On August 13, 2015, “reality portal” opened connecting New York City to Springfield Oregon when Christine Wandel and Marilyn Reed spoke for the first time on the telephone. Good Cosmic Sparks like Zephyrs, criss-crossed the continent. In June I invited Christine and Stefan to the Whiteaker Block Party. On FB Stefan replied – the day before the event.
“please provide time and location…who knows…we might make it…….”
After attending the Springfield Art Walk, I met a woman who invited me to the Chalk Festival. Betty looks like Marge Simpson. On Sunday I talked to Christine about the Synchronicity that was going on. She told me she listened to a talk on this subject, Saturday, on Coast to Coast. A week after meeting Stefan, Christine told me I conjured him up, and brought him into her life because she was besieged, and I could not be there.
“You need a friend, someone on your side. You got to go out and meet someone. Go to that housing meeting. Ask for help!”
“I met a artist. I think he’s famous.”
At the chalk fest, I saw Stefan’s artwork everywhere.
“please provide time and location…who knows…we might make it…….”
Here is Marge, Baby Boomer, she getting up there in years. She’s a Hospice volunteer. She gave me a discourse 0n how everyone avoids death, but, it is a window to another dimension, a passage thru a Field of Hearts. There is a Pan’s Labyrinth connection with chalk lines. A portal opens. Can we eat the grapes? How about the strawberries? Ask Betty. She knows everything.
“Strawberry fields – forever!”
“I get it! When I approach the Pearly Gate, there is Saint Peter – and thou!”
That’s live music in the background.
Marilyn’s brother was a disciple of Anton Wilson who signed his copy of ‘The Cosmic Trigger. Wilson explores the Net of Coincidence, as does Dr. Beitman who Christine heard on the radio. When I saw the boy creating art with a wheelchair, the photo of Stefan with bicycle wheel came to mind. I then noticed the pink lines marking spaces reserved for artists – that had not yet appeared!
“please provide time and location…who knows…we might make it…….”
“Synchronicity literally means “moving together in time.” Dr. Beitman explained it in some of his writings as “the surprise that occurs when a thought in the mind is mirrored by an external event to which it has no apparent causal connection.”
Stefan and I look like brothers. Here is his work;
Here is Fashion Moda transported cross country to Springfield. Stefan’s work has escaped the two dimenstional rectangle of the frame, the confining rules of the gallery and museum, the limitations of space and time, and has made a concrete statement. I am his witness.
After viewing my photographs, Stefan said this in three languages;
“And this is you!…let’s consider this as a FASHION موضة MODA 時裝 МОДА project!”
Christine and Marilyn have watched me paint – forty years ago. They are my witnesses! Stefan joins them. The four of us are channeling several dimensions. In 1986 I began my science fiction novel ‘The Gideon Computer’. There are twin Germans. Hans comes to America, while his brother stays behind. Stefan and my ancestors may be the same. We just met on a plane few can grasp. The top photo was taken when I was seventeen. I have just returned from New York where I lived in the Village. For two years Stefan has asked when I am coming to New York. We have never met.
I am almost certain Christine did not see the movie ‘Across The Universe’. It is about her, her love for my best friend, a British subject. We lived with a rock band. Then, she sees me at a large canvas. When she told me Stefan turned her cubicle into a Museum, and spotted ‘A Shape’ next to the refrigerator after painting the walls, I knew this was part of ‘The Authentic Human Being Show’.
After three weeks as a resident artist in Flint, 3 Mercer Store and Fashion Moda founder Stefan Eins talks about his experience on WJRT ABC12, and discusses a few works created during his time in the city, joined by FPAP producer and artistic director Stephen Zacks.
MacIssac also reported on the work of Dr. Beitman and the science of coincidences (related article). She detailed how Dr. Beitman divided coincidences into several categories, including synchronicity (moving together in time), serendipity (finding what you need just when you need it), seriality (strings of similar events), and simulpathity (feeling another’s distress at a distance). MacIssac shared the personal coincidence that inspired Dr. Beitman’s work. When he was a child his dog went missing for several hours and the young Dr. Beitman rode his bike to the police station to ask for help. When the officers could offer no help he became distraught, got back on his bike, and took a wrong turn on the way home. Incredibly, there before him was his dog waiting to meet him there on the wrong street, she noted.
Wilson is perhaps best known as the co-author of the award-winning science fiction work, The Illuminatus! Trilogy. Cosmic Trigger revisits many of the themes from that earlier work in a more autobiographical fashion. After publishing the first volume of Cosmic Trigger, Wilson wrote two sequels, Cosmic Trigger II: Down to Earth (1991) and Cosmic Trigger III: My Life After Death (1995), the title of the first book retroactively changing to reflect this.
Cosmic Trigger I deals with Wilson’s experiences during a time in which he put himself through a process of “self-induced brain change” as well as vignettes of his earlier life. The main discovery of this process—which, he tells us, is known in certain traditions as Chapel perilous—is that “reality” (although a noun in most Indo-European language systems, and therefore commonly conceptualized as being a definite, unchanging “‘thing”) is mutable and subjective to the observer.
Wilson employs several models for his experiences, such as the interstellar ESP connection, during which time Wilson enters what he refers to as a ‘reality tunnel’, in which he claims to communicate telepathically with extraterrestrials residing in the Sirius star system. Wilson states (reference needed) however, that this belief system does not necessarily have any objective truth, which highlights his main point: that all such models—whether spiritual or scientific—are just that: models, or maps, of the world, and they should not be confused with an objective, permanent reality. Throughout the book, he makes references to specific paranormal personal and group experiences, yet he does not allow himself to become convinced of their reality apart from his perception of them. He calls this approach “model agnosticism“.
As the title suggests, the book also deals with the Bavarian Illuminati conspiracy (which Wilson neither rejects as utterly false, nor embraces as true, in keeping with his theme) and other related intrigues. The work also touches on a wide range of other subjects, from Timothy Leary‘s thoughts on brain circuits, JFK’s assassination, through to Sufism and numerous occult practices.
The universe is full of mysteries that challenge our current knowledge. In “Beyond Science” Epoch Times collects stories about these strange phenomena to stimulate the imagination and open up previously undreamed of possibilities. Are they true? You decide.
Understanding coincidences can be useful for personal growth. Coincidences may help you find your soulmate, a job opportunity, or even a lost dog. Tapping into their power requires a systematic study, says psychiatrist Dr. Bernard Beitman.
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 his psychiatric residency at Stanford.
He encountered coincidences in his life that piqued his curiosity as a scientist.
“These coincidences were like strange places and I wandered into them,” he said. Like all frontiersmen, he was not content to enter these strange places and turn back without further exploration.
Dr. Beitman is developing an interdisciplinary study of coincidences. Like all frontiersmen, he is part of a very small group staking claim in this territory, but perhaps it will one day grow into a thriving hub of activity.
“I am a kind of invisible father of coincidence studies,” Dr. Beitman said. He said he’s calling out to the scientific community, “Hey, anyone want to get this off the ground?”
“I think one of the most important things I’ve learned from this is how people’s pre-formed concepts dictate their responses,” he said. Some see coincidences as strictly explainable by probability. Some see them as explainable only through religion. Both extremes discount the value of studying them as a science with a subjective element.
But Dr. Beitman sees a way forward.
An important first step in establishing a field of study, especially around a topic so seemingly mysterious, is to create a solid description of the subject matter. What are coincidences?
Dr. Beitman categorizes them. He is taking Carl Gustav Jung’s somewhat ethereal musings on synchronicity and sharpening the focus, cleaning them up, making them “look more like a science,” he said.
Carl Gustav Jung (Wikimedia Commons)
He has adopted and refined a few terms commonly related to coincidences, and coined a few of his own. He divides coincidences into the following categories, explained here in simple terms for the sake of brevity, though they have further nuances of meaning:
1. Synchronicity—psychological/ interpersonal coincidences
Synchronicity literally means “moving together in time.” Dr. Beitman explained it in some of his writings as “the surprise that occurs when a thought in the mind is mirrored by an external event to which it has no apparent causal connection.”
For example, for the first time in 20 years you think of your 4th grade teacher and later that day, you run into her at the supermarket.
2. Serendipity—action coincidences
Serendipity is essentially finding what you need just when you need it, without really knowing how you found it.
3. Seriality—strings of similar events
Dr. Beitman wrote: “The phenomenon of seriality differs from serendipity and synchronicity in that it is a series of events in the objective world that the mind takes note of and remembers. Unlike synchronicity, there is no special subjective element. The series could theoretically be verified by anyone.”
4. Simulpathity—feeling another’s distress at a distance
Dr. Beitman coined this term. He explained it thus: “A specific subclass of synchronicity—the simultaneous experience by one person of another person’s distress at a distance.” The largest number of reports concern twins, especially identical and extroverted twins, though parents have also experienced this phenomenon in connection with their children.
It is different from empathy. It happens when one person is unaware consciously that the other is experiencing distress.
There are two types of instrumental, or useful, coincidences. One relates to coincidences that incite a psychological change.
For example, A woman who was about to allow her abusive husband to move back in with her answered her ringing phone before leaving to meet up with him. On the other end was a woman who had dialed the wrong number. The two ended up speaking for a little while and it turns out the woman who dialed the wrong number had a boyfriend who was abusing her.
“The fear in the stranger’s voice made me understand that staying with my husband was a mistake. When I met him at the airport, I told him my thinking had changed and he could not live with me,” the woman told Dr. Beitman.
The other type of instrumental coincidence relates to serendipity, cases in which a person gets what he or she needs. Dr. Beitman established this category to emphasize the usefulness of coincidences.
He had two personal experiences that were part of his inspiration to create these last two categories.
Dr. Beitman’s Personal Coincidences
His father was on his deathbed, thousands of miles away. Dr. Beitman started choking, apparently without cause. He later found out that at approximately the same time, his father was choking. He experienced what he understands to be simulpathity.
How does he explain this? “Our thoughts and feelings have much more influence on each other than we think,” he said. Through his study of coincidences, he has come to understand further that, “We’re all in this thing together.”
A study of coincidences takes into account all the potential explanations for coincidence—probability, psychological factors, belief in a higher power, and more. It’s hard at this point to say with certainty what causes any given coincidence.
Dr. Beitman used an analogy to describe the current stage in the development of coincidence studies. He said it’s like seeing flashing lights in the distance. You can observe the lights and discern their patterns, and that can provide information about their nature, and eventually, their source. It’s about looking back from the event at the underlying principles.