Yesterday, there occurred two sets of coincidences that
grabbed my attention; one in the morning and one in the
afternoon. Each coincidence involved the occurrance of
two 'events' (each were actually some thoughts about
theosophy) which on the surface seemed to me unrelated. I
believe we could refer to this sort of thing as
I think we all experience this phenomenon from time to time.
I have experienced this before, but never twice in one day
(!). Personally, I find these kinds of experiences
very encouraging, as they help to point out the order of our
universe. They allow one to see that seemingly
unrelated events are connected, even though there is nological(in
the ordinary definition) reason for them to be. I'm
glad they happen.
This kind of thing may be old hat to most here, but for me,
it was pretty neat. What do you think?
I love those synchronistic happenings! I used to keep a
daily synchronistic happenings log. That really helped to
establish in my mind the reality of universal intelligence.
I don't keep the log anymore. Now, when it happens, I just
give it a knowing nod and smile. I can share a neat
happening that occurred last week. I was dreaming that a
woman was telling me about a Qabalah course, and at that
moment my iPhone alarm clock went off. I grabbed the phone
and turned the alarm off and noticed I had one new message
in my email folder. The subject line of the email read
"Qabalah Course", and the time-stamp put the email arriving
just minutes before I woke up. The email was an
advertisement about a Qabalah study course that I had
inquired about OVER SIX MONTHS AGO! However, I never
received a reply and completely forgot about it. :)
Could it be that what we refer to as 'synchronistic events'
are actually happening to each of us and everywhere always?
I think this is so. If so, I wonder why the
synchronistic event stands out in our minds at all? That we
notice the event is likely due to the obvious nature of it
(after all - they're sometimes so obvious). If these
events are happening every moment, and if we're only able
to recognize the obvious times when they occur, then why is
it that we cannot observe this so-called synchronicity all
the time? For me, that is a question.
Well here's my theory about that: the entire manifested
existence is a whole, and as such, every part is necessarily
"synchronized" with every other part. It's a complete
system, an ordered and harmonious cosmos. "We", as tiny
specks within this whole, experience this world from a very
narrow and limited perspective. We view the world from the
relative, and not the Absolute. In order to comprehend the
unified Matrix, one would have to become the Matrix itself.
So synchronistic events are really just momentary glimpses
of this unity, which becomes present to our awareness when
two or more objects or events with similar or shared
contextual content occur in close proximity in time and
I agree that we’re synchronized with this whole – whether we
know it or not. Sometimes we know it when we
experience it (synchronicity or other such experiences), but
more often it seems we don’t (I speak for myself).
You say, that “in order to comprehend the unified Matrix,
one would have to become the Matrix.’’ That sounds right,
but I’d be grateful to simply understand it more often and
better to the extent that a human can. Short of a
full comprehension (‘becoming the Matrix’) of this whole
which I suppose is impossible for a human, I think we can
understand it a lot better, and I’d like to gain a better
understanding of it (That) than these occasional ‘tip of the
iceberg’ glimpses or random experiences. I’d like to
understand it constantly.
And so, if this ‘orderly’ universe, ‘That’, or whatever idea
we choose to express this whole, is always in a constant
state of meaningful interrelations though we can’t always
perceive them, and if we want to gain a greater ability to
know and to understand, how does one attempt to do that more
Right. We hear the reminder - 'know thyself', and we
go with that. It sounds right, noble, ageless... But
perhaps, like me, you see that when one tries to know
oneself, one usually go towards 'Me'. I know I do. When
I go into this 'knowing myself', I find a big, lovely box
full of ideas, events, observations all related to myself.
It's endlessly fascinating.. looking at myself and my ideas,
and well..me. I was thinking along these lines this
morning, and realizing how sticky and smelly this business
of 'self analysis' is...
What you're describing is exactly where I'm at in this whole
self-analysis business. When I go within to see what's
there, it all ME. Thoughts, feelings, memories, body and so
on - it all revolves around ME and is ME. I totally get it.
During the past week however, I've tried a different
approach. I'm entertaining the notion that this thing called
Jimmy might just be some sort of mental construct. I'm
asking the question, "what if I'm not me?". Something
amazing is starting to happen. I'm having moments where I'm
able to mentally stand aside and view ME from another
position. And what's happening is that this ME is starting
to look like some artificial project or process that's
pasted upon some unknown background. This naturally leads to
the question, "what is this background or space upon and in
which ME is taking place?" In other words, it seems that
there must be something more fundamental that this whole
"Jimmy project" is based upon. I'm not sure where this is
going to lead; it could in fact be a bridge to nowhere. But
so far it's been a really interesting inquiry.
I think "self-analysis" has certain merits, like, one
becomes familiar with one’s motives and reactions and, in
doing so, one understands others better. But, it takes one
only so far because the student is focusing only on one
facet of the self – the personality ego. The injunction
"know thyself" encompasses all the selves, which, to use the
table Peter provided, includes the lower personality self,
the Higher Ego, the Spiritual Ego and the Higher Self.
The challenge lies in how does one know one’s higher Self
when one is not in touch with it consciously. Different
schools prescribe different methods and a student is drawn
to a particular way depending on one’s temperament and
karma. Undoubtedly, there are commonalities between various
approaches. Purification of the lower self, some called it
character building, is a pre-requisite in many teachings for
one cannot be receptive to the higher Self or the higher
vibration till one can resonate on the same plane. In
essence, the process of purification is the accretion of
devic essence into one’s being and the ridding of the coarse
materials in one’s character.
Through this refinement, (as mentioned in Theosophy, the law
of sympathy that like attracts like), one starts to resonate
with the finer forces in Nature and becomes attune to one’s
higher Self. In order for the student to know the SELF, one
has to become the SELF. “Saith the Great Law: — "In order to
become the KNOWER of ALL SELF (9) thou hast first of SELF to
be the knower." It is same idea that in order to tread the
path, one has to be willing to relinquish everything and
become the path. “Thou canst not travel on the Path before
thou hast become that Path itself.” The Voice of Silence
also gives many hints to the disciples of this process of
Thanks barbaram, and your comments sounds right to me.
Knowing oneself is about knowing the high, the low, and all
the other aspects of what we are. That makes sense.
You mention refinement, attuning, relinquishing, resonating,
and discipline as the way recommended to us for moving from
the self to the SELF. That makes sense too.
When one senses that they have 'run out of room', so to
speak - when their ego, the ME, feels like it's outgrown
it's enclosure, then it moves by necessity outwards.
It wants out of it's box, and craves something more refined
and in harmony with the world. That's what we do, and
I guess each has their particular and unique (as determined
by karma) way out.
We're fortunate to have some of these works such as The
Voice of the Silence. They indeed help the traveler
find their way out and up..
Don Petros, I don't know whether this will fit in with your
experience of synchronicity - for me, synchronous events are
accompanied by a numinous quality; they are more than just
coincidences, which may or may not be interesting, just
Synchronous events often embody something meaningful that
touches us and stirs us, and we feel that such an event has
an importance even though we might not know (yet) what that
importance is. It's as if something deeper in us
has been awakened or... that something 'deeper' has touched
us through a seemingly everyday life event... or both.
Here's a funny/tragic example. The other day, I was reading about
the history of Theosophy and in it the author provided names of various
well-known personalities, Ghandi, Einstein, Joyce, and.... Elvis Presley
(!) ,of all people. Reportedly, Elvis read the SD and
various other theosophical books and was very much taken by it all.
It was said that he admonished some of his friends and family for
'overindulging' in pleasures; an odd thing to hear given Elvis' personal
After reading about this, I was thinking it over on my way home while
listening to the radio. I was thinking what how ironic it is that
we, like Elvis, are attracted by the polarity of life - sometimes
towards the material, sometimes toward the spiritual. Sometimes we
have these pulls in an extreme way (ie. Elvis).
No sooner was I thinking about Elvis's demons and the irony of his
interest in theosophy, than did a voice on the radio announce 'Today is
Elvis's birthday. In observance of the day, we thought we'd share with
our listeners some of Elvis's favorite recipes. His favorite
recipe - peanut butter & banana sandwhich deep fried in bacon fat'...
and the story went on about some of Elvis' other culinary vices.. both
funny and tragic.
I think, perhaps as you do too, that these synchronistic events come to
our attention may say more about the quality of our attention than the
Synchronicity may simply be the the condition of the universe working in
concert - something continuous but to us not always apparent.
We notice when the event is obvious to us. To someone such as an
Adept, they would likely notice this at all times. When we notice,
we place extaordinary significance to the event.
Do you suppose that these events come to us in order to bring our
attention to something significant and deeper, or could it simply be
that when our minds are keen and more attentive, these events jump
out as being noticably interelated?
I agree - Elvis and Theosophy - sounds like it came from some dark hole
in the internet. The source of the Elvis comment came fromThe
Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatskyby
Synchronicity is a fascinating phenomenom and very cool expeience!!!
It seesm t me that when we are most alert and moving in the right
direction synchronicity is more likely to occur, everything falls into
place s to speak. Sometimes this may even lead to a moment of
enlightenment or insight. I sometimes find myself in situations
that I know for certain that I had a dream about sometimes months in
advance. This of course begs the questions, "what are dreams" and,
"is time real or simply an illusion since what I am currently living I
seem to have experienced in a dream". Very cool stuff......