Synchronicity – phenomenon or occasional dramatic coincidence?

“Synhronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see.” Carl Gustav Jung

The principle of synchronicity is based on the concept that everything in the universe has some kind of correspondence one to the other.

Does everything happens for a reason, is it meaningful coincidence or a causal parallelism?

Most people look at the world, on many life situations and people around them, as separate entities that exist independently. But is it really so? Are we all connected? Especially with people with whom we have achieved deep connections.

Jung described synchronicity as an “acausal connecting principle”, “meaningful coincidence” and “acausal parallelism”.

There is synchronicity between our desires, thoughts and events

Psychologists have made an experiment with cards and proved the synchronicity – when the examiner randomly pulled out the card and the other person guess which card was in examiners hand. Experiment was repeated several times and proved that the respondents guessed the card.

Theory of synchronicity was first developed by psychologist Carl Gustav Jung

Jung said that things are not just associated in causal relationships, but also are associated on symbolic level. He believed that meaningful coincidences are in the basis of our collective and individual consciousness. Jung was trying to prove that we are connected with collective consciousness. Synchronicity is often perceived as a mysterious experience.

Unusual series of similar events is not coincidence, but a meaningful coincidence.” Carl Jung, believed synchronicity meant more than a coincidence: “Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together.”

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Events that happen which appear at first to be coincidence, but are later found to be causally related are termed as “incoincident”.

In his book Synchronicity (1952), Jung tells the following story as an example of a synchronistic event:

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 the outside. I opened the window and caught the creature in the air as it flew in. It was the nearest analogy to a golden scarab one finds in our latitudes, which, contrary to its usual habits had evidently felt the urge to get into a dark room at this particular moment. I must admit that nothing like it ever happened to me before or since.

Jung’s fascination with physics actually began early in his career as a result of a series of dinners with Albert Einstein between 1909 and 1912. Jung later wrote: “It was Einstein who first started me thinking about a relativity of time as well as space, and their psychic conditionality.

Albert Einstein and Jung in discussion

In discussions with Albert Einstein, Jung believed that there were parallels between synchronicity and aspects of relativity theory and quantum mechanics.  Jung was transfixed by the idea that life was not a series of random events but rather an expression of a deeper order.

This deeper order led to the insights that a person was both embedded in an orderly framework and was the focus of that orderly framework and that the realization of this was more than just an intellectual exercise, but also having elements of a spiritual awakening.  Jung also believed that in a person’s life, synchronicity served a role similar to that of dreams, with the purpose of shifting a person’s egocentric conscious thinking to greater wholeness.

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