In order to tell you who Scaby is, we must digress.
As you well know by now, the Synchronicity Code theory relies in significant part upon the work of the famous Swiss Psychiatrist, C.G. Jung. It was Jung who brought forth the theory of “synchronicity” in the 1950s, referring to it as an “acausal connecting principle” (meaning that the patterns to events did not follow known principles of cause and effect).
A famous incident took place during one of Jung’s psychotherapy sessions, and Jung would use this incident as a primary example of his theory. A woman patient recited a dream involving a piece of jewelry in the form of a golden scarab (a type of beetle). As she was talking, Jung heard a tapping from the outside of the window. He opened the window and in flew a scarabaeid beetle. Jung caught the beetle in his hand and showed it to the patient saying “here is your scarab”. The incident was reported as a turning point in the patient’s treatment.
In the scarab story, an inner event—the woman’s dream—came together with an outer event—the scarab beetle at the window, which occurred at the moment in time when the woman was recounting her dream. This was a meaningful coincidence, which upon seeing it, served to loosen up the mindset of the patient. The event was particularly striking to Jung for to him golden scarabs were archetypally significant, dating back to the ancient Egyptians, for whom the scarab was a symbol of rebirth.
It may come as some surprise to you to learn that Scaby is the self-same beetle that tapped on that window, more than 60 years ago, or more properly, Scaby is the clone of that beetle, based on DNA sampling of the actual beetle found in a jar on Dr. Jung’s desk.
What is not widely known is that this very same scarab beetle was the true discoverer of the synchronicity principle. He had been hanging out outside Jung’s window, listening in on his sessions, and waiting for the opportunity to discuss his findings with Dr. Jung. At just the moment the woman patient started talking about her scarab jewelry, Scabby knew that this was his only, and best, chance to get through to Dr. Jung. He began frantically tapping at Jung’s window trying to get in. Fortunately for the rest of us, Jung was perceptive enough to notice; he opened the window, caught Scaby, and the rest is history.
As Jung and Scaby collaborated a certain amount of professional jealousy on the part of Dr. Jung set in, which lead, on occasion to physical fights between the two geniuses. Jung would chase Scaby around the room threatening to “squash you like a bug” (which is the source of this oft used phrase). In his defense, Scaby would inflict nasty bites on Jung’s arms, neck and legs, leaving small scabs–hence the name “Scaby”. One of those professional infights went too far, which we speculate is how Scaby ended up in a jar on Jung’s desk.
J. Andrew Goodman discovered Scaby during his research of the Synchronicity Code including certain notes and tape recordings which proved that Scaby was the real progenitor of synchronicity. At significant expense and several failures (one could say that Scaby was down to his last legs), Goodman was able to clone Scaby. Ever since then, the two have continued the great collaboration between man and beetle begun with Dr. Jung in the 50s.
We are indeed fortunate to have Scaby join us and continue his work here at the SynchronicityCode.com. Here is a small picture (taken on Scabby’s camera by a friend) of Scabby napping (click 2x to enlarge):