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 the type of occurrences which 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. Sometimes, they even change the entire course of our lives.
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 emotions that one feels when experiencing such events firsthand. Even the hardened skeptic feels something (even though it is usually difficult to put into words).
Although most people don’t dwell on the feelings of awe that accompany such remarkable experiences, there is something that is triggered deep in the psyche.
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. 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.
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? A combination of all three?
And what does it mean? Are synchronicities signs? Messages? Clues? Do they tell us something about ourselves? Do they hold valuable keys to our lives? Can they impact our future? Give us direction? We explore this in more detail here.
We’re as fascinated as you are when it comes to synchronicity and will be answering all of these questions and more in our upcoming synchronicity series! So, stay tuned!
For now, check out this great explanation of synchronicity by Deepak Chopra. Fascinating stuff.
According to Deepak, synchronicities and coincidences are clues… and he provides steps to take when you experience them.
You can read what he has to say here: Synchronicity – Clues from the Universe.
Pay Attention & Keep Track
One way to start making sensing of all those synchronicities and coincidences is to keep track of them. Write them down somewhere. Make a note of all the different ways the synchronistic events occur.
Of course, you don’t need to use the app. Write it down in a journal, on your computer, your phone’s note app, or whatever else you have that will allow to keep track of things. It’s like your own little detective’s notebook.
Little by little, the clues start to add up and things begin to make sense.
Try it out and see what you find. You might be surprised…
Why? Because you can usually discover the answers all on your own. With a little help from your own trusty guide — your intuition.