Signs from the Universe or Pure Coincidences?

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While some may dismiss them as mere chance, others find meaning and significance in coincidences.

Coincidence Or Signs From The Universe

What I mean by signs from the universe are those subtle messages or guidance you receive in various forms that seem to you to provide insight, encouragement, or direction.

These signs can manifest in countless ways, such as recurring numbers, meaningful symbols, unexpected encounters, or even dreams.

It’s important to remember that signs are highly personal in the meaning they carry.

Examples of signs from the universe

Finding a feather in an unexpected place could be a sign that angels or spirits are watching over you.

Seeing a rainbow after a period of rain might symbolize hope and new beginnings.

Belief / theories surrounding signs from the Universe

People have sought to interpret the world around them through signs and symbols since ancient times.

Some believe that these signs are messages from a higher power, guiding us on our paths. Others see them as reflections of our own inner thoughts and desires, projected onto the world.

Whether it’s a shooting star, a chance encounter, or a recurring number sequence, the interpretation of these signs is as diverse as the individuals observing them.

What remains constant is the sense of wonder and curiosity they inspire, reminding us of the mysterious and interconnected nature of the universe.

Are coincidences signs? And if so, what do they mean? Often, the answer is obscure (like the real life examples I wrote about).

How individuals interpret and utilize signs from the universe in their lives

Some people believe in the power of signs and see them as guidance or messages from a higher power. They may look for signs in everyday occurrences, such as finding a feather on their path or hearing a particular song on the radio at just the right moment.

I wrote an article on how to interpret synchronicities.

Others may view signs as mere coincidences, attributing them to random chance rather than any deeper meaning.

Regardless of your belief, the idea of signs from the universe can be a comforting one. It can provide a sense of reassurance that we are not alone in this vast world and that there is a greater plan at play.

Whether you choose to actively seek out signs or simply appreciate them when they appear, being open to the possibility of receiving guidance from the universe can add a touch of magic and wonder to our daily lives.

Paying attention to your intuition and being open to the messages around you can help you recognize and interpret these signs from the universe.

Pure coincidences

An example of a pure coincidence could be running into a childhood friend while on vacation in a foreign country, completely unplanned.

Another example could be thinking of someone you haven’t spoken to in years, only to receive a call or message from them shortly after. These seemingly random events can align in remarkable ways.

Scientific explanations for coincidences

Science often delves into the realms of probability, statistics, and cognitive biases to explain these phenomena. See my article on the science explaining synchronicity.

One common theory is known as the law of large numbers, which suggests that with a large enough sample size, seemingly improbable events are bound to occur.

Also the concept of pattern recognition in the human brain can lead us to perceive connections where none truly exist. This phenomenon, known as apophenia, highlights our innate tendency to seek out meaning and order in random events.

How coincidences are perceived by individuals and society

Coincidences are sometimes seen as moments of serendipity or synchronicity that spark intrigue and wonder in both individuals and society as a whole.

When unexpected events align in a way that seems too perfect to be mere chance, it can lead to a sense of mystery and fascination.

People may interpret coincidences as signs from the universe, messages from a higher power, or simply as random occurrences with no deeper meaning.

Bernard D Beitman (2016) in his synchronicity book, Connecting With Coincidence, believes “the responsibility for interpreting coincidences falls with us.” You can get Beitman’s synchronicity book at Amazon — See details here (affiliate link).

In society, coincidences can sometimes be viewed as symbols of interconnectedness or as reminders of the unpredictable nature of life.

Whether seen as pure chance or something more profound, the perception of coincidences adds a layer of complexity to our understanding of the world around us.

Signs from the Universe vs Pure Coincidences

It’s essential to consider the role of interpretation and personal belief in discerning between these factors.

What one person may see as a sign from the universe, another may view as a mere coincidence.

Both perspectives offer valuable insights into the mysterious ways in which the world operates, reminding us to stay open to the magic and wonder that surrounds us each day.

Key differences between signs from the universe and pure coincidences

There are several key differences (see table) experts have offered to distinguish them.

SIGNS FROM THE UNIVERSE
Purposeful and intentional
Guide towards a certain direction
Evoke alignment with inner self
Repeated or meaningful patterns
Inner alignment
PURE COINCIDENCES
Reason not apparent
No clear direction and any guidance is unclear
No deeper message apparent
Chance events and no meaningful connections
No intention apparent

If you’re like me, these won’t necessarily satisfy your curiosity and provide the answers you’re looking for. You need to consider context, intuition, and feelings you experience with these occurrences.

Trusting your intuition and staying open to messages can help you discern between signs and pure coincidences. A synchronicity journal is tremendous for this.

Factors influencing Your perception of events as signs or coincidences

Psychological factors, such as cognitive biases or emotional states, are said to play a role in shaping how events are perceived and interpreted.

Some may attribute meaningful significance to events based on their personal beliefs, experiences, or cultural background.

For example, someone strongly believing in fate or spirituality may be more inclined to view certain occurrences as signs guiding them in a particular direction.

Whereas, those who lean towards a more rational or scientific perspective may interpret such events as mere coincidences, influenced by random chance or statistical probability.

Ways to approach and navigate the ambiguity between the two concepts

  • Analyze and compare characteristics of each event to identify similarities and differences. Use a journal to collate the details to help identify any patterns and similarities.
  • Consider the context of the experience you had.
  • Ask the Universe for answers to gain deeper understanding

You could look at the ambiguity as an opportunity for growth and learning.

Approach it with curiosity and an open mind…

Here’s a take: Perhaps signs and coincidences are gentle nudges from the universe, reminding us to pay attention to the world around us and stay open to new possibilities.

Whether it’s a timely encounter, a recurring symbol, or a series of events that seem too perfect to be random, embracing the idea that there may be a deeper meaning behind these occurrences can add a sense of magic and wonder to our daily lives.

So, next time you notice a sign or stumble upon a coincidence, take a moment to reflect on its potential significance and see where it might lead you. After all, life is full of surprises waiting to be uncovered.


Jung described synchronicity as a meaningful coincidence. The term ‘meaningful’ indicating it has meaning for you.

A former chair of the University of Missouri-Columbia department of psychiatry, Beitman, covers how to use coincidences as an advantage and increase the number of these.

He provides a test to rate your coincidence sensitivity. He finds people with high sensitivity to coincidences also rate high on intuition. See my article on some fun intuition tests and games. I cover reasons and key ways to improve on this (making space for ‘ah-ha moments’), in my article on developing intuition.

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Hi, I'm Maj. I'm the founder and editor of this site where you'll find articles about trusting your intuition and looking at synchronicities in everyday life. My articles are based on lived experience and what I discover in literature, research, and other's expressions of their experiences.

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