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on February 4, 1999
Alan Vaughan's "Incredible Coincidence: The Baffling World of Synchronicity" is my all-time favorite book in this field. Vaughan's book is hugely entertaining (a real page-turner! with a wealth of case studies of many categories) as well as scientifically and spiritually perceptive. The book will motivate the reader to awaken to what our Spirit may be nudging us to pay attention to: how to design the patterns and meaning in our life's conscious and unconscious evolution.
In a lively, intelligent style, Vaughan explores how we can apply in our own lives the personal and the transpersonal significances of these strange, wonder-filled and meaning-filled 'coincidences' that Jung termed 'synchronicities.' When we encounter synchronicities, we are awakened from our dogmatic slumbers, since they can be sometimes awe-inspiriting and other times downright cosmicly humorous.
For skeptical, mechanistic moderns, synchronicities are often a wake-up call to begin suspecting that we are more than our physical bodies and economic-oriented left-brain awareness. For synchronicities present us with a trickster joker in Life's card game. Not only are they
(1) baffling and anomalous to our exclusive rational materialist paradigm of Reality,
but also
(2) undeniably meaning-filled: resonating with significance and often signally us to look deeper into the pattern of what our lives really 'mean.'
After he presents 15 chapters, brimming over with some 150 cases of synchronicity, that are arranged into thought-provoking categories (e.g. meaningful 'chance' encounters with People, Things, and Information, including the "Library Angel" or bookstore angel who, against all odds, guides us to wonderfully meaningful books or other information), Vaughan devotes the last 4 chapters to speculating on the underlying scientific and metaphysical meaning of these Meaning-filled phenomena. Here he shows exciting and thought-provoking correlations connecting our Consciousness and the nature of Quantum physical Reality.
Our universe and our personal lives show patterns of meaningfulness because all of reality is created by consciousness: the underlying secret is that we live in a Cosmology of Mind. If so, then perhaps we can engage in some creative thinking to accelerate the constructive patterns of meaningful connections? Perhaps, to the extent we become Self-aware, our psyches can shape and direct all the events in our lives to have the life-affirming Meaning we choose?
This Meaning-filled Cosmology of Mind vision implies what Gerald Heard called the "Psychological Revolution": "We are the first generation of self-conscious beings who have become self-conscious of the non-self-conscious [or creative subconscious/super-conscious] power that we can now intentionally direct." Vaughan (Chapt. 19) lays out some tentative assumptions that suggest the power of using synchronicities to personally design and freely choose our life's scenarios or blue-prints to create masterpieces of living:
1. Your life has meaning.
2. The events in your life have meaning.
3. The events in your life are telling you something.
4. Developing awareness of your life's events is the best way to hear what they are telling you.
5. By doing what the events in your life tell you to do, you will be fulfilling your inner life's destiny.
Vaughan's inspiring tour of synchronicity, "Incredible Coincidence," may well stimulate the reader to track down his other books where he analyzes his insights about how to reinvent our Life's blue-prints for more joy-filled and ecstatic growth and transformation of soul.
Among these other books from Vaughan's imaginative mind, the reader may find the following fascinating second-courses of delightful reading:
*Doorways To Higher Consciousness
*The Edge of Tomorrow
*Patterns of Prophecy
The "Doorways" study introduces the reader to the psi connection between the 'gifts of the spirit' and how we can channel our Higher Self, along with wise dialogues with several trance entities, most notably Vaughan's own truly wise entity, "Li Sung.'
Vaughan's style is engaging, stimulating, intelligent, and inspiring. It will get you in touch with your own Higher Self.
Happy reading!
John Cody cody@usfca.edu
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VINE VOICEon December 28, 2002
Whenever I used to get too depressed with the meaningless, material, clock-work universe I used to read this book. It reminded my that there is far more to the universe than the scientists and accountants would have us believe.
It wasn't that the "coincidences" were so incredible or improbable that inspired me, it was the fact that so many of them were meaningful. It is impossible to explain them without positing a benevolent intelligence to the universe. If these 150 excellently documentd cases are not enough to convince you, there is an excellent bibliography for further reading.
I've heard it said that it is not uncommon for clusters of coincidences to sudden pop up around a person when they start reading about synchronicity. All I know is that if I went through my own personal journals for the last decade, I could easly come up with 150 more cases of 2nd, 3rd, 0r 4th degree synchronicity in my own life. An example of 3rd degree synchronicity would be finishing a book on an obscure topic, then setting it aside and turning on the television only to find that same topic being mentioned (first degree.) Then later on a friend brings up exactly the same topic out of the blue (2nd degree.) Then still later you are browsing in the library or book store and you unexpectedly flip to the same subject unintentionally (3rd degree.) It usually concerns a meaningful topic- at least to you. Of course sometimes the meaning seems to lie in the event itself as a kind of "tap on the shoulder" that there is more to the universe than you are letting yourself imagine.
The section on the nature and meaning of synchronicity is also excellent- this is far more than a simply "believe it or not" compilations of stories. The author suggests that in a way we, or our higher Selves, may somehow be co-creators when it comes to patterning the ground of existance. Of course, he also insists that we should also use cool logic, as well as our inner feelings, to interpret and act upon synchronous episodes.
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on February 4, 1999
Alan Vaughan's "Incredible Coincidence: The Baffling World of Synchronicity" is my all-time favorite book in this fascinating field. Vaughan's book is hugely entertaining (a real page-turner! with a wealth of case studies of many categories) as well as scientifically and spiritually perceptive. The book will motivate the reader to awaken to what our Spirit may be nudging us to pay attention to: how to design the patterns and meaning in our life's conscious and unconscious evolution.
In a lively, intelligent style, Vaughan explores how we can apply in our own lives the personal and the transpersonal significances of these strange, wonder-filled and meaning-filled 'coincidences' that Jung termed 'synchronicities.' When we encounter synchronicities, we are awakened from our dogmatic slumbers, since they can be sometimes awe-inspiriting and other times downright cosmicly humorous.
For skeptical, mechanistic moderns, synchronicities are often a wake-up call to begin suspecting that we are more than our physical bodies and economic-oriented left-brain awareness. For synchronicities present us with a trickster joker in Life's card game. Not only are they
(1) baffling and anomalous to our exclusive rational materialist paradigm of Reality,
but also
(2) undeniably meaning-filled: resonating with significance and often signally us to look deeper into the pattern of what our lives really 'mean.'
After he presents 15 chapters, brimming over with some 150 cases of synchronicity, that are arranged into thought-provoking categories (e.g. meaningful 'chance' encounters with People, Things, and Information, including the "Library Angel" or bookstore angel who, against all odds, guides us to wonderfully meaningful books or other information), Vaughan devotes the last 4 chapters to speculating on the underlying scientific and metaphysical meaning of these Meaning-filled phenomena. Here he shows exciting and thought-provoking correlations connecting our Consciousness and the nature of Quantum physical Reality.
Our universe and our personal lives show patterns of meaningfulness because all of reality is created by consciousness: the underlying secret is that we live in a Cosmology of Mind. If so, then perhaps we can engage in some creative thinking to accelerate the constructive patterns of meaningful connections? Perhaps, to the extent we become Self-aware, our psyches can shape and direct all the events in our lives to have the life-affirming Meaning we choose?
This Meaning-filled Cosmology of Mind vision implies what Gerald Heard called the "Psychological Revolution": "We are the first generation of self-conscious beings who have become self-conscious of the non-self-conscious [or creative subconscious/super-conscious] power that we can now intentionally direct." Vaughan (Chapt. 19) lays out some tentative assumptions that suggest the power of using synchronicities to personally design and freely choose our life's scenarios or blue-prints to create masterpieces of living:
1. Your life has meaning.
2. The events in your life have meaning.
3. The events in your life are telling you something.
4. Developing awareness of your life's events is the best way to hear what they are telling you.
5. By doing what the events in your life tell you to do, you will be fulfilling your inner life's destiny.
Vaughan's inspiring tour of synchronicity, "Incredible Coincidence," may well stimulate the reader to track down his other books where he analyzes his insights about how to reinvent our Life's blue-prints for more joy-filled and ecstatic growth and transformation of soul.
Among these other books from Vaughan's imaginative mind, the reader may find the following fascinating second-courses of delightful reading:
*Doorways To Higher Consciousness
*The Edge of Tomorrow
*Patterns of Prophecy
The "Doorways" study introduces the reader to the psi connection between the 'gifts of the spirit' and how we can channel our Higher Self, along with wise dialogues with several trance entities, most notably Vaughan's own truly wise entity, "Li Sung.'
Vaughan's style is engaging, stimulating, intelligent, and inspiring. It will get you in touch with your own Higher Self.
Happy reading!
John Cody cody@usfca.edu
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on December 20, 1998
At the end of the book Mr. Vaughn lists 10 facts about how he understands the field from which synchronicities arise, I believe he is correct. We, the two legged uprights on this Earth, are the field He give quite a number of examples of some kinds of synchronicity, that I suspect most people don't regard as 'coincidence' so much as luck. However almost everyone has enough of that kind happen, to be able to relate to what he's writing about. What impressed me first and foremost in the book, was a seemingly simple idea that a person is generally the star in his/her own life, but that at times that changes, and the person becomes a star in someone else's life. This is a loaded idea, related to some very esoteric ideas about how the future happens, through the individual and the collective interface with what is at work shaping the future. When the individual begins to fit within the implotment of higher levels than the ordinary life contexts, it seems likely one becomes a bit player in the smaller individual life, at least for a time anyway. He brings in the ideas of David Bohm, and this brings in ideas about quantum level physics. There's been a great advance in knowledge, since Mr. Vaugh wrote the book, and I'd personally like to see him expand synchronicity , in the context of Paul Davies work, particularly. The Cosmic Blueprint. If the individual is 'informed' by some 'interactive force' , and Jung did identify meaningful coincidences as arising from a function of mind that works towards individuation, then the potential of synchronicity as a communication process and as a highly complex, context generatinglanguage is certainly inferred. And if the ideas of F. David Peat and Jung are correct, the interactive force is a function of what we experience as Time, and the means by which man and woman are informed about the individuals work at the highest and best level of which the individual may be informed. It seems obvious that synchronicity is nothing new, and its never been understood, although its almost certainly existed for centuries and thousands of years, under different names, within different contexts in eras in history. If we think of history as an incomplete record, since it focusses mostly on 'crime', there's a lot of territory to explore. I thought "You have been waiting 65,000,000 years for this." really meant something other than an advertisment for Jurassic Park, it meant we have achieved the point at which we were aimed, exploring space. The International Space Station was pre-drawn in Carl Sagan's Contact. How nicely everything converges when the time is right! The idea that contact with extra terrestrials will come through radio waves or the kinds of signals we recognize easily may have to be tossed aside, if synchronicity is as F. David Peat described it, an 'interactive force'. Who and what is at the point of interface? Carl Jung had an answer, although Mr. Vaughn's book doesn't dwell on the idea, that the psyche of man is the point of interface. Mr. Vaughn, where are you? Lets hear some more from you!
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on December 30, 2014
This is a GREAT little book about true stories of coincidence - some from history, newspapers, and famous cases among those who research such things. It's not heavy-handed or forcing theoretical perspectives on you; rather Vaughan keeps it lively and the stories are amazing. I use these anecdotes in my classes to liven up discussions and the students love them! Very nice thing to have in your library.
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on March 23, 2013
Whenever I'm in a nihilistic funk -- this book sets me right again. The author's
well-chosen 100+ cases of synchronicities are all engaging and will provoke lively
debate. Along with the famous cases of Richard Parker and the Mummy's Curse there
are other more personal (albeit no less fascinating) cases of items lost and found
and vengeance exacted. Too bad this is out of print -- it's far more interesting than
most modern fiction and non-fiction I've thumbed through.
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on June 6, 2010
My fiance's Aunt Denise had mentioned the title of this book a few times, but lamented it was out of print. The last time she spoke about it I decided to track it down. This seller turned this order around in record time, and Denise had it in her hands within days. She said "it was one of the nicest things anyone has done for me." Bravo!
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on July 12, 2008
It will be no mistake if you buy this book. Either you or someone in your path will need it. If you are reading this, you are supposed to be. This is not an error.
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on January 30, 2010
This really is an excellent book but, the price listed on Amazon is $99,999.00. That seems a little steep to me!
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on November 25, 1998
I might have wanted to be more entertained by this book than I was. The examples sited to elucidate the concept of synchronicity are few and far between, while the background and information utilized to elaborate the elucidations were drawn out in a very scholastic manner.(UH, there were too many words, it made my brain hurt) It could have used a tad more tabloid splash, and a tad less Professor Brainiac. For those with more than the attention span of a GenXer like myself, who are looking for scientific study, and cited examples with all the "t"s crossed and the "i"s dotted, this is an ideal publication. For those you want cheese, read " the choking doberman" by Jon Harold Brunvand, who understands the method by which this book should have been approached. ( Brunvand learns ya stuff, he just dont let ya know that you are learnin' it)
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