Coincidence Or Higher Power? 3 Experts Weigh In

02/04/2015 11:18 am ET | Updated Feb 04, 2015
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From mathematical theory to embracing God and coincidence, these insights can move you a little closer to understanding our connection to the beyond.

By Steven Strogatz, PhD, Kate Braestrup and Deepak Chopra

Explaining The Inexplicable

"The mathematical theory Littlewood's Law says if you break your day into two-second chunks, in a month's time you will have experienced about a million of them -- or a million opportunities for something wild to happen. Most people think a one-in-a-million chance is unlikely. But this principle suggests that with enough chances, crazy coincidences are likely to occur."

- Steven Strogatz, PhD, Professor of Applied Mathematics, Cornell Univsersity

"A German theologian once said that any number of things can serve as a window to God, to what he called 'the ultimate.' Humans, of course, tend to be pane worshipers; we just stare at the window instead of the view. But anything that lets you look beyond the window to the divine -- a kind act, a surprise, a coincidence -- is a way of communicating with something bigger than we are."

- Kate Braestrup, Minister and Author of Beginner's Grace

"Every instance since the beginning of time has been a coincidence: A leaf in a tree embodies the combined efforts of the earth, water, wind, stars and sunshine. When you realize that everything has led to the present, to this moment, you see there's nothing to be afraid of, nothing to be burdened by. The present moment is the moment of arrival—and it took the entire universe to create it. All is as it should be."

- Deepak Chopra, MD, Founder of The Chopra Foundation

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