Meaningful Coincidence - A
Coincidence is a phenomenon which most people experience
at some point in their lives. Some people experience very striking coincidences,
now dismiss such experiences as pure chance. Others seek meaning in
the coincidence but now in our
'enlightened scientific age' are ridiculed for so doing; but perhaps they
are really the wiser ones.
The earliest recorded example of coincidence
as a 'study', or at least recognised phenomenon,
appears to be in the story written c 1753 by Horace Walpole 'The Princes of Serendip'. This is a story of three Princes of Ceylon who enjoy fortuitous
Alice Johnson wrote a book length paper on
the subject of Coincidence. This was partly presented by
Frederick Myers at a meeting of the Society of Psychical
Research in London in 1899.
The first study
requesting details of experiences was carried out by Camille Flammarion in
1899 and the results of his survey were produced in his book 'L'Inconnu'
('The Unknown') in 1900. This was, in essence, a study of coincidences
More work was done on coincidence in the 1920s by
Kammerer, who introduced his concept of 'Seriality', and by Karl Jung who
coined the term 'Synchronicity' for the phenomenon of meaningful
coincidence. Arthur Koestler, the novelist and thinker, became interested in
the study of Coincidence. He wrote a letter to New Scientist in 1972
requesting accounts of coincidences. This was following publication of his
book 'The Roots of Coincidence'.
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The latest prophecy codes
interweave these two disasters, which came
within 11 hours of each other on 6th July, 2013,
predicted in part via a minor railway accident in New Zealand on
5th July, 2013. More coincidences
predicted 'Quebec' and 'Design Impact' just 15
minutes before the train began to run away.
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To read about the latest
example of how meaningful coincidence
authenticates one belief rather than another, see
Let There be Light on our
Codes of F8
website It's about all the events surrounding
the Russian asteroid strike of
It is another update on the
too and Dan Brown's novels,
the da Vinci Code and
Angels and Demons and once again it
around the 'End' of a Pope, albeit by abdication
rather than death.
More coincidence accounts came in Koestler
co-wrote another book with Alister Hardy and Robert Harvie in 1973 entitled
'The Challenge of Chance'. In 1974 he persuaded 'The Sunday Times' to hold a
competition for the best Coincidence account. 2000 entries were received.
The paper screened these to fifty and Koestler chose a winner from these.
Little has been done with the other accounts as coincidence is an almost
impossible area to which attempt to apply statistics in order to draw
general correlations or conclusions from such a large database
In the last twenty years, a considerable number of books
have been published on 'Coincidence'. Many repeat the same earlier accounts.
some are less precise than others at giving full details, seeking more to
sensationalise the phenomenon. Some books are listed below.
Brian Inglis updated Koestler's accounts via an article
in 'The Observer' on Christmas Eve 1989. Again he asked for accounts of
coincidence and included a questionnaire. The results were published in his
1990 book 'Coincidence - A matter of Chance or Synchronicity'.
Arthur Koestler died in March 1983 and he was so
convinced of the value of research into the paranormal that in his will he
left the major portion of his estate to establish the Koestler Foundation .
The intention was to found a University chair to further its study. Few
universities would even consider the possibility. Even Prince Charles
berated them for their temerity It is still a subject that the academic
world shuns. One should remember that the Society of Psychical Research was
founded by three Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge in 1882. What a pity
that few universities today are equally open-minded.
Eventually, Edinburgh University accepted the Chair, but
only by creating it as a Chair of Parapsychology in the Department of
Psychology . That is the very limited extent of its respectability.
In 1973 Arthur Koestler had collaborated with Alister
Hardy and Robert Harvie in a book on coincidence and probability. It was
entitled 'The Challenge of Chance'. In the first part of the book, Alister
Hardy described the results of experiments on extra-sensory perception (ESP)
over seven consecutive Monday evening in Caxton Hall, Westminster in 1967
with a participating audience of 200 people. In the second part of the book
Robert Harvie discussed 'Probability and Serendipity'. In part three, Arthur
Koestler gave accounts of many cases of strange coincidences, some quite
thought provoking, others which rather incredibly were to be re-echoed in my
own experiences. It seems to be very much in the manner of a composer
choosing to repeat a theme in a piece of music in a manner which is subtly
altered but very clearly recognisable. But who or what could be behind this
re-orchestration? The two most notable examples which fall into this latter
category were the 1944 D-Day Crossword codes, which in January 1991 were
linked to the Gulf War and in April 1991 the case of Hotel room 307.
Incidentally that occurred in Wakefield, Yorkshire.
Alister Hardy was a Professor of Biology at Oxford and a
Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He founded the Research Centre for the
Scientific Study of Religious Experience. Initially it was loosely attached
to Manchester College, Oxford. In 1989, I had several meetings with the
acting director of the centre, Gordon Wakefield, discussing coincidence and
religious experience, among other things. Some time in 1990, I discovered
that a new director had been appointed so I went along to hear him speak at
his first London meeting. Afterwards, over tea, I was able to have a
discussion with him. His academic background was in the Psychology of
Religious Experience. One question came into my mind. I asked him whether,
as a result of his many years of study in this field, he could say whether
the phenomenon of religious belief in man arose from some innate need within
man to have a belief in some Higher Power or whether it arose from a real
interaction with an outside entity. His answer was that he didn't know. I
suggested that my research could give some pointers to help answer this
question. A few days later I sent him a copy of a paper. Subsequently he
wrote and told me he did not feel he could support my research in terms of
academic funding. No doubt many would concur with his decision.
Some months later, my wife Jenny received a letter from
her mother in New Zealand giving news of her mother's cousin, Dorothy Brown.
It transpired that Dorothy's husband was now a professor at Oxford and
Lawrence Brown had been given a copy of a paper by somebody with the same
name as mine. When Jenny told me this, I laughed in amazement.
I had written many papers on waste water treatment
between 1973 and 1983 , but in fact what Dorothy Brown was referring to was
a copy of the first paper I had ever written on Coincidence. This was what I
had sent to the new director of the Alister Hardy Research Centre, the very
same Professor Lawrence Brown after our meeting in London. That paper was
entitled '557 - Beyond Space and Time'. It was a paper I had written early
That seemed a astonishing link between coincidence and
religious experience, but I still could not convince Lawrence Brown of the
validity of my Coincidence studies. The next time I saw him was in Auckland,
on 27th August 1995. We had both been invited, with our wives, to dinner at
Jenny's parents' house. Is it just chance that I had just given the only
public paper I have ever given on my work on Coincidence? I had given the
paper 'Problems with Probability' at an Aviation Safety Symposium at
Auckland University that very afternoon at 1.30 pm. The initial part of the
paper was concerned with the enigma of 557,and this had been part of that
first paper which I had given Lawrence Brown
back in 1990. It is difficult to escape the conclusion that there is some
element of orchestration in all of this - and it certainly wasn't by Jenny's
It is notable that our research
has led us to a study of
coincidence, psychic phenomena and religious experience. The fields appear
to be inextricably interconnected.
We refer to the intricate interconnections between meaningful
coincidence, prophecy, destiny and psychic information as
The Enigma Codes Of Destiny.
Sometimes incoming information may
be less obviously psychic. It could then be termed inspired. A significant
number of novels fit into this category, as well as the works of various
artists and composers. But meaningful coincidences both within and
surrounding these various works embed them firmly in the Codes of Destiny
Here is a well known example of
curious coincidence. Is it
significant? Certainly many people are fascinated by it. It is one
of our most visited pages. What is it that makes people wonder? The
skeptics scoff. Yet the uncanny parallels appear to defy the laws of
chance, especially given the very small number of assassinated US
presidents. Is it meaningful? If so, what is the meaning? Should we
wonder about destiny. Or is Something trying to tell us we have missed
Lincoln and Kennedy
For some examples of how
meaningful coincidence can give
guidance in your life see
For examples of how
can provide a knowledge of things to come, ie how it links to
examples of how meaningful
coincidence is suggestive
understand how meaningful
coincidence can give
cross-correlating evidence for life
after death and how it
can authenticate psychic
For examples of
meaningful coincidence and
Perhaps meaningful coincidence is the missing key.
It can guide us. Frederick Myers and
Henry Sidgewick were very close to the truth that night in the Fellows
Garden at Trinity College , Cambridge, in 1869. Psychical research is
indeed the way to a certainty of the existence of God. Victorian
science had destroyed the old certainties of the Bible. For good or ill,
almost certainly now the latter, it
is science that has since given us the world we know today. But the wheel
comes now full circle. For meaningful coincidence allied to psychic
information destroys the certainties of science. There must be more to the
universe than the physical world of space and time. For more see
Fragments of an Outer Mind
Conventional science cannot account
for the kinds of experiences which I discuss on these sites, without falling
back on the trusted stand-bys of chance or fraud. I know that it is not
fraud. My research is fully recorded and documented. But what is most
astonishing is that any thinking logical person, anyone with any kind of
open, enquiring mind can accept that it is just chance.