Synchronicity - the experience of meaningfully connected events that can't be causally connected - is a phenomenon as old as human history, and challenges the current materialist consensus of physics even though it has been of great personal interest to working physicists. In this book the Reverend Michael Cocks, Anglican priest and author of "Afterlife Teachings from Stephen the Martyr", expands on the story told in "Stephen" to focus on unusual synchronicities around that experience that began in the 1970s and continue to the present day.

The Stephen story is, on its face, unusual - but not especially so when compared with similar ones around the world. It was a "channeling" experience that occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand, in the 1970s, and continued for several years. The trance personality identified itself as the 1st Century Christian saint Stephen the Martyr. The trance sessions were recorded and summaries of transcripts of the session form the basis of the "Stephen" book.

"Into the Wider Dream" expands this story to talk about the synchronicities around this experience; which include predictive dreams, "poultergeist" like phenomena, some deep (and odd) connections with the 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and puns and wordplay seen in book passages and peoples' names. Some of these connections are no doubt very personal and seem less meaningful for outsiders; but others are quite striking and do seem to be more than mere coincidence.

Michael Cocks also interleaves these personal anecdotes with summaries of the current state of scientific thinking around synchronicity. Carl Jung of course was famously fascinated with the subject, but also many early and mid-20th century quantum physicists, most especially David Bohm. I found these descriptions very clear and precise,

This book will probably not convert someone who is a dedicated materialist skeptic to a more spiritual frame of reference, but it does stand as both an introduction to the topic of synchronicity and a record of an intriguing piece of history which deserves a wider audience.