Synchronicity and Carl Jung

You probably have heard about the term, synchronicity flowing around. You might have come across it on various social media pages. The most common one I have seen is 11:11. Believers would post that they gazed at the clock just when this magic number popped up. To some, it means that they are on the right track in life. You might have already dismissed this as a spiritual fad. Not so fast. Let me tell you why you should pay close attention to synchronicities as well.

You see, I am a believer in synchronicity too. But, why? Granted, initially for me discovering synchronicities was a matter of pure faith. However, now that I have a more in-depth understanding of the phenomena I know how to use it to improve my life and my actions. I want that for you as well. The story of the concepts starts with Carl Gustav Jung.

Carl G. Jung was a Swiss psychologist who, in his younger years worked alongside with Sigmund Freud. This collaboration is only a tiny fraction of the life of Jung. Carl Jung was fascinated with the unconscious, spiritualism, and imagination. He recognized that regardless of the validity of visions and dreams, the insights to those opened the doorways to the human mind. Through Jung’s obsessive digging into the unconscious, he discovered synchronicity.

In Man and His Symbol (1964), a collection of essays by Jung and his associates, M. –L. Von Franz writes, “ Dr. Jung put forward a new concept called synchronicity. This term means a “meaningful coincidence” of outer and inner events that are not themselves causally connected. The emphasis lies on the word meaningful.”

Here, we can see that for the phenomena to be used as a guiding compass to adjust your life; the synchronicity has to be a meaningful experience. Let me give you an example. Let’s say that you are a student and you feel like your grades could be improved. You think long and hard about all the reasons why your school marks are C+ and not A-. Then you feel overwhelmed and set your assignment for later. You settle on the comfortable couch and turn on the TV, as you do, you think, “Hey, maybe I watch too much TV instead of studying.” You push the disturbing thoughts aside and switch the channel. Just so happens the news anchor announces new statistics that with the release of Netflix, college student’s grades went down by 50% compared to the previous generation (I entirely made up that statistic).

The above is the perfect example of the inner experiences reflected in the outer world and vice versa. This is the universe, your Soul, your consciousness; honestly, I don’t care what word you use, but something is telling you to study or suffer the consequences.

If you are observant of your thinking and of what is going on around you, then you are reading the map to a better future.

Anastasiia Ryzhkova