Mozelle was trying to track down an out-of-print book called The Adventures of Marco Polo. She scoured two used book stores in Durham, had no success, and so she took a taxi to a third. The cab driver was unusually chatty, and during their conversation, Mozelle glanced at the driver’s license on the dashboard. The driver’s name? Marco Polo! Synchronicity? Coincidence?
Art was sitting at his computer typing an e-mail when his cat Tinker Bell jumped from his lap onto the keyboard. Before Art’s startled eyes, as the cat shifted from key to key, its paws tapped out the word emerson on the screen. Was it just a coincidence? “To make it even weirder,” Art said, “I’d been researching Ralph Waldo Emerson, and was emailing a friend who was also an Emerson fan,” he says. “My wife was sitting next to me at the computer, and if I’m sent away for being crazy, she has to go, too!” Synchronicity? Coincidence?
Carlos was stunned when, just as he picked up the phone to call his father, he heard his father’s voice on the other end—calling him! “We were both dumbfounded!” he recalls. Synchronicity? Coincidence?
Pam’s father was cutting down a tree for firewood when the tree suddenly fell on him. It crushed the left side of his face and shattered his back. Against all odds, he pulled himself out from under the tree and summoned a neighbor for help. Pam flew to Ashville to be with him. It wasn’t until weeks later, when she had returned to New York, that she picked up the tablet she had been taking notes on in class at the time the accident had happened. When she looked at the doodlings she had made in the margins her jaw dropped. She had drawn a face with the left half shaded in and a person’s back with two X’s on the spine, marking the same vertebrae that her father had broken.
Were these uncanny coincidences? The unlikely conjunction of events? Startling examples of synchronicity? How about you? Have you ever thought of someone for the first time in years, and then run into him or her a few days later? Or an unusual phrase you’d never heard before jumps out at you three times in the same day? Or on a back street in a foreign country, you bump into a college roommate? Or a book falls off the shelf at the bookstore and it’s exactly what you were looking for?
Carl Jung coined the term synchronicity to describe events such as these. He believed mind and matter are connected. He argued that there is an underlying connectedness which manifests itself through meaningful coincidences that cannot be explained by cause and effect. Jung’s own explanation of synchronicity is as follows: “I believe that all coincidences are messages from the unmanifest – they are like angels without wings, so to speak, sudden interruptions of life by a deeper level of connection.”
Whatever its cause, the appeal of synchronicity runs deep. “People love mysterious things, and synchronicity is like magic happening to them,” says Carolyn North, author of Synchronicity: The Anatomy of Coincidence.
“As its etymology shows,” says Deepak Chopra, “this term has something to do with time, or to be more accurate, with the meaningful coincidence of two or more events, where something other than the probability of chance is involved.” He goes on to say, “My own life has been touched often by synchronicity, so much so that now I get on an airplane expecting the passenger in the next seat to be surprisingly important to me, either just the voice I need to hear to solve a problem or a missing link in a transaction that needs to come together.”
Actually, the concept of synchronicity has had little research. It defies laboratory tests, of course—but people who have studied it report a phenomena which Alan Vaughan, author of Incredible Coincidence: The Baffling World of Synchronicity, calls it the synchronicity of synchronicity. “Just having an active interest in the matter,” he says, “seems to make synchronicities happen more often—in part, of course, because we notice them more.”
We’ve all had those experiences. We buy a car and suddenly begin to notice cars just like it on the streets – the same color and style. We buy a certain kind of outfit and see too many of them on other people.
The teaching point we want to make about the concept of synchronicity is this:
There is no cosmic logistics master in the sky, manipulating events and orchestrating people so they come together in inexplicable ways!
However, there is one thing about synchronous events that makes it an important occurrence. It reminds us that we are all interconnected. It reveals an underlying oneness which cannot be discounted. As a matter of fact quantum physicists are aware of this unbroken connection:
As a result of Bell’s theorem and the experiments it stimulated, a once purely philosophical question has now been answered in the laboratory. There is a universal connectedness. Einstein’s “spooky interactions” do, in fact, exist. Any objects that have ever interacted continue to instantaneously influence each other. Events at the edge of the galaxy influence what happens at the edge of our gardens (B. Rosenblum and F. Kuttner, Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).
The primary emphasis is on undivided wholeness, in which the observing instrument is not separated from what is observed (David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, pg. 134).
The common division of the world into subject and object, inner world and outer world, body and soul is no longer adequate (Werner Heisesnberg, The Physicist’s Conception of Nature).
We believe synchronous events are cosmic rendezvous (spiritual faxes, transcendental e-mails), that we psychically create at a deep level of our being to remind ourselves of our oneness – of the connection between mind and matter, between matter and spirit, between spirit and mind.
It is no coincidence that we were drawn to a global ministry. And it is no coincidence that we have a dream, and that dream involves people like you who are forward thinking, curious, and connected! Our dream is:
- That one day each and every one of us, our children, and our grandchildren, and our grandchildren’s children, and their children will live in peace, and health, and happiness, and prosperity which will begin to occur synchronously;
- That religion will move beyond the embedded theology, prejudice, and exclusivism which divides people and that it will honor all faith traditions as legitimate paths to the Eternal Presence we call God. And evidence of that evolving enlightenment will begin to occur synchronously;
- That people will not be judged by the color of their skin, or by the size of their bank accounts, or by age-related health challenges, or lifestyle preferences, but by their strength of character and commitment to their truth walks. And the outpicturing of those human actualizations will begin to occur synchronously;
- That the horrors of war, and hunger, and disease will be replaced by the sounds of laughter, and the warmth of handshakes and hugs, and the reciprocity of goodwill which will be the result of global synchronously;
- That your continued spiritual unfoldment will grow so much that together we can truly transform the spiritual consciousness of this planet one thought, one word, one action, one person at a time.
That is our dream. That’s our affirmation. That’s the covenant we wish to make with all like-minded people so we can begin generating global synchronous connections that make this world a better place for all of us.
and choose to be an instrument of synchronicity—so we can all walk the spiritual path on practical feet.