The True Nature of Synchronicity

The True Nature of Synchronicity

 There are no accidents or coincidences in life – everything is synchronicity – because everything has a frequency. It’s simply the physics of life and the Universe in action. ~Rhonda Byrne

Synchronicity is explored in spiritual circles in a light and playful way. Some are claiming it as the Universe’s way of telling us we are on the right track. Others believing that the Universe is leaving us breadcrumbs on our path to awakening. In truth, the well of synchronicity goes much deeper than initially explored. It speaks to some of the fundamental truths at the core of spirituality – unity, self-organization, and our capacity to create our reality. 

What is Synchronicity?

When Carl Jung coined the term synchronicity, he called them meaningful coincidences. A significant occurrence of related events that have no apparent causal connection. For example, last week, I was listening to a podcast, and the guest recommends the book War of Art by Steven Pressfield. An author who I’ve read before and really enjoyed. Then the next day, my husband tells me he wants to buy the same book – out of the blue. He heard of it from a completely different source – that to me is synchronicity. Events falling together in time but don’t appear to follow a causal path. 

For decades, Jung and a Nobel-winning scientist, Wolfgang Pauli, explored this idea in a series of correspondences. These letters were later published as Atom and Archetype: The Pauli/Jung Letters, 1932–1958. Jung was convinced that somewhere deep in our psyche, we call forth events needed for our growth and development. Jung believed that archetypes were the origins of these synchronous events. 

Archetypes are universal patterns that are the structure of the collective unconscious that bridge the unmanifest and the world of form. Johannes Kepler described them as preexisting ideas from the mind of God that left imprints on our souls and as humans, we had an innate ability to perceive them. Another way to understand archetypes is that they are symbols of shared mythologies or templates of human experience. Moving from the universal and objective and crossing over into the world of matter, becoming more personal and subjective as the individual experiences them.

If you know your archetypes – and not just yours, if you know how to perceive the world in archetypes, through archetypes – everything changes. Everything. Because you have two things: you can see through one eye which is impersonal, and through the other, which is personal. That’s the way the game is written down here. ~Caroline Myss

Embracing the Whole

To fully appreciate synchronistic events, we must see the world through the eyes of unity rather than separation. Physicist David Bohm had a similar view of the universe. Explaining that the universe should not be fragmented and looked at as the mere sum of its parts. Instead, we should see it as an Undivided Wholeness in Flowing Movement. This living awareness consists of potentialities or what he called the implicate order. It wasn’t until an observer came along that the implicate order would collapse into form (explicate). The implicate, explicate, and awareness are not separate; instead, they co-emerge.

This holistic view of the universe is also mirrored in Buddhism as explored through co-dependent origination. Or the Kybalion, through the Hermetic view of cause and effect. While it might seem that this correlates well with our Western view of causality, it is much more integrated. In these perspectives, the effect is a matter of the entanglement of many forces and elements that co-produce and self organize. It is about unification rather than fragmentation. This self-organization of the universe is the coming together of diverse individual parts in unified relationships.

“After a careful and critical appraisal of the many experiences and arguments, I have come to accept the existence of deeper spiritual layers that cannot be adequately defined by the conventional concept of time.” ~Wolfgang Pauli

Meaning as Order

So if it isn’t the law of cause and effect, what brings these events into our experience? Jung believed that there is another acausal force that orchestrates these events that is non-local. In this view, meaning is seen as an ordering factor. There isn’t a point A that moves to B in a defined space. Rather it is beyond time and space and brings about events based on meaning and affinity. This affinity or attractive forces are selectively calling forth form and function to assist our movement into an integrated whole. Or as Maria Popova put it, “The ultimate dependency between the observer and the observed.” On some level, we are using meaning as an acausal force to attract experiences into reality that serves our evolution.

Why Is This Important?

Synchronicity speaks to both ideas of a self-organizing emergent Universe and our ability to bring into form what serves our highest potential. Once we begin to recognize these sync events, our capacity for co-creation becomes tangible. We are creating a union of the masculine principle as an ordering agent+time and the feminine principle of energy and creation. This is the very nature of all manifestation. And the movement of the cosmos from unmanifested consciousness into manifested. But the idea that these events operate outside of time/space and is a product of meaning and affinity is also the very nature of magic itself. 

Don’t dismiss the synchronicity of what is happening right now finding its way to your life at just this moment. There are no coincidences in the Universe, only convergences of Will, Intent, and Experience. ~Neale Donald Walsch

Becoming Aware of Synchronicity

James Redfield, in his book The Celestine Prophecy, talks about synchronicity as a way of building energy and as a means to further our spiritual path. Describing them as a spiritual process that we can consciously engage with. If Jung believes we call them forth on some level from the collective unconscious, Redfield contends that we can do this deliberately. He suggests we do this by clarifying what we’d like to know and asking the question. Then we pay attention to our inner and outer environment and look for the signs. This makes synchronicity an act of co-creation, not just a passive sign by the Universe.

The more we become aware of these signs that our higher self calls forth for our growth and evolution, the more that occurs. We no longer need to wait for the Universe to send breadcrumbs to let us know we are on the ‘right’ path. Once we understand synchronicity, we know we create the path. The Universe is a self-organizing, emergent intelligence, and we are part of the intelligence. We have access to the mind of God. When we understand these events’ true nature, we take a step toward our full human potential. As we become agents of the whole, we embrace our roles as revolutionaries rather than passive participants.

 

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Is Self an Illusion?

Is Self an Illusion?

What is essential to your being? Is there a version of self that exists when everything else is stripped away? In today’s episode, we talk about self, identity, and the enduring aspects of our being.

“To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti

The concept of self has been integral to our spiritual development since ancient times. Some say it is an illusion, others regard it as ego. In Western culture, the individual is at the center of all things. Where does the value in seeing ourselves as individuals end and when does it serve us to see ourselves as part of the larger whole? Are we more than our worldviews, our roles, our thoughts, and beliefs? The answers to these questions are at the core of most spiritual contemplations and are fundamental to solving our modern challenges.

Self as Illusion

Some traditions believe that the self is an illusion. That there is really is no you or me. Instead, we are a dynamic process in constant flux that moves within an impermanent reality. From this perspective, it is only when we identify as a static entity that suffering, self-importance, envy, greed, and even addictions occur. 

Neuroscientists believe that the self can be quantified to some degree, by the correlations between what they consider the contents of our consciousness and our brain activity. For example, if someone feels fear, then there will be a corresponding activation in the amygdala. Because of this, they feel the self is really more a product of neurons firing in the brain, rather than an enduring Self. While this activation is predictable and quantifiable, the experience of fear will still be subjective. So at least in part, the self belongs to the first-person viewpoint. Furthermore, they can’t pinpoint the self in the brain. It doesn’t reside in a single area but across many, as a dynamic process. 

Self As Identity

Self and identity should be seen as two separate but interrelated concepts. Our idea of self answers the questions of Who am I? and What am I? And identity is our perception of other people’s ideas of who we are. However, in a society that puts the individual at the center of everything these two concepts have become interchangeable.  So much value has been placed on outcomes, what we can produce, and the attention that we can acquire, that the question of ‘who am I?’ is often answered by the roles we play and the thoughts and emotions we have as they relate to our perceived perception from others. Similar to the concept of the egoic mind.

“So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.”
~ Alan Wilson Watts

Self as Essence

Through techniques like meditation, mindfulness, or psychedelics, we can see beyond the first-person experience. We can witness the thoughts and emotions that we normally identify as self. Instead of saying ‘I am angry’, we move to the perspective that ‘this is the experience of anger’. We are able to step back and observe the contents of our consciousness rather than own and identify with them.

In some instances, we can even move into what I would call the unity consciousness. Or a connection to all that is. Some people might describe this as the oneness they feel in altered states of consciousness. Having these experiences are integral to our spiritual development because they are a reminder that we are more than just our identity or our thoughts. You can call this the spirit, soul, or essence, but there is an enduring part of us that connects the enduring part in everything. 

I often describe spirituality as the search for meaning and that meaning is connected to something bigger than the individual. This larger whole could be the universe or nature, but we understand that we are part of something that is integrative and interconnected. We understand that on many planes of our existence that we a whole human AND we are all one. 

“Let the drop of water that is you become a hundred mighty seas.
But do not think that the drop alone
becomes the Ocean— the Ocean, too, becomes the drop!

~ Rumi

Self as Collaborator

All things are collaborative. Between people, between us and the natural world. Even the body which we view as an independent and rational being, is really an ecosystem made up of billions of organisms. But we don’t perceive it that way. We dominate our natural world, we struggle for power in our relationships, we opt for conflict over cooperation. Maybe exploring the self is our entry to the whole. Not the self that produces or meets expectations, but the self that communicates with the meaningful.

There is value in viewing the self as a dynamic process, illusion, essence, or as an identity. Because each is an opportunity to see the world through different perspectives. It only becomes problematic when the first person self is always seen at the center of everything. The closer we get to our essence, the more we can live intimately with our world. We realize that all those beliefs, roles, preferences are just window dressing for our true nature – the place where my essence meets yours. 

What if we shift our framing and saw the self as the ultimate collaborator – which includes all other versions of self. This makes room for the whole human that has a unique perspective but it doesn’t make us separate rather complimentary. Our world requires us to have a deeper self-awareness at this time. Without it we move blindly through our lives and make choices that serve the individual without regard for the greater good. So spend time in community, meditation, nature, and move intimately knowing we are all connected.

If you are interested in more perspectives on the self, listen to this episode of the Chaos & Light Podcast called The Inner Self and the No Self. 

 

Resources:

Your Elusive Creative Genius by Elizabeth Gilbert

Atkins, Paul & Styles, Robert. (2015). Mindfulness, identity and work: Mindfulness training creates a more flexible sense of self. 10.1017/CBO9781107587793.008.

Sam Harris: The Self is an Illusion | Big Think 


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Seeing the Sacred

Seeing the Sacred

I know that social media isn’t very good for me, nor is obsessing over the news. And yet, I find myself not being able to look away. While I do think it is important to be informed, what am I really gaining from being so immersed in it?  I can’t help but think from an energetic perspective that while my mind thinks I can stay above the fray – where is my energy? If I’m spending even a portion of my day swearing at my computer because of all the craziness, clearly I’m deeply entrenched in it all.  I need to remember to reboot my system and I decided that my antidote to all this mayhem is to stop myself and take a moment to see the sacred – every day and as needed.

What is the Sacred?

Now for me, the sacred means connecting with the essence of something. It means stripping away all of the pretense and narrative and being with the beauty and purity of the moment. It can be a single moment or a collection of them but its really about recognizing the divinity in something. Sometimes that means stripping away a lot of layers but most of the time it is just witnessing what’s right there in front of me. 

So while it can definitely be during times of prayer or meditation, for me finding the sacred does not have to happen at a church or at my altar. I find the most sacred moments are those that just sneak up on me. Like when I’m reading with my son and he just snuggles in a little closer. Or the brief moments when he holds my hand while we are walking, something he rarely does anymore now that he’s approaching eleven. I often find it in nature too, but again it doesn’t have to be on a hike. There is this green ivy that crawls along my balcony wall and often birds will come and play in it singing their songs. To me that is sacred. It’s a beautiful and pure moment stripped down to its essence.

Wherever you are be all there.

~ Jim Elliot

I think we miss a lot of these moments in our lives. After all, I can go on a hike surrounded by beauty and be thinking the whole time about what groceries I need to get for dinner that night. Then, there can be times when I’m walking down the sidewalk and I fall in love with a single flower that grows through a crack in the asphalt. That’s what seeing the sacred is all about, finding the beauty between the cracks. Being able to be awed by that one perfect moment.

See the Awe-some

I’ve thought a lot about what makes a moment sacred and I’ve boiled it down to what I call the three As. Attention, appreciation, and awe. If I’m not paying attention, I miss the sacred. It might just be a little blip on the divine radar and if I’m focused on all the cracks, I might miss the flower. And let’s face it, sometimes those cracks deserve our attention too. The next element is appreciation. I have this silly thing that I do when I see the birds enjoying my balcony. I say out loud, “Thank you for sharing your space with me”. My loudness depends on who’s listening, I may be thankful, but I acknowledge I also sound a little crazy. This is my way of giving a tip of my hat to the moment and to the creature that is sharing it with me. The last thing is acknowledging the awe that is born out of the other two. Gratitude and mindfulness are the parents of awe. 

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt is awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

~ Albert Einstein

I describe this feeling as my heart opening and I can feel it reaching out to envelop the sacred. It is almost like it is creating the container to hold the moment but in doing so it is also transformed by it. It is the experience of the divinity in me melding with the divinity all around me. Sometimes it reaches out far enough that it takes my breath away a little. I think the more sacred we can find in the regular moments is how we stay sane in all of this. Awe and frustration can’t occupy the same space.

So I encourage you to find your sacred too. Maybe it’s in your favorite piece of poetry or an opera. Or the color of the fall leaves or the song of the little bird that lands on your balcony. As I write this I can hear the noon bells from the church below. There is a sacredness in their sound too. It’s all around us if we are looking.

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Scott Shay on God, Faith and Atheism

Scott Shay on God, Faith and Atheism

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Do we need God for a moral society? If there is a God, how could he allow such human atrocities? Is doubt an important part of faith? In this episode, Scott Shay and Angela Levesque explore some of the big questions around God. Scott addresses many of the critiques and criticisms atheists and others have around a faith-based life. Scott contends that idolatry is at the foundation of most of these critiques and we often mistake it for true faith. We also explore the lack of meaning in science and why scientism is now a modern form of idolatry. 

About the Guest

ManScott A. Shay is a Co-Founder and Chairman of Signature Bank and he is also the Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Elah Fund, an Israel private equity fund. He is a passionate community activist as well. Scott started an adult educational program, chaired several major Jewish educational programs and, with his wife Susan, started a Hebrew School. He is the author of In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism and Getting our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry. He has also written articles on Judaism, belief and the economy for many leading publications. Scott has been thinking about religion, reason, and modernity since wondering why his parents sent him to Hebrew school.

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Charlie Hartwell & Maureen Pelton on Investing in Consciousness

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How has the science of consciousness led to a scalable Mind/Training Industry? Is the collective ready to go deeper using the innovations that emerge from this space? How do we honor the divinity within and still bring these concepts to the consumer without losing the heart and soul of the teachings and techniques? In this episode, Maureen Pelton and Charlie Hartwell give us a great overview of the Mind/Training space, how it has changed as technology developed, and where they see it going. We also explore the potential and power of psychedelics for curative, transformative healing. And how to bring the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine into balance in ourselves and the collective.

About the Guests

Man and womanCharlie Hartwell is the Managing Partner of Bridge Builders Collaborative, a group of highly successful investors who have been investing in start-up companies in the space of mental health, consciousness, and spirituality. Some of their investments include Pear Therapeutics, Insight Timer, Headspace, and Happify Health.

A Harvard Business School graduate, Charlie has served and led organizations in 14 different industries, including starting a nonprofit in the slums of Kenya in 1986 that has now served health care to several million patients.

Maureen Pelton, MSSW, is a social scientist and spiritual teacher with 36 years of professional experience as a Holistic Psychotherapist, Executive Coach, Organizational Consultant, Adjunct Faculty, and Group Facilitator.

Maureen is a teacher on Insight Timer, and is a Certified Advanced Practitioner of Quantum Neuro Reset Therapy, QNRT™ and is a partner of Bridge Builders Collaborative

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Corbie Mitleid on How to Spot a Fraud

 

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What is the real value of having a psychic reading? When should you not see a psychic? How can you spot a fraud? In this episode, Corbie Mitleid and Angela Levesque explore the world of psychic mediumship. Corbie shares with us how to spot the real deal and who you should stay away from. The difference between types of psychics and how we can heal trauma from past lives. She also shares ways to enhance your own intuitive abilities.

About the Guest

Woman with crow statueCorbie Mitleid has always been “the different one.” A writer and visionary in a completely medical family (father a doctor, mother a nurse, brother a doctor), she has always made her own path rather than take one cut for her by others. Leaving an Ivy League university after two years, Corbie struck out to find where joy and purpose lived, regardless of what she was told she “ought” to do.
 
The path wasn’t easy. Two marriages, which didn’t last, and a constant search for the Partner Who Understood. A succession of jobs. A series of spiritual paths. Moving from Cambridge to Philadelphia to Poughkeepsie to New York City to Atlanta. Out of the blue, breast cancer—not once, but three times. Life became a roller coaster with no brakes, asking Corbie to survive divorce, abuse, poverty and life-threatening illness. But through all of this, she learned the value of the Examined Life: meeting challenges and always asking the next question, facing each new situation with strength, courage and humor.
 
Today, Corbie brings a full toolbox to her job as a beacon of manifestation and vision for her clients, using her skills as a Certified Tarot Master, psychic medium, past-life specialist, and channel. Her career now spans the globe, with clients worldwide. Her talents as an intuitive are featured in bestselling books. Still, her clients treasure her attitude of I’m not special, you can do what I do.
 
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Corbie’s Website https://corbiemitleid.com

Tarot for Your Self, 2nd Edition: A Workbook for Personal Transformation by Mary Greer

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