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The Meaning of Synchronicity

Synchronicity (or as it is commonly known “coincidence”) is a concept created by one of the pioneers of psychology, Carl Jung. In his own words, he described synchronicity as a causal connection of two or more psychic and physical phenomena, better said, “the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (such as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality”-Merriam Webster 

Surely, we all experienced synchronicity at least once in our lives; a moment when a person we recently met had similar ideas to us, a moment of desperation when we needed answers and we found them in events, from strange people, songs etc; conversations or phrases that have been in sync, people who guided/advised us as if they knew our deepest concerns. In fewer words, the experience of synchronicity is a moment of revelation, leaving us in awe as if we received the answer to one of the hardest mathematical issue.

Why Does It Matter?

These mystical occurrences are definitely not mere coincidences, but rather meaningful events that aim to reassure, teach or reveal our mistakes/new purposes.  You must remember movies in which the main character is left with so many doubts about the future or about his/her purpose and all of a sudden, s/he encounters an unknown person whose words seem to bring light and clarity. Well, those scenarios are based on reality as we all understood our purpose or shaped our goals when someone’s words (either through songs, conversations, etc.) has “awoken” a side of us we may have not been aware of.

Nevertheless, synchronicity does not happen only through words, but also through physical events as Carl Jung said.

Think of the following common scenario: how many times did you meet a specific type of personality in different individuals and you wondered “How am I lucky to work only with this kind of people”? It is not like everyone is the same, but those personality traits that bother you the most are the ones you mostly encounter. The reason why it may happen is that you either need to learn how to deal with situations that disturb you or it may be that those personality traits are a reflection of your character, and you should, therefore, reflect on possible changes. Of course, there could be various reasons, various scenarios, but the idea is that when you experience the same situation under different circumstances, it would be worth stepping out of the emotional turmoil and identify the lesson. The sooner you learn, the sooner you move on to a new chapter.

The Key Is…..

….to recognize when synchronicity occurs. Carl Jung was suggesting that our rationale or conscious mind does not allow us to assimilate the information or messages around us, which it usually creates a lack of awareness.

….to pay attention to the frequency of the events in order to understand if there is a lesson you need to learn.

….to remain in touch with reality. The reason why I say this is because people tend to be extremists. They either ignore every sign in their lives or they see signs everywhere in their lives. It is important to know that synchronicity does not occur every day. It is more like a cycle that aims to guide and enlighten us. As a matter of fact, this cycle is also considered a spiritual guidance from God (for those who are spiritual or religious), which comes in our lives in moments of uncertainty or when we need to make a change in our lives or with ourselves.

Another easy way to recognize synchronicity is the sensation of unity, of surprise and awareness that causes. It is an unmistakable feeling. Therefore, keep an inner balance at the same time as not all events or conversations may be messages.

While synchronicity is a complex subject, it will be further discussed in future articles. However, if you are interested in reading in depth about the subject, David Wilcock describes the intelligence and guidance of synchronicity in our lives.

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