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  • Writer's pictureBernard Beitman, MD

Chewing on the Twizzler Coincidence

The Twizzler 6 appeared on the street, Iran, in the movie Wild, and in lights.

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Two days before giving a talk to a to the annual meeting of the International Association of Jungian Studies , James Clement van Pelt was picking up the trash in the street across from his house. The meeting was to take place at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut where James lived. The date was July 7, 2016.

He found a package of Twizzlers, those spiraled sticks of red colored sugar often found in movie theaters. He had cleaned up regularly in the street in front of his house and never before found a package of Twizzlers. A little later he turned on the TV and heard that the U.S. negotiators with Iran had consumed 10 pounds of Twizzlers (strawberry flavored) while hammering out an agreement.

Then he remembered the movie he had seen on TV the night before, "Wild" (2014) with Reese Witherspoon. In it a man reached into his pocket. She thought he was going to pull out a gun. Instead a package of Twizzlers appeared in his hand. He later saw the symbol of Iran which was made of of 4 curved lines and 2 straight lines all red.

The next day, as he was giving his talk to the Jungians, James noticed that 2 of the 6 lights were flickering. He was reminded of the hexagrams of the I Ching which are composed of a total of 6 broken and non-broken lines. Taken together the 6 lights resembled the I Ching hexagram called the cauldron which means nourishment. Jung had thrown this hexagram when asking the I Ching to explain its purpose. Here was a string of four 6's in a short period of time which pointed their spiral meanings to Jung and the I Ching.

To find out how James analyzed this remarkable coincidence, please click here.

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