Saturday, August 25, 2018
In 1949 Swiss psychologist Carl Jung wrote the foreword for one of the first Western translations of the I Ching. Richard Wilhelm’s translation of this Chinese classic got the attention of the science community because one of the world’s best-known psychologists provided credibility to the 2000-year-old book. A book that many considered too abstruse to be intelligible, or of no value at all. In his foreword Jung introduced the term Synchronicity, which he described as a concept that takes the coincidence of events in space and time as meaning something more than mere chance.
Jung considered synchronicity to be a term that could be used to explain the alignment of universal forces with the life experiences of an individual. Jung believed that many experiences we perceive as coincidences are not coincidence at all, but rather the alignment of these forces creating the situation we find ourselves facing. The I Ching was the foundation of not only Jung’s theory of synchronicity - it also served as the foundation for German philosopher G.F. Hegel’s dialectical theory of history which became the foundation for Karl Marx’s theory of dialectical materialism. The theories of Hegel and Marx made a tremendous impact on the philosophical direction of Western civilization.
I am amazed that a book that is over 2000 years old could serve as the foundation for information technology (Gottfried Von Leibniz’s theory of binary mathematics 1675) and the discovery of the genetic code by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953. In 1675 Leibniz a Germen mathematician and philosopher was introduced to the I Ching and used his study of the text to confirm his system of binary mathematics, which became the bases of computer science.
In 1953 Dr. James Watson and Dr. Francis Crick announced to the World their discovery of the genetic code, consisting of sixty-four binary triplet figures called DNA codons, which correspond directly to the sixty-four binary triplet hexagrams used to consult the I Ching. We are still learning how to use the genetic code and the future development of information technology will change the world.
In the last paragraph of his famous introduction Jung writes “As to the thousands of questions, doubts, and criticisms that this singular book stirs up, I cannot answer these. The I Ching does not offer itself with proofs and results; it does not vaunt itself, nor is it easy to approach. Like a part of nature, it waits until it is discovered. It offers neither facts nor power, but for lovers of self-knowledge, of wisdom - if there be such - it seems to be the right book.”
All things happen for a reason and there is no such thing as a coincidence if you are reading this dialog and you are interested in learning how to used the I Ching to improve the quality of your life, perhaps you should call 646 329-6727 and schedule an appointment at the Ki Energy Center or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Many believe that what we call a coincidence is a message from the mind of the universe. Jung used the term Synchronicity to describe this phenomenon.