To any long-time member of TDG, the constant occurrence of synchronicities would not come as a surprise; yet when they happen, they can still be pretty shocking.
Take last Friday: as I was enjoying my lunch break while browsing the web I decided to visit Micah Hanks' The Gralien Report in search for new updates. I found that Micah had just posted a new article titled "This Line is Tapped: Speaking of Phones (And Speaking Too Soon)."
Recently over at Mysterious Universe, I wrote a piece about this titled “Conspiracy Calls: Paranoid Telephonic Bugs and MIB Surveillance“. But here’s where things get funny: just as I was sitting down to write the piece, my cell phone inexplicably lit up, then shut down, and turned itself back on. Following this bit of bizarre synchronicity, I figured I would touch base with my fellow researcher Nick Redfern, just for fun, and see if he had ever had similar experiences, since he is author of the book The Real Men in Black (New Page Books, 2011). At the time, Nick admitted that he hadn’t had anything of this sort occur, so I went along recounting my own experiences instead. However, upon finishing the article, Nick subsequently contacted me with a very strange and equally-synchronistic update. Apparently, he’d spoken a bit too soon… Mr. Redfern ended up going on Dr. Rita Louise’s radio program shortly afterward, and as Nick puts it, “When we got to the section of the interview about telephone interference, however, all hell broke loose.” Many of the stereotypical weird noises and strange interference associated with the MIB lore had apparently begun to occur, right in the middle of their interview! “I told her, in my opinion, if this was not a case of coincidence (and the timing most strongly suggests it was not!) then maybe someone really was listening in and playing a few mind-games of the MIB variety.”
Micah provided a link to Nick's original post (click here), where Nick described the event in more detail, and also provided a link to Dr. Rita Louise's podcast show, in case someone wanted to download the program and hear the weird clicking episode for themselves [Note: at the time Nick had written his post, he wasn't sure if the interview was already uploaded].
At that moment I was actually listening to Tim Binnal's podcast interview with Mack Maloney, but since I'd heard Maloney in other 2 radio shows describe his book UFOs in Wartime, I decided to click on Dr. Rita Louise's link privided by Nick, so that I would download the mp3 file and listen it later. When the page opened, I found to my surprise that Nick's show was labeled "On Air", so that meant the pre-recorded interview was being broadcasted at that moment.
I clicked on the button and, sure enough, I caught the show right in the middle, with 30-something more minutes to go. As I was wondering if I had just missed the "clicking" event, I heard Nick discuss the events that had happened to her friend & researcher Marie D. Jones with mysterious MIB-type entities, including odd episodes with the telephone; as soon as I heard the word "telephone" I instantly knew the clicking event was soon to happen.
And that's when things went weirder.
I checked on my computer clock. It read 3:29 pm (Mexico city time), and then a strange idea crossed my head: I decided to 'dare' the event, and thought to myself "OK, let's see if the clicking happens at exactly 3:33." As the minutes progressed, I felt a chill on the back of my spine building. I was hearing Nick & Dr. Louise discuss phone tappings, and that's when I knew my little "prediction"(?) would come true.
The clock hit 3:33, and during that minute the first clicking sound was heard.
I was a bit frantic, to put it mildly! I decided to write a comment on Nick's & Micah's pages describing what had just happened, and also shoot both of them an e-mail. Nick answered back:
You know what's even weirder re the 3:33 thing? The person who I was speaking about was Marie Jones. Marie is the co-author of the book 11:11 - The Time Prompt Phenomenon. That book includes weird stuff occurring at...yep...3:33!
So now someone reading this might be asking: "OK, so why did you choose 3:33 in the first place?." To answer that, I need to explain that my studies into the unexplained have shown that 3:00 am is a special auspicious time for weird s#%t to happen. If you saw the movie The Exorcism of Emily Rose, you'll probably remember how the priest warns his female lawyer that 3:00 is the Witching hour: the time when the demon prefers to manifest, to mock the hour when Jesus died in the cross (3 pm, or the Ninth hour, according to the Bible) --explaining the phenomenon from a particular religious POV, of course...
I also need to say that I've suffered several episodes of sleep paralysis during my life, and in one of those experiences --which always terrify me, no matter how much I can rationalize them after they happen-- when I finally was able to regain full control of my motor functions, I turned my head, and my nightstand clock read 3:33. That's the reason the number stuck with me.
Sure, all these little 'coincidences' between me finding Micah's post at that time, then heading to Nick's blog, then heading to Dr. Rita's podcast, then finding the show was 'live', then finding the clicking event hadn't happened, and THEN having the first click happening at exactly 3:33 by my computer's clock could still happen by accident. But the elaborate chain of event that triggered it makes it even more improbable.
So what does this all mean, in the end? I guess the only thing I can do, is follow the sage advice of my friend Mike Clelland, whose life has also been inundated with all these playful synchronicities: Pay attention.
Addendum: After I finished writing this post, I went out for a little walk, and to return a Blu-Ray I rented from the local Blockbuster. I carried my old nano iPod, and started listening to back issues of the Mysterious Universe podcast that I hadn't had the chance to listen to --I'm a PLUS member, but I haven't figured out how to download to extended version of the podcast from my work computer.
As I was listening to episode 621 I had *yet another* WTF episode, at the moment when Aaron Wright started telling about some weird experiences happening at his home... when he was woken up at 3:00 am in the morning.
And to add the cherry on my synchronistic weekend cake, the show ended (in the extended PLUS section) with the mentioning of that mind-blowing TEDx talk Jacques Vallee recently gave, in which he discussed (among other things) synchronicities.
It almost makes me wanna scream "OK Universe, I get it! I'm listening. WHAT NEXT??!!"