synchronicity

Synchronicity


"Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous."
Albert Einstein

We've all experienced coincidence, "it's just a coincidence" we rationalize then. Synchronicities however are meaningful coincidences; a term coined by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, in his own words: "Synchronicity reveals the meaningful connections between the subjective and objective world."

First notice and appreciate your synchronicities, (even overlapping in 'real' world, dreams and imagination!) at the very least they will make you smile or think!

  • Frank Joseph's book Synchronicity & You + Examples
  • A history of Synchronicity in philosophy, science and religion
  • Synchronicity Quotes
  • Synchronicity Blogposts

  • Frank Joseph
    In the amazing book "Synchronicity And You: Understanding the Role of Meaningful Coincidence" by Frank Joseph, the author lists several subdivisions (these are nowhere near conclusive and should only be seen as a means of classification of examples) of synchronicity experienced in his own life, the lives of 100 volunteers and examples of history to help you become more aware of synchronicities in your life.

    The subdivisions he made in the book are:
    Objects, Numbers, Natural/Animal, Preminitions, Predictive & Simultanious dreams, Telepathy, Riddles, Source indicators, Parallel lives, Life imitates art, Warnings, Death, Rescue, Reincarnation, Helpful directions, Moira (higher calling) & Transforming experiences.

    Examples from the book:

  • Carl Jung himself had a patient once who was depressed and such a rationalist her situation was degrading for months, one day she had a dream of a Scarab which she couldn't understand at all or where it came from. As Jung moved towards the window while analyzing the dream, the closest insect to a Scarab in Switzerland, a golden beatle flew and hit the window and sat there for a few seconds. This so startled the woman that finally she gave up the 'pure reason' and was soon cured with Jung's methods. This ties into the collective unconcious very interestingly as the Scarab was the Egyptian symbol of... rebirth :).
  • Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The French Jesuit priest trained as a paleontologist and a philosopher. He abandoned a literal interpretation of creation in the Book of Genesis in favor of a metaphorical interpretation. Therefor he was banned to China... where in December 1929 he took part in the important discovery of Sinanthropus pekinensis, or Peking Man.
  • I'll give one example out of the book of Parallel Lives too:
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & spanish composer Juan Arrigia (known after his death as the spanish Mozart, but largely unknown outside of Spain), by the author's own investigation after hearing Arrigia on the radio and thinking he recognized Mozart, he found that both shared some amazing synchronicities. Both gifted persons were prodigies, they both left their native country to become succesful in Paris as composers and musicians, Juan's first and only symphony & Mozarts Parisian and later symphonies were in Major D, their styles are very similar as Juan comes nearest to Mozart, even Mozart imitations by Haydn, Brahms and Chopin were, in contrast to Arrigia's, still distinguishable as their own. Both men were born on the same day, Mozart 27 jan 1756, Arrigia 27 jan 1806. Their birth names were both Latin & Spanish versions of John & Christopher, Mozart's was Johannes Chrystostomus and Arrigia's were Juan Crisostomo. One contrast is the fame of Mozart after his death, and the obscurity of Arrigia. For more parallel lives see JFK & Abraham Lincoln, the life & death of Henry Lawton linked with Geronimo, and even the author himself and Ignatius Donnelly (the father of Atlantology!). For this and other synchronicities pick up the book, you won't regret it!
    Another recommendation is Jean Shinoda Bolen - The Tao of Psychology: Synchronicity and Self (Living Consciously with Synchronicity in dutch).

    I experience synchronicities nearly daily, some small, some big!
    Frank Joseph advises people to start a Synchronicity Diary, to not only remember them better,
    just like a Dream Diary it also increases the frequency of them just as a dream diary increases recall of dreams.


    A history of Synchronicity & meaningful existence in philosophy, science and religion:
    Carl Jung coined the term but was not the first to investigate it, philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote an 1851 essay about it called "Vermeintliche Absichtlichkeit im Schiksal des Individuums" (Assumed purposefulness in the fate of the individual), He said "That occult force that even directs forces from beyond, could in the final instance only root in our own peculiar inner being; for in the end the alpha and omega of all existence are indeed contained within us." He also said that in general there is a Mundus Intelligibilis (world of reason) to be found in everything, so also in coincidence.
    Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz had his "idea developped by the pre-determined divine harmony", his "Harmonia Pre-Estabilita". And he also spoke of the Arte Combinatoria (the art of combining). Arnold Geulincx, the flemish philoospher believed in a "pre-established harmony" as a solution to the mind-body problem, dying 25 years before Leibniz's better remembered formulation of the idea. In Leibniz' philosophy, the doctrine of pre-established harmony was linked with optimism, the notion of this world as the "best of all possible worlds", but Geulincx made no such linkage. Arthur Koestler's The Roots of Coincidence centered on research by Paul Kammerer's claim of a quantum theory of coincidence or synchronicity, a theory Koestler evaluated favorably in light of the writings of Carl Jung. Wolfgang Pauli who was nominated by Albert Einstein and won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1925, his work "Synchronicity: Bridge between Matter & Mind" is regarded as a key work on the subject. Pauli also wrote an essay titled "The influence of archetypical projections on the formation of scientific theories of Kepler." About John Kepler, a mystic who laid the foundations of modern astronomy. French astronomer Camille Flammarion who has a crater on the Moon and Mars named after him wrote a work L'Inconnu about his synchronistic experiences. Physicists like Wilber, Russel, Combs and Holland have written extensively about Synchronicity and suggest meditation increases its frequency. Joseph Banks Rhines his astonishing probability experiments under rigurous scientific conditions which have been ignored for so long and never explained in 'rational terms' showed the probability can be influenced by relaxing, a positive attitude and trusting your intuition. These experiments have long been ignored and no one has undertaken anything to refute them, just as the meticulous work of Dr Gertrude Schmeidler, and Gurney, Myers and Podmore.
    It is possible that the root of the word "wünschen" (to wish in German) that still is preserved in the word "Wünschelrute" (divining rod) and not only referrs to wishing in the sense of desire, but also to the expressing of magical influence. Wishing is "God's power". Wishing is in sanskrit manoratha = literally the vehicle of the mind or psyche, which means, wish, desire, fantasy. The Greeks talk about the Logos, being Cosmic reason ('rational people' talking about the Greco period would rather ignore this 'annoying concept' than talk about it...). Heraclates said Energy & matter are not seperate (see Quantum Physics), Hippocrates said there is one stream, one breath that connects us all. Plato talks of time as a moving picture of eternity in Timaeus (37-38). Philo of Alexandria talked about Enthousiasmos and the Logos, Agrippa about the World Soul. Plotinus said in his Enneads that in life there is no place for coincidence, only harmony and order rule here. The Bhagavad Gita talks about the Brahman connection, the human soul atmen (which ties to the german & dutch translation of breathing : atmen, ademen). Zen talks of Satori as the conscious unity of the universe (see also the Pratitya-Samutpada Buddhists). Chi is the life energy, the dragon that resides in the mountains, the home & reservoirs of chi, the genius loci, spirit of place. Maya's talk about Chu-lel, the backside (hehe) of nature. Indian tribes of Rio Grande quest for initiating vision, a Shaman grizzly bear lake speaks of "two seperate but interdependant existing worlds, spirit and matter." The Osaga Indians (Sioux) talk of Wakonda, the force rhythm of nature and destiny and Eawawonaka - the cause of being. Anatale from France spoke of Coincidence being the pseudonym which God uses if he doesn't wish to sign his own name ;). Nietzsche talks of man as something to overcome, to reach the Overman which is our destiny and true nature which can only be reached by following our bliss. The Indian Rig Veda talks of Indra's Net as everything in the universe being interconnected (see quotes).
    Other people that Frank Joseph mentions as being interesting concerning Synchronicity: Terence Mckenna, Gwen Frostic, Combs & Holland, Alfred North Whitehead, Cicero (De Natura Deorum - nature of the gods), and finally, if you happen to find it in the collective unconcious ;p the lost book Disciplina Etrusca from the Emperor Claudius about the religion of the Etrusks.
    Very short overview of Carl Jung's views (external link)


    Coinci Dance Quotes
    "The secret of the world is the tie between person and event."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    "Throughout the universe there's a network of wires stretching to infinity. The horizontal wires are placed in space; the vertical in time. Everywhere where these wires cross eachother, there's an individual. And every individual is a crystal bead. The big light of an Absolute Being enlightens and penetrates each crystal bead. And every crystal bead reflects not only the light of all other crystals in the network, but also every other reflection, from all corners of the Cosmos."
    The Rigveda - Indra's Net

    "Can such things be,
    And overcome us like a summer's cloud,
    Without our special wonder?"
    William Shakespeare, Macbeth

    "These events serve to nurture, support, protect and enhance human life and spiritual growth."
    Scott Peck

    "They demonstrate the unity of psyche and matter, forcing us to transcend our rational, scientific, materialistic attitudes."
    Mansfield

    "That occult force that even directs forces from the beyond, could in the final instance only root in our own peculiar inner being; for in the end the alpha and omega of all existence are indeed contained within us."
    Arthur Schopenhauer

    "Coincidences are spiritual puns."
    G.K. Chesterton

    "This relation between the mind and matter is not fancied by some poet, but stands in the will of God, and so is free to be known by all men. It appears to men, or it does not appear. When in fortunate hours we ponder this miracle, the wise man doubts, if, at all other times, he is not blind and deaf; for the universe becomes transparent, and the light of higher laws than its own, shines through it."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (Nature)

    "Synchronistic meetings are like mirrors that reflect something of ourselves.
    If we want to grow spiritually, all we have to do is take a good look.
    Synchronicity holds the promise that if we want to change inside,
    the patterns in our external life will change aswell."
    Jean Shinoda Bolen

    "The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. Herein lies the germ of all art and all true science. Anyone to whom this feeling is alien, who is no longer capable of wonderment and lives in a state of fear is a dead man. To know that what is impenatrable for us really exists and manifests itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, whose gross forms alone are intelligible to our poor faculties – this knowledge, this feeling … that is the core of the true religious sentiment. In this sense, and in this sense alone, I rank myself amoung profoundly religious men."
    Albert Einstein

    Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness."
    Eckhart Tolle

    "So the worldsoul is a certain unique life that fills all, streams through all, connects and gathers all, to consist of the machine of the entire world."
    Agrippa

    "The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet."
    Joseph Campbell

    "The greatest discoveries are those that shed light unto ourselves."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    "Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause."
    Voltaire

    "This connection or adaptation of all created things to each individual thing and of each individual thing to all others now has the effect that each simple substance has relation that expresses all others and as such is a continuous living mirror of the universe."
    Gottfried Leibniz

    "All apparitions in the human life are connected in two principally different ways: first the objective causal connection of the natural way of affairs, secondly the subjective connection that only exists in relation to the individual that experiences it and that is just as subjective as his own dreams. (...) That now these kinds of connections exist simultaniously and the same occurence as a member of two very different series fits itself in both, causing the destiny of one to fit in the destiny of another and each being the hero of his own, but also the extra in a strange drama, that is something which definitely is beyond our power to suppose and can only be feasible thanks to the most impressive harmonia praestabilita."
    Arthur Schopenhaur

    "I found (namely with relation to magic) an enlightening exposition of the sixth book of the Naturalia of vicenna, that in the human soul there houses a certain power (virtus) to change things and that the other things are subordinate to this; and especially when they are swept away by a grand excess of love and hate or something similar. So if the soul of a human reaches a passion of some sort, we can experimentally conclude that he (namely the excess) binds the things (magically) and specifically changes them in the direction he wishes and I have long not believed it (!) but after I read nigromantian books and the like about sigils (imaginum) and magic, I found that (really) the emotional character (affectio) of the human soul is the head root of all these things, either because of its great emotion changes her body and other things she desires, or because of her dignity where other things are subordinate, or because with all border-crossing effects the right star hour or astrological situation or another parallel power reigns and we (because of this) believe that whatever creates this power is accomplished by the soul. So who would want to know the secret to effect and solve this, must know that everyone can influence everything magically if he reaches an excess of emotions and he must then at the right time perform the things that the soul directs him to. The soul is namely so desiring for the cause it wants to accomplish that it even out of itself chooses the most important and best star hour, that also controls the things that better fit that case. (...) And so it is that the soul that desires things more intensively, makes things more active and more equal to what comes forth from it. (...) In a similar way namely functions the creation of everything that the soul desires with an intensive longing. Everything that flotas in her direction has force of movement and working in that direction where the soul desires."
    Albertus Magnus - The Mirabilibus Mundi

    "Perhaps our ideas on evolution may be altered if something akin to telepathy - unconscious no doubt - was found to be a factor in moulding the patterns of behaviour among members of a species. If there was such a non-conscious group-behaviour plan, distributed between, and linking, the individuals of the race, we might find ourselves coming back to something like those ideas of subconscious racial memory of Samuel Butler, but on a group rather than an individual basis."
    A.C. Hardy

    "An unchangeable spirit contains an ordening of changeable things, where without time these things are simultaneous which are in time not simultaneous."
    Prosper of Aquitania

    "The ordening of the times is in the eternal wisdom of God present without time."
    Augustine

    "Before creation there existed no time, that only begun with moving objects. (Time began with the created, rather than the creation began at a point in time.)"
    Augustine

    "Because before time there was no time, but time was created together with the world."
    Anonymus - De Triplici Habitaculo

    "The Greeks had two words for time. Chronos is the time we usually keep an eye on. Kairos was our participation of time. Time that moves us so that we lose our sense of time; timeless time; moments at which the clock seems to stop; feeding, renewing, more motherly time. It's the time with which we feel one instead of outside of it, the self, the tao, the love that connects us to others."
    Jean Shinoda Bolen

    "American physicist and Nobel prize winner Richard Feynman introduced the concept of 'Negative Time', in the case of electrons it can occur that their departure time is mathematically behind the arrival time. This reversal of order could be meaningful for explaining predictive dreams."
    Henri Van Praag

    Since the discovery of the first tiny antiparticle, the anti-electron, physicists have with each known particle found an antiparticle or produced it in the laboratory. The fifty particles we know for now and their fifty anti's are alike in every way except that they have opposite electrical charges and opposite magnetic moments, that the 'spin' is in the opposite direction and that each known particle is 'normal' and the antiparticle 'strange'.
    Arthur Koestler

    "Synchronicity reveals the meaningful connections between the subjective and objective world."
    Carl Jung