Cynthia Sue Larson talks with Dr. Bernard Beitman about meaningful coincidences, adventures in the psychosphere, and memorable experiences with dogs. "Coincidences are not commands, they are suggestions," Beitman says, as we are able to identify underlying patterns in life that we can recognize as synchronicity, serendipity, or simulpathity--where we might experience the feelings of a loved one who is not with us at the time. The psychosphere provides a kind of mental atmosphere where a person's need defines and clarifies an intention, so that the mind can arrive at the needed information in extraordinary and wonderful ways.
Dr. Bernard Beitman, M.D., is the first psychiatrist since Carl Jung to systematize the study of coincidences. A graduate of Yale Medical School, he did his psychiatric residency at Stanford University. The former chair of psychiatry of the University of Missouri-Columbia medical school for 17 years, he writes a blog for Psychology Today on coincidence and is the coauthor of the award-winning book, Learning Psychotherapy. The founder of The Coincidence Project, he lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. www.coincider.com