Chapter 4 A unified reality

All life desires eternity.

C. G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections1

Meaning is unequivocally emphasized in the principle of synchronicity. So far we have considered meaning’s relationship to the element of time via the role of the observer. In order for meaning to be derived consciousness must be employed; a conscious observer must attribute meaning to acausally related events. It is necessary to clarify this: meaning is not invented by the observer. The meaning observed in synchronistic phenomena ‘presupposes .... a latent meaning which can be recognized by consciousness’ (Jung 1976: 495). During synchronistic occurrences the observer is capable of consciously detecting the underlying meaning embedded in the psychoid ...

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