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Synchronicities – Random Occurrences Or Universal Manifestations?

synchronicitiesEveryone 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.

Defining synchronicities

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.

Meditation

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.

Increase congruence

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.

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Sources:

http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/Spina11.html

http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/how_to_attract_the_magic_of_synchronicity_in_your_life.html

http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/coincidence-or-synchronicity/

http://www.flowpower.com/understanding_synchronicity.htm

http://www.thetreeofawakening.com/synchronicity/

http://inspiredperformancetoday.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/synchronicity-are-you-harnessing-its-powers/

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  • cornishfaerie

    Re: “However, most people – encouraged to understand the world in terms of
    cause-and-effect relationships – tend to disregard these events as
    significant.”

    Serious observers of synchronistic occurrences believe they are best
    understood as personally meaningful or significant coincidences pointing
    at a larger, greater design”

    And you think the latter part isn’t cause and effect? Either way, you’re missing something else: maybe some regard ALL of the events as insignificant. However, the key is that some are and some are not significant. It also matters WHAT it is, WHEN it happened, WHERE you are, WHY it happened…. and, exactly correct – cause and effect again.

    Otherwise: epiphany anyone? It doesn’t have to be a single thing. I have personally have had an epiphany that was me coming to the realisation over time, consequently letting go of some (extreme) bias and ignorance (and in this case, arrogance in some ways) on my part. It was bound to happen and from there further things (related) occurred.

    Fate, destiny, similar, none of this is relevant. You could be GREAT at your job and then suddenly have a serious life change that means you cannot finish your job (or whatever)… or you could have BEEN great but you don’t act on it. Or… by suggesting something else has part of the play, it allows you to take less responsibility (and also wonder “did I really do this because I’m X? Or is it because of something else I’m not aware of, helped me?”[1]). We’re responsible for our own actions and lack thereof. We act and think ON things and BECAUSE of things but it is still our own doing. I’ll be fair though: if the belief that someone out there is watching you, helping you, whatever, actually helps you do more, then so be it. But that is essentially the placebo effect (and similar… if it comforts you or… and then you are able to do more, then great, but that doesn’t change that it is still you who does whatever you do).

    [1]Ironically, the “is it because of something else” is in fact cause and effect. Your entire point is, actually. Whether you see X or Y, or whether you think in one way or another, there still is the cause and still an effect (the former potentially creating more than one effect and the latter plays just as well – if you learn you can do something THIS way better than THAT way, then you do it the new way and you might learn NEW things too).