Have you been experiencing weird and unexplained synchronicities? Life and history are replete with examples of this strange phenomenon. If it happens too frequently, it becomes hard to ignore it and that is probably the reason why you are reading this article.
If you have been dealing with a lot of synchronicities lately, you came to the right place. We are going to talk about the synchronicity meaning; the difference between serendipity and synchronicity; examples of synchronicity signs and how to interpret them.
What is Synchronicity?
Synchronicity is a concept, first introduced by the famous psychologist Carl Jung, to explain a relationship between two events which could not be explained by cause and effect.
Jung believed that, just as events may be connected by causality, they may also be connected by “meaning” and that the events connected by meaning do not need to have an explanation in terms of causality.
Jung rejected the idea of life being a series of random events (one dimensional) and believed that it is rather an expression of something deeper and more complex (multi-dimensional).
According to Jung, we engage in the world through our energies, psyches, feelings, and actions. It is a complex intertwining of linear causality forming a balance with the unseen energies of the universe, each complimenting the others in the realms of psyche and matter.
He also stated that we are embedded in a “universal wholeness”.
Seeing it this way, life becomes less a series of coincidences mixed with our projections and manipulations, and instead a far more interactive and dynamic experience, in which we can co-create together – the “collective unconscious”.
Jung also believed that synchronicity serves a purpose in our lives, just like dreams. They mirror deep psychological processes, carry messages, and provide guidance to the degree they correspond to emotional states and inner experiences. Synchronicities have the purpose of shifting a person’s egocentric conscious thinking to greater wholeness.
Deepak Chopra also talks about synchronicity. He says that there are no coincidences and that everything holds meaning. Chopra believes that synchronicity defies cause and effect and looks at it as the “organizing ability of pure consciousness.” By using our ability to explore our own awareness at its deepest level, we can see how everything is connected, which is exactly what synchronicity is revealing.
In the spiritual community, it is believed that nothing happens by accident when our soul gets involved. Our soul is omniscient and ever present whether we recognize its existence or not. It. Our soul is the essence that fuels our intuition through the thoughts, feelings, and images it provides. When a mysterious coincidence occurs, it is often our soul speaking to us through metaphors, symbols, riddles, and hints. We just need to pay attention, be open to synchronicity and learn how to uncover their meaning.
Synchronicity, Psychology and Science
Many psychologists and scientists have difficulties with Jung’s synchronicity theory, and it remains as one of his most complex and misunderstood concepts. This is partially because it forces people to question their notions of what is rational and scientific and because there is too much emphasis on the unknown and the collective unconscious.
Many people see consciousness as an individually brain-generated phenomenon, generated independently by every being, rather than as a shared field that is accessed by every living thing through their sensory capabilities. Because of this, they tend to dismiss synchronicity.
What is the difference between serendipity and synchronicity?
Serendipity is usually seen as an unsought, unintended, and/or unexpected, but fortunate, discovery and/or learning experience that happens by accident.
For instance, a situation is serendipitous when we find something in an unexpected way, while looking for something else.
Serendipity is often used loosely as a synonym for luck, chance, randomness, and fortuity.
The main difference between serendipity and synchronicity is that serendipity is usually associated with having a practical external world outcome while synchronicity is valued for their psychological and emotional impact.
In my opinion, the difference comes down to personal perception and belief.
Some people tend to be satisfied with luck/accident as explanations while others tend to use these events to explore/justify explanations beyond conventional scientific principles.
People who are considered to have more “close minded” perceptions of the world, tend to dismiss concepts that cannot be objectively proven. This leads them to see coincidence as serendipity.
In contrast, people who believe in a higher power or spirituality, usually find meaning and synchronicities everywhere in their lives.
Synchronicity can manifest in an endless number of forms and it is different for everyone.
However, there seems to be a few common synchronicity signs out there. Let’s look at the most common examples of synchronicities.
1. Number synchronicity
Seeing repeating numbers such as 01:01; 11:11; 12:12; 333; or 444 are one of the biggest signs of synchronicity that people experience. They can also occur in the form of strange alignments of birth dates between friends, partners, etc. For instance, when you first meet your partner on the 11/11 or 02/02, this is usually a love synchronicity between soulmates.
2. Thinking about someone and then they reach out
When you’re thinking about somebody and then you see them or they call or text, it really makes you wonder how that happened. This is usually seen as love synchronicity and a sign that you might have a soulmate connection with this person.
3. Synchronistic timing
When something happens that makes you late for an event and ends up saving you from something bad such as being involved in an accident. This is usually seen as perfect timing!
When you go on the train and overhear a couple of strangers talking about something that is of great significance to your own life such as an experience that you had.
5. Running into the same person over and over
If you are repeatedly bumping into the same person and visiting the same places at the same time, this might be another love synchronicity.
Getting the message you need the most, at the exact right time. For instance, if you are going through depression, YouTube suggests you a video on how to deal with depression or you “randomly” see an ad on the street or find a book about that topic.
When every time you turn on the radio, the same song is playing, and its message is meaningful to your current circumstances.
If you keep seeing the same animal presenting itself to you in various situations such as TV, books, pictures or in real encounters, it might be the time to look for its meaning. This can actually be your spirit animal.
Having recurring themes in your dreams or keep seeing the same people or places, is one of the most common synchronicities signs.
The dream state is very powerful and full of synchronicities as it is when we’re most receptive to signs from the Universe.
When you keep seeing the same symbols such as triangles, squares, the infinity sign, etc. It is time to look for their meanings as these are very common synchronicity signs.
11. Thinking about something and then it happens
This is something all of us experience throughout our lifetime, and that shows the connection between synchronicity and the Law of Attraction. Our thoughts are powerful energetic frequencies that attract into our reality what they focus on, either positive or negative.
Why synchronicity happens
Do you ever ask yourself why is synchronicity happening to you?
Many people believe that synchronicity works as a confirmation from the universe telling us that we are on the right track and also a message from our higher self, trying to offer guidance and support in specific situations.
In shamanic cultures, synchronicities are considered “a kind of homing beacon analogous to a radio directional signal indicating that the right procedures and methods are being employed.” (Michael Harner in The Way of the Shaman)
Depending on how we look at synchronicity, it can help us see, primarily through intuition and emotion, how near or far we are from our “true path”.
What is synchronicity trying to tell me? How to interpret synchronicities
So now that you know that the universe is trying to send you a message, how can you interpret synchronicity and decipher the message?
Learning how to interpret synchronicities, will help you on your consciousness evolution journey and make your life easier overall.
Here are some tips you can use to interpret synchronicity.
1. Pay attention to your dreams
First of all, you need to start paying attention to the synchronicities happening in your dream space as we can receive some of our most powerful messages within our dreams. The thing is that most people wake up and immediately forget their dreams.
Try to keep a dream journal so that you can register everything before you forget.
You can set the intention before going to bed, to remember your dreams when you wake up. You can also use your dream time to get answers about synchronicities that happen during the day. You just need to again set the intention before going to bed, to receive answers to your questions in your dreams. You will be surprised with the messages that you will receive
This is one of the most powerful actions that you can take if you want to interpret synchronicity.
Regular and consistent meditation will raise your vibration over time (check out the Hawkins scale of vibration) and heighten your intuition.
You can ask about the meaning of the synchronicities that are experiencing, during a meditation session and then pay attention to the words and images that come to your mind.
3. Look for symbolism
Synchronicity is very symbolic. You can consult a symbol dictionary or look up symbols’ meanings online. For instance, you can search numerology and the meanings of angel numbers such as 02:02; 10:10; 11:11. Or search for spirit animals and animals’ symbolism.
4. Look at the timing
Synchronicity often happens when we are facing indecision or need answers and solutions. Next time that you experience synchronicity, stop for a moment, and remember what you were doing or thinking when that happened. Were you having negative thoughts about something, or were you trying to make a decision? Find the patterns and then relate them back to the synchronicities.
5. Listen to your body
Our bodies store energy from our emotions, whether they are positive or negative, and if we listen closely enough, we can interpret synchronicity by looking at how our body respond to specific situations.
For instance, if when you receive a synchronicity, you notice a heaviness in your chest or a sinking feeling in your stomach, then it may be a warning sign that whatever you were thinking at the time, was probably not right.
Physical sensations like goosebumps or shivers, can be the answer to many of your questions. Learn how to tune into your body and develop a mind body connection through mindfulness practices or Yoga.
6. Use spiritual tools
Tools like tarot cards or pendulums can be of great help when trying to interpret synchronicity. You can get a pendulum and ask a “yes/no” question related to the synchronicity that you have experienced. Then see which way the pendulum moves.
7. Free writing or drawing
These are great ways to develop your intuition and decipher synchronicity. You can try writing or drawing whatever comes to your mind without censoring it.
If you are wanting to interpret a specific synchronicity sign, ask yourself “what are you trying to tell me?” and then proceed to write or draw freely for a set amount of time.
How do you increase synchronicity?
If you want to start getting more synchronicities in your life and learn how to listen more to your higher self, there are a few actions you can take.
1. Practice gratitude
First of all, get into the habit of being grateful for the synchronicities in your life. When you are blessed with synchronicities such as the “perfect timing” as we have mentioned above, thank the universe, your spirit guides or guardian angels for all the help and support.
2. Keep an open mind
It is essential to be in a receptive state and in the right vibration to be able to receive more signs from the universe. The higher your vibration, the easier will be to connect.
3. Be present
Learn about the “power of now” and check out the work of Eckhart Tolle if you want to increase synchronicity. This is because you need to develop your ability to live in the present moment rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. You need to keep a clear mind and an aware state.
4. Set your intention
Mentally or verbally express your wish to increase synchronicity in your life. This will help with making your intention very clear and you will more likely receive the signs that you are looking for.
Make sure you are not desperately looking for signs and synchronicities. They always come into your life when you need them and not when you are trying to force the universe to give them to you. Trust the universe and your higher self as everything happens in divine timing, so relax!
What happens when you ignore synchronicity?
There comes a time when you experience synchronicity, and they will seem far too significant to be mere serendipity. If the same sign comes to you frequently, it becomes increasingly less likely that it is due to chance. This is when you should not ignore the signs that the universe is trying to send you.
Think of the universe as a good friend being honest about what they think is good or bad for you. Imagine that they are sitting on top of a mountain, observing the path you are taking, to go from point A to B, and telling you that you should turn left because they can see that if you turn right, you will have to face a lot of road blocks. However, as you are not on the top of the mountain and you only know that usually turning right is the shortest way, you might dismiss their warning and get caught on your way.
Even if sometimes it does not look like the messages you are getting make much sense, they are warnings from the universe to try to help you and make your life easier.
So, when the universe gives you a sign or a nudge in a different direction, trust that it does so because it knows what is best for you. Learn how to listen and you will be guided in the right direction ?
Let me know in the comments below, the best synchronicities you have experienced in your life.
Love and light x