Synchronicity: C. G. Jung, Psychoanalysis, and Religion

Synchronicity: C. G. Jung, Psychoanalysis, and Religion

Synchronicity: C. G. Jung, Psychoanalysis, and Religion

Synchronicity: C. G. Jung, Psychoanalysis, and Religion

Synopsis

Synchronistic events can be explained fully in naturalistic terms. They comprise an instance of the "uncanny" as they return the individual subjectively to a period when the world, as the good parent, was sympathetically attuned to the individual's wishes and requirements. Jung invoked the spiritual, or the supernatural, or the paranormal to explain synchronicity rather than exploring the early stages of human existence.

Excerpt

We can understand synchronicity in two basic senses, one "soft," one "hard." Soft synchronicity is simply making a connection between an event and one's existence. I am disposed to phone my ex-wife from whom I have been estranged for several years. the estrangement feels increasingly burdensome and unnatural. One evening as I am dwelling intensively on the issue I duck into a movie. It involves an estranged couple who discover their way toward an amicable, forgiving reconciliation and whose lives are deeply enriched by the emotional breakthrough. I ponder the concurrence of my inward preoccupations and the external event. the book that follows is not concerned with soft synchronicity because soft synchronicity is perfectly straightforward. If one is acute, sensitive, intelligent, on the lookout for insights into life and the world, including his own life and his own world, one will be dealing with soft synchronicity on a regular basis in keeping with the motto E.M. Forster placed at the inception of his novel, Howards End: only connect. Hard synchronicity is another matter entirely. It derives from the work of C.G. Jung; it raises the discussion to lofty religious and philosophic heights; and it contends the following: remarkable coincidences are not necessarily fortuitous or accidental. the universe, in fact, may be disposed to engender hard synchronicities because the universe has a formal or integrative bent which corresponds to, or "touches," the human being's formal or integrative bent. Not only are psyche and matter in contact, they are in meaningful contact, the kind that produces revelations. Hard synchronicity is my focus in this book.

Much of my discussion, as it turns out, swirls around an actual--and now notorious--synchronistic event that occurred in Jung's consulting . . .

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