Into the Wider Dream:
Synchronicity in the witness box

by Michael Cocks, White Crow Books, Hove, UK, 2015, 226 pp.

 Review by Dr. Howard Jones   

Reverend Michael Cocks has followed up his channelled book on Stephen the Martyr with a perceptive exploration of Fate and synchronicity. The book opens with a brief but fascinating account of how earlier societies viewed The Fates. Clearly there is something in the human psyche that has induced people through the ages to believe that there are many earthly events that are simply beyond human control, some coinciding to produce favourable outcomes (synchronicity) and some less favourable or disastrous ones. The central question that this book explores is: Are these events simply the result of chance, or do they represent earthly consequences of Fate, karma, or predestination ordained by a Higher Power? Tarot cards and the I-Ching testify to the belief in both West and East in what the author calls “faith in a hidden reality, where Meaning governs the affairs of the world, and is beyond the reach of cause and effect.”

 Searching for some rationalization of synchronicity, the author describes (in simple language) some of the basic ideas of quantum mechanics, including numinous concepts like David Bohm’s implicate order, C.G. Jung’s collective unconscious, Rupert Sheldrake’s morphogenetic field and Karl Pribram’s holographic brain. These ideas all represent a quantum-like holistic interpretation of the divine Cosmic Spirit. In the manner of Neale Donald Walsh, Reverend Cocks asks questions of the divine Source. He recounts examples of coincidence that he encounters in his exploration of this subject and alights on Arthur Koestler’s “holons” – entities complete in themselves and yet part of something still bigger and more complex, like cells and organs as entities that work synchronously within the human body.

The author then relates the teachings of St. Stephen recorded in his previous book to the world of coincidence and synchronicity. Reverend Cocks now presents us with a 50-page chapter recording a 20-year series of dreams and their interpretation involving UFOs and synchronicity: here, we have the nub of The Wider Dream. Not many people take the trouble to record their dreams or to become so aware, or mindful, in everyday life that they can relate their dreams to events. This is an invaluable study of synchronicity and the nature of Oneness for this reason alone. Whilst an interpretation in terms of UFOs is an easy target for derision, sightings have been reported by various individuals of different nations for many centuries, even if it is difficult for those who have no personal and direct evidence to believe in them. The same can be said of any channelled information, but support from earthly events validates much that purports to originate from Spirit.

 More often than not dreams contain metaphors, rather than being literal, and these are likely to be the ones that teach us something. The author has referred to the metaphorical nature of his dreams and he has interpreted them in a way that resonates with him. Dreams are very personal so we are probably the only people who can interpret them in any meaningful way based on our own experiences. 

 When someone feels that the dreams (and metaphors) they experience have been channelled to them, it is not really possible to review the significance of what is written because it comes from what we believe to be the divine Cosmic Spirit. But we have to remember that often those things that are channelled personally to individuals (as opposed to channelling for a public audience) are likely to be tailored for each individual's experience - perhaps to help them in living their life here on Earth, perhaps to help them in their spiritual development, or perhaps to help them with a specific critical situation. Such psychic communications are validated by their correspondence with verifiable facts.

The chapter also includes a meaningful description of Lawrence LeShan’s Four Modes of Being (Alternate Realities: The search for the full human being: Ballantine Books). According to LeShan, the well-rounded human being needs to function in four modes of being – sensory (using the rational mind), clairvoyant (using the subconscious or spiritual mind), transpsychic (using telepathy or empathy to communicate across space or time) and mythical (using myths to interpret other-worldly realities); these modes are I think crucial in understanding the author’s profound experiences.

 The rest of the book describes further dream experiences and the interpretation of them and the events of everyday life in a synchronistic way. Michael Cocks has clearly thought very deeply about this where perhaps many people would not even be aware of the synchronicities in their lives. If you are spiritually inclined, perhaps Spirit intervenes more often in your life – through quantum entanglement?

There is a particularly useful final part, Drawing The Threads Together, that summarizes to what extent we can attribute synchronistic events to science (usually quantum science) and to what extent they can be interpreted as having some other-worldly pantheistic spiritual origin. The book concludes with Notes and an Index.