Recognizing And Understanding Synchronicity
My husband and I had dinner last Friday with my brother-in-law and his wife. I recently turned them onto Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch, and we were discussing the concept that God is all around you and talking with you all the time, in ways you never really thought about – you need only pay attention.
What constitutes a synchronicity? It could really be anything. Once you begin paying attention, you’ll notice signs and synchronicities all around you – some very big. Some very small, but they all have one thing in common – the feeling that comes with them.
There’s an intuitive tug that can be felt when you recognize a synchronicity, typically in the heart or the brow, because it’s aligned with those chakras – you see it and you feel it.
A sure sign of synchronicity is repetition. When you see something or hear a song or phrase over and over, and the odds of that thing occurring that frequently are pretty low, and it catches your attention and makes you go, “Hmmm…,” you can safely assume that it was meant to do just that and you might be able to find meaning behind it.
Experiencing A Synchronicity vs. Reading Into a Synchronicity
A question that people often wonder when it comes to synchronicity is, “Am I making this up?” or “Is this just a coincidence?”
A good general rule of thumb that I like to use to determine whether or not something is a synchronicity – aside from the intuitive tug – is whether or not it catches you off guard. If it catches you off guard, it’s most likely a sync. If you’re actively looking for it, it’s probably not.
Here’s a couple of examples of what I mean:
Feathers are a popular thing that people like to interpret as a sign. Many people specifically ask for feathers as a sign. If you ask for a white feather as a sign and then go for a walk on the beach where seagulls are common and happen to find a white feather, that’s not really much of a sign. You went to a place where it’s highly likely you might find a white feather.
But if you ask for a white feather as a sign and then see one float down right in front of your face while you’re sitting in you’re office chair at work, that’s a lot more likely to be a synch. That actually happened to me – it was a small feather, most likely one that wiggled out of someone’s down coat in a nearby cubicle, but not the most likely incident to occur in an office.
You have to be careful when it comes to seeming synchroncities on digital properties like Facebook and Youtube and anything that has to do with online ads, because those platforms have algorithms that are specifically created to serve you content based on your online habits – what you’re talking about, what you’re posting about, what you’re searching for and even what you’re discussing in your private messages.
If you think something, but have never typed it in any of those places and it shows up as an ad – count it as a synch. But if you were just discussing it with your friend via a Facebook message and then you see an article served to you in your newsfeed on a similar topic, I wouldn’t read too much into it.
I used to see a lot of people posting pictures of clouds and asking, “Do you see (insert sign here)?” Effectively, they’re looking at the cloud and looking for a sign, and then finding the thing they’re looking for. That’s not synchronicity, because you’re looking for it. That’s pareidolia. Synchronicity occurs when you’re not actively looking for it.
A personal example of synchronicity and clouds: I had been asking to have more contact with my guardian angel. One day I was at the dentist and I was thinking about that, specifically. In my car on the way home, I just happened to look up at the clouds. It was the first time I had really paid any attention to them at all in I don’t know how long, and when I looked up, there was a giant cloud in the shape of an angel with it’s arms around the sinking sun.
I wasn’t looking at the clouds for images. I wasn’t even looking for angels. I just happened to look up and see it. I didn’t find it, it found me. And that’s the big difference. All in all, follow your intuition. It’s your best guide.
My first reaction to the reading was WOW. Your words captured a theme woven into my life right now. The reading has emboldened me to take back my power and inspired me to research some books, get back to meditating and provided a focus.Dina