'Just a coincidence?': many connections
Published in MapleLine Magazine: Feb.3, 2010
by Mary P. Brooke
You are not alone. Just about everyone has at sometime said, “I wish I had followed my hunch,” or “I saw the clues but (alas), I didn’t pay attention.”
A cosmic process of information so vast that it verily defies comprehension is working its magic in the lives of individuals, families, communities, nations and indeed the entire planet. Social thinkers such as Carl Jung have attempted to grasp it with terms such as ‘synchronicity’, a concept many today toss around in conversation. Others call this process the cosmic mind or the will of God – things happening in ways that seem ‘orchestrated’ beyond our insight or control.
Whatever that phenomenon is called, each of us can recall an instance where the convergence of two events or a degree of enlightenment within a situation was just too instantly remarkable to be ignored. In the simplest view, some will say a situation is “just an accident”. Some will say “it’s just a coincidence”. Only just a coincidence? How fabulous it feels to experience a coincidence, as defined within the word itself – two events that have coincided. By intention, perhaps? Intention of a person’s higher mind or another mind?
Coincidences are ripe with clues. Intuition consultant Laura Day opens her thesis in her 1997 book Practical Intuition with the premise that everything, and she stresses, everything, has meaning. Her readers should go no further into her pages unless they accept that premise, she writes. Just because we cannot see the meaning of a remarkable event does not negate the presence of meaning. Once we step outside our own ego and personal boundaries we can accept, if not actually see, the meaning for ourselves (or for another) in things that happen in our lives. Yes, it seems that sometimes things happen to one person to the benefit of another, and it can appear to be a random process. Perhaps it is random, but it does appear to be a process.
A book to explore the phenomenon of coincidence is in the works by Dick Zandee, a retiree living in Sooke. He is taking an analytical approach to the subject and through his website at www.whatacoincidence.org has been seeking input from various thinkers and writers for their views on coincidence as well as stories from individuals who have experienced unique or memorable coincidences. About 150 anecdotes have been submitted so far. Zandee says his book will aim to explore a fuller, more interesting way of life by opening new horizons of awareness. Book sale proceeds will be given to BC Children’s Hospital (Editor's Note: the hospital is not endorsing the book, but will accept the donation funds).
For many of the things we cannot today explain about life, in time there will be scientific explanations. For other things which appear to still defy explanation, perhaps the answer is with us already – that there is a higher or more complex meaning for which everyday-things occur. MM
Mary P. Brooke (who has written about cosmic subjects for over 20 years) is working on her book about coincidence and the power of intention. For publication in 2011.
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This article was published on page 32 in the print edition of MapleLine Magazine (Winter-Spring 2010 issue / Feb-Apr.2010).