I'm often asked, "Just what is synchronicity? How does it work?" Well, I'll tell you...
Carl Jung defined synchronicity as "the acausal connection between two or more seemingly unrelated events."
For instance, your boss wants you to put together a presentation on a topic you're not familiar with. That afternoon, you check LinkedIn and see an article on that exact topic, written by an expert in the field. Voila - it's the perfect article to help you get started on your work!
Synchronicity starts with mindsets, which are 'wardrobes' or templates for you to 'try on' and 'wear' so to speak. These mindsets develop in a number of ways. Sometimes you inherit a mindset from your family, sometimes you pick them up from who you go to school with. But just like any wardrobe you have in your closet, even though you're used to them it doesn't mean you can't change them.
A certain type of mindset from the collective unconscious draws people and situations to you → these are the foundation of synchronicity. Here are a few common mindset traps that people tend to fall into. See if you can notice them more consciously in your own life:
- The Life is a struggle mindset
- The I'm so busy mindset
- The I'm better than so and so at _______ mindset
- The Poor me mindset
- The Middle class run kids to endless soccer and have no adult personal identity mindset
- The Collect the most stuff mindset
Now think for a moment... What mindsets do you find yourself wearing? Notice which ones help you and which ones hold you back.
But why does synchronicity work?
Synchronicity works because we are part of a collective unconscious. What you believe draws people and situations to you. Therefore, for synchronicity to flow the best it's important for you to know who you are and what you believe - what defines you.
I encourage you to get clear on what you want in life. That is the key to unleash this flow that will help you create the life of your dreams. With synchronicity, clarity is key!
Sometimes, even when you think you have clarity, synchronicity still doesn't show up... that's usually because two things you desire are in conflict.
If that's something you're struggling with right now, below is a simple exercise to help you visualize a bridge between your two conflicting desires.
When you define what you value, it's easier to connect via synchronicity with the communities you resonate with.
So, a good place to start if synchronicity isn't showing up in your life is to explore who you are, meaning:
- What defines you?
- What is important to you?
- What do you value?
These three questions will help you find clarity and identify a bridge (or two or three!) that can connect any conflicting values you may have. Then, synchronicity will be free to flow into your field effortlessly!
So give this exercise a shot and see what happens!