Whenever we’re on Coast to Coast, host George Noory seems to find an overall theme that defines the show. For our latest appearance on February 7, the theme came in the form of a question: what’s the source of synchronicity?
It’s one of those questions that has different answers, depending on your cultural, spiritual, and ethnic background as well as your beliefs about the way life works. Some of us believe synchronicity has a divine source. The book God Winks explores this in depth. Richard Tarnas, in his brilliant book Cosmos and Psyche, seems to lean toward the power of the unconscious to mold reality. Deirdre Bair, in her biography, Jung, doesn’t conclude; she reports. In the law of attraction, synchronicity is what you attract according to your beliefs thoughts, emotions.
Quantum physics might provide one possible answer through the work of David Bohm. He theorized that our external reality – the explicate order – is the result of an unfolding from the implicate or enfolded order, that births everything in the universe, even space and time. In this construct, then, synchronicity exists at the border between the two, so it’s our most accessible path to knowledge and insight.
But Noory always came back to his central question: where does it come from? Who or what orchestrates events that often involve incredible odds?
Over the years, Rob and I have debated this question, argued about it, come up with various explanations, none of which really suffice. And maybe that’s the point. Maybe the source of synchronicity is ultimately unknowable. If you’re a religious type, then it’s God, winking at you, signaling all systems go. If you’re not religious, maybe the quantum idea fits. Or the power of the psyche, emotions, beliefs.
But perhaps the truth is that reality is much different than what we’ve been taught. Maybe we really do live in a kind of matrix of illusion, where consensus reality stifles self-expression, so we become the deniers, the skeptics, the naysayers. That route is easier, less encumbered, we don’t have to think about stuff. No dots to connect.
But this approach falls short, too.
“Maybe synchronicity is the umbrella for paranormal events that occur spontaneously.” Rob said at one point after the show. “In that scenario, remote-viewing wouldn’t fall under the synchronicity umbrella because it’s controlled, consciously directed.” But if that’s true, why does divination in the Jungian scheme of things, fall under synchronicity? Every divination system, from the tarot to tea leaves to astrology and the I Ching, is a consciously directed activity where you ask a question and the system you’re using provides an answer.
In the end, we’re back at ground zero. Where does synchronicity come from? We would love to hear your thoughts!