At the synchronistic moment, just like a dream, our internal, subjective state appears, as if materialized in, as and through the outside world. Touching the heart of our being, synchronicities are moments in time in which there is a fissure in the fabric of what we have taken for reality and there is a bleed through from a higher dimension outside of time.
Synchronicities are expressions of the
dreamlike nature of reality, as they are moments in time when the
timeless, dreamlike nature of the universe shines forth its radiance
and openly reveals itself to us, offering us an open doorway to
Jungís discovery of synchronicity was in a sense the parallel in the realm of psychology to Einsteinís discovery of the law of relativity in physics. Because it is so radically discontinuous with our conventional notions of the nature of reality, the experience of synchronicity is so literally mind-blowing that Jung contemplated this phenomenon for over twenty years before he published his thinking about it.
Jungís synchronistic universe was a new world view which embraced linear causality while simultaneously transcending it. A synchronistic universe balances and complements the mechanistic world of linear causality with a realm that is outside of space, time and causality.
In a synchronicity, two heterogeneous world-systems, the causal and acausal, interlock and interpenetrate each other for a moment in time, which is both an expression of while creating in the field an aspect of our wholeness to manifest.
The synchronistic universe is beginning-less in that we are participating in its creation right now, which is why Jung calls it,
To illustrate what he meant by the word synchronicity, Jung brings up an experience he shared with a patient of his.
This particular patient was very caught in her head, and the analysis was seemingly going nowhere. She was stuck, trapped in the self-created prison of her own mind. Jung realized there was nothing he could do.
In Jungís words,
She had an impressive dream the night before, in which someone offered her a golden scarab - a valuable piece of jewelry.
At the moment she was telling Jung the dream, there was a tapping on the office window. Jung opened up the window and a scarabaeid beetle, whose gold-green color closely resembles that of a golden scarab, flew into the room.
Jung caught the beetle in his hand, handed it to her and said,
The shock of recognition in the synchronistic moment, in which Jungís patient realized her dream of the previous night was being both literally and symbolically enacted in her waking life, pierced through her resistance and cracked her defensive shell wide open.
At the moment of synchronistic transmission, a fundamental shift in perception took place within her which inwardly transformed her and made her receptive in a new way.
From that point on, Jung commented,
There was no conventional, linear causal link between the patientís dream and the beetle tapping on the window the next day.
But there was clearly an equivalence and meaningful connection between the two co-related events which was not based on linear causality In addition, the patient, as an active, egoic agent in space and time, didnít cause or create the synchronicity, which was acausal and happened of its own accord.
And yet, in some mysterious way, the
beetle tapping on the window was intimately related to her.
This quote by Jung has an interesting footnote which adds the following,
Synchronicities are crystallizations in linear time of a nonlinear, acausal, atemporal process, windows into the realm outside of time and space, a world in which we ourselves are active participants in and of "the one creative act."
Synchronicities are both timeless and
temporal, which is to say they are possessed of a double nature with
regard to time. Synchronicities can be deeply religious and mystical
experiences, expanding our sense of who we imagine we are and
transforming our intimate relationship with ourselves.
In a night dream, the seemingly outer dreamscape is synchronistically reflecting the internal psyche of the dreamer, as the dream is not separate from the inner world but is nothing other than the psyche within apparently externalized.
There is an instantaneous correspondence
between the inner and outer worlds not because they are two separate
dimensions that are communicating faster than the speed of light,
but because they are inseparably united as one seamless, already
unified, whole continuum.
Mythologically speaking, a scarab is an archetypal symbol which represents, as in ancient Egypt, death/rebirth and transformation.
Gold symbolically represents the highest value. Being offered a golden scarab in both her night and waking dreams was a form of synchronistic notarization by the archetype, highlighting its arrival on the scene. The synchronicity was an expression of - as well as the doorway through which - Jungís patient was personally enacting an archetypal process of the renewal of consciousness.
The synchronicity bore the stamp of the excited archetype, revealing to her and making real in time that she was actually taking part in a timeless, mythic drama of death and rebirth.
Catapulting her out of the limited frame
of reference of the conceptual mind, the synchronistic moment helped
her access a deeper part of herself, as well as re-connecting her to
the universe at large in which she lived.
which is to say not bound by the conventional laws of space and
time, as well as being multi-dimensional, the deeper, dreaming Self
can simultaneously express itself through inner experiences such as
inspirations and dreams as well as by attracting events in the
seemingly outer world so as to coagulate itself in embodied form.
Being multi-faceted and multi-channeled,
the deeper, dreaming Self non-locally arranged all these dimensions
enfolded within the field into a singular psycho-physical
experiential gestalt in which the oneness of spirit and matter
At the moment of synchronicity, Jung went from passively sitting in the audience hearing about her process to being drafted into the act and stepping into a scene in the play of his patientís mind. Not merely witnessing his patientís synchronicity, he found himself spontaneously enacting it with her, playing his part and saying his lines perfectly, as if sent by central casting.
In offering her the precious jewel of a
golden scarab symbolizing death and rebirth, Jung spontaneously
found himself being an open instrument for the synchronistic
universe to manifest itself through him into materialized form and
express itself in our world.
The synchronicity was not monopolized by Jungís patient, as it didnít solely belong just to her.
Participating in his patientís synchronicity, Jung was at the same time just as much having a living experience in and of his own synchronicity. Even though the synchronicity was a reflection of his patientís inner landscape, it was simultaneously a synchronistic reflection of a deeper process taking place within Jung, too.
For Jung to be hearing a patientís dream
of a golden scarab and to have a golden scarab fly into his office
was an externalized, synchronistic reflection of the archetypal
process of death and rebirth which was happening inside of him. It
is noteworthy that a synchronistic event can collectively reflect
and be mutually shared by more than one person in both similar and
singularly unique ways.
Imbued with a deeper fragrance of meaning, a synchronistic event is a revelation which contains within it a potency to insinuate itself into our very being and alter us from within.
Synchronicities can transform us on a
cellular level, as they are crystallizations into and out of the
space of consciousness itself that have form-ulated themselves into
our dimension as an expression of the part of us that is already
awakened. Synchronicities inherent revelatory nature is ultimately
offering us the realization that we are playing an active,
participatory and hence, co-creative role in the unfoldment of the
Because it is rich in the nutrient of
meaning, a synchronistic event affects and deepens our state of
awareness and perception, which is another way of saying that
synchronicities are expressions of consciousness itself. Just like
symbols in a dream, synchronicities do not exist objectively,
separate from our own mind.
Being numinous, synchronicities have a strong feeling component and emotional charge, which is both an expression of while simultaneously flowing into, influencing and altering the surrounding field of consciousness.
A manifestation of the field as a whole, synchronicities are a field phenomenon, and to receive their full blessing we need to relate to them as such. Synchronicities are a reflection of the deeper, underlying nonlocal field of consciousness waking up to itself through us.
The gift of synchronicity cannot be realized from the point of view which imagines we exist as a separate person who is "other" than the field in which we are arising. Jung and his patientís shared synchronistic event was a living experience of being connected to something greater than themselves.
Synchronicities are acute outbreaks of
the archetypal, collective mind-field crystallized into our personal
sphere through the third-dimensional medium of time and space.
The unus mundus is the unitary and unifying realm which underlies, pervades and contains all dimensions of our experience. The unus mundus, just like the deeper, dreaming Self, is a psycho-physical reality, a universe beyond time and outside of space in which psyche and matter are inseparably co-joined as interconnected parts of a deeper, unified field.
The unus mundus is a world in which we have already woken up. It is a realm beyond duality, beyond the opposites, beyond even the concept of beyond. In the unus mundus, opposites like matter and psyche form the outer and inner aspects of the same transcendental reality.
Revealing its designs through events in
the outer world as well as the psychic landscape within, the unus
mundus is actualizing itself in time as we divine our wholeness
through the synchronistic clues encoded within the fabric of
Like a genuine symbol, synchronicities are utterances of the soul, as they contain, are an expression of and unite the opposites.
Synchronicities are soul-making in
If we are absorbed in and identified with the person-alistic perspective, we person-alize our experience, imagining we exist as a separate person isolated from the space around us. We thus become entranced into a particularized point of view which develops a seemingly autonomous life of its own and becomes a self-reinforcing feedback loop, a true "self" fulfilling prophecy.
To become identified with the fixed reference point of the separate self limits our freedom, entraps our creative potency and hinders our compassion.
To the extent we recognize the dreamlike
nature of our situation, however, we step out of a person-alistic
and reductive viewpoint based on linear causality (i.e., the
perspective of the illusory skin-encapsulated ego) into a more
archetypal perspective in which we find ourselves playing roles in
an eternal, mythic and divine drama of incarnation.
The synchronicity was simultaneously revealing a dynamic which is both personal and collective - it is at the moment of being truly deadlocked that a deeper archetypal dynamic within the psyche becomes activated and non-locally expresses itself synchronistically in and through the canvas of the seemingly outer world, as well as within ourselves.
To quote Jung,
What is true individually is also true
collectively - when we, as a species, find ourselves in an
"impossible" situation with no exit plan, it is this very kind of
dilemma which constellates the healing and revelatory archetypal
realm to become synchronistically activated.
Jung calls archetypes "typical modes of apprehension."
An archetype is like the underlying
grid-line or blue print which in-forms and structures how we
perceive, interpret and respond to our experience.
Conversely, when an archetype is activated in the seemingly outer field, it simultaneously constellates and is a synchronistic reflection of the same activated archetype within ourselves. An activated archetypeís magnetic field-of-force orders and organizes the entire field to synchronistically re-arrange itself so as to embody the archetype "in form."
The archetype is thus pure inform-ation.
Archetypes non-locally exert their
in-forming influence through the frictionless and super-fluid medium
of the collective unconscious itself. The archetypal, synchronistic
realm vaporizes illusory boundaries - revealing spirit - and builds
bridges which mediate and connect the inner and the outer, the
conscious and the unconscious, and dreaming and waking.
The archetype that gets activated by the field precipitates itself into the field as a synchronistic expression of the very field which activated it. Periods of disturbance in our world are both a manifestation of and trigger for a corresponding archetype in the collective unconscious of humanity to draw to itself everything it needs to synchronistically render itself visible in form.
Times of distress, both individually and
collectively, catalyze a deeper, self-regulating and healing
archetypal process to awaken within the human psyche which
simultaneously expresses itself throughout the whole universe.
Just like a dream, whatever we are unconscious of gets dreamed up and out-pictured in and as our waking dreamscape.
What plays out in one personís night dream is a
reflection of their inner process; similarly what is getting dreamed
up by all six and a half billion of us on the world stage is a
reflection of a process going on deep inside of the collective
unconscious of humanity.
What we are unconscious of and donít
remember, we act out in the outside world.
The inner archetypal dimension is
revealing itself by influencing and animating our unconscious,
causing us to act out and give shape to the archetypal realm in the
world theater. This is happening both individually and collectively
on the world stage.
When the archetypal realm incarnates, something of the eternal, imperishable dimension synchronistically reveals itself to us as it enters the realm of time and embodiment. Synchronicities are revelations in the nick of time.
As our present moment in time indicates,
whether we continue to destroy ourselves or wake ourselves up
depends upon whether or not we recognize what is synchronistically
being revealed to us.
Our dis-memberment from our experience and dis-association from a part of ourselves polarizes and empowers our split-off part to project itself outside of ourselves and express itself by acting itself out in the outside world. We will either become possessed by our split-off part and unconsciously act it out in the world, or we will project it out so that we dream up the seemingly outer universe to act it out for us.
This is another way of saying that our
waking universe is a function of our consciousness, or lack thereof.
An archetype synchronistically revealing
itself in the outside world is a reflection that this same condition
is in the of being inwardly realized. The outer, synchronistic
materialization of the inner, archetypal process is itself the
vehicle through which the archetypal process both actualizes itself
in space and time and is inwardly realized.
This spirit, the aforementioned "unus mundus" or "deeper, dreaming Self," is dreaming our dreams at night, our life during the day, as well as ourselves. The unus mundus/deeper, dreaming Self arranges situations in our life, both micro and macrocosmically as a way of synchronizing itself, which propels us into greater alignment with the implicate field of open possibility, as we refine and re-find ourselves in each moment anew.
To the extent we realize the dreamlike
nature of reality, the universe becomes a continually unfolding
oracle as we become a revelation to ourselves.
Synchronicities are emanations of the
sacred marriage in alchemy, where the opposites of spirit and matter
reciprocally inform each other as they unite in a timeless embrace.
Part and parcel of a synchronistic
eventís numinosity is its sense of meeting the "wholly other,"
whether it be within ourselves or through the medium of the outside
world. Paradoxically, through synchronicities we connect with
ourselves by becoming introduced to the part of ourselves which is
other than who we imagine ourselves to be.
The more we are open for synchronicities to happen, the more they happen, for synchronicities, just like symbols in a dream, are not separate from the dreamer, which in this case is us. To the extent we recognize the dreamlike nature of our waking universe is the degree to which our life is experienced as synchronistic.
Once we become lucid in our waking dream
and recognize that we live in a synchronistic universe by our very
nature, the universe has no choice but to shape-shift and reflect
back our realization by materializing itself synchronistically.
Seeing through synchronistic eyes has nothing to do with overlaying a fabricated interpretation upon events to make them appear as if they are synchronistic. Seeing synchronistically simply involves recognizing the underlying synchronistic web which is always weaving itself through our experience.
This is analogous to how being inside of a night dream and viewing the dream as if it were a dream would have the instantaneous effect of allowing the dream to more profoundly manifest its dreamlike nature.
Changing our perspective within the
dream didnít cause the dream to become a dream; the dream had always
been a dream, we just hadnít recognized it before. Similarly, we
live in a synchronistic universe, and by recognizing this, we allow
the universe to manifest itself more synchronistically.
Like a bug in the system, synchronicities are cultures which virally propagate themselves through the field of consciousness, which means that synchronistic awareness is contagious.
Synchronistic awareness, the consciousness that recognizes the synchronistic nature of the universe and has become lucid in the dream of life, is something we can turn each other onto and catch from one another.
Synchronistic awareness is the invocation and revelation of the "eternal presence of the one creative act" in which we are all continually sharing, partaking and participating.
Synchronistic awareness activates and reproduces
itself in and through the field, as it is self-generating in nature,
which is to say it is birthing itself through our consciousness into
We can co-operatively cultivate a net-work of allies who creatively collaborate in bringing forth the precious jewel of synchronicity. The archetypal field becomes greatly potentiated for synchronicities when we get "in sync" with other people who are also waking up to the synchronistic universe.
A field which is lubricated for stimulating and stabilizing lucidity gets conjured up when we get in phase with each other through the shared, open heart of synchronistic awareness.
Co-operatively engaged, synchronistic awareness activates our collective genius and creates true culture in that it effortlessly, endlessly, nonlocally and virally transmits and fractally reiterates itself throughout time and space.
Shared synchronistic awareness
magnetically draws and attracts the universe into itself,
materializing itself in, as and through life itself, creating a
revelatory universe in the process.