Synchronicity or, The Universe, Your Brain and You

Synchronicity: the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.

Synchronicity is a concept started by psychologist Carl Jung. It states that every happenstance is more than a happenstance. That everything that happens to you, around you, has a connected meaning. There is a connectivity to all of your experiences.

Now, it may not be easy to believe in this, but why? If everything has a meaning then there must be a higher power, right? Not so. What gives life meaning is our perception of reality. So whether or not you believe in a higher power, I urge you to foster a belief in synchronicity.

Synchronicity can help us make sense of the chaos. Because chaos is complete disorder we can easily pick and choose what to pay attention to. And if we choose to pay attention to everything, then our brains will naturally try to connect all the dots even where there are none. So there, your brain has done most of the work for you. Now it’s your turn.

Connecting events is easy. Your brain likes order and will do most of that work for you. So now all you have to do is assign meaning to the order your brain has conjured up. Assigning meaning is easy as well. Free association, the process by which one thought spontaneously suggest another without any apparent connection, can also come in handy here.

As you can see, synchronicity is a useful tool for navigating a hectic life. Believe it or don’t, but utilizing it can make all the difference.


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