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On divination and synchronicity: The psychology of meaningful chance Paperback – Jan 1 1980


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Inner City Books (1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0919123023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0919123021
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.7 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Boucher on March 1 2003
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This book is incredible.
It's presented in the format of the original lectures that it was based on (Sometimes that means she repeats important points for the audience's memory, but it never hurts, and its the only stylistic oddity).
Content-wise it is mind-blowing. I like Marie Louise Von Franz so much because she takes all these obtuse ideas that Jung had, and gets them to make so much sense and have such a real life and personality and weight to them, which is often hard to get by just reading the original material straight from the horses mouth (Jung being the horse, in this case).
This is a great book about synchronicity. It spends a whole lot of time talking about integers and chance and stuff like that.
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This has been up til now a library read. I've read it 5 times. The ideas are complex and have a significant impact on how one views life's vagaries. von Franz's writing is clear and easy to understand, but what is implied by her arguments changed how I view life and how I proceed to make choices.
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Chance is an act of God June 14 2007
By OAKSHAMAN - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a thin book consisting of six powerful lectures. This is appropriate since Jung's original paper on synchronicity was also a thin but powerful volume. That is the theme here- the connection of the concept of synchronicity with traditional methods of divination. However, do not make the mistake of thinking that divination represents "tame" synchronicity for there is nothing tame or predictable about it.

Von Frantz points out that all traditional civilizations have used oracles to try to ascertain the will of God. Indeed, this is perhaps one of the greatest distinctions between the modern and the traditional. In modern Westernized cultures the approach is to look at an event and then abstract a mathematical model. In traditional cultures one uses an intuitive mental model to read an event. The first way seeks control; the second seeks meaning. Therein lies a vast gulf.

It is pointed out that the unconscious knows things- things of the past and future. This breaks out into the conscious world in dreams and in synchronicity. There is a vast matrix of symbolic meaning in the unconscious and when you energize one nexus, one archetype, other related archetypes sympathetically resonate with it. These resonations break out into the "real" world of the day-to-day conscious in the form of seemingly causeless synchronicity.

It is pointed out that this sort of phenomena occurs mostly to certain "gifted" individuals. The gift consists of a weaker conscious ego that does not get in the way of the unconscious as consistently as it does with the average man or woman. This sort of person can somehow relate more to the absolute knowledge of the unconscious. It seems that it is the bright light of ego consciousness that dims access for others. When the ego is weakened (as in the ego-death of the traditional shaman) then one can dwell on the threshold. Traditionally it is stated that one only learns the secrets of life after dieing, however, if one dies in life and returns then the living can access the secret of the two worlds, of heaven and earth. This is the fenestra aeternitatis, the window into eternity.
55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Synchronize this! March 1 2003
By Timothy Boucher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is incredible.
It's presented in the format of the original lectures that it was based on (Sometimes that means she repeats important points for the audience's memory, but it never hurts, and its the only stylistic oddity).
Content-wise it is mind-blowing. I like Marie Louise Von Franz so much because she takes all these obtuse ideas that Jung had, and gets them to make so much sense and have such a real life and personality and weight to them, which is often hard to get by just reading the original material straight from the horses mouth (Jung being the horse, in this case).
This is a great book about synchronicity. It spends a whole lot of time talking about integers and chance and stuff like that.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
complex ideas yet easy to read May 4 2006
By sparky_magic_rainbow - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book! She talks about the Chinese world view/how aboriginal cultures practice divination/integers/causality and many more fascinating (and sometimes obscure) topics.
Have donated most of my library to charity but this one's a keeper.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Amazingly insightful associations March 9 2009
By Neal J. Pollock - Published on Amazon.com
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There's little doubt that von Franz was, in her own right, a genius--as was her mentor Carl Jung. Unlike Jung, whose books are brilliant but extremely difficult to read--both in style & in organization, von Franz writes beautifully & is very organized indeed. She makes points and then ties them all together in an extraordinary fashion--virtually amazing to me. She provides insights from her personal experiences as well as her interactions with Jung which are not to my knowledge available in Jung's Collected Works of C.G. Jung: 21 Volume Hardcover Set. Some of her more generic statements of note were: p. 29: "If people cannot discuss things in a detached way & relatively truthfully, it is because they are influenced by an archetype" & p. 42: "The more conscious we are the more people we can understand." More specifically to the topic at hand, she relates relative & absolute time, the Self as a field of archetypes, precognition-synchronicity-& divination, ritual & play/games, sacrifice & detachment, similarities/differences among diviners--p. 42 "all are true but all are only partial," & most interestingly considering both the duality of the relative/absolute dichotomy vs. the mystical Unity of All -- p. 98: "Jung stresses the point that since the physical & the psychic realms coincide within the synchronistic event, there must be somewhere or somehow a unitarian reality--one reality of the physical & psychic realms."

But, less philosophical and more practical (and a devastating comment on American culture), von Franz says that pp. 84-5: "If one has very primitive feelings, then one has black & white reactions: I like it, or I don't like it, and there is nothing in between; or this is good & this is bad, agreeable or disagreeable--it is an either-or reaction. That is typical for undifferentiated feeling. Thinking types, for instance, react like that, while feeling types have a kind of spectrum of feeling reactions...a spectrum reaction." This book is full of penetrating analysis & innovative, creative arguments--brilliant.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Links field energy philosohy to divination April 10 2009
By Patricia Lueders - Published on Amazon.com
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The book offers some good insight thru the science of field energy of what we may be connecting into thru divination.

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