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EP 221, Deepak Chopra: Stairway to Heaven

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Coincidences alert us to the mysterious hiding in plain sight, to the invisible that makes the visible possible. Life purpose, romance, or jobs may be diagrammed through a conspiracy of the improbable. The energy of your attention combines with the information in your intention to generate awe-inspiring connections.

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Our guest Deepak Chopra is the founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra, a modern-day health company at the intersection of science and spirituality. He is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. Chopra is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup Organization. He is the author of over 90 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. For the last thirty years, Chopra has been at the forefront of the meditation revolution and his 91st book, Total Meditation (Harmony Books) helps to achieve new dimensions of stress-free living and joyful living. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.” He is the author of Synchrodestiny, which is about how to harness the power of coincidences. Hear more from Deepak on coincidences: HERE. Learn more at deepakchopra.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.

EP220, Lisa Buksbaum: Soaring into Synchronicity

Soar into synchronicity with intuitive healer Lisa Buksbaum on the wings of positive psychology, deep loving, communication with deceased loved ones and the interconnectedness of all beings.

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Lisa Honig Buksbaum is CEO & Founder of Soaringwords, a global non-profit organization inspiring more than 500,000 people to take active roles in self-healing. A “calling” on the beach after three sudden experiences with death and illness in her family motivated Lisa to launch Soaringwords and the SOARING into Strength Positive Health Initiative. She is an inspirational speaker, workshop leader, author, Positive Psychology expert, and intuitive healer featured on Good Morning America, USA Today, and CEO to Watch in Chronicle of Philanthropy. She lives in New York City and is passionate about connecting with people in meaningful, synchronistic ways. Lisa graduated with honors, Univ. Pennsylvania; MBA, Columbia Univ. Graduate School of Business; Master Applied Positive Psychology, Univ. Pennsylvania Dr. Martin Seligman. Learn more at soaringwords.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.

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.

CCBB Episode 206, David Hench: A Poker Player Rolls the Synchronicity Dice

Poker players create coincidences. They play with random chance. Some can tilt the card shuffle in their direction while carefully playing by the rules. David Hench has survived the odds and now tells us about his coincidence-filled life of chance, statistics and poker cards. View on YouTube HERE, or listen on AnchorFM HERE.

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In this episode, we discuss with professional poker player and author David Hench his views on the significance of synchronicity and whether the universe is what it appears to be. David has always been intrigued by both sports statistics and palindromes, and became a trivia champion, forever keeping an eye on palindromes in letters or numbers. So imagine his surprise when, at age 50, he ordered his birth certificate and saw that he had been delivered into this world by a “Dr. Staats,” and that, beyond that uncanny coincidence, the certificate was littered with palindromes. Both the doctor’s first name (Bob) and last name (Staats) were palindromes, as was his time of birth: 6:06 PM. So David is a statictics (a.k.a.’stats’) fanatic, delivered into the world by Dr. Staats (both homonym for “stats’ and a palindrome). An auspicious debut into a life filled with synchronicities.

About our Guest

Our guest David Hench is a lifelong poker player, until recently. He is the author of a poker humor column called “Joker Journal,” and he later compiled the column into a book of poker humor. He’s currently a writer of spiritual, inspirational, human interest, sports and humor topics. In my writing now, he is an advocate for the true self of people. Learn more about David Hench at Sojourner-Publications.com.

About our Host

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. Dr. Beitman 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, 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 Save Lives?

Some coincidences involve an uncanny timing of events that delay the time of death or disability. Following are some of those many stories.

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Pediatrician Harley Rotbart collected many such stories in his physician-contributed anthology called Miracles We Have Seen: America’s Leading Physicians Share Stories They Can’t Forget. One striking example from this collection involved Father Carl. This beloved priest finished rounds on his hospitalized parishioners in a suburban Boston hospital. He then got into an otherwise empty elevator, pressed the button for the lobby, and collapsed from a massive heart attack.

But somehow the elevator didn’t go to the lobby—instead, the doors opened on the second floor, the floor housing the cardiac intensive care unit (CICU), where the cardiologist in charge of the unit was waiting at the elevator to go upstairs to make his rounds. The cardiologist immediately took charge of the unconscious priest and set about the necessary treatment. Had the elevator not deposited him on just the right floor with just the right person, Father Carl would have died.

During an evaluation of her cancer, physicians scanned the brain of politician Jennifer Kitchen of Craigsville, Virginia, for metastasizes. They found an aneurysm that would soon burst and disable or kill her. 

Janet Payne of Kinkcora, Prince Edward Island, Canada, was approaching a stoplight with her three children in the back seat. Although the light had turned green, she stopped a few yards from the intersection to adjust the seat belt of one of the children. She turned back to drive and saw a truck speed through the intersection that would have hit her had she proceeded through.

One of our study patients at the University of Missouri-Columbia research (see this Psychology Today post) reported that she was in her car at an intersection when the light turned green. At that moment, the phone rang. It was her brother who rarely calls and whom she thinks of as her guardian angel. She looked up to see a truck barreling through the red light. It would have hit hurt had she not paused to answer the phone.

Psychologist Chris Mackey of Geelong, Australia, has several reports of people being saved from suicide by coincidences.

A man was in a hidden quarry about to lose consciousness from carbon monoxide poisoning when the cellphone next to him rang. He answered it and gave enough of a reluctant hint of where he was to be found in the nick of time. He then felt he was meant to live and made a full and lasting recovery from depression.

Another man had a gun in his mouth, about to pull the trigger, when he looked out the window to see a blackbird looking at him. The bird took flight and smashed into the window and died. The man thought that the bird had died so he could live. He went to rehab for his drug addiction, recovered, and began living normally.article continues after advertisement

Chris also wrote about a personal example in his book The Positive Psychology of Synchronicity about a coincidence associated with his own psychiatric hospitalization for depression. “I very rarely experienced any synchronicity at that time. When I was at my absolutely lowest ebb, I was on the threshold of developing a suicide plan. I sat in a bleak hospital corridor, thinking that if nothing changed in the next five minutes, I would shift my focus to how I could end my life. Within a couple of minutes, a nurse approached me to fetch me to answer a phone call from a good friend who lived interstate and only rarely called. The timing seemed so uncanny—synchronistic assistance from the outside—that it completely stopped any further thought of taking action to end my life. I still believe it’s quite possible I would not be here if not for that phone call.”

Each of these is a single instance that statistically minded people can attribute to the unproven Law of Very Large Numbers: In large populations, any weird thing could happen. (To read a critical evaluation of this “law,” please see Sharon Rawlette’s Psychology Today post on the subject.)

However, consider the experiences of Executive Coach Katrin Windsor of Boulder Colorado.

“I once missed a train that crashed. I once had a big tree fall on me, but strangely it fell in such a way that I stood in the opening of its big branches and it didn’t touch me!? I once hiked with my husband and two sons in Yellowstone. John and Bryan walked 20 feet ahead of Dan and me. Suddenly a big tree fell right between us and didn’t touch anybody!? I once missed a Guided Volcano Jeep tour in Sicily. We missed it by 1 minute and watched the Jeep we were supposed to be on leave without us. So we sat down at the Tour Office restaurant and ordered a plate of pasta. In the middle of chowing down our pasta, ambulances and sirens and helicopters arrived, and suddenly the Jeeps we missed returned with three dead tourists because the volcano became active and started spewing big rocks!?”

Some people will invoke the Law of Very Large Numbers. Others might attribute this remarkable string to God or the Universe. As a psychotherapist, I look for personal responsibility in my patients as well as in coincidences. Janet Payne attributes her stopping before the intersection at a green light to a strong intuitive feeling to not proceed and to fix the seat belt of her child.article continues after advertisementhttps://febf9c840d5958770643f520d3d151eb.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html?v=1-0-38

To the question of explanation, Katrin Windsor replied, “I frankly have no clue as to why I have been so lucky, except that it obviously is not my time yet to go. My last lucky accident was when I had a bike crash in Denver in December and miraculously fell between two parked cars into an empty parking spot, so I didn’t bounce off a parked car and back into the busy street, where cars would have had a hard time avoiding me. My take from that most recent accident is that I’m clearly here to channel spirit. It does feel like Fujoli is my way which is connecting people to their aliveness.”

Again, some will invoke the Law of Very Large Numbers while others will invoke some form of divine intervention. In the study of coincidences, resolving questions like these are central to its purpose. See this Psychology Today post from Sharon Rawlette about personal explanations for meaningful coincidences. 

Meaning or Random in Coincidences–Two Psychiatrists Debate

Ralph Lewis, MD wrote the lead article of the April, 2020 issue of Psychology Today on Coincidences. He took a very main stream position. The mind is fully the product of the brain. Humans evolved accidentally perhaps by complexity and chaos theory. Random events produced what we experience as human beings on Earth. In this episode of Connecting with Coincidence radio show we debate the place of coincidences in the fabric of reality–no meaning in the universe or meaning to be discovered? https://www.spreaker.com/user/xzoneradiotv/ccbb20200423ep134emdrralphlewis