I believe that it was Carl Jung who coined the phrase “synchronicity” or “meaningful coincidences.” This concept embraces the idea that the human mind can find meaningful parallels with events in the physical world.
An example of this happened to one of my college instructors. He and his wife were watching Alfred Hitchcock’s movie The Birds. As the frightful movie came to end a bird actually hit their picture window—thus physically punctuating their inner fear. Here, the outer world entered into profound interaction with their inner psychic state.
Current materialistic science’s linear view of causal process cannot account for such statistically improbable things. However, some pioneering physicists and researchers are beginning to suspect that “consciousness” is behind the physics ruling the universe on the fundamental (pre-Planck) level.
What is even more incredible is that scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg came to the same conclusion two centuries earlier. Swedenborg claimed that all process, both physical and mental, proceeded by the same rules and patterning principles. We instinctively discern this parallel when we talk about the “springtime, summer, fall and winter” of our lives. We often describe the ideas in our mind as taking root, growing, branching out, flowering and bearing fruit, etc.
Then he blew the doors off the car of materialistic science!
According to Swedenborg, this parallelism was more than poetic ingenuity—its dynamics extended beyond the laws of science and into theology and revelation of God’s Infinite Wisdom and governance (Providence).
He wrote a series of books called the Arcana Coelestia, which provided ponderous rational evidence that God’s Holy Word was 100% synchronistic—and, on more than one level! Even a causal reading of Scripture reveals interesting coincidences, such as similar numerals like 40, 3, 7 and 12 appearing throughout the text. Or, that both Joseph and Jesus were both betrayed and sold for silver coins.
In other words, the literal sense and content of the Bible narratives contained deeper meanings, which mirrored the physical events portrayed. Swedenborg called these meaningful coincidences correspondences. Thus, a battle scene depicted in Scripture actually provides a unique mirror and look into our inner psychical world at times when we come under attack and experience personal conflict between opposing values and worldviews in our hearts and minds. The Seven-Day Creation Story in Genesis represents the orderly steps for the inner creation (epigenesis) of a new quality of spirit within humanity. Deeper still, Scripture contains a level of meaning that described how, when the Lord was in the world, He unified His human nature with His divine nature (Glorification).
It is my hope that those who study Swedenborg’s vast contributions to the world of human thought will take a leadership role in ushering in this new paradigm.