“Beyond Coincidence” is the very intriguing title for a book. Its authors Martin Plimmer & Brian King hint at the possibility of a sensible discussion of highly anomalous and unusual phenomena related to extreme probabilistic events. The book tells us many stories that seem to defy the mathematics of probability itself. At the end the authors make a frankly cursory and flimsy attempt at an explanation. Their conclusion? In a world of almost infinite probabilities anomalous events must eventually occur, and the recording of these events in history, when presented together seem more than they are when taken in isolation, and merely demonstrate the vagaries of chance. The book is now selling in the New & Used section for one pence.
When I read this I was more than disappointed, I was annoyed. The authors had gone to all the trouble of collecting and collating stories, some more probable than others, but then ducked out of a viable discussion of the possibilities underlying the events by deferring to mathematics. I was left wholly unsatisfied with the treatment. Since reading that book several years ago I have been collecting my own tales of coincidence. With the addition of Kal’s unusual life events this has become a compendium that now rivals the Beyond Coincidence book in its scope. Take, for example, today’s events. Now, when I tell you this, you will be able to explain it all away easily – the factors involved are probabilistic, in that they all have a potential for occurrence, and the events must, at some point, occur together. I don’t disagree with their inevitability – what I draw your attention to is this: should you turn your own attention to such coincidences in your own life, you will find that mathematical probability becomes seriously warped and it will make your head swim with questions of a philosophical nature. Here’s the story:
Kal was sitting in a cafe in a large town. He is engaged in conversation with friends when he thinks he sees an old friend who he hasn’t seen for many months passing by the window. Except, his old friend looks slightly thinner and her hair is shorter, but nevertheless he is struck by the fact she has walked by and decides that, when he has finished in the cafe, he might have a walk around to see if he can bump into her in order to say hello and catch up on events. So, several minutes later he is walking around the town centre visiting places that she may frequent, but with no joy. She is not there, and now he begins to doubt whether he really did see her. Giving up, he heads back to one of the many car parks around the town. As he makes his way along a street he looks up – there, heading towards him is his old friend. But she is not thinner, and her hair is still long! The woman he saw earlier was not his old friend, but someone else who reminded him of her!
Coincidence, certainly, but it doesn’t end there. I am at work and it’s lunchtime, so I’m on the blog seeing which draft posts I still have on the go. I find that I have one whose subject is itself ‘coincidence’. I begin to edit the post in order to flesh out the ideas I had jotted down. I am absorbed with writing, and as I start a sentence with the words, “Kal and I…” I see a new e-mail arrive in my postbox. It’s Kal, telling me the story of his extraordinary coincidence.
How’s that for a bundle of coincidences? Now, that’s all very mundane and ordinary as examples go, but such is the web of most of our lives. What it is an example of is not just coincidence, but rather something more extraordinary than that, and far less mundane.
As we approach the end of the Mayan Calendar, whose end date is 2012 (arguably) people like Ian Xel Lungold and Carl J.Calleman speculate that the planet is going through the latter stages of a change in consciousness. This consciousness change is being manifestly accelerated by our modern inventions, as it always has been. In other words, our society and its overall consciousness is evolving at an increasingly fast pace, and in definite step changes. Lungold makes the case, convincingly enough to me, that throughout evolution there have been moments when consciousness changed to a higher level. The consciousness changes are charted in a 9-step pyramid form as:-
Each stage is a foundation level upon which we build, opening up new levels of consciousness as each cycle is attained. Each stage introduces new laws of possibility which govern our development. Of course it is simple to “prove” the dates incorrect because we were all there at the birth of the internet, right? We all know EXACTLY when that happened, right? Let’s not be bound by an anal kind of exactitude. What is undeniable is the flow of consciousness evolution, and it’s not just human consciousness, but the consciousness of everything. I urge you to watch the YouTube videos in which Lungold explains Calleman’s ideas – it will be three hours of your remaining conscious time that you will never regret.
As you can see, the final stage is still to come. The change we have just entered is “Galactic Consciousness” in which we realise that the power structures upon which we rely are actually unreliable, and we enter into an ethical structure that takes greater responsibility for what we consciously create. The final stage – “Universal Consciousness” – involves a realisation of the process of conscious co-creation. It will be the realisation of our ability to consciously and clearly co-create experience with each other and the rest of existence. To put it plainly, we will make the world what it will be through our thoughts and actions. We will integrate our consciousness in a working relationship with Nature, or The Other, and the unfolding of time.
That’s the theory, but what might it mean in practise? Who knows. I certainly don’t think that all the planet will be affected by these changes at the same time. I think these timings and stages of consciousness as defined indicate the threshold points where human consciousness can CONCEIVE OF them. Once we conceive of something as a possibility, then we slowly begin to make it happen in reality in our own time. It’s like the inventor – he can’t invent something until he has conceived of the possibility of it first. His next step is to theorise as to what is possible, and finally to make it happen. I think these processes may unfold in the same way. What they represent is the potential to begin to make these changes manifest in the world of human consciousness on a meaningful scale – i.e. if enough people “get it” then it begins to take shape in the everyday reality of more and more people until the change becomes integrated as the new reality that everyone accepts and can understand.
We may be heading for just such a change in possibility soon. Certainly, my own spiritual journey seems to be timed to coincide with these events. If I look back at how I thought only two years ago many of the concepts I now consider to be integrated and everyday were so outlandish and unproven to me that they were irrelevant. Now I have experienced conscious co-creation and coincidence more regularly I have the experiences to back up my newly evolving thought processes and my boundaries of possibility are extending.
The extent and pace of the progress also seems to match the speed of approach and trajectory of 2012, but I still don’t know what to make of that, other than that Ian Xel Lungold’s theories are the only 2012 theories that make any sense to me, and which have practical manifestations in the world around me and in my head.
What I’m suggesting, in relation to the story of Kal and his old friend and myself, is that we are beginning to consciously co-create events in conjunction with the flow of the universe itself. As we progress along our spiritual paths we are increasingly entering into the flow of consciousness and its evolutionary timescale. As we synchronise with this flow these events begin to occur more frequently, and we become much more involved in their occurrence. The world changes from being a mechanical, Newtonian, pre-defined, mathematical, quantifiable entity to become a world of imaginative magical possibility when one joins the flow and steps beyond coincidence!
The whole concept particularly resonates with me because the final step into Universal Consciousness begins on my birthday in just over a year’s time.
p.s. After publishing this post I went downstairs for a drink. Whilst there I switched on the TV to see what was on. It was “The Matrix”. The last five minutes. I joined the film at the point where Lawrence Fishburn’s characters says “He’s starting to believe” until the point where Neo overcomes the matrix through an evolution of consciousness…into conscious co-creation! Sometimes when you’re in the flow, the coincidences let you know.