“We often dream about people from whom we receive a letter by the next post. I have ascertained on several occasions that at the moment when the dream occurred the letter was already lying in the post-office of the addressee.”
― C.G. Jung
Synchronicity is something that everyone has likely experienced at some point in their lives – to some it happens on a regular basis. Most people would refer to such experiences as coincidences, and they are not wrong, but the difference is that a synchronic events are meaningful – i.e. a series of apparent coincidences that seem to all be interconnected despite not occurring in the same way. The term was coined by the psychologist Carl G. Jung in the early 1900’s, and is defined as “temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events.”.
A popular example used by Jung in his book illustrates how synchronicity works. Jung describes how a female patient of his re-accounted a dream in which she had been given a golden scarab (a piece of expensive jewellery). During her account, Jung became aware of a slight tapping on the window of his office, and seeing a fairly unusual and large insect, went over to open it. In his hand he caught a scarabaeid beetle – much like a golden scarab, and handed it to the woman saying “here is your scarab”. In this case, the scarab beetle was symbolic of what the female patient was experiencing in that period of her life, and to ensure she received the message she experienced the scarab beetle in multiple ways. We can then apply this to our own lives – have you ever had a dream only for an aspect of it to manifest itself within the coming days? Personally, and I’m sure many other people have experienced this as well, I will suddenly have a thought of someone that pops into my head out of nowhere, or see someone in my dream, and even if I have not seen them for years I am sure to bump into them when I am out and about in the coming days. You thought or dreamt of this person for a reason, and you then ran into this person for a reason – the Universe/higher self, whatever you want to call it or whatever it is to you, is trying to show you that this person is significant.
Another example of synchronicity is when you are looking for answers. You may feel stuck at a crossroads in your life, with countless possibilities but an uncertainty of which path is best suited for you. You may be daydreaming about your current life situation and suddenly become aware of a song playing that you have had stuck in your head all day. Then, later on you begin to read something that sticks with you, and matches the very same message the song was conveying to you. This is one of the many ways synchronicity works – repetitive signs that although different, carry the same message to answer your question. When this happens, don’t ignore it, listen to your signs and tap into your intuition.
Overall, paying attention to life’s synchronisations can be hugely beneficial to us – they indicate whether we should continue on the path we are on, or take a new direction. Each sign guides us, and the more we take notice the more signs, and thus guidance, we receive. Keep an open mind, take in your surroundings, and look for a deeper meaning in everything you do – you never know when a series of small events can have a profound impact on your life!