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

- Jake Kotze

May 22, 2019

Peak Experiences and the Brain?

New Thinking Allowed: Peak Experiences and the Brain with Robert Davis
"Robert Davis, PhD, is a retired professor of neuroscience at the State University of New York
He is author of The UFO Phenomenon: Should I Believe? and
Life After Death: An Analysis of the Evidence.
His newest book is Unseen Forces: Science, Reality, and You.
Here he describes some personal experiences that led him to explore the paranormal -- a sighting of glowing orbs in the sky and a kundalini experience that was then followed by a spiritual emergency.
He questions the degree to which such experiences are induced by brain abnormalities.
He asserts that the data of parapsychology cannot be denied or ignored.
He argues that social alienation is created when authentic experiences are denied by consensus reality."
From the chapter 'Enigma Variations' of the book 'The Many Faces of Coincidence'
I thought it a coincidence that the footnote number from the passage I highlighted above was number 93, a number that Thelemites greet each other with when they meet or correspond with each other, not that the author of that book is a Thelemite that I am aware of, as neither am I.
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using older technology like me:-)
Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind (2001)
2019: Year of the mathematician?-)
"And it could well be that at this interface , this 'mysterious edge' as they call it, that the idea of a psycho-physical matrix is found to be a useful construct within a consciousness model, for it is here that these two apparent realities arise from an ontologically prior unity.
Since it is at this juncture that the ephemeral becomes solid, it is logical to suggest that there is a neutral place where two realms remain undivided.
This is consistently alluded to in the various dual aspect theories, not least being Jung's postulation of an underlying unus mundas, glimpses of which may well be available, albeit sporadically and unpredictably, through the meaningful coincidences that can so unexpectedly touch our hearts and our lives.
When this occurs, subject and object become temporarily united in a timeless epiphany which, although it may only last for a moment, provides an escape from what Marie-Louise von Franz describes as 'the stifling clutches of a one-sided view of life'.
This one-sided view is a consequence of the human condition, cut off as we are in our isolated subjectivity from the world that we are so patently a part.
Our isolated subjectivity may in fact be but a macro-world illusion, one that is punctuated and penetrated in small ways by such anomalies as synchronistic occurrences and the double-slit experiment, though they are as remote from each other as chalk and cheese.
What they do have in common, however is that both undermine the cohesion of the subject-object dichotomy, and also perhaps the mind-matter dichotomy as well.
And as Wolfgang Pauli wrote in his essay on Kepler, first published in 1952 alongside Jung's main treatise on synchronicity:
"It would be most satisfactory of all if psyche and physis could be seen as complementary aspects of the same reality"
The above passages were taken from the book 'The Many Faces of Coincidence' written by Laurence Browne.

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