Synchronicity and the Soul
Synchronicity and the Soul*
Seifer and Martin Vieweg
to people all the time these days. Something prompts you to look at the clock
at exactly the same time of day or night --
4:44. You think of someone and soon thereafter that person contacts you. Or
you've just read an article, you get into your car, and while driving along you
notice that the numbers and letters on the license plate in front of you reflect
the subject of the article you've just finished reading. Or, you see spelled
out on the truck driving along in the lane next to yours the actual words or
names that appeared in the article.
against such occurrences are so great that when we notice them, they tend to
stop us dead in our tracks. Like scenes of exquisite beauty, they take our
breath away. Playing back the sequence of events in our minds, we realize that
had we left home one minute later, or had the red light lasted 30 seconds
longer, we would have missed the license plate or the sign on the truck. The
more we think about it, the more we realize that such perfectly choreographed
events cannot happen randomly. And if we think about it long enough, we come up
against the limits of the rational mind.
Interestingly, it was the power of synchronicity to overwhelm the rational mind
that held significance for Carl Jung (1875-1961), the Swiss psychiatrist who
coined the term and brought the phenomenon to light. Synchronicity, which Jung
defined as meaningful coincidence, had the effect of breaking through the
"rationalistic shell" of the modern scientific mind. This type of coincidence
serves to shatter the notion that material science has discovered all there is
to know about the universe. The realization dawns that a mysterious force is at
play in the phenomenon of synchronicity -- a kind of "cosmic clock" whose gears
operate on a more subtle plane.
science -- based on the physical laws of cause and effect -- measures and
validates the relationship between cause and effect in the dimensions of time
and space. What fascinated Jung about synchronicity was its acausal
nature. He defined it as an "acausal relationship of events." The occurrence
of two simultaneous events, one subjective and one objective, has no apparent
cause. Moreover, adding to the mystery, Jung noted that the occurrence has a
special meaning for the person who experiences it. This implies that
unknown forces in our universe have the capacity to make visible, in the world
of concrete form, the contents of the invisible realm of consciousness.
illustration of synchronicity presented by Jung involved one of his patients, a
woman with a highly developed rational mind, which made her psychoanalytic
treatment difficult. One day she was telling Jung about a dream she had had in
which she received a golden scarab, a beetle with significance in Egyptian
mythology. Just at that moment, Jung heard a noise "like a gentle tapping," as
the story goes, on his window. When he opened the window, a scarab-like beetle
flew in. Jung caught the beetle and presented it to his patient saying, "Here's
your scarab." The stunning impact of this synchronicity overwhelmed the
defenses of her rational mind and led to a breakthrough in her treatment.
Jung's pioneering exploration of the phenomenon of synchronicity appears to have
been an extraordinary synchronicity itself with regard to the unfoldment of
human consciousness. His first writings on the subject were published in the
1950s, a pivotal moment in evolution when individuals around the world began to
have experiences that surpassed the limits of the concrete mind. Jung's ideas
on synchronicity thus added fuel to the revolution in consciousness that
exploded in the 1960s, as growing numbers of educated people began to glimpse
(whether through spiritual methods or psychopharmacological drugs) invisible
dimensions of reality.
1970s, the idea of synchronicity had begun to filter into films and novels, and
by the 80s, into popular music and games. The extraordinary worldwide success
of The Celestine Prophecy, published in 1993, revealed that untold
millions of people on our planet were by then familiar with the experience of
synchronicity. The first of the book's nine "Insights," presented by author
James Redfield as fundamental to the process of spiritual unfoldment, was the
importance of meaningful coincidences. He wrote:
Insight is a reconsideration of the inherent mystery that surrounds our
individual lives on this planet. We are experiencing these mysterious
coincidences, and even though we don't understand them yet, we know they are
real. We are sensing again, as in childhood, that there is another side of life
that we have yet to discover, some other process operating behind the scenes.
awakening souls, the experience of synchronicity provides a direct and
unmistakable encounter with the mysteries of the spiritual realm. Because such
an experience has particular meaning to the individual involved, it has the
power to open a portal to "the world of meaning," which is the world of the soul
in the wisdom teachings. Through a dramatic convergence of internal and
external realms -- in time and space -- a kind of rending of the veil occurs for
the one experiencing it. It is as if a "wormhole" into the realm of the soul
and the invisible dimensions of the universe suddenly appears.
invisible, subtle dimension of spirit that is closest to our personalities (on
the other side of the veil) is the realm of the soul, a realm technically
related to the higher dimensions of mind, but one which also provides access to
the higher plane of intuition. While the personality exists in a world of
constantly changing circumstances and events, the soul dwells in a world of
meaning. From the perspective of the soul, the world of outer circumstances is
a kaleidoscopic collection of symbols. Everything that we experience on the
material plane is symbolic of something hidden within the deeper folds of
As the soul
awakens, it turns to the "task" of uncovering the meaning of life
experiences, attempting to discern what each new circumstance may be trying to
teach us. The discernment of meaning is integral to advancement in the
schoolhouse of life. Once the needed learning has been extracted, difficult
lessons no longer need to be repeated. By observing synchronicities and trying
to fathom their meaning, we are drawn into the world of the soul, thus
accelerating our progress on the path of transformation.
Just as the
material world functions according to physical laws of cause and effect,
the laws that govern physical science, there exist spiritual laws of
cause and effect -- on subtle levels of consciousness -- that govern our
existence as souls. What we experience on this earth, as individuals,
communities, nations, and civilizations, is conditioned by the law of karma, or
cause and effect. With the soul's awakening, we become aware of the functioning
of this law, and we learn to mitigate the effects of causes previously set in
motion. We do this by learning to see the contents of our outer lives as
symbols, distilling their meaning, and assuming responsibility for changing
present state of our world, the wisdom of the soul is more urgently needed now
than ever. Could it be that increasing incidences of synchronicity are intended
to direct the attention of awakening humanity to the realm of the soul? By
rending the veil between the world of material living and spiritual realms --
even for a fleeting moment -- these experiences appear to be catalysts for
spiritual evolution, acting to accelerate our transition into the new era.
Inexplicable by physical laws, they draw our attention away from the
outer world, towards the more subtle realm where spiritual laws operate.
These happenings are propelling us forward to the time when the soul will emerge
into the foreground of human consciousness, to become the foundation of a truly
new civilization and culture.
that synchronistic phenomena are growing and spreading seems irrefutable.
Compared to the era when Jung first wrote about them, a half century ago, the
occurrence of these mind-bending experience has become almost commonplace.
Recently, a radio program devoted to cutting-edge topics devoted two hours to a
discussion of them. People called in to share uncanny incidents, many of which
involved numbers, such as
man, a trucker, said that he saw three ones everywhere he looked -- on digital
clocks, license plates, restaurant checks, street addresses. His tone of voice
conveyed a sense of awe, like all the other callers, sounding like post-modern
21st century mystics.
The how and
why of these events remain great and unsolved mysteries. But we do have some
hints about how synchronicity
may work, both from physical science and esoteric science. In the science of
electricity, one of the meanings of the word "synchronous" is "having the same
frequency." In esoteric science, we learn that the key to opening a portal to
a higher dimension of consciousness lies in attaining the same frequency as that
higher dimension. The Tibetan Master has written: "Only synchronous vibration
to that which lies on the other side of the door produces its opening."
mysterious way, synchronicity seems to be heightening the sensitivity of large
numbers of human beings to the reality of a higher dimension of consciousness.
When the experience occurs, it causes us to register the objective
reality of a more subtle plane of existence. When it occurs in our lives
repeatedly, and with growing frequency, we realize that an invisible,
intelligent force is trying to attract our attention. This force, by whatever
name we call it, appears to be actively involved in thinning the veil between
spirit and matter -- for those who are responsive to it. Perhaps the phenomenon
of synchronicity is serving to smooth the way from an age mired in the vibration
of dense matter into an age that will flower in resonance with the vibration of
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started out her career as a political and social activist in the 1960's and
spent time in
as a Peace Corps volunteer. She later moved on to work as a staff member of
former New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay, worked for the Institute of American
Pluralism and wrote numerous articles, papers, and anthologies still being used
today as curriculum for college courses. She later embarked on a quest for
spiritual truth that led her to the Ageless Wisdom in the 1980's. After writing
Russian Odyssey, a spiritual memoir about post-Soviet Russia, she began
work on When the Soul Awakens with the goal of making esoteric wisdom
available to a wider audience.
Vieweg has been a student, writer and lecturer within the esoteric community for
over three decades. He has pursued a wide range of spiritual teachings over the
years from studying the works of Ernest Holmes to Edgar Cayce. He has worked at
the Association for Research and Enlightenment and has received esoteric
training from the Lucis Trust, publisher of Alice Bailey books. He is currently
the Director of the United Negro College Fund and most recently has co-authored,
When the Soul Awakens, with his wife Nancy.
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