In these lectures/seminars we focus on those constellations of events (dreams, meetings, accidents, coincidences, sudden illuminations) in which our subjective experience and an outer event mirror each other in a significant way, even though there is no obvious causal connection. C.G. Jung called these events ‘synchronicities‘, or ‘acausal coincidences’, and saw in them the mark of an intimate connection between matter and psyche. For years he entertained a profound correspondence about this idea with the Nobel prize winning physicist Wolfgang Pauli. They both believed that physics and psychology represented partial views of reality and that the science of mind and that of matter could go beyond their limitations only by discovering a common ground beyond the distinction of mind and matter. Pauli saw this as “a resurrection of spirit in the world of matter”.
synchronicity: C.G. Jung described synchronicity as “a concept which formulates a point of view diametrically opposed to that of causality… 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) state of the observer or observers.”
See, e.g., Marie-Louise von Franz, On Divination and Synchronicity: The Psychology of Meaningful Chance, Inner City Books, Toronto, 1980, ISBN 0-919123-02-3
and F. David Peat, Synchronicity: The Bridge Between Matter and Mind, Bantam Doubleday Dell Publications, 1987, ISBN 0-553-34676-8