"I live in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, and this incident occurred in September, 2005," reports Vivek. "I am intrigued by the book Alice in Wonderland, an abridged version of which I possessed. One fine Sunday morning I asked a friend of mine to accompany me for a visit to the local flea market. En route I shared a thought that it would be very helpful if I found a full edition of the book.
"I was shocked beyond my wits when among thousands of books I saw an old hard-bound edition on top of the nearest stacks, actually touching my knee. What came as a real shocker was the fact that it was a full and comprehensive book in two languages: English and Russian, with detailed analysis at the end. I have experienced about 20 similar happenings, but this one was really out of the world."
Thank you for that lovely bit of synchronicity, Vivek. Most scientists will say that such experiences are merely coincidences - random events of chance that have no particular meaning. One author who has studied the mysteries of coincidence and synchronicity is psychologist Raymond Fowler who in his book Synchrofile: Amazing Personal Encounters with Synchronicity and Other Strange Phenomena relates the many coincidences - some of which are startling - that he, his family, and friends have experienced over the years.
His research suggests possibilities for how synchronicity works, delving into the psychological theories of Carl Jung (the collective unconscious) and the perplexing world of modern physics. His conclusion is that many of the experiences we label as "paranormal" - synchronicity, out of body experiences, near-death experiences, ESP and even UFOs - may all be facets of a greater, all-encompassing phenomenon.
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