Atom, Archetype, and the Invention of Synchronicity: How Iconic Psychiatrist Carl Jung and Nobel-Winning Physicist Wolfgang Pauli Bridged. Jung’s is on synchronicity – nothing unexpected there. But Pauli’s was a real eye opener. He wrote on Johannes Kepler and explored how his. Mark Vernon: With physicist Wolfgang Pauli, Jung explored the link between the disparate realities of matter and mind.

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Among the general public, divine intervention is the most widely accepted explanation for meaningful coincidences. An Acausal Connecting Principle.

Mind, Matter and Quantum Mechanics. For this reason Pauli preferred to speak of meaningful synchronixity Sinnkorrespondenzen under the influence of an archetypal acausal ordering. They are undoubtedly meaningful and produce tangible effects too, like short stories.

In this session, his patient was in the midst of relating an intense dream she had had in which someone gave her a piece of gold jewelry in the shape of a scarab beetle.

They are rare as events. As the phenomenal world is an aggregate of the processes of atomic magnitude, it is naturally of the greatest importance to find out synchroniciyy, and if so how, the photons shall we say enable us to gain a definite knowledge of the reality underlying the meditative energy processes.

Topics Psychology How to believe. Pauli long insisted on the fact that in the future, scientists could no longer ignore the relationship between knowledge of the material world outside and the inner world of the psyche. If only the two divine contenders—Christ and the devil—could notice that they have grown so much more symmetrical!

Carl Jung, part 6: Synchronicity

His response to the efforts to establish an institute in Zurich dedicated to his work while he was still alive says it all: In his book Synchronicity Jung tells the following story as an example of a synchronistic event:. Parapsychology Death and culture Parapsychology Scientific literacy. Two Aspects of the One Reality Pauli and Jung agreed that matter and psyche should be understood as complementary aspects of the same reality, which is governed by common ordering principles: However, it made sense in Jung’s archetypal conception of things synchroncity a three becoming a four, the symbol uung quaternity, represents a state of greater wholeness than a trinity.


Symchronicity events are erratic, sporadic and arbitrary because they are dependent on an archetypal situation enabled in the observer. The two had recently conversed, and Pauli wrote to offer an illustration of synchronicity using one of his own dreams.

Carl Jung, part 6: Synchronicity | Mark Vernon | Opinion | The Guardian

Pauli — Psiche e Natura — Adelphi And Pauli guessed that right away: According to a certain view, synchronicity serves as a way of making sense of or describing some aspects of quantum mechanics. In this, he is far from unusual: In fact, as a consequence of their collaboration, synchronicity was transformed from an empirical concept into a fundamental explanatory-interpretative principle, which together with causality could possibly lead to a more complete worldview.

Charles Tart sees danger in synchronistic thinking: Alluding to the statement of Einstein about an alleged incompleteness of quantum mechanics, Pauli concluded: Any presumption of a causal relationship between the events is absurd or even inconceivable; The events correspond with one another by a common meaning, often expressed symbolically; Each pair of synchronistic events contains an internally produced and an externally perceived component.

Retrieved from ” https: Pauli, on the other hand, became increasingly sensitive to the philosophical aspects concerning the unconscious. How, then, to decide whether random things happen that are then interpreted as meaningful, or whether things happen that are not only meaningful but can’t be mere coincidence? As such, they are compatible with synchronicity.


Indeed, Jung’s writings in this area form an excellent general introduction to the whole field of the paranormal. That an archetypal force is at work, and not just an inspired guess, was suggested to Jung by the feeling of exhilaration occasioned by the discovery. Pauli called it a “missing link”, though he was also very aware of the accusation of providing mystification rather than explanation.

The answer to this is that acausal events may be expected most readily where, on closer reflection, a causal connection appears to be inconceivable.

The two men collaborated on the synchronicity concept for several years before publishing anything on the topic. As a result of his interaction with Pauli, Jung gradually came to see this acausal connecting principle as an explanatory theory which, in combination with causality, might well lead to a more complete understanding of deep reality.

Synchronicity: the encounter between the psychoanalyst Jung and the physicist Pauli

However, some proponents of synchronicity question whether it is even sensible in principle to try to evaluate synchronicity statistically. I suspect this would have made Jung very unhappy. How are we to recognize acausal combinations of events, since it is obviously impossible to examine all chance happenings for their causality? ;auli many universities and colleges have only synchrpnicity begun moving toward multi-and interdisciplinary programs and offerings, transdisciplinarity, a concept that first appeared on the academic scene in the early s, has become an important trend in some circles.