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What is Synchronicity

Updated on January 12, 2011

Synchronicity are coincidences of unrelated events that tends to produce an positive meaningful outcome. It is almost as if the universe is acting on your behalf to give you the positive outcome that would benefit you.

Wikipedia has an more extensive definition by saying ...

"Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated occurring together in a meaningful manner."

Furthermore, these events are events that would seem unlikely to happen by chance.

The idea of synchronicity is was first described by psychologist Carl Jung who had written a book called "Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle" Jung has referred to it as "meaningful coincidence".

Deepak Chopra's book The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence explains the concept well. He also refers to it as "synchrodestiny".

Other authors have also expressed the idea of synchronicity.

Pamela McDonald writes "My experience has shown me that once I become aware of what I want to manifest, the universe seems to show up with exactly what I need." on page 199 of her book The Apo E Gene Diet: A Breakthrough in Changing Cholesterol, Weight, Heart and Alzheimer's Using the Body's Own Genes

Examples of Synchronicity

Here are some collection of examples of synchronicity found in books and on the internet.

Dr. Jill Taylor writes in her book My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey: "Coming home to Indiana felt grounding to me and I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be when my new home phone number turned out to the be the exact date of my birth day, month, and year!" [page 126]

The story of Janet's trip to India in the book The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose is filled with example of synchronicity as explained by the author's Janet Bray and Chris Attwood.

Possible Explanation of Synchronicity

The concept of synchronicity can not be readily proven via the scientific method.  Some say these coincidences are meaningful.  Some say that they are merely coincidences. 

Some points to consider ... The human mind likes to find patterns in things.  The law of large numbers says that when there are a large number of events happening, there will surely be some events that occur that may seem very unlikely.   So when these unlikely event happen, we have a tendency to attribute special meaning to them.

There is also the concept in psychology known as "confirmation bias" which is the concept of

"tendency for people to favor information that confirms their preconceptions or hypotheses regardless of whether the information is true. As a result, people gather evidence and recall information from memory selectively, and interpret it in a biased way." [wikipedia]


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      Truetales 7 years ago from Australia

      Nice Hub, great topic! Musicians are familiar with Synchronicity. It's a pattern over a pattern over a pattern, like Sacred Geometry. During a jam Synchronicity is an often occurence.