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 'syncronicity' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchronicity 

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 no logical (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? 

 

 

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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. :)
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Very interesting Jimmy, thanks for the comment.

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.     

 

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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 space. Whew!
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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 fully?

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"...how does one attempt to do that more fully?"

I honestly don't know. However, there's a little voice inside me that's saying, "start by knowing and understanding yourself more fully."
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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... 

 

 

 

 

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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.
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Right - you turn around and there our ME, our ego is..   and I think that both Don and Jimmy are running out of room.  :) 

'Know thyself' - must refer to knowing the limitations of ME, at the least.

 

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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 attunement.

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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..

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I wonder if we were wiser with a much longer vision and a knowledge of karma  if we might experience this synchronicity much more often given that Law is playing out every moment?

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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 simply novel.  

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.

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Permalink Reply by Gerry Kiffe on January 17, 2013 at 11:25am
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Don and Peter;  Can you give us examples of what you mean here?

Permalink Reply by Don Petros on January 17, 2013 at 12:00pm
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Gerry,

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 fate!

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.

Permalink Reply by Gerry Kiffe on January 31, 2013 at 12:11am
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Where did you read or hear that Elvis was a student of the SD.  I find that hard to believe.  Einstein was, rumor has it, but not Elvis to my knowledge.  Sounds like an internet prank to me.

Permalink Reply by Don Petros on January 17, 2013 at 1:31pm
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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 event itself.

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?  

 

       

Permalink Reply by Don Petros on January 31, 2013 at 8:47am
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Gerry,

I agree - Elvis and Theosophy - sounds like it came from some dark hole in the internet.  The source of the Elvis comment came from The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky by Sylvia Cranston. 

 

 

 

Permalink Reply by Jeffrey Smart on February 10, 2013 at 6:42am
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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......