There is something profound about synchronicities that I hadn’t seen before.
Those of you who know me know that my writing started in response to years of massive synchronicity deluge starting in 9th grade. These writings, my synchronicity diaries, still exist as WordStar documents on 5.25-inch floppies. Over the years, as sufferings accumulated, I lost touch with synchronicities and then, when I was arrested, I decided the the unity behind appearances was either an evil god like Yahveh or non-existent.
But now I’m wondering if my post-traumatic pessimism is healthy.
Phase One: The Age of Magick
The first brush with the idea and experience of synchronicity? Exhilarating. The universe is a personal friend of yours—it knows you and is responsive to your inner meaning-making. The thinking that is performed by the self—its fantasies, concerns, pining, hopes—these also come from without as signals. Inner meaning pops up outside in signs. The words or numbers relevant to the inner show up immediately or soon outside. The message:
Yes, the outer has a voice and an impulse to signal.
I, the outer, am aware of you.
Your meanings are important enough for me to have arranged this here signaling.
The universe is aware of you and, more surprisingly, likes you well enough to signal you.
Phase Two: The Age of Sex
Well … maybe it never happened. I was just selectively noticing effects.
Phase Three: The Age of Trauma
Phase Four: The Age of Play and Fear
Phase Five: The Age of Acknowledging Death
Synchronicity (if valid) says that the whole realm of outer beings has, beneath it, something unifying.
Maybe this: The idea of synchronicity adds something to the Aristotelian-Leibnizian insight that perdurance can only rest on striving, on subjective appetition. A similar idea: Malebranche’s idea that everything would pop out of existence if God were not perpetually re-producing is. The idea is that existence is not only dependent on something prior, but dependent on something surpassing momentary physical being. For us, whose faces are smashed into the time-stream, empirical truth holds only in the wafer-thin island of Now. But when we reflect, and consider the one space, the perdurance of substances, that all change follows one law, and that all experience is contained in one time, we see that underneath the boundless space and time is some one thing. The underlying unifying must be active—to be in time and perduring means that inner essence is a striving, tendency, appetition.
I think that it is obvious that primitive forces can be nothing but the internal strivings [tendentia] of simple substances, strivings by means of which they pass from perception to perception in accordance with a certain law of their nature, and at the same time harmonize with one another, representing the same phenomena of the universe in different ways, something that must necessarily arise from a common cause. (G II 275/AG 181)
What synchronicity adds to this basic idea is that the underlying transcending-and-combining has the unity not only of substance, continuous change, space-time homogeneity (applied arithmetic), space-space homogeneity (applied geometry), and law—but also mind.
Religious belief is theory of mind applied to all of nature. And the best evidence for attributing mental states to X is its exhibition of behaviors that we know exemplify those states. Communication (through symbols) is the direct one. All behaviors are movements, and no movement is sufficient evidence of intelligent awareness—but speech comes close. Synchronicity is divine speech—the only divine speech apart from the direct Abraham/Oral Roberts kind that no one has ever actually had.