What springs to mind when I ask you, "What springs to mind?" Psyche works that way. Things springing to mind have their source in psyche's on-going endeavor to get our attention. The natural world works on things springing to mind. How do I know that? It just sprang to mind. I evaluated it, decided it was highly likely to be the case, and typed it, where we all can look at it, evaluate it, see how it is plausible and decide what it means for us if it turns out to be so. The natural world is coordinated and in sync in ten thousand ways. The tides come and go in response to gravitational forces, which, themselves, fluctuate in response to movement in planetary bodies, and I don't know what else. Birds migrate, along with animals and butterflies, based on seasonal cues and the position of the moon (perhaps). Speaking of birds, what is the mechanism controlling the flight patterns of entire flights of birds? "Morphogenetic resonance" is a collection of meaningless syllables that explains nothing, and calling it a "paranormal influence" is merely a way of not saying "MYSTERY." It is all based on MYSTERTY! And psyche is at the heart of the mystery, part of the mystery, nothing if it is not mystery, and it seeks communion with us, response from us, calling us to know what we know, which is what the entire natural world knows. And attending the things that spring to mind is one of the ways of being attuned to psyche. There are others. Here is a link to "Your Totem Animal," which is one of my favorite ways of accessing the psyche:
Extending the monologue about communing with psyche, when I started with "What comes to mind?", I immediately found myself in an empty field, which became "the wilderness," or, more appropriately, "the wasteland," in my associations that flowed spontaneously from being in an empty field. "The wasteland" opened, in my imagination, reflecting my spontaneous associations with the image, led to The Search for the Holy Grail, and Parsifal's quest which led to his encounter with The Fisher King, and Parsifal's failure to ask the necessary question, "What ails thee?" of the King. "What ails thee?" becomes for me, "What is the problem?" and is the question transforming the world by getting to the bottom of what is going on. Getting to the bottom of things here and now, opens us to what is happening and what needs to happen in response, in each situation as it arises, and shifts us from a wanting/getting/having/wanting orientation in life, to a seeing/knowing/understanding/doing/being/seeing... orientation, in which we live to do what is called for in each moment-- just as Jesus did, just as the Buddha did, just as the spirit of Christ, just as the Buddha mind, does for all of us when we give ourselves to "the wind that blows where it will," without willing/serving/forcing our own agenda, with our opinions, judgments, desires, fears, etc. getting in the way and shifting us into different directions. Getting to the bottom of what is going on, and doing what needs to be done about it, is the over-riding need of the times, in all times and places. It is the Search for the Holy Grail, which is the source of life, vitality, Joie de vivre, flowing from the axis mundi at "the still point of the turning world," which is the source and goal of those on the hero's journey, and it is found within each of us as we give ourselves with liege loyalty and filial devotion to the task of doing what needs us to do it, here and now, day after day, all our life long. And all of this flowed from me asking, "What comes to mind?" And opening myself to what came to mind.