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The Dark Side of Humanity’s Subconscious is now Externalized: The Covid-19 Synchronicity


Wet Market in AsiaSource: Wikimedia

Synchronicity usually involves a surprising similarity between ideas in the mind and objects in the social or physical surroundings. This similarity can reveal aspects of the self that are hidden from conscious awareness.

Covid-19 reflects the worst in our human psyche. Insidious and destructive, it promotes only its own survival and propagation. Its damaging effects on human society and human bodies are irrelevant to its purpose. These characteristics parallel the human effects on the natural world. Both the virus and humans  are like parasites destroying their host.

How the virus got here

The virus probably rode into the crowded wet market in Wuhan, China on wild animals where it found fertile hosts. (For photos of the wet market in Wuhan click here)   Until now, the wild animals and the virus had lived together without human contact in remote geographical areas. Destroyed habitats create ideal environments for corona-viruses to emerge.  Perhaps the virus came from bats on sale at the Wuhan wet market or from genetic combinations of viruses from dead and weakened livestock there. The mix of dead, wild and slaughtered animals created this threat.

The virus and the human psyche

And a similar threat has been growing inside the human psyche. The destruction of our own habitat by the perceived need for economic growth has set humanity on a suicidal course.  Recognizing the dangers to humankind lurking our subconscious can begin the resolution of this conflict between unchecked domination of nature and the eradication of humanity.


Buried in most human minds is the memory of our social origins on this planet. We were hunter-gathers in groups of approximately 25. For survival we were intimately dependent on each other and were sensitively tuned to the natural world. The virus is tapping our need to reignite these ancient capacities.

Coincidences often show our intimate interconnections with other people. One example is simulpathity, knowing the pain of a loved one at a distance. Books on coincidences are filled with other examples of the many surprising inter-human connections. (see Rawlette for a rich collection of these stories )

Stories about human-plant and human-wild animal coincidences are being increasingly reported. See Zylstra for many examples. 

Earth and us

Animals, plants, trees and us. That’s what we have here on this green earth. We can behave as if we recognize our interdependence on this our one and only planet. Or we can ignore the message of Covid-19. If we do then we will blithely continue on the road to the destruction of our habitat and ultimately of ourselves.

The pandemic is forcing the ever expanding economic engines of the world to slow down. The people of the world are stopping to think about our future.  China and Vietnam are prohibiting wild animal markets. Rather than slaughtering wild animals, let’s learn with them. There’s so much to consider. Humanity is at a critical choice point. Let’s bravely envision a new world.

The Manic Psychiatrist’s Experience of Synchronicity: A brilliant psychiatrist becomes flooded with coincidences.

Altered states of consciousness like meditation, psychedelics and mania are often associated with an increase in coincidences. James Williford is a psychiatrist, who at age 23, began to experience manic episodes. Coupled with his high intelligence and theoretical understanding, he provides a unique perspective on synchronicity.

During his first episode, he wanted to listen to some rock music and “for some reason” picked Synchronicity by the Police. This is an example of human GPS—getting where you need to be without knowing how.

He was astounded to find that the lyrics correlated with the thoughts going through his mind. He looked at the jacket notes and found that Carl Jung, who wrote extensively about synchronicity, had influenced the lyrics. Jim then became a student of synchronicity, deeply gratified that he was not alone in these experiences.

Through repeated manic episodes he observed that the volume of the patterns entering his awareness and the frequency of the coincidences between those patterns and his surroundings were directly proportional to the intensity of his mania. The more intense the mania, the more synchronicities. In the depressed states, his mind was devoid of patterns.

He learned that deep in our unconscious are progenitors—general patterns waiting to create specific patterns tuned to our current environment. These progenitors include personal patterns which Jung called complexes and archetypes which are more universal. These progenitors match archetypes and complexes to current personal needs. An intention, for example, activates specific patterns suited for the current situation.

During the manic episodes, he used his mind’s eye to look at the past, present and future. Like a video with occasional sound, he could be telepathic, clairvoyant and predict the future. One day he needed a comb and saw, in his mind’s eye, a yellow comb in the drawer of a desk in an office he had not been in. He walked down the hall, pulled open a drawer and found the yellow comb he had seen in his mind’s eye.

He realized that he had entered the collective mind and began exploring how it operated through the unconscious. He had involuntarily become a psychonaut.

To listen to Jim describe his experiences and understandings, please click here.