Monday, October 03, 2016

Why Does Synchronicity Happen?

Synchronicity is a concept, first explained by psychiatrist Carl Jung, which holds that events are "meaningful coincidences" if they occur with no causal relationship, yet seem to be meaningfully related. -- Wikipedia
That word came to mind recently when reading the wonderful book Bach- Music in the Castle of Heaven by John Eliot Gardiner. He referred to the three musicians born in 1685 as The Class of '85.
In 1685, within a period of eight months, three master composers were born: Scarlatti, Handel and Bach. Although each was extremely influential, they worked in very different ways because of the contrasting demands of their surroundings. --NPR
Three other amazing composers were born around the same time, Gardiner reports. The French composer, Jean-Philippe Rameau was born in 1683 and Johann Mattheson and Georg Philipp Telemann, were born in 1681. In other words, the extended Class of '85 produced, in a four year period six remarkable, significant, and in many ways music-changing individuals.

Synchronicity: Meaningful coincidences.

Why? What happened in that time frame that brought about the start of some incredible musical changes by six men born within the same small window of time?

Coincidence? Sure, I can accept that. It doesn't have to be in any way related. Things happen. Kind of like enough monkeys "typing" on enough computer keyboards (had to update the image) could produce the works of Shakespeare. Except I am not sure that is reality. When things fall into "lucky" place like that, one does wonder why at that point in time and in that place those things happen.

I remember thinking of that about the rise of the major religions of the world as they have become in a relatively small time frame over the turn of the "eras" B.C. (B.C.E) and A.D. (C.E). It has made me wonder what was happening in the Western Hemisphere native peoples at the same time in the development of their religious life? If we could dig deeply enough, a "coincidence" would not surprise me.

Synchronicity: Meaningful coincidences.

I could cite others that I have considered but none of that would answer the question about why do coincidences like that happen? Perhaps even more broadly, why do coincidences happen in every day lives? Yes, many of them are false constructs, I realize. Correlation does not equal causation or even connection for that matter. The connection is in OUR minds and point-of-view; there is no actual connection in most instances.

And yet....

As I was pondering this question while reading Gardiner's book a thought did come to me. It comes out of the reading I have been doing on Quantum physics and waves and resonating frequencies. It is based on the thought that I had in an earlier post on The Physics of the Universe. At that time I wrote that the universe, creation and all of us...
...are energy vibrating, perhaps at our own unique wavelengths. Who knows but that we are finely tuned instruments who respond at our quantum level to the music and vibrations, the energy and pulsing rhythm always surrounding us.
I got this image of wavelengths of sound and energy flowing through the universe or, less grandly, in the vibration of lives and events around the world. As these vibrations propagate from life and the stuff of which this world is made, they interact with each other. They are like the waves from a pebble tossed into a lake interacting with waves from other pebbles, the wake from a passing motor boat, or the moving water kicked up by a fish's fin. It is basic physics that these waves move together or against each other.
In physics, interference is a phenomenon in which two waves superpose to form a resultant wave of greater, lower, or the same amplitude.

Like in this picture of waves in water.

At times these waves can produce interesting patterns. Sometimes they come together at points that bring about significant movement or other events.

So, as I pondered the Class of 1685 and the coincidence of time and place I wondered
What if these synchronistic events are a time and place where some of these waves, vibrations, overtones, and resonance come together in a unique way? In so doing they allow for things that have never happened before and in various places, the nodes of these interactions become the sits of coincidence.
Synchronicity: Meaningful coincidences.

Synchronicity: Resonance created by the constructive interference of vibrations and waves of events, people, and even quantum level overtones resulting in similar events that don't appear to have any causal connection, yet seem to be meaningful related.

Just thinking out loud.

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