Signs of Synchronicity: Examples

Do you follow your intuition? Are you receiving signs or messages, signs that appear as coincidences. A coincidence with meaning that occurs with no causal link to the correlating event is called synchronicity. Here I look at signs of synchronicity examples.

Synchronicity effects show no causal link between between the two events that are correlated.

Françcois Martin, Giuliana Galli Carminati, Synchronicity, Quantum Mechanics, and Psyche

What Does Coincidence Mean

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the primary meaning of coincidence is “the act or condition of coinciding”.

What About Meaningful Coincidence

Is it a sign or a coincidence? (When too many coincidences is not a coincidence – they must have meaning.)

The great thinker and Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung, first coined the term, synchronicity, in 1930 to describe a meaningful coincidence.1  

About Carl Jung

Jung was interested in the realm of the unconscious with aspects connected to the ‘deeper non-personal dimension’ – the 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 synchronicity, described by Carl Jung:

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.

Carl Jung, Synchronicity An Acausal Connecting Principle

One of my own examples of synchronicity involves a time I was away visiting a friend. 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. Was my father trying to send me a message? Nothing could explain it and I am left wondering about these unexplained coincidences.

Jung noted synchronicity as a phenomenon occurring, above all, in emotional situations, such as death, illness, and accidents 1.

Synchronicity Between People

An example of synchronicity is when two related people, either twins, brother, sisters, or friends, buy the exact same item without having consulted each other beforehand. Otherwise, “the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection” 2.

In terms of how it occurs, mindfulness appears to have a role. The results of a 2014 psychobiophysics study “suggest that mindfulness, when present, can regulate coordination dynamics and increase interpersonal synchronicity” 3.

Interpreting Signs From the Universe

Experiencing multiple coincidences may seem like you are getting strong signs from the universe; like it’s definitely trying to tell you something.

An example might be where the same number pops up again and again.

There was a time when the last three digits of my car number plate, my work 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.

Some coincidences are more unlikely than others.

I have a friend whose mother, wife, and daughter all share the same birthday. If you believe in explaining coincidences using the Law of Numbers, in this case, the odds are 1-in-133 224 (according to sources). Compare this to a 1-in-3000 chance of being struck by lighting in your lifetime. 

Is it coincidence or is it fate? Certainly not random occurences.

Signs from the universe or coincidence?

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’ suggests it is a sign, or at least something that has meaning for you.

Bernard D Beitman, MD, says:

…the meaning depends on the beliefs of the person involved.

Psychology Today, July 6, 2016

Some see synchronicity signs from the universe. Others discount such occurrences as random events with logical explanations. People 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

Final Thoughts

It’s really up to you. Opening your channels to intuitive thinking and accepting synchronicity as signs means loosening restrictions of prejudice, perhaps.

What are some weird coincidences you have experienced?

Interested to hear in the comments below. Have you experienced strong signs from the universe?

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  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. 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.

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