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Signs of Synchronicity: Examples in Life

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.

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Synchronicity of numbers seems a common experience for some

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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 Quotes

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.

Carl Jung defined concepts of the persona, the ego, and the self as archetypes of psyche

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.

Personal Signs

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, 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.

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 form of meditation. My article: Developing the Art of Intuition Through Meditation, covers how such practice opens unconscious channels.

Listen to “CCBB: Professor David Hand – Statistician and the Psychiatrist” on Spreaker explaining 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.


Further Reading

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.

The Gift: Extraordinary Experiences By Ordinary People. A book about people's extraordinary experiences, ESP
Check out The Gift at Amazon — See details

Feather names these experiences ESP (extra sensory perception), a title popular in previous decades. Could we consider these experiences along the lines of highly developed intuition and also Jung’s idea of a collective unconscious?

Final Thoughts

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?

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References

  1. Jung, C. W., 1960. Synchronicity An Acausal Connecting Principle. Princeton University Press.
  2. Martin F., Carminati G.G. (2009) Synchronicity, Quantum Mechanics, and Psyche. In: Atmanspacher H., Primas H. (eds) Recasting Reality. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
  3. Beitman, B. 2016. Connecting With Coincidence – The New Science For Using Synchronicity and Serendipity in Your Life. Health Communications Inc. Florida.
  4. Anon. 2005. Facts About Lightning. National Geography. Accessed Sep 18, 2019.
  5. 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.

6 thoughts on “Signs of Synchronicity: Examples in Life”

  1. There was a time a few years ago when I became close to a man. That man gave me a very obscure and unique nickname. He was not available for a relationship at that time and our closeness confused him. He took a small vacation to a different country to think things through. It was before a major election and everywhere he looked there were signs encouraging people to vote for this politician who’s last name just happened to be the same as the very unique and obscure nickname he had given me. He brought some of those signs home and gave one to me. We were both amazed. It seemed like a synchronicity, but it wasn’t the right time for us and everything unraveled shortly after that. I still think about those signs though.

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    • Hi Melissa, It seemed as if you had an external validation of a meaningful connection between the two of you, however long it lasted or for whatever reason. It is always intriguing. Coincidences offer possibilities but not certainties for life (according to Bernard Beitman, author of ‘Connecting with Coincidence’). Perhaps, the two of you during that time were resonating on the same frequency in what Jung proposed was the ‘collective unconscious’. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  2. Interesting article but would be better if the statistics were presented more accurately.

    The italicized paragraph on Prof. Anton’s calculation of the probability of three people (selected at random) sharing the same specific birthday (1/365 to the third power, or about 1 in 48 million) is accurate.

    The phrasing in the preceding paragraph refers to a shared birthday among three people, not a specific birthday. In this case, since the first person obviously has some birthday, the probability becomes that of the next two people selected at random having that same birthday, which is 1/365 to the second power, or about 1 in 133,000.

    Also, there is no such thing as the Law of Numbers. There is a Law of Large Numbers, but it refers to an entirely different concept than the one described in these paragraphs.

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    • Hi Harry, My story refers to 3 members of a family having the same specific birthday, the same as the three generations referred to in the reports corresponding to the probability given by the statistician, Anton. I used the figures reported by statisticians to be close to accurate in this respect (as much as probabilities can be). Hopefully, you’ll find the rephrasing in the preceding paragraph represents this and addresses your concern. Re the ‘Law of Numbers’, this admittedly was used loosely here and not pertaining to the field of mathematics. Such a term exists, however, defined by an early philosopher (Renouvier), but since the connection is not clear, I’ve decided to replace the phrase altogether. Thank you for your welcomed input.

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  3. I think if we know how to read synchronicities they can come in handy, and maybe even act as a reminder, or encourage us to do things as opposed to just wondering what if. I’ve had several meaningful coincidences. one time I shared a song with a group of friends and one of them liked it so much she looked up for covers of that song. Long story short, she casually ended up meeting two musicians who’ve made a cover of the song. That’s a very special memory. I think she’d still have met the musicians, but she wouldn’t have had a funny story to tell. The world is a small place.

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