Have you ever had a weird experience – signs, recurring names or numbers, coincidences that you think about till you’re going crazy? Such a coincidence (with meaning) that occurs with no causal link to the correlating event ...
This article covers synchronicity examples, signs you might find intriguing, like your own, perhaps. It includes real life experiences...
Table of Contents
- Carl Jung’s Synchronicity Example
- The Right Place At The Right Time
- Personal Story of Synchronicity
- Synchronicity And Love Connections
- Inter Personal Signs of Synchronized Thought
- Interpreting Signs From The Universe Or Coincidence
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 Jung was interested in the realm of the unconscious with aspects connected to the ‘deeper non-personal dimension’ – the collective unconscious.
What does synchronicity mean? 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
Carl Jung’s example of Synchronicity
- “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 synchronicity symbol to Jung.
The right place at the right time
Experiencing synchronicities can feel like being in “the right place at the right time” in a way that seems almost magical or fated. It’s like the universe is sending you a message or guiding you towards something significant.
When synchronicities occur, you may feel a sense of awe, wonder, and connection to something greater than yourself. It can be both exhilarating and comforting to witness these seemingly random events align in a meaningful way.
A woman told me of her story of synchronicity. She and her husband came from a small country town. She had lived in the ‘bush’ (as she called it) all her life and dreamed of one day living at the coast. In her 60s, she had gone through radiation therapy for breast cancer but was now in the clear.
She described the following as ‘the right place at the right time’.
It was her husband who suggested they relocate because he knew it was her dream. At first she thought it unlikely they would sell and never did much about it. But then this one day she happened to look in Facebook (which she rarely did) and saw a buyer looking for a home just like hers in their little township. What a coincidence!
A contract was drawn up with the buyer offering them several thousand more than the value given by the real estate agent. Not long after, they were at the coast looking to buy. The fourth house they looked at… they both fell in love with and are now living in.
She told me how everyday she wakes up full of gratitude and in amazement that she is living her dream. She is a strong believer in following signs from the ‘Universe’.
Personal Story of Synchronicity
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 the 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 from another dimension?
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 and love connections
I have a male friend whose three primary loves, his mother, his wife, and his 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, 2017 regarding such a case in Canada, as saying: “The probability is very, very low” … “If we fix the date, that date – [for the Canadian case] Sept. 22 – for all of them, the total number of possible birthdays for this group of three people is huge. It’s 365 x 365 x 365.”
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.
Being in the midst of synchronicities can evoke a sense of being on the right path or making the right choices. It can instil a deep sense of trust in the universe and the belief that everything happens for a reason. Meeting a romantic partner can feel like this. But it may not always be what you think it is – See my article on spotting relationship red flags.
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.
The feeling of being in sync with the universe can bring about a state of flow and harmony, where things effortlessly fall into place and opportunities involving people seem to present themselves at just the right moment.
How or Why Synchronicity Happens Between Two 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 form of meditation. My article: Developing the Art of Intuition Through Meditation, covers how such practice opens unconscious channels.
Professor David Hand – Statistician and the Psychiatrist, on Spreaker explains the probability of coincidences.
Independent multiple discoveries
Examples of synchronicity of ideas is seen in multiple discoveries also known as simultaneous inventions, which, in Lobowitz et al words ” is the hypothesis that most scientific discoveries and inventions are made independently and more or less simultaneously by multiple scientists and inventors.”
Interpreting Signs From the Universe
Is synchronicity a sign from the universe?
Experiencing multiple coincidences in your path – increased synchronicities – may seem like strong signs from the universe; like it’s definitely trying to get you to pay attention to something.
Repeated Signs and synchronicities
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.
Could we consider these experiences along the lines of highly developed intuition and also Jung’s idea of a collective unconscious?
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, possibly 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?
- 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.