The Meaning of Coincidence

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ynchronicity. Serendipity. Kismet. Most of us have experienced one of these uncanny coincidences at one point or another, strange accidents that seem to carry some degree of personal meaning for us.

Sometimes these experiences feel hugely momentous for us, drenched in significance and leading us to some major decision or inflection point in our lives. Other times these synchronicities are somewhat more subtle, like a playful wink from behind the veil. And while these peculiar experiences almost always feel meaningful in some immediate way, that meaning can sometimes feel like it’s coming through a forgotten language, making it difficult to express whatever it is these experiences are trying to say to us.

Which is why Dr. Keith and Corey wanted to have this very discussion, in order to help all of us better align ourselves with the wisdom that is trying to emerge through these bizarre coincidences. Watch as we take an integral look at synchronicity, exploring this elusive phenomena through the lenses of the four quadrants, the major states of consciousness, the twenty tenets, and Rupert Sheldrake’s theory of morphic resonance. It is a fun and fascinating discussion, and one that will hopefully help you pay a bit closer attention whenever you feel your own four quadrants falling into perfect and seamless symmetry.

Music by Justin Miles and Stuart Davis

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Dr. Keith Witt

About Keith Witt

Dr. Keith Witt is a Licensed Psychologist, teacher, and author who has lived and worked in Santa Barbara, CA. for over forty years. Dr. Witt is also the founder of The School of Love.

Corey deVos

About Corey deVos

Corey W. deVos is the proverbial "man behind the curtain". He is Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of KenWilber.com. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996.