There Are No Accidents: Synchronicity and the Stories of Our Lives
The coincidences nearly all of us have experienced in our lives (synchronicity, to use Jung’s term) are meaningful because our lives are a story with a beginning, middle, and an end, with unexpected plot twists and turns where fascinating and mysterious characters enter and leave. In this lecture, we will examine four aspects of synchronistic events: their acausality, the emotional impact they have, their symbolic nature, and their occurrence during transitional times. By using real people’s experiences in relationships, careers, dreams, and spiritual lives, we will see in this lecture how meaningful coincidences enable us to find depth and beauty in the stories we live.
Robert H. Hopcke is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor in private practice in Berkeley, California. Along with his numerous articles and reviews published over the last 30 years, his national best-seller, There Are No Accidents: Synchronicity and the Stories of Our Lives, has been popular throughout the world and since been translated into a dozen different languages. Known for his landmark work in Jungian psychology on issues of human sexuality and social justice such as Jung, Jungians and Homosexuality; Men’s Dreams, Men’s Healing; A Guided Tour of the Collected Works of C.G. Jung; and The Persona: Where Sacred Meets Profane, he is currently on the clinical faculty of Pacific Center for Human Growth where serves as supervisor, and has been enjoying an active career as translator of works on spirituality and religion from the Italian, including a contemporary American English rendition of The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi.
© 1998 Robert Hopcke.
Ⓟ 1998 CG Jung Institute of Chicago.