Monday, November 06, 2006

To Coincide, Perchance To Collide




Carl Jung







Coincidence.

co·in·ci·dence (kō-ĭn'sĭ-dens, -dĕns')
n.

The state or fact of occupying the same relative position or area in space.
A sequence of events that although accidental seems to have been planned or arranged.


Do you believe in them? Coincidences, I mean. I do -- in the sense that things happen simultaneously so that they appear to have occurred accidentally and have no relation to or effect on each other. It's coincidental when two or more events occur at the same time and place, but ... isn't it simply events following a plan? It's not a plan that you and I can fathom, perhaps, but there's nothing mysterious about it. It's merely, in my opinion, things happening the way they're supposed to happen. Coincidences happen -- on purpose. Coincidences are educational. Often elucidating. They're sometimes confirmation of something you suspected all along. Whatever coincidences are, they are not happenstance. What it is, is synchronicity at work. The word "synchronicity" was, of course, coined by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung. It is defined as the phenomenon of coincidences too coincidental to be coincidental.

I think that I would be an idiot to ignore a whole gestalt of coincidental synchronicity. There are idiots, and there are idiot savants. As far as I know, I'm neither. Now, if I happen to stumble across another blog entry somewhere today that addresses the same topic, I would be an idiot to dismiss it as sheer coincidence. There would be some undercurrent there, some thread to explore. At the very least, my mind would send me a "Kindred Spirit" alert and move me to explore the other person's psyche just a little bit.

I don't seem to have any Full Moon hangover, but I had a hard time getting to sleep last night and I've had a tough day. What I was trying to say, certainly I could have said more clearly. Hopefully, you get the gist of it.

9 comments:

Kanrei said...

I do not believe because of the accidental aspect of it. Just because we cannot see the plan does not mean that is happened by mistake. I think it is sychronicity (sp?) and not coincidence.

Serena Joy said...

True, but I tend to believe that coincidence and synchronicity are one and the same. In other words, if it wasn't supposed to happen, it wouldn't have.

Kanrei said...

I see that. I think it is the connotation of the words. Coincidence sounds like something just happened while creating the illusion of being planned while synchornicity allows for some controlling force.

Serena Joy said...

The fact that we can't pin it down and confine it to "this" or "that" just makes it all the more interesting to ponder, don't you think?

RexZeitgiest said...

I DO beleive in coincidence and in 'deja vu' ......I am psychic....I have been my whole life...I know this sounds crazy, I am a pragmatic individual that disbelieves before I beleive.....But I have done it so many times (saw near future events) that I have convinced myself, (and almost evyone else who knows me) it is not pure and random chance.....

Maybe it is an intersection between this reality, and Jungs 'Collective Unconsious'.......who knows?

Not me....

Serena Joy said...

Interesting, Rex. Some things can't be explained, or can be explained in so many different ways. I say if you have it, use it.

RexZeitgiest said...

No, its not something that I can control....or predict and it goes away for long periods of time...then it clicks on and can last for months......

I know that sounds crazy, but it true....I can see plays on sports games before they happen with exact and perfect detail....I.e. call a triple with a throwing err and two runs scoring, the next play it happened exactly........My step dad and my brother were floored....But they had seen me do it my whole life, so not so suprised.....

Going around a corner and sensing a cop car, but then saying it was going in the oppostie direction and then less then a mintue later the cop goes by.....And I said it out loud an then changed it to my ex......

Sometimes I can see farther into the future, like when the martian meteroite was discovered.....for months before that I was saying that an asteroid would be discovered from mars in Antartica with evidence of life.......I told at least 5-6 people about it....and low and behold it happened.....I had the chills after that one....thats when I knew chances of it were too small......

For every one flash I told people about, I had ten more...... I started telling people so I would have 'witness', after the 100th time in a row, I quit questioning it.........So did the people around me...


I felt 9/11 coming.....I couldn't sleep for the entire month, I had a horrible dread and I was expecting a terrorist attack from Bin Laden.....When my mom called my house that morning everyone was asleep but, I knew it had happened before I anwsered the phone.....She told me, 'You were right, they attacked.'

I still get chills and I feel like crying when I think about it....this is the first time I have written about it....


I am sure many people have the same expeirences.....I can't explain them or quantitfy them, I can't control them, or direct them, they just happen.....

Southern Writer said...

I think you said it very well, SJ. I don't believe in coincidence. Everything happens for a reason. We may not understand the reason, but I'd bet my life there is one. I'm afraid if I didn't believe that, I'd have to give up on life.

Serena Joy said...

I hear you, Lesia; agree 100%. Sometimes I don't see the reason for something 'til long after the fact, but there IS one -- even if it's to slap me upside the head with the sphere of truth.