There Are No Accidents: Synchronicity and the Stories of Our Lives

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Riverhead Books, Jul 1, 1998 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 260 pages
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In this inspiring book, Robert H. Hopcke, a Jungian psychotherapist, explores the role of synchronicity in our love life and our work life, in our waking life and our dream life, in our everyday life and our dream life, in our everyday life and our spiritual life. Through interviews with people whose lives have been changed by some unexpected chance encounter, he presents us with a rich array of true synchronistic stories: a woman is set up on a blind date with the same man, years apart, on two different coasts; a singer's career changes direction when she walks into the wrong audition; just when he is feeling particularly alone, a man runs into a college friend at a remote outpost on an island in the South Pacific. Not only does Hopcke present these stories to us, he shows us how, by looking at our lives as coherent narratives, with synchronistic experiences the turning points in the plot, we can use the synchronicities we experience to lead our lives more meaningfully.

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Synchronistic events, like meaningful symbols, help us to make the unconscious conscious. Hopcke, the director of the Center for Symbolic Studies, illustrates how religion and Jungian psychology ... Read full review


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Robert H. Hopcke is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist and the director of the Center for Symbolic Studies, a center for training in psychoanalytic and Jungian-oriented psychotherapy. He has led workshops all over the country, and lives in Berkeley, California.

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