Whenever I see it at work in my life, I do a quick double-take. “Did that just happen?” I ask myself.
I learned years ago to take note of apparent “coincidences”. Life often speaks to us through such means.
What is “synchronicity”? Glad you asked.
The word can be broken down into its separate parts.
- SYN – A prefix meaning united or joining together
- CHRONO – A combining form relating to time
- ICITY – A suffix used to form abstract nouns from adjectives
In other words, SYNCHRONICITY is a concept that relates to things happening at the same time. It’s almost a synonym — there’s that prefix again — for COINCIDENCE, but in my experience synchronicity has a more definite sense about it. When it occurs, I can’t help but feel that some unseen hand is guiding events, leading me directly to places where I’m supposed to be, showing me lessons that I need to learn.
The word was first coined by Carl Jung to describe an “acasual connection of two or more psycho-physic phenomena”… whew! That’s a rather long-winded way of saying the same thing, but if you’d like to read more about Jung and his theories — as well as the golden scarab that inspired his thinking — you’ll find it all here:
In simpler terms, he described synchronicity this way:
A meaningful coincidence of two or more events where something other than the probability of chance is involved.
He believed that synchronicity is a part of life and that we should be mindful of its presence:
Synchronicity is an ever-present reality for those who have eyes to see.
Years ago, a good friend first taught me about the principle of synchronicity, and I’ve always loved his short, simple definition. “The cosmos is revolving,” he used to say, referring to those strange moments when life suddenly seems to have a theme, when everything you see or do seems to be pointing in one direction.
We must learn not only to open our eyes but to open our hearts. Synchronicity can guide us when we remove the expectations that so often limit us.
Synchronicity is all about possibilities, and it’s a great adventure in life.
Someone once remarked that synchronicity is life’s way of saying, “You’re getting warmer…”
Or maybe it really is life shouting “Yes!”
The day is still early, but already my morning has been filled with an awesome synchronicity. Life seems to be calling me in a specific direction, and I’ll gladly follow to see where this adventure will lead. Life is teaching me to go another step, to do a little more, to give a little more, to add an extra bit of effort to everything in my life.
Today I’ll be looking for ways to follow that guidance.
I’ll do more than serve dinner; I’ll set the table with a special centerpiece.
I’ll do more than think about a friend; I’ll send a greeting.
I’ll do more than exist; I’ll live this day as fully as I can.
Synchronicity is, indeed, a marvelous, fascinating thing…not just an abstract concept or a theoretical principle, but a very real fact of life. I hope you’ll remain open to those moments of synchronicity that come into your life…and I hope you’ll follow wherever they lead.
Thank you for visiting today!
May your day be filled with joy and happiness.