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BOOK REVIEW: "The Sync Book 2" edited by Alan Abbadessa-Green

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BOOK REVIEW: The Sync Book 2 / 26 Essays on Synchronicity edited by Alan Abbadessa-Green (2012) Sync Book Press

In Gary Lachman's 2010 book Jung the Mystic: The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung's Life and Teachings, the author reminds the reader that Jung, the so-called "founding father of the New Age," had had a falling out with psychoanalytical colleague Sigmund Freud due to his unconventional studies on the collective unconscious, archetype theory and, most notably, synchronicity (see the terrific 2011 David Cronenberg film A Dangerous Method for more on that).

And yet the famous Swiss psychologist struggled throughout his professional life, just as he battled with Freud, to be taken seriously as a scientist. And yet, as Lachman notes, "What seems to pin Jung to the mystical bull's-eye is his claim to special, secret knowledge, knowledge not obtained throught he normal methods of cognition … Jung often lamented that he "knew things and must hint at things which other people do not know, and usually do not even want to know."

And there are seemingly growing numbers of people who do want to know these secret things, as evidenced by the number of websites out there praising Jung's work, referencing his work (is that really a copy of Jung's The Red Book on the manager's desk in the Overlook Hotel in The Shining?) and creating websites about synchronicity and its deeper offshoot synchromysticism.

So, it was last year that I had the pleasure of learning about The Sync Book, the first in the trilogy (the third installment is scheduled to be released in 2014) of collected essays from synchromystic-minded bloggers, thinkers and dreamers. Like many drawn to synchromysticism, the works of Jake Kotze and Steve Willner opened their eyes to this esoteric landscape that really was always there. As Kotze wrote: "Synchronicity happens when we notice the bleed-through from one seemingly separate thing into another - or when we for a brief moment move beyond the mind's divisions of the world. Synchromysticism explores this phenomenon …"

As Manly P. Hall wrote in 1988 in a preface to The Secret Teachings of All Ages: "To avoid a future of war, crime, and bankruptcy, the individual must begin to plan his own destiny, and the best source of the necessary information comes down to us through the writings of the ancients."

The ancients, it can be argued, were more in touch with the things most of us do not perceive. They embraced symbology and the power it could offer. They knew there was a better way and with so many problems now facing the planet and information being far more widely available, more are seeking that knowledge and wanting to, for the most part, use it for the betterment of humankind and our own inner experiences.

Some would say there is a fine line between dreams and reality. Others might say the two intersect more often than we might realize. Personally, I have been fascinated with the idea of synchronicity (first hearing the term as a kid in relation to a 1983 rock album by The Police) and that led me to explore what was really going on beyond the visible. For much of my life synchronicity has been something I've experienced and explored. So it is comforting and exciting to know that others - many others - are interested in these experiences as well.

And so years later, here I am reviewing the latest book - The Sync Book 2 - and the 26 essays on synchronicity therein. First, I should mention, I couldn't put this collection down - all 460 pages. I breezed right through it, and learned a lot in the process. In fact, I had a number of bona fide synchronicities take place while reading the book.

Reading Frank Zero's chapter on Saturday morning cartoons and how bizarre they could be - "Saturday Morning Vision Quest" - I was reading about a very heavy 1973 episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series. The episode, "The Magicks of Megas-tu," involved the Enterprise crew engaging in ritual magic, a Luciferian entity called "Lucien" and the crew being transported to 1691 Salem, Massachusetts (Salem, being a name that comes up again and again for me) where they face trial for humanity's failings and attacks on witch-like beings. Anyway, while reading that, I became entranced by a song playing on TV. Turned out to be a song by Michael De Salem, a man who is fascinated with that New England town and its mysterious history, so much so that he incorporated Salem into his name.

Later, while reading about a book noted at the end of The Sync Book 2, it notes a 1963 episode of Route 66 called "I'm Here to Kill a King." The plot, filmed at Niagara Falls, was to involve a lone gunman assassinating an Arab potentate at the iconic landmark. The episode had been scheduled to run the week after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but was pulled … "an all too real episode of life imitating art." It then notes that 10 years earlier, in the film Niagara, Marilyn Monroe's (a woman forever tied to JFK) character plots to kill her lover but is instead killed by him. The famous Andy Warhol painting Marilyn Diptych was created shortly after her death and based on a publicity photo from Niagara.

I mention this because minutes after finishing the book, I go to The New York Times website and there, as an ad next to a story about woes within the Iowa Republican Party, is that vary iconic image - the Marilyn Diptych I had been reading about minutes earlier.

"Synchronicities are those moments of 'meaningful coincidence' when the boundary dissolves between the inner and the outer," notes author Paul Levy in the first chapter. "At the synchronistic moment, just as in a dream, our internal subjective state appears - as if materialized in, as, and through the outside world."

"(Synchronicities) are windows into the realm outside of time and space, a world in which we ourselves are active participants in and of 'the one creative act.'"

Noting that synchronicities are "both timeless and temporal," with the ability to be "deeply religious and mystical experiences, expanding our sense of who we imagine we are and transforming our intimate relationship with ourselves."

As Red Dirt Report readers know, we have written about synchonicities and synchromysticism. Our friend Loren Coleman, over at the Twilight Language blog, is rightfully included in this collection with "On Being a Synchromystic Twilight Language Analyst."

Coleman started off four decades or more ago writing about names and the interesting connections between those names and unexplained phenomena and strange events. Later, after becoming familiar with the work of Ardmore, Okla. native James Shelby Downard (King-Kill/33: Masonic Symbolism in the Assassination of John F. Kennedy), Coleman delved deeper into "twilight language." He explains: "The exploration of 'twilight language' is, in essence, a methodological approach employed by some or most researchers and writers who practice synchromysticism." Adds Coleman: "I actually don't enjoy being involved with anything with an 'ism' used to denote it. It sounds too cultish and religious to me."

For Coleman, his "name games" are really just synchromysticism. Others in the book take a different tack. Mike Clelland, in his chapter "Synchronicity and the UFO Abductee," he shares a story about a 1974 UFO experience he had with two other people. Much later, Clelland said he heard from both these people - people he hadn't spoken to in years - via Facebook just as he is thinking about these individuals who both shared this unique experience with him.

Writes Clelland: "Both of them find me at the exact moment I'm feeling insecure and freaked-out. Both their messages change something in me; they confirm that something very strange is indeed going on."

Personally, I got a lot out of David Plate's "Windows Work Two Ways, Mirrors One." Mirrors have played a big role in my life and Plate's insights on sync, Kabbalah, pop culture weirdness involving Pink Floyd, the film Pi, Kubrick's films, Jim Morrison and the Tarot, and much, much more just blew my mind.

There is a lot of esoteric artwork peppered throughout the book and even the cartoon panels by Riotfish (words by James Randell, art by Justin Pasieka) called "Transmission from Neptune" really define the times we are in now, from synchronicities in a post-9/11 world, anxiety about nuclear power (i.e. Fukushima) and feling that no one really cares about the direction our planet is taking. Powerful, hard-hitting stuff.

And I have to say that Mark Golding's contribution (he drew the chapter icon mandalas), "Dance the Deep Line: A Story of Redemption, Hope, Fear, Healing and Impossibility" really struck a chord with me as he shares some very personal experiences while unclogging a life-giving spring. Very inspiring.

And while there are subjects that many people may find difficult to understand or hard to follow (there were some chapters where I frankly didn't know what they were getting at), the second installment of the Sync Book series has an honesty and depth that you won't find on most blogs dealing with the esoteric or supernatural. These are real folks sharing their deepest thoughts and ideas about the hidden things Jung alluded to so long ago.

Contributing writers to The Sync Book 2 include: Trish and Rob MacGregor, Jasun Horusly, Frater X, Ezra Sandzer-Bell, Anadae Quenyan Effro, Robert Perry, Victoria Hunt, Loren Coleman, Joe Alexander, Riotfish, Anthony Peake, Alex Robinson, Scott Onstott, Noah Sherrill, Freeman, William Klaus, John Franklin Kale, Mark LeClair, Dr. Kirby Surprise, Mike Clelland, Nexus of Sync, Richard Arrowsmith, David Plate, Paul Levy and Frank Zero.

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