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Envision Respect for Earth and Cooperation: Bill Halal, EP 257

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To survive, our Collective Human Organism must respect Earth and participate through cooperation in our interdependence with each other, animal and plant life and Earth itself. We require an ethical vision, which Bill Halal calls global consciousness, in the mind of each person–a vision of a future removed from the pre-dominance of Money-Power-Self-Interest. Let’s imagine together!!!!

You can pre-order Dr. Beitman’s new book Meaningful Coincidences due out in September here! https://www.innertraditions.com/books…

William E. Halal, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at George Washington University. Professor Halal has published seven books and hundreds of articles, consults with corporations and governments, and is a frequent keynote speaker, once substituting for Peter Drucker. He was cited by the Encyclopedia of the Future as one of the top 100 futurists in the world. He also served as a major in the U.S. Air Force, an aerospace engineer on the Apollo Program, and a business manager in Silicon Valley. Learn more about his vision at https://www.BillHalal.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 [https://www.spreaker.com/show/dr-bern...]

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

Interpersonal Fields and Quantum Coincidences: Dan Siegel, EP 250

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Psychiatrist Dan Siegel recognizes the yet to be measured interpersonal field within which we all live and breathe. We are individuals AND deeply embedded in our relationships. Coincidences highlight these connections. He has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and London’s Royal Society of Arts (RSA). https://drdansiegel.com/biography/

Our guest, Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His five New York Times bestsellers are: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D: The Whole-Brain Child, and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: IntraConnected (coming October 2022), The Developing Mind, The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, and Becoming Aware. He has also written The Yes Brain and The Power of Showing Up with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. Dr. Siegel also serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which currently contains over seventy textbooks.

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 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.

High Frequency Coincider: Carolyn Pokres, EP 249

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Carolyn experiences LOTs of Meaningful Coincidences. She categorizes them by the ways in which they reach her–a voice on her shoulder, images in trance states, dreams. The coincidences bring joy to her life, laughter and fun. She does not worry about how to explain them!

Our guest, Carolyn Pokres, has worked for 22 years and is a Business Partnership Manager for the FAA. She has previously served as a Federal Women’s Program Manager there for 4 years, helping to further women’s federal careers. She is also versed in many metaphysical modalities, including Certification in Remote Viewing via Russell Targ, and soon to be Community Host, representing Cuyamungue Institutute. Due to a wonderful series of coincidences, Carolyn is now instrumental in starting a Community Food Garden in her city of Ventnor by the shore. She feels that connecting with coincidences have guided her throughout her lifetime, and is most grateful for the connection with Spirit.


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.

“There Are No Coincidences”

This statement is a paradox.

When uttering the phrase, “there are no coincidences,” the speaker feels fully confident in its truth. But, just like coincidences themselves, the meaning depends on the beliefs of the person involved.

Let’s start by looking closely at the word coincidence. Dictionaries usually define it as two or more events coming together in a surprising, unexpected way without an obvious causal explanation. Embedded in the definition is a hint that there might be an explanation.

This possibility of an explanation creates the opportunity for saying “there are no coincidences.” If a cause can be defined, then there is no coincidence.

Many believe that Fate or Mystery, or the Universe or God, causes coincidences. Their faith in something Greater provides them with a cause. Since God causes them, the cause is known. Therefore, there are no coincidences.

Statistically-oriented people believe that coincidences can be explained by the Law of Truly Large Numbers, which states that in large populations, any weird event is likely to happen. This is a long way of saying that coincidences are mostly random. Because statisticians “know” that randomness explains them, coincidences are nothing but strange yet expect-able events that we remember because they are surprising to us. They are not coincidences, just random events.

Those who believe in Mystery are more likely to believe that coincidences contain messages for them personally. They may think, “It was meant to be,” or “Coincidences are God’s way of remaining anonymous.” Some of those in the random camp can find some coincidences personally compelling and useful.

“Randomness” and “God” Explanations Remove Personal Responsibility

Each of these two explanations take responsibility for coincidences away from you! Each suggests that you are powerless in the face of inexplicable forces.

Randomness says you have nothing to do with creating coincidences—stuff just happens because we live in a random universe. You think coincidences may have something to do with you, but they don’t. When God is called in to explain coincidences, you are the recipient of divine grace. If you think you had something to do with it, you are deluding yourself.

Randomness and God are extreme positions in a coincidence dance that usually involves you, to varying degrees. Probability plays a necessary role. Some coincidences are more unlikely than others. Mystery plays a role because our minds cannot grasp the multiple stirrings hidden behind the veil of our ignorance. Here lies some of the beauty in the study of coincidences. They make us wonder. How much do we have to do with them, and how much is beyond our current concept of ourselves in the world?

It’s Your Choice

Coincidences exist. Coincidences are real. Saying that there are no coincidences stops inquiry. Challenging the statement forces us to make sense of its ambiguity and explore our potential involvement. You can choose the random perspective and with a wave of a mental hand, dismiss most coincidences as not worth further attention. Or, you can seek out their possible personal implications and make life into an adventure of discovery both about yourself and the world around you. As you explore, you may uncover the latent abilities hidden within you.

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.