For me, synchronicity is the universal helping hand – an inherit part of our intuitive resources that links us directly to the spiritual universe of cyclical giving and receiving information precisely when we need it. When we’re connected with synchronicity, we respond to it and use it. If we aren’t, we don’t see the gift and lose the opportunity.
Most people slough synchronicity off as some strange coincidence that doesn’t match up with the logical mind, minimizing its power and denying the presence of an intangible mysterious force that moves within the physical world – it doesn’t complement our mechanically technical mode of living. We’ve taken the word coincidence to mean the denial of separate, yet related spiritual/physical events that occur all the time.
Many of us think of ourselves as separate from everything, thinking the only reality is our physical world. Fortunately, this is simply not true except in the minds of those who choose to live that way. We are co-creators of our realities, after all… We do live within the limits of our belief systems. And that is everyone’s choice.
The term synchronicity and its underlying concept was first described, deeply explored, and written about by Carl Jung, a Swiss psychologist who also pioneered the integration of metaphysics within the study of psychology. “Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance and that are observed to occur together in a meaningful manner” he stated.
I view synchronicity as a form of universal harmonic grace – a powerful alliance we can all connect with. And it’s a mystery I can’t completely define, thank goodness, because that would render this awesome phenomenon to fenced-in boundaries and laboratory test tubes. I do know that I’m an active, meaningful, creative, and communicating part of it.
Every time I discover another synchronicity in my life, it never loses its ability to both delight and surprise me. Its impact never grows old. It’s always life affirming and reminds me that in fact, we are never alone.
I’ve come to realize that while we’re thinking, feeling, wishing for and dreaming, and communicating and creating, the Universe is listening! By that I mean a non-judgmental universal energy where like attracts like, where positive thought energy that we affirm and create brings the same right back again into our lives as does negative draws negative energies as well.
The License Plate
One of my favorite synchronicity stories is a simple one. It was the presence of love that gave it meaning. In 1993, my friend and traveling buddy, Carlos and I, had taken a late summer road trip from Denver, Colorado to Sedona, Arizona. When we arrived in Sedona, I began recounting happy memories aloud to Carlos of the places I used to go as a young girl with my family who then lived in Phoenix. I described the picnics we’d have in Oak Creek Canyon by the river and how my maternal grandparents, Nan (grandmother) and Tat (grandfather), would bring little cucumber and butter sandwiches along with the fried chicken and potato salad. I described how Sedona was a quaint place with one downtown street where we’d stop to buy cold sodas in the only family owned grocery market at that time.
After Carlos and I had spent half a day climbing Bell Rock, we headed off to the market on Sedona’s main street to refresh ourselves with a cold drink. Having parked close to the old store, it would be only a few steps to the entrance. Childhood memories came alive again as I re-lived looking for an ice cold grape soda. Without knowing why, I looked to my left at a car parked in front of the market, and I saw a license plate that said “Nan & Tat.”
I stood there dumbfounded, momentarily frozen in place. Then joy overcame me as I pointed out the license plate to Carlos. I had no idea what type of car it was. It was the license plate I was supposed to see, and so I saw it as a hello and that I had been heard that day – a greeting from my Nan and Tat on the Other Side. They have a sly sense of humor. The fact that Carlos experienced the synchronicity with me made it even more special.
Albert Einstein described an aspect of synchronicity in his no nonsense style: “The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or whatever you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.”
A California Apartment
In the summer of 2005, I was at the threshold of years of both holistic and western medicine treatment having been finally diagnosed with Lyme disease. My independent single life in New Mexico would go in a direction I had yet to comprehend. I did know that I would have to depend upon someone for help and decisions had to be made. By that time I was mainly bed bound and couldn’t walk.
One night I dreamt of seeing a group of quaint cottage like apartments. Each apartment had two big front windows and a trimmed green leafy hedge in the front beneath each window. There was a lovely grass courtyard. I felt good about the place. It felt familiar to me. When I awoke the next morning, I wrote the dream in my journal. I was curious about the strong feeling and couldn’t recall seeing the apartments before, wondering if it was important for future reference. The vision somehow gave me hope.
By the last half of 2007 I’d been living in a nursing home facility for two years in a remote area of central Utah called Ferron. I’d survived and was planning my escape for 2008. I wanted to live on the central coast of California and began looking for housing on the Internet.
I found an organization that owned housing along the central coast and began to search through the towns. There were colorful photos and descriptions of the condos and apartments. I browsed through the towns and stopped when I saw the picture of the cottage apartments that I had seen in my 2005 dream. I’m sure my eyes were bulging and my mouth was agape.
Having filled out three applications for different locations, the offer I received was for the apartments in my dream. I accepted and moved to California on May 17, 2008. The positive feeling I had in the dream is the feeling I’ve had since I moved in.
My life experiences have taught me that the Universe – the Divine – whatever we wish to call It, completely supports our needs. Not ALL our ego wants and desires, but surely our deepest heart’s desires connected to living our lives according to our true identity, and our talents and abilities in creating the most joyfully harmonious life we can co-create and share with others.
Author, storyteller, musician and writer of the syndicated weekly column, Free Will Astrology, Rob Breznsy expresses his optimistic view about synchronicity: “Factual information alone isn’t sufficient enough to guide you through life’s labyrinthine tests. You need and deserve regular deliveries of uncanny revelation. One of your inalienable rights as a human being should therefore be to receive a mysteriously useful omen every day of your life.”
How do we connect with synchronicity in our daily lives?
Begin to believe! Ask for signs. Journal important dreams. Become aware. Symbols are everywhere. Look for them – not obsessively, but just naturally be open. Then see how the Universe flows in the most amazing ways. There will be stories to tell…
Live in beauty and be well – Triza Schultz
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