Synchronicity and consensus​




A page in a book on synchronicity (Synchronicity: Nature & Psyche in an Interconnected Universe, by Joseph Cambray) has been opened, by me, to arbitrarily answer the question inside myself, "Why was Jung so afraid to write about synchronicity?" (His seminal book on the subject was published close to his death even though he had been studying meaningful connections for at least 20 years.) The page unfolds and I read this commentary, which may be relevant:


Jung refers to kairos or the "nick of time." '"We are living in what the Greeks called the kairos--the right moment--for a 'metamorphosis of the gods,' of the fundamental principles and symbols. This peculiarity of our time, which is certainly not of our conscious choosing, is the expression of the unconscious man within us who is changing." His famous disciple Marie Von Franz writes of "the association of kairos with goddesses weaving time...alluding to the idea of a 'field' in which 'meaningful connections,' are interwoven like threads of a fabric."


Cambray goes on to explain on page 90 of Synchronicity: "In general the emergency of consensus in the democratic processes of an organization tends to reflect self-organizing aspects of the larger field formed by the individual who comprise the voting body. The moment of consensus in this sense is an act of creation of the whole that has a synchronistic falling together in time at its core and hence evidence of an emerging archetypal constellation. The feeling of rightness of what comes forth in such moments can often be detected by some sense of the numinous, or of a 'third" that all partake in.


Although this does not answer why Jung did not publish on synchronicity until close to the end of his life, the idea of synchronicity and consensus building has import for me as a creative facilitator. There is value in looking for or expecting synchronistic experiences in a research debrief or creative ideation session in which all observers hear and see the same research and are now coming to new insightful, breakthrough conclusions together.