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The Hidden Power of Coincidence and How You Can Make it Work for You

Updated on August 10, 2012
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When I was in high school, I learned that a new friend and I shared the same birthday. "Wow! What a coincidence," I said to her. "There are no coincidences," she answered back. For some reason, her words struck me, and from that moment on I began to see coincidences as more than just random events. I now believe that coincidences are actually glimpses of synchronicity, having the potential for opportunity, meaning and purpose.

We've all had coincidental experiences: You are mentioning a friend one minute, and she calls the next. You're daydreaming about a trip to Hawaii, then immediately flip to a tv show about it. A song from years ago flashes across your mind, and that very song comes on the radio. But what do these things mean when they happen? And how can we learn or benefit from them?

The first step in tapping into the power of coincidences is to become aware of them when they occur. A great way to do this is to keep track of them in a notebook. Jotting down coincidences does two things: it helps you see the connections among events in your life, and it makes you aware of the different levels of "wow factor", if you will, when it comes to coincidences. Some may only be minor, and may stay that way. But others may become more apparent, and more amazing, in time. Here is an example of what I've written in my own coincidence journal: "been thinking of buying the new Wayne Dyer book, but didn't want to spend the money right now---found it at an out -of -the -way yard sale!" (Cool coincidence, but not completely mind-blowing.) Here is another entry: "Andy and I were on the beach today, guy with a metal detector walks by, makes conversation, and tells us he dreams of finding a diamond wedding ring someday.. Hours later, Andy finds a diamond wedding ring on the way to the beach, and realizes it's MINE! It fell off my finger and I didn't even know it. All I can say is WOW!" Now that "coincidence" was mind-blowing indeed. It made me examine what I had been taking for granted, and also realize how something so precious could be lost so quickly, even imperceptibly. It made me appreciate my ring, and my marriage, even more. I knew in my heart that our encounter with that man with the metal detector, my unkowningly losing my ring, and then Andy miraculously finding it, all had to be a synchronistic event. It was something I simply had to question for meaning. Which leads to the next step in harnessing the power of coincidence: making the connection.

Once you become aware of coincidences, you can begin to make connections among them, or from them. "Connecting the coincidental dots" is all part of the fun. Sometimes it's good enough just to be open to the magic, to appreciate the joy in a coincidence when it happens. Like when I found that Wayne Dyer book. But you can also go a little deeper and ask yourself a few questions when you experience a coincidence, such as what is this coincidence trying to tell me? What is the meaning or purpose within this synchronicity? Where is this leading me next? Sometimes the answer will become apparent to you right away. Other times it will take awhile to reveal itself. But almost always one coincidence will lead to another good thing. That Wayne Dyer book may lead me to another great book, which may lead to who knows what other good thing? Currently, I am tracking some coincidences with a new acquaintance. I met her through a mutual friend just once last year, then again this year. Turns out she works in a doctor's office and recently met our son there. Since that second meeting, I've run into her two more times. Four connections in just four days! I wonder, why are our paths coincidentally crossing so many times? I don't know the answer yet, but I am open to the possibilities! Which leads to the last step in the power of coincidence: taking action.

There is no telling where coincidences may lead you. They may be a nice way to meet someone new, a nudge in a different direction, or a reminder to appreciate what you already have. They may lead you to the perfect book, the perfect job, or the perfect mate. Coincidences are like a spark lighting the way to what is good and right for you. But it is up to you to take the next steps. You have to be open and aware, be willing to wonder, and be willing to act. Remember, there are no "coincidences", but there are endless, wonderful possibilities waiting for you.











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      g-girl11 3 years ago

      Thank you Eddy. There are no coincidences!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and leaving much food for thought.

      Eddy.

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      g-girl11 3 years ago

      Yes..it is! Thanks for reading!

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      So true:-)

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      g-girl11 3 years ago

      So glad Kerlund 74! When we become aware of them, it's amazing how many coincidences we see! They can act as a guide and even bring comfort. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      This is really interesting:) I red a book once, about C.G Jung and it was about Coincidence and synchronicity. It is 10-15 years ago, and i still remember fragments and that i found that book in a stormy period of my life. Thx for reminding me, I like to refresh this.

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      g-girl11 4 years ago

      Hi Brian. Thanks for commenting. Our INTENTIONS are so important for manifesting, too. As for coincidences, I just had a bunch happen tonight ---wondering where they may lead me? I appreciated your fan mail as well- I haven't written a hub in a while, but I did write a book! Now I'm working on manifesting the publishing part.

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      Brian Prickril 4 years ago from Savannah, GA

      I love this and I love to know that other people are thinking the same way that I do. Our thoughts manifest reality. So be careful what you wish for...you just might get it!

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Gabby, I believe in that "Law of Attraction" motto, too and like your idea to work coincidences into that philosophy. Thanks for reading!

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      Gabby McMahon 5 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland

      my motto is: ASK, BELIEVE, RECEIVE. By being mindful we can turn so called coincidences into wonderful opportunities. great hub, voted up.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Thanks cam8510! Coincidences are an amazing thing--especially when you tune into them. Thanks for reading and for leaving a comment!

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      Chris Mills 5 years ago from Missoula, Montana at least until March 2018

      It is so easy for me to simply shrug those phenomena off and move on. I'd like to record them as you have suggested, or at the very least, remember them. Thank you for such an encouraging hub. voted up and useful.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Wow thank you so much RedElf. I appreciate your comments and compliments!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Your great hub certainly deserved the nomination and the win! You are a wonderful addition to HP, and I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Thanks Mandy MS! I hope if you keep a "coincidence journal" that it leads you to great things!

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      Mandy M S 5 years ago

      Awesome Hub! I don't believe in coinidence either. Our power is so much greater than we understand that we can draw things to us by mere thought. "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7 I find that there is a constant guiding hand in my life. I love the idea of the coincidence journal, a great way to see the hand of God at work in your life.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Well, there are no coincidences, but it remains to be seen where this comment leads--although as a psychic you should already know, right? Couldn't resist some humor! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Great way of looking at it Beata! Thanks for commenting!

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      psychicdog.net 5 years ago

      Enjoyed this - thanks ggirl - I've got a feeling you will come by here and check out this comment ggirl and it will NOT be a coincidence! Actually, on a more serious note and putting it differently it is our psychic ability I see as this hubs subject though you put it so well as no coincidences - just need to recognize and listen to it! That's what this psychic dog says anyway!

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      Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

      Be prepared but don't be scared, things happen, some with reason and some without...it is part of life:) Great hub:)

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Thank you! I hope you do make the most of the coincidences in your life!

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Thank you Garifalia! Hopefully it will be useful to you!

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      Garifalia 5 years ago

      Awesome, interesting and hopefully useful![hopefully because it depends on the individual-in my case ME] Acquiring all the inspiration we can get is truly 'what it is' nowadays. I believe in what you say as well. I've read Chopra's, Dyer's and others' books. More or less they all agree with what you've written. Thanks for steering us in the right direction.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Thanks suzettenaples!

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Quite interesting!

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      I will have to read up on that phenomenon, blessed365 (love your username!) Thanks for the info and comment!

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      blessed365 5 years ago

      It almost sounds like The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon where when you hear something or see something then you start hearing and seeing it shortly after hearing or seeing what you heard or saw.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Wow Melis Ann! Remember, there are no coincidences! :) Would love to hear about your fascinating encounters and what they eventually lead to--I hope it is something wonderful and amazing for you. Thanks for reading and for the congrats. I really appreciate it!

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Congrats on the HubNuggets! Very interesting that I'm seeing this hub today (coincidence?) since I've had two fascinating encounters this week that I've been reflecting on their importance. Great hub!

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Very interesting Claudia! Never too late to become aware of that now, although I do think some coincidences are much "bigger" than others. If anything, being aware of coincidences opens us up to the magic and fun of life. Thanks for reading!

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      I´ve had coincidences in my life but the meaning of them revealed bight and plain just in a handful of them. Most of the times, it was just a coincidence without consequence.... Now that I read your hub I think that in some cases it might not have been transcendent because I didn´t take action, coincidences that would better be described as "opportunities not taken".

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      AlexK2009, yes, noting your physical reaction is important, too. That probably falls more under "intuition" but is another great topic that goes hand in hand with coincidence. Perhaps you experience a coincidence, and if you are aware and "tune in" your intuition may lead you to the next step. Thanks for sharing!

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      AlexK2009 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      I have tended to note coincidences, as well as noting my body reaction to things. If I am going to a party and feel reluctant for no reason it usually means it will not be a good one. On the other hand if I find myself walking fast to get to my destination and do not know why I often find there is a good reason when I get there.

      So as well as coincidences note your body's reactions.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Wow, now that is great!!! There has got to be something in that book that is significant for you!

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Hi Riviera Rose. Thanks so much for the congrats. I am so honored by the award!! I hope you will keep track of your coincidences. My family and I just marvel at the coincidences we experience on a daily basis--and now others are sharing their coincidences with us, too. It really is fascinating once you start tuning into them.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Thanks so much Robie, that is so kind of you to say. I am thrilled and honored about the HubNugget. It is a great feeling to win that and means a lot to me!

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Hi travel_man1971 Yes, these coincidences can really make you stop and think! Wonder what your coincidences are telling you?? Thanks for reading--and I am honored about the win!!!

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      OldsoulMooki--never thought of it like that: knowing you have strayed when you haven't had a coincidence in a while. That is a great observation. Thanks for reading and for sharing that!

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      Riviera Rose 5 years ago from South of France

      I forgot to mention that I'm currently reading Wayne Dyer's The Power of Intention - another coincidence!!

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      Riviera Rose 5 years ago from South of France

      Great hub, and congrats on your HubNugget award. I've experienced so many significant coincidences in my life now that I really believe they mean something, like you're on the right path. What a great idea to keep track of them, though, I think I'll try it!

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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      Congratulations for your HubNugget award, it's well deserved!

      :)

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      It happened to me, too, this coincidence 'thing'. Let's say, I'm thinking of someone coming, then, it happened.

      BTW. congrats on your winning! :D

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      OldsoulMooki 5 years ago from United States

      They let me know I am on the right path. I look for them to guide me. When it has been a while since I had one I know I have strayed and must do things differently. Thank-you. for sharing!

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      A sincere thank you, mperrottet! I am honored to have been nominated for a hubnugget. Thanks for reading this hub and for commenting!

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Great hub, and congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      I haven't heard of TOUCH but it sounds great! Definitely want to see that. I didn't know about my hubnuggets nomination! I'm thrilled, though I'm not sure what's involved since I am still new to hubpages-- but I'll definitely find out! Thanks for reading my hub and for the info!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Speaking of coincidences, I just watched a show on tv called TOUCH...and it is all about this and more. The connections are absolutely breathtaking and I continue to marvel at the miracle of it all. Thank you for writing about this topic as it brings us to a beautiful place of appreciation.

      Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. Do visit this hub to see, read and vote https://hubpages.com/community/Hubnugget-Wars Love and blessings to a life filled with wonderful connections and coincidences.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Thank you Robie! I am really enjoying this experience.

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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      Great hub! Welcome to hubpages, looking forward to reading more of your things.

      :)

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Wow! That is is an amazing tale. I have heard it said: ask, and it will come! How wonderful that your wife was able to help someone in another part of the world, and it all began with a wish.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      How about these: a fully paid tour of SE Asia in response to her wish that she could take one in response to a student's request that she give the student a tour, and during which my wife was able to help a woman in Singapore who had been praying that somehow she could relieve her constant pain. Another student with gout had decided he could not keep up with the tour group and gave my wife his fully paid ticket (airfare, hotels, meals, transportation) and while in Singapore the husband of the woman there asked my wife to visit his wife. The result: my wife had her tour, while there taught the husband what he could do to relieve his wife's pain, and on my wife's return she took the other student on the tour she wanted and paid for. There are simpler wishes, such as wishing she had some ham, and a friend shows up with half a ham, etc. A recent Pope also said there are no coincidences.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      I never thought of it that way, but I like that idea. There could be something to two people being on the same "wavelength" if you will. Would love to hear about some of your wife's coincidences!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The saying that "The thought is mother to the deed" has played out so often in my wife's life that I urged her some time ago to keep a journal of such "coincidences". I believe that "good coincidences" happen more often to righteous people, and are often related to the wish of another righteous person.

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Tamron, thanks! And I agree about the spiritual guiding of coincidences.

      Thank you, too , Sally's Trove! I hope you keep the coincidence journal--it is so cool to reflect on them.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Dale practically took the words right out of my mouth--or fingers: There are no such things as coincidences; everything happens for a reason, even though you may never come to know the reason. That's the thought that kept running through my head as I read your hub.

      I never thought of keeping a coincidence journal. What a good idea. Voted up, interesting, useful. Welcome to HP!

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      tamron 5 years ago

      Well written and so true. I do think coincidences do have some sorta purpose but don't know quite what the purpose is maybe a spiritual power to guide us and keep us on our toes. Vote Up FB Like

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      So glad to hear that Dale! Thank you!

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      Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      Great hub! This covers areas that I have not considered. I am one who certainly believes that there are no such thing as coincidences...that all things happen for a reason. That is about where I stopped in my way of thinking. Your explanation and clarification have certainly created some thought within this elderly mind of mine!

      Voted up, interesting and MOST useful!

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Wow thank you! I'm sure it is no "coincidence" that you did!

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      GageCounts 5 years ago from Texas

      Great piece! Coincidences are so often under looked. Glad I found this post!