Synchronicity: Empower Your Life with the Gift of Coincidence
Synchronicities “make us stop and think,” according to psychologist Chris Mackey. It’s the phenomenon whereby signs present themselves in patterns, offering a message that sings to our soul. Meaningful coincidences serve to light the way on our path and give us hope when one of the bulbs may have blown. They help us metamorphose spiritually.
This book begins with a detailed look at synchronicity via pioneering quantum physicist Wolfgang Pauli and the man most associated with synchronicity – Carl Jung. To any who have read about this subject before, the oft-quoted examples, such as the beetle tapping at the window and the mystical reemergence of plum pudding, are there. Mackey also gives examples of eminent scientists who have experienced synchronicity and followed their hunches to success.
The book ploughs deep, giving insights into synchronicity as something that is perhaps often overlooked because it has to do with observance and meaning.
Mackey admits he once prided himself on being a “completely rational and analytical thinker.” After he read Marilyn Ferguson’s The Aquarian Conspiracy, however, which spoke of paradigm shifts and how quantum physics converges with Eastern mysticism, he experienced an explosion of unexplainable happenings. From then on he was in no doubt that warm-hearted intuition goes much further than cold-headed intellect ever can.
Throughout the book, Mackey reveals personal experiences with synchronicity, such as the fact he often sees the number six and even made the decision to marry his wife based on it. It was a refreshing read to find facts mingled with the author’s own narrative. About half-way through, the book turns into a memoir about Mackey’s struggle with severe depression and his hospitalization.
In some sense it was an unexpected turn of the page that seemed incongruous with the rest of the book. But in another, it was necessary in order for Mackey to show the passion behind his urging for positive psychiatry practices. Positive psychology is a recognized field of its own but Mackey is hoping that will extend to psychiatry too in terms of more holistic and spiritually-driven methods.
The book had me fascinated with its first part but lost me a little when it turned more to memoir. But that’s maybe because I haven’t experienced what Mackey did, and am of a joie de vivre disposition whereby I’ve always appreciated the magic in daily life.
His book, however, is perhaps meant to serve as a life-affirming guide and inspiration to those who are in therapy and/or suffering with depression and other mental illnesses. After all, its subtitle is: Empower Your Life with the Gift of Coincidence.
In all, it does make one “stop and think”.
–Review by Nelly Bright
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