Everyone has had experiences where things unexpectedly fall into place at the right time, or when happy coincidences come out of nowhere. However, most people – encouraged to understand the world in terms of cause-and-effect relationships – tend to disregard these events as significant. Read here what synchronicities are about, and how taking them seriously can help transform your life for the better.
Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung coined the term “synchronicity” in the 1920’s to describe seemingly random or chance connections between events or people that are in some way meaningful to the persons involved. Serious observers of synchronistic occurrences believe they are best understood as personally meaningful or significant coincidences pointing at a larger, greater design: the universe orchestrates synchronicities to let individuals know they are on the right path towards fulfilling a greater – usually as yet unknown – purpose, and thereby find meaning and fulfillment in their lives.
Why synchronicities are relevant
If you believe you are on this planet as a unique manifestation of consciousness in human form, with a definite purpose, then synchronistic happenings in your life are here to guide and support you. Synchronicities are like signposts letting you know you are going in the right direction. But you have to take notice, be on the lookout for when they appear, try to understand and be open to their possible meanings.
“We do not create our destiny; we participate in its unfolding. Synchronicity works as a catalyst toward the working out of that destiny.” – David Richo, The Power of Coincidence: How Life Shows Us What We Need to Know
The more synchronicities you recognize and appreciate, the more they will appear. Life will keep putting the right people and circumstances in you path at the right time to help you find the answers you are looking for, and to reach your higher purpose. Even if and when you lose your way, synchronicities will keep showing up as reminders to get back on the path you are supposed to be. On the other hand, the more you disregard the significance of these seemingly random, though personally meaningful, chance happenings, the more you invite unhappiness, meaninglessness, and discontent into your life.
When synchronicities tend to appear
Jung observed synchronistic happenings tend to occur when we are about to experience important, life-transforming changes. The arrival of a new baby, making a career change, deciding to get married or divorced, or moving to another place, are examples of such potentially life-altering changes. At these times, our awareness is particularly alert, and emotional turmoil and uncertainty plague our consciousness daily. The near-desperate search for solutions, direction and certainty opens the mind to notice and experience more synchronicities to point the way, provide the answers we are looking for, and to assure us that a greater intelligence or consciousness, existing beyond our narrow ego-driven one, is looking after us.
How to experience more synchronicities
Here are suggestions for inviting more synchronicities into your life. It is important to understand, however, that the desire to manifest increasingly fortuitous events, circumstances and people in your life depends on you observing the following: expect and notice synchronistic happenings, pay attention to their underlying meanings, take appropriate action, and show gratitude for their occurrence.
Practice mindful awareness
Becoming increasingly mindful of your thoughts and experiences will bring more happy coincidences. Mindfulness encourages nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment, the only time when synchronicities appear. If you are habitually preoccupied with the past, or with what could be happening in the future, you will miss recognizing meaningful coincidences when they show up.
Like mindfulness, regular meditation helps to slow down and calm the mind. It also increases alertness to the occurrence of meaningful coincidences, and makes you more perceptive of their underlying messages and meanings. Routinely busy minds hardly notice synchronicities, or give them much thought.
The more congruent you become, the more synchronistic events are apt to happen for you. In other words, when your sense of yourself – including your beliefs, values, desires and goals – matches your daily actions and experiences, the more you invite fortuitous people and circumstances into your life. Also, your efforts to live a more congruent lifestyle have the same effect: life will support you in this endeavor by bringing the right places, people, and situations into the picture.
Synchronicities happen when you look for them; suddenly you begin to see them everywhere. Show gratitude when they happen, and their significance will become increasingly obvious and empowering.