Has something like this ever happened to you? You have been thinking about your friend, whom you have not seen in years, and they contact you.
Psychologist Carl Jung introduced synchronicity.
What is it?
“Synchronicity is a phenomenon in which people interpret two separate—and seemingly unrelated—experiences as being meaningfully intertwined, even though there is no evidence that one led to the other or that the two events are linked in any other causal way. Though many people perceive signs or spiritual meaning in synchronistic events, most scientists believe that such events are more likely coincidences that only seem meaningful due to aspects of human thinking such as confirmation bias” (https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/basics/synchronicity)
We don’t need to seek synchronous events, we merely need to be aware. If the whole idea of synchronicity seems a bit strange there are other ideas that are somewhat similar: “grace, serendipity, extra-sensory perception, miracles, divine providence, and being in The Flow. They occur without conscious effort; but, what if you could attract or anticipate these experiences to benefit yourself or your organization? There are a few things you can do to cultivate more synchronicity in your life. Tom Zender, in Phoenix Business Journal, gives some ways to cultivate more synchronicity. Stay in the present moment, be authentic, and allow your intuition to help guide you:
- Believe in your idea with a feeling that it will have a positive effect on you and your organization.
- Give shape to the idea by visualizing a positive result from implementing the idea. See how the idea can actually work.
- Ponder the idea, share it with others, and get some feedback. Often, input from others will enhance the idea.
- Spend time to clarify how the new idea can be implemented. Feel what it would be like to have the idea working perfectly.
- Allow the idea to rest – let go of it.
- And when the inner “nudge” happens, act upon the idea.
You have just received your last check from unemployment when suddenly a job comes along.
You walk into a book store not knowing what to buy, and the book you need falls from a shelf and practically hits you over the head.
You don’t need to have any belief or thought about synchronicities, but I encourage you to pay attention when they occur. Who knows what you might discover? Sometimes getting out of our head and paying attention to what our heart, gut, and events are suggesting can be well worthwhile.