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Understanding Synchronicity as a Tool for Conscious Living

Gerry Ellen

Synchronistic moments are—let’s be honest—really, really fun. But what if synchronicity is actually revealing a whole lot more about the human condition?


The widely popular phrase “everything happens for a reason” is the Universe’s way of saying “that occurrence in your day took place because somewhere else the same thing is happening and you are meant to be in alignment with that other occurrence.” If this seems rather far-fetched, it’s not.

When moments line up, when awareness is heightened through observation and belief, when that one thing that makes all the difference in your day because it also took place somewhere else… that is the basis for synchronicity and timing.

I notice the random and extraordinary daily, and not because I’m an expert, but because I have this strong belief in divine intervention and allowance of truth and value to solidify it through synchronous means.

Carl Jung was the master of this phenomenon. He not only discovered the validity of synchronicity, he studied it and lived it to understand what, how, who, and when things happened simultaneously and why. The formal definition of synchronicity is “the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernable casual connection.” There is some symmetry when things tend to line up and maybe more so when we pay attention and are aware.

That’s the key, awareness.

What if we were to walk around all day, head in the clouds, losing track of time, distracted by noise in the mind, and nature is showing us one sign or message after another? If we stop to understand what each piece of the puzzle is telling us, we might catch a glimpse of synchronicity. It is in that rare moment where something happening on another dimension is also occurring, and one person recognizes it and takes a deep breath and feels conscious of the empathetic emotion. This is action and response of our bodies’ understanding of time and movement on another plane.

The way in which we process this information vastly differs from one person to the next. We could feel as though serendipitous moments could be mixed up with synchronous moments. It happens all the time. Whereas the instant you pick up a signal from someone or an event and it comes to pass within that particular time frame or second, that is how synchronicity works.

I have this thing where I find coins on the road on any given day. I pick them up, honor the moment as a god wink, then something happens indirectly from someone else who also picked up the same coin amount from an entirely different city or continent. They talk about it, they show photos of the event, and I’ll view this as an “oh wow, how synchronous that that also just happened to me!”

It’s an extraordinary phenomenon whereby the normal daily meanderings can turn into one big worldly synchronicity love fest.

Only those who are conscious of it will reap the benefits, because this type of recognition opens up the heart and soul to more living life as one in conjunction with the other. This oneness is what our planet is all about, and so desperately needs on an ongoing basis.

When we empathetically tune into each other we also compassionately render ourselves more useful and of service to humanity. Carl Jung believed that this deliverance of self is the epitome of spiritual awareness, and although he came from a more scientific philosopher background, his discovery of synchronicity as it relates to consciousness intertwines with the beauty of human living.

We are all so connected and it is with random occurrences and everything happening for a reason that we can believe and trust that not all events are simply coincidences. There is a method and real truth to the madness of existing with awareness for all.

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About the Author:

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Gerry Ellen is an author, creative storyteller, and wellness advocate. She enjoys sharing her experiences of life, love, and all things meaningful and healthy through words and images. She is a regular contributor to MeetMindful, Be You Media Group, Tattooed Buddha, and Rebelle Society. As a former featured columnist on elephant journal and Light Workers World, she considers her love of nature and the outdoors, heart-centered connections, friends and family, and traveling to explore and expand as the epicenter of her world. She is extremely driven with her service work through 8 Paws Wellness with her dog, Scout. Gerry Ellen has authored and published two books, Ripple Effects (March 2012) and A Big Piece of Driftwood (April 2014), which are both available on Amazon.com

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