Synchronicity and an Elephant Named Bauer



I’ve written before on my blog about uncanny coincidences, those  random events close in time that are so aptly connected that they seem to be providential.  The famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung wrote a book about them. He called them synchronicities. They were, in his words, “temporally connected occurrences of acausal events.”

Jung thought they were proof of a universal dynamic and were integral to all of human experience: social, emotional, psychological, and spiritual.

So I imagine at one time or another, we all have uttered words to the effect, “Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. Can you believe what just happened?”

Well, Sunday a few synchronicities happened to me.

We were at the movies, watching Woody Allen’s charming whimsical  comedy “Magic in the Moonlight”.   When early into the story, the painful condition called ‘sciatica’ is mentioned.   The day before at a family birthday party we attended, we learned that my sister, Marilynne, couldn’t make it..   She had ‘sciatica’.

The movie’s first scene involves the magician Stanley Crawford performing in Berlin under his stage persona Wei Ling Soo.   One of his tricks was making an elephant disappear.

When the movie ended,  we sat watching the credits as the few and far between patrons departed;  on the screen appeared the name of the forementioned pachyderm. “Baby Bauer”.

I looked at my wife and mother-in-law. And we all had a good chuckle.  Bauer is my wife’s maiden name.



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  • Thanks for sharing the chuckles!

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    I'm glad you liked the anecdote. BTW, Margaret, I ordered the Book of Common Prayer from Amazon and look forward to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest it.

  • Thanks for your story Aquinas, as young man Jung's Synchronicity absolutely blew my mind. It was books like this and William James 'Variety's of Religious Experience' that helped shape my modern views on religion.

    Actually, I almost swallowed my tongue when I read your entry. At six-thirty this evening I showed our good friend and neighbor your blog and what you had written. Her and her husband have just recently lost an important part of their family, their beloved dog. His name was Bauer, named after Jack Bauer of the show 24. So here's a toast to Bauer. Synchronicity!!

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Then Jung was right. My sympathies to your neighbor friends. I too a short time ago had to part with our beloved dog, Bailey. Synchronicity!

    As always, thanks, 4zen, for dropping by.

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