Category Archives: Thursday

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.

CCBB Episode 207, Carol Bowman: Deceased Family Member Coincidences of Returning to the Family

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What if your 3 year old child tells you that they had been another relative of yours in a previous life. Is such a thing “just a coincidence”?  

Our guest on this episode, Carol Bowman, explores this topic based on her career researching phenomena relating to past lives. Carol is an author, a researcher of children’s past life memories, and a past life therapist for adults for over thirty years. We also discuss whether all coincidences are meaningful, and whether coincidences seem to increase at certain critical points in our lives.   

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

As a past life researcher and therapist, Carol Bowman has published two books: Children’s Past Lives (Bantam Books, 1997) and Return From  Heaven (HarperCollins, 2001). These have been translated into more than 20 languages. She has appeared on many TV shows, including Oprah,  Unsolved Mysteries, Good Morning America, and ABC Primetime, as well as in documentaries on the BBC, A&E, CBC, and PBS.  She has also been a  guest on radio shows and podcasts.  She has lectured in the U.S., Europe, and South America. Learn more at https://CarolBowman.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.

Synchronicities on the Football Field

A football field provides a canvas onto which synchronicities can be drawn. In the clip below follow number 23 through the cuts and turns of a 97 yard run. The scene was Clothier Field at Swarthmore College in 1961. It was the opening kick-off of the second half against Pennsylvania Military College, the arch enemy of Swarthmore intellectuals.

I had often imagined running the opening kick-off for a touchdown. And here is the record of the second time I did it. Imagination and work makes some dreams come true. A few years later, I realized that the shape of that run fit the Hebrew letter lamed.

Click here to see the run.TDB_Final

And compare it to the Hebrew letter lamed.

This realization encourages us to look for symbolism in our actions. What does the lamed shape of this run symbolize for number 23? “The Early Hebrew pictograph is a shepherd’s staff. The shepherd staff was used to direct sheep by pushing or pulling them. It was also used as a weapon against predators to defend and protect the sheep.

The meaning of this letter is “toward” as moving something in a different direction. This letter also means “authority,” as it is a sign of the shepherd, the leader of the flock.

I am a leader in the study of coincidences. Coincidences involve seeing connections between environmental events and our mental events. This run brought together imagining, action and the future–a leader in the study of coincidences.

Imagining the future through action

Two years after the 97-yard run, it was Thursday in October 1963. We were to play Johns Hopkins on Saturday. Without knowing why, I felt the urge to walk away from where the guys were practicing, grabbed two tackling dummies under the lights, put them down next to each other with a little space between and picked up a football. I walked about 10 yards away from the dummies, turned my back to them, scrunched down on the ball, turned around and dashed right between them. I did it again and went back to practice.

On Saturday, the Johns Hopkins punter finally got off a good punt. I had to turn my back and catch it over my shoulder. I turned around. Two guys running next to each other were about 10 yards away. I scrunched down and dashed between them and went 90 yards for a touchdown.

In a different way, I had imagined a future that became real.