posted August 06, 2004 11:46 PM
FROM TIME TO TIME, we’ve all experienced coincidences that seem to be endowed with special significance. Perhaps the phone rings with a call from a long-lost friend just as you've been thinking about that person. Or you keep hearing a certain word or phrase in your reading and conversation. Or something that you dreamed suddenly appears in real life. The Swiss psychologist Carl Jung coined a word to describe these moments of meaningful coincidence: synchronicity.
A synchronicity is a coming together of seemingly unconnected events. If you focus your attention, you may recognize that your life is shaped by those moments of meaningful coincidence. You may even be able to nurture and participate in those moments in a positive way. Together, this awareness and intention make up what I call your SynchoDestinty.
In any aspect of life, attention and awareness foster growth. Whenever you focus your attention on a subject or phenomenon, the object of your attention will grow stronger. The more you become aware of meaningful coincidences in your life, the more often you will encounter them.
Moreover, meaningful coincidences are well worth your attention. According to Vedic tradition, there are two characteristics that define a person on the path toward enlightenment: First, a sense that worries are disappearing. Things may go wrong, but they don't bother you anymore. Second, in every area of your life, you become aware of a growing number of synchronicities.
Most people experience at least one coincidence in their lives during a single day. If you do not, don't worry. Just cultivate an attitude of relaxed attention and intention. Nature is built on an infinite number of coincidences, and their presence in your life will soon become apparent.
"Almost always it is the fear of being ourselves that brings us to the mirror." -Antonio Porchia