A Case of Precognitive Synchronicity?


Rogers Johnson

In his tape/CD series on synchronicity called SynchroDestiny, Deepak Chopra gives people exercises to try and help them manifest more of these meaningful coincidences in their lives.  He also shares some stories that he finds especially interesting, in an effort to inspire listeners and show them what he thinks fascinating synchronicities look like.  One example he gives is of a boy at a baseball game who says in his mind “If there’s a god, let the next swing by the batter result in a  home run.”  Of course, the player complied and hit a homer.  When I first heard this I thought “Wow, that’s amazing!”  But when I shared this with a friend who’s an expert in sports statistics, he casually and in an unimpressed tone said, “Yeah, that’s a 100-1 shot.”   Well that burst my bubble, 100-1 certainly ‘isn’t beyond probability’, the definition I used here previously about this subject.  Most really complex and brain-boggling synchronicities aren’t so cut and dry, and are much more nuanced.  So even though it’s a sweet story, it’s really not a good example.  The following is the most important synchronicity, with an intriguing twist, that I’ve ever had, in terms of it’s unlikeliness.  It altered my views forever on synchronicities and the paranormal.  A true game changer, because in that moment, it honestly felt like there was something more at work than mere chance could ever hope to produce.  I was looking for a very, very rare paperback book for years. It was nowhere to be found in Los Angeles or anywhere else.  I’d intensely wanted it and invested years of serial thinking on finding it at some point, although it seemed futile after a decade of looking.  A rare bookstore had a waiting list twenty (20) people long for it, and they had never even seen a copy, and that was the business!  One day I ambled into a small, used bookstore in Santa Monica, feeling a bit whimsical.  This store had thousands and thousands of paperback books, and as I stood there amongst that ocean of literature, and suddenly a thought entered my mind…wouldn’t it be magical, if right where I was pointing my finger, I turned a rack around “the closest one to me”, and the book I had been looking for all those years, appeared in exactly that location.   So I turned the stand, and there it was, with me pointing at it dead center!  Now mind you, the rack had eight levels and was four deep on every level. Finding the book period, would have absolutely amazing!  Finding it exactly where I pointed, changed me forever, because the statistical probability of this happening the way it did is beyond statistical conception. However, there was an additional element to this event that makes it especially interesting and perhaps important scientifically,  the thought that preceded the event.  This thought, by itself, was more indicative of precognitive phenomena.  I sensed it was there unconsciously it seems, and through what one might call ‘primary process’, my mind couched this sensation in a way that was palatable to my conscious mind.  “Primary process” has been defined as:  A mental state that is done unconsciously. It includes unorganized and illogical thinking patterns, but all with one goal; to experience immediate pleasure and gratification.  Of course, my pleasure and wonder was great, immediate and intense!  But the real importance here is that, as I suggested within my first blog, there might be a quantum field of a sort, that was mediating this hybrid process, what one might call a precognitive synchronicity…something that was highly relevant to me personally on a deep emotional level, but that a precognition facilitated.  A field, as just cited, that perhaps mediates all paranormal experiences. The book in question was of the movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (the tag line on the cover is “Expect the unexpected, He does.”)…the condition was perfect…and the price, $2.00.  Upon doing a quick survey on, of the six pages of Banzai related items, they had no copies. had one person with 27 copies, mostly in poor condition.  And that represents the whole world! This book sells in mint condition for $150+, which mine nearly is…despite having been published in 1984.  One more quick and happy synchronicity:  I was speaking with a friend about this subject for some time and we had been particularly prone to noticing the numbers 1 and 2 in our dealing with things.  Going on the premise that our discussion and therefore our consciousness, was a contributing factor to seeing these two numbers frequently in odd ways, I suggested we start discussing something of more value, presuming that bringing those things into our consciousness more regularly might produce the same kind of results. Specifically, I recommended we dwell on making ourselves “more healthy, wealthy and wise.” A few days later (about a month ago now) I would find, on a very busy, well-trodden sidewalk, a hundred dollar bill, with Mr. Franklin staring at me knowingly…the very man who created that quote!

By Dr. Barry Taff

Dr. Barry Taff, who holds a doctorate in psychophysiology with a minor in biomedical engineering, worked as a research associate at UCLAs former parapsychology laboratory from 1969 through 1978. During his 41-year career, Dr. Taff has investigated more than 4,000 cases of ghosts, hauntings, poltergeists, and he has conducted extensive studies in telepathy and precognition which led to the development of the original protocols and methodologies for what was later coined remote-viewing. He is the author of Aliens Above, Ghosts Below.

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