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Following the Signs

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

Recently, I was talking to a friend about a few recent synchronicities that had occurred in our lives. These moments where a litany of variables had to occur at a particular time or particular sequence in order from them to transpire. They made us wonder - do these synchronicities seem to happen more frequently as we become more aware? Or have they been happening all along and we haven’t noticed? And even with those two questions answered, what do synchronicities mean?

Jung defined synchronicity as an “acausal connecting (togetherness) principle,” “meaningful coincidence”, “acausal parallelism” or “meaningful coincidence of two or more events where something other than the probability of chance is involved.” - Carl Jung

Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology, suggested that these synchronicities could serve as a guide on your path to individuation. Individuation was explained as a process that the self is formed through integrating elements of the conscious and unconscious mind. This theory suggests that as we become more intune with our everyday coincidences then we can use them as a source of direction and guidance. Personally, I have learned to view these synchronicities as a message from the universe. It is letting me know, I am on the right path, or going in the right direction. The more often these synchronicities happen, the more aligned I feel to my journey or purpose.

As I began experiencing these moments, the more faith I had in the Universe. I knew there would not be a “bad” decision in my life, because if I chose the wrong path, I would receive a message of confirmation. This faith in the interconnectedness and benevolence of the universe gave me space to be more aware of ALL of the synchronicities in my life, not just the obvious ones. An example of a frequent occurrence is when I’m sitting at home thinking of a friend and then 2 minutes later they call. This example may have happened in the past but I would have shrugged it off as a coincidence. But as these moments continued, I realized they may have more meaning than I could have imagined.

Jung felt synchronicity to be a principle that had explanatory power towards his concepts of archetypes and the collective unconscious. It described a governing dynamic which underlies the whole of human experience and history—social, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. We all have this ability to witness these moments with a new perspective, with wonder and curiosity. To see that we are all connected to one another as we embark on the journey of life.

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