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Record Type: Review ID: 308
|Robert Johnson points out in a prefatory essay that to Jung synchronicity was a pointer to meaning that should be taken as seriously as dreaming, and that it was a "potentially powerful experience." This certainly is corroborated by those engaging in the EHE process where synchronicity is not only a potential EHE in itself but also an attractor of meaning for the individual. Cousineau put this collection together because reading one account alone can readily be passed off as coincidence, whereas reading them in aggregate provides the reader with "the experience of the great web of the world" (p. 40). He says an account, in order to be included, had to contain "a phrase, a tone, or feeling that rang out to me, or I sensed the numinous charge of genuine awe and wonder that myst have seized the writer when the synchronicity occurred" (p. 40). Section I consists of 15 experiences that occurred when the narrator was asleep and usually dreaming. Section II has 24 experiences that consisted on "sudden appearances, uncanny encounters." There are 16 accounts in the next section, entitled "The Passing Strange," in the sense of being otherworldly and indicative of something sacred. The final section has 32 instances of synchronicities that appear to be driven by destiny. Cousineau wrote lengthy introductions to each section as well as a 45-page general introduction, and an epilogue entitled "The Sly Winks of Fate." All of the contributors are identified.|
|Publisher Information:||Berkeley, CA: Conari Press, 1997. xix + 294p. 2 photos; 50 refs|
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