This book has over the years, since 2004 when I first read it, been ”The Book” for me, one which I every now and then will re-read or just page through all the underlines. It resonates very deeply with my life time experiences and it has been helpful in reshaping my thinking towards more relaxed and more satisfactory way of living.
Synchronity, is defined by Carl Jung as “a meaningful coincidence of two or more events, where something other than the probability of change is involved.” So as a phenomena it lays out the foundation of understanding serendipity in a deeper level. Then we are not anymore talking only about ”happy accidents” but we may have the understanding of all the variety of other serendipitous happenings, proper timing, mysterious chance encounters and the emergence of new combinations of competences. The whole picture of serendipity!
So, in this this section I have attached the book description of Amazon and some clips from reader’s comments, but I want also personally highlight one part of the book, which I at the moment feel very strongly about. It’s in Part Three ”Hero’s Journey” where Jaworski is writing about encountering the traps during the journey. There are three traps:
1) The trap of responsibility
2) The trap of dependency
3) The trap of overactivity
He is saying ..”that the traps of responsibility and dependency generate a lot of their energy from the fear of no alternative. But there are always alternatives. It just that we often are unable to see them. Once we realize there is an alternative path, a lot of fear disappers…”
Again the trap of overactivity will lead to situations, where we have no more time or energy to cease the moments – the opportunities – handed to us. We will be stuck to what we do and miss the chances to discover and embrace the moments of serendipity. In fact, this ”Encountering the traps of harnessing serendipity” is such an inspring topic, that it desereves a blog of its own (coming soon!).
Book Description (www.amazon.com)
We’ve all had those perfect moments when events that could never be predicted, let alone controlled, remarkably seem to guide us along our path. Carl Jung called this phenomena “synchronicity” – “a collaboration between persons and events that seems to enlist the cooperation of fate.” In this book, Joseph Jaworski argues that the right state of mind will make you the kind of person who can enlist the cooperation of fate and take advantage of synchronicity, creating the conditions for “predictable miracles.” If you are tired of being the victim of circumstances, this book will teach you to be the kind of person who creates your own circumstances.
Jaworski shares the story of his own escape from an inauthentic life and his journey into a world filled with possibility. He maps out the inner path of leadership for those who feel the call to achieve their full potential, using his own life story to teach readers a greater truth. He examines the fundamental shifts of mind that free us to seek out the power of synchronicity. After reading this book, you will discover your own power to help those realities unfold. You will learn to “listen” to realities that want to emerge in this world and acquire the courage to help them be born.
Some selected readers’s comments (also www.amazon.com)
”Synchronicity is one of the most inspiring books I know on leadership. The book is a fascinating and holistic blend of the personal and the professional.
The book speaks to topics that resonate with us at a deep level: integrity, commitment, responsibility, values, meaning, vulnerability, trust, collaboration, to name a few.
“The book begins with a familiar story. A man seeking what we’ve been led to believe is success. Prestige as a high-powered attorney, a big income and a big home. Then his world falls apart when his wife leaves him, and his identity proceeds to fall apart. He rebuilds a life that is based on authenticity. He speaks of finding the flow in his life when he honors an inner call. He has a vision of what is possible. He sees his life and his choices as intimately connected with the world. He sees himself and his actions in relationship, not isolated and separate. He notes the the busyness of his earlier life as symptomatic of a larger of dis-ease in our culture. We spend too much of our time on activity and too little time on being present to what’s really happening around us. We’ve forgotten the power we have as a witness. We fear having too much time to reflect, instinctively knowing that we’re going to have to face ourselves and our lives at a deeper level than we’re comfortable with. We’re hooked on the notion that commitment and activity are inseparable. So we create a continual stream of activity, making sure that everybody sees us doing lots of things so they’ll believe we’re actually committed. If we stay busy enough, maybe we’ll even convince ourselves that our lives had some meaning even though, deep down, we know they couldn’t possibly have any meaning, because everything is hopeless and we’re hopeless, and we couldn’t possibly affect anything anyhow. Often, it takes a crisis to cause us to question the value of our lives and our activity.”
”Jaworski speaks of proper timing — that situations unfold at an organic pace that is impossible to rush. All of our pushing and forcing serves mainly to exhaust us. There is a natural flow to our individual lives and to the times in which we live. Nothing of real substance can be pushed or forced to fruition. The purpose of life and our individual lives is revealed at a mysterious pace that the rational mind cannot grasp. There are things that want to happen. We can either fight or embrace the natural flow of our life, thus being an integral part of that larger flow of life. We won’t find more riches anywhere else than in our own experience.”
”We begin to see that with very small movements, at just the right time and place, all sorts of consequent actions are brought into being. We develop what artists refer to as an “economy of means,” where, rather than getting things done through effort and brute force, we start to operate very subtly. A flow of meaning begins to operate around us, as if we were part of a larger conversation. This is the ancient meaning of dialogue: (dia .logos) “flow of meaning.” We start to notice that things suddenly are just attracted to us in ways that are very puzzling. A structure of underlying causes, a set of forces, begins to operate, as if we were surrounded by a magnetic field with magnets being aligned spontaneously in this field. But this alignment is not spontaneous at all — it’s just that the magnets are responding to a more subtle level of causality.”
”Jaworski calls dialogue the power of collective thinking. It’s the idea that there is a collective consciousness at the level of the family, the community, the nation, and the world at large. There is a collective consciousness implicit in the times in which we live.”
”Jaworski describes three fundamental shifts of mind necessary for the creative leadership that will solve some of the world’s tougher dilemmas:
1) A shift from resignation to a sense of possibility that comes from seeing the universe as a magical dance, full of living qualities rather than a linear, logical, and predictable view of what’s really going on.
2) A shift from seeing ourselves as separate and isolated from everything else that we see “out there” to seeing the world holistically as a web of relationships. Change one small thing and everything else is subtly different.
3) A shift in the nature of our commitment from a highly disciplined proposition in which you “seize fate by the throat and do whatever it takes to succeed” to a deeper level of commitment that comes from an willing spirit. This sense of willingness opens us up to connect with our inner guidance systems and wisdom. To hear the call, to recognize an innate sense of purpose and to accept and honor that.
As these shifts occur, we will notice that synchronicity comes into our life, both the personal and the professional. Synchronity, is defined by Carl Jung as “a meaningful coincidence of two or more events, where something other than the probability of change is involved.” When synchronicity comes into our life, it’s an indication that we are on the path. There is a sense of ease and excitement, a sense of true belonging to ourself, to one another, to the times in which we live, and to life.”
”Beyond that, the book is a living testament to the importance of finding your true self and listening to the wee small voice of intuition that can steer you in the right direction. Jaworski to his credit has been quite willing to do both, and it has made all the difference.”