The highway’s made for gamblers, better use your sense
Take what you have gathered from coincidence . . .
Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home
Jung’s concept of synchronicity represents one of the most successful efforts of the twentieth century to create a bridge across the chasm between inner and outer, self and world, psyche and cosmos. The concept has been widely embraced in popular culture, with synchronicities playing no small role in the way many individuals make sense of their lives.
Powerful synchronicities tend to emerge at major threshold moments such as births, deaths, and crises of personal transformation. In the face of the disenchanted modern world view, the search for a ground of purpose and meaning that transcends human subjectivity has become an urgent spiritual priority.
For many today, synchronicities are directly relevant to this search. Such inexplicably precise coincidences can be experienced as numinously transformative, as provocative signs that such deeper structures of meaning and purpose do exist. They seem to suggest that our individual lives and even the cosmos itself may be patterned by archetypal principles that reflect the subtle workings of a pervasive intelligence.
Richard Tarnas is a professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He also lectures on archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, and is on the Board of Governors of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view widely used as a text in universities, and Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, which received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network.
Date: Thursday April 9th
Saltair Room, U of U.
200 Central Campus Dr; Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Cost: Donations welcome