What is Synchronicity?
It is that moment of meaningful coincidence. For me, it means I’m in the flow. We talk a lot about being “in the flow” at Happiness Series. But what does that mean? In the flow – being in alignment with the universe, understanding we are all interconnected and feeling what that means. It means not feeling fragmented or separate. Just as our brain and our body are one, so are we one with everything else. It’s why racism, sexism, homophobia never makes sense and never feels good. Because if we are all interconnected, we are in some profound way one, and we are not separate. And if we believe we are above someone or some group because of their skin color or sex or sexual preference, then we are fragmenting ourselves and no longer aware that we are all connected.
So how does this relate to synchronicity? Well, to be more aware of and take advantage of synchronistic events in life, it really helps to see all energy and all matter (and we are matter) as interconnected. This is not airy fairy stuff, by the way, this is hard science. Physics. Synchronicity is a great gift in our lives. It makes things more easeful. There is a spirit of cooperation with the universe. A real, tangible sense that we are supported.
When I’m open to synchronistic happenings in my life, I get help, in making choices, in work, in travel, in love… I find they are a source of guidance and a consistent reminder that I am in the flow. Or, if I’m not feeling any synchronicity in my life, I’m out of the flow. You know those days when everything goes wrong, and you feel frustrated, angry and annoyed? That’s out of alignment with the universe. For me, synchronicity means getting signs throughout the day that point me in the right direction. And these signs, these coincidences, are really only meaningful to me or to a few others. They are specifically designed for my unique experience in the the universe. For instance, I dreamt of London the other night, and all day, London appeared to me. In a TV show I watched, London was mentioned, in a magazine, there was a whole piece on London. This doesn’t seem that interesting or dramatic, except to let me know I was in the flow with my day. And perhaps a fuller meaning of this will make itself known in time. Other days there will be a meaningful coincidence that leads to work, to a fun evening, to research that points me in a better direction. Or I’ve been thinking about someone, a friend I haven’t heard from in a long time, and he calls, and that makes me happy.
Synchronicity is when, as Judith Orloff, M.D. says, ” we step out of the random chaos and find that all forces are aligned with nothing pre-planned and yet, all is in order. Events come together with such exactitude, it feels as if we have been launched onto a pre-ordained course.” She mentions the famous Carl Jung, who wrote a great deal about synchronicity, in her explanation of what it feels like and what it means, “Jung speaks of a collective unconscious, a universal pool of knowledge, independent of culture and belonging to us all. It is the basis of what the ancients call the ‘sympathy for all things.’ I believe that synchronicity stems from this commonality. We are all swimming in the same waters and can feel the reverberation of each other’s movements, riding the same waves.” Tapping into that is energizing.
Synchronicity is finding that true love you’ve been wanting, moving into the place you’ve dreamed of, a perfect job presents itself. One closed door opens. Effortlessly. You somehow have the key to a lock to a door you didn’t even know existed, and once you step inside, there’s an ease to life. So how do you get more synchronicity in your life? Start by being present, noticing the little signs, seeming coincidences. Once you notice those small, insignificant ones, more will come. As Dr. Stephen Diamond, Ph.D, says, “And because we have taken the time and effort to be more attuned to our authentic selves, more centered, more in touch with our senses, instincts and emotions, more mindful, more conscious, in closer relationship with the unconscious, we are internally and fundamentally transformed. And subtly, so is the outer world. Synchronicity grows. We become more intuitive, receptive, sensitive and open to these synchronistic opportunities, possibilities which, in our prior state of mind, might have been rejected, dismissed out of hand, or languished completely unrecognized. Having embraced reality, reality embraces and supports us. We may not always get what we want. But we begin to get what we truly need. We are now in the proverbial right place at the right time.” This brings us back to the basics, mindfulness in our day to day lives, and that goes back to my favorite subject – meditation! Meditate, ask for guidance, ask for signs, and then NOTICE them.
“Synchronicities… are moments in time when the timeless, dreamlike nature of the universe shines forth its radiance and openly reveals itself to us, offering us an open doorway to lucidity.”
Now that’s exciting, right?
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About the Author: Tania Van Pelt is the creator of Happiness Series. She is a writer and content creator, working in film, tv, and online. She wrote the popular lifestyle book "Ageless Diet," published in late 2015. And she is currently working on her next book. She also developed a sitcom pilot set in the restaurant business called "Employees Only TV" and is developing another web series comedy about Denver.