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Posted: Friday, September 21, 2018 5:07:20 AM
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Hello everyone, I’m now back after a long hiatus, the reason, in part, for my absence is that I was convalescing from what, by all accounts, was a rather spectacular bout of Aussie flu which I caught last winter (and with it came a whole load of other horrible complications).

However, whilst I’ve been recuperating I’ve been experiencing the most remarkable synchronicities, in particular in one sequence of events (**see below if you are interested in reading about them), I ended up coming across a most wonderful and enlightening short essay by the psychologist, Dr Howlin, titled: The Jungian Interpretation of Alice in Wonderland: The Rabbit Hole: A Young Woman’s Journey into the Unconscious.

This essay has been an absolute godsend. It is, more or less, saying that, perhaps, it is not in your best interest if your ego charts the course through life. Quite comforting to know if one is having to deal with the vicissitudes of life. If life is throwing you some curve-balls, you might benefit from reading it too!

Please do not be put off by the gender specific title. The topic matter applies equally to both sexes. You can have an “unruly Bob” just as much as an “unruly Alice.” ;-)

www.santacruzpsychologist.com/blog/tag/jungian-interpretation-of-alice-in-wonderland/

As Dr. Howlin says in the comments section:

“…….having an awareness about self *[Non-Conscious/Unconscious/Higher Self] can help with “the fall.” It will not necessary (sic) take away the fear and/or suffering usually inherent in the fall, but having meaning and awareness around these issues usually makes enduring them much more positive and can help one to see possibilities too!”

*[my insertion]

Yes, I totally agree with Dr. Howlin, you do learn a lot from your adventures and ordeals! Furthermore, life is not a series of meaningless accidents. When things are bound to happen they surely will!


**And now for the synchronicities!

1. Quite a few months ago I found the following article on the internet titled: Nobel-Winning Physicist Frank Wilczek on Complementarity as the Quantum of Life and Why Reality is Woven of Opposing Truths.

You will see about a quarter of the way down there is a painting of the ‘White Rabbit’ by Salvador Dali (underneath, the caption reads: Art by Salvador Dali for a special edition of Alice in Wonderland). At the time I happened to give the painting no more than a cursory glance.

https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/05/02/complementarity-frank-wilczek-a-beautiful-question/

2. About 4 weeks ago EKUMA1981 (a contributor to this forum) sent me an e-mail which included a link to the YouTube Video titled: Synchronicities Led to Real Life Mad Hatter at London Pub. I watched it and thought it was really funny, but didn’t think anything more about it at the time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL6Zp3Zgm7Y

3. Early the next morning, off work and nothing better to do, I decided to tidy up my ‘favourites’ folder and, in the process I happened to stumble upon the article on ‘Complementarity’ which I had saved but actually forgot about all those months ago. Thinking the contents were quite relevant to some of the exchanges I was having with EKUMA1981 at the time I decided to send him a link to it. It wasn’t until later that afternoon when I decided to read the article again that the painting of the ‘white rabbit’ and the caption underneath it caught my eye. Wow! I promptly sent EKUMA1981 an email to inform him of my find. He thought it was an amazing synchronicity, as did I!

4. A couple of days later and, quite out of the blue, I received some photos of my close friend’s newborn baby grandson. Some of them incorporated a professional photo-shoot showing the baby being photographed in an old wooden box with the inscription “Tale of Peter Rabbit” emblazoned on its side. Wrong rabbit but a rabbit all the same! (However, it just so happens that Beatrix Potter and Lewis Carroll were amongst Britain's top children's literature superstars). In another photo the baby can be seen cuddling a toy white rabbit. They decided to call the baby Lewis, as in Lewis Carroll.

5. Then, several days after that and, quite by accident, I came across the following YouTube video by Shaman Oaks titled: SYNCHRONICITY- What does it mean? Am I crazy?

Note the tag line “Exploring the Rabbit Hole” @1.23 and again @2.20. Carl Jung quote from ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’ a sequel to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ @2.07 and finally, @ 2.24 a scene from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ depicting Alice and the White Rabbit. Also, I had to laugh at the I-Ching Hexagram tattooed on his arm @1.36. And, just to remind you it was Carl Jung who coined the term synchronicity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhLMi152USU

6. After watching the above video I immediately Googled “Carl Jung and Alice in Wonderland,’ and the very first listing to appear on the search results page was: Jungian Interpretation of Alice in Wonderland/Dr. Jeff Howlin. Voila!


As the events unfolded it was a real nice bonus to ultimately find Dr Howlin’s essay, but at the same time I’m kinda wondering, if all of these ‘white rabbit’ synchronicities were nothing more than a subtle ploy to get me to focus my attention back to the original article about ‘Complementarity.’ I’m thinking since it was the first ‘white rabbit’ to appear within the chain of events it must be of particular importance.

And as for the theory of ‘Complementarity,’ it simply states: “You can recognise a deep truth by the feature that its opposite is also a deep truth.”

In essence, complementarity gives us “license to think different," writes Dr. Wilczek, and in doing so it stimulates our imagination. He also suggests that “we try to appreciate apparently strange perspectives that other people come up with. We can take them seriously without compromising our own understandings, scientific and otherwise.” [Edge.org]

I’m loving digital physics but in light of all these synchronicities I'm wondering if I should be giving Dr Wilczek’s theory about 'Complementarity’ some serious thought too!

Notes:

Synchronicity is based on the idea of ‘non-linearity’ or ‘acausality.’ Jung called synchronicity “an acausal connecting (togetherness) principle” or “meaningful coincidence.”

Therefore, it cannot, be a question of cause and effect, but a falling together of time, a kind of simultaneity.

Current theories, such as ‘string theory’ are still based on an ideation of space-time that involves causal only time, in other words, time as a measurable and a separate quantity.




“We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity” - Barbara De Angelis.

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson, on how to improve your performance the next time” - Malcolm X
EKUMA1981
Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2018 1:01:32 PM
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Fantastic synchronicity anecdotes from you, Bot. And don't forget the number of times 111 has popped up during our correspondences. It's insane how often I see that number! Something profound is happening to us, Bot...
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Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2018 4:30:39 AM
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Yes, I agree Ekuma, something profound, indeed. LoL.

111 is a wonderful and magical phenomenon and is definitely telling you that there is a lot more to this universe than meets the eye. But what does it really mean? 111 or any combination of 1's are binary numbers. Binary would suggest 'Computer,' maybe? Computers need hardware and also software in the form of a programming/computing language. A language that is different from our ordinary everyday language. What does this suggest? Perhaps, you need to find a way to communicate with this "Intelligence"/LCS or however you might want to define IT using symbolic language.

Reiki/Tarot/Runes/I-Ching all use 'symbols' and are all excellent modalities for 'getting in touch.' They all provide doorways into the Unconsious, and maybe a way to predict the future.

Delve into the Occult, dig deeper.......you need to experiment for yourself before any of this will make much sense.
jim
Posted: Monday, September 24, 2018 4:16:12 PM

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I love all of this - thanks so much for sharing, Bot; both the article and references as well as your personal synchronicities. The idea of letting synchronicities or deep subconscious guide your life versus your ego resonates deeply with me. I've always felt that the subconscious is not only the source of all of your collective history - your experiences, learnings, interactions - and is therefore extremely powerful. But it is also your gateway to an even more powerful engine - the engine of reality, your connectivity with all that there is, "God", other consciousnesses, and other learnings. The ego is driven by forces that are slow, obvious, and unevolved, like just feeding at the bottom of Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

So I think there is actually a really good connection to digital philosophy here.

I definitely need to noodle on the Complimentary assertion that you can recognize a deep truth by the feature that its opposite is also a deep truth.

And welcome back!
"Bot"-tee-licious
Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 4:14:00 AM
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Jim, thank you very much for telling me how much you have enjoyed reading about my synchronistic experiences.....and thank you too, Ekuma! Through experiencing these meaningful, simultaneous occurring coincidences, I have come to realise that there is more at work in our universe than merely physical laws of cause and effect.


And, to quote Carl Jung, "Synchronicity is no more baffling or mysterious than the discontinuities of physics. It is only the ingrained belief in the sovereign power of causality that creates intellectual difficulties and makes it appear unthinkable that causeless events exist or could ever exist. But if they do, then we must regard them as creative acts, as the continuous creation of pattern that exists from all eternity, repeats itself sporadically, and is not derivable from any known antecedents."


I agree Jim, there is a really good connection to digital philosophy here. I can't wait to read your new book!
jim
Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 7:28:32 PM

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Love the quote too. Hope you don't mind if I tweet it. Of course, I'll give you a shout out.
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Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 11:46:29 PM
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Off course I don't mind Jim, but no need for the shout out as I was given the quote by a friend of mind who is really into Jung. It belongs to Jung, after all!
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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2018 3:28:54 AM
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LOL. My mum just found a rare Beatrix Potter, 'Benjamin Bunny', 50 pence piece and gave it to me. One sold for £500 on ebay just recently! How's that for synchronicity!



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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2018 9:50:17 PM
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That's a great coin, Bot. I've not seen one before.
"Bot"-tee-licious
Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2018 7:04:43 AM
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Actually Ekuma after doing a bit of online research I discovered that the coin is not that rare after all. According to coin collector's website Change Checker the coin has a scarcity rating of 5. With 1 being the least rare and 100 being the most rare. The coin, created in 2017, had a mintage of 11,300,000. Even though you are fairly likely to find one, its huge popularity means that the pieces often sell for large sums of money online.

I hope you agree, that despite it not being as rare as I originally thought, it was still an uncanny synchronicity I experienced!
Jon D
Posted: Monday, October 15, 2018 11:31:34 AM
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Synchronicity is most definitely real. Trust the signs. I have one personal story I'll share, sorry if inappropriate but it was real life.

Moved to Florida for the winter around 2016, a girl I knew for a while was not far from there, we kind of hit it off for a while leading up to this. On the outside, she seemed great, looked good, etc... Anyhow, the day we really met up to get things rolling(we rented some house on a beach for a weekend), I woke up that morning feeling like I got kicked in the nuts. Never happened before, or since. Long story short, my stuff wasn't working/limp/dead the ENTIRE weekend we were together. As soon as the weekend was over and our little stay was over, everything was back to normal with me. It was unreal, like the universe was trying to bail me out of making a big mistake.

I didn't quite take the hint, a couple days later we met up again and things were "ok" we got back to business. Big mistake. She turned into an obsessive lunatic crazy beyond anything I've seen. Like, some kind of multiple personality crazy. Took months to get her out of the picture, and a lot of real crazy nights, knives pulled on me in the middle of the night, etc... I wasn't even sure if I was going to make it out alive lol.

If I had taken the sign, I would have saved myself a lot of time and trauma. Trust the signs, even if it's not what you want at that moment.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 1:23:17 AM
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Gosh Jon D, what you went through must have been absolutely horrendous.

After getting back together, you said: "....things were "ok" and we got back to business." I'm assuming you had sex with her on that occasion?

I think she was probably suffering from a state called postcoital dysphoria, also known as post-sex depression. The condition is marked by feelings of sadness, anxiety, regret, irritability,...….and in her case she seems to have gone full-on bat-sh*t crazy! Researchers suggest that people prone to mood swings may be more sensitive to withdrawal from surges of oxytocin (the 'love drug'), which is very pleasurable but often short lived. She may have mistaken an oxytocin release/rush that led her to believe you were her perfect partner. Perhaps the perception she had of you at the moment was an illusion about you that did not fit what happened next. Did you act all distant/nonchalant/cool afterwards? Were your intentions pure with no hidden motives (like using her just for sex?)? Perhaps she sensed from you that there was never going to be a happily ever after ending. However, most normal women wouldn't behave like she did. Her extreme wanton behaviour was definitely a symptom of an underlying mood disorder.

You definitely had a lucky escape but make sure that next time you get to know the character of the woman you are dating extremely well before going to bed with her. Engage in a number of different activities with her (and not just sex, lol), in order to guage her character, preferably in public places where you are less exposed to danger. Good luck!
Jon D
Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 1:52:39 AM
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Hello.

Oh yes we did quite a bit on that occasion. She was definitely not suffering from that kind of depression, she actually started living with me down there, it wasn't a one night stand. It was pretty much a 24/7 netflix-and-chill session lol. We had a lot of fun for a while. It took maybe a month or two before I started seeing signs. She would occasionally just start crying out of nowhere, then screaming. At first I was like whatever. It got real crazy though, like some nights I swear I heard some kind of dual-voice coming from her when she went into a rage, like some kind of exorcism shit it was pretty wild. I got kinda freaked out at that point. But at this point I'm in too deep she's basically living with me. I couldn't just be like "oh hey.. you have to get out of here", I'd probably wake up dead lol. In the end, I found a way out.

I guess the moral of the story is I should have taken the sign. It's as if somehow I knew how the events would unfold in the end. Maybe it was the universe warning me, or somehow it was me warning myself by "disabling" myself when we had first met that weekend at the beach house. But, in the end one positive is that I will indeed take these signs more seriously now.

and P.S. you never really know how someone is until you start living with them. I am real careful about this stuff, she was just better at hiding it than I was detecting it.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 6:13:30 AM
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Jon D, so sorry I wasn't aware of the full picture, my bad!...……..but, this is just so terribly, terribly sad. I believe your ex-girlfriend may be suffering from undiagnosed Schizophrenia, the dual-voices are a clue. There is nothing anyone can do until she comes to the notice of State Authorities due to some misadventure. Since you are not next of kin and you were not actually physically harmed there is little to nothing you can do too.

All the 'signs' were there, as you say, possibly a warning to you: "If you play with fire, you can get burned and you can get burned really badly." Unfortunately, a chemical imbalance knows no logic.

You are OK, thank goodness, but really the poor girl ought to be pitied. There is no way on God's green earth that you can hide this behaviour without it surfacing at some point, so I can only hope that some clued-up family member notices the signs and helps this poor girl seek out appropriate treatment and support, either, before she self-harms or causes serious bodily injury to someone else.

Life can be a bitch sometimes. :-(
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