" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

May 8, 2011

Six Degrees of Separation?

I'm always amused when watching a movie, or reading book, or article, just how often it will lead me to some uncanny 'coincidence'.
For example, the time I had just purchased the DVD  
Six Degrees of Separation and watched it, only to be reminded about the novel The Catcher in the Rye, by Will Smith's dialog in the movie about the J.D.Salinger novel.
A novel I had been meaning to purchase and read for over a year.
Soon as the movie was over I got on my Amazon wish-list and transferred the book to my cart and ordered it, then went to bed.
Next morning, I wake up to headlines all over the news about the death of J.D.Salinger, who I thought must have already been dead anyway, since he hadn't been heard of much since writing 
The Catcher in the Rye.
Which then brought my thinking back to the movie  
Six Degrees of Separation and how the right people, movies, books, magazines, etc, just seem to come into my life at the right moment to lead me to another person, movie, book, or magazine at just the right time.
It's like I have my own personal Catcher guiding me in just the right direction, letting me wander in the rye fields at will, but just giving me enough guidance to stay away from life's cliff-edges
When strange occurrences like the above happen, it just reinforces to me how important reading that book, or seeing that movie is going to be in my life ... if only by a slight degree.
You don't realize it at first, but usually when you look back over your life, it is amazing the energy those little synchronistic dominoes had in propelling you to where you are, fall by fall.
It brings me back to another incident where I was watching  
The Life of Brian one night on my VHS tape player, but I was getting too tied and kept falling asleep, so I paused the movie, and thought I would watch the rest in the morning.
I paused it approximately in this area of the film (see photo below) where they were all about to sing
"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life".
Monty Python's  Life of Brian
In the morning, the radio was announcing the death of 
Graham Chapman, who played Brian in the movie.
Which always makes me think of that uncanny 'coincidence', 
when I hear that song playing anywhere.
(The song was played at my Father-in-Law's funeral, by the way)
What drives me to watch a movie, read a book, or hear a tune, at such a particular time in my life, and the lives of others, who most times, I don't even know ... fate or chance?
It's all food for thought, but it tastes more like fate to me;- )
P.S. Six Degrees of Separation was based on the life of real life con-artist David Hampton who gained infamy in the 1980s after milking a group of wealthy Manhattanites out of thousands of dollars by convincing them he was Sidney Poitier's son.
His story became the inspiration for a play and later a movie, titled Six Degrees of Separation.
"Black Lines" by Kandinsky
The film makes reference to two Kandinsky artworks, "Black Lines" and "Several Circles" respectively referred to as chaos and control in the film.
"Several Circles" by Kandinsky
Six degrees of separation 
(also referred to as the "Human spider Web") 
refers to the idea that everyone is on average approximately six steps away from any other person on Earth, so that a chain of, "a friend of a friend" statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer. 
It was originally set out by Frigyes Karinthy and popularized by
a play written by John Guare.
Are we're all connected, somehow?
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a trivia game based on the concept of the small world phenomenon and rests on the assumption that any individual can be linked through his or her film roles to actor 
Kevin Bacon within six steps."
six degrees of separation concept. 
In 2007, Bacon started a charitable organization named


  1. Life of Brian is my FAVOURITE movie of all time.
    Spirit speaks to you through books and movies, Daz. You are very switched on, and watching a movie or reading a book, puts you into a certain brainwave that is conducive to connection. Synchronicity is the language of that beautiful connection.

  2. I'm in agreement with Nat 100%! Love both of these examples. You know, I don't think I've seen 6 degrees. Back to Netflix!

  3. You know, I'm wondering if books and movies serve as a kind of muse for you, Daz.

  4. That is what i meant to say. :)