Adapted from a lecture presented at the New Millenium 2000 Convention of the University of Metaphysics and the International Metaphysical Ministry on June 14, 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada.|
Synchronicity is defined as the concept of meaningful coincidences. Dr. Carl Gustav Jung, the famed Swiss psychoanalyst, first introduced it in the early twentieth century, while performing research studies on human behavior.
The now legendary scarab beetle case is described by Jung in The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche. He wrote: "A young woman I was treating had, at a critical moment, a dream in which she was given a golden scarab. While she was telling me his dream I sat with my back to the closed window. Suddenly I heard a noise behind me, like a gentle tapping. I turned round and saw a flying insect knocking against the window-pane from outside. I opened the window and caught the creature in the air as it flew in. It was the nearest analogy to the golden scarab that one finds in our latitudes, a scarabaeid beetle, the common rose-chafer (Cetoaia urata) which contrary to its usual habits had evidently felt an urge to get into a dark room at this particular moment. I must admit that nothing like it ever happened to me before or since, and that the dream of the patient has remained unique in my experience."
Since the time of Jung"s experience, James Redfield"s book "The Celestine Prophesy" carried this principle into his theme of consciousness integration on a global scale with interfacing synchronicities drawing the protagonists in his novel toward discovery of ancient ruins and nine spiritual insights. Parallels, or analogues, are events that have transpired which display significant correspondences, rendering them counterparts of one another within the context of a greater meaning. Key relationships between dates in time, as they pertain to specific events, reveal the undeniable existence of synchronistic parallels, which have been scientifically documented as proof of this fact. These parallels may occur on a personal or on an impersonal level.
Personal parallels are significant only to those whose firsthand experience reveals their manifestation. Dates of births, marriages, and deaths within families that align with one another are examples of this type of synchronicity. I experienced this particular form of synchronistic parallel when the unsolved murder of my aunt, Mary Lou Bryan, on December 20, 1991 aligned with the unexpected passing away of my mother, Mary Royster, due to respiratory failure six years later on December 20, 1997. Mary Lou was the widow of my natural father"s brother, and my mother had been widowed by my step-father.
My birthdate is March 19, 1950 and it is marked by a synchronistic parallel. I was given the name Joseph David Bryan at birth. Sixty-nine years earlier, my paternal great-grandfather, Joseph David Bryan, died on March 19, 1881.
Then, there is the parallel of my maternal grandfather, Howard Isham, who passed away on May 1, 1965 - which was the same date my brother-in-law, Ralph Tetrault, was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest. It was not until Susan and I were married on May 1, 1986 that the parallel between my grandfather and brother-in-law was revealed.
Even my daughter, Mary Jessie Bryan, was born into a synchronistic parallel - when her entry into this life on February 10, 1987 coincided with the fifth anniversary of her maternal grandmother"s passing. Mary Jessie Tetrault had died on February 10, 1982.
A modest example of such a parallel manifesting on an impersonal level involves the specific date of June 28, 1991 and how an event that transpired on that day related directly to the one which later occurred on June 28, 1992. The first date was marked by a moderate earthquake that shook Sierra Madre, California; its epicenter being located seven miles below the earth"s surface. Exactly one year later, a temblor rocked Landers, California; followed shortly thereafter by a quake in Big Bear, California. They have been dubbed the "twin Quakes" because they were triggered on different fault lines and therefore the latter was not an aftershock of the former. The synchronicity in dates and type of event determine this to fit classification as a spontaneously generated parallel.
A more specific case involves the relationship between April 19, 1775 and April 19, 1993. The initial date was signified by the eruption of catalyctic battles at Lexington Green and Concord Bridge in Massachusetts, heralding the American Revolution and eventual birth of the United States as an independent nation. The latter one was the culmination of a 51-day standoff at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas between David Koresh"s followers and FBI agents, whereas orders were given by the attorney general to storm the building and a subsequent fire engulfed the structure killing over 80 people inside. The synchronistic connection between these two events relates to the issue of keeping and bearing arms. British troops were searching for colonial munitions stores and sought the arrest of John Hancock and Sam Adams. The Minutemen resisted and hostilities ignited. ATF agents raided the Branch Davidian property in search of illegal weapons and held arrest warrants for Koresh and other key members of the cult, who responded with gunfire thus botching the raid and initiating the FBI siege. The paralleling dates were manipulated in this case, and not spontaneous, because an executive decision was made by Janet Reno to take the Waco compound by force on April 19th, though she may not have been cognizant of this being the Lexington and Concord anniversary date. Then, the Oklahoma City federal building bombing took place two years later on the same date, April 19, 1995 - a simply horrible event.
(pointing to mounted parchment print on easel at right of podium) I have over here a copy of the United States Declaration of Independence - Dr Helen Wallace and Dr. Mitzi Pyles both made reference to it in their talks.
The most unusual example of a synchronistic parallel involves July 4, 1776 - ratification date for the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, and also July 4, 1826 - the day two key signatories of this landmark document died of natural causes in separate locations. John Adams, delegate from Massachusetts, and Thomas Jefferson, delegate from Virginia as well as author of the Declaration. Both of these men strived diligently for colonial independence from the British crown, and each served as President of the United States during its formative early years; Adams as a member of the Federalist party and Jefferson as a Democratic-Republican. In spite of being on opposite sides of the political spectrum of the times, the contributions of each during their respective administrations helped to mold this young country into the great representative democracy that it is today. Adams oversaw the nation"s capital in transition from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.; the present seat of government. Jefferson negotiated the Louisiana purchase with France and began westward expansion from the original boundaries created at the end of the Revolutionary War; prelude to the territorial thrust which would eventually stretch across the continent reaching the Pacific Coast, Alaska, and Hawaii. Though Adams and Jefferson each held very different visions for the United States of America and were thus estranged for many years, they re-established their friendship in later years. Then, by some unexplained co-incidence, on the 50th anniversary of their country"s independence, the two statesmen quietly passed away; Adams at his home in Braintree, Massachusetts and Jefferson at Monticello in Virginia.
Parallels manifest in other forms than date alignments; they can also be revealed in relationships of names and similarities in events. The Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy assassinations are associated in this way. Following their untimely deaths, both presidents were succeeded by vice-presidents with the same last name: Andrew Johnson and Lyndon B. Johnson, respectively. Each president employed a secretary with the same last name as the other president. A Kennedy was on staff in the Lincoln administration and a Lincoln was likewise in the JFK White House. Both assassins were killed before they could stand trial for their crimes. John Wilkes Booth died in a barn fire while being apprehended by the authorities and Lee Harvey Oswald was shot at close range by Jack Ruby while in custody and in front of live TV cameras. Synchronicity shown in this interface is quite remarkable. The United States of America survived four years of pain and suffering during the Civil War and under the able leadership of Abraham Lincoln averted a permanent political division into two separate countries; one representative of freedom and the other slavery. A century later, the determination of Kennedy in the face of potential thermonuclear war with the Soviet Union held firm during the Cuban Missile Crisis, as Kruschev subsequently removed the offensive weapons from such close proximity to the Florida coastline.
Scientific application of synchronistic parallels in the field of Metaphysics is possible through documentation of specific linkages and derivation of significant meanings from relationships created by them. Several personal examples plus four examples of this phenomenon on an impersonal level have been presented to indicate possible forms such parallels might exhibit. Students and professionals are encouraged to watch for any alignments of dates, names, events, places, or other striking correlation which is indicative of a synchronistic parallel, whether it is of a personal or impersonal nature. Seek clues in their structure and determine, if possible, the underlying significance of such analogues. Metaphysicians thus may increase their knowledge of the true interconnectedness of all events, threaded with universal life energy emanating from the Source who dwells within us all. As above, so below... As is, so be it... And so it is!
Author Bio :
Joseph H. Bryan-Royster received his Doctoral degree in Metaphysical Science and also a Ph.D. in Metaphysics from the University of Metaphysics. His specialization in this field is Archetypal Metaphysics, Research & Synthesis, which examines symbolic imagery emanating from higher planes of existence and how it can affect the physical manifestation of events.
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