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EP 219, Ken James: Tarot, Psychological Change & Synchronicity

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Psychotherapy through synchronicity? Yes! Both within and beyond of the therapeutic relationship, meaningful coincidences accelerate change.

The mystery and usefulness of the “domesticated” coincidences of Tarot cards become another way to accelerate change. Tarot cards also hold up a mirror of the present, perhaps by visually capturing the movement of time through our space.

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Kenneth James, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. James received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and a Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago. He has served on the faculties of several universities and has also been an administrator. Ken has led workshops around the world on the relationship between divination and synchronicity, and on the use of the Tarot to explore the unconscious. The synthesis of Jungian thought, clinical practice, and the numinous has been a strong motif throughout his career. Learn more at http://soulworkcenter.org/.

Our host Dr. Bernard Beitman is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences. He is Founding Director of The Coincidence Project. His book, and his Psychology Today blog, are both titled Connecting with Coincidence. He has developed the first valid and reliable scale to measure coincidence sensitivity, and has written and edited coincidence articles for Psychiatric Annals. He is a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He attended Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at Stanford. Dr. Beitman has received two national awards for his psychotherapy training program and is internationally known for his research into the relationship between chest pain and panic disorder. Learn more at https://coincider.com.

EP218, Denise Thompson-Slaughter: Coming Out of the Coincidence Closet

Midwife to the dying? Precognitive Denise accompanies her relatives as they die. She also seems to be able to predict future catastrophes. Explanations include the elasticity of time and interpersonal vibrational attunement.

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We would love to hear from you as well! If you have a coincidence story to share, please leave it in the comments below, and we will respond.

Our guest Denise Thompson-Slaughter is a writer and retired academic editor living in the Rochester, NY area. She has been curious about the nature of reality and the limits of the current materialistic scientific paradigms since she was 6 years old and experienced something no one could explain. Additional un-explanable experiences led her finally to research and write about them in her new book, Explaining the Coincidence Closet: Exploring the Inexplicable. Denise has a degree in English from Rutgers University and is also the author of a mystery novella and three books of poetry. Learn more at https://www.denisethompson-slaughter.com.

Our host Dr. Bernard Beitman is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences. He is Founding Director of The Coincidence Project. His book, and his Psychology Today blog, are both titled Connecting with Coincidence. He has developed the first valid and reliable scale to measure coincidence sensitivity, and has written and edited coincidence articles for Psychiatric Annals. He is a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He attended Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at Stanford. Dr. Beitman has received two national awards for his psychotherapy training program and is internationally known for his research into the relationship between chest pain and panic disorder. Learn more at https://coincider.com.

EP217, Wendy Ross & Juliet Trail: Serendipity vs. Synchronicity

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Serendipity emerges when someone notices something unexpected AND the person acts to create usefulness. Creative people rely on the synchronicities that emerge during states of flow.

Coincidences include both serendipity and synchronicity types of phenomena. In this episode, we explore the differences between these concepts with our two guests who, respectively, work with the Serendipity Society and The Coincidence Project.

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Our guest Wendy Ross is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at London Metropolitan University (LMU). She is co-chair of the Serendipity Society and vice-president of the Possibility Studies Network. She is broadly interested in how our thinking is scaffolded by the objects around us and, moreover, is visible in the movement of those objects in the world. In this way, veiled cognition becomes visible. Wendy is coordinator of the Serendipity, Creativity & Innovation Lab based at LMU. Learn more at https://www.sci-lab.org/

Our guest, Juliet Trail, PhD, is Managing Director of The Coincidence Project which is dedicated to advancing the use and understanding of coincidence, synchronicity, serendipity, and simulpathity. She is founder of Courageous Compassion Connection, an initiative dedicated to teaching contemplative practices to aid healing for all peoples and all beings. She is also a poet and singer who performs with the band Unheard Sirens Inc.

Our host Dr. Bernard Beitman is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences. He is Founding Director of The Coincidence Project. His book, and his Psychology Today blog, are both titled Connecting with Coincidence. He has developed the first valid and reliable scale to measure coincidence sensitivity, and has written and edited coincidence articles for Psychiatric Annals. He is a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He attended Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at Stanford. Dr. Beitman has received two national awards for his psychotherapy training program and is internationally known for his research into the relationship between chest pain and panic disorder. Learn more at https://coincider.com.

EP216, Christian Busch: Serendipity Mindset

Serendipity places great emphasis on personal agency. You make happy accidents happen! Christian Busch, a world expert on serendipity, tells us how.

In this episode, our guest talks about his motivation for studying the science of serendipity and his insights into how to cultivate more serendipity in your own life. We also discuss the difference between ‘blind’ luck and smart luck — and how this relates to coincidence and synchronicity.

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We would love to hear from you as well! If you have a serendipity or coincidence story to share, please leave it in the comments below, and we will respond.

Our guest Dr. Christian Busch directs the CGA Global Economy Program at New York University, and also teaches at the London School of Economics. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Expert Forum, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and among the “30 thinkers most likely to shape the future” (Thinkers50). Christian’s bestselling book, The Serendipity Mindset, has been highlighted as a “wise, exciting, and life-changing book” by Arianna Huffington. Learn more at https://theserendipitymindset.com.

Our host Dr. Bernard Beitman is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences. He is Founding Director of The Coincidence Project. His book, and his Psychology Today blog, are both titled Connecting with Coincidence. He has developed the first valid and reliable scale to measure coincidence sensitivity, and has written and edited coincidence articles for Psychiatric Annals. He is a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He attended Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at Stanford. Dr. Beitman has received two national awards for his psychotherapy training program and is internationally known for his research into the relationship between chest pain and panic disorder. Learn more at https://coincider.com.

EP215, Pninit Russo-Netzer: Midwife to the Soul through Synchronicity

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Meet a woman who uses synchronicity to help people find meaning in life! She encourages people to enter into the magic moments of existence, to connect to the dazzling web of life — inspiring awe, curiosity and  gratitude.   

In this episode, Pninit Russo-Netzer shares the inspiration for and progress of her research into synchronicity, including details on next steps for the field and practical advice based on her findings.   

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Our guest Pninit Russo-Netzer, Ph.D. is a senior lecturer and the head of the Education Department at Achva Academic College, and a researcher  at the University of Haifa, Israel. Her main research and practice interests focus on meaning in life, positive psychology, existential  psychology, spirituality, positive change and growth. Dr. Russo-Netzer is the head of the ‘Compass’ Institute for the Study and Application of  Meaning in Life, and the founding head of the Academic Training PrograM for Logotherapy (meaning-oriented psychotherapy) at Tel-Aviv University. She develops training and intervention programs and publishes scholarly  journal articles and books on these topics. Learn more at https://www.pninitrn.com/about-en  

Our host Dr. Bernard Beitman is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences. He is Founding Director of The Coincidence Project. His book, and his Psychology Today blog, are both titled Connecting with Coincidence. He has developed the first valid and reliable scale to measure coincidence sensitivity, and  has written and edited coincidence articles for Psychiatric Annals. He is a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He attended Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at Stanford. Dr. Beitman has received two national awards for his psychotherapy training program and is internationally known for his  research into the relationship between chest pain and panic disorder. Learn more at https://coincider.com.

EP214, Thomas Baruzzi: Your Body Participates in Coincidences

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Your brain is constantly monitoring the states of all your internal organs–heart, lungs, liver, intestines….Your internal states participate in creating coincidences!

In this episode, we explore interoception (our own sense of the internal states and conditions inside of our body) and how this sense relates to the creation or experience of coincidences.

This episode is also available in video format on the Connecting with Coincidence YouTube channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to our channel to be notified when future episodes are posted! Also available, there are 138 archived episodes of the CCBB podcast available, HERE.

Our guest Thomas Baruzzi is a Cognitive Science undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh who is about to enter his 4th year of studies. Thomas has helped to expand the University’s Cognitive Science Society, serving as event coordinator, president and podcast coordinator. He has also helped to develop the Cognitive Science degree as a whole as program representative for 3 years. He studies 4E cognition, predictive processing, A.I., Indian philosophies of the mind, serendipity, and feminism. He organized a summer school for predictive processing (LINK), orchestrated a conference on serendipity and cognitive science (LINK) and presented at Webster University Geneva’s 3rd Creativity Week 2021 with regards to the nature of discovery.  Learn more at https://thomasbaruzzi.com.

Our host Dr. Bernard Beitman is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences. He is Founding Director of The Coincidence Project. His book, and his Psychology Today blog, are both titled Connecting with Coincidence. He has developed the first valid and reliable scale to measure coincidence sensitivity, and has written and edited coincidence articles for Psychiatric Annals. He is a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He attended Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at Stanford. Dr. Beitman has received two national awards for his psychotherapy training program and is internationally known for his research into the relationship between chest pain and panic disorder. Learn more at https://coincider.com.

EP213, Bethany Butzer: Invisible to Visible

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Coincidences alert us to the mysterious hiding in plain sight. Professor Bethany Butzer tells us that synchronicities reveal the all-pervasive consciousness.  

In this episode, our guest describes how synchronicities might serve as evidence that consciousness is more fundamental in our universe than space, time, and matter. They allow us, perhaps, to bridge the gap between the physical and the metaphysical, by momentarily experience an underlying domain of reality in which mind and matter are one. 

Connecting with Coincidence with Bernard Beitman, MD (CCBB) is now offered as both an audio podcast–anywhere that podcasts are available–and in video format on the Connecting with Coincidence YouTube channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to our channel to be notified when future episodes are posted! Also available, there are 138 archived episodes of the CCBB podcast available, HERE.

Our guest Dr. Bethany Butzer writes, teaches, and does research in the fields of positive psychology and transpersonal psychology, which emphasize the development of human strength and potential. She received her PhD in psychology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Bethany has worked in the corporate world and in academia, and she has also spent several years as an entrepreneur. From 2013 to 2015 she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School, where she studied the effects of yoga in school settings. Bethany currently lives in Prague, where she teaches and does research as a Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of New York in Prague. Bethany is also a Lecturer for the Alef Trust MSc program in Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology. Her research focuses on yoga and mindfulness for youth, as well as transpersonal topics such as synchronicity, parapsychology, and ecopsychology. She teaches undergraduate and Masters-level courses on topics such as research methods, positive psychology, consciousness, and career development. She also works as a research consultant with clients around the world. Learn more at www.bethanybutzer.com.    

Our host Dr. Bernard Beitman is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung o attempt to systematize the study of coincidences. He is Founding Director of The Coincidence Project. His book, and his Psychology Today blog, are both titled Connecting with Coincidence. He has developed the first valid and reliable scale to measure coincidence sensitivity, and has written and edited coincidence articles for Psychiatric Annals. He is a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He attended Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at Stanford. Dr. Beitman has received two national awards for his psychotherapy training program and is internationally known for his research into the relationship between chest pain and panic disorder. Learn more at https://coincider.com.

EP212, Yvonne Smith Tarnas: Destined Meetings–Synchronicity, Intentionality, & Archetypal Meaning in Psychotherapy

We mirror each other! Jungian analyst Yvonne Smith Tarnas highlights how patient and therapist, and you and your friends, reflect each other’s problems and potentials.

In this episode, we explore the role that synchronicity has played in Yvonne’s work as a psychotherapist and delve into her dissertation work, which focused on synchronicities emerging in the initial therapist-patient session.

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Our guest Yvonne Smith Tarnas, MFT, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst in private practice. She has also studied astrology since 1973. Yvonne received her doctorate at Pacifica Graduate Institute, with her dissertation titled ”Destined Meetings: Synchronicity, Intentionality, and Archetypal Meaning in the Initial Therapy Session.” Yvonne has presented her integration of psychotherapy and astrology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, the International Scientific Astrological Research Conference, the North South Jung Conference, the “Synchronicity: Matter and Psyche” Symposium in Joshua Tree, and the British Astrological Association Conference.

Our host Dr. Bernard Beitman is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences. He is Founding Director of The Coincidence Project. His book, and his Psychology Today blog, are both titled Connecting with Coincidence. He has developed the first valid and reliable scale to measure coincidence sensitivity, and has written and edited coincidence articles for Psychiatric Annals. He is a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He attended Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at Stanford. Dr. Beitman has received two national awards for his psychotherapy training program and is internationally known for his research into the relationship between chest pain and panic disorder. Learn more at https://coincider.com.

EP211, Helen Marlo: Synchronicity-Informed Psychotherapy

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Research and clinical experiences point to the usefulness of incorporating synchronicity into psychotherapy. Here’s more evidence.  

Our guest in this episode is Helen Marlo, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Psychology and Chair of the Department of Clinical Psychology at Notre Dame de Namur University. A Clinical Psychologist and Jungian Psychoanalyst, she maintains a private practice in San Mateo, CA, USA. She serves as Reviews Editor for Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche. With Co-Editor Dr. Willow Pearson, she recently published The Spiritual Psyche in Psychotherapy: Mysticism, Intersubjectivity, and Psychoanalysis. Additional publications include Synchronicity in Psychotherapy: Unconscious Communication in the Psychotherapeutic Relationship. Learn more at http://helenmarlophd.com/.

Connecting with Coincidence with Bernard Beitman, MD (CCBB) is now offered as both an audio podcast–anywhere that podcasts are  available–and in video format on the Connecting with Coincidence YouTube channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to our channel to be notified when future episodes are posted! Also available, there are 138 archived episodes of the CCBB podcast  available, HERE.   

Our host Dr. Bernard Beitman is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung  to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences. He is Founding Director of The Coincidence Project. His book, and his Psychology Today blog, are both titled Connecting with Coincidence. He has developed the  first valid and reliable scale to measure coincidence sensitivity, and has written and edited coincidence articles for Psychiatric Annals. He is a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and former chair  of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He attended Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at  Stanford. Dr. Beitman has received two national awards for his psychotherapy training program and is internationally known for his research into the relationship between chest pain and panic disorder. Learn more at https://coincider.com.

EP210, Ralph Blumenthal: Portals to UFOs

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A New York Times reporter chases coincidences to uncover fantastic stories.

In this episode, Ralph Blumenthal describes his journey from New York Times crime reporter to writing about alien abduction. He believes in the power of books to “choose their authors,” rather than seeing the process as authors always being the ones to choose what books they will write.

Ralph gives a sample story of the coincidences revealed in his work: Noted Harvard psychiatrist and alien abduction researcher John E. Mack was run down and killed by a drunk driver in London on the night of Sept. 27, 2004, days before his 75th birthday. At nearly the same time, J. Wesley Boyd, a fellow psychiatrist and protege of Mack’s at Harvard, was landing in St. Petersburg, Russia, to attend a medical conference. In a taxi from the airport, Boyd looked out of the window to see a car ram into a crossing pedestrian. Boyd saw the man’s head slam onto the sidewalk and his legs crumple under the car. Later Boyd learned that his friend John Mack had been run over and killed in London at almost the same time, and in a very similar way. He was haunted by the painful synchronicity. 

Connecting with Coincidence with Bernard Beitman, MD (CCBB) is now offered as both an audio podcast–anywhere that podcasts are available–and in video format on the Connecting with Coincidence YouTube channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to our channel to be notified when future episodes are posted! Also available, there are 138 archived episodes of the CCBB podcast available, HERE. We would love to hear from you as well! If you have a coincidence story to share, please leave it in the comments below, and we will respond. 

Our guest Ralph Blumenthal is a Distinguished Lecturer at Baruch College of the City University of New York, and was an award-winning reporter for The New York Times from 1964 to 2009. Ralph has written and co-authored seven books on organized crime and cultural history. He co-authored the recent series of groundbreaking Times articles on the secret Pentagon program to investigate UFOs. He led the Times metro team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of the 1993 truck-bombing of the World Trade Center. In 2001, Blumenthal was named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to research the progressive career and penal reforms of Warden Lewis E. Lawes, “the man who made Sing Sing sing.” The book on Warden Lawes, “Miracle at Sing Sing,” was published by St. Martin’s in June, 2004. His most recent book is “The Believer: Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack,” published March 15, 2021 by High Road Books of the University of New Mexico Press. Learn more at www.ralphblumenthal.com.

Our host Dr. Bernard Beitman is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to attempt to systematize the study of coincidences. He is Founding Director of The Coincidence Project. His book, and his Psychology Today blog, are both titled Connecting with Coincidence. He has developed the first valid and reliable scale to measure coincidence sensitivity, and has written and edited coincidence articles for Psychiatric Annals. He is a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He attended Yale Medical School and completed a psychiatric residency at Stanford. Dr. Beitman has received two national awards for his psychotherapy training program and is internationally known for his research into the relationship between chest pain and panic disorder. Learn more at https://coincider.com.