This week on That’s-So-Meta Thursday
We’ll be talking about synchronicity.
It’s a concept first introduced by the Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung, and it could be affecting you as we speak.
So before we dive in…
First Thing’s First
About Blogmas 2017…
Yeah, that didn’t work out too well, did it?
Oh, well…onward and upward.
Now, I’ve actually got an editorial calendar set up and I’m planning ahead, so I shouldn’t disappoint anymore.
And if I do…
…sorry…I am what I am.
But I’ll always do my best to be on time and produce great content for you.
Anyway, where was I?
What is synchronicity?
Don’t worry, this will be fun.
According to Oxford English dictionary, synchronicity is:
- The simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal action.
Jung himself described it as, “an ‘acausal connecting principle’”.
So what you understand about cause and effect?
It doesn’t apply here.
Throw it out for now.
Synchronicity describes coincidences that seem too related to be coincidences.
But what inspired this concept?
How is it related to Jung’s other findings? And how do they link back to it?
To find out, we have to go back to the beginning.
Who is Carl Jung?
Carl Gustav Jung was born in Kesswil, Switzerland in July of 1875.
His father, Paul Achilles Jung, was a pastor, along with other members of the family.
But Paul was also a philologist.
He studied language: its history, its structure, its development…everything that mattered.
No doubt this set the course for young Carl and his future.
For one thing, Christianity and philology?
Christians will often interpret biblical texts in the literal sense. The Bible is The Word of God…
Doesn’t leave much room for analysis or questioning.
But philology seems to contradict that.
Do you know how many times the Bible has been edited, expanded upon, and updated?
TOO MANY TO COUNT.
And God, how many different cultures have influenced Christianity to date? How many different sects?
Again, TOO MANY TO COUNT.
Definitely too many to try and organize in THIS blog post.
My brain might actually be on fire from the attempts.
So how easy could it be for a reverend or pastor to read the Bible and not analyze it?
And STILL remain unyielding and devout?
I don’t know about you, but I’d find it pretty difficult.
In fact, one Jung biography suggests that Paul’s “failing belief in religion” did not go unnoticed by his son.
So it’d be fair to say this had an impact on Carl and his preoccupation with people’s behaviors and psyches.
As a child, he was always observing people.
Always analyzing their quirks and behaviors and trying to resolve them.
He’d devour books about philosophy and attend the University of Zurich to study medicine.
There at the Burgholzli Asylum, he’d become the psychiatrist we reference today.
Analytical (Jungian) Psychology
It’s kind of hard to tell you EXACTLY what it is.
C.G. Jung developed it over several years, so trying to give you a concise definition is…not gonna happen, sorry.
But the gist is that it analyzed people’s experiences and how these experiences shape their psyches.
What’s it got to do with Synchronicity?
Synchronicity is a theme in all of this.
A patient of Jung’s was dealing with “exaggerate rationalism” that was harming her progress.
In short, Jung said she “[thought] she knew everything”.
We all know at least one person like this.
Can’t tell ‘em shit, can ya?
And it makes their psyches “inaccessible’, according to Jung.
But she had a dream about a golden scarab beetle, an Egyptian symbol of rebirth.
When telling Jung about the dream, a golden scarab beetle flew into the room.
Or was it a sign? A sign from the universe of new things to come?
Well, the occurrence was rare enough to shake the patient’s perception of reality.
Scarab beetles were not native to the climate. What were the chances of one flying in at the EXACT moment that she began talking about her dream?
From that point on, Jung found her much more cooperative. Her treatment became much more successful.
And THAT, my friend, is synchronicity.
Synchronicity, the Law of Attraction, and Manifestation
This is where everything we’ve talked about comes into play in YOUR life.
The Law of Attraction is the belief that like attracts like. Positive energy attracts positive energy, negative energy attracts negative energy, etc.
In essence, if you think positive thoughts, positive things will come to you.
If you believe in what you want, it’ll come to you.
And then it starts to manifest.
This is when what you’ve asked for or attracted actually starts to happen.
And how does the universe let us know that things are manifesting?
By now, depending on what kind of thinker you are, you may be thinking that this is all a bunch of spiritual mumbo-jumbo.
But bear with me for a second.
Our brains recognize patterns. This is how we learn, this is how we survive, this is how we live.
This is how we exist in the universe
Is that random?
Sure. Could very well be.
But more points to the theory that it isn’t.
So think of synchronicities as part of the universal pattern of manifestation. It makes it seem a little less far-fetched, doesn’t it?
What’s more, isn’t it freeing to know that you might be able to control your own life?
That you can make things happen FOR you instead of TO you?
What Do You Do Now?
Synchronicities are signs from the universe.
With that in mind, open yourself up to what you want. It could be finding an extra dollar on the street or living in your dream home. But open yourself up to it.
Don’t worry about what’s possible and what’s not right now.
See what signs the universe sends you.
But what do you think?
We delved into some pretty complex shit today.
If it went right over your head, I totally understand. If it didn’t, congrats.
But this will be the purpose of That’s-So-Meta Thursdays.
We’ll delve deep into metaphysics and philosophy and see where we end up.
We may end up nowhere, but we just might end up somewhere.
So I want to ask you: what do you think about the concept of synchronicity?
How do you feel about it? Have you ever encountered it?
Let me know in them comments down below!