“I was going to a writing workshop in two days. I was more than a little self-conscious about the project I was to present, a book called “The Way Synchronicity Works.” I was concerned about claiming that I had an inside knowledge of the mechanics of meaningful coincidence. The book said that SE were reflections of people’s thoughts manifesting in the events around them, and I had pieced together a model that explained how this worked. I had legal and ethical matters on my mind. I had my license as a psychologist to consider, if I was going to say it, it had better be true. I was brooding over this as I walked through the parking lot towards my car after work. The sky was dark and overcast; it had been raining much of the day. The blacktop was covered with a thin reflective layer of water. I had to watch my feet as I walked to avoid stepping into deeper water. I was considering if I could honestly represent SE as personal reflections in the environment. Something golden beneath the water under my feet caught my attention. I looked down into the reflection of my own face, and saw beneath it, in the water, what looked like a gold credit card. I reached through the reflection of my face in the water and picked up the plastic card. I brushed water and bits of grime from the surface and read from the bold stylized letters printed across the top of the card “Kirby, Kirby and Kirby.” At first I thought I must have misread the card, it couldn’t actually be saying my name three times. I read again. I had indeed picked up a card with my name printed on it, plucked from my own reflection in the water. Under the heading it read: “Motorcycle lawyers; Licensed in California, we wrench ride and litigate.” It reminded me that this was indeed the way synchronicity works. The events mirror our thoughts and concerns.
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“Synchronicity is teeming with delightful and often compelling surprises about the nature of meaningful coincidences in contemporary life. The author’s prose is playful, provocative, and profound. Though you may not agree with all of Professor Surprise’s conclusions, this book should be required reading for anyone wanting to understand the magnificence and mystery of synchronicity.”
—Gary E. Schwartz, PhD, professor of psychology and medicine, The University of Arizona, and author of The Sacred Promise
“An interesting mix of mythology, neuroscience, and common sense, this book takes a serious, but light-hearted look at the way synchronicity works and the degree to which it can be controlled. Going well beyond the ideas of Jung, synchronicity’s discoverer, psychotherapist Surprise draws on anthropology, String Theory, and Walt Disney to make the case that our internal states do effect external events....”
—Anna Jedrziewski, New Age Retailer
A true thriller from cover to cover—Kirby Surprise proves that there really is nothing more fascinating and mysterious than the human mind.
—Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Author of The Hand of Buddha and Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2010)