What is Synchronicity?http://www.carl-jung.net/synchronicity.html
The term synchronicity is coined by Jung to express a concept that belongs to him. It is about acausal connection of two or more psycho-physic phenomena. This concept was inspired to him by a patient's case that was in situation of impasse in treatment. Her exaggerate rationalism (animus inflation) was holding her back from assimilating unconscious materials. One night, the patient dreamt a golden scarab - cetonia aurata. The next day, during the psychotherapy session, a real insect this time, hit against the Jung's cabinet window. Jung caught it and discovered surprisingly that it was a golden scarab; a very rare presence for that climate.
So, the idea is all about coincidence: in this case, between the scarab dreamt by the patient and its appearance in reality, in the psychotherapy cabinet.
But this coincidence is not senseless, a simple coincidence. By using the amplification method, Jung associates in connection with the scarab and comes to the concept of death and rebirth from the esoteric philosophy of antiquity, a process that, in a symbolic way, the patient should experience for a renewal and vitalization of her unilateral personality, the cause of the neurosis she was suffering from.
Thus, a significant coincidence of physical and psychological phenomena that are acausal connected.
Behind all these phenomena Jung places the archetype or the constellation of an archetype, which, in his view, is a process that engages equally objective manifestations, in the physical world, and subjective ones, in the psychological universe.
Synchronicity, as an explicative theory, applies to phenomena from the area of parapsychology, prevision and premonition, to I Ching (specific method of consulting the Oracle of Changes), to astrology and many other borderline fields.
It is also present in psychotherapy, as we have already shown. Several psychoanalysts noted certain strange coincidences in which their patients received information about them by extra-sensorial ways, information that was not accessible to the general public.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I am inclined to believe in the concept of synchronicity because I have physically experienced it many times in my lifetime. I've even experienced. fairly recently, the golden scarab phenomena but instead of a golden scarab, it was a centipede, harbinger of danger. After the dream of the centipede approaching me, I woke up the next morning to find a live centipede approaching within inches of my bed.Another such experience of synchronicity on a microcosmic scale for me is my unexpected 3-day visit to Jamaica. My sister observed how unhappy I was at a former school--the negative climate, the fast turn over rate, enabling parents, etc. She suggested a weekend vacation breather to Montego Bay, Jamaica. I jumped at the opportunity and took my kids with us. We had the time of our lives and I had a great epiphany sitting for what it felt like hours on a rocky ledge jutting out into the shore. My job (not career because career is meaningful) at that school had eroded my focus and the rut I found myself in was eating away at my happiness and past successes as a teacher. I had to "let go" just like the "ebb and flow" of the tide lapping at my legs. I was more than ready for change, but preventing myself from welcoming it. I returned home refreshed and rejuvenated and voluntarily left that school within the month (mid school year) and surprisingly and luckily found another school to work for (current school) where I feel happy, valued as a teacher and colleague, and at home. And to my pleasant surprise, a majority of my students in my classes were of Jamaican descent. LoL talk about synchronicity at play. I had the most MARVELOUS rapport with these kids so my transition into the school went rather beautifully.
Here's an interesting science-oriented blog about the subject:http://www.intentblog.com/archives/2007/03/hqr_burden_of_p.html
Oh, and here is synchronicity at play, I just found someone's response
to what posted in that blog which resonates well with what I am thinking
and feeling about synchronicity- written on my birthday. Silly coincidences
to others, but somewhat meaningful to me.