Have you ever met someone one day and then randomly bumped into them soon thereafter? Or even seen a word that answers a question you've been meditating on? What about that time a strange connection appeared before you out of nowhere?
Was it a voice from the Divine — or just coincidence?
I'd been newly dating someone who showed me her vision board and on the top, she had unknowingly placed a cutout of one of my articles from a local magazine entitled, "Choosing Love." I was speechless. She had no idea that it was written by me, as she had taken it from the front cover and didn't even know I was an author.
Then there is the story of a woman I know named Andy, who was searching for a copy of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho — a book she had lent to her cousin and it had gotten lost. That day her housemate was spring-cleaning the house, throwing out old books in a box and dropped off a copy of The Alchemist on her desk, thinking she may like it.
These seemingly random encounters seem to be signs that something significant is at work. More people have become acutely aware of this synchronicity occurring in their lives. But what exactly does it mean?
Synchronicity is a concept originally coined by Carl Jung to describe meaningful coincidences — the "acausal connecting principle" that links mind and matter, superseding cause and effect. Many times throughout history, there have been cases of the simultaneous discovery of the same thing.
I was first introduced to the concept of "synchronicity" years ago when I read James Redfield's, The Celestine Prophecy. Redfield theorizes that all coincidences are important because they direct the way to an unfolding of our personal destiny.
In my personal experience, I've been heavily influenced by the concept that synchronicity was meaningful. Many of the major events of my life have been guided by synchronicity — relationships beginning and ending, work, career paths, etc. I would caution people, however, that not all synchronicity is meaningful!
Not all coincidences and events in our lives mean something. Bumping into the postman when he's delivering the mail, doesn't necessarily mean anything beyond him doing his job and you doing yours, and those events coinciding for a moment. The problem with relying too much on synchronicity is that it can take free will out of your life.
Moreover, the lines between synchronicity, precognition and clairvoyance are often blurred. For example, ever thought of a friend and then received a phone call from them, or seen them later on?
Just last week, I was chatting to a friend about catching up with her in the morning, and that night bumped into her at an isolated restaurant. How did that happen — of all the thousands of restaurants — how could we both end up at the same one? Surely such an event is unlikely to occur by random chance. She later mentioned she had seen me walking in the park earlier. Maybe there was a message or transaction that we needed to communicate to each other, or perhaps our earlier communication had connected our energies and aligned our paths?
Synchronicity can hint at destiny, or it can come via dipping your feet into the divine matrix, or field of consciousness. Jung pointed to an underlying field of consciousness, which he called underlying connectedness. It can also be a message or sign sent from angelic beings or spirit guides, if you believe in those.
I recall the day after my grandmother died there was an old graceful lady waiting with me at a tram stop, and I felt that it was a message from my grandmother that she was with me still.
Sound familiar? Remind you of something? Perhaps it's a synchronistic moment just reading these words?
Here are seven steps you can take to awaken and activate synchronicity in your life:
1. Be open to receive the wisdom of each moment as it unfolds.
Synchronicity reveals an underlying pattern in the universe, a large guiding framework that organizes our lives.
2. Know what you want and set the intention.
Having a clear idea of what we want to create in our lives and what we want our lives to be like, encourages synchronicity.
The seventh insight in the Celestine Prophecy states, "Knowing our personal mission further enhances the flow of mysterious coincidences as we are guided toward our destinies."
Synchronicity can hint at our life path and remind us of where we are headed, or even guide us to change direction. Synchronicity brings us relationships and love. There are so many stories of mysterious coincidences that bring two lovers together.
3. Shift your energy.
Synchronicity is an energy. Change your energetic or vibrational frequency to reflect the feeling or "reality" you wish to embody. For instance, if you want to feel more love, be more loving.
Changing our frequency will change the people we attract into our lives as well. We are all communicating with the field of energy around us — who we are being and how we are feeling directly affects this field.
4. Be in service of the people in your life and all of humanity.
The eighth insight says, "We can increase the frequency of guiding coincidences by uplifting every person that comes into our lives." It is our responsibility to others to be awake and aware of the potential of each moment to touch and help another.
5. Let go and let the magic happen for you.
I have found that synchronicity occurs when I am feeling more than just "doing" — I'm more "in the zone" in terms of awareness and consciousness.
Synchronicity requires being relaxed; it cannot be willed or forced.
Expanding our awareness within the infinite sea of consciousness, is tapping into possibility. When you access this field of energy — call it the universal field or the divine matrix — you are tapping into a field which is loving, abundant, and in which nothing is impossible. Stress or unease breaks our natural communication with this field.
7. Embrace the mystery.
Synchronicity is about being awakened to the infinite possibilities available to us within the divine matrix of perception. Have fun with it, embrace it, and let it flow to you like the pure water of a spring. Allow the mystery to unfold.