The Law of Synchronicity
Birthday of Carl Gustav Jung
26th of July is the birthday of another great disciple of Sigmund Freud, The Carl Gustav Jung. His contribution to the world of psychology is extraordinary. He had the rebellious personality, that he has also questioned his teacher Sigmund Freud several times.
Jung’s work has been influential in the fields of psychiatry, anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy, psychology and religious studies. Psychology of the Unconscious, Psychological Types, Answer to Job, The Red Book: Liber Novus, Black Books, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Symbols of Transformation these are some of his great works.
Osho has spoken on Jung several times in his discourses, sometimes praised him for the wonderful mind and outstanding contribution to psychology, but also shone light on his mistakes of avoiding eastern mysticism.
Osho says He has been in India, and there was a man — a man the like of whom happens only once in a while. Maharshi Raman was alive. And wherever Jung went in India, almost everywhere people suggested to him, “Why are you wasting your time here and there, going to Varanasi and Bombay? Why don’t you go to Maharshi Raman?” People knew that he is a great psychoanalyst, world-famous. “You should go to Maharshi Raman, who has gone beyond the mind. Sitting by his side you may have a few glimpses. You may come away a totally changed person.” But Jung avoided him, he did not go there. On the contrary, back home he started writing against Eastern mysticism.
Osho further says And Jung started talking this nonsense in self-defense. He said, “That’s why I avoided Maharshi Raman, because Eastern methods are not suitable to us. The West needs its own yoga, the West needs its own meditations.” What difference can there be in being aware? Whether you are in the East or in the West, awareness will be the same — and that is the essential core of meditation. They are great interpreters of dreams… the whole world of the psychoanalyst is the world of dreams. And as far as the enlightened person is concerned, for him the whole world is nothing but a dream. For the psychoanalyst, dreams are his whole world, and for the enlightened person the whole world is nothing but a dream.
OSHO, YOU SAY, “DO NOT IMITATE CHRIST, BUDDHA OR YOU,” BUT CANNOT ONE LEARN BY IMITATION? CANNOT ONE LEARN BY FOLLOWING? CANNOT ONE BECOME ONE’S TRUE SELF BY THE LIGHT OF CHRIST, BUDDHA OR YOU?
TO IMITATE IS TO GO AGAINST YOURSELF. To imitate simply means you are denying yourself and you are imposing somebody else upon you. Love Christ if you can find him, but don’t imitate him. Understand the Buddha if by chance you meet him, but don’t follow him. You are here with me: BE with me in deep love, in deep trust; allow me to have a communion with your heart — let our hearts meet, merge, mingle with each other. But please don’t imitate me, don’t follow me. You have to go on your own. You have to be a light unto yourself.
You have to BE YOURSELF! If you imitate Christ you will be a Christian but never a Christ — and to be a Christian is ugly, and to be a Christ is one of the most beautiful happenings. The most precious happening in the world is to be a Christ.
To be a Buddha means to be awakened to your inner light. How can you be awakened by following somebody?
My sannyasins are not my followers, they are my friends, they are my lovers. They are not my followers! I am not giving you any instructions about how to live; I am not giving you any commandments about how to behave. I am not giving you any character to cultivate. I am simply sharing my insight — I am simply sharing with you what has happened to me. I am simply telling my story to you. And I am grateful that you are listening to it. Just listen to it as totally as possible, and then something will start happening in you. It will not be a following, it will not be an imitation. It will not be caused by me: it will be a synchronicity. It will be acausal. The law of synchronicity has to be understood. This is one of the greatest contributions of Carl Gustav Jung to modern humanity: the law of synchronicity.
Science is based on the law of causality. The law of causality is mechanical. You heat water to a hundred degrees — it evaporates. Where you heat it is irrelevant — in the temple, in the church, in the mosque, it doesn’t matter; in India, in Tibet, it doesn’t matter. If you heat water to a hundred degrees, it evaporates; the water has no say in it. The water cannot say, “Today I am not feeling like it.” Or, “Today is Sunday and I am on a holiday, and I am not interested in becoming vapour.” Or, “Today I am not in the mood, and you can go on heating and heating and I will not evaporate.” Or, “Today I am suddenly feeling very generous towards you so I will evaporate at fifty degrees. I will favour you.” No, the water has no choice. The law is mechanical, it is causal. If you create the cause, the effect HAS to follow. And it is without any exception.
Because of this law of causality, science cannot believe in the existence of soul, in the existence of consciousness, in the existence of God — because they are non-mechanical phenomena. The very methodology of science prevents it from accepting them; they cannot be absorbed in the scientific world. They will disturb it, they will destroy its whole edifice. They have to be kept out — God, soul, consciousness, love — they have all to be kept outside the temple of science. They cannot be allowed in. They are dangerous: they will sabotage its whole structure. They are acausal. But they must be following some other law. The credit goes to Carl Gustav Jung. The law has been known down the ages, but nobody had named it exactly. He called it ‘the law of synchronicity’. It suddenly happened to a scientist. A scientist a hundred years ago was staying in an old house. In that old house there were two old clocks on the same wall. He was surprised to see that they always kept exactly the same time, second to second: “Old clocks, and so perfect? Not even a single second’s difference?”
Being a scientist he became curious. He put one clock five minutes back, and after twenty-four hours in the morning when he looked again, they were again keeping the same time. Now it was a great puzzle. He enquired… nobody had changed, nobody had touched anything. He tried again and again, and again and again they would come to the same rhythm. Then he tried to find out: “What is happening? — something strange. They are disconnected!” Then he observed more minutely and he came to conclude: “The vibration of the one clock, which is more powerful, the bigger clock, goes through the wall — just the vibration — and keeps the other clock in tune. It is a subtle rhythm. Nothing is visible.” That was the beginning of a new phenomenon… then many many more things happened.
And by the time Carl Gustav Jung started working on how things happen in consciousness, he came to conclude that the vibe of one heart, if it is powerful enough, can change the rhythm of another heart –
just like the bigger clock was changing the smaller clock. The vibe is invisible. There is not yet any way to measure it, but it is there. It is not tangible, but it functions. It is not causal.
That’s what happens in SATSANG — in communion with a Master. If you are with a Christ, he is a tremendous power — he is God! He is a window to God. God is flowing through him. If you come close to him — and that’s what disciplehood is all about: to come close to a Master, to come close to a window from whom God is flowing — his power, his vibe, will set the rhythm of your heart.
It is acausal, one of those mysterious intangibles, but it has been happening down the ages. Have you watched it? Two lovers, if they are really lovers, and deep in intimacy, slowly slowly start looking alike — that is synchronicity. You can see it: real lovers, slowly slowly start looking like brother and sister. Something in them starts becoming synchronized, they start having the same rhythm.
The mother and the child have the same rhythm; hence, now it is a known fact, and even scientifically proved, that if a child is killed thousands of miles away from the mother, something in the heart of the mother feels the pain. She may not be able to understand it, what is happening; she may not be able to explain it. She may not know anything about what is happening to her child, but if something is happening to the child and the child is thousands of miles away — that doesn’t make any difference — the mother’s heart immediately starts feeling it. Something is broken in her heart too. Just the other day a sannyasin wrote to me that his mother died a few days ago — just now he has received the telegram. And he is puzzled, because the day she died he was in such agony, with no physical problem, with no psychological problem, with no visible came, but in such agony, such terrible agony, as he has never been before. This is synchronicity. The mother and the child have lived together for nine months, the child lives in the mother’s womb; his heart beats in rhythm with the mother’s heart, his blood pulsates in rhythm with the mother’s blood — he is not separate at all! He is one with the mother. And that oneness persists.
When two lovers become really intimate, when they don’t have any secrets from each other, when they are really open to each other, when they are not afraid of each other and not hiding anything from each other… that is intimacy. When they can say each and everything without any fear that the other will be offended or hurt…. If the lover thinks the other will be offended, then the intimacy is not yet enough. Then it is a kind of arrangement which can be broken by anything. But when two lovers start feeling that there is nothing to hide and everything can be said, and the trust has come to such a depth, where even if you don’t say it the other is going to know, then they start becoming one. Then they start becoming more like brother and sister.
Many people become puzzled… just a few nights ago, a couple came to me and the husband was very much puzzled. He said, “What is happening to us? We are no more husband and wife — all sex has disappeared, but still we feel a deep intimacy.” And I told them, “Something immensely valuable is happening. You are becoming brother and sister. Your love is taking on a new dimension, a higher one — that of non-sexuality. It is becoming purer.”
Hearing it, immediately everything became clear to them. They hugged each other, tears started flowing from their eyes. It was a beautiful scene to see — they understood it. Yes, it clicked. Yes, that’s what is happening. They were worried because they came from the West — the East has always known it: that if love deepens it transforms the relationship; husbands and wives become brothers and sisters. And ultimately a moment comes when not even brothers and sisters… a kind of oneness arises, they become one.
THIS IS SYNCHRONICITY! And this is what happens between the Master and the disciple — on a far deeper level than any other love, on a far higher plane than any other intimacy. You need not imitate Buddha, you need not imitate me, you need not follow Christ or Krishna or Mohammed. If you are fortunate enough to be with an alive Master, just become vulnerable to him. Let intimacy happen, come closer and closer. Drop your defences and armours. And the powerful dynamo of the Master, his magnetic field, his Buddhafield, will transform you. And he will not even give you any commandment. And his transformation will not be something imposed on you but something stirred within you that will bring your own being alive.
Real life is not acting. Imitation is acting. Imitation is superficial. Real life is not a game, and if you are playing games you will never be real and you will not know what real life is…
Life is a constant surprise. If you are a Christian or a Hindu or a Mohammedan you are going to miss it. You cannot depend on rehearsals, and you cannot depend on playing superficial games. And that’s what is happening: people in the churches are just playing the game of being Christians. In their real life they have nothing to do with Christ. Has any Christian anything to do with Christ? Just watch. Christ says: “Blessed are the meek, for theirs is the kingdom of God.” But look at Christians: they have become the most powerful religion in the world. The Pope is not meek; he has the greatest empire in the world — all the Rockefellers and all the Morgans and all the Fords have nothing…. In fact, I am always puzzled how the Jews missed such a big opportunity, and the poor Italians befooled them! Such a business! And you will become ugly if you imitate, you will become distorted — because trying to become like Christ you will have to cut many things here and there.
This is an excerpt from the transcript of a public discourse by Osho in Buddha Hall, Shree Rajneesh Ashram, Pune.
Discourse Series: The Fish in the Sea is Not Thirsty
Chapter title: The Prints of Your Inner Being
13 April 1979 am in Buddha Hall
Osho has spoken on notable Psychologists and philosophers like Adler, Jung, Sigmund Freud, Assagioli, Wilhelm Reich, Aristotle, Berkeley, Confucius, Descartes, Feuerbach, Hegel, Heidegger, Heraclitus, Huxley, Jaspers, Kant, Kierkegaard, Laing, Marx, Moore, Nietzsche, Plato, Pythagoras, Russell, Sartre, Socrates, Wittgenstein and many others in His discourses. Some of these can be referred to in the following books/discourses:
- The Hidden Splendor
- The Wild Geese and the Water
- This, This, A Thousand Times This: The Very Essence of Zen
- Nirvana: The Last Nightmare
- Beyond Enlightenment
- Beyond Psychology
- Dang Dang Doko Dang
- The Discipline of Transcendence
- The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha
- From Bondage to Freedom
- From Darkness to Light
- From Ignorance to Innocence
- The Secret of Secrets, Vol 1
- From Personality to Individuality
- I Celebrate Myself: God Is No Where, Life Is Now Here
- Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega, Vol 4
- Zen: The Path of Paradox, Vol 1