Have you ever had a weird experience – signs, recurring names or numbers, coincidences that you think about til you’re going crazy? Such a coincidence (with meaning) that occurs with no causal link to the correlating event is a thing called synchronicity, a known and also interesting phenomenon. This article covers some signs of synchronicity examples you might find intriguing, like your own, perhaps.
Table of Contents
- What Does Coincidence Mean?
- Meaning of Synchronicity
- About Carl Jung And Synchronicity
- Synchronicity Signs and Symbols
- Synchronicity Between People
- Interpreting Signs From The Universe Or Coincidence
What Does Coincidence Mean?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the primary meaning of coincidence is “the act or condition of coinciding”, that is, occurring at the same time.
Meaning of Synchronicity
Here’s how you might think about synchronicity when it happens: Was that a sign or purely a coincidence without meaning? There are too many coincidences, does this have some sort of meaning?
The great thinker and Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung, first coined the term, synchronicity, in 1930 to describe a meaningful coincidence.1
What does synchronicity mean? In this article, a meaningful coincidence, as coined by Jung, defines synchronicity. It’s about coincidences with no causal link to the correlating event and which are meaningful to you, the person involved.
Synchronicity effects show no causal link between the two events that are correlated.
Martin & Carminati 2
Expecting the unexpected makes coincidence a regular part of daily life.
Bernard Beitman 3
About Carl Jung
Bernard Beitman, Author of Connecting with Coincidence, explains how Carl Jung “lived his life with continuing attending to possible coincidental events that could help shape his decision making”. 3
Jung was interested in the realm of the unconscious with aspects connected to the ‘deeper non-personal dimension’ – the collective unconscious.
In his view, the occurrence of synchronicities supported the existence of this collective unconscious.
Synchronicity Signs and Symbols
An example of a synchronicity symbol, described by Carl Jung 1:
- “A young woman I was treating had, at a critical moment, a dream in which she was given a
golden scarab. While she was telling me this dream I sat with my back to the closed window. Suddenly I heard a noise behind me, like a gentle tapping. I turned round and saw a flying insect knocking against the window-pane from outside.”
Apparently, this young woman Jung was treating in psychotherapy was highly educated and “rational”. The scarab appeared at the window and was a symbol to Jung that what she was saying was meaningful to him.
One of my own life examples of synchronicity involves a time I was away visiting a friend, when one morning I found my watch had stopped. It was not long after that I received shocking news of my father’s passing. The timing seemed to correlate with the stopping of my watch.
I returned home, soon after, to find all the clocks in my house had stopped, though at different times. Nothing could explain it and I am left wondering about these unexplained coincidences. Was my father trying to send me a message?
Jung noted synchronicity as a phenomenon occurring, above all, during emotional situations 1, such as death, illness, and accidents.
Finding love is also an emotional situation and perhaps the reason for love synchronicity signs.
Synchronicity Between People
Regarding synchronicity and love connections: I have a male friend whose three primary loves, his mother, wife, and first-born daughter all share a specific birthday.
If you believe in explaining coincidences using probability, the odds of three generations sharing the same birthday are 1-in-48 million (one in 365 x 365 x 365), according to Statistician Cristina Anton.
Compare this to a 1-in-3000 chance of being struck by lightning in your lifetime. 4
Anton is quoted in the Global News of September 25,
Cristina Anton, a mathematics and statistics professor at MacEwan University, said the likelihood of three people sharing a specific birthday is about one in 48 million.
Kim Smith, Global News
A 2018 report of a similar coincidence in the UK with three generations born on the same fixed day (June 30) also mentions the probability of one in 48 million, this time from bookmakers, Ladbrokes.
Some coincidences are more unlikely than others and people wonder about destiny meanings.
Is it coincidence or is it fate? Certainly the birthday connections here seem more than random occurrences.
Inter Personal Signs of Synchronized Thought
Another example of synchronicity with another person is when two related people, either twins, brother, sisters, or friends, buy the exact same item without having consulted each other beforehand.
This is “the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection” 2.
How or Why Synchronicity Happens Between People
The results of a 2014 psychobiophysics study “suggest that mindfulness, when present, can regulate coordination dynamics and increase interpersonal synchronicity” 5.
Mindfulness is a
Professor David Hand – Statistician and the Psychiatrist, on Spreaker explains the probability of coincidences.
Interpreting Signs From the Universe
Experiencing multiple coincidences in your path may seem like you are getting strong signs from the universe; like it’s definitely trying to get you to pay attention to something.
An example might be where you read the same ‘key’ words or phrases in unconnected articles or where the same number or name pops up again and again. Another is where something happens at the right time indicating you are on the right track.
What is synchronicity trying to tell me?
There was a time, years ago, when the last three digits of my car number plate, my work phone extension, and my home phone number all matched. I hadn’t noticed it until a friend pointed it out to me and to this day I have no idea what these coincidences meant – more of those unexplained coincidences.
I’ve had numerous occasions in my life where certain numbers pop up that seem more than just random occurrences.
Signs from the universe or Pure coincidences?
You could ask: are coincidences signs? And if so, what do they mean? Often, the answer is obscure (like my examples above).
Jung described synchronicity as a meaningful coincidence. The term ‘meaningful’ indicating it has meaning for you.
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.
A former chair of the University of Missouri-Columbia department of psychiatry, Beitman, covers how to use coincidences and even how to increase the number of these.
He concludes with a test to rate your coincidence sensitivity. People with high sensitivity are ‘coinciders’ and they 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.
If you find this topic fascinating, the following book may interest you.
Psychologist Sally Rhine Feather with Michael Schmicker, in The Gift, cover examples of extraordinary experiences of people receiving ‘message’ or ‘signs’, guiding them in pursuit of their desires. Some relate to love, others to work/life decisions.
Feather names these experiences ESP (extra sensory perception), a title popular in previous decades. Could we consider these experiences
Some see meaningful coincidences as synchronicity signs from the universe. Others discount such occurrences as random events with logical explanations. In reading this, consider that people often resist ideas that break their established belief system.
When Galileo discovered the moons of Jupiter with his telescope he immediately came into head-on collision with the prejudices of his learned contemporaries.
Carl Jung, Synchronicity An Acausal Connecting Principle
My thinking on synchronicity tends to align with that of Bernard D. Beitman in that everyone and everything is connected by an invisible network. And that unobserved “energetic information” is exchanged via this network. Some of us, possible those living intuitively, pick up the signs and signals more so than others.
It’s really up to you. Opening your channels to intuitive thinking and accepting synchronicity as signs means loosening restrictions of prejudice and stilling the noise of logic.
What are some weird coincidences you have experienced?
What has been your most life changing experience of synchronicity?
Interested to hear in the comments below. Have you experienced strong signs from the universe?
You May Also Like…
- Jung, C. W., 1960. Synchronicity An Acausal Connecting Principle. Princeton University Press.
- Martin F., Carminati G.G. (2009) Synchronicity, Quantum Mechanics, and Psyche. In: Atmanspacher H., Primas H. (eds) Recasting Reality. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
- Beitman, B. 2016. Connecting With Coincidence – The New Science For Using Synchronicity and Serendipity in Your Life. Health Communications Inc. Florida.
- Anon. 2005. Facts About Lightning. National Geography. Accessed Sep 18, 2019.
- Haas, Alan S., Langer, Ellen J. Mindful Attraction And Synchronization: Mindfulness and Regulation of Interpersonal Synchronicity. NeuroQuantology, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 1, Feb. 2014. ISSN 1303-5150.