Synchronicities happen all the time. Depending on who you ask, they’re just random occurrences. Others say they convey hidden meanings. The truth of the matter is it all depends on whether an individual believes in synchronicity. That being said, we’re going to explain to you what synchronicity is, how you can understand it, if you should trust it, and the role it can play in your life.
What is Synchronicity?
In short, the term “synchronicity” can be defined as “meaningful coincidences.” The term was coined by psychotherapist Carl Jung, who strongly believed in a wide variety of paranormal phenomena, including psychic powers, astrology, alchemy, predictive dreams, UFOs, and telekinesis.
According to the EOC Institute, synchronicity is, “the experience of two simultaneous events that appear related but have no clear causal connection.” An example of this would be picking up the phone to call someone and that person is calling you at the exact same time. Arthur I. Miller, author and Emeritus Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at University College London, outlined another example in his book 137: Jung, Pauli, and the Pursuit of a Scientific Obsession. One of his patients, “told Jung that when her mother and grandmother died, on each occasion a flock of birds gathered outside the window of the room.” Then, the patient’s husband, who had symptoms of heart problems, went to see a doctor. “On his way back the man collapsed in the street. Shortly after he had set off to see the specialist a large flock of birds had alighted on the house. His wife immediately recognized this as a sign of her husband’s impending death.”
Here is an example of synchronicity that we have all likely experienced: you are driving along in your car mulling an important decision when all of a sudden a driver pulls out in front of you with a bumper sticker that reads, “Just Do It!” No matter the example, synchronicities bridge the gap between our inner and outer worlds, or in other words, they bridge the gap between our dreams and reality.
It is important to note that among his patients, Jung observed that synchronicity often happened during times of emotional intensity and upheaval, such as a life-changing event (e.g. a birth, death, or personal crisis). Another time he observed synchronicity happening among his patients was when they were on the road, away from home, amid new surroundings. The reason being is that people often look for clues away from home in ways they wouldn’t normally do in familiar environments.
Why Should We Trust Synchronicity?
Now that you know what the term “synchronicity” means, the question becomes, “Should we trust it?” Holistic physicist and author F. David Peat says that we should. In his book Synchronicity: The Marriage of Matter and Psyche, he notes that synchronicities can help us move forward and enter a new phase of life. Carolyn North, author of Synchronicity: The Anatomy of Coincidences, agrees as well. According to Psychreg.org, North says, “People love mysterious things, and synchronicity is like magic happening to them. It gives us a sense of hope, a sense that something bigger is happening out there than what we can see.”
In other words, synchronicity brings meaning and order to a chaotic world. And, according to Alan Vaughan, author of Incredible Coincidence: The Baffling World of Synchronicity, we can apply the personal and the transpersonal significance of synchronicities in our own lives.
There is something important that we must mention, however, and that is that there is no scientific or objective way to determine if synchronicity is indeed valid. “It’s all subjective personal opinion and experience and flexible definitions,” Psychreg.org said in an article published on its website. “There is, however, recent research that tries to explain scientifically how we can identify, understand, and perhaps even control the frequency of coincidences in our everyday lives.” Which brings us to our next point.
How to Notice Synchronicities in Your Life
Synchronicities are not that hard to notice. In fact, if we pay attention, we can see synchronicities occurring in our lives all the time. Humans have been noticing synchronicities for centuries now. Although it is a fairly new concept in western psychology, indigenous groups in other parts of the world have always been noticing these meaningful coincidences. Indigenous healers notice auspicious events in the things of nature — wind, thunder, rainbows, animal appearances, etc. For example, the Qero people of the Andes in Peru watch how the fire responds when a despacho, a prayer bundle or offering, is burned as a gift to the spirits. In his book Encounters with Power: Adventures and Misadventures on the Shamanic Path of Healing, José Luis Stevens recounted a visit to a village that held a despacho ceremony. It was during the ceremony that a severe thunderstorm arose and was making its way to the village. “An old grizzled Q’ero pulled out his coca leaves and, making a quintu, holding three leaves like a fan, he faced the storm and began praying semi-audibly. Within minutes the rain stopped and the storm changed direction… the clouds lifted to reveal the expansive beauty of the land.”
So, how can you notice the synchronicities in your own life? HealYourLife.com offers these six tips to help you get started:
1. Pay attention to meaningful synchronistic events and coincidences. The more you do this, the more they will guide you.
2. Notice when you run into people unexpectedly. Really listen to what’s being said in the conversation and the hidden message that could be there for you.
3. If there’s a certain problem in your life, try to let it go and let synchronicity play its part.
4. When you have a question or problem, ask Divine Source to help you be aware and act when an answer or guidance is being presented to you.
5. Get a journal and start recording any synchronistic events. This will allow your intuition to become even more aware when a source is knocking on your door.
6. Believe that Divine nudges are possible. A positive attitude enhances the experience, just as a negative attitude will shut it down.
But, perhaps the best way to recognize the synchronicities in your life is to be in tune with your inner voice, to listen to your intuition, to think less and feel more. And, when you do this you will be better able to understand the outer signs, a.k.a. those meaningful coincidences the universe uses to get your attention.
Your turn! Do you believe in synchronicity? Let us know in the comments below.