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The Pauli Effect on the Pauli Effect

posted by Robert Moss

“Pauli Effect” is a term used for the mysterious malfunctioning of equipment in the presence of a certain person. We all know someone who has this effect, stopping watches, crashing computers, blowing out light bulbs. Often the phenomenon looks like […]

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Reading “what is behind”; Divination in Imperial Japan

posted by Robert Moss

In imperial Japan, one-third of the officials in the Ministry of Religious Affairs — the Jingi-kan — were assigned to one department, the Department of Divination. Their job was to read patterns of coincidence and advise the emperor accordingly. They […]

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The scarab and the fox: how Jung navigated by synchronicity

posted by Robert Moss

Jung’s life practice of paying attention to coincidence and symbolic popups in the world around us is a model of how to navigate by synchronicity. In his work with patients, he paid close attention to the interplay of dreams and signs […]

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The Secret History of Dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

What is one thing people should know about the role dreams have played in history?  Dreams are part of our human survival kit, part of what has kept us going, and evolving on this planet. Across history most people have […]

Three coincidence games for any day

posted by Robert Moss

Navigating by synchronicity is the dreamer’s way of operating 24/7. We all know what it feels like when the world around us gives us a sign or a symbol. Coincidence is when the universe gets personal. It can feel like […]

Cracked or creative: speaking of coincidence

posted by Robert Moss

Coincidences are homing beacons. They are secret handshakes from the universe. They are extraordinary sources of guidance and direction. The great psychologist Carl Jung lived by coincidence. and achieved a profound understanding that through the study of coincidence we will […]

The passions of the soul work magic

posted by Robert Moss

The stronger the emotion, the stronger its effect on our psychic and physical environment. And the effects of our emotions may reach much further than we can initially understand. They can generate a convergence of incidents and energies, for good […]

Navigating by synchronicity

posted by Robert Moss

Navigating by synchronicity is the dreamer’s way of operating in daily life. The word “synchronicity” was coined by Jung to flag patterns of meaningful coincidence. He defined “synchronicity” as “the coincidence in time of two or more causally unrelated events which have […]

Oneiric logic, time travel and the yellow Mini Cooper

posted by Robert Moss

A yellow Mini Cooper is becoming another of my personal markers, like the friendly black dog or the red-tailed hawk. There is an oneiric logic to some of its appearances, on the roads of more than one world. It makes […]

Onieric logic, time travel and the yellow Mini Cooper

posted by Robert Moss

A yellow Mini Cooper is becoming another of my personal markers, like the friendly black dog or the red-tailed hawk. There is an oneiric logic to some of its appearances, on the roads of more than one world. It makes […]

Coincidence is when the universe gets personal

posted by Robert Moss

When we experience synchronicity, we often have the sense that powers beyond our ordinary perception have come into play. Coincidence is when the universe gets personal. Heraclitus said (in paraphrase) that the deepest logic of our lives is a child […]

The passions of the soul work magic

posted by Robert Moss

The passions of the soul work magic. This observation, attributed to the great Dominican scholar and magus Albertus Magnus (and loved by Jung) is eminently practical guidance for living your juiciest and most creative life. There are two conditions for working […]

There is one direction in which space is open to us

posted by Robert Moss

The sun rises from behind the mountains, and golden light bursts over the lake. Though the analogy is too pedestrian for the glory of this moment, it seems to me that an immense light bulb has come on, impossible to […]

Peter Jackson’s secret handshake from Hobbit country

posted by Robert Moss

As the New York Times reports in a fascinating long article today, “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson has created a private empire for himself in his native New Zealand. The government treats him like royalty and is marketing […]

Notice what’s showing through your slip

posted by Robert Moss

The book in which Freud gave the most complete account of the phenomenon known (after him) as the Freudian slip was first published in 1901 as The Psychopathology of Everyday Life. It’s  a collection of essays that was probably better-known and more […]

Light from Emerson on the laws of spiritual magnetism

posted by Robert Moss

The sun rises from behind the mountains, and golden light bursts over the lake. Though the analogy is too pedestrian for the glory of this moment, it seems to me that an immense light bulb has come on, impossible to […]

Look for the hidden hand

posted by Robert Moss

It’s been said that coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous. One of my rules for navigating by synchronicity is: look for the hidden hand. While Jung described synchronicity as “an acausal connecting principle”, we often feel that there is […]

Footsteps of the Synchron-O-city Beast

posted by Robert Moss

Nothing happens in which you are not entangled in a secret manner, for everything has ordered itself around you and plays your innermost. Nothing in you is hidden to things…The stars whisper your deepest mysteries to you, and the soft […]

Life is a slice

posted by Robert Moss

Walking a gritty block just south of the Loop in downtown Chicago, I received a message from the world in the sign of Pauly’s Pizzeria: LIFE IS A SLICE. That’s a great advertising slogan for a pizza restaurant. It also […]

When the body knows what hasn’t happened yet

posted by Robert Moss

The body sometimes seems to “know” about a future event and responds as if that event has already taken place. An old term for this is presentiment.  It can amount to the body presenting anticipatory symptoms. A personal example: I went […]

We dream the future, all the time

posted by Robert Moss

Precognition is knowledge of things to come that we cannot conceivably know about through ordinary channels. A precognitive dream contains specific data about a future event that is not available to you outside the dream. You receive confirmation of a […]

Friday 13th

posted by Robert Moss

Quick, repeat after me the following word: paraskevidekatriaphobia. This is the learned name for fear of Friday 13th. It doesn’t trip off the tongue quite as lightly as triskaidekaphobia, which means fear of the number 13. The longer tongue-twister is derived from the Greek […]

April fish

posted by Robert Moss

Catch any fish today? In many parts of Europe, an April Fools prank is called an “April fish”.  In Dutch, it’s apriivis; in Italian, pesce d’Avrile. The term poisson d’Avril first broke surface in a French poem in the early 1500s. The original, […]

Secret handshakes from the universe

posted by Robert Moss

When do you say, “What a coincidence”? You think of someone, and they call you on the phone a minute later. You dream of a bear, and a black bear walks onto the road in front of you on a […]

What we can offer Hawk

posted by Robert Moss

One of the readers of yesterday’s blog essay on “Messages from Hawk” asked a provocative question:  “Seems we could learn much from Hawk. What do we have to offer Hawk?” I am going to respond here rather fully, from my […]

Messages from hawk, and other personal omens

posted by Robert Moss

I am in favor of personal omens. Sometimes these are hand-me-downs. Not every old superstition is “merely” superstition. Some have a kernel of sound common sense, like the old adage that you should never walk under a ladder; something or […]

The Three “Only” Things

posted by Robert Moss

There are three things we routinely say are “only” this or that, but may be of incalculable importance in our lives. We say: “It’s only a dream.” “It’s just a coincidence.” “It’s only my imagination.” When we claim the power […]

The marketplace oracle

posted by Robert Moss

The ancient Greeks thought a marketplace was a good place to go in order to pick up messages from the world. A popular oracle in ancientGreece, at Pharai in thePeloponnese, was located in a walled market. At the center of […]

God’s way of remaining anonymous

posted by Robert Moss

It’s been said that coincidence is God’s (or Goddess’) way of remaining anonymous. When we experience meaningful coincidence, we often feel that a hidden hand is at work. In his famous essay on Synchronicity, Jung described the pairing or clustering […]

Mouse gives a lesson in creation theory

posted by Robert Moss

I am sitting on an airplane next to a round-faced little girl in pink. Her mother calls her “Mouse” and isn’t interested in talking to her, but she’s full of curiosity about everything from the ventilation system to the creation […]

Do what you love, and let the world support you

posted by Robert Moss

I’m not enthusiastic about New Year resolutions, unless they are so easy and simple to fulfill that it’s almost impossible not to carry through. We certainly do not want to get into the habit of making promises we don’t keep […]

Einstein demonstrates the secret of synchronicity

posted by Robert Moss

When we go dreaming, we travel through the curtains of our everyday understanding, beyond the walls of our physical reality; we get out there. Through synchronicity, or meaningful coincidence, the powers that live in that deeper reality come probing or poking through […]

Secret handshakes from the universe: what made her fall

posted by Robert Moss

“What is stopping me from reaching my goal?” All of us have asked ourselves that question at some point. Michele woke from a dream with the question clear in her mind. The dream gave her focus on what she most […]

At the bottom of Lincoln’s barrel

posted by Robert Moss

In his 1860 autobiography, Abraham Lincoln wrote that he studied law with “nobody”. In an 1855 letter to Isham Reavis, a would-be attorney, he offered this counsel: “I did not read with any one. Get the books, and read and […]

Call on the Library Angel, and check your sneakers

posted by Robert Moss

The Library Angel. That was Arthur Koestler’s name for the shelf elf that arranges that a certain book appears (or disappears) in unusual ways at just the right moment. To get the attention of the Library Angel, pick any book, open […]

The gods love to travel in disguise

posted by Robert Moss

The Greeks say the gods love to travel in disguise. Zeus and Hermes once appeared as dusty travelers in a village where no one would welcome them except an elderly couple named Philemon and Baucis, who realized their guests were […]

From mental telegraphy to mental texting

posted by Robert Moss

Mark Twain was a lifelong student of meaningful coincidence. In 1878, he gathered some of experiences and experiments in a most interesting article he titled “Mental Telegraphy.” He waited 20 years to publish it, fearing ridicule or incredulity. When public […]

You can’t find serendipity unless you get lost

posted by Robert Moss

The cardinal navigational law of serendipity is this: You can only get to the magic kingdom by getting lost. You get there when you think you are going somewhere else and fall off the maps. Take the case of Mark […]

Reading the cracks as opposed to being cracked

posted by Robert Moss

My most recent post on coincidence has sparked lively discussion. One reader asks an important question: “I have seen people go hospital crazy, reading all kinds of signs in coincidences that just plain weren’t true. They see whatever they desire, […]

God’s way of remaining anonymous

posted by Robert Moss

Jung described the pairing or clustering of events through meaningful coincidence as an “acausal” phenomenon. Certainly, we do not observe causation in the play of coincidence in the way that we can say the kettle boiled because we turned on […]

It IS coincidence, and that means a LOT!

posted by Robert Moss

When do you say, “What a coincidence”? You think of someone, and they call you on the phone a minute later. You dream of a bear, and a black bear walks onto the road in front of you on a […]

A good luck sign from the Speaking Land

posted by Robert Moss

The First Peoples of my native Australia talk of the Speaking Land. Listen to that phrase, and you’ll hear in it the understanding that nature is alive and conscious and will communicate with us in many voices if we will […]

The future of imaginal healing

posted by Robert Moss

As we reclaim the skills of dreaming, imagery for healing will become central to our medicine. Advances in hard scientific research, especially in the fast-expanding field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) have helped to provide the mandate, because they supply overwhelming evidence that […]

Hummingbird Medicine: retreats that are good for the heart

posted by Robert Moss

I was leading a weekend workshop in the original California Gold Rush country, at a center just outside Coloma. The workshop was titled “Dreaming a Life with Heart.” In the first morning session, as always, I had people introduce themselves […]

The bee-priestess and the tears of Ra

posted by Robert Moss

Sometimes it is quite impossible to avoid sensing an intelligence – or multiple intelligences – at work in the riffs of synchronicity. Here’s another personal example, from a weekend workshop at a wilderness center in the Northeast.  In the morning […]

Sidewalk Tarot

posted by Robert Moss

Sometimes we don’t have to look very far to get a message for the day. In my neighborhood on the Fifth of July, the legacy of Firecracker Day included not only the husks of rockets and catherine wheels and multi-chambered […]

In praise of the shelf elf

posted by Robert Moss

Arthur Koestler spoke of the Library Angel – that bookish spirit that makes texts appear at just the right time. I wish to speak now of a lesser, but highly active, spirit of stacks that we may call the Shelf […]

Spiritual gravitation

posted by Robert Moss

Your own will come to you. AE (the visionary writer and artist George Russell) summarized the law of spiritual gravitation in this phrase.  I find this a vital practical truth. He also wrote: I found that every intense imagination, every […]

Looking through Tarot windows

posted by Robert Moss

My first Tarot deck fell into my hands when I was 17. It was the old Rider-Waite deck, the only one publicly available in that era, and a very good set of cards for newbies. However, as I spread and […]

Busting the bullying ex, on the night shift

posted by Robert Moss

A woman in line at my booksigning at the Boulder Bookstore asked if she could tell me a dream. When the line had thinned a little, I could give her full attention. She told me a dream confirmed by a […]

More brushes with the fox

posted by Robert Moss

Synchronicity can be a kiss from the universe, or a secret handshake, or a slap in the face. It can also tickle like a fox’s whiskers, or its brush. In California this week, I am feeling the play of fox […]

Delicious soles in the rain

posted by Robert Moss

Not everyone may catch the resonance of “soul” and “sole” in their personal symbology, but the world was again speaking to me in sole language this morning. Back home for a day between adventures in Colorado and California, I returned […]

Of souls and Sole Sisters

posted by Robert Moss

When I hear dreams of shoes, I often ask whether they mirror what is happening to the dreamer’s soul. Shoes have soles, and we hear the echo. When they are missing or damaged or mixed up or don’t fit, we […]

Coincidence multiplies when we are in motion

posted by Robert Moss

Boulder, Colorado Coincidence multiplies when we are in motion. This is one of the reasons I enjoy travel, despite (and sometimes because of) missed airline connections, delayed bags, cramped seats and other perks of getting around the world. When we […]

When the universe gets personal

posted by Robert Moss

Coincidence is where mind and matter meets. We have something on our mind and then something rises up in the world around us, which mirrors back at us that issue or sometimes dramatizes it in a way which feels meaningful. Through meaningful coincidence […]

The best divination deck ever

posted by Robert Moss

Today the tulips are blazing red and gold, pink and purple, in my local park, and soon it will be Tulipfest. My mind goes back to a coincidence card game we played in one of my recent evening classes. A […]

Stuffed toy of the day, Dreaming in the Magic Mill

posted by Robert Moss

I’ve been writing in this space about the ways the world gives us messages through synchronicity and symbolic pop-ups, some of which can be so in-your-face that even the dullest imagination finds them hard to miss. To categories like Vanity […]

Crazy T-shirt of the day

posted by Robert Moss

We can get a message for the day from the first vanity plate we glimpse on a car in the street, as recently discussed in this space.. So why not from the first crazy T-shirt spotted in a day? Here’s […]

Vanity plate of the day

posted by Robert Moss

One of my favorite ways to get a message for the day is to notice the first vanity plate that I see on a car after going outside. Today, the first vanity plate I noticed read SNAKEGUY. The car was […]

Jung and the April fish

posted by Robert Moss

In many parts of Europe, an April Fools prank is called an “April fish”. The term poisson d’Avril first broke surface in a French poem in the early 1500s. The oirginal, smelliest, version of such a prank was to attach […]

Notice what rhymes in a day

posted by Robert Moss

To live as wide-awake dreamers, concious of the deeper logic of events, we want to notice what rhymes in a day. Here are some examples from my travels to Chicago on Thursday. When I arrived at my home airport, I […]

Dream tigers in the cathedral for isomorphy

posted by Robert Moss

  The physicist dreams that a major war is being waged. He wants to send news to his colleagues but his messages are censored. Then a mathematician he knows and trusts appears with his wife. The mathematician says to the […]

The Game of Three

posted by Robert Moss

I recently offered a simple and fun way to grow awareness of what rhymes in a day. It goes like this: choose a finite interval of time (a lunch break, for example, or the evening commute, or half an hour […]

The Mystery of Pauli’s Chinese Woman

posted by Robert Moss

 Coincidence multiplies when we are in motion. By “coincidence”, I mean the intersection of an external event – or series of events – with an inner sense of meaning. Case in point: When I was on book tour in San […]

Emerson Before Dawn, or: Be Straight, Be Full, Be Ready

posted by Robert Moss

I often read a page or two of Emerson before greeting the sun. For me, he is the wisest of American philosophers and the most practical, because his words create a stir in the spirit that is a wonderful incitement […]

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