by Mateo Sol
subjective and objective world.
You keep seeing the same repeated numbers, colors, words, or images
all the time. What's happening?
Are you going crazy?
Thankfully, the answer is no. You're not going crazy. You're
actually experiencing a phenomenon called
Synchronicity is a term originally coined by psychologist
Carl Jung that refers to the
meaningful (or even miraculous) coincidences that occur in your
When you experience
synchronicity you'll have experiences that seem far too significant
to be mere day-to-day serendipitous encounters. Synchronicity can
manifest in an endless number of forms.
Popular types including,
What is the Purpose of Synchronicity?
A growing number of people believe that synchronicity is like a
powerful 'wink' from the Universe telling us that yes, we're
on the right track.
Synchronicity is also
believed to be a form of guidance from the Higher Self; a
way of showing you where to go and what to do next in your life.
Common Forms of
Synchronicity is different for everyone - it's as unique as
people's needs and desires. But there does seem to be a few
common 'categories' of synchronicity out there.
I'll touch on them
repeated numbers (such as 11 11)
about something, then having it happen
Being in the
right place at the right time
about people/animals/places, then seeing them repeatedly
in real life
repeated symbols (such as the infinity sign, the
triangle, the tree of life, etc.)
Between Serendipity and Synchronicity
Serendipity is when something good accidentally happens.
we may need cash to pay for unexpected vet bills and find
some in our jacket pocket that we've just put on.
Synchronicity, on the
other hand, is not just a single experience of good fortune.
Synchronicity is a string of events that seem to be highly symbolic
and meaningful in nature.
If serendipity is like
the bread crumb, synchronicity is the trail that leads us toward a
Many people see
synchronicity as a lesson, affirmation, or message from Life.
One example of
synchronicity is hearing the same name over and over again (in
books, on TV, on number plates, in dreams) and later discovering
that the name is suburb where you finally find your dream home.
Here are some examples of synchronicity:
couple of strangers talk about something that is of great
significance to your own life
of your favorite TV shows that all somehow have the same
Getting the exact
message you need the most at the exact right time (e.g. if
you're going through a divorce, depression, betrayal, major
life change, etc.)
Meeting the exact
right person at the exact right time (e.g. a partner,
friend, teacher, etc.)
Seeing the same
symbols or images repeated everywhere (e.g. in magazines, on
commercials, on buildings, on tattoos)
Glancing at the
clock the exact same time of the day for many days on end
(and seeing 11:11, 14:14, 23:23, 2:22, etc.)
that seem to lead you somewhere special (e.g. your ideal
job, home, relationship)
Hearing the same
song repeated many times in unusual circumstances
alignments of birth dates between friends, partners, etc.
How many of these
experiences can you relate to?
From Skeptics to
What exactly is synchronicity?
Let's examine some
popular world views:
synchronicity is a manifestation of Brahman or the
fundamental connection of all living things within the
Economists would classify synchronicity as a form of
confirmation bias. For example, if you're told to look for
yellow cars, you'll start seeing a lot more of them than you
initially thought existed
attribute synchronicity to the "non-local" mind (or
Apophenia or the practice
of seeing connections and patterns in random and/or
spiritual folks believe synchronicity is a sign from their
Higher Self or
(particularly those who follow Jungian theories) believe
synchronicity comes from the unconscious mind and collective
Whatever causes it,
synchronicity is far too common and too intriguing an experience to
overlook or quickly dismiss and forget about.
As the author of
You Are Not So Smart, David
Just remember that
meaning comes only from within.
The only person who can
understand why a synchronous experience occurs and what it means
Common explanations for the origins of synchronicity include the
unconscious mind - We get warning messages in our
dreams, so why can't we get them in waking life as well? Our
unconscious mind influences a lot of our behavior, and at
the same time, can also communicate with us. Signs and omens
(or instances of synchronicity) are the unconscious mind's
way of guiding us.
energy - As everything consists of tiny vibrating atoms
(aka, energy), synchronicity could also be a manifestation
of global/environmental harmony, where the frequencies and
vibrations of the moment sync together in perfect
equilibrium (or Oneness) producing such uncanny experiences.
attraction - This theory states that good and bad events
in life are caused by your thoughts and feelings. Thus "like
attracts like," which possibly explains why synchronicity
abilities - Synchronicity is also thought to be a
manifestation of psychic abilities where, for example, we
intuit that a certain person will call us or significant
event will befall us, and it does.
Here is an illustration from my own life of synchronicity:
For some reason, the
number 9 has been extremely significant in my life.
When I need
confirmation of anything, paying attention to number 9 is one of
the most obvious places to look for me.
I was born on the 19th,
my partner was born on the 9th, my mother was born on
the 29th, my uncle was born on the 29th,
my brother is born in the 9th month of the year, and
both myself and my partner share number 9 as our favorite
What are the
How to Welcome
More Synchronicity into Your Life
When you remain
connected to the Divine, She will speak to you - in patterns and
connections, signs and synchronicities, and all sorts of gifts.
When magic rises to
the surface of your awareness, and your life, you know you're
blessed. It makes life a wild adventure.
It's also a source of
incredible strength, coming to you when you most need it...
Have you ever thought
that perhaps the synchronicity in your life right now is a message
Whether you're a skeptic or not, I encourage you to take action and
see where you're led.
Welcoming synchronicity into your life is simple. Here are some
basic practices and mindset shifts to adopt:
Be mindful and
aware - Practice alertness and pay attention to the
Be open and
receptive - Maintain an open-minded outlook towards
synchronicity. This will enhance your receptibility towards
- Sometimes what you desire or think is best for yourself is
not. Learn to have a very loose hold on your desires. In
this way, you won't be imposing yourself on Life, but you
will allow Life to impose itself on you (in the form of
- Trust that synchronicity will appear in your life and when
it does, trust your intuition and follow the paths presented
ahead of you. When you learn to trust yourself, you also
learn to trust Life.
instincts - Listen to what your gut instinct is telling
you - your unconscious mind is vast, limitless, and
extremely wise. Doors are being opened for us all the time,
and when we listen to our instincts, we can actively see
tools/practices you might like to use to increase the synchronicity
in your life include:
mentally or verbally express your desire to receive
synchronicity (you don't have to be religious to pray
- you can pray to whatever you believe in).
sigils are intention-infused symbols that are used to
communicate to your unconscious mind - they can be used to
increase the synchronicity in your life.
So you've had an increase in synchronicity lately. You might be
wondering what it means and how you can correctly interpret it.
By learning how to correctly interpret the signs and omens that
appear in your life, you'll be able to know when you're on the right
path, when you're making the wisest choices, and when you're living
aligned with your deepest needs and values.
Sometimes synchronicity heralds new doors (or opportunities) that
may open in your life.
synchronicity is simply trying to teach you a lesson, for instance,
to stop pursuing the relationship/job that you've set your heart on
because it won't work out.
Here are some of the most accurate ways to interpret synchronicity:
Meditate and go
"what does this synchronicity mean?"
Wait for images,
feeling or words to enter your mind. If you still feel
doubtful, repeat the same practice three times and see what
answer you get.
Tune into your
Your body is a
repository of wisdom and will tell you the truth no matter
what your mind tries to make you believe.
When you think
you know what the synchronicity means, tune into your body.
Do you get any goosebumps, shivers, or feelings of expansion
as though an inner lightbulb has gone off? If this is the
case, you've likely found the right explanation.
If, on the other
hand, your body doesn't experience any notable changes, you
probably haven't found the right answer.
Use a pendulum
is a powerful way of getting a direct answer from your
Simply get a
pendulum (or a make-shift one) and ask it a question that
demands a "yes/no" answer. For example, you may like to ask,
"does this synchronicity mean that this relationship is
right for me?"
One easy way to
interpret the synchronicity in your life is to find patterns
in your behavior.
What issues or
questions have been emerging a lot in your life at the
moment? What has been the biggest source of
anxiety/frustration you've been dealing with?
often arises when we need answers and solutions.
Find the patterns
and relate them back to your synchronicity.
synchronicity is symbolic in nature (e.g. the black dog you
keep seeing in your dreams and waking life that symbolizes
negativity/bad choices, the repetitive number "1" which
symbolizes "being number one").
Is there any
symbolic aspect present in your synchronicity? If so, what
does it mean to you? Yes, you can consult a symbol
dictionary or look up the meanings online.
But remember, the
most important meaning is the one you create and believe in.
Use oracle and
psychologist Carl Jung once commented on the Chinese
divination method of I Ching:
Thanks to the
I Ching, Jung developed his
theory which he coined 'synchronicity.'
I'm sure if Jung
was alive today he would believe the same about oracle and
tarot cards - which, in my opinion - are much more
One of the
easiest ways of interpreting synchronicity is to consult an
oracle or tarot deck. You can read intuitively (which is
largely what I do) and pay attention to what feelings emerge
within you. You can pick up affordable decks online such as
Vintage Wisdom Oracle.
cards it's always best to ground and center yourself,
preferably through a meditation.
Then, shuffle the
cards and stop when you intuitively feel the need to pause.
Pull the card from the top of the deck and turn it over.
Pay attention to
the feelings you get from the image - is it positive and
welcoming or unfriendly and negative? Depending on what type
of card you receive you'll have your answer.
You can also use
tarot and oracle cards for far more than simple "yes/no"
answers - they can help to reveal the very core meaning of
the synchronicity you're experiencing.
Listen to your
reveal a lot about the synchronicity occurring in your life
- they are the language of the unconscious mind.
You can either
try to passively analyze your dreams or actively trying to
"incubate" (or create) dreams that help to answer your
To practice dream
incubation, think about the synchronicity that has been
happening in your life lately about half an hour before bed.
Write down your
question or draw a picture that symbolizes your
synchronicity and put it under your pillow. This will help
to prime your unconscious and prepare it to give you answers
during your dreams. Upon first waking in the morning, record
your dreams in a journal.
Do this for one
week and see what patterns emerge.
Try one of the above
techniques that you're drawn to - if you try too many you may get
So it's best to keep it
and beautiful occurrences
spontaneously happen in life.
They can help to
guide you and open your eyes
potentials you didn't know existed.