Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Weirdly Symbolic Synchronicity

Ed "ItsCoolToCare" has just left. He popped over to see me to discuss the implications of his son's Daemonic Encounter mentioned in his posting of the 13th May:


We were sitting in the conservatory soaking in the beautiful late spring sunshine and I had my ARCHOS mp3 machine playing in the background. Now you will recall my story with regard to the random play element of this machine and how it saved my life on the motorway. (as described:

Now this is a newer version of the same machine but it works in the same way. I had it on random play - a reminder, nearly 16,000 mp3's on this machine so a 1 in 16,000 chance of any one track being randomly selected.

Ed and I start discussing the nature of reality and how it can be seen as analogous to a super-sophisticated computer simulation/game (I was making particular reference to the observations made by Alex Shane last week in The Bridge Inn). As we started discussing this a new track was selected on the ARCHOS. It was track 4 of Sigur Rós ' album () (that is not a misprint by the way. That is the title of the album - and the tracks have no names either). Unofficially this track is called "Njósnavélin"which means "Spy Machine" in Icelandic

A split second before it began playing I absolutely knew what the next track would be ... and I knew why.
This particular track is the one that is played as the soundtrack of the final sequence of Vanilla Sky (when the Tom Cruise character David Aames realises that he is living in an illusion and chooses to jump off the top of a skyscraper).

The symbolism was not lost in me. Here was yet again a message to show me that this is my self-created phaneron - and just like what happens with David Aames it uses imagery from my own memory databanks to populate my world and give subtle nudges as to the real nature of reality.

Now what is really weird is that I have blogged many times before about this particular scene in that movie (e.g. http://cheatingtheferryman.blogspot.com/2008/03/waking-life-vanilla-sky.html) but not only that - in that blog I also placed a link to the actual sequence with the Sigur Rós song playing in the background.

And what does ( ) mean? Could it be a symbol of my oft used quotation of Emile Goncourt that life is "a nothing between two epileptic seizures"!
This is all Maya!!!!

5 comments:

roshni said...

yes! this life on this earth is maya...an illusion....many times in my life ive felt this great pull, this sense of knowing exactly whats going to happen....sometimes when im alone and still, i speak to myself, i ask questions to my soul..and evrytime i get the perfect answers to all my problems..after the introspection i feel at ease...i feel one with the universe..im in bliss!

Anthony Peake said...

ROSHNI: As an old Sanscrit saying requests:

"Asatoma Sat Gamaya, Tamasoma Jyotir Gamaya, Mrityorma Anritam Gamaya".

As I understand this this means "Lead me from the unreal to the Real, Lead me from the darkness to the Light, Lead me from the temporary to the Eternal".

Karl L Le Marcs said...

"Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London.
I'll show you something to make you change your mind
"

BLIMEY! Ralph McTell and Sigur Ros in the same post, I bet you don't have that on your Archos!
But it wouldn't be a large bet!

Interesting synchronicity Tony yes, but my James Randi-esque and Mathematical mind would ask how many other songs were playing during your chat with Ed?
(Hi Ed, by the way)

But I remember something similar happening when the three of us (Tony, Ed and myself) were in Blue Bar in Liverpool a while back as Ed was playing Tony and I his video of his son in the restaurant and the music playing in the background on the video was the same track that was playing in the background of the pub we were in watching the video with the background music in it!!

Forgotten what the track was, which probably says something as well!!

Do you remember that Tony, or Ed?

Anthony Peake said...

Karl,

Just the one! I spotted the synchronicity and turned the machine off.

First selected song!!!!

Karl L Le Marcs said...

WOW, then that takes it beyond pattern-finding and into YAS territory!!

These messages mean something mate, we need to work out precisely what!

And I think we are well on the way to doing just that!