Revelations of Chance: Synchronicity As Spiritual Experience

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SUNY Press - Psychology - 284 pages
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In this fascinating book, Roderick Main examines meaningful coincidence or what Swiss psychiatrist C. G. Jung called synchronicity. Moving beyond Jung’s psychological theory, he explores the plausibility and value of viewing synchronicity as a form of spiritual experience and clarifies connections between the phenomenon and a range of traditional spiritual concepts, including numinosity, miraculousness, transformation, unity, transcendence and immanence, providence, and revelation. Through the detailed analysis of two remarkable series of synchronistic events, Main illustrates and further develops these connections. He also includes an examination of the alleged synchronistic basis of the ancient Chinese Oracle of Change, the I Ching.
 

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Contents

1 INTRODUCTION
1
2 SYNCHRONICITY AND SPIRIT
11
3 THE SPIRITUAL DIMENSION OF SPONTANEOUS SYNCHRONICITIES
39
THE BIRTH OF ATHENA
63
5 MULTIPLE SYNCHRONICITIES OF ACHESS GRANDMASTER
81
6 THE SELFREVELATION OFSYNCHRONICITY AS SPIRITA MODERN GRAIL STORY
113
7 SYNCHRONICITY AND SPIRITIN THE I CHING
141
NOTES
189
REFERENCES
233
INDEX
247
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Roderick Main is Lecturer in Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom and the author of The Rupture of Time: Synchronicity and Jung’s Critique of Modern Western Culture.

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