God, synchronicity, and postmaterialist psychology: Proof-of-concept real-life evidence

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Abstract

Is it possible that spiritual factors can sometimes play an evidence-based synchronistic role in the publication of a journal on spirituality in clinical practice? Moreover, is it possible that some sort of a "G.O.D." process (i.e., a wholistic "Guiding Organizing Designing" process; Schwartz, 2006) may play an evidence-based synchronistic role in mediating such effects, what Rushnell (2006) poetically refers to as "God Winks"? This article presents proof-of-concept real-life evidence consisting of a sequence of 11 increasingly improbable events that support possible connections between a universal God process, synchronicity, and spirituality in clinical practice. It highlights both the challenges and the opportunities in carefully examining apparently nonrandom patterns of events in real life (termed self-science) as valid and meaningful evidence of the presence of higher spiritual forces playing an orchestrating role, not only in the lives of patients and practitioners, but in the lives of scientists who investigate these phenomena as well. The article includes a discussion of the integration of contemporary field theory and quantum physics, psychology, and general systems theory that point to the evolution of a postmaterialist psychology, and the challenge of determining the potential meaning of spiritually based synchronicities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-162
Number of pages10
JournalSpirituality in Clinical Practice
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2014

Keywords

  • God
  • materialism
  • postmaterialist psychology
  • spirituality
  • synchronicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Complementary and Manual Therapy

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