Signs of Synchronicity: Examples in Life

Do you follow your intuition? Are you receiving signs or messages, signs that appear as meaningful 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.

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Synchronicity of numbers seems a common experience for some

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”, that is, occurring at the same time.

What is Synchronicity?

Thinking about synchronicity: Is it a sign or a coincidence? (When too many coincidences is not a coincidence – they must have meaning.) What does synchronicity mean?

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

This is the synchronicity meaning used in this article.

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 Jung1:

  • “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.”

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, such as death, illness, and accidents 1.

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 happen to share the same birthday.

If you believe in explaining coincidences using the Law of Numbers, 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. 

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.

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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” 3.

So, in terms of how it occurs, mindfulness or being in the flow appears to have a role. I write about this in relation to intuition.

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 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’ indicates it has meaning for you.

Bernard D Beitman (2016) in Connecting With Coincidence believes “the responsibility for interpreting coincidences falls with us.”

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.

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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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  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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