Books, more books and even more books! Some of authors of these books inspired the film also appear in Time is Art, while others continue to inform and transform this ongoing documentary series. Topics include synchronicity, consciousness, morphic fields, symbology, crop circles, the Maya, art, our relationship to plants, cosmic cycles and history and much more.
This is the extraordinary book that initiated the Harmonic Convergence in August 1987 and awakened the world to the Mayan Calendar. In it, Jose Arguelles revealed three revolutionary ideas: that a great moment of human transformation awaited us as we approached 2012: that there are galactic “seasons” and that the Maya accurately recorded them; and that each person had the capability to connect directly with the energy of a beam emanating from the galactic center that contains the power to awaken the higher mind. Also inspired the film, Time is Art. More Info
Cosmos and Psyche by Richard Tarnas
From a philosopher whose magisterial history of Western thought was praised by Joseph Campbell and Huston Smith comes a brilliant book that traces the connection between cosmic cycles and archetypal patterns of human experience. Drawing on years of research and on thinkers from Plato to Jung, Richard Tarnas explores the planetary correlations of epochal events like the French Revolution, the two world wars, and September 11. Whether read as astrology updated for the quantum age or as a contemporary classic of spirituality, Cosmos and Psyche is a work of immense sophistication, deep learning, and lasting importance. Richard Tarnas appears in Time is Art. More info>
In this exciting book, former NASA computer scientist Amy Lansky, author of the best-selling book on homeopathy, Impossible Cure (www.impossiblecure.com), takes you on a voyage of discovery to your inner Self. Get ready for an exploration of the esoteric, grounded in an intriguing model of reality based on higher dimensions in space. She appears in Time is Art. More Info
Sparked by their curiosity, thousands of people have contributed to the study of Crop Circles around the world. Amongst the many who have contributed to the investigation of this phenomenon there are very few who would claim to have found the answer to its mystery. I am proud to count myself among them. This work is an attempt–only–to sketch a framework for deeper consideration of the question of Crop Circles. If you are looking for an answer, or a solution to this phenomenon’s riddle, best to look elsewhere. At best, I hope to offer only a direction, a route by which to begin tracking something very elusive (yet that seemingly wants us to follow it). For all those who have engaged with this phenomenon for some time, it is a source of deepening wonder and it is to that experience that you are invited. By Gary Bobroff (appears in Time is Art). More info
Science Set Free by Rupert Sheldrake
Why do many phenomena defy the explanations of conventional biology and physics? For instance, when laboratory rats in one place have learned how to navigate a new maze, why do rats elsewhere in the world seem to learn it more easily? Rupert Sheldrake describes this process as morphic resonance: the past forms and behaviors of organisms, he argues, influence organisms in the present through direct connections across time and space. Calling into question many of our fundamental concepts about life and consciousness, Sheldrake (appears in Time is Art) reinterprets the regularities of nature as being more like habits than immutable laws. More info
Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung
Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of analytical psychology (also known as Jungian psychology). Jung’s radical approach to psychology has been influential in the field of depth psychology and in counter-cultural movements across the globe. Jung is considered as the first modern psychologist to state that the human psyche is “by nature religious” and to explore it in depth. His many major works include “Analytic Psychology: Its Theory and Practice,” “Man and His Symbols,” “Memories, Dreams, Reflections,” “The Collected Works of Carl G. Jung,” and “The Red Book.”
Synchronicity by Carl Jung
Jung was intrigued from early in his career with coincidences, especially those surprising juxtapositions that scientific rationality could not adequately explain. He discussed these ideas with Albert Einstein before World War I, but first used the term “synchronicity” in a 1930 lecture, in reference to the unusual psychological insights generated from consulting the I Ching. A long correspondence and friendship with the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Wolfgang Pauli stimulated a final, mature statement of Jung’s thinking on synchronicity, originally published in 1952 and reproduced here. Together with a wealth of historical and contemporary material, this essay describes an astrological experiment Jung conducted to test his theory. Synchronicity reveals the full extent of Jung’s research into a wide range of psychic phenomena.
Synchronicity: Empower Your Life with the Gift of Coincidence by Chris Mackey
Synchronicity: the uncanny and fortuitous timing of events that seems to go beyond pure chance. Synchronicity can act as a guide along our life path, helping us through challenging times and nudging us toward self-fulfillment.Psychologist Chris Mackey offers astounding case studies, alongside a lucid explanation of the brain science underlying synchronicity and many practical suggestions for working with it, from journaling and symbol analysis to dream interpretation and ideas for accessing flow. He is convinced that synchronicity has a crucial role to play in helping us “go within” and tap intoour intuitive and spiritual selves. More info:
The flagship title of Sync Book Press. 26 artists, writers and bloggers share their experiences and perspectives on the strange and beautiful universe in which we live. Alan Abbadessa-Green + Goro Adachi + Jason Barrera + Douglas Bolles + Peg Carter + Tommy Fulks + Kevin Halcott + Kyle Hunt + Sibyl Hunter + Stefan Jablonski + Jeremy + Andras Jones + Crystal Kanarr + Jon Kidd + Jake Kotze + Neil Kramer + Rammer Martínez-Sánchez + Justin Gray Morgan + Will Morgan + Christopher “C” Myers + Eunus Noe + Jennifer Palmer + Jim Sanders+ Michael Schacht + Toure + Steve Willner Cover design and chapter icons by Justin Gray Morgan. More info
Healing Codes for the Biological Apocalypse by Dr. Leonard Horowitz
The Solfeggio frequencies were essentially rediscovered in the mid-1970’s by Dr. Joseph Puleo, a physician and one of America’s leading herbalists. Dr. Puleo claimed to have been intuitively guided to examine the Book of Numbers (4th book of the Hebrew Bible and 4th of five books of the Jewish Torah). In Chapter 7 of the Book, between Verses 12 and 83, Dr. Puleo used a Pythagorean method of reducing to the verse numbers and uncovered a pattern of six repeating codes. The Love frequency, 528 Hz is part of the six sacred Solfeggio tones, core creative frequencies of the Universe.
Food of The Gods by Terence Mckenna
An exploration of humans’ symbiotic relationships with plants and chemicals presents information on prehistoric partnership societies, the roles of spices and spirits in the rise of dominator societies; and the politics of tobacco, tea, coffee, opium, and alcohol. “An eloquent proposal for recovering something vital—a sense of the sacred, the transcendent, the Absolute—before it’s too late.”—Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Meaning & Medicine, Recovering the Soul, and Space, Time & Machine
Surfers of the Zuvuya: Tales of Interdimensional Travel
Book by José Argüelles
Join José Argüelles and his higher self-his “dimensional double,” Uncle Joe Zuvuya–on a journey from the center of the earth to the outermost reaches of the galaxy Uncle Joe instructs Arg elles in Mayan etheric engineering, Arcturian space stations, Atlantean family histories, and much more.
More books from the Law of Time Press
The Cosmic History Chronicles by José Argüelles/Valum Votan & Stephanie South/Red Queen
Galactic Meditation: Entering the Synchronic Order
Time, Synchronicity and Calendar Change The Visionary Life and Work of José Argüelles
The human energy field is an aura of etheric energy that surrounds and overlays our physical selves and interacts with our mind body and spirit.
There are many human energy fields. These include the physically measurable electromagnetic and magnetic fields generated by all living cells, tissues, and organs, and the body as a whole. But there are also biofields—subtle or putative fields emanating from these pulsing units of life— as well as our subtle energy bodies, channels, and aspects of self. Here are brief descriptions of the most important human biofields.
In biology, a morphogenetic field is a group of cells that leads to specific body structures or organs. For example, a cardiac field becomes heart tissue. Scientist Rupert Sheldrake, (who appears in Time is Art + bonus scenes) in the early 1980s, was the first to label a learning field that instructs the scientifically recognized ones, calling them the energetic or subtle morphogenetic or morphic fields.
Sheldrake suggested that there is an energy field within and around a morphic unit— the physical developmental unit of what later becomes a tissue or organ—that forms it. All living organisms—from cells to people—that belong to a certain group tune in to the morphic field and through morphic resonance develop according to the programs within that field. Resonance only occurs between forms that are similar, so a monkey would not take on the characteristics of a plant. According to Sheldrake, these energy fields serve as a database as well as a mental form.
Sheldrake’s theory seeks to explain why members of a family pass down certain behaviors and even emotions and why species might share common characteristics and developmental patterns. Various studies have also shown that even when separated, members of certain species acquire similar traits or behaviors, a puzzle that can be explained by morphogenetic fields. Subtle in nature, they are not limited to time or space. This theory would portray DNA as the recipient of information from human energy fields through the subtle body, which instructs it to act in certain ways.
Grandpa’s musical gifts might be then carried on to grandson via morphic fields rather than DNA. Morphic energy fields may instruct the epigenetic makeup, the chemical storage houses.
Sheldrake’s philosophy also holds that past life memories could pass from lifetime to lifetime through a soul’s morphic energy field. These memories would be nonlocal in nature and therefore not anchored in the brain or a particular life.
The word etheric is often used as a substitute for the terms subtle body or aura. There are actually independent etheric fields around every vibrating unit of life, from a cell to a plant to a person, as well as a specific etheric field that is connected to the body, as described under “Special Human Energy Fields” below.
The term etheric is a derivative from the word ether, which has been considered a medium that permeates space, transmitting transverse waves of energy.
When associated with the entirety of the auric field, it surrounds the whole body, hence why it’s a pivotal part of the human energy field.
As a separate energy body, which is a more substantial and popular view, the etheric body links the physical body with other subtle bodies serving as a matrix for physical growth. As Barbara Brennan, a contemporary expert on the aura, suggests, this human energy field therefore exists before the cells grow. Lawrence and Phoebe Bendit say the same of the auric field, asserting that it permeates every particle of the body and acts as a matrix for it.
Dr. Kim Bonghan links the etheric body and the meridians, suggesting that the meridians are an interface between the etheric human energy field and the physical body. The etheric body creates the meridians, which in turn form the physical body.
Special Energy Fields
There are many different biofields that regulate various mental, emotional, spiritual, or physical functions and these correspond to various parts of the subtle body. The following list of biofields is based on the work of Barbara Ann Brennan and others.
The layers of the auric field, as described by barbara ann brennan and according to the twelve-chakra system.
Physical field: Lowest in frequency. Regulates the human body. Etheric field: Blueprint for the physical structure that it surrounds. There is also an etheric human energy field for the soul. Emotional field: Regulates the emotional state of the organism. Mental field: Processes ideas, thoughts, and beliefs. Astral field: A nexus between the physical and spiritual realms. Free of time and space. Etheric template: Exists only on the spiritual plane and holds the highest ideals for existence. Celestial field: Accesses universal energies and serves as a template for the etheric fields. Causal field: Directs lower levels of existence.
Scientists have been investigating—and substantiating—the existence of the aura, the human energy field that surrounds our entire body, for over a hundred years, adding to the knowledge our ancestors already possessed. This field consists of multiple bands of energy called auric layers or auric fields, that encompass the subtle body, connecting us to the outside world.
The aura has been known by many names in many cultures. The Kabbalists called it an astral light. Christian artists depicted Jesus and other figures as surrounded by coronas of light. The Vedic scriptures and teachings of the Rosicrucians, Tibetan and Indian Buddhists, and many Native American tribes describe the human energy field in detail. Even Pythagoras discussed the field, which was perceived as a luminous body. In fact, John White and Stanley Krippner, authors of Future Science, list ninety-seven different cultures that reference the human aura, each culture calling it by a different name.
Science has been actively involved in penetrating the mystery of the aura since the early 1800s. During that time period, Belgian mystic and physician Jan Baptist van Helmont visualized it as a universal fluid that permeates everything. The idea of the aura acting like a fluid—or flowing—as well as being permeable has remained consistent throughout history. Franz Mesmer, for whom the term “mesmerism” was coined, suggested that both animate and inanimate objects were charged with a fluid, which he perceived as magnetic, through which material bodies could exert influence over each other, even at a distance. Baron Wilhelm von Reichenbach discovered several properties unique to this human energy field, which he called the odic force, and would later be ascribed to the subtle body.
He determined that it shared similar properties to the electromagnetic field, which had previously been investigated by James Clerk Maxwell, one of the fathers of electricity. The odic human energy field was composed of polarities or opposites, as is the electromagnetic field. In electromagnetism, however, opposites attract. Not so in the odic field, where like attracts like.
Reichenbach also found that the human energy field related to different colors and that it could not only carry a charge, but also flow around objects. He described the field on the left side of the body as a negative pole and the right side as a positive pole, similar to the ideas of Chinese medicine.
These and other theories have revealed the aura to have a fluid or flowing state; to be comprised of different colors, therefore frequencies; to be permeable and penetrable; and to be magnetic in nature, although it also has electromagnetic properties.
Other research has underscored these subtle body theories and expanded one additional element of the auric human energy field: its connection to the inner sanctum of the human being.
For example, in 1911 Dr. Walter Kilner examined the aura with colored filters and a special kind of coal tar. He discovered three zones: a dark layer next to the skin, a more ethereal layer flowing at a perpendicular angle to the body, and a delicate exterior with contours about six inches across. Most important, the conditions of this “aura,” as he called it, shifted in reaction to a subject’s state of mind and health. In the early part of the 1900s, Dr. Wilhelm Reich furthered our knowledge of the human energy field and its qualities through experiments studying a universal energy that he named “orgone.” During his studies, he observed energy pulsing in the sky and surrounding all animate and inanimate objects and beings. Many metaphysicians believe that orgone is equivalent to chi or prana. He also noticed that areas of congestion could be cleared to release negative mental and emotional patterns and thus affect change. This emphasized the connections between the subtle and the physical energies as well as emotional and mental energies.
Then in the 1930s, Dr. Lawrence Bendit and Phoebe Bendit observed the human energy field and linked it to soul development, showing that the subtle forces are the foundation of health. Their observations are mirrored and expanded by those of Dr. Dora Kunz, a theosophist and intuitive, who saw that every organ has its own field—as does the overall subtle body—which pulses with its own rhythm when healthy. When someone is ill, these rhythms alter, and problems can be intuitively seen in the field.
When Dr. Zheng Rongliang of Lanzhou University in China measured the flow of chi from a human body with a unique biological detector, he showed that not only does the aura pulse, but that not everyone’s human energy field pulses at the same rate or intensity. This study was repeated by researchers at the Shanghai Atomic Nuclear Institute of Academia Sinica.
Soviet scientists from the Bioinformation Institute, headed by A. S. Popow, actually measured the human energy field, or more specifically, the biocurrents manifested in the surrounding energy body. They discovered that living organisms emanate vibrations at a frequency between 300 and 2,000 nanometers. They called this field the “biofield” and discovered that people with a strong and widespread biofield can transfer energy more successfully. This research was later confirmed by the Medical Science Academy in Moscow.
A special form of photography is actually able to take pictures of the auric field. In the 1930s, Russian scientist Semyon Kirlian and his wife, Valentina, invented a new photographic process that involves directing a high-frequency electrical field at an object. The object’s pattern of luminescence—the auric human energy field—can then be captured on film. Contemporary practitioners are using Kirlian photography to show how the aura responds to different emotional and mental states, and even to diagnose illness and other problems. Medical science is now using a heat aura, as well as other imaging processes, to show the different aspects of the body’s electromagnetics.
One of the more compelling sets of studies in this area was conducted by Dr. Valerie Hunt. In A Study of Structural Neuromuscular, Energy Field, and Emotional Approaches, she recorded the frequency of low-millivoltage signals emanating from the body during Rolfing sessions. She made these recordings using electrodes of silver and silver chloride on the skin. Scientists then analyzed the wave patterns recorded with a Fourier analysis and a sonogram frequency analysis. The human energy field did, indeed, consist of a number of different color bands, which correlated to the chakras. The following results, taken from the February 1988 study, showed color-frequency correlations in hertz or cycles per second:
+ Blue 250–275 Hz plus 1,200 Hz
+ Green 250–475 Hz
+ Yellow 500–700 Hz
+ Orange 950–1050 Hz
+ Red 1,000–1,200 Hz
+ Violet 1,000–2,000, plus 300–400; 600–800 Hz
+ White 1,100–2,000 Hz
While mechanically measuring the subjects, healer and aura reader Reverend Rosalyn Bruyere provided her own input, separately recording the various colors she intuitively perceived. In all cases, her renderings were the same as those demonstrated mechanically. Hunt repeated this experiment with other psychics with the same results.
But What Is The Auric Field?
We know it exists—but what is the auric field? Scientists including James Oschman, author of Energy Medicine, consider it a biomagnetic field that surrounds the body. As Dr. Oschman says, “It is a fact of physics that energy fields are unbounded.” This means that our biomagnetic human energy fields extend indefinitely.
Modern equipment can now measure the heart’s fields—the strongest of those originating from an organ—up to fifteen feet away. As for the aura’s job, science has determined that this magnetic field conveys information about events taking place inside the body, rather than on the skin. Its purpose is therefore vitally linked to our internal health.
The biomagnetic human energy field is composed of information from each organ and every bodily tissue. The heart’s currents determine its shape, as the heart is the body’s strongest electrical producer. The primary electrical flow is therefore established by the circulatory system. As well, the nervous system interacts with the circulatory system and creates distinct flows, seen as whirling patterns, within the field.
We cannot fully understand the function of the aura without knowing what it is made of—and we’re still working on that. Barbara Ann Brennan summarizes scientific research to suggest that it is made of “plasma,” tiny—perhaps subatomic—particles that move in clouds. Scientists propose that plasmas exist in a state between energy and matter. Brennan says that this “bioplasma” is a fifth state of matter. Rudolf Steiner, a brilliant author and philosopher, suggested that the human energy field is made of ether, an element comparable to a negative mass, or a hollowed-out space. We can only surmise, but perhaps the field is actually made of both electromagnetic radiation (specifically magnetism) and an antimatter that allows a shift of energy between this world and others. Thus the propensity of healers to deliver healing energy based on intention is a matter of creating enough intensity in the “here and now” energies to access an equivalency in the antiworlds. What we accomplish within our own field can be delivered like an instant message on the Internet to another individual’s energy field.
Barbara Ann Brennan proposes seven basic layers of the auric field. These graduate from the body, linked with each of the seven basic chakras. The chakras also attune to different subtle bodies, which combine to compose three basic planes. These planes are accessible through the auric fields.
Brennan is also able to intuitively perceive two levels beyond the etheric, which she calls the cosmic plane. She associates these with the eighth and ninth chakras. The eighth appears fluid to her, while the ninth is composed of a crystalline template.
The Twelve-chakra System And The Auric Field
The twelve-chakra system furthers Brennan’s ideas about an eighth and ninth chakra, as well as higher human energy fields.
Auric fields are graduating layers of light that manage the energy outside of the body. Auric fields connect to the chakras, creating a symbiosis between what happens inside and outside of a person.
The Seven Rays
The Seven Rays are the seven attributes of God. As a system, the Seven Rays explains that our subtle human energy fields act as transformers to convert high vibrational energies into form—the physical body. Every body contains the energies of all the rays, just as every physical body has chakras, but our particular soul and personality rays determine our potentials for strengths and weaknesses. This also means that energies affecting an individual’s subtle bodies can result in mental, emotional, or physical illness to the physical body.
The concept of the rays originated in Vedic literature, where they are associated with the seven rishis, advanced masters who acted as agents of the absolute.
Each ray has a different color, symbol, chakra entry and exit point, occult energy, and symbology specific to its role. Radionic practitioners frequently use the Seven Rays to augment their diagnosis and treatment of patients following a spiritual path.
The Assemblage Point: Clustered Energy Lines
The assemblage point modality describes a cluster of human energy field lines or strings that penetrate the subtle body at a particular point. While they are not part of the physical body, they immediately surround it, passing through the chest and out of the back. Each string is about one centimeter in circumference or less. The strings closest to the body are strongest and most intense; those farther away diverge and their energetic power diffuses.
The assemblage point is a cluster of energy lines that connect to the body and surround it.
Practitioners report that the entry point is quite tender and between one-half and one centimeter in width. Research using infrared digital thermometers and image scanners shows that this point is about 0.2 degree centigrade lower than the surrounding skin.
There are several theories supporting the existence of the assemblage point.
Paraphrased, these center on the understanding that we are composed of an oscillating energy field with an epicenter: the assemblage point. The form of this human energy field is dependent upon the location and entry angle of this point, and in turn regulates someone’s biological and emotional state. However, the position of this point is determined by the biological activity inside the body. By working with this point, we can positively affect our health and lives.
Highly negative situations, such as rape or financial ruin, can shift the assemblage point into a detrimental position, thereby causing physical and emotional upheaval. Childhood trauma and drama can prevent the assemblage point from even settling in a healthy position; it seems the point settles into a specific point at about seven years of age. The various shifted positions—too far up or down, to the right or the left—adversely affect the entire system, especially the brain.
Practitioners often use stone crystals or electronic gem therapy to shift and shape the Assemblage Point.
Our exploration of human energy fields has included the measurable and the subtle, as well as the universal. The excursion has incorporated natural and artificially created fields, as well as various human varieties. We’ve discovered that every living organism, from small to great, emanates and is affected by fields of energy that, in large part, create the foundation for life itself.
This article on subtle energy fields is excerpted from The Subtle Body by Cyndi Dale via Awakened Vibrations.
Thank you to everyone who made it out to the 11/11 theater premieres in NYC, San Francisco & Austin brought to you by Tugg, Evolve & Ascend and Things Are Changing Productions. We also premiered in Ashland, Oregon, Holland, England and Guatemala. The film crew is so ecstatic to have met so many new people and to have had the opportunity to connect with communities around the world on such a profound level. We were up until 5am talking to everyone about synchronicity, art, music, how we made the film, how to get it to more people and feeling such gratitude for all the people who resonated with the film. It was incredible to see/hear it on such a massive screen with a packed house!
Enjoy these photos from our synchronized premieres in Texas, Oregon, Holland, England, NYC, San Francisco & Guatemala. Photos by Karyn Amore in San Francisco.
NYC Film Premiere
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England Film Premiere
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San Francisco Film Premiere – Photo by firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also an official selection at the 2016 Blow up Chicago International Arthouse film festival.
The film is also now available on Blu-ray/DVD & Video on Demand. The special “True Seekers” Deluxe package includes the 1 hr and 30 min film PLUS:
– Interview with Simon G. Powell “Synchronicity and Self-Organization” (21 min)
– Bonus scene with Jill Purce “Voice as a Spiritual Medium” (13 min)
– Bonus scene with Rupert Sheldrake “Synchronicity & Telepathy” (23 min)
– Bonus scene with Nina Elshof “Power Places” (12 min)
– Extended scene with Graham Hancock (19 min)
– ‘Time is Art’ original film soundtrack
Along with systems and management consultant Cynthia Cavalli, they will discuss the scientific evidence for the extension of consciousness in humans, plants and animals, as well as synchronicity and coincidence, and how they relate to everything from crop circles to your career and love life.”
With a cumulative weekly audience of around 2.75 million unique listeners the film will receive an incredible amount of exposure. The Coast to Coast website features this special clip and Gary also talks about his upcoming webinar with Rupert Sheldrake (also featured in the film). Check out the clip and info below.
A GROUNDED EXPLORATION INTO THE HEART OF THE MYSTERY OF THE EXTENSION OF CONSCIOUSNESS
5 session webinar • begins September 13th, 2015 • Hosted by G. S. Bobroff & Cynthia Cavalli
• A grounded look at objective evidence • A whole-bodied search for meaningful understanding • Featuring brand new dialogues with Rupert Sheldrake
Since 1981, Rupert Sheldrake has been exploring the scientific evidence for the extension of consciousness in humans, plants and animals. Pioneering Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung coined the term synchronicity following his observation of powerful meaningful coincidences in his life and the lives of his patients and developed his theory through discussions with preeminent physicists Albert Einstein and Wolfgang Pauli. Taken together the work of Sheldrake and Jung allows us to proceed in a grounded and whole-bodied way into meaningful inquiry about the nature of our reality.
Jung & Sheldrake: Synchronicity & the Extended Mind Webinar
is live Sundays 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST beginning September 13th, 2015
Session 1 – Evidence for the extension of consciousness: How can we know objectively that consciousness extends beyond the body? We’ll look at Dr. Sheldrake’s scientific research including exclusive video and highlights from his books: The Science Delusion, The Sense of Being Stared At, Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home.
Session 2 – Jung on Synchronicity and Meaning: How can we understand the fact of meaningful coincidence? Is every synchronicity a positive indicator? How can we better house within us the meaning that these events bring? We’ll look at the connection that Jung saw in synchronicity to the feeling-based holistic worldview of the ancient Chinese traditions of the Tao and I Ching. Co-hosted by Cynthia Cavalli.
Session 3 – Sheldrake In Dialogue: a brand new video conversation with Rupert and Gary filmed in 2015. (This session will consist entirely of a new pre-recorded interview and will not be convened live).
Session 4 – Best Synchronicity Ever! We’ll look at some of the juiciest synchronicity stories in history: real life modern examples, Hollywood and musician’s tales, unbelievable literary examples and we’ll hear your Best Synchronicities Ever!
Session 5 – Heart of the Mystery: How can we participate more fully with synchronicity? How can we bring our whole selves to these experiences? What role does the heart play in this mystery? How does the fact of synchronicity change our view of the world and ourselves? Co-hosted by Cynthia Cavalli.
Each session will include time for discussion, reflection and sharing of our experiences of this mystery.
Video recordings of each session will be available shortly after broadcast.
“The work which is now to be done is to work out the concept of synchronicity. I don’t know the people who will continue it. They must exist but I don’t where they are.” – Marie-Louise von Franz
Gary S. Bobroff, M.A. was the producer of the SYNCHRONICITY: Matter & Psyche Symposium in 2014–a landmark celebration with visionary leaders whose work pioneered our understanding of the unity of consciousness and reality. He is an international speaker, author and workshop leader. His work brings insights from Jungian psychology to our pursuit of modern questions. He is the primary developer and facilitator of Archetypal Nature. He has an M.A. in Counselling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2002. His first book, Crop Circles, Jung & the Reemergence of the Archetypal Feminine, was published in August 2014 by North Atlantic Books. “An original masterpiece.” – Andrew Harvey.
Cynthia CAVALLI, Ph. D., is a systems and organizational management consultant specializing in strategy development, future studies, and the dynamics of change and transformation. She has 30 years of experience in aerospace engineering, a Ph.D. in Human Systems, an MBA, and a BS in Physics. Dr. Cavalli utilizes a unique approach to individual and organizational transformation that integrates the principles of complexity science and Jungian psychology. She focuses on the patterns and stages of transformation to help individuals and organizations optimize and creatively leverage periods of uncertainty and ambiguity. See more at: http://www.cynthiacavalliconsulting.com. Cynthia will be co-hosting the second hour of the 2nd and 5th webinar sessions.
Related articles by Cynthia: Objective Meaning in Transformational Synchronicities
Amy Lansky was a NASA researcher in artificial intelligence when her life was transformed by the miraculous homeopathic cure of her son’s autism. In 2003, she published Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy, now one of the best-selling introductory books on homeopathy worldwide (www.impossiblecure.com). Since then, Lansky has broadened her investigations to include ancient and modern teachings about consciousness, psychic phenomena, synchronicity, meditation, and our collective power to evolve and transform our world. The result is her second book, Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within, published in 2011 (www.activeconsciousness.com). Her blog can be found at www.amylansky.com.
Amy was the very first person who agreed to be in the film. After we filmed our first webisode and the opening scene of Time is Art, we kicked back and enjoyed staying the night at her lovely home in California. Her book, Active Consciousness, was a huge inspiration for the film.
As part of an on-going series of blog posts on the co-creators in the forthcoming film, Time is Art, we put together some compelling questions so you can learn more about them.
What’s a song that has special meaning for you?
This may be surprising so some people, but it’s Downtown by Petula Clark. This was a hit in 1964, when I was about nine years old. I remember being in a large art classroom in a community center – I had arrived early for an art class before anyone else, and then suddenly Downtown started playing loudly on the speakers there. The room had a high vaulted ceiling – probably two stories high – and it created an amazing echo-ey acoustic for the song. There I was, alone, nine years old, and the lyrics of Downtown seemed to promise to me an amazing life ahead – all grown up, having fun in the city on my own. It was incredibly exciting – I felt free and powerful. Here are some of the lyrics:
Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk, where the neon signs are pretty How can you lose? The lights are much brighter there You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
So go Downtown, things will be great when you’re Downtown, no finer place for sure Downtown, every thing’s waiting for you.
What’s your most memorable synchronicity?
I have several memorable ones. One happened when I was writing my book Active Consciousness. I was busy editing the chapter that discussed the work of Rupert Sheldrake on morphic fields when my husband Steve came home to tell me that the two of us were taking Rupert Sheldrake to lunch the next day! I live in Silicon Valley, far from the UK where Rupert lives. We had read and admired his books, but had never met him. By “coincidence” my husband discovered that Sheldrake was giving a talk at his research lab the next day. When he asked if we could attend the talk, the organizers asked us if we could take him to lunch, since no one at the lab was interested in or even knew about Sheldrake’s work; someone at the lab had met him at a party in the UK and had invited him to visit, but his work was not appreciated by the computer scientists there. So here I was, thinking about Rupert Sheldrake’s work for several days, and suddenly I was having lunch with him!
The second synchronicity was almost more incredible. My husband and I took a cross-country driving trip across the US and Canada in 2013, listening to an iPod with over 10,000 songs on it in random mode. We were returning to the USA after two months in Canada, and just as we were approaching the bridge to the USA, Ray Charles’s “America the Beautiful” came on – something we hadn’t heard all summer! And we heard the climax of the song (“From sea to shining sea!”) just at the precise moment in the middle of the bridge when we crossed into the USA!
You can read about a few more synchronicities that occurred during the two-day period in which I met my husband in 1981, in this book excerpt from Active Consciousnessvia the film blog.
Do you believe in the afterlife?
Definitely. In the past few years I have taken an interest in mediumship and spiritualism, which has a long history in the United States – it all began in the 1800s. I have attended a few spiritualist services and even visited Lilydale for a day in 2013 (a spiritualist retreat town in western New York, just south of Buffalo, my hometown). Several interesting readings have led me to believe that the mediums performing them were truly providing information from a dead relative. For example, one medium insisted that an older man (presumably my father, who passed at age 72 in 1971) was showing him the image of a baby falling out of a baby carriage. I told him that this didn’t strike a bell at all, but the medium insisted that my father was repeatedly giving him that image.
Only later did my husband tell me that this had actually occurred. He had taken our toddler son out in a stroller and had forgotten to put the seat belt on. When the stroller hit a bump in the sidewalk, our son fell straight onto his face. My husband was sure that there would be a major injury, but my son didn’t even cry nor have any bruise or injury of any kind. By the way, my son was a delicate child – normally he would definitely have reacted badly to this event. When we later discussed this with the medium, he said that sometimes when the deceased presents an event like this, they are trying to indicate that they intervened in some way – in this case, that my father prevented injury to my son. And one more interesting thing — my son was named after my father!
If you could time travel, who would you like to meet?
Three people: Moses, Jesus, and Samuel Hahnemann (the founder of homeopathy).
If you could change one aspect of your society what would it be?
The “dog eat dog” mentality of modern society – especially in the United States. We spend time every summer in Canada and when we return to the USA, we always have the sense that we have to “prepare for battle” once we reenter the States. Rather than society taking care of each other, everything in the USA is ultimately about “survival of the fittest.” This mentality extends into every facet of life: making money is the ultimate goal to assure survival; ultimately, we have no responsibility or care for others besides immediate family members; we instinctively distrust strangers who we assume will only “be out for themselves”; and we rely upon and are obsessed with firearms. This state of mind also underlies the lawsuit-happy tendencies of our society (and the resulting fear of lawsuits), which contributes to the rising costs of business, health care, and education – really everything. On a global level, this mentality leads to nationalism and warfare.
The “survival of the fittest” state of mind is not only accepted as normal in our society, it is even viewed as strength. The truth is, however, that the strength of humanity actually comes from our caring for and helping each other.
What is one influential film that you feel has affected the collective unconscious, positively or negatively?
An Inconvenient Truth finally brought the reality of climate change to the forefront. Although it didn’t convince everyone right away and of course is flawed in some ways, it started the ball rolling.
What is the difference between living and existing?
Living is making every day count in some way. For me, it is trying to do something creative. If I create something new, or learn something new (an act of creativity within my mind), I feel I have really “lived” that day. Creativity can be in any realm, from big to small. I can write an article, work on a painting, try out a new dish in the kitchen (especially one I concoct on my own!), or present a lecture. It’s all about growth, changing reality in a meaningful and positive way.
Existing is just going through the motions, feeding the machine of existence. Even breaking the smallest of routines can help to enliven you – for example, experimenting with a new driving route, visiting a new restaurant, or striking up a conversation with a stranger.
What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
I don’t tend to accept other people’s ideas blindly. I have always thought for myself – I evaluate what people say and I decide for myself. This has extended to many areas of my life. When I was a kid, I would never dream of accepting an answer to a test or problem unless I had worked it out and believed it to be correct myself. To this day, I continue to develop my own spiritual ideas and practices, based on what I have learned and on what calls to me. I tend to have different views on many political issues than most people with my background. I’m extremely open to any kind of alternative or supposedly outlandish idea or belief, but I feel free to pick and choose what I accept as true or possible, rather than believe everything someone says (even if I agree with some of what they say). Even in my PhD research, I came up with a wholly new way of doing things rather than extending the work of my advisor. The same was true of my computer science research work afterwards – I always developed my own way of doing things, even if what I came up with wasn’t trendy or the norm. I guess that’s why I feel completely comfortable espousing and promoting homeopathy – because I know it works, it is fundamentally sound from a “scientific” point of view (even if it is lambasted by “conventional” scientists), and it just makes sense!
Can you describe your life in a six word sentence?
Always learning and sharing my discoveries.
Would you like to know about all your previous lifetimes so you can learn from your mistakes?
I believe we are always informed by our past lifetimes, whether we realize it or not. We’re here, experiencing this lifetime, to continue the learning process. We’re already the product of those past lifetimes, and with some meditative effort and trust, we can tap into them if we want to. Doing so can actually be very helpful in understanding what’s going on in this life – for example, explaining why we have certain fears, cravings, patterns, or beliefs that just don’t seem to make sense or be in context for this lifetime. For example, as a young girl, I had a fear of childbirth. I didn’t know anyone in this life who died in childbirth, so my fear was somewhat irrational. At some point, however, I realized that I had died in childbirth in a previous life. After that, my fear of childbirth left me (and I went on to have two sons!).
What music do you listen to to lift your spirits when you’re feeling down?
Music is very important to me. I sing and I play piano, I used to be in a rock band, and I have done some composing as well. I find that I often don’t really feel productive or get as much done unless there’s music going on in the background. I’m listening to music right now! I’m also a big fan of Pandora, since it introduces me to lots of new artists in genres I enjoy, and it keeps the musical variety going all day long. To lift my spirits, I really enjoy bluegrass, Klezmer music, Hawaiian music, Irish music – I guess folk music in general – and some oldies but goodies from the 60s and 70s, such as (believe it or not!) the Monkees.
What artistic medium do you use to express yourself?
I enjoy many forms of art – art enlivens my day. I play piano (mostly classical, but I like standards too), I sing (I was in rock bands and love to sing standards and show tunes), I paint (acrylic and water color), and I love arts and crafts of all kinds (knitting, crocheting, quilting, and I just learned how to spin wool). I have recently gotten into clothing design as an art form, but I’m still learning the basics. I also view cooking as an art form, but I’m not terribly skilled. I like to dance as well, but as I get older, my joints can’t take as much as they used to!
What does God mean to you?
Wow, a deep question. Here’s a quick and inadequate answer. I believe that God is not something outside ourselves. God is immanent in everything that was, is, and ever will be, in every dimension and in every universe. As a result, when we “pray to God,” we really do affect the unfolding of our reality – prayer works! I also believe that God isn’t some mindless energy that we participate in. There is greater intelligence and meaning and love in “the one” or “the all” than we can comprehend as beings incarnate in this limited three-dimensional existence.
How do you know when it’s time to let go of something or someone?
When all you feel is dread and sadness, not joy or life or potential for change.
What are some of your favorite books?
I’m not a big reader of fiction, but here are some of my favorite novels:
He, She, and It (Marge Pierce), Woman on the Edge of Time (Marge Piercy), The Fifth Sacred Thing (Starhawk), The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Valley of the Horses (Jean Auel)
As far as non-fiction, there are many books that have had an influence on me. They include: The Power of Now (Eckhardt Tolle), The Organon (Samuel Hahnemann), In Search of the Miraculous (P.D. Ouspensky). I also enjoy reading the literary magazine, The Sun.
Do you think people can control their own destiny?
Yes. I guess the root of this question is – do I believe there is free will? I believe there is. I think one of the reasons we are here, incarnated in this world, is to experience the often slow and arduous effects of free will in this three-dimensional existence.
We control our destinies on both the outer and inner levels. Obviously, our destinies are affected by our outer actions. But a key point behind my book Active Consciousness is that we affect how our destinies unfold in much more subtle ways too – through the impact of our consciousness. We can also use various forms of trained awareness, meditation, and efforts at self development to hone these abilities so that we can guide our destiny (and even the destiny of our collective reality) so that it aligns with the guidance of our higher or inner selves, thereby creating a life of greater joy and fulfillment for everyone on the planet.
When I decided to create a documentary built around the theme of synchronicity, I had no idea what that actually meant. Most filmmakers create treatments, even for documentary films. Being a transmedia artist, I decided to go the more experimental route. I wanted to see where synchronicity would take us during the process of shooting scenes and b-roll located in NYC, San Francisco & eventually at the Synchronicity Symposium in Joshua Tree, California. So we started out with a short film which quickly grew into an epic (and at times overly ambitious) feature length film.
The subject matter is so rich and so fascinating and inspiring that we just couldn’t stop coming up with ideas for the film. That has now spilled over to a book version of the film, of the same name. I also wrote a thriller/love story screenplay that is built around one incredible synchronicity. I’m not sure if it will ever be made into a film, but its a testament to just how inspiring the subject matter truly is.
It all started on October 2012 on a flight over the Yucatan on my way to visit the sacred Mayan pyramids in Mexico. I was reading a book called the Mayan Factor by José Argüelles when something clicked. Perhaps the reason we are so lost as a civilization is because we are out of sync with nature, ‘natural time’ (and ultimately the spiritual path).
How could I convey this crucial message in a documentary film? First, I needed to research the mysterious phenomenon of synchronicity and I had no idea how popular the concept was! I also needed to EXPERIENCE synchronicity to truly understand what it felt like. I had to get out of the intellectual headspace and into the feeling heart space.
This year is the 63rd anniversary of Jung’s (1952) concept of synchronicity. “In response to the seemingly growing popularity of this concept, Princeton University Press, in 2010, decided to reissue the seminal publication Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle. Although a complete formulation of synchronicity was published only in 1952, Jung had used the term in his lectures as early as 1929 (Cambray, 2009).
Carl Jung used synchronicity to refer to a meaningful coincidence of an outer event with an individual’s inner state in which there is no apparent causal relationship. The term consists of the Greek words for joined with and in time, suggesting a bond that takes place in temporal correspondence. Synchronicities are also associated with the uncommon and often consist of numinous, life-changing, and deeply spiritual experiences (Main, 2007); these synchronicities can play a critical role in an individual’s growth and personal transformation (e.g., Richo, 1998).” – Dan Hacoy
This year also marks the 32nd anniversary of the Police’s 1983 hit album “Synchronicity”. Early on in the making of our film ‘Time is Art’, I had a pretty wild synchronicity concerning the Police’s album. We were traveling back from the Berkshires in Massachusetts and had stopped at a funky looking restaurant serving questionable Mexican food. I recall the owner mentioned that she was an ex Hollywood makeup artist (or just liked to wear a ton of makeup). She literally looked as if she had come from a 1950’s hollywood set. The tiny place was packed full of a surprising amount of old magazines, art and furniture from the 50, 60’s and 70’s. In that moment I was thinking about the film, as it occupied my mind constantly, since we were still hashing it out through research, conversations and brainstorming sessions. There was a large stack of old Life Magazines and Rolling Stones from the and 70’s and 80’s. I looked through a few and by the third one I was just flipping the pages quickly and came to a page with an advertisement for The Police’s Synchronicity album!
At the time, even though I was a huge Police fan, I did not realize that their most popular album was called ‘Synchronicity’. For some reason I had not connected the dots, so for me this was confirmation that the project warranted more thought and research. (Whats unprecedented is that the album was so massively appealing that millions purchased it as well as the preceding four Police albums in numbers great enough to place all five on the 1983 sales chart simultaneously at year’s end.)
A quick survey of popular books and academic publications indicates that the idea of Synchronicity has never been more popular.
Just in the last year, several large international conferences have been held on synchronicity and related topics, including the Synchronicity: Matter & Psyche Symposium at Joshua Tree National Park where much of the film ‘Time is Art’ takes place. In August there was a held at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY features a plethora of academics and researchers such as Jon Turk, PhD, and Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander, MD.
Synchronicity is clearly a fascinating topic that resonates with people into esoteric philosophy, unexplained phenomenon and those seeking a deeper meaning in their lives. There are many documentaries and films about synchronicity, too and we wanted to make something totally different. In order to make a compelling narrative documentary film, I knew I needed to find the right person. When I came across writer, Jennifer Palmer through her numerous articles about synchronicity, not only was I drawn to her prose, I was also drawn to her story and the fact that she experienced her spiritual awakening through synchronicity. She told us her incredible story which you can watch here in the first episode of the web series “Sync Stories“.
The first film shoot was a DIY trip to San Francisco in which we filmed massive street art murals at Lilac Alley in the Mission District, the famous labyrinth at Grace Cathedral, Dolores Park, Muir Woods National Forest, Oakland and even Silicon Valley. One of the most experimental scenes turned out to depict a very strange synchronicity with a UFO that was captured on our camera without the crew actually seeing it. The complete story is in this article: Synchronicity, Owls & the UFO Rabbit Hole and the montage is below.
Fast forward over three years later and the film is finally complete and ready to premiere worldwide on 11/11 (a very auspicious date for numerologists).
‘Time is Art’, a narrative documentary that explores synchronicity and the role of art as a tool for healing and expanding consciousness. The film follows writer, Jennifer Palmers’s metaphysical journey through inspiring urban and natural settings in California and New York. Guided by author, Graham Hancock, biologist, Rupert Sheldrake, Carl Jung historian Richard Tarnas, mystic, Toko-pa Turner and many other scientists, artists and activists, we track her experience with synchronicity – the concept that all beings are interconnected and that time is not so much a chronology as it is an infinite cycle. The transmedia project which also includes a book of the same name, comes at an important moment in new science, quantum physics and consciousness studies.
Besides synchronicity, the film also explores an alternative to the materialistic and exploitative money-driven society we are all expected to live in. Synchronicity shows us that there are other ways of understanding our role in the universe. When you think of someone and then 5 seconds later they call you, its not a coincidence. During our film shoot with Rupert Sheldrake he argued that synchronicity is also a bit like telepathy. In one of his books he talks about why dogs can sense that their owner is coming home. Elephants, horses and other animals flee and hide for cover hours before massive storms hit. How is this possible if all of life is not interconnected and communicating through unseen realms and dimensions of reality?
‘Time is Art’ is meant to fuel and inspire this growing movement. Says ‘Time is Art’ co-director and my husband, Joél Mejia, “We want to contribute to the awakening in global consciousness that we are witnessing right now. To contribute to the increasing number of conversations about our understanding of time, space and interconnectedness that resonate with so many people right now.”
The title, ‘Time is Art’, coined by the visionary author, José Argüelles, whose work is a major inspiration for the film, is a twist on the catch phrase “time is money”. In the world of the film, “time” is unyoked from the relentless pursuit of material and capital gain and the audience is given an alternative framework: ‘What if we lived in a world where time is linked with creative potential and art?’—hence the film’s title, “Time is Art”.
In a recent article, Aaron Kase of Reset.me says of the film, “ultimately, the film is about how to shift from being caught up in an ego and success-driven society into a state of seeking peace and community anywhere we go.”
Rob MacGregor, author of ‘The Synchronicity Highway’ after seeing the film wrote, “This film will do for synchronicity what “What the Bleep Do We Know?” did for law of attraction.
Brent Marchant via Vivid Life, also wrote “Even though many worthwhile films in this genre have been released in recent years, “Time is Art” could well prove to be one of the most important offerings in this vein.”