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Synchronicity, Eruptions of Meaning: Ray Grasse, EP 240

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Right at the start of our interview, Ray Grasse’s mind mirrored my mind. This coincidence illustrates our meaning-filled lives, how outer reflects inner, and as above so below. We live in and among patterns. Take a closer look!

Ray Grasse is an author of seven books, including The Waking Dream, An Infinity of Gods, Signs of the Times, and The Sky Stretched Out Before Me. He worked on the editorial staff of the Theosophical Society from 1989 to 1999, and has been associate editor of The Mountain Astrologer magazine for over 20 years. He has studied with teachers in both the Kriya Yoga and Zen traditions. His websites are www.raygrasse.com and www.raygrassephotography.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

Fractals-The Foundation of Synchronicity: Terry Mark-Tarlow, EP 239

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The universe is composed of fractals. From the cells of the body to far away galaxies, fractals move the patterns for patterns. Branching, for example, exists in neurons, lungs, capillaries, tree roots and branches, and snowflakes. Fractals are composed of pattern repetitions across both time and space. They merge our inner world and our outer world, governing intuition. They form the foundations for synchronicities.

Our guest, Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, California. She is adjunct professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara and California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. She is author of numerous books on clinical intuition, creativity, interpersonal neurobiology, and nonlinear science. She attempts to walk her talk by illustrating all of her books, doing yoga and dancing jazz and ballet. She has co-founded and curated Mirrors of the Mind: The Psychotherapist as artist for the past 10 years as well as written the libretto for two operas that opened in New York City with ballets.
www.markstarlow.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

SynchroMirrors in Physical and Virtual Realities: Dhamindra Jeevan, EP 238

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Each of us is a piece of a fractured mirror, seeking to rebuild our universal mirror. Jee began early in life to connect patterns, seeing meaningful coincidences all around him. Using his strong visual capacities he is leading the way to tuning our powerful social media into aids to the re-integration of all living beings. He sees the potential of virtual realities to heal rather than fracture. We can choose to embrace his optimistic vision.

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 [https://www.youtube.com/c/Coinciders/…] to our channel to be notified when future episodes are posted! Also available, there are 138 archived episodes of the CCBB podcast available, HERE: https://www.spreaker.com/show/dr-bern.

Our guest Jeevan is a futurist, systemic constellations facilitator, and artist residing in Vancouver, BC. Born in Sri Lanka, raised in Calabar, Nigeria, and Montreal, Quebec, he is now living in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he is on an 11-year venture to consciously tune on technology to serve all living beings. He believes we can secure the future by creating Human11, the digital human twin He wants to create the Operating System “genie” that will empower humanity to harmonize divisiveness by connecting all the dots. Connecting our dots will help us to rise toward co-creation and co-elevation.

https://human101.club/https://www.hanuman11.com/https://human11.ai/

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Artwork: http://jeevan11.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

Do Coincidences Signal That It’s ‘Meant to Be’?

Those pesky false promise coincidences.

For many people coincidences are “all good”: If you wait long enough, you can probably find a positive outcome. In this post we look at coincidences that from the beginning seem to promise a great outcome but then yield nothing.

A prominent journalist had applied for a job. On a flight, he discovered that he was seated next to the boss of the person with whom he’d been talking about the job. What a coincidence! They had a good talk, and he thought it meant that he would get the job.

He didn’t.

Romance probably breeds the most “false promise” coincidences, especially for individuals who over-rely on coincidences as metaphysical signposts pointing to the “path” they should take. The excitement of a new romantic interest can be greatly boosted by surprising coincidences that seem to signal a profound bond—presumed signs that a relationship is “meant to be.”

In his book, When the Impossible Happens, psychiatrist Stanislav Grof wrote of a romance fueled by coincidences that burned brightly but faded quickly: Two of his friends had suggested he meet Joan Halifax, a friend of theirs, and one with whom they felt he had much in common. After several months, Grof decided to give her a call. He was going to present a paper at an American Psychiatry Association (APA) meeting in Dallas and figured he could swing by Miami (where she lived) to visit her on his way back home to New York.

As it turns out, she was also going to the APA meeting—and they had both, coincidentally, booked rooms in the same hotel. Without having communicated about where they could meet, Grof coincidentally met her at the first conference event he attended. They had never seen each other, and no one introduced them at the event, but when they saw each other across the room, they somehow recognized each other.

A series of other coincidences pulled the relationship speedily toward marriage. Even at the wedding, a repeated theme of rainbows seemed to bestow blessings and good auspices for the union.

But the morning after the wedding, Grof had a coincidence hangover: “As soon as I opened my eyes,” he wrote, “I sensed that something was terribly wrong. All the thrill and ecstatic feelings of the preceding day were gone; I felt sober and somber. The wave of excitement we had experienced the last few days suddenly felt illusory and deceptive. And what was worse, marrying Joan suddenly seemed like a serious error.”

It wasn’t long before they divorced.

He concluded, “I learned not to trust unconditionally the seductive power of such experiences….It is essential to refrain from acting out while we are under their spell and not to make any important decisions until we have again both feet on the ground.”

Lynn Corrigan posted her own false-promise coincidence series on Facebook:

“I know someone with whom I share so many coincidences all the way back to childhood. The way we met as adults was also full of coincidences and long shots. Yet I need this person out of my life now. I wish we never met. So I’m wondering why the heck he was put in my path.”

A man named Sahmat told me that read a book by a woman with whom he realized he had a lot in common: “I was most struck by the appearance of three synchronicities in our backgrounds,” he said. “We both grew up in Quaker families outside of Philadelphia, both were trained as biologists, and both eventually went to seminary and got an advanced degree in religious studies. I thought, ‘This is pretty unusual; we may be the only two Quaker biologist seminarians on the planet.’” On the way to meet her, he saw many references to the number 37, one of his numbers. These numerical sightings confirmed for him that he was on the right path.

And then he met up with this woman and found that they were not at all suited to each other.

The experience made him reflect on recent failures in attempts to make new connections with people. He realized he should instead revive older connections, specifically with his friend Larry.

The timing of the reconnection was perfect: It turned out that Larry had been working on a project that required Sahmat’s help. “So on the surface, my experience with the woman…turned out to be a ‘false promise synchronicity,’ but because I sought deeper guidance, it turned out not to be a false promise at all, but rather a necessary step to the real next connection I needed to make.”

Quoting Bob Dylan, he said, “There’s no success like failure.”

The paradox presented by coincidences is described by cognitive scientists Thomas Griffiths of Brown University and Joshua Tenenbaum of MIT in their 2007 paper “From Mere Coincidences to Meaningful Discoveries,” published in the journal Cognition:

“[Coincidences] seem to be involved in both our most grievous errors of reasoning, and our greatest causal discoveries.”

Griffiths and Tenenbaum were primarily looking at the role of coincidence in scientific discovery. But some of their discussion may also be applied to the discovery of romantic love or personal opportunity through coincidence: “Coincidences,” they wrote, “are events that provide support for a hypothesis, but not enough support to convince us to accept that hypothesis.” Let’s say the hypothesis is that a relationship, or even a marriage, will work out very well. The point is that a person should not wholeheartedly believe that hypothesis based on the coincidences alone.

The other extreme would be to ignore all coincidences out of fear that they are misleading. But as these researchers point out, some of the greatest scientific discoveries have been made through coincidence (and likely some of the greatest romantic discoveries, too).

The chances were good that Sahmat would connect well with a fellow Quaker biologist seminarian because they shared key interests. Just because it didn’t work out doesn’t mean he should ignore all such coincidences in the future. And he used his false promise coincidence as a stepping-stone to a more secure relationship.

There’s a whole field of study dedicated to hope—including false hope. Some researchers in this field worry that people who have false hopes, often based on illusions, will suffer psychological blows when they fail. Yet other researchers, such as Charles R. Snyder at the University of Kansas, think that a high-hope approach to life, even if it includes some minor illusions, leads to greater success and even psychological resiliency.

Running into each other unexpectedly in an out-of-the-way place, having family members with the same names, seeing rainbows at your wedding—all such coincidences may contribute to that feeling of magic when two people fall in love. But can they live with each other on a daily basis and share life together in a meaningful way? That’s a consideration beyond coincidence.

Co-authored by Tara MacIsaac, a reporter and editor for the Beyond Science section of Epoch Times.

Mystical Body Postures: Laura Lee, EP 237

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Simply hold your body in a postures used by our ancient people, and doors to mystical experiences open to feel your part in the oneness and timelessness of our reality. 

Our guest Laura Lee, along with her husband Paul Robear, are the Directors of the Cuyamungue Institute, a non-profit, anthropological research institute. They teach, research, write, and present on the wisdom tradition of our indigenous ancestors, accessed through decoding ancient artifacts of Paleolithic Europe and beyond. Laura hosted the Laura Lee Show on nationally syndicated terrestrial radio for a dozen years, and with Paul, co-hosts a wide range of interviews from the arts and sciences as part of their research mission, with Conversation4Exploration

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

Beyond UFOs: Rey Hernandez, EP 236

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Imagine seeing a family member and your beloved sick dog disappear in front of your eyes. Then they return. Their dog is healed! What would that do to your view of reality?

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. 

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 [https://www.spreaker.com/show/dr-bern…]

Our guest, Reinerio (Rey) Hernandez, a former atheist and rationalist, in 2012 Rey Hernandez had a series of experiences that changed his life forever. He and his family experienced firsthand contact with non-human intelligence and UFOs, including one 45-minute encounter with a football field-sized craft. Additional paranormal experiences prompted Rey’s shift into a profoundly spiritual life.

Rey is a state tax attorney for the department of treasury, and a Ph.D. Candidate in Urban planning University of California at Berkeley. He is also Directing at the Consciousness & Contact Research Institute, CCRI

Email:  Info@Experiencer.Org

Website:   AGreaterReality.Org  (up in February, 2022)

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

Death and Rebirth: Kia Scherr, EP 235


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Kia Scherr has spent 20 years studying, practicing and teaching at the Sanctuary Holistic Retreat Center in Virginia. After her husband and 13 year old daughter were killed in the Mumbai terrorist attack of 2008, Kia co-founded One Life Alliance to teach peace education programs based on Love, Compassion and Forgiveness. She is the author of A Pocketbook of Peace, a guidebook to transforming life with love. Kia spent 6 years in Mumbai, India working with business, education and police. Her latest book – Forgiveness is a Choice was released by Penguin Random House India on December 20, 2021. She is also featured in two documentary films, Rubaru Roshni on Netflix and There’s Got to be More to Life – Rising from Trauma to Thriving

www.onelifealliance.org
www.synchronicity.org
sanctuaryretreatcenter.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.

Mind Mapping: Anne Heleen Bijl, EP 234

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Your coincidences may begin with older and younger relatives as you tap into your family’s collective unconscious. Seeing coincidences brings you more coincidences, if you want to look for them. Anne Helene began as a teenager learning that we exist in the web of life. Coincidences illuminate the invisible currents that connect and unify us.

Dr. Anne Heleen Bijl, owner of Creatieve Consultancy, works for 35 years as an inspiring trainer and consultant in many organizations all over the world. Her approach is very professional and personal. She likes to connect: people, teams and ideas. She facilitates companies to achieve their goals and beyond, in a pleasant way. She loves meeting people, discovering countries and cultures. Working in Africa grew into a passion and she is president of the Flow & Go Foundation to empower communities. She creates movement, commitment and creativity: results are achieved effectively and opportunities discovered and picked up. She won several prizes for her concepts and approach. Coincidence and synchronicity occur often in her life; now she likes to share some extraordinary stories to make people think about it and arouse curiosity.

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

Synchronicity in the Metaverse?: Christa Mariah, EP 233

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Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality(AR) and nonfungible tokens (NFTs) are here to stay. Can synchronicity and serendipity survive in these environments? Less so in the restricted pre-programmed box that is VR like the metaverse, and more so in AR which will give us the capacity to more deeply scan the physical world. Christa has tapped into the universal mind and brings us the growing fruits of her nomadic adventures.

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 [https://www.spreaker.com/show/dr-bern…]

Christa Mariah connects leaders to collaborate, co-create, and coelevate as we all pioneer the virtual frontier. Over the past 15 years, she has launched three companies, planned and facilitated virtual events, and developed incredible relationships with some of the most influential leaders in technology and cyber security. She is co-creating Treedom, a Treehouse Retreat Network in the Metaverse and physical world while evolving her executive leadership development program, Transcend 2022

Christa holds a Masters Degree from the University of Florida and teaches courses in entrepreneurship and creativity. You can learn more about Christa by visiting Christa.one

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



I Saw the Sign: Michelle Kempton, EP 232

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Lost in the woods, frightened, cold, ashamed; what do you do? Michelle learned–surrender, let it be, let it go, In that calm place opportunities open up, a tree pointed the way. This human GPS experience has served her more effectively than all the leadership training courses she has attended.   

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 [https://www.youtube.com/c/Coinciders/…] to our channel to be notified when future episodes are posted! Also available, there are 138 archived episodes of the CCBB podcast available, HERE: https://www.spreaker.com/show/dr-bern…

Michelle Kempton is a Master Certified Coach, passionate about leadership development and organizational change. As founder of Kempton Coaching and Training, she is an expert in the coach approach to leadership. With 18 years of experience in course design, she provides experiential learning programs in 30 countries. She has facilitated courses in multiple industries including medicine, law, sports, education, banking and Fortune 500 companies. She loves cheese, dark chocolate and soulful conversations.  

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