Source: Understanding Synchronicity

Synchronicity is the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer.”~Carl Jung

Because our scientific worldview is built on the concept of cause and effect,as a culture we tend to doubt and deny aspects of experience that aren’t measurable and verifiable. So often when events coincide in startling ways, the first words we hear or say are, “Oh, it’s just a coincidence.”

Some people might think of it in terms of the odds. If there is a one-in-a-million chance of that coincidence happening, why make such a big deal of it? After all, somebody has to win the lottery! This point of view has a certain validity: synchronicity is part and parcel of physical laws. It doesn’t defy the natural order of events; it simply raises more questions than can easily be answered by a cause-and-effect equation.

The concept that everything has a concrete cause is so entrenched in our modern Western mentality that it took considerable courage for Carl Jung to take on the subject of synchronicity. He didn’t discuss it in depth until the eighth decade of his life when, as he wrote in his preface to the I Ching, “The changing opinions of men scarcely impress me anymore.”

A dramatic incident clarified his thinking on the matter. He had been looking for some way to break through to a patient who was super-rational, had rigid, stock answers for everything, and therefore was not doing well in therapy. He writes, “I was sitting opposite her one day with my back to the window, listening to her flow of rhetoric. She had an impressive dream the night before, in which someone had given her a golden scarab—a costly piece of jewelry.

While she was still telling me this dream, I heard something behind me gently tapping on the window. I turned around and saw that it was a fairly large flying insect that was knocking against the windowpane from outside in the obvious effort to get into the dark room. This seemed to me very strange. I opened the window immediately and caught the insect in the air as it flew in. It was a scarabaeid beetle, whose gold-green color most nearly resembles that of a golden scarab. I handed the beetle to my patient with the words, ‘Here is your scarab.’ The experience punctured the desired hole in her rationalism and broke the ice of her intellectual resistance.”

On the basis of his work with his patients, Jung said that synchronicity is more likely to occur when we are in a highly charged state of emotional and mental awareness—when, in his words, the “archetypes,” universal images or themes underlying human behavior, are activated.

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” ― Albert Einstein

11 Responses

  1. I have written a small piece for friends and family entitled “IT CAN’T BE THAT SMALL”, CONSCIOUSNESS OR COINCIDENCE”.

    A meager attempt to address this phenom. I was not familiar with Synchonicity at that time. It received mixed reviews based upon a broad spectrum of ideas.

    Enlightened engineer

  2. Hi Mr Sid
    Frequency is a squishy word used in this context. By that I mean it is a word being used to describe something to which it doesn’t apply. Like saying “blue is fuzzy” or “green tastes sweet”. Simply the universe doesn’t have a resonent frequency. It has a quality which the right mind perceives as vectors with a twist, which the left mind interprets as a tone (if in the audio range) which mathematicians have assigned an artificial time to so as to display on a piece of paper in an xy graph a sinusodial wave form. it ain’t real. it’s illusionary. That’s where einstein screwed up, for instance in e=mc^2 the c ain’t real.

    keeping that in mind.

    The perception of sound and light are culture specific. a color, take blue, I’ve got a sample of that. An oriental sees what a occidental sees as white, as a faint blue. What the oriental sees as white an occidental sees as dingy. That’s the “whitening agent” in soap. If you look at powdered soap, (in the us) you’ll see little blue beads scattered among the flakes. that’s blue dye. At first you may be inclined to think that there must be some kind of genetic anomaly in occidentals BUT, oddly enough, an oriental raised in the US shares the american perception of white. This leads me to conclude that if mom tells her child the diaper is white, the interpretation of the perception is, by god, white, even though an oriental would see it as dingy. (and a physicist would know it ain’t) Any physicist knows what white is.

    words (in the critical stage) affect the way we think.

    So, the resonant frequency of the universe would be different in the east and the west. Not too likely, I would think.

    This is the edge perceptual problem. If the scale is zoomed out enough to see the earth is round, you can’t read the writing in a book. It’s why people thought the earth was flat for so long. What he is seeing is the resonant frequency of the left mind’s interpretation of the right mind’s perception of the universe. The perception’s probably right, the interpretation’s probably wrong.


  3. Walt…I share many of your thoughts about psychologist labeling people as abnormal and should be treated in need of normalizing…I am not knowledgeable about brain waves but came across a quote that impressed me:

    Makoto Shichida,right brain educator, describes the right brain as producing brain waves which resonate with the universe. According to Shichida, the universe broadcasts at 7.5 Hz, just at the border between Alpha and Theta waves. Through meditation (a right brain activity) and other relaxation techniques, we can maintain our brain waves on the same frequency as the universe and even be receptive to it’s inspiration.


  4. hi mr sid
    Neuroscience is certainly on the right track, using bottom up, psychology to me borders on insanity ie the idea that you can reverse engineer something as indeterminate as the brain. each person is unique, and psychology sprinkles “pixie dust” on an emotional using counterfeit concepts like bipolar and psychosis to delude themselves in to believing they understand what is happening.

    in re time, I have experience in geophysics and so am relating to it. whereas time as a left mind function which is an interpretation of the right mind perception of reality. If the analogy holds, the right mind operates in the frequency domain with reality being perceived as tensors (rotating vectors) twisting this tensor would give the tensor a phase shift which is interpreted as a situational time (how big is that lion) here i start speculating. if the analogy still holds the endoplasmic reticulator could provide the bias. (weighting) to account for the dilation and contraction of natural time. this then is the “hidden layer” spoken of in neuroscience.

    the relationship of right/left mind correlates 100% with the frequency/time seismic computing. I really believe a neuroscientist could learn a lot by talking to any geophysist. i can’t speak to weighting (bias, endoplasmic reticulator) our computers didn’t deal in “maybe’s”

  5. Walt…”Alice in Wonderland”will live as a classical story long after contemporary psychology is dead…Sid

  6. Hi mr sid
    It couldn’t do worse than psychology, alice in wonderland has more insight.

  7. Walt…Psychology has never been able to meet the standards of a science…Jung tried to explain behavior intuitively and consistent with the history of human tradition…however the new field of neuroscience may scientifically answer the questions we want to know about our brain…Sid

  8. Hi, Mr Sid
    Jung seems very in sync with shamanism, in fact with everything save psychology.

  9. I’ve been attempting to read and comprehend his book on “Mandela Symbolism.” Another really good article, Sid.

  10. Thanks for your post. I’ve always been an admirer of Jung.

  11. This is great!

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