The synchronous compass of life: It’s more than meaningful coincidences – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

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Many of us go through unique experiences with certain individuals that come into our life, not just by happenstance, but also for a celestial reason.

All of us make friends and build relationships.

However, there will be just a few that become extremely special. You would have met them by chance.

They are friends, also special relatives, without the usual, aloof, or commonplace ‘relative values’ – because, you get the feeling that you know them, not for a few years, but ever since you were a kid.

The warmth in such friendships is mutual. It is also extraordinary – there are no expectations, yet there’s a divine element fulfilled.

They become your motivating instruments and vice versa.

Their ‘connect’ is genuine – although this emerges through a strange set of circumstances, something unique, or distinctively orchestrated in seemingly correlated events in life.

There are also times when we meet someone as merely a face in the crowd. It just happens – this person arrives at the right time, when you are in the pits, to resolve issues.

This sequence of events is aptly termed as synchronicity in psychology.

It was the legendary psychologist and philosopher Carl Gustav Jung who coined the expression ‘synchronicity’ to describe the indescribable.

He had a patient who was extremely canny. She dodged the treatment that she had to take. She was convinced that whatever she’d gone through by way of everyday experiences was adequate to expound her own qualms.

As providence would have it, she experienced a dream about a golden scarab piece of jewellery.

When she visited Jung for a ‘sitting’, a bug kept thumping the window frame. Jung was enthralled.

He opened the window and caught the bug in a flash.

Lo and behold, it was a scarab beetle.

He handed it to his patient.

She promptly deduced her own past, also its underlying principle.

Jung believed that the vital cog to understanding and accepting synchronicity is to behold our past, including certain coincidences.

All it takes is a profound grasp of coincidences that allows synchronicity to take place.

Jung also suggested that what may often be regarded as coincidences are not crucial because of the unintended. He articulated that such happenings are unwaveringly allied to the viewer’s psyche, juxtaposed by a compelling perception, also focus.

Jung categorised synchronicity as “a meaningful coincidence of two, or more, events where something other than the probability of chance is involved”. He placed the assemblage of his archetypes, in the occurrence, as being ‘tied’ to correspondingly dispassionate expressions – right from the physical to subjective forms, or contexts, in the individual’s mind, body and soul.

In Jung’s words, “We often dream about people from whom we receive a letter by the next post (read e-mail, or phone call, in today’s context).

I have ascertained on several occasions that at the moment when the dream occurred the letter was already lying in the post-office of the addressee.”

He elaborated, “We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel; but, it is on the space where there is nothing that the utility of the wheel depends. We turn clay to make a vessel; but, it is on the space where there is nothing that the utility of the vessel depends.

We pierce doors and windows to make a house; and, it is on these spaces where there is nothing that the utility of the house depends.

(Therefore), just as we take advantage of what is, we should recognise the utility of what is not.”

Synchronicity is not an occurrence, place or a thing. It is also not just the individual who has arrived like a ‘messiah’ in your life.

Synchronicity is a meadow of divine energy.

It has something to it that more than meets the mind.

It holds a palpable strength, while guiding us to a particular set of situations for changes that you wish should occur, or assisting us to moving ahead and coming of age.

This may not be something that you’ve been yearning for long–a whole, new window of transformation.

You don’t find synchronicity; rather, it is the other way round. It will find you. It will hold your ‘hand’, when the chips are down. It will make you walk in times good, average, bad and dismal.

It will make you sprint to reach your goals and fulfil your dreams.

Most situations have nothing to do with circumstances, though they are a part of the whole and sum of the parts. To pick an example.

You have problems with your career. You want to move out of your present job and get a better position in another organisation.

Lo and behold, you spot a newspaper advertisement related to such an opening. This is somewhat synchronistic.

Well, when it works to our advantage, we love to call it a strong, synchronous coincidence come true. What if it doesn’t and the position goes to someone else? This is not as simple as separating the chaff from the grain.

Synchronicity occurs when you are not actually looking for it. It surfaces just like that – out of the blue.

It appears without your knowing, or ‘gut feeling.’ It is often the consequence of a result and vice versa – a mystical voyage of self-discovery, or rediscovering oneself anew.

Synchronicity is all-encompassing in our universe.

The serenity of the lake, the turquoise sky and the composite complexities of our mind, body and soul.

There is synchronicity in the exquisiteness of creation itself. It pervades and directs everyone’s life and career.

It is this amazing component that makes us believe that there is a driving force on our planet enormously greater than you and I. It is this divine attribute – our especial ‘friend,’ or special ‘relative’ and ‘pillar of strength’– that helps us to sail through countless vicissitudes, and ups and downs, of life.

Nidamboor is a wellness physician, independent researcher and author

A version of this article appears in the print on December 16, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.

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