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Signs of Synchronocity

Updated on August 29, 2011

Carl Jung is one of my all-time favorite psychologists.He was a psychiatrist but he was also the founder of analytical psychology. He defined synchronicity as: a glimpse into the underlying order of the universe. He coined the term “synchronicity” to describe what he called the "acausal connecting principle" that links mind and matter.

He said that when a strong need arises in the psyche of a person, there is an underlying connectedness that shows itself through coincidences that make no sense as far as cause and effect.

Jung saw three type of synchronicity: one was a dream, vision or premonition of something that would happen in the future; one was a thought or feeling that coincided with an outside event; and a coinciding dream or vision that occurs at the same time an event is happening in the distance. Nobody has come up with a better explanation than his so far. Some believe that events linked to precognition and clairvoyance, as in psychic abilities, should be included as synchronicity.

I have had this phenomena happen many times in my life. I can’t really say I am psychic but have had experiences that would lead some people to believe so.

A couple examples would be when I had dreams in my past where an event happened with a person I never met (my ex-husband’s first girlfriend when he was a teenager) and my uncle’s Dad. Sadly, they were dreams of those people dying. Within one week of each dream, both those people had died! That was thirty-two years ago and at that time, it totally shocked me! I can’t remember what my uncle’s Dad died from (I think it was a heart attack) but my ex’s girlfriend was in a bad car accident in her Jeep and she died instantly. She was only twenty-one! These events were not because of a strong need arising in my psyche, as Jung would have proclaimed though! I don’t have a strong need to wish anyone to die!

When my Mom died in March of 2008, I had a strange feeling all day in my stomach and my head at the same time but I just thought I was having a rough day. Little did I know! At 7 p.m. that night, my sister called me and was crying. The minute she said, “Its Mom”, I knew! It shocked me then, as well, and to this day, it’s still hard to fathom that she isn’t here. She lived in MI and I live in CA so, in my heart, I just expect her to be sitting in her chair in the living room when I go back to visit but I know she won’t be there.

Synchronicity is a very unique sort of concept. It isn’t proven scientifically, (as I said earlier, it isn’t proven to be a “cause and effect” type of event.) It’s one of those concepts that have some basis to it just because it has happened so many times to so many people in so many different circumstances. It’s sort of hints at visualization, bringing something into being because of the mere thought of it. It’s in the same line of consideration as quantum physics, such as the description detailed in the movies, “What the Bleep Do We Know” and “Down the Rabbit Hole.” They are fascinating movies worth considering, if you haven’t watched them yet.

My perception is that, because I am idealistic - a dreamer, a “pie in the sky”-type thinker, I am more prone to lean towards ideas, principles and concepts not confined within the lines of “ordinary” thought or science. Oh, and by the way, I am more “realistic” and logical than I ever was when I was growing up!

I am one who loves the “comfortable” places I am used to going, the “comfort” food I was used to having when I was growing up, the contentedness and peace I get from celebrating age-old traditions like Christmas. On the other hand, I have learned to be open-minded enough to be fascinated by the newer concepts like quantum physics, serendipity, and synchronicity. Carl Jung died in 1961 so I still consider synchronicity to be a rather new idea.

I could go on and on about ideas, concepts and the like but I just thought I would share a tiny bit of synchronicity with you to give you some food for thought! Thanks for reading!



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      Lene Lynn 6 years ago

      HI Denise, thanks so much for your thoughts and compliments! I, too, do dream interpretation to guide me through life! I totally agoree about the statement you made regarding Universal Consciousness. I also agree that it is totally fascinating stuff! That is why I wish I had completed getting my degree in psychology! Synchronicity, serendipity and psychology totally fascinate me! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Lene Lynn-'Synchronicity'-a fascinating subject. I love Jung and his work; his contribution to the world of psychology/psychiatry. I was first introduced to this topic in my mid twenties and became fascinated with how it has shown up and guided me throughout my life. I am also a long time dream interpretor and have used dreams to help me understand various phases of my life. I actually hope to write a hub about synchronicity so I will keep this one in mind to link it to. I loved your opening paragraphs and explanation.

      As for the mind and thought-great discussion. My awareness is that there is soooo much potential and untapped knowledge from the Universal Consciousness that the mind can only get a droplet of. It is too great for it to even wrap its self around. There are times when our minds relax enough to let the consciousness enter from this, what I term, Divine source. When that happens there is a 'flash' of insight, or intuition.

      Fascinating stuff, isn't it?

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      Lene' Lynn St. John 6 years ago from Glendale, AZ

      Minnetonka Twin, well thank you so much! I wish I had finished my degree in Psychology because that is what I wanted most in life, at one point in my past. Now, I have started writing continually, which is what I desire most in life at the moment! I agree with what you said about us not understanding so many things on this earth. I chose to follow you because identical twins fascinate me because of their "connection" and because my sons are "Irish twins" in the fact that they are 5 days short of a year apart! Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to reading more of your hubs! :)

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      I loved this hub because I have always been very intrigued by synchronicity. As a student in Psychology I took many Jung courses that talked of this. I have also had many of these experiences in my life and many involve my twin sister. I have written much of it on hubpages. This was really fun to read and the stories of how you dreamed of those people who passed is really intriguing. There is so much we don't understand on this earth but that's what is fun!!

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      Lene' Lynn St. John 7 years ago from Glendale, AZ

      Danette, I understand what you are saying. I have definitely created many unhappy experiences for myself in the past. I was always fascinated with Jung. I am glad you enjoyed the hub! I look forward to reading more of your work!

      Happy, I have actually been interested in synchronicity since I was a teenager, only back then, I didn't know the name for it. I was always looking for "signs" about what will happen in my life and I still do! And it's true what the book says, the more we are alert, the more often we see the signs and the more significance they DI have. I do dream interpretation as well, and I have been dreaming of babies lately. Anytime we dream of babies, something new will be happening in our lives. My "new" thing would be getting a job that provides some income! :) You are more than welcome for my sharing this hub! I look forward to reading more of yours! :)

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      Gail Sobotkin 7 years ago from South Carolina

      I enjoyed this hub and find the concept of synchronicity fascinating. I'm currently reading "The 7 Secrets of Synchronicity" by Trish and Rob MacGregor. The authors believe that "When we are alert to the signs in our lives, we experience them more frequently- and they take on greater significance."

      My personal experience is in line with their beliefs and I find it interesting to look for signs of synchronicity in dreams and events.

      Thanks for sharing this thought provoking hub.

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      Danette Watt 7 years ago from Illinois

      I think the mind does / can create the situation. I speak from experience but it isn't always a happy situation that we create. If we aren't careful or aware of how powerful our minds are, we can create stressful and unpleasant experiences for ourselves.

      Enjoyed the hub, I think Jung is very interesting.

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      Lene' Lynn St. John 7 years ago from Glendale, AZ

      I agree, they do go hand in hand but my understanding of serendipity is that it is considered a "happy accident!" Like thinking of someone you haven't talked to in a long time and then all of a sudden, the phone rings and they are on the other end of the line! The mind creating the situation is a great question. I believe that sometimes, both points in your question are correct. I think we DO create the situation sometimes and other times, I think we are passive observers. Because of my belief in the fact that original thought is from God, and because we all have what I understand to be "universal thought", I am more prone to believe our mind creates it. Yet, like I said, I never wished anyone to die, yet within a week of my thoughts of each person in my article, they did die. That might have been a bit more based on a higher thought than that of just my little brain! It would be interesting to see what others think about that!

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      SilentReed 7 years ago from Philippines

      Synchronicity appears to go hand in hand with serendipity.the confluence or coming together of events.Does our mind create the situation or is it merely a passive observer of events?