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Matt (@greenthinker)    1 year, 8 months ago

Have you ever experienced learning a new word, and then hearing that word used 10 times the following week. The previous week you never knew this word existed, and now you hear people say it all the time.

I have this happen to me so frequently it is ridiculous. I honestly would not know about meditation, spirituality, holosync, the flower of life, 9/11 conspiracies, illuminati, or new world order if it were not for this phenomenon. (Not saying I believe all those things, just that I know them)

It usually happens like this:
First, i hear someone I don’t know mention an event or idea.
Then, usually new ideas peak my interest and I do some basic research into them.
Finally, I hear people I know, or know of, mention the event/idea.

I am very familiar with the “what you focus on expands” idea. I truly believe in it too. However, sometimes it just freaks me out.

Here is the latest one which just happened 10 minutes ago:
Sometime last week I read an article on HE about the CIA conducting LSD tests on unwilling Americans. (I thought this was fiction)
Last night I had some free time so I looked up what happened. Really I just went to wikipedia and some basic satellite sites.
10 minutes ago, gawker just posted a story about 1 of these barrels of LSD had gone missing.

This really freaks me out because this article NEVER would have interested me a week ago. I would have read the headline, laughed, and moved on. Now because I am familiar to this story, I was inclined to read the article.

I’m freakin out mannnn.

=)

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Jack Grabon (@jgrabon)1 year, 8 months ago ago

Hey Matt,
I have had similar types of things happen to me too. I am usually pretty intrigued by them given their frequency and specificity at times, so they never freak me out.

I can’t recall its name, but most would regard what you’re talking about as some type of bias. The typical example is the new car owner who begins seeing the same car everywhere whereas they didn’t before they bought it.

Consider looking into “synchronicity,” a term originally coined by Carl Jung, as he has written more on the subject. I also wrote a little something about this a while back:

http://iacblog-english.blogspot.com/2010/12/synchronicity.html

Jack Grabon

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Ray (@nowscreamlouder)1 year, 8 months ago ago

So what is the universe leading you to by teaching you words and conspiracy theories?

But the answer to the discussions title is no. There is nothing leading or guiding us. As humans our brains are wired to find patterns in the random collection of events we call life. When you hit every green light on the way to work it is not the universe guiding you or telling you your on the right path.

here is a ted talk that is pretty interesting on how we are pulled to patterns

http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_shermer_the_pattern_behind_self_deception.html

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Zykanthos (@chodebalm)1 year, 8 months ago ago

Happens to me all the time.

The question that will drive you insane is: did I bring myself here by free will, or was I lead here? Either way, just enjoy it :)

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Anonymous (@)1 year, 8 months ago ago

Yes, I was telling a friend about this phenomenon the other day.

Last semester, I had one class where I would learn about the same random intellectual topics I wondered about the day before. Gofigya

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Starry Eyed BLiND. (@cristinelizabeth)1 year, 8 months ago ago

I posted this the other day :)
I think the vibrations we send out bring the same ones back.
Law of attraction :)

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ELI var namnet (@manimal)1 year, 8 months ago ago

@greenthinker, Well known, scientifically explained phenomenon. I think there’s a fancy french word for it, but it alludes me at the moment.

Simply put, it’s in the RAS, part of the cerebellum. It filters all your sensory input, only letting through that which you are currently “tuned into.” That which has value/importance to you, (either because you want it, or because you want to avoid it, or simply because it had some sort of impact,) catches your attention frequently, while all that which doesn’t gets ignored.

So the whole thing about hearing the word more is just an illusion. You’ve heard it before, but you didn’t listen, seen it before, but you didn’t look. Now you’re listening and looking.

It’s really that simple.

Yes there is some truth to the law of A stuff, but it’s not what most people think it is. There’s nothing supernatural or otherworldly about it, none of that woowoo spaghetti monster shit, just bona fide logical reality. It’s in this phenomenon, where your attention is, what you allow into your life and what you deflect. Most of this is subconscious, but that doesn’t mean you can’t understand and control it.

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Joseph (@warriors41)1 year, 8 months ago ago

I think it’s called Law of Attraction. You’re freaking out because you were searching for something and you happened to find it? If you’re looking for something you will find it. The universe is like an ocean, the waves are pushing and leading you around, but you are free to swim around the waves.

If you’re a monkey in a jungle that can only digest this bright red fruit from this certain tree, you will look into the jungle and ONLY see that bright red fruit among all the other fruits and trees because that’s what you need to survive.

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