Pay attention, there is gold in them there hills
“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic – the inexplicable connectedness we sometime experience with places, people, works of art and the like, the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we are alone.” Charles de Lint
The concept of “synchronicities” was popularised by Carl Jung in the first part of the 20th century. As a definition, a synchronicity is the acausal connection of two or more psychic and physical phenomena. It is in essence a connection between your deepest feelings and experiences with a physical event or occurrence in the external world.
Today, synchronicities are probably more synonymous with spirituality than psychology. However, whether you are coming from a theist or an nihilist perspective is irrelevant, the concept of synchronicities applies equally.
For the spiritual person, synchronicities can be messages from guides, the universe, God, angels, etc. While, for those how do not believe in any higher power, synchronicities are psychological triggers as to what one holds in one’s subconscious. Synchronicities can be explained using the Reticular Activating System, the internal body clock, the neuropathways, and the various centres and rewards systems in your brain. Essentially, what draws your focus has a match in your subconscious and requires your attention. At any rate, they aren’t mere coincidences and you ignore them at your own peril.
Irrespective of one’s belief system, when we resonate with a synchronicity, it is important to observe the experience and pay attention to one’s intuition to understand what is being conveyed to us. If you look up synchronicities on the internet you are bound to find all sorts of interpretations to various common synchronicities; such as angel numbers, power animals, feathers, etc. Freud himself had a system of interpretations of dreams, even though they mostly lead back to that you were in love with your mother. I have found, however, that, because of our unique make up, one cannot determine what a synchronicity means to any one person by a system. Sure, all things hold various vibrations and frequencies, but when they resonate with you, they take on a unique character and meaning. I am a proponent of interpreting the meaning of synchronicities from the perspective of the individual, not from a system. My advice is, listen to your intuition and take the meaning you look up in the many sources out there with a pinch of salt.
Start to pay attention and question everything. Once you ask the question, your mind is compelled to give you an answer, but you have to make the first move.
Also published on Medium.