Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I got some magic in me...

Do you already have this song in mind? If not, I suggest you click on the link. It will make you happy instantly. Magic. You know how sometimes things happen by accident. Or you are thinking about someone that you haven't seen in ages and suddenly you hear from them. Or you are looking, for say, a green short skirt, and you start seeing them everywhere. Sometimes I think there are no coincidences. That this little magic moments are not casual, that in a way, it is meant to be. But we are not always able to see it. Kind of like Steve Jobs said:  
"You can't connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future".  

Which reminds me of the following extract from Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, in which the White Queen says to Alice: "It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards".

'The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday--but never jam to-day.'
'It MUST come sometimes to "jam to-day,"' Alice objected.
'No, it can't,' said the Queen. 'It's jam every OTHER day: to-day isn't any OTAHER day, you know.'
'I don't understand you,' said Alice. 'It's dreadfully confusing!'
'That's the effect of living backwards,' the Queen said kindly: 'it always makes one a little giddy at first--'
'Living backwards!' Alice repeated in great astonishment. 'I never heard of such a thing!'
'--but there's one great advantage in it, that one's memory works both ways.'
'I'm sure MINE only works one way,' Alice remarked. 'I can't remember things before they happen.'
'It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,' the Queen remarked.
And this brings me to Jung. It was one of his favorite phrases, and that is where I first stumbled upon it, reading his biography.  And also to the concept of synchronicity, that he described with Wolfgang Pauli. Let the wikipedia explain us:

"Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events, that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, that are observed to occur together in a meaningful manner. The idea of synchronicity is that the conceptual relationship of minds, defined as the relationship between ideas, is intricately structured in its own logical way and gives rise to relationships that are not causal in nature. These relationships can manifest themselves as simultaneous occurrences that are meaningfully related. Jung was transfixed by the idea that life was not a series of random events but rather an expression of a deeper order, which he and Pauli referred to as Unus mundus. This deeper order led to the insights that a person was both embedded in an orderly framework and was the focus of that orderly framework and that the realisation of this was more than just an intellectual exercise but also having elements of a spiritual awakening. From the religious perspective synchronicity shares similar characteristics of an "intervention of grace". Jung believed that many experiences that are coincidences due to chance in terms of causality suggested the manifestation of parallel events or circumstances in terms of meaning, reflecting this governing dynamic.[7]  He believed that synchronicity served a similar role in a person's life to dreams with the purpose of shifting a person's egocentric conscious thinking to greater wholeness."

Before I even read about this theory, I had that feeling. Perhaps that is why I love Julio Cortazar so much. His stories are all about the random magic occurring in everyday life.  This can also explain why in my field, the subjects that appeal to me the most are Ecology, Epidemiology, Public Health. In these sort of fields you can actually see the connections and its effects on tangible, real, living beings. And you can call me crazy now, but I believe everything is connected, we are all one.It is in these things where I see God.


  1. Esa canción me recuerda a Venezuela.
    Antes de venirme, era parte de las propagandas del canal Sony. Con mis hermanas veíamos siempre las series de Sony, así que me trae lindos recuerdos!
    De todos el discurso de Jobs, esa es la frase que siempre he recordado. No la de hacer lo que quieres, o lo que amas o todo lo demás que dijo, sino la de unir los puntos mirando hacia atrás. No hay casualidades en está vida. Parecen, pero no lo son. Y de eso te das cuenta luego de un tiempo que comienzas a entender porque todo sucedió así.
    Tu post me hizo recordar a Jorge Drexler y su canción "Todo se transforma".
    Buen día lluviosito!

  2. I definitely don't think you're crazy; in fact I think we're very much on the same page. I LOVE noticing synchronicity in my life and I don't think they happen accidentally. Am going to go read up on Jung now; the excerpt you posted is intriguing me! :)

  3. @ Ley, no conocia esa canción, voy a escucharla :) Y si...

    @ Lilie , I still have to read a lot of Jung, but what I've read is like Wow, yeah, that. And yeah, whenever "synchronicity" happens , it is quite something.

    @ Marcela :)

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this! Me and my boy talk about this kind of happenings all the time and I've never even heard about the concept of synchronicity. I'm so curious to read more!

  5. @Ines, definitely, read some Jung, I really like his ideas, the concept of universal unconscious, archetypes.... And if you like short stories, you will like Cortazar as well it is like surrealism in "normal" events, not your typical folkloric latin american writer (those are also good, but in a different way).

  6. Qué bonita foto en la playa, se siente tanta tranquilidad y libertad!

  7. @ Zarawitta, :) gracias, si , fue un dia que de pura suerte todavia nos toco sol, a finales de Septiembre. Creo que fueron los dias mas calidos del verano, que llego tarde.


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