Do you ever wake up in the morning after having an incredibly vivid dream, only to have it become a reality a short time later? The real life event may take place hours to months after the dream, but it rocks your consciousness with a surge of energy and you know that you have thought and dreamed about this thing before.
What about when you are just all alone and you begin to think about a friend of yours that you haven’t seen in a while, and then later that day you get a text/call from them?
These serendipitous events cause for excitement and awe in our lives that really make you question the bigger universal picture of things. Some times it can be as simple as my friend passionately speaking to me about a new car he just bought, and then I later see this model of car all around town for the week following the conversation. Other times I might be dwelling on a thought or idea and then every day I come across something that is directly related to or connected to my precious thought or goal. Carl Jung labeled this concept Synchronicity and for 20 years he studied, and elaborated on the theory with friend and colleague Wolfgang Pauli before publishing his revelations in a book.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, Synchronicity can be defined as, “the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality —used especially in the psychology of C. G. Jung.” This definition leaves me to believe that these types of events must happen in all of our lives. Potentially these thoughts and experiences could be introspectively studied on a personal basis to help one know themselves in more detail. It has been thought that people experiencing Synchronicity have a tendency to be going through personal growth at the time of an event.
1] The classic example comes from the memoirs of Emile Deschamps. In 1805 he was treated to a dish of plum pudding by a stranger named M. de Fortgibu. Years later, at the end of a very fine dinner at a Paris restaurant, Deschamps ordered a cup of plum pudding only to discover that the last of it had just been served to the same M. De Fortgibu. Finally, in 1832, Deschamps was served a plum pudding at the house of a friend, he began telling the story of his mysterious coincidences around the dessert only to be interrupted by the entrance of one M. De Fortgibu.
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2] To illustrate what he meant by the word synchronicity, Jung brings up an experience he shared with a patient of his. This particular patient was very caught in her head, and the analysis was seemingly going nowhere. She was stuck, trapped in the self-created prison of her own mind.
Jung realized there was nothing he could do. In Jung’s words, “I had to confine myself to the hope that something unexpected and irrational would turn up, something that would burst the intellectual retort in which she had sealed herself.” She had an impressive dream the night before, in which someone offered her a golden scarab – a valuable piece of jewelry. At the moment she was telling Jung the dream, there was a tapping on the office window. Jung opened up the window and a scarabaeid beetle, whose gold-green color closely resembles that of a golden scarab, flew into the room. Jung caught the beetle in his hand, handed it to her and said “Here is your scarab.”
The shock of recognition in the synchronistic moment, in which Jung’s patient realized her dream of the previous night was being both literally and symbolically enacted in her waking life, pierced through her resistance and cracked her defensive shell wide open. At the moment of synchronistic transmission, a fundamental shift in perception took place within her which inwardly transformed her and made her receptive in a new way. From that point on, Jung commented, “The treatment could now be continued with satisfactory results.”
Personally I would love to think that I have power in creating these events with precision in my life, but I have yet to dial in the power yet! A thought did come to me that I could use a daily journal more regularly and that would allow me to see if there is stronger correlation between synchronicity and personal growth in my life.
These ‘God moments’ really cause a drastic shift in our perspectives in the moment, and we start questioning the causality of it all. It really leaves one to start peering down the rabbit hole of cause and effect. Do we have more of a role to play in the event, or is there something quantum based evolving for the experience to take place?
What do you think happens during a moment of synchronicity?