“Our science”, writes Jung in the foreword to one of the most famous editions of I Ching (‘The I Ching or Book of Changes’, The Richard Wilhelm Translation, Routledge&Kegan Paul, London, 1977.), “is based on the principle of causality and the causality is regarded as being the axiomatic truth. However, the big change is going on in our viewpoint. That which Kants Critique of Pure Reason didn’t succeed in doing, now does the modern physics. The axiom of causality is being shaken to its roots: now we know that what we call the natural law is just the statistical truth and because of that it allows the exceptions. By now we didn’t take in consideration the fact that to show the reliability of the natural laws, we would need a laboratory with its strict limitations. If we leave the phenomenons to the nature, a different picture is shown: every process is partly or wholly under the influence of the coincidence and in such measure that the absolute compliance with the specific natural law under the natural circumstances is almost an exception.”
The essence of the law of synchronicity is that it somehow connects seemingly not-connected events, occurring at the same time. Usually we would call such events coincidental. However, Jung claims that exactly this “coincidence” is real, as opposed to a statistically predictable pattern which is almost always the exception.
The experience has taught me that people often overlook the revolutionary significance of Jung’s claims. To prevent that mistake and make sure you understand what is on stake here, please read aloud these two statements:
THE CLEAN CAUSAL CONNECTION OF EVENTS IS AN EXCEPTION IN REAL WORLD.
“A COINCIDENCE”, MEANING THE STATISTICAL RARITY OR EVEN ANOMALY, IS A RULE IN REAL WORLD.
Indeed, just thinking about these two sentences can quickly launch you into the world where synchronicity is the reality and causality is nothing but a dream.