Synchronicity & the Hidden Meaning of Coincidences

At some point in our lives, we’ve all experienced synchronicities – coincidences in which highly improbable events occur. You’re thinking about an old friend that you haven’t seen in years, then receive a phone call from them a few seconds later. You have a sudden, unexplainable urge to visit a place you have never been to, then end up meeting the love of your life. Are such coincidences merely chance or is there something more at work? What do coincidences mean?

To explain such remarkable events, the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung coined the term “synchronicity”, which he defined as:

The coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer.

Synchronistic events seem to defy all logic and have no rational explanation by the natural laws of cause and effect. However, due to the fact that they have significance and meaning to the observer – and are often profoundly life changing – synchronicity has long fascinated humankind.

The term “synchronicity” is often used rather loosely as a synonym for coincidence. As in, events that trigger the exclamation “What a coincidence!” or “What are the chances?”

Usually, such coincidences seem to have some kind of inherent meaning – even if we don’t know what it is at the time. They make us scratch our heads and wonder, “Hmmm…”

Such events can be relatively minor occurrences or, in some cases, significant events that alter the entire course of our lives.

Something more?

When synchronicities occur, there is almost always a deeper sense of awareness that is activated. It’s as if something sparks within us.

Fleeting though it may be, something stirs.

And even if for just a brief moment, something awakens…

It’s difficult to deny the sensations and energy one feels when experiencing such events firsthand. Even the hardened skeptic feels something. It may just be a feeling of amusement or curiosity, but still, it’s something.

For some, there is a deeper feeling. A feeling of profound awe.

Perhaps it is because our sense of reality is momentarily knocked off balance. The seeming absurdity of such random, improbable events… Random, yet not…

We can’t help but wonder if there is some kind of meaning behind it all.

An underlying interconnectedness?

In physics, we are taught that every single particle in the universe has a gravitational effect upon every other particle, no matter how far the particles are separated. This unified effect supports the theories that all events are related, in some way, to each other. Thus it can be said that synchronicity is merely a very personal and subjective observation of this inter-connected universe of which we are but a small part. – Stephen J. Davis

Science and quantum physics point to the notion that everything in the universe is connected. Providing particular support is Bell’s Theorem.

Proclaimed as “the most profound discovery in science” by physicist Henry Stapp in a 1975 federal report, Bell’s theorem postulates that everything in the universe is connected as an indivisible whole. Experiments based on Bell’s Theorem have shown this to be true and that reality is non-local. Einstein referred to this as “spooky action at a distance”. :-)

Could this universal interconnectedness and “spooky action” be an explanation for synchronicity?

A secret language

In author Paulo Coelho’s view, synchronicity is a secret language. The language of the stars, of the Universe. It is something that guides us and provides us with valuable information. Information that can shape our lives for the better and help us to accomplish our dreams.

Coincidence is the language of the stars. For something to happen, so many forces have to be put into action. According to the ancient alchemists, and to the physicists of today, everything is just one thing only. – Paulo Coelho

The idea of coincidences as signs and guidance is a major theme of Coelho’s work, including his best-selling book The Alchemist.

The Alchemist has sold over 65 million copies worldwide in over 160 countries and has been translated into 71 languages. Clearly, there is universal appeal and fascination with synchronicity.

What does it all mean?

While many may be skeptical about unseen forces or unexplainable phenomenon, they will almost certainly experience synchronicities at some point in their lives. Highly personal encounters with some mysterious, hidden world.

There is an air of magic, amazement, and excitement that such unexpected and unexplainable experiences bring. They tickle us with a jolt of energy that, even if for just a brief moment, imparts a sense of wonder… a sense of something more.

And what does it mean?

Is it the guiding hand of a divine force? A reflection of our own minds and thoughts? Or simply a byproduct of an interconnected universe with a purely scientific explanation? And if so, what are the implications of this?

And what about the specific synchronicities and coincidences themselves? Are they signs? Messages? Clues? Do they hold valuable keys to our lives? Can they impact our future? Give us direction?

We explore this in more detail here.

Making Sense of it All

If you’re curious about making sense of the synchronicities and coincidences that appear in your own life, something simple you can do is to start keeping track of them.

Write them down somewhere. Make a note of all the different ways that synchronistic events occur in your life.

Whether it’s a coincidence, dream, feeling, hunch, or inspired idea, capture it somewhere.

Write it all down in a journal, on your computer, or in your phone’s note taking app. Our favorite method is to use the Intuition Journal app, to keep everything in one place, but anything will work.

The main thing is to pay attention and start keeping track.

Little by little, the clues will start to add up and things will begin to make sense.

Try it out and see what you find.

You’re the only one who can make sense of synchronicities and what they mean for you.


Remember, you’re the only one who can make sense of synchronicities and what they mean for you. No one else can tell you. And although things may seem outside of your realm of awareness or understanding, you DO know what all of these things mean.

The key is to be able to tap into your own inner knowing (aka intuition) and discern fact from fiction, truth from wishful thinking, fears, or imagination.

If you’d like some tips on how to do this, you can find them here.

The answers you seek are all within…

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  • katherine says:

    I have just experienced, in one week, seven coincidences. Trying to figure out the meaning of this.

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  • JOANNE says:

    3 times in 7 days the key rings have broken off my keys (two different sets of keys). Also the part of the zip you hold has broken off my purse and my bag at the same time as the first two key incidents (the third key ring breakage was about 30 minutes ago, so I’m waiting for the next zip to break). Does anyone have any idea what this could mean

  • K says:

    I met this guy through a professional set up a few months ago. Straight away I knew there was something special between us. I think he felt the same. Nothing happened. We parted ways. But I couldn’t forget him or the way I felt. One day I was asking universe to give me a sign or something that I’m not crazy about the way I felt and that it was actually meant to be to meet him. And guess what? A few days after I went on the hike to this cave in the middle of nowhere and met the guy by the cave! I couldn’t believe it! We both we’re a bit shocked to see each other again and let alone by the cave in the middle of nowhere! A sign or what??

  • N says:

    Dart boards. …I keep seeing them everywhere I go for the past few weeks. No clue why. Any thoughts?

    • intuitionjournal says:

      Hi N. Sorry, just saw your comment. VERY interesting… You might want to take a look at Dr. Judith Orloff’s article about synchronicity, where she mentions “BULL’S EYE”.

      Here’s a link to the article:

      As for what the dart boards mean, this is something that only YOU can interpret, as the meaning will be different for different people. What do dart boards represent to you? Do you have any memories or other associations with dart boards? When you think about dart boards, what comes to mind?

      Something that can maybe help is for you to find a way to quiet your mind. Even just closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths will help.

      Once you feel calm, ask yourself what the dart boards might mean. Then, just pay attention to what comes up.

      The answers are all there within you. It’s just a matter of discerning what they are.

      Since it’s already been nearly 3 months since you posted your comment, if you figured out what the dart boards meant, let us know! So curious! :-)

  • Karen says:

    it is interesting when we get signs huh? i would love to hear what your dart boards meant…red, green black…are they not the color of the dart board? does that have any meaning? please give an update!

  • Alita says:

    This has been happening to me my whole life and I am only 17. I gets annoying but also frustrating. I was diagnosed with bipolar depression when I was 7 and I sometimes mistake it for one of my manias. It is hard to understand, but this sometimes but me in a deep depression. My doctors describe this as my brain’s way of straying away from bad thins that are happening or that I think might happen. Do you know if there is any way to control this?

  • I love “coincidences”. I wrote a very short simple book on my own experiences to bring confirmation to people who think that it’s all their imagination!! It’s called Coincidences…or are they? by Mary Keena Donnellan.

  • Sigh says:

    Ugh!!! After reading this article and the comments still more questions than answers. Its frustrating especially when they keep happening and sometimes the coinky dinks are hurtful. It makes me feel like someone or some force is bringing harm and confusion to my life.

  • Barbara says:

    I have a name not used much today, Barbara, in one morning at one location I met 3 other Barbara’s. then at a store had a random cashier tell me it was national Barbara day.
    Any meaning behind this?

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  • John Ali Tek says:

    Secrets of Synchronicity is become very skeptic especially my father passed away just 40 days ago…And I want to learn if does that “Synchronicity of multi 7 s “mean anything to my life line ? It makes me wonder beyond coincindecenses..I hope you’d give me hand about that…
    Histories of “7” s in my follows
    I was born in 1967
    First school # 317
    My military school # 61790
    My cell phone has two 7s what I had since 1997
    My daughter was born in July 2nd (02.07.93)
    I married with my second wife on 6th of July (06.07.13)
    My father died in July 7th 2017 (17.07.2017) when he was 77 years old..
    and that was the alert me and look back to my entire life !..

  • D B says:

    I have phases where this happens a lot: I’m working at home, the TV or radio is on, and I’m thinking about something. For some reason I will actually say out loud a word, only to find at that same moment the word being said simultaneously on the TV or radio. And it’s never a real common word like ‘and’ or ‘but’ always a big-ish word like ’employment’ or ‘explosion’. It completely jolts me. As I say, I get this in small phases, most of the time it doesn’t happen. Then it’ll happen many times in a day or for a few days.

  • Jerri says:

    What does it mean if the synchronicities are so often that you aren’t surprised by them anymore but with one person? The person and I don’t know what is going on. I tease him that he is hiding in my bushes because the randomness of the synchrinicities are uncanny and becoming laughable at this point.

  • glen kirkwood says:

    for over 30 years now I’m constantly running into another person with my same first and last name.It all stated 30 years ago when I was looking for an apartment to rent. I saw an envelope face down by the mail boxes and decided to pick it up.It was addressed to a person with my same first and last name who had just moved out.A fwhile later that year this person phoned the company I worked for and I answered the phe .He asked my name and then laughed that his name was the same.This same persons banking info appeared on my bank website under my log in.He had a dental surgery booked with the same surgeon on the same day as me and cancelled it,but they cancelled mine instead.He was the patient being seen by a stress DR, just before me,he was in line to get his dog seen by a vet in the next town and many other examples to date!11

  • Ashebella says:

    23 years ago in Golden Colorado a new couple experience a life-changing event which causes them to get matching tattoo’s. 12 years ago in a different city a lady gets a tattoo to symbolize a life-changing event in her life, then moves to Lakewood Colorado. A few years later this guy’s brother introduces him to another couple. Despite the fact that there was an immediate and strong physical attraction between this man and woman they maintain a friendship that is 100% playtonic for more than 7 years while they are each trying to make their unhappy relationships work with their partners. Out of the blue one day their friendship becomes intimate whereupon they learned two things the first being that they have been the object of the others desire for all those years the second being they have the same exact tattoo just in different places. What would you even call that a coincidence fate or nothing? Any insight would be greatly appreciated thank you

  • mack says:

    Yo I was just thinking I should write them down and then I see this telling me to do the same thing. fuck man crazy world out there…

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