.The Heisenberg's
Indetermination Principle comes from the human ignorance
(we cannot see the reality in its totality) only an ignorant,can believe in Free Will.

b)Matter is a complex form of energy; Energy
is a complex form of Information; God's Thought.

The Universe is we are parts of God.

c) Every kind of "human desire",is followed by a Chain of "Electron wave
functions collapses" (in agreement with Schrödinger's Theory) which will not
follow ours expectations! ...So the paradox is: if we want to get hold of
something,we shouldn’t have to search for it. (Men stay still,and the mountains move...).
A curiosity: The connection between the electron
wave-function and the human intent has to do with the fact that
experiments have proved that the intentions of the operator of a radio
transmission facility, directly and instrumentably alter the
"footprint", the radiation pattern of the antenna. It has also been
shown that the intent of the human being causes a divergence in
the quantum field (which is the information field).
Any divergence in the information field results in
alterations of "probability", which directly influences
the outcome of any system which contains any element
of chance, directly influencing the resulting observable
events. (See the work of Princeton Engineering Anomalies
Research at


"In agreement with Henri Bergson's thought (see the last pages of "Entre
le temps et l'éternité" of Ilya Prigogine ,Librairie Arthème Fayard,Paris),
we can accept the idea of a "Space-time absolute value", where
all the "Space-time relativ values" are incorporated (in agreement with Einstein’s
theory of relativity); the conclusion is that there is only one Real
Matrix of the every other possible /potential parallel
"event/dimension/future" it's only a human illusion.

All the other parallel Universes (or Multi-Universes,as Phd. Everett said)
can only exist in our minds...perhaps whilst dreaming.

Unfortunately several physicists are conditioned by Heisenberg's Principle of
Indetermination...which, as you will know, is enough explain the
existence of Free Will.

Well, the Principle of Indetermination is hardly bound by the limits of
observations made by the human brain.

(We cannot see the reality in its totality...Bohm taught).

If we accept the idea that our Universe really is God,well,in a infinite
Caos of Energy too, there must to be a logical (but not for human
brain),exact,specific,and perfectly organized ...Plan.

How many significant (important) coincidences can happen to a person in his
life,living in a unorganizated and stupid Universe?...I think no-one.
Every synchronism in our life, is like an open-eyes-dream (Jung
taught)...and we can thank the fine intelligence of our Universe...if
they happen."

Fausto Intilla
(Inventor-scientific divulger)