by Amy L. Lansky
July 04, 2015
You're sitting in a café or standing in line at the supermarket, and suddenly you meet a complete stranger who, for some inexplicable reason, seems like an old friend. You are on the same "wavelength." Your energies mesh, and afterward, you walk away feeling invigorated and optimistic - perhaps even younger!
That's the power of similar
Entering into a collective experience
with others often seems to magnify its effects, because everybody is
literally "vibrating" in the same way. Just as two violins playing
the same note create a resonance that reinforces and amplifies the
sound, the effect of two or more people getting onto the "same
wavelength" can create an enhanced experience that exceeds the sum
of its parts.
Both medical studies and practical
experience have shown that when patients attend support-group
meetings with others who have similar health problems, their
collective energy provides a stimulus that enables change and
healing to occur.
For example, researchers have found that not only can humans use intention to influence the behavior of otherwise randomly-behaving machines, but that connected couples working together - that is, people "on the same wavelength" - have the ability to exert even greater influence. 
Taking a lead from these results, researchers Dean Radin and Roger Nelson of Princeton placed random-output devices at a variety of intense community venues: music concerts, sporting events, and even Burning Man gatherings in Nevada.
The results were significant and nothing
short of mind-boggling. As the researchers predicted, the machines
did indeed deviate from their otherwise normal random behavior in
the presence of these collective "high vibe" events. [2, 3]
One series of studies on the effects of
transcendental meditation, for example, found that if enough
meditators work together and focus their intentions on a specific
goal, they can achieve some pretty amazing things - for instance,
lower the amount of violent crime in a city for extended periods of
His first striking encounter with a "meaningful coincidence" of this kind occurred when one of his patients was describing her dream about a golden scarab beetle.
Suddenly, Jung heard a rapping on the window.
When he opened it, a rose chafer beetle - the insect most similar to a scarab in Jung's region - flew into the room.
Jung quickly put two and two together.
He realized that the mythological meaning of the scarab - an
ancient Egyptian symbol for rebirth - was highly pertinent to his
patient's problems, and that the recounting of her dream was the
reason why the insect had appeared in waking life.
Each field of meaning has a particular vibration to it, and objects, individuals, emotions, symbols, dreams, and events that share this vibration may resonate with one another and then, as a result, co-occur in time and space. If so, this may be what causes a synchronicity.
In other words, in addition to simple
cause and effect ("A causes B causes C"), synchronicity may be
another fundamental mechanism that determines how our reality
Here are two pretty amazing examples
from my own life.
Sheldrake proposed the concept of morphic resonance as a way for similar or related things, such as members of the same species or emotionally connected individuals, to communicate with one another.
He then used his theory to explain a variety of otherwise unexplained phenomena - for example, how animals have been able to evolve similarly on very distant parts of the planet, even when no physical contact between populations was possible. 
After a day of reading and writing about Sheldrake's ideas, I was greeted by my husband returning home from his job at a computer research laboratory in Silicon Valley.
In fact, Sheldrake's talk was poorly attended. It just so happened that one of the lab's researchers had met Sheldrake in Scotland and had invited him to speak the next time he was in our area. Before I could even finish writing about Rupert Sheldrake, I was sitting and having lunch with him.
Coincidence? Or synchronicity?
In 2013, we decided to drive cross-country from California to Canada for the first time, and we brought along our iPod filled with many thousands of songs to serve as our musical accompaniment. Over the course of our trek, we drove 5,000 miles meandering through the northern states of the USA on our way to Canada.
At the end of the summer, we headed
south to my hometown of Buffalo, New York, to visit with family and
friends before flying home to California.
I was happy to come back home. And just as we were beginning to see road signs indicating that the Peace Bridge was near, our iPod started playing a song that we had not heard all summer.
First we heard the introductory bars of music, and then Ray Charles began singing:
As the song continued, I marveled at this amazing "coincidence."
I felt blessed, transfixed, delighted,
charmed. And sure enough, just at the very moment when we hit the
center of the bridge where three flags fly - first the Canadian
maple leaf, followed by an international flag, and then the American
stars and stripes - Ray's voice reached the climax of America the
Beautiful: "From sea to shining sea!" Wow...
Instead, we are all
active co-creators, and not
just in obvious ways. Our individual states of being, and especially
our collective states of being, affect everything and everyone
around us - indeed, how reality itself unfolds.
In fact, some spiritual teachers stress
that an increase in synchronicities can be a sign that one is on the
right path. Knowing this, I was even more thrilled when Ray
Charles's voice heralded my return to America.
They really do have an effect, perhaps
even greater than you realize...