Thursday, January 1, 2009

Synchronicity of the Month

When my childhood friend was recently visiting her parents in Florida, both she and her mother had recently read my book. On the way to the airport to go back home, the daughter told her parents that she would look for "444s." The very moment she said that, they noticed a building with a name on it, "S o l i e l," which is my last name. (As you know, if you read my book, I discuss in it the blessing of seeing the number combination of "444.")


Todd Laurence said...

Jung's thoughts on number
archetypes, i.e., the primal reality:

is something peculiar, one might even say mysterious about numbers. They have never been entirely robbed of their numinous aura. If, so a textbook of mathematics tell us, a group of objects is deprived of every single one of its properties or characteristics, there still remains, at the end, its number, which seems to indicate that number is something irreducible.

The sequence of natural numbers turns out to be unexpectedly more than a mere stringing together of identical units; it contains the whole of mathematics and everything yet to be discovered in this field.

Number, therefore, is in one sense an unpredictable entity.

It is generally believed that numbers were invented, or thought out by man, and are therefore nothing but concepts of quantities containing nothing that was not previously put into them by the human intellect. But it is equally possible that numbers were found or discovered.. In that case they are not only concepts but something more-autonomous entities which somehow contain more than just quantities.

Unlike concepts, they are based not on any conditions but on the quality of being themselves, on a "so-ness" that cannot be expressed by an intellectual concept.

Under these conditions they might easily be endowed with qualities that have still to be discovered.

I must confess that I incline to the view that numbers were as much found as invented, and that in consequence they possess a relative autonomy analogous to that of the archetypes.

They would then have in common with the latter, the quality of being pre-existent to consciousness, and hence, on occasion, of conditioning it, rather than being conditioned by it.

Quote: "man has need of
the word, but in essence
number is sacred." Jung

New York

Mary Soliel said...

Thanks Todd. I fully agree that "number is sacred."