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What is the relationship of the experience of synchronicities?

What is the relationship of the experience of synchronicities to the 'rational'? That question has been answered:

"Accompanying the more profound occurrences of synchronicity (is) a dawning intuition, sometimes described as having the character of a spiritual awakening, that the individual herself or himself not only is embedded in a larger ground of meaning and purpose, but also in some sense (is) a focus of it."
Richard Tarnas Cosmos and Psyche

The above quotation is embedded in 492 pages + 50 pages of endnotes, etc, little bitty print, not many pictures in the book.

"There is another world, but it is 'in' this one." Paul Eluard, Morris Berman, The Reenchantment of the World"

"Here again the dialectic that runs through the whole development of the mythical-religious consciousness stands out with particular sharpness....It is a fundmantal trait in mythical thinking that where ever it posits a definite relation between two members it transforms this relation into an identity. An attempted synthesis leads here necessarily to a coincidence, an immediate concrescence of the elements that were to be linked. " Ernst Cassirer, page 250, The Philosophy of symbolic Forms, Vol 2.

Concrescence is a term coined by Alfred North Whitehead
to show the process of jointly forming an actual entity that was without form, but about to manifest itself ...

"I saw not with the eye of the body, but the eye of the soul." Goethe; Theodore Reik's Fragment of a Great Confession

In discovering the other world, the hidden world, a very strange kind of conversation can be experienced but it's not the typical 'voice' that speaks in that other world. It's created artificially! It uses whatever is available to the individual, the specific individual.

This quotation is from War In Heaven by Charles Williams.

"When Mr. Batesby had spoken that morning it had seemed as if two streams of things: actual events and his own meditations had flowed gently together; as if not he but Life were solving the problem in the natural process of the world. He reminded himself now that such a simplicity was unlikely; explanations did not lucidly arise from mere accidents and present themselves as all but an ordered whole."
Read only the words in Bold-red. and that's the best example I can give of the process of 'abstraction' from embeddedness. This is an excellent description of synchronization as a life process. One's own meditations and actual events flow together and a new 'voice' speaks through this natural process.

Its an individualizing experience in every day life that has been named various names throughout history. C. G. Jung named it individuation, Emanuel Swedenborg had accurately identifed it as regeneration, a process that includes a life review.
An individuation process is not commonly recognized because its such a unique personalized life experience of one's own body and mind. You may be as surprised as I was to have to learn that the 'irrational' is what can't be scientifically validated because it's unique, ultra personal experiences that happen over a life span and science requires repeatability.
So the irrational is what ever isn't rational because science excludes personal analysis, the process requires repeatability. In fact the irrational is a wholeness of experience in that it includes the rational when the individuation process operates in a life or in lives. An individuation process is not commonly understood yet but I became aware of the process and the pattern without knowing about it myself!
How it creates a 'voice' and a conversation is the most personalizing life experience that can be experienced if it's recognized, because the form of its 'speech' is difficult to be discerned. Order emerges from chaos, literally over a span of time that may be decades in a life. It's speech is created artificially, the 'voice' aspect is created by a process of abstractions from every day life content. The bibliography at the end of a technical non-fictional book is in my opinion the result of that process of abstractions, its basically invisible to the author.
When quantum physics was 'discovered' that was a message that 'said': "The physical world is derived from another world" and: " there are no causes in the physical world, only effects." (Emanuel Swedenborg had already written that fact and other important details about the process of life, regeneration was his name for it, that he believed prepared a person for life after death.) One attribute of its speech is symbolic but literalness is also part of how the' voice' is created by a process literally of 'abstractions' , highlighted by the mind from every day life content, by a special function of mind that creates a 'second under lying context' automatically, with an extra 'sense'. The term 'second underlying context' was my own definition but a local Jungian psycyhiatrist told me it was an excellent term. Swedenborg's term, 'double thought' is appropriate too.

Only last year I saw an old movie (Blade Runner) and the process of 'abstraction' caused me to hear a remark made in it about 'tears lost in rain' with that 'extra meaningful sense' that I've noticed myself in my mind. It has helped me describe the undescribable invisibility of such events that occur, embedded in every day life until the 'extra sense' abstracts and highlights them. The 'jokes' that cause you to laugh most heartily are the simplest example I can give now. Television situation comedies in our time are popular from this mechanism's operations but that's just one of 'its' attributes.

There is a kind of rational logic inherent to the process, not Aristolean, or linear, because 'it' uses personal memories and experiences as the content of the process. But that's a fact that had to be recognized over a span of time when 'it' created in my life a consistent synchronization between inner content that was new to me, certain memories from my past and everything, every thing, outside my body.
The process itself was almost overwhelming for a few years until it was a new kind of 'normal', but not yet invisible. What's new eventually becomes normal but whatever is normal gets to be invisible eventually, its ever presence has made it invisible.

The process as I had to figure out myself, operates 'in' every day events. I believe it is a special sense that unites (synchronizes is the best word to use) the body and brain with what's outside the body, history and Time itself with the flow of what I believe is the 'ongoing endeavor of Time'. It may be a function of the unconsciousness itself to create the process of individuation, from the depths of mind but I'm not sure about that. But let me emphasize that I had to discover all, every 'bit of information' myself and notice how it was created from mechanisms of mind that alter 'thought' and the direction of attention. The most difficult to discover was that there is a kind of 'prompter within'. It created a new relationship with every day life events gradually.'

" The medium is the message." The extension in Time of an idea can be 'like' a signal, in my opinion.

The process of individuation is virtually unknown but I have experienced that the 'transcendental function' is in charge, it's building a future event: The Future. Sometimes long strings of events have to happen, widely spaced in time so that the personal 'meaning and context' can in some situations only be given decades later. I've had several events, separated by even decades happen, then a 'closing event ' completes the string and then an inner display retrieves them and assembles them in a flash of a second as 'insight'. Only then suddenly, it's obvious that part of me in the past somehow 'knew' the future.

I wouldn't abandon 'string theory' which F. David Peat wrote is an 'interactive force'. He did not write about or mention a process of individuation. I will have to describe in detail why I believe Sigmund Freud's 'discovery' of psychoanalysis was his experience of this individuation process and Carl G. Jung's much deeper experience was the result of recognizing the effects of the same pattern.

What ever "it" is that energizes my body in that 'kind' of event, which often happens as an ordinary situation, it's not always 'numinous' (feelable at the moment) or even unusual. It's 'feelable' when a creative 'function' of the unconscious mind that is not unconscious its self., 'highlights' the event or the memory of an event. I know it never sleeps, I've had more than acceptable evidence of that fact. That's where its possible to see evidence of foresight, when I see what happened when I was 'moved' by that function in certain specific events and finally realized I'd been alone when many of them happened.

The depths of mind is where an unsleeping part of me (and probably everyone else) is at work. Nothing materially changes but 'associations and understanding'. Its nearly impossible to detect that there's a vast space between upper regions of mind and the most remote regions of mind that produces content that is thankfully strangely visible. It uses symbols that the individual 'knows' or can recognize.

My main symbol is the moebius band in all it's forms. An impulse caused me to make my first one in 1941 when I was 9 years old. The same impulse caused me to discover its 'secret', it's hidden forms that day after I'd made the band with a 180 degree turn. "Cut around it lengthwise." was a thought and I cut it once lengthwise, surprised at the result. The thought words repeated : "Cut around it lengthwise." so I obeyed again. The result was two bands separated but joined in a knot that didn't look like it could be undone. The two bands were joined but separated. The impulse has caused me to look over my shoulder at just the right moment, in the right location and what it brings to my attention is ALWAYS a surprise, sometimes its a real shock, perfectly timed.

It's connected to a part of 'me' that knows where I am, what's in front of me, where I've been and 'it' knows my most private thought. That part evidently knows the future, it has foresight and 'it' or whatever it's connected to uses a different language than our words. But it's within me, looking through my eyes, and I'm not unusual.

The four world balloon was created from an impulse to do something irrational.

About the image of 4 balloons?

I had an impulse to create my own image to represent (re-present) of the four worlds that William Blake's Tree of Life allegory had brought to my mind. I described what I wanted to a young man in a craft store and he thought it was impossible to do what I had in mind. Yet he did it without too much trouble then he made one for himself.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

When the planet itself seems to respond to an individual.

This post is about a few paragraphs taken from Robert Aziz's book,   C. G. Jung’s Psychology of Religion and Synchronicity  on page 78-79.  I'm going to write a review of the book using these paragraphs, hoping to explain a 'symptom' that many individuals experience: thought broadcasting and other so called symptoms of mental illness.

 Mr. Aziz wrote:
“The association   of the feeling level experience of the 'numinous' with synchronistic type events is something  Jung suggests, that has long been recognized, although understood differently.  For centuries it has been held that there exists a connection between the  intensity of one’s  emotional  state and the activation of special powers within, which in turn enable one  magically to influence events  taking place in the external world.   In illustration of this point, Jung cites a passage from the writings of Albertus Magnus (1200-1280) the noted teacher of Thomas  Aquinas.  Drawing on the work of the Islamic philosopher and physician Avicenna (980-1037)
Albertus Magnus writes:  “ I discovered an instructive account (of magic) in Avicenna’s Liber sextus naturalium, which says that a certain power to alter things indwells in the human soul and subordindates the other things to  her, particularly when she is swept into a great excess of love or hate or the like. When therefore the soul of a man falls into a great excess of any passion, it can be proved by experiment that it (the excess) binds things (magically) and alters them in the way it wants, and for a long time I did not believe it, but after I had read the nigromantic books and others of the kind on signs and magic, I found that the emotionality of the human soul is the chief cause of all these things…..Whoever would learn the secret of doing and undoing these things must know that everyone can influence everything magically if he falls into a great excess…and he must do it at that hour when the excess befalls him, and operate with the things the soul prescribes.”
In the above Albertus Magnus identifies the existence of a direct connection between the powerful activation of affect on the one hand and the production of ‘magical .…(synchronistic) happenings on the other. Impressive as this account was to Jung, he was not however led to agree completely with its interpretation of things, specifically with its claim that magical happenings are caused by affect.
In contrast to this interpretation of the relationship between affect and the  “magical arrangement of outward events, Jung suggests that affect rather than being the ‘arranger’ is itself so to speak “arranged” by the constellated archetype  (pattern) that is present both inwardly and outwardly. “naturally Albertus Magnus” Jung explains, “ in accordance with the spirit of his age, explains this (the relationship between the affect and the magical arrangement of events) by postulating a magical faculty of the soul, without considering that the psychic process itself is just as much ‘arranged’ as the coinciding image which anticipates the external physical process.
According to Jung therefore, the intensely felt emotionality and sense of inner power described by Albertus Magnus refers in fact to a direct experience of the numinosity of the psychoid archetype."
That's the end of what Robert Aziz wrote.  Because extremes of emotions happen to each of we two- legged uprights all too often,  that forced me to think about whether the body, (mine is the only one I can observe as to inner content)  even in extreme emotional states, can and in such highly charged situations does actually create changes in the material world. If so, that implies a feed back loop. How can it seem to be that what an individual is highly charged about gets a response from the material world, in my specific location, so  often that I feel literally unbalanced?  
  My question is whether 'numinosity' (a feeling) is the effect  or is a real cause of inner content meeting its exact content outside of the body. If the answer is "Yes" doesn't that force a re-thinking about the conjunction, the meeting point,  of thought and matter because mirror neurons have been identified and they were obviously at work before they were recognized?  What was 'magic' has a name now. (The discovery of the function of neurons in the brain were awarded a Nobel Prize in 1932, the same year the atom was 'cracked open' to reveal smaller particles. I was born in that year which may explain why I became interested in Paul Davies, David Bohm and Joseph Chilton Pearce when I was in my mid 50s, the mid 1980's.) Now science has recognized mirror neurons.

What I was 'doing' then was sharing the experiences created by two local square dance enthusiasts, who were struggling to literally change something: they wanted mainstream dancers to learn higher level, advanced and challenge levels of square dancing.  At those levels all the rules area changed, there are no gender roles or positions, every dancer has to learn to dance the other genders' positions in the set! 

There are  also certain square dance movements at challenge level that add phantom dancers to the 8 real people. That concept call forced me to learn to dance with people who couldn't be seen but who had to be 'tracked' as 'they' moved. To do that required knowing how to use my mind in a way I'd never done before, and that's where 'mixed signals', being in a 'double bind' every day, 360 day, 24 hours, 7 days began to affect me and cause new meanings and contexts to be generated in my mind.

 One night one of the square dance callers chanted the name of a familiar movement: "cast a shadow". After I heard his voice, I noticed a thought in my mind, a very quiet thought voice, distinct because it was different repeat the words this caller had chanted: "cast a shadow". After that incident, this was repeated every time this caller, and no other caller chanted those words! I noticed the quiet thought voice that repeated the words: cast a shadow. The only association I knew then was a comic book hero, a radio show character that began with a creepy voice saying: "Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of man? The Shadow knows! The Shadow  has the power to blind men's minds so they cannot see him." I had no knowledge of C. G. Jung and his concept of the shadow. The way I understand the 'shadow' is that ''it" has the power to blind men's minds, but "it" uses that power to open minds also. William Blake in my opinion uses the word 'spectre' where I would use the  idea of the 'shadow'.

It can be trivial events that are used by the 'shadow' to open the mind, I noticed that other callers who chanted the words 'cast a shadow' did not generate the quiet thought that repeated the words.
That fact seemed very strange to me when I noticed it. How could one callers' voice produce that 'effect' but no other caller did?

'The two enthusiastic men were somewhat at war in that they disagreed in some ways, one was quite rigid in his standards the other was 'soft and flexible'. Those who were dancing with both men's clubs felt this war, but the mainstream dancers rejected both men basically for several years.
Is there another explanation for the apparent result of an affect that seems to create a response in the material world? There is another explanation, in my opinion its a better explanation, because its been  recently  hypothesized that the body is information.  I can't explain my own lifes' events except by believing there are chemistries at work, organic and non-organic that create the very specific connections between people, objects that use words and events, circumstances such as the 'field' of learning to dance advanced and challenge levels in the time slot of 1975 to 1989! After 1989 the 'field' expanded to include the job I was doing at Boeing, where a new world was emerging: computers and a new business plan was just beginning to be implemented.
By 1996 I was working in Final Assembly and I had become comfortable with the way my mind was 'talking' to me. A new airplane was advancing towards Final Assembly, paper work and parts were being received to prepare for it. The name of the new plane was YA 001. It was the first airplane number that had a vowel in it! Many associations formed in my mind automatically but the first was YAHOO 1, then a point in time when vowels were added to consonants, long ago in Time. YHVH became YAWEH.
 A meaningful coincidence occurs when an individual perceives a personal meaning that relates to their immediate situation, behind an  ordinary event. A 'second underlying context' and a new meaning forms automatically, I write from personal experiences. Jung gave several examples, some are well known, but a reflection reveals the 'second underlying context', a definition I formed when so many events happened that created unwilled thought in my mind. I had to experience and notice that myself, and it took more than 3 years to be certain my mind was working on its own, to talk to me, using events in my every day life.
A mechanism that operates like a switch became distinct, but that happened slowly because it operates at such rapid speed. The only example I can give now is in Carl Sagans' book Contact. The Machine leaves the site, the 5 people in it have fantastic experiences in space and on another planet  and they return thrilled with evidence of their trip. But to billions of people who are watching  the Machine never left. The only explanation I could think of was that the Machine did leave but at such speeds that its leaving and return could not be detected. 
 A thought produced at faster than the speed of light,  was produced one day by something I was actually doing. I 'saw' that the thought I'd thought myself was re-played and directed towards me, as though a person was 'saying' that content to me.   That probably explains one fact about how a paranoid person experiences their own thought, in some phases on a continuum that is 'like' a moebius band of 180 degrees.

Which is the original content and which is the reflected content? My thought, or the 'second underlying context' created by the replay? 
Does 'inner meet its match out there' or  the reverse, does  'outer content meet  an already present in my body specific information, my own inner content'? . That is possible to know, if as happened to me, the inner clearly precedes the outer for a long span of time, 7 years duration.  The name of a symptom known as 'thought broadcasting' is experienced by many individuals, I read it on a medical record of mine that ordinarily I wouldn't have read or known about!
Its obvious the inner content, unspeakable because its in a depths of mind,  existed first.That reverses the idea of deja vu. Inner meets outer, they connect.   The meeting of inner to outer content felt strange for some few years, between 1984 and about 1988, it affected my body.
When so many apparent 'coincidences' that were unexpected, and were so precisely timed happened to me, they forced me to wonder how the 'universe itself' seemed to respond to my unspoken inner content so constantly.  I didn't realize how many individuals seem to feel they get co-operation from the 'universe itself', until I was one of them and found out that they are considered to be delusional.  It was events that forced me to try to explain to myself, how and why I felt strong responses at times, to seemingly ordinary every day events, in specific situations and  at first with one person who seemed to be able to read my unspoken thoughts because he answered them. (That's 'thought broadcasting') 

 That condition changed gradually but eventually it seemed the planet was talking to me, through whatever was in front of me, now or had been at some time in the past. 

A feeling of being watched emerged but I don't know how to explain that, except that self observation as a phase,  seems to  have happened on a continuum with points where changes  of inner projections  occurred. From seeing 'inner content' that phase progressed slowly to seeing the same framework overlay what was outside my body, but it was the same mechanism at work. I've known a few individuals long enough to have seen these points of change occur in their mind, and I'd known a few people who were paranoid. So it seemed to me the same pattern was like a pair of glasses between me and whatever was outside my body.  
  I didn't have  dreams, or visions but I've recognized  a certain kind of 'thought' that didn't seem to be words yet and other new to me, inner content that began to get my attention. I believed I'd had a head injury when  these changes seemed to  explain differences in my  'head'. 
  Each 'numinous' event produced a strong body response even before the word 'coincidence' began to occur to me and I didn't know the word 'numinous' then either.
 A simple example, one of the first that happened  where the timing was so obvious happened when I noticed a flaw on a picture I'd just had developed. It was a model of the  pi symbol  that is located where I worked then. Boeing used it as their Pride In Excellence (PIE) awards program logo. It, the 'flaw',  looked like a section of colored  streaks that was twisted at the center which was white. I glanced at it for some   minutes,  then picked up a book I had been reading, Morris Berman's Reenchantment of the World and began reading where I'd left off, on page 31. When I read the next page it described the results of an experiment Isaac Newton had  done to prove whether light is simple or complex. There was a diagram of the experiment also. The result was a 'white at the center' image that looked very close to the 'flaw' in the picture that I'd just looked at. I wondered how it could happen that the flaw on my picture looked like the result of an experiment Isaac Newton had done  in a book I just happened to be reading.

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