The Cryptic Cosmology of Synchromysticism


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synchromysticism is an emerging field of study and subculture existing on the fringe of
areas already considered fringe – primarily mysticism and Jungian psychology.
The word was coined by Jake Kotze in August of 2006 for an
article posted on his website
Brave New World Order, who defined it as:
"The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with
mystical or esoteric significance." As Kotze recalled in an email:

"I needed something to explain a way of investigating
subjects with synchronicities and the word seemed to fit… My biggest
inspiration for this kind of thinking and investigating came from Goro Adachi at Etemenanki.
Goro calls his research multi-contextual."

The synchromysticism research Jake Kotze publishes on his
websites include information-dense videos, artwork and articles punctuated by
images illustrating various mystic/pop culture linkages. His articles and
videos usually focus on esoteric symbols or memes (possibly stemming from a
collective unconscious mind) reoccurring throughout a wide range of sources,
especially mass media. Such symbols include numbers, words, archetypes, shapes
and various visual motifs or patterns such as portals and checkerboards. The
total effect is a mind-blowing labyrinthine reality mash-up linked by a type of
dream logic. Kotze described his approach towards synchronicities in an
October 20, 2006 post
on Brave New World Order:

"My idea about the significance of meaningful
coincidences in movies with mystical connotation is not that it points towards
real truths, but that they point towards possible realities that might emerge
from the collective psyche into consensus reality. We vie and jostle for
acceptable limits of consensus reality through our art and philosophy. Our
ideas and concepts about reality are the very fabric of reality itself. We try
to sell each other beliefs in a creative effort to allow new ‘things’ to emerge
into the accepted matrix of the now. I don't fundamentally fret about what ‘is’
real; I care about checking the zeitgeists' temperature in order to project
future possibilities of acceptable norms and find hidden pockets of knowledge
embedded in the pattern of 'AUM'."

Recurring themes Kotze has been tracking include
"stargate" symbols and imagery that was most powerfully expressed in
the events of 9/11. He argues that in the language of esoteric symbolism the
Twin Towers are analogous to Solomon's Temple, Mecca and the pyramids of Egypt
– structures intended to be, in a sense, vortexes to higher dimensions. Kotze
has linked imagery from an astounding amount and variety of pop culture
sources, including cartoons, mainstream Hollywood films, cult classics,
posters, websites and even videogames of the stargate concept.

Interestingly, Jake's research sometimes finds specific
individuals, who he calls resonators, associated with certain reoccurring
esoteric symbols and patterns. An example would be his observation of
synchronistic connections between actor Hugh Jackman and the stargate motifs.
This line of thought sounds preposterous on the surface, but Kotze often
provides a surprisingly large and detailed collection of evidence to explain
the rationale for his conclusions. Using an expansive knowledge of esoteric
symbolism and example after example of sometimes striking data and imagery,
it's enough to make even a hardened cynic raise an eyebrow.

To skeptics, such synchronistic patterns involving pop
culture celebrities might seem uncomfortably close to fixation or clinical
obsession (e.g., Hinckley's obsession with Jodie Foster, or Chapman's with John
Lennon). Though it's common for most people who regularly experience
synchronicities to become obsessed by the idea of synchronicity, Kotze is less
concerned with celebrities than the symbols or archetypes they might represent.
He has no interest in deifying or meeting any of the individuals associated
with synchronistic patterns, and he communicates in a lucid and well-referenced
manner why he believes the connections exist, with no illusion that the people
involved are consciously aware of it. As Kotze explained in
a March 20, 2008 post
on his The Blob website, regarding the Hugh
Jackman-Stargate connection:

"This suggests, in my view, a non-local intelligence
guiding the affairs of the universe rather than conscious tomfoolery on the
part of a human agencies such as conspiring Hollywood magickians. The embedding
of symbolism is too well orchestrated, subtle and concise. The noisy plotting
and scheming of the human mind doesn't directly create the phenomena charted by
synchromysticism. The patterns found emanate from the same force that organizes
uncountable numbers of snowflakes into unique (all being appreciably different)
but certainly not individual (all comprising six way geometry) forms. The same
force that animates this very moment you read this sentence, the moment of
present awareness that is inseparable from who you are."

Jake Kotze's work got a boost in exposure after Henrik
Palmgren's Red Ice Creations site
began featuring articles and videos from Brave New World Order. Henrik also
recorded a series of podcast interviews with Jake throughout 2007. In addition,
Kotze was the guest for the premiere edition of the “Occult of Personality” podcast in October of 2006 and was
interviewed on Kent Bentkowski's “The Kentroversy Tapes” podcast
in October of 2007
.

Ben Fairhall, creator of the Battling the Behemoth website,
was an early supporter of the idea of synchromysticism; Fairhall’s blog was
quickly followed by Todd Campbell's Peering Through the Looking Glass.
Over a brief period of time, a rapidly increasing number of websites have
adopted the word and supported the principles of synchromysticism. Though the
online synchromystic community is a recent phenomenon, the fundamental concepts
that synchromysticism draws upon have connections to mystic traditions as old
as shamanism. Seeing esoteric and mystical significance in the seemingly
mundane is characteristic of varied metaphysical philosophies around the world
such as Hermeticism, Taoism, Sufism, Kabbalah and teachings of the Pythagorean
mystery schools.

In the modern age, ideas behind synchromysticism have
influenced in varying degrees works of pioneers as diverse as Helena P.
Blavatsky, William S. Burroughs, Aleister Crowley, James Joyce, Carl Jung,
Stanley Kubrick, Timothy Leary, John Lilly, Terence McKenna, and Grant Morrison
– most of whom have been referenced in Kotze's research. A feature that makes
synchromysticism unique from other forms of synchronicity is its focus on
esoteric mystical symbolism and the use of communications technology to
document, share and compare synchronicities related to such symbols from
ancient traditions throughout the mass media landscape. Besides its obvious
connection to media, Jungian psychology and the occult, from what I've gathered
through articles, interviews, videos and other sources related to
synchromysticism, the field also has strong associations with the psychedelic
experience and conspiracy theory.

A relatively well-known example of proto-synchromystic
writing is James Shelby Downard's essay on the Kennedy assassination,
"King-Kill 33" [1] (popularized by the Marilyn Manson song of the
same name). In it, he collects a vast array of symbolic clues and associations
that leads him to speculate that Kennedy's assassination was part of a Masonic
ritual. Masonic aspects of synchromystic symbology have also been the subject
of lectures and articles by Jordan
Maxwell
, Richard C. Hoagland
and Jay Weidner. Kotze has made
references to all of these writers and they likely influenced his thoughts on
synchronicity. In his interview on "The Kentroversy Tapes" podcast,
Jake specifically cites Robert
Anton Wilson
as one of his primary sources of synchromystic inspiration,
which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone familiar with Wilson's writings. In
much of his work, most notably Cosmic Trigger: The Final Secret of the
Illuminati
, Wilson wrote extensively on the
subjects of synchronicity, conspiracy, psychedelics and magick.

Synchronistically, in Cosmic Trigger Wilson relates how shortly after he published Illuminatus in 1975, William Grimstad (a.k.a. Jim Brandon)
corresponded with him to share channeled information from people allegedly
contacted by extraterrestrial intelligences. The information corresponded in
detail to esoteric topics Wilson and Timothy Leary had been confidentially
discussing at the time. Later, Grimstad sent Wilson a tape called "Sirius
Rising" that he and close friend and collaborator James Shelby Downard
recorded that contained some of the same information featured in Downard's
"King-Kill 33" essay. Wilson called the Grimstad-Downard theory
"…the most absurd, the most incredible, the most ridiculous Illuminati
theory of them all." But he added, "The only trouble is that, after
the weird data we have already surveyed, the Grimstad-Downard theory may not
sound totally unbelievable to us." [2]

In the same book Wilson disclosed his distant link to Lee
Harvey Oswald (Oswald's ex-wife lived with the sister of Wilson's family
doctor). Wilson was also a friend of Kerry Thornley (co-founder of Discordianism, the only religion Wilson
embraced) who befriended Oswald when they served together in the marines. Their
mutual friend Greg Hill (a.k.a. Malaclypse the Younger, the other co-founder of
Discordianism) had a girlfriend who served as district attorney Jim Garrison's
secretary in the summer of 1963. She used his Xerox machine after-hours to
print the earliest Discordian text, "Principia Discordia or
How the West Was Lost
". In the fall of 1966 Garrison began his
investigation into the JFK assassination, later dramatized in the Oliver Stone
film JFK (1991) which itself has been a
subject of synchromystic analysis by Dean Grace. [3]

The connection between Kerry Thornley, Lee Harvey Oswald and
Jim Garrison was further documented by countercultural and Fortean historian Adam Gorightly in his book The
Prankster and the Conspiracy
. [4] Though it
was briefly mentioned in
Cosmic Trigger, Gorightly's book covered in greater detail a falling out between
Kerry Thornley and Robert Anton Wilson due to a disagreement in the
interpretation of coincidences surrounding Kerry's connection to the JFK
assassination and Kerry's increasing sense of paranoia. Kerry began to suspect
the coincidences were an intentional manipulation possibly involving the CIA,
Mafia and/or Naval Intelligence, and even went so far as to accuse close
friends of being a part of a plot. Wilson remained agnostic on his views on the
causes of those and other coincidences but entertained ideas ranging from
subjective perception, the collective unconscious, parapsychology, quantum
physics and a holographic universe. This open-ended view of synchronicity is
more in alignment with the synchromystic view, while Kerry's approach (minus
delusional paranoia) is closer to those of relatively conventional conspiracy
researchers such as Alex Constantine, John Judge, Michael C. Ruppert, and
Webster Griffin Tarpley.

For synchromystics such as Kotze, the causes of
synchronicities are not as important as their possible meaning (though he has
considered theories similar to Wilson's, such as communication from a conscious
universe and the notion that we may be unconsciously drawn to certain symbols
due to genetic memory embedded in our DNA). Similar to ongoing arguments about
whether the origins of crop circles are man-made or cosmic, their existence and
questions about what they might possibly mean are what's truly fascinating to
those who study them closely. Not surprisingly, Kotze is also interested in
crop circles because he has found that some
share the same reoccurring esoteric symbols
as ones found in his own
research. In the summer of 2007, he investigated crop circles up close while
visiting friends in the UK, including fellow synchromystic Ben Fairhall.

One of the many writers, bloggers and artists connected to
the growing online synchromystic community is Peter Joseph, whose film Zeitgeist (2007) (which used material from Jordan Maxwell) became an Internet
sensation. Other prominent personalities within this group include Adam Star, Afferismoon, Christopher Knowles, Jeff Wells, and Steve Willner. Andras Jones is the creator and host of
“Radio 8 Ball”, a cross between a music
program and talk show in which callers ask questions for which Jones interprets
a synchronistic response using a random shuffle mode on a CD player. Though his
analysis leans more towards the psychological than the esoteric, some of his
interpretations of symbols contained in lyrics delve into synchromysticism. In
March of 2008, Henrik Lemon, a DJ from Sweden put The
Synchromystic Forum
online which expanded and solidified the community and
accelerated the exchange of pertinent ideas.

As an indication of the growing popularity of the
synchronicity meme, in 2007 there was a Hollywood take on it called The Number 23. The film tackled the subject in a relatively
unimaginative, simplistic, unsubtle and moralistic manner typical of the
average contemporary Hollywood product, however the filmmakers seem to be
connected to synchromystic patterns Jake Kotze has written about. The
protagonist is played by Jim Carrey who, according to Kotze, is a resonator for
the Green
Man archetype
. The director Joel Schumacher is a co-writer for the
screenplay of
The Wiz (1978), a
film linked to a pattern Kotze calls "The
911 Stargate"
. The film's cinematographer, Matthew Libatique also
worked on Darren Aronofsky's
The Fountain (2006), which was featured in
a December 7, 2006 post
on the Brave New World Order site. Libatique first
collaborated with Aronofsky for the movie
Pi (1998), a much better film about a man obsessed by the mystical
significance of numbers and how they fit into synchronistic patterns.

Two other films with a more sophisticated view of
synchronicity are Richard Linklater's Waking Life (2001) (which also covered a number of related
philosophical and metaphysical issues), and Laurent Firode's
Happenstance (2000), starring Audrey Tautou, who is better known
as the protagonist of
Amelie (2001). Happenstance and Amelie share in common a theme of synchronicity as a potentially beneficial
karmic force. In contrast to
The Number 23, which depicted the phenomenon as a source of fear and paranoia, these
films (and, sometimes, actual experience) show how if used with intuition,
synchronicities can guide one towards happiness and fulfillment.

Some conspiracy researchers have a cynical view towards
synchromysticism because they consider it too "new-agey" – a
diversion or escape from more important issues. Such arguments may be missing
the point because synchromysticism is not a substitute for para-political
investigation, but rather a fascinating aspect of it. The objective of such
research is to seek the truth no matter where it leads. If one discovers
obvious, conspicuous synchronistic patterns, those facts shouldn't be ignored
or dismissed simply because they have no standard rational explanations.
Synchromysticism doesn't necessarily rule out the possibility of manipulations
by secret societies or criminal elites, but it offers a glimmer of hope because
it implies that even conspirators themselves might not have complete
understanding of, and control over, situations or their outcomes. It can be
beautiful and comforting to realize the universe might be conscious, as opposed
to a lifeless mechanistic construct, at a time when the reductive materialist
paradigm seems to be leading us into a dead end.

A more common critique of synchromysticism is that anyone
can connect anything to anything, making it meaningless. From a synchromystic
point of view, this could be a supporting argument, because they view
synchronicities as being ever-present and able to be seen by anyone, not just
experts. Synchromysticism can be viewed as a new art form that encourages
creation of meaning and associations with the entirety of one's reality. In a
sense, it's no surprise that synchromysticism has links to conspiracy theory,
psychedelics and occult traditions because all three are methods to deprogram
oneself from cultural conditioning, a means to connect a diverse range of
information and ideas, as well as a way to see the world from a more open
perspective. It's an alchemical technique to create meaning out of the chaos of
current events and seemingly vapid commercial detritus that bombards us on a
daily basis, and to add new layers of meaning to more enduring and celebrated
works of art.

Whether one believes in the occult aspect of
synchromysticism or not, it's a fascinating new field from a psychological,
philosophical, aesthetic, anthropological, and/or quantum point of view.
Synchromysticism reinforces the interconnectivity of everyone and everything,
and empowers us to reinterpret social reality to in a sense "decode"
the universe and ourselves. Using synchromysticism as a new language or tool
can help us forecast and respond to trends developing in the collective
unconscious, noosphere, morphogenetic field etc. – to reclaim culture and steer
it in a more positive direction or, at the very least, provide a fun and
interesting new application for mass media. We can't create a better world if
we can't control the way we perceive the world, or stretch our imagination to
envision something better. New art forms such as Kotze's, which are
independent, democratized, relevant and visionary, can effect change by
enabling us to co-create new maps of reality, an essential precursor to conscious evolution.

 

Notes:

1. Parfrey, Adam, ed. "Apocalypse Culture" New
York: Amok Press, 1987.

2. Wilson, Robert Anton. "The Cosmic Trigger: The Final
Secret of the Illuminati" Berkely, CA: Pocket Books, 1977. Pp 170-173.

3. Grace, Dean. "Subliminal Images in Oliver Stone's
JFK." "Secret and Suppressed" ed. Keith, Jim. Los Angeles, CA:
Feral House, 1993. Pp 93-96.

4. Gorightly, Adam. "The Prankster and the
Conspiracy" New York:
Paraview Press, 2003.


Images by Jake Kotze, used by permission of artist.

Jake Kotze's Websites:

http://thebravenewworldorder.blogspot.com/

http://rundonotwalk.blogspot.com/

http://dilluminati.blogspot.com/

http://trickytimetimes.blogspot.com/

http://mushroom-atlantis.blogspot.com/