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Synchronicity: A Meaning-filled & Joyous Cosmology of Mind
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,
(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.
John Cody firstname.lastname@example.org