Truthfully, I'm not a great reader. It's not for a lack of comprehension skills but rather a short attention span exacerbated by social media. However, I did force myself to finish Synchronicities by Allan Combs and Mark Holland recently and I am glad I did. This book opened my eyes to the complex history of both synchronicity and Trickster mythology, both of which I had only a surface level knowledge of previously. With this new information, I have since developed an opinion, or theory, on how this relates to the paranormal community today.
It's mentioned in the book (I am paraphrasing to the best of my ability without the book nearby) that the Trickster makes a fool of, or humbles, anyone who tries to control the chaos or synchronicity that the Trickster presents. That is, if the experiencer is not willing to listen to the lesson being taught.
This idea of chaos had me reflecting on the modern day paranormal community, especially with how it exists online. With a rise in discordance in the community of paranormal investigators and researchers, it's started to appear that with every attempt to take control or manipulate paranormal phenomena, an obstacle mirrors it, preventing the person from obtaining proof or deeper understanding of the phenomena. Almost as if...the Trickster is here in our community, but no one can see him for what he is.
Mind you, this idea as a whole is not new. It's been realized in recent media, specifically the documentary series Hellier. If you've not watched it (you should), there is an overarching theme related to synchronicity and the Trickster. However, this experience for them was very personal; almost like it existed just in their own ecosystem. I'm now recognizing this Trickster presence on a larger scale, and among a group of people who may not know what they're experiencing.
As the paranormal has gained massive popularity in the last two years (and for good reason, with the rise of uncertainty in society and desire to make sense of our human experience and purpose) it feels as if the Trickster is presenting us with lessons, or maybe even breadcrumbs leading to bigger answers or more meaningful journeys. However, as chaos reigns, we're caught in this web of ego - both our own and others - and are then bound in the spiders silk and blind to what is really happening around us.
I've yet to flesh out what understanding and seeing the Trickster in my own corner of life, while maintaining a presence online, looks like. My concern for the bastardization of my experiences with strange phenomena by way of social media is ever-present, however, often pushed aside by a desire to accomplish goals that I suppose I'm not quite ready to let go of entirely. And so I am likely blinded by the tricksters web of chaos as well. But I believe the realization of the above is a step in the right direction.