Should we find meaning in the little coincidences of everyday life?
It all starts with the story of the beetle
Once upon a time, there was a psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung, who was in full consultation with a patient. While she is telling him about her dream in which she receives a golden beetle, a noise is heard at the level of a window: a beetle has just bumped against the glass. By chance, although the term is inappropriate, the psychiatrist picks up the insect and places it on the desk. The psychiatrist can then take advantage of this to open in the mind of his patient a more poetic and above all symbolic dimension of this human experience, causing, of course, a reaction of emotional destabilization on his patient. Jung, consciously or unconsciously, hoped for a circumstance to relaunch his stagnant therapy, this innocuous little event representing a windfall in doing so.
What is this principle?
Synchronicity is a succession of coincidences and signs that have meaning for the person who sees them.
If these events capture our attention, when we have thousands of pieces of information every day, it is because this particular resonance is useful to us.
As with dreams, depending on our approach, training and opinions, we think they are loaded with meaning: it may simply be a manifestation of our subconscious. There can also be the transmission of a teaching, a validation of an intuition, a support to understand our thoughts or to warn us.
How is synchronicity recognized?
We speak of synchronicity when there is a repetition of two or more signs, unlike a simple coincidence.
It is also necessary that the synchronicity arouses a strong emotion and that it is inevitably accompanied by a feeling of surprise.
Can we make a meaning emerge?
It can be interesting to discuss it with another person who can reflect on the events and, thus, sometimes provide keys.
From time to time it is useful to take note of these signs and what they refer to. This allows some to have a less restricted vision. If the meaning is not revealed instantly or at least quickly, the brain, even much later, will always find meaning in the end.
Don't we tend to see signs where there aren't any?
It is certain that a person, who is in a situation of waiting for a sign in order to corroborate one of these beliefs, will be able to find meaning in information.
A very simple example demonstrates this logic:
A person in love will look for multiple signs to feel reassured by reciprocity.
Do not confuse: 'I want the signs to tell me' with 'what do the signs tell me?
Can you be blind to these signs?
Yes, of course, for several reasons.
The most common and the most important is the fear of being destabilized, of losing your bearings and of not being able to act the same way when you are changed. There is also the fact, when one has been brought up in a form of ignorance, obscurantism, that it is difficult to feel or feel more subtle things.
Can we see signs where there are none?
Again, there are several reasons.
As explained above, it can be to prove something, for the purpose of mysticism, to reassure oneself in finding explanations in some way for existence itself.
Are there any exercises to develop this synchronicity?
In theory :
- it is necessary to note his state of mind to remember the state before welcoming the signs to be in a good receptivity;
- write down all the coincidences, because it is obvious that the more you look for something, the more you find it;
- it is also possible to watch a movie or read a book taken by chance (if it exists) and look for points related to your current life;
- reduce these habits because, in automatic mode, there is a reduction in perceptions. This is what those who use habits to increase their perceptions must do
In practice :
I do not recommend these exercises because, in reality, you are somehow going to self-condition yourself. It is better to stay calm, free to think, and when you need it or it becomes essential, it will happen.