Bernard Beitman discusses his book Meaningful Coincidences: How and Why Synchronicity and Serendipity Happen
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Each of us has more to do with creating coincidences than we think. In this broad exploration of the potential of coincidences to expand our understanding of reality, psychiatrist Bernard Beitman explores why and how coincidences, synchronicity, and serendipity happen, and how to use these common occurrences to inspire psychological, interpersonal, and spiritual growth. Through a complete catalogue of coincidence patterns with numerous examples, Beitman clarifies the relationship between synchronicity and serendipity and dissects the “anatomy of a coincidence”.
He defines coincidence types through their two fundamental constituents – mental events and physical events. He analyzes the many uses of meaningful coincidences as well as their potential problems. He explains how you will see patterns guiding your life decisions and learn to expect that coincidences are more likely to occur during times of stress, high emotion, and strong need, which helps you be ready to use them when they occur. Exploring the crucial role of individual thought and action in synchronicities and serendipities, Beitman shows that there’s much more behind these occurrences than ‘fate’ or randomness.
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Hi Greg that was a very interesting interview .Thanks for that. When you were talking about the starlings forming a swarm I got an image that this is like mass formation . Whenever I see their display in the sky I imagine that they are celebrating but what if it’s anger or frustration like a wasp swarm ??. And mass formation might be a natural phenomenon that occurs. Maybe I need to think through it longer.