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Theos-World Re: Synchronicity pre C.G.Jung.

Feb 05, 2002 04:06 PM
by redrosarian

--- In theos-talk@y..., "bri_mue" <bri_mue@y...> wrote:
> The oriental mind conceives of time as circular, Jung's
> Synchronicity however, makes the statement that somehow the two
> things that are alike coincide or those bearing a resemblance
> belong to the same archetype.

Do you frequently make it a habit of assuming what the author meant? 
I was referring to

Out of Jung's own mouth, see :

"...This assumption involves a certain curious principle that I have 
termed synchronicity,[2] a concept that formulates a point of view 
diametrically opposed to that of causality. Since the latter is a 
merely statistical truth and not absolute, it is a sort of working 
hypothesis of how events evolve one out of another, whereas 
synchronicity takes the coincidence of events in space and time as 
meaning something more than mere chance, namely, a peculiar 
interdependence of objective events among themselves as well as with 
the subjective (psychic) states of the observer or observers."

"The ancient Chinese mind contemplates the cosmos in a way comparable 
to that of the modern physicist, who cannot deny that his model of 
the world is a decidedly psychophysical structure. The microphysical 
event includes the observer just as much as the reality underlying 
the I Ching comprises subjective, i.e., psychic conditions in the 
totality of the momentary situation. Just as causality describes the 
sequence of events, so synchronicity to the Chinese mind deals with 
the coincidence of events. The causal point of view tells us a 
dramatic story about how D came into existence: it took its origin 
from C, which existed before D, and C in its turn had a father, B, 
etc. The synchronistic view on the other hand tries to produce an 
equally meaningful picture of coincidence. How does it happen that 
A', B', C', D', etc., appear all in the same moment and in the same 
place? It happens in the first place because the physical events A' 
and B' are of the same quality as the psychic events C' and D', and 
further because all are the exponents of one and the same momentary 
situation. The situation is assumed to represent a legible or 
understandable picture..."


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