Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated occurring together in a meaningful manner (to the observer). To count as synchronicity, the events should be unlikely to occur together by chance. For writer Robert Torres, it is a divine experience.
If you believe synchronicity is simply coincidence, then you haven't read any of the top experts in the field. The famous psychotherapist Carl Gustav Jung coined the term synchronicity in the 1920s to reference the alignment of universal forces with a person's experiences.
These forces have been sought out for centuries in many spiritual traditions as a means of aligning with the "flow." It usually takes years of disciplined meditation, study, ritual or other means to navigate this journey toward a harmonic "individuation."
To some, the search is inward for the self, yet for others it's an outward search for spirituality.
My first experience with synchronicity was the moment of my birth. I was born on March 21 at 3:03 a.m.—which is the third month, third week, third hour, and third minute, or 3333. It is also the equinox. It was my alignment with the universal forces, the planet, space, and time.
My interest in researching the metaphysical nature of reality came during a moment of awakening in which I experienced a supernatural encounter with an entity of light. After this encounter, I felt an inherent understanding of many esoteric concepts like the flow, the spirit, oneness, and even divinity.
Oneness: What Connects Us?
In Jung's book "An Acausal Connecting Principle" it is subjective meaning that connects us.
Without an observer (you), there is no mind, no synchronicity, no meaning. Thoughts are connected to events, the mind is connected to movements of matter, and this is subjective; it is absent of an objective cause (it is acausal).
My research began with Carl Jung, but for millennia before Jung man experienced synchronicity. Prior to "synchronicity," ancient humanity used words like sympathy, harmony, and unity.
In the 4th century B.C., the Greek philosopher Heraclitus viewed all things as being interrelated; nothing is isolated and all things are linked. Similarly, Hippocrates said: "There is one common flow, a common breathing. Everything is in sympathy." The classic idea that separateness is an illusion includes a bond even between inanimate objects. Some held that all matter has consciousness.
The Role of Consciousness and the Paranormal in Synchronicity
Jung had a lifelong interest in, and many experiences with, the paranormal. Working with him was the Nobel Prize winning physicist Wolfgang Pauli who also purportedly had experiences with telekinesis. Catastrophic breakdowns of experimental equipment would inexplicably occur when he was around. It was often joked about, but other scientists feared his presence during experiments because it was commonly believed he was the cause. This is well known in physics as "The Pauli Effect."
Together, Jung and Pauli helped pioneer the study of parapsychology. Many others have advanced the field, and consciousness is often seen as the key to explaining abilities such as telekinesis, remote viewing, and precognition.
A great example is Rupert Sheldrake's "morphic fields." He shows us how fields create relationships. In his book, "A New Science of Life," he cites experiments in which rats are given specific training and, afterward, rats in a lab far away are better able to learn the same thing. It's as though the rats share a field in which the knowledge gained through this training becomes available to all.
Physicist David Bohm posits in "Implicate and Explicate Order" that consciousness begins outside our space-time, in the "flow" where all knowledge exists and our material reality takes shape. It then unfolds into our dimension, only to return back to the flow.
These theories, along with those explored by Michael Talbot's famous "Holographic Universe" or Physicist David Peat's "Meaning and Form," all hypothesize a substratum beneath our material and temporal reality.
Consciousness itself cannot be scientifically quantified. Many believe it exists outside the brain, perhaps in the Akashic field—the traditional Indian concept of a compendium of all knowledge from all sentient beings throughout time.
Although I'm in agreement with many of these theories about a sort of "matrix," what is the intelligence at work behind it all?
An Intelligent Force
Humankind has long recognized the existence of a greater intelligence, though it appears in many different forms. History's greatest scientists came to this same conclusion. Einstein said: "Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe—a spirit vastly superior to that of man."
Max Planck, a founding father of quantum physics, said: "All matter originates and exists, only by virtue of a force.We must assume behind this force is the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter."
Isaac Newton believed the universe was mechanical, set into motion by God and then left to run. There are others who believe that all existence is an emanation of God. Some don't believe there is an external intelligence at all. This is not my belief!
Many of these theories and beliefs hold that your own thoughts can alter the outside world in relation to yourself. Though there is a separate, coordinating intelligence in control, you are a co-creator.
When synchronicity manifests as an outside event related in a meaningful, acausal way to your thoughts, it's clear that you are helping create it.
But events also coincide without us thinking about them, like the moment of my birth as 3333. Deep down inside we've always known we were being watched, even in an empty room, we are never really alone. How many times do events align that seem so strange and statistically unlikely to have occurred by chance? They must originate externally. This means, that The Source or The One ultimately controlling it all is out there and not within.
Albert Einstein said, "Synchronicity is God's way of remaining anonymous."
Robert Torres (a.k.a. Bobby T) is the author of "Sin Thesis." He is also a singer, songwriter, artist, and freelance magazine contributor. He invites readers to share their thoughts with him at email@example.com.