When is Coincidence Something Else?

Probing the Mysteries of Synchronicity and the Riddle of Free Will


Much of modern science seems to rest on a foundation of dogmatic (and unproven) philosophical materialism, a be­lief that matter (mass/energy/space/time), which the scientists cannot even define, is the prime reality and that mind/ thought/spirit/consciousness is a secondary manifestation. Aside from the fact that people who pride themselves on questioning every hypothesis should not accept materialism on faith, a little reflection should make it clear to anyone that none of us can be absolutely certain of the independent existence of that material universe out there. But we can be absolutely certain that we think…meaning that mind exists. Perhaps we philosophical idealists are correct and mind is the prime reality, and the mind thinks or “dreams” the physical universe (and much more), creating and sus­taining it. Logically, if this is the case, it follows that there is some kind of afterlife, or perhaps reincarnation. It would also seem that for all of our individual minds to perceive, at least approximately and usually, the same reality, our individual minds must be connected at some higher level into a single, universal mind…God, the Supreme Be­ing. But it would also mean that since our minds think with symbols and, collectively, create and sustain reality, then symbols, words, sacred geometry, and numerology matter a great deal. An elite who understands this might be able, at least to a limited extent, to manipulate reality for their own ends.

Related to this is the question of free will. Most people imagine that they have free will, but can we even define the term? Obviously there are limitations on free will; we often have little control over events or even over our own thoughts. A man might will himself to fly, or reverse his aging process, or heal his illnesses, and yet he would still re­main a sick old man bound to the earth. Our freedom to act is limited by such conditions as illness or poverty, and by laws, and by the wills of others. Theologians and philosophers have been divided over the issue, with people like Mar­tin Luther and John Calvin, for example, believing in theological determinism. They reasoned that since God is virtu­ally omniscient and omnipotent, He knows and has arranged everything that we think, everything that we do, and everything that will happen to us. Logical determinists, without introducing God, believe that a mechanistic universe makes free will impossible. Compatibilists like Thomas Hobbes and David Hume believed that a deterministic uni­verse limits free will, and William James argued in favor of free will.

Most people do not realize that if relativity theory is correct, there can be no free will. If time is another spatial di­mension, at right angles to the three we normally perceive, the future already exists and the universe, including us, is a four-dimensional object. But, as we have said, there are growing doubts about relativity.

There is evidence that either events are fated or there is a strong tendency for certain events to occur, and that something other than causality is at work. Jung, the pioneering psychologist, and the writer Arthur Koestler believed in something called “synchronicity,” a non-causal ordering principle that caused like events, people, and objects to cluster together. In The Roots of Coincidence Koestler provided many examples of this, and it seems to go far beyond mere coincidence…if coincidence even exists.

Certain prophecies also seem to go beyond coincidence. Abraham Lincoln’s friend Ward Hill Lamon said that three days before his assassination, Lincoln told him, Mary Todd Lincoln, and some other friends of a recent and troubling dream. Lincoln said that in his dream, he wandered downstairs in the White House and heard people cry­ing. He entered a room where a body lay in state and a soldier told him that it was the body of the President, killed by an assassin. Neither Lincoln’s wife nor anyone else ever contradicted this story. Several years before the Titanic sank, a man named Morgan Robertson wrote The Wreck of the Titan, or Futility, about a ship sunk after hitting an iceberg on her maiden voyage. His ship, with the eerily similar name, had 3,000 passengers to the Titanic’s 2,207; had 24 life­boats to the Titanic’s 20; a speed of 25 knots versus 23; displaced 75,000 tons versus 66,000; and was 800 feet long versus 882.5 feet. Both ships had three screws. This is all a bit too close for comfort.

History, especially American history, abounds with “coincidences.” The Founding Fathers, many of them Masons, chose to begin signing the Declaration of Independence on 7/4/1776 (not all of the delegates arrived in time to sign it that day). The ratio of the height of the Great Pyramid at Giza to any base side is seven to eleven, and seven and four (July fourth) add up to eleven. The sunspot cycle averages just over eleven years, and eleven is one-third of 33. This is an important number to Masons; a Mason is considered to be among the leaders of the organization when he attains the 33rd degree. This is probably because high level Masons consider themselves to be enlightened, and mystics be­lieve that enlightenment is attained when the kundalini (or chi, or ki) energy ascends all 33 vertebrae in the human spine and reaches the crown chakra. Two of the signers were Thomas Jefferson, its principle author and our third President, and John Adams, our second President. Both men died exactly fifty years later on the same day…7/4/1826.

A man named Wilmer McClean had a farm near Bull Run and Manassas, Virginia. First Bull Run, the first major battle of America’s Civil War, was fought partly on his farm. Understandably wanting to keep his family safe, he then moved further south in Virginia, to Appomattox Court House where, in 1865 in his living room, General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. John Wesley Culp of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, left home to join Lee’s Army, but Lee, the war, and fate brought him back to Gettysburg where, on the third day of the battle, on 7/3/1863, he died on Culp’s Hill on his family’s property. Confederate General Joseph John­ston fought against and ultimately surrendered to Union General William Tecumseh Sherman. The two men became friends after the war, and Johnston insisted on attending Sherman’s funeral hatless as a show of respect, despite the cold rain. He contracted pneumonia and died a few days later.

Shortly after the JFK assassination some enterprising researchers noted a string of utterly bizarre “coincidences” connecting President Kennedy and President Lincoln. Most people read about this at the time and then forgot most of the details. Their last names each contain seven letters. Both Presidents had been elected to Congress, Lincoln in 1846 and Kennedy in 1946…exactly a century later. Lincoln was elected President in 1860 and Kennedy in 1960. Both were involved with the rights of Black People. Both Lincoln and Kennedy were shot in the head on a Friday, and both were shot by Southerners (assuming Lee Harvey Oswald actually fired the fatal shot). Lincoln was succeeded by Southerner Andrew Johnson, born in 1808 and Kennedy was succeeded by Southerner Lyndon Johnson, born in 1908. “Andrew” and “Lyndon” each have six letters. Lincoln’s killer was John Wilkes Booth and Kennedy’s alleged killer was Lee Harvey Oswald. Each name is composed of fifteen letters. Lincoln was shot in the Ford Theater and Kennedy in a Ford Lincoln car. Booth escaped from the theater but was finally caught and shot dead in a warehouse (a tobacco barn) and Oswald worked in a warehouse (the Texas School Book Depository) and was arrested in a thea­ter. Both killers were shot dead. There is absolutely no possibility that all of this is coincidence, and it would be next to impossible for a global elite, no matter how powerful and clever, to have orchestrated all of it. This seriously chal­lenges the conventional view of free will and reality.

Then there is something strange about the dates April 19th and April 20th. The first shots of the American Revolu­tion were fired at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, on 4/19/1775. Adolph Hitler was born 4/20/1889; depending on the exact location and the time of day it can be April 19th in the U.S. and April 20th in Austria (where Hitler was born). President Clinton’s intrepid FBI and BATF warriors burned over 20 children and over 50 adults to death at Waco on 4/19/1993. The Murrah Building was bombed on 4/19/1995. The Columbine High School massacre in Colo­rado was on 4/20/1999. The Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was on 4/20/2010. Inas­much as some of these events are, to say the least, suspicious and could have been orchestrated, perhaps coincidence and deliberate planning can explain it all…perhaps. April 19th and 20th do not correspond to any solstice or equinox or points midway between, and the significance of the dates is a mystery even to noted conspiracy researcher Anthony Hilder…I recently asked him about it.

Kennedy was shot on 11/22/63, and 11 and 22 add up to 33…that Masonic number again. Dallas, on the Trinity River, is within a degree of the 33rd parallel. West of Dallas is Roswell, New Mexico, and the Roswell/Corona alleged UFO crash site is also within a degree of the 33rd parallel. The exact date of the alleged crash is uncertain, but it was probably 7/4/47. The pioneer of liquid fueled rockets, Robert Goddard, and future astronaut Edgar Mitchell (who flew to the Moon on a liquid fueled rocket) both lived in the tiny little town of Roswell at the same time, and Mitchell was still there at the time of the crash. West of Roswell is Alamogordo, New Mexico, and Holloman Air Force Base, where there have been persistent but unverified stories of UFO landings. North of Alamogordo, but still within a degree of the 33rd parallel, is the Trinity Site, where the first atomic weapon, a tricky plutonium implosion bomb, was tested. Further west is Phoenix, Arizona, named after a mythical bird that is sacred to the Masons, and much further west is Nagasaki, Japan, where a plutonium bomb was dropped. Hiroshima, target of a simpler uranium bomb, is further from the parallel. East of Dallas is Charleston, South Carolina, once a hotbed of Southern secessionism, and head­quarters for Scottish Rite Freemasonry in North America. Still further east is the site of ancient Babylon.

The Mayans prophesied the end of the current age on a date that supposedly corresponds to our calendar date 12/ 21/2012, the winter solstice…and 12 and 21 add up to 33. If we ask ourselves when the last century began from a his­torical perspective, it would not be the calendar date of 1901, when not much happened. Nineteen fourteen saw the beginning of World War One, which led to the rise of fascist regimes in Russia, Italy, and Germany. But perhaps the stage for all of the horrors that would follow was really set in 1913 when President Woodrow Wilson subjected Ameri­ca to the income tax, the Federal Reserve, and the direct election of senators (weakening the sovereignty of the States). If 1913 is considered as the true beginning of the century, then 2012 is the last year. Twenty years later, in 1933, Adolph Hitler took power in Germany, and 32nd degree Mason, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, became America’s 32nd President. His last Vice President was 33rd degree Mason Harry Truman, who became our 33rd President. And the midpoint of this terrible century was 1963…when they killed Kennedy.

Events seem to be rushing toward a predetermined end, and we seem powerless to prevent it or alter the outcome. But it may not be predetermined. If a universal mind creates and sustains the universe, and if we are all part of it, per­haps our deeds and even our thoughts (or especially our thoughts) can affect the outcome. And, at any rate, we don’t know how it will end, so what can we do but continue?


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