Oh, my, what a wonderful response to and discussion of my experience! And isn't it so very interesting that a number of you have contributed accounts of your own personal experiences of a similar nature!
Logoslidat – Thanks for bringing up Jung's work on synchronicity, what it is, and his theories about
it. While synchronicity does not have any basis in hard science yet, Jung's initial work here is the current model for it. More on this below.
Worried Guy – "Ring of Fire": the words of a song stuck in your head, and then the same printed words on the magazine cover? A cover which you see on the same day that I start this thread? Wow, what is this, a synchronicity within a synchronicity?
Clocknut – the pages of history are filled with accounts of individuals who have had the gift of having "portent" dreams such as you mention. There are many such accounts in the Old Testament, and ancient kings had such persons as members of their courts.
Purgatory – I do indeed consider this a "special blessing in my situation" whatever the scientific merit of it. Whatever it was, it was indeed a way of emotionally connecting with Marilyn again, if even only in this unusual way.
BillyBob – Your dream experience about
the avalanche, saving your life, is far more impressive than my account of hearing a coincidental song. (More on this below).
After thinking intently about
this experience for a few days now since it happened (an experience which, once again, I do certify as having actually happened), I am actually daring to think that I may have come up with a possible explanation for what it might have been. It's a little wild, but it does have the merit of having the structure or basis of a model.
It's a model that would also serve to explain both BillyBob's life-saving dream experience and at the same time my coincidental song experience. It's nothing original with me, BTW, but is simply an extension of Jung's synchronicity theory. It goes as follows.
There is a psychological theory that dreaming, and in particular why we dream, is an evolutionary tool for survival. That is, we came to dream because the mind needed to run through and practice survival strategies for use in the jungle the next day during the down time of sleeping. BillyBob's dream about
the avalanche would be a perfect example of the validity of this theory, but with a twist. Somehow, some way, BillyBob's subconscious mind had become aware, it "knew" somehow, of the impending avalanche danger, and, to perform its evolutionary function of protecting him, gave him the warning dream.
As for my experience with the song, Jung would have said that I am still dealing with painful subconscious issues from the death of my wife (a sentiment with which I can easily agree) and that, as BillyBob's portent dream was meant to save his life, the coincidental song experience was meant to help resolve the painful subconscious issues that I now have resulting from Marilyn's death. To accomplish this, Jung would say, my subconscious, somehow some way, "knew" when that song was going to be playing on my car radio, that my car radio was tuned to the right station, etc., and it then "timed" all of my subsequent body movements, possibly down to the very second, so that I would be turning on the radio at just the right moment, hear the song, all this for the purpose that it would serve in helping me with resolving my subconscious pain with her passing. What form would that "help" take? Well, possibly just a series of events leading to the forum discussion here if nothing else.
Yes, I know this is sounding like science fiction. In particular, how could subconscious minds "know" about
remote avalanche conditions, or the timing of songs to be played on distant radio stations? That is, of course, unknown. But, as I noted, all the above has the advantage of having the structure of a model to it. That is, "why" these things happen. It would be a start, although granted a start that takes a bit of accepting.
But it wouldn't surprise me at all what the mind might be able to do. Especially if its very own survival or control of its severe emotional pain was at stake.
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