Has it ever seemed like the minute you become interested in something, suddenly everyone else is interested in it, too? Or maybe you’re in the market for something and doing research about it, then as if out of nowhere, you keep noticing the very thing you’ve been shopping for?
While those things are definitely curious, if you look a little deeper, they can usually be explained fairly easily (think targeted advertising, people overhearing your conversation, having a heightened awareness about something, and lots of other explanations). This makes for great dinner conversation, though, and things like that certainly give a glimpse into how thinking is influenced by our surroundings.
But there’s another kind of coincidence – a vastly different category of relationships – that goes way beyond the kinds of noticeable little connections I just described. The term “synchronicities” has been used to describe those kinds of in-your-face coincidences — the ones that go deeper than just the ordinary. These aren’t just things that make you stand up and take notice, they’re often the ones that hold extraordinary significance and meaning to us, too.
Psychologist Carl Jung defined synchronicities as “meaningful coincidences”, in other words, events so coincidental they’re utterly uncanny. These are the ones you could swear are related, but they lack any kind of causal relationship or reasonable explanation. They often make you rethink something or validate what you’ve been thinking or doing. Most of us hold a lot of meaning into these synchronicities, since they’re too weird and other-worldly that it’s hard not to believe they’re actually true.
Have you ever experienced one of these? Do you notice synchronicities in your daily life?
Developing Greater Awareness
I notice synchronicities all the time, but admit for the first half of my life, I totally did not. Maybe it was because my logical mind would’ve found it impossible to consider anything that didn’t come with a detailed explanation, or maybe because I would’ve scoffed at anything not backed by research or a scientific report. Maybe it took this long for my senses to develop. But now, not a day goes by that I don’t stop and realize there’s something special happening in my life, and it’s happening especially for me.
Not noticing meaningful coincidences could be as simple as being too busy to see them, but whatever the reason, we see them when we see them. That, too, is part of the evolutionary process of our lives. We can’t push it. But we can know that it really might happen.
For me, as I awoke to my current self, I came to understand there was validity in things I couldn’t see or easily explain — at least not using the words and ideas currently available. It might sound crazy, but hear me when I say that the more I trusted, the more aware of these forces I became. And, once aware, the more I began noticing synchronicities on a regular basis. Not just daily, but pretty much all the time.
Nutty as it may seem, isn’t it possible that life is gathering around us at every given moment, based solely on our just being in it? If you’ve ever watched “A Christmas Carol” (Dickens) you may have wondered what things might be like if you weren’t there. That’s not such a crazy notion when you examine it in this context.
I happen to think of synchronicity as a nod from the universe that things are coming together for a reason, like they’re starting to gel into whatever form is about to come next. Believe me, this thought frustrated me at first — the part about not knowing what was next. But, then I realized that none of us really know, so the best thing we can do is trust the process, stay curious and watch it all unfold.
Besides, it’s actually really fun. (Read more about that part here.)
I want to challenge you today to become more aware of the synchronicities in your own sphere. You might not notice any at first — in fact, it could be years until you finally spot an uncanny coincidence like this. But, just practice being open to the possibility that there’s more to your personal evolution than what you can see at the moment. As a former skeptic, I can tell you, it’s virtually impossible to ignore sychronicities once they’re right in front of you.
To your evolution,
As a coach, writer, recovered over-doer and busyness addict, I understand the challenges of creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle while the mind tries to sabotage your success. In my journey to vibrant health, I created a personalized health system of nutrition and supplementation, lifestyle changes, and I retrained my mind and the energy of my body. I view my success as the formula to my happy, healthy life. I now empower other women to create their own personalized formulas, including the tools and strategies just right for them! Amazing life shifts come from our relationships. I look forward to helping you, too