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Synchronicity: The Art of Coincidence, Choice, and Unlocking Your Mind 1st Edition

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About the Author

Dr. Kirby Surprise received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the Institute for Integral Studies. He works in an advanced outpatient program for the State of California where he assesses, diagnoses, and treats clients with psychotic and delusional disorders. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Dr. Allan Combs is author of more than 100 articles, chapters, and books on consciousness and the brain. He is co-editor of the Journal of Conscious Evolution, and associate editor of Dynamical Psychology. Combs's most recent book is Consciousness Explained Better.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (February 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781601631831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601631831
  • ASIN: 1601631839
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You're not feeling well and something is telling you not to go to class today, yet you go anyway because there's a big test scheduled next week. The bus is late, there's a traffic jam 12 miles long, yet you still go on ignoring the inconvenient events and your sniffling nose. You reach the class room door just to discover ... the class is cancelled. Your intuition and the signs around you were right all along; you should've stayed home.

The above scenario is an all too common Synchronistic Event (SEs), often tossed away as coincidence, dumb luck, intuition, or simply a gut feeling during a specific moment in your life. Ever wondered if there was something more to them then just that? Well there is and you can find out more in Dr. Kirby Surprise's Synchronicity: The Art of Coincidence, Choice, and Unlocking Your Mind.

One part science text book, one part metaphysical treatise, and two parts (non-fiction) story telling, Synchronicity is a book that will change the way you understand your own mind and the reality in which you live in. Through it, you will gain the ability to recognize your own SEs, create them, and recognize the SEs of other's around you.

This book is written in such a way that anyone could easily grasp the concepts presented by the author. As an individual with an English degree (something as far away from the scientific field as Neptune is from the sun), I can vouched for this book's accessibility. Moreover, it has changed my mind for better, and it can change yours too!

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in psychology, Jung, synchronicity, and, of course, to anyone who is interested in themselves.
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Kirby Surprise has written a book about a longtime interest he has in how we create synchronicities in our lives. He thinks that we ourselves are responsible for them, because we are multidimensional beings who create the synchronous events we experience in this dimension in the higher-dimensional reality our greater selves inhabit. His examples of synchronicities in his own life, often in sidebars to the text, are intriguing, as are his accounts of how psychotics misinterpret the synchronicities they experience as having a meaning which they don't in fact possess. He also teaches, in the last half of the book, a method to create synchronous events, and even thought-form beings, in your own life.

However, his book is not very well-written, nor are his claims either clear or well-supported. He seems to have tied his view of the nature of SEs (his abbreviation of "synchronous events") to a theory in physics--a version of string theory--that may or may not turn out to be true in the long run. This seems to be a weak point that a very sceptical, science-oriented person, which he repeatedly says he is, would notice and discuss. But he doesn't. He believes that SE's cannot be other than our own creations, and that this view is somehow scientific. But he gives no argument for his opinion, which seems to me to need defending. He also believes that SE's are amusing, but have no greater significance--again a view that needs arguing for, especially given the testimony of so many over so long years that SE's can be highly meaningful. But there is no argument given. In the light of his views, teaching you to produce SE's is on the level of teaching parlor tricks, and that is the tone of his presentation. But if that's so, what's the point?
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I have read many books on synchronicity as well as books on related subjects where quantum theory is tied to the psychological study of the human mind, and I have to agree with all of the 3 star and 1 star reviews for this book to date. The author inserts limiting biases into his text that are not backed up by any sort of serious scientific evidence though he claims to approach the topic from an unbiased, scientific viewpoint. This is not true of most books on this subject, that are much more thorough and balanced.

The greatest value in this book, and its a limited one, is that the author provides seven steps for cultivating synchronous events in your life at the end of the book. Whether these techniques will be effective for you is debatable, but they are good suggestions which should have a broad appeal and usefulness.

As an avid reader, especially in the field of how the human mind works, and its relation to metaphysical studies and quantum field research, I will admit that some books are obviously much better than others. This is not just a personal bias however of "liking" one over the other. If I had to rate the quality of the "argument" so to speak in this book against every other one I've gone through in a general sense, with the others averaging a 7-8 out of 10 with 10 being perfect, I'd have to give this book somewhere in the range of a 5.
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