Synchronicity Parking Lot

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 14, 2010

PG found a post by a blogger called oldereyes. ( PG has depended on glasses since third grade. The idea that his eyes might get less efficient is scary.) The story is about a senior citizen, who asks G-d to help him find parking spaces. The author thought this was silly, but decided to try it on the way home. He let a driver onto a busy road, and the stranger pointed out an empty parking spot. The commentary was:

Now, do I routinely charge into busy mall parking lots, ask G-d for help … and get a parking place? No. Do I believe that G-d follows me around, waiting to be a Cosmic Parking Lot Attendant at my behest? No. But I do believe that G-d sometimes aligns events … such as an elderly man in need of a parking place and an exhausted shopper on the way home … to help out. I call that synchronicity. Larry taught me something about the way life … and G-d … work. I don’t always get what I ask for but if I don’t open myself to the possibility of help, I may miss the very synchronicity that G-d sends my way.

PG has seen gnarly religion. He has also seen synchronicity. Carl Jung coined the phrase to describe meaningful coincidences. Mr. Jung also said “Religion is a defense against the experience of G-d.”

The moonies used to teach that G-d is the difference between a human being, and six dollars worth of chemicals. Some say  G-d is the whirlwind, that creates a jet engine out of a junkyard. In the process from the big bang to Lady Gaga, there have been many parts of the puzzle that fell into place, as though an unseen hand was guiding them. Is it synchronicity, is it G-d, the sum of the parts, or all of the above? PG does not know.

The page of quotes on synchronicity has more nuggets. (The color breaks were every three lines. The last section is purple.) The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it Intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why. Albert Einstein … Coincidences are
spiritual puns. G.K. Chesterton … Chance favors the prepared mind. Louis Pasteur … There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.Friedrich Schiller … Did blind chance know that there was light and what was its refraction, and fit the eyes of all creatures after the most curious manner to make use of it? These and other suchlike considerations, always have, and always will prevail with mankind, to believe that there is a Being who made all things, who has all things in his power, and who is therefore to be feared. Isaac Newton … And some quotes by the man himself, Carl G. Jung (1875 – 1961): Synchronicity reveals the meaningful connections between the subjective and objective world … Synchronistic events provide an immediate religious experience as a direct encounter with the compensatory patterning of events in nature as a whole, both inwardly and outwardly … The connection between cause and effect turns out to be only statistically valid and only relatively true. … I define synchronicity as a psychically conditioned relativity of time and space … By far the greatest number of spontaneous synchronistic phenomena that I have had occasion to observe and analyze can easily be shown to have a direct connection with an archetype … Synchronicity means a ‘meaningful coincidence’ of outer and inner events that are not themselves causally connected. The emphasis lies on the word ‘meaningful’… The characteristic feature of … synchronistic occurrences is meaningful coincidence, and as such I have defined the synchronistic principle. This principle suggests that there is an inter-connection or unity of causally unrelated events, and thus postulates a unitary aspect of being which can very well be described as the ‘unus mundus’ [one world]… Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves…Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble…As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being…The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed … It all depends on how we look at things, and not on how they are themselves…In studying the history of the human mind one is impressed again and again by the fact that the growth of the mind is the widening of the range of consciousness, and that each step forward has been a most painful and laborious achievement. One could almost say that nothing is more hateful to man than to give up even a particle of his unconsciousness. Ask those who have tried to introduce a new idea!..All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination?..There can be no transforming of darkness into light and of apathy into movement without emotion…I could not say I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something that people call G-d…The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong…Religion is a defense against the experience of G-d…C. G. Jung
A video embedded with this tale is by The Police. PG was in the Omni audience. The show was filmed for television, and the house lights kept up to film crowd shots. To ensure a fuller house, tickets behind the stage were sold for five dollars. PG was not nearly hip enough to cop tickets to a popular band like The Police, but he could show up with five dollars. PG got a great view of the drummer, and saw bits of the Sting spectacle. A lady in the next row was seen reading a newspaper, while the band played “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da”. (PG went to youtube to find the correct title of the second tune. While there, he found a video of the band on Japanese TV.)

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  1. Michael said, on December 14, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Only since 3rd grade? I needed them since FIRST!

  2. Cat Furniture Part Two « Chamblee54 said, on January 25, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    […] go, and the author used the phrase “glacier of automobiles”. One night in 1983, PG was driving to the omni to see the police. He was driving a 1970 Plymouth Satellite, painted gold, just like Dekalb county drove in the early […]

  3. […] PG does not know. The page of quotes on synchronicity has more nuggets. When producing the 2011 repost of this feature, an effort was made to create a document that is easier to read. The mind does not […]

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