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How to recognize a sign from God

NGC 7293, The Helix Nebula, a planetary nebula...

Helix Nebula, NGC 7293 or “The Eye of God” by NASA & ESA via Wikipedia

By Vanessa Codorniu (0riginally posted 9/30/2011)

‘We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.’― Anaïs Nin

Recently I was asked by Soul Kisses TV for my input on this question:

I always wonder how people interpret signs from God. How do you know? It’s a hard thing to describe. What do you think?-Cocoa Popps, NYC

As Iyanla Vanzant said this weekend at the recent Hay House conference ‘It all begins in the mind.’ How people interpret signs from God, a look from a stranger or even street signs on any given street, begins in each and every individual’s own mind. Therefore, before we can look at how we may interpret signs from God, we have to look at ourselves more closely.

These core beliefs that create the way we see the world are learned from our families, culture and personal experience. The key here is that they are learned and can be unlearned when they don’t serve our highest and most fabulous good.

Ask yourself: How do I see the world? What do I believe about life? Do I believe in love? Do I believe that it’s supposed to hurt? What defines success for me? What is my belief and relationship to God? The way we define anything has an impact on how we define everything. Our beliefs color our lens and our thoughts, feelings, reactions and experience will become self-fulfilling prophecies.

Do you think that you exist in a fundamentally benevolent world? Or do you believe deep in your heart that it’s a cruel, dog-eat-dog existence? Is your version of God loving and kind? Or punishing?

What we believe…is inevitably what we perceive. This will affect how we define, experience and react what we may call signs from God. For example if the world is a frightening place were there is not enough for everyone a pink slip from a job can seem to be the end of the world. It can make someone wonder/believe they if they were betrayed by a co-worker, an employer, or even God.

Another person, trusting in the Universe’s benevolence might be surprised at first, even worried and then decide that its God’s way of saying, ‘Your time here is done. Take some time off and explore options that may make you happier.’

If your worldview includes that the world will end in 2012, every earthquake, all political unrest and each piece of disturbing nightly news feeds into your belief as ‘signs’ that the world is ending. If you believe that God is kind and this Universe is benevolent you may very well notice greater kindness in the Universe, more people meditating, an overall increased spiritual awareness in the world that may be signs to you that our Earthly existence is going thru a consciousness shift rather than a ‘physical end.’

For example, I believe that I am a child of God and that the Universe is conspiring towards my outrageous success! So when it’s time for me to leave a situation, or someone calls me with an opportunity, I see it as a sign and explore it! It doesn’t mean that its not scary but I trust the Universe and while it may not look exactly the way I thought it would…my signs lead me to greater peace and joy.

How to receive and understand a sign from God:

1. Breathe deeply: Take several deep breaths. Allow yourself to truly breathe. So often we do not let ourselves breathe deeply because we fear feeling our feelings.

2. Feel however you feel: Allow yourself in this moment to just feel however you feel as you breathe deeply.

3. Allow yourself to be present: Close your eyes. Gently allow yourself to be present and release attachments to the past and worries of the future. Bring your full attention into the present moment.

4. Pray: One of my favorite prayers, ‘Dear God/Goddess/Ganesha/Great Spirit: help me to believe the truth about myself – no matter how beautiful it is!’– M. Wiederehr

5. Ask for answers: Most religions and spiritual paths express the idea, ‘Ask & you shall receive.’ One possible prayer to ask for guidance: ‘Dear God/Goddess/Great Spirit: please help me see, know, understand, and act on your signs as inspiration for my highest good.’

6. Trust: Know that as you quiet your mind, connect to yourself and open to your divine connection, that the prayers and asking has reached its sacred mark.

7. Pay attention: Watch, listen, breathe and allow yourself to be still. Is what you are sensing as a sign of God bringing you to greater peace? Is it filling you with hope? Is it unsettling in the moment because it asks that you release or let go of something that you want to hold on to? Imagine that you are brave enough to go through the changes… do you see the light at the end of the tunnel? Remember that in order to bring in what you are wanting, whether true love, great friends, new clothes or a successful career…we must be ready to let go of what no longer serves us. Not because it is ‘bad,’ simply because it has served you as well as it could and now as you are evolving, as well as the relationships, jobs and experiences that you are having.

8. Be open: Signs from the Divine come in emails, a stranger on the bus, random occurrences that are really synchronistic answers to your prayers, a dream, a commercial, a song on the elevator, Oprah, a chance meeting, an unseen break-up, your mom’s advice, your best friend’s jokes, re-runs, an inner feeling or sense, knowing things without knowing how you ‘know.’ Basically, we are in communication with God…all the time, whether we are open or not. When we are open we feel supported and connected to something greater. When we are closed, we feel disconnected, lost and sometimes abandoned.

Remember: if you don’t like the way things feel in your world…you can always change your mind!

About the Author

Vanessa Codorniu, CHt, RM is a transformation facilitator, intuition coach, Reiki Master, writer and Latina urban priestess. She is a…



Attention Spiritually Sensitive People and Empaths: 9 Things You Must do to Feel Better

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Author: Mystic Twins

An empath is a highly sensitive person who can feel the emotional and physical states of people around them. This, of course, can be problematic for the individual while walking through crowds or being around people who are in a negative state of mind.

They also have the ability, if they set aside any bias or emotional attachment, to sense truth and the motives of others.

Unfortunately, there are many people who are highly empathic and don’t realize it. They struggle daily with not only their emotions, but those of everyone around them. Some attempt self-medication with alcohol or drugs, or are prescribed drugs, that compound the issue, by doctors who don’t understand the problem.

Thankfully, if you’re an empath, there are other ways to deal with it. Below are things we’ve learned, as empaths, that we must do if we want to feel good on a daily basis.

1) Diet is key. You must be careful about how you fuel your body. Sugar and junk food will affect how you feel more so than other people, so it’s best to avoid it as much as possible. Also, go easy on fruit sugar and make sure you are getting enough quality protein (not non- fermented, processed soy).

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2) Regular exercise makes everyone feel better, and it’s especially important for empaths. You don’t need to go to a gym to exercise, of course, and a crowded gym might not be the best place for you.

3) Make sure to schedule alone time to recharge; reading or walks in nature are two good ways. Regular solitude is a healing balm to the spiritually sensitive.

4) Be careful of who you allow in your inner circle. Don’t try to save toxic people.

5) Meditate daily to clear your mind and calm your energy. There are many ways to meditate. For beginners, we recommend just sitting quietly with your eyes closed, and focusing exclusively on your breathing, a mantra, or counting from one to 500.

6) Burn white sage or use other energy clearing and protection methods to keep your space energetically clean. We’ve written other articles about helpful psychic protection tricks. The more you use them, and the more faith and confidence you have in your ability to use them, the more effective they will be.

7) Know that you always have access to spiritual help and protection from the other side. We call upon Arch Angel Michael for clearing and protection often, and there’s no such thing as asking for too much help of him, or other helpful guides and beings of the Light, or God.

8) When you are feeling down, anxious, or otherwise negative, stop, breath, and ask yourself, “Are these feelings from me or someone else?” even if you are alone, you may be picking up other people’s thoughts or energy from many miles away. You have the option to reject outside, negative energy and the right to feel good. Stand your ground and refuse to take on the energy of others. Sometimes you just have to not care.


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9) Finally, you need to be aware of the information we’ve shared previously about spirit attachment and possession, which can be more of a problem for empaths. A weakened energy state, due to various reasons such as excess drinking, drugs, or stress, can inadvertently invite toxic energy in the form of stray souls, entities, or even demonic energy, which can greatly interfere with all areas of your life.

It isn’t easy maintaining a balanced state of mind as an empath but following these tips will help you feel better. You’ll also have more energy to use your empathic ability in positive ways, such as being able to understand others’ perspectives acutely well, and offering guidance when appropriate.

Copyright © Stephen Petullo, Scott Petullo

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Scott Petullo and Stephen Petullo help people make the most of their spirituality. The free Direct Your Destiny e-book can help you get on the right path with time-tested, invaluable spiritual tips, methods, and insights. Includes 13 Spiritual and New Age Myths and 11 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Psychic.

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How Life Spawned My Interest In Mind Body Spirit Medicine

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By Roger Gietzen

When I refer to Mind Body Spirit medicine, I mean that a healthy intellect and body come about spontaneously, when one maintains balance in their life by holding a state of metaphysical well being. Lately, I have found myself experiencing this state of well being more often and for longer time periods. To achieve this, I have had to press my bounds holistically (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually). I have had to make many inner and outer changes. How I made those changes, are not the issue of this post, but counselling can be found at my Mind Body Spirit Clinic and by studying the instructions published in the ebook Spiritual Treasures – Final Edition.

The Psyche: I first developed a pursuit in the intellect, growing up with my sister . She has Down’s Syndrome, as well as Autism. Her verbal communication accomplishments were and are very narrowed, needing our whole family unit to learn to adapt. This challenge was intense. She had significant needs, just like everyone else, but was not capable to meet those needs herself, or tell us what they were. As a family unit, we first thought the main problem to figure out was ‘how to change her, so that she could serve in modern society’. Later we realised that the more valuable challenge was ‘how to change ourselves so that we can discern her needs intuitively’. Looking back at this, I can joke now. Looking back, I can also see that my incapacity to verbally intercommunicate with my sister, excavated a strong wonder in me about how the human intellect worked. What was she thinking? Why did she behave so erratically? What were her living experiences like? No one was able to answer such inquiries to my satisfaction. Those hanging unanswered questions about the psyche, lit a hunt in me that lead me to have a special interest in biopsychology in college, psychological science in medical training and now to Mind Body Spirit medicine as a doc.

The Body : My unsatiable desire to learn about the body was undoubtedly prompted by my father’s line of work. He was a medical doctor. As a young child, I can remember my mother retrieving me children’s books that showed what was inside the body and how it worked. With affectionate rememberings, I can recollect my father taking me to work on Sundays after church. I could see how happy it made him to help his patients find wellness. His love of his business spoke for itself. He oftentimes worked 10-12 hour weekdays, and was available for his patients nearly 24/7. When I asked him what I should be when I grew up, I was surprised to discover him say, a teacher or a clergyman. Ultimately his footsteps talked louder then his words and invigorated me to conquer every obstruction that stood up between me and a calling as a medical doctor.

The Spirit : As a youngster, my first large tastes of metaphysical well being came from absorbing time in nature. I was blessed enough to grow up in a village that presented me freedom to investigate, even at a immature age. My dwelling was a short distance from fields, pools and forests. I would drop hrs, often alone, researching these natural environments. I loved finding toads frog, chipmunks, mice, serpents, bugs and birdies. I loved the fresh air and the many smells of nature. I loved experiencing the sunlight on my skin. I loved coming home with a tired body, but a quenched soul at the end of the day. Those childhood experiences were a blessing. I was adorned with the wiseness of how it feels to have a still intellect, a unwound body and a beaming soul. As I got older and took on the growing obligations of my age, I always knew to return to nature to be refreshed.

When I completed my medical preparation, I made the error of taking on more duties then I could handle. I fell for the normally maintained belief, that the more secular material I had (social rank, money, property, belongings, holidays, etc) the happier I would be. Back then, I could not see that the more I had, the more I was responsible. And with the more worldly things I was responsible, the less freedom I had. It was not until I had achieved all my major secular ends, that I understood my fault. I was neck deep in debt. My relationships with others had taken a back seat and naturally those relationships ached. They were dysfunctional and in a state of desperation. I was amply traped in my self-created messiness. Although, as with any error, once I saw how I was responsible this messiness, it set about an intense flame in me. I was ripe for change and felt an vivid and unexpected metaphysical experience on Christmas Eve. Now that I have securely selected to dedicate my living to Metaphysical ends, first and foremost, that flame is burning down all that stands between me and a constant state of metaphysical well being. That flame is facilitating change. At times it can be difficult to describe the state of well being that is showing up, but when it beams vivid, it speaks for itself. It is discernible in the intense peace it produces within me. It is also observable in how it profoundly touches those who are open for it. That metaphysical well being has safely guided me from being a medical based MD, to a physician of Mind Body Spirit medicine .

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Roger Gietzen is a medical doctor who was raised by a loving family, in a small town, graced with freedom at a young age to learn useful work and explore nature. Later in life, after an intense and unexpected spiritual experience, Roger immediately saw the shortcomings of modern medicine. He now strives to fill in the gaps of modern medicine, with insights gleaned from his spiritual path of God Union in his mind body spirit clinic.

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The journey had begun

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During the Khareef (Monsoon) the mountains around Salalah and Al-Ghaydah are rainsoaked and shrouded in fog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Meena Suresh

A few years back, I was walking with my little niece along Salalah’s beautiful, lush green countryside during its monsoon season. The landscape was breathtakingly fascinating. At one moment, I was lost in the scenic beauty of the place and time stood still. All of a sudden, my niece tugged at my dress and gave words to my thoughts…’Who could have painted such a beautiful landscape..? If God, then how must God be ? Can I see him one day ?’

From a distance a musical band had just started a performance as we could hear the sweet music which seemed to fill my very being. ‘Wow..Now I realize that music is food for our soul..’ quipped my niece. ‘ which part of our body is our soul ..?’..she was quiet after that…the lilting music had put her in a state of wonder.

For a few days after this visit, I could just close my eyes and visualize the sight and hear the music.. which really transported me to a state of bliss.

I thought of the questions posed by my niece. She had a lot more coming up on different occasions. From highly philosophical ones such as ‘Where do feelings come from ?’, ‘Why does a person die?’, ‘Does he not exist anymore after he dies..?’ to  questioning simple facts such as ‘Why is the mango yellow and the grape green in colour ?, ‘Why does a dog only bark ..can’t it make other sounds or talk?.’

None of these, I could answer. I also realized that a child (my niece in this case) instinctively moves on to the next question, either  not expecting any answer from the adult or coming from a space of wonder than really asking a question.

However, this set me thinking. As children, we do ask and wonder about the various fascinating gifts this world has on display for us, but as we grow older we just take everything for granted and are caught up with our small and selfish ambitions and desires…  I felt I should look for at least some answers to the innumerable mysteries of this world.

Thus began my spiritual quest…..!!!

These days, the first source of information that comes to one’s mind, when researching a topic is the internet. I started browsing the internet for the works of scientists exploring the mysteries of the universe, philosophers works on the essence of things and spiritual truths expounded by saints.

As I started growing in wisdom, I realized that listening to music and praying to God, gives one a sense of expansion. To me, this meant that I was essentially something beyond just my physical body….possibly the ‘soul’ which transcended the boundaries of death. This understanding takes away the fear of death also.

I also realized that charity and selfless service to society, as propounded by all religions, gives one a further sense of expansion and awareness. These actions have to be performed regularly, to experience their beneficial effects. As one grows in these, one slowly starts realizing a oneness with the rest of creation… taking away the fear of physical limitations.

With the regular practice of selfless service, prayer, listening to soulful music and also singing from the heart, one’s intellect is sharpened and the consciousness expands. The mind becomes calm, free from worries, cravings, anger and associated stress.

Such a peaceful and calm mind, carries in itself the answers to all the mysteries of the universe….One who is able to be in this state at all times is a perfect being ….I feel this is the beautiful truth of life..of existence.

For me, the journey had begun…..

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Meena Suresh, an information technology professional and a management consultant, is a free lance author. Her range of interests vary from technology, management practices to life, history  and spirituality.


Mistified – Upcoming indie film about the Maori, self discovery and the beyond


Courtesy: is happy to post Part 1 of a recent interview about the upcoming indie film called Mistified, a story about the Maori living in New Zealand.

Kathy Wilson, producer of the film, has spent much time among the tribes and has dived full-heartedly into making this project a success, not just for them, but for what they stand for; their relations to the earth and spirituality.

Are you excited about getting this campaign off the ground?

I am very excited about getting our Indiegogo campaign off the ground. It is our opportunity to start creating our community, to let people know about our project, and to create the initial funding needed to move the project forward.

Is this film only for the spiritually educated?

Not at all; it is a universal story. I believe we are all spiritually educated, yet some of us might not have learned how to listen to the part of us, the inner guidance, that speaks to us, whether we listen or not.

You seem to be dedicated to this project. How is this different from your past endeavors?

I am a very persistent person when it comes to seeing something through. In my corporate and business life, I have accomplished things I would have never deemed possible.  Although I have questioned my sanity on many occasions in regards to this undertaking, there is something within me that just won’t let it go. At times it seems if I were to listen to the experts and statistics, common sense would say “turn and run.” Yet, for whatever reason, logic is not what is driving this project. I’m not quite sure what it is, but I do know one thing: I will see it through to the end.

What can we learn from watching the film?

How life takes us on unexpected journeys that we could never have predicted. Whether you believe there is a guiding force in your life or not, each road you take can have a purpose for preparing you for the next fork in the road. That sometimes embracing the unknown and having a willingness to go down the rabbit hole just might result an experience beyond your wildest dreams. Life sometimes takes great leaps of faith. Those that learn how to take those leaps, start to find their way through the maze. The trick is not to get stuck in always having to know. Sometimes the power is in not knowing and being open to all possibilities.

How can we be a part of the Mistified community?

We would love for you to go to our website at and join our community. Our blog will keep you updated on our progress. Please also check out our Indiegogo campaign which is running from Nov. 13th until the middle of Jan. 2014.  We have some amazing “Perks” and all donations are tax deductible.

» Go to Part 2 of the interview.


The New Age and Remote Viewing

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Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind

—Albert Einstein

A TV documentary host, talking about the New Age, once said that we can experience God when we’re inwardly quiet. People want to feel the spirit, he said, something that creeds and hymns can’t deliver.1


Many say that a desire for genuine religious experience has given birth to the New Age. But others say the New Age is just a marketing term, like “Alternative Rock” or “Hip Hop” music.

From browsing around bookstores it seems that the New Age is sometimes more about opportunism and profit making than caring for souls. Are some New Age writers trying to serve God and money? Is this possible?

Myself, I don’t think so. Avaristic New Agers who opt for gold over love often seem to imply that morality is a relativistic concept or mere illusion—at least, it’s an illusion until someone or something threatens their financial security. And then suddenly life’s many details become all too real.

The unabashed love of fame and fortune can destroy relationships, families and marriages, which is all quite heart-wrenching. But this isn’t my idea.

No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth (Luke 16:13).

By the same token, not everyone in the New Age is a hypocrite or scam artist. And the New Age isn’t merely a marketing term. Most New Agers, themselves, say they’re seeking a fresh approach to spirituality. They see traditional religions as too political and ritualistic. Old teachings and liturgies seem outmoded and irrelevant, like a dry empty shell.2

Another way to look at the New Age is to ask: What, in fact, is new about it?

History suggests an ongoing battle between orthodox and unorthodox approaches to God. The early Christian Fathers, for instance, denounced Gnostics with a calculated array of damning letters.3 In medieval times, so-called witches and heretics were cruelly tortured and often burnt alive by Protestants and Catholics alike.4

At the outset of the 20th-century, the American philosopher William James in The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902) outlined several spiritual movements remarkably similar to today’s New Age.

…for the sake of having a brief designation, I will give [it] the title of the ‘Mind-Cure movement.’ There are various sects of this ‘New Thought,’ to use another of the names by which it calls itself.5

Mystics, shamans, wizards and psychics have been around for centuries. In the Old Testament and further back to the Indian Veda, both holy-persons and evil wizards have exhibited gifts of the spirit and paranormal powers. And it’s still debated in the 21st century as to which wonder workers were evil and which were benevolent.

Moral questions aside, Sir J. G. Frazier’s The Golden Bough (1922) provides overwhelming evidence that spiritual, magical and occult beliefs are as ancient and diverse as mankind.

One thing that differentiates the New Age from its precursors is mass-marketing. For the first time in history large volumes of spiritually related goods and services are globally distributed. Snake oils and elixirs have been around for centuries. But today, esoteric products and services are no longer the rare phenomena of circuses, fairs and backroom apothecaries. The New Age is big business.


Often embracing the marketing dimension, contemporary psi researchers are also trying to hybridize spirituality and science. A good example is found in the area of remote viewing (RV), which is concerned with scientific verification.

Building on Freudian and Jungian beliefs about an inner-outer continuum, Allan Combs and Mark Holland say remote viewers (RVers) see inwardly. But RVers are not just analyzing the contents of the personal self, as a depth psychologist would. Instead, RVers claim to inwardly perceive external events occurring beyond the conventional limits of perception. Accordingly, physicist Russell Targ says RV involves “nonlocal consciousness.”

Because RVers claim to perceive past, present and possible future events, this new area of psi research could have great potential. RVers could, for instance, assist law enforcement agencies in locating missing persons. Or they might help to uncover dangerous criminals, hostile spies and reprobates who profit on the misery of others—e.g. child prostitution ring leaders.6

When successfully RVing an external target, RVers speak of “hits.” But RV also involves its fair share of “misses,” where viewers just get it wrong. Researcher Dale Graff calls this margin of error “white noise.” To minimize white noise, RVers run carefully controlled experiments. Funnily enough, Russell Targ says experimental results for RV were more successful when his team didn’t place too much emphasis on the commercial aspect of his research. When the research environment was not relaxed and enjoyable, results were less positive.

After our nine successes, we then were not successful the following year, and we feel that greed interfered with it…So our view was also not exactly spiritual. I think we lost that single-pointed focus of attention that is crucial, and we began to focus more on the money than on the fun and excitement of doing new research in parapsychology (ESP, Clairvoyance and Remote Perception).

Many New Age enthusiasts make a distinction between the gnostic knower (who is supposedly highly aware) and the traditionally religious person (who apparently just goes through the motions of ancient ritual without experiencing any true spirituality). But this is a spurious claim. The alleged black and white difference between gnostics and churchgoers is just another misguided myth perpetuated by those unaware of the subtler, mystical aspects of ritual and liturgical practice.

Along these lines, the Catholic theologian Bernard Lonergan says that spiritual insights must be combined with a thorough investigation of sensory data.7 Lonergan advocates the mutual support of religious knowledge and scientific observation. There’s much room for mysticism and science in this approach. And the alleged gap between RV and the spiritual “gifts” of traditional religion isn’t nearly as great as many seem to suggest.


1. In contrast, Catholics often say they feel deep spiritual peace upon entering a church, a peace that carries on through their daily lives. Likewise, countless Christian mystics say their spiritual lives are integrated within – not outside – the Church. And many Christians say the Eucharist is far more than a mere symbol or communal event. For them it embodies and conveys ultimate spiritual meaning and love.

2. The influence of Rudolf Steiner is a good example.

3. The Protestant theologian Paul Tillich believes the development of dogma was a necessary phase in the formation of the Christian Church. For Tillich, dogma defined the “in-group/out-group” boundaries necessary for a self-contained religious organization. Dogma also guarded against “in-group” misinterpretations. See Paul Tillich, A History of Christian Thought: From Its Judaic and Hellenistic Origins to Existentialism (ed. Carl E. Braaten). New York: Touchstone, 1968, pp. xxxvi-xlii.

4. Suspected young daughters of so-called witches were also tested by Inquisitors who used the most inane and, ironically, superstitious methods—all with academic and legal backing. See Jean Bodin, On the Demon-Mania of Witches, trans. Randy A. Scott, Toronto: Victoria University, University of Toronto, 1995.

5. William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience. Penguin, 1985, p. 94.

6. Anthony C. LoBaido at says the CIA have been using RVers for intelligence gathering. LoBaido also claims that the FBI has used remote viewing for the same purpose.

7. Bernard J. F. Lonergan, S. J. Insight: A Study of Human Understanding. New York: Philosophical Library, 1968, p. 412. See also Note 1, above.

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Review – Jung on Synchronicity and the Paranormal

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Title: Jung on Synchronicity and the Paranormal
Author: Roderick Main
Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Princeton University Press (177 pp. with index)
Date: 1997

Book reviews are usually about new publications, whereas Dr. Roderick Main’s Jung on Synchronicity and the Paranormal has been available for well over a decade. But considering this book’s unusual subject matter it might be appropriate that we’re looking back, so to speak.

After all, Jung says that the individuation process, where one becomes healthy and whole, is a lifelong journey. And at some point in one’s spiritual formation unconventional phenomena like synchronicity and numinosity can crop up, suggesting not just a linear but a holistic or, as Hermann Hesse put it in his novel Siddhartha, an upwardly spiraling universe of space, time and human experience.

Put differently, our take on life can sometimes defy a common understanding of things, and contemplation of the future, the past and, perhaps, heaven and hell can come to the forefront of consciousness. It’s at these times that the paranormal may become more than idle speculation and, indeed, a lived reality.

Jung on Synchronicity and the Paranormal contains a good number of selections from Jung’s massive body of work. Considering the book’s relatively concise format, it does a good job in capturing the scope of Jung’s thinking in the area parapsychology.

I’ve already spent many years studying and writing about Jung’s Collected Works, so I found Main’s Introduction (39 pp. with 5 extra pages of notes and references) most engaging. Not to say that I’m entirely bored of Jung, but it was nice to see some fresh new thoughts.

Of note are Main’s reflections on:

  • Causality and acausality
  • Jung’s understanding of the term “meaning”
  • Jung’s alleged leaps of reasoning
  • Jung’s view of time and eternity
  • Jung’s small-p political acumen

Also useful are selections from Jung’s work about telepathy and life after death.

Jung on Synchronicity might not satisfy those looking for the goofy and conflicted “everything’s okay” perspective, so often found in the New Age circuit. Nor is the book a mere repackaging of Jung’s work or another limiting tract of Jungian dogma. On the contrary, Jung on Synchronicity is an intelligent, forward-thinking book that further develops several paranormal ideas investigated by Jung.

As Jung himself writes:

The hypothetical possibility that the psyche touches on a form of existence outside space and time presents a scientific question-mark that merits serious consideration for a long time to come.†

Main has responded well to Jung’s challenge. Indeed, scholars and intelligent laypersons should gain much from this penetrating study.

† C. G. Jung, “The Soul and Death” (1934), cited in Main, p. 144.



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