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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

What is Synchronicity?

"And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." (Isaiah 65: 24)

"...when the self is in communion with a higher power, nature automatically obeys, without stress or strain, the will of man. This effortless command over nature is called 'miraculous' by the uncomprehending materialist." (Autobiography of a Yogi)

I am sure many of us have experienced events that seemed too much of a coincidence to be ignored, like some force had arranged the meeting and that it was meant to be. I have had too many that have absolutely blown me away. I also love reading about other people's experiences. These events are popularly known as "synchronicity." Here's how one dictionary defines synchronicity:

"Coincidence of events that seem to be meaningfully related, conceived in Jungian theory as an explanatory principle on the same order as causality." (Dictionary)

I recently had a thought that when I experience synchronicity, it is I arranging the events. Before I go into the mechanics of it, here are two of my experiences that are interconnected.

Years ago, I saw a woman on the train who reminded me of a friend I was very close to in college. I had a sudden longing to see her and regretted how we had drifted apart. But I didn't have her contact number. A few days later I got in contact with her. This is written from my friend's perspective. I have changed the names of the people involved.

Zena was waiting for her boyfriend to turn up. They had arranged to attend a media exhibition and she had his ticket. While she waited she got into a conversation with a young guy. She liked him instantly.

"Pleased to meet you," he said offering his hand. "I'm James."
"And I'm Zena."
"That's an unusual name," he said. Then he paused, deep in thought. "My girlfriend went to college with someone who has a friend called Zena and she's working for some newspaper."
"That's funny! I work for the Guardian actually. As far as I know, I'm the only one there called Zena. What's your girlfriend's name?"
"It's Rachel."
"You're kidding! It's not the same Rachel who is friends with Enocia?"
"Yeah, that's her."
"I know Rachel! We went to the same college. We even took a few modules together!" Zena exclaimed. "Rachel is your girlfriend? Wow, this is fucking unbelievable! It's nuts! I can't get my head around it."

Both stared at each other in amazement.

"And you know what's fucking weird about all this? I was thinking about Enocia the other day. She was such a good mate. I would love to get back in touch with her, but I lost her number."
"I can get Rachel to pass on your number if you like."
"That will be so cool. I can't believe it! This is just too weird!"
"Hey, are you going to the exhibition?" James said.
"It looks interesting. I haven't got a ticket but I was going to blag my way in."
"I have a spare which you can have. My boyfriend hasn't turned up."

A few days later, I was at Zena's house catching up over our college days. Unfortunately, we no longer had much in common so we didn't stay in touch. At least my wish to see her was fulfilled.

At the time, I was amazed at the turn of events. Did I pick up on Zena's thoughts of wanting to get in contact with me or did she pick up on mine? How were these events arranged so I could link up with my friend?

Here's another synchronicity involving the same guy, James, and his girlfriend, Rachel. You see I had actually set James and Rachel up on a blind date and they ended up having a relationship for a few years. After some time, Rachel and I drifted apart. One night, I dreamt I was speaking to Rachel about her relationship. She looked very sad. She said they were thinking of breaking up. I told her I was sorry and wished they could work things out as they always seemed so good together. When I woke up I wondered whether the dream was real. Should I call Rachel and find out? I decided it wasn't a good idea so I let it go.

A month went by. One day another friend, who lived in Bangkok at the time, called me out of the blue. She was in London, did I want to meet up the next day? I met her at Oxford Circus, the shopping capital of London. I was early. While I waited, I spotted a girl from my college. She was actually a close friend of Rachel's. It was a perfect opportunity to confirm whether my dream was true or not.

"Do you still see Rachel?" I said. "We haven't spoken in a while."
"Yeah, we still keep in touch. I saw her the other day, as it goes."
"I see. Do you know if she and James are still together?" I said. "I had a dream about her. She said they were splitting up."
"Wow, that's amazing!" she said. "Rachel and James are actually splitting up as we speak. Rachel is moving out of James' flat today."
"I'm sorry to hear that."
"Do you want me to pass on a message to her?"
"Nah, don't bother. I've already spoken to her in my dream."

Here again, we see an event occurring that I couldn't possibly have had any control over. Is there a force that arranges events? I believe there is.

I believe there are three aspects to understanding how synchronicity occurs. First, by realising that omnipresence is my true nature. Second, how omnipresence is experienced. Third, how omnipresence works.

We know that omnipresence is when something is present everywhere. Most of us agree that the Source of life is omnipresent. Since I know I am one with Source, I am therefore omnipresent i.e. my awareness is everywhere and interpenetrates all. In other words, wherever, whatever and whenever, I am already there. The moment I have a thought about someone my awareness, already with that individual, is energised. Say, if I was thinking of Buckingham Palace, I would effectively be calling upon Enocia in Buckingham Palace. I believe this is true for all, but it's up to people whether they experience it as real or not.

It's all very well to know myself as omnipresence in theory. Remember we live in a reality where we are used to thinking of ourselves as the human self that only exists in time and space. To make omnipresence a living reality takes practise. I believe meditation is the practise of omnipresence. (There are other ways of course). There is a state of consciousness that is reached in meditation called Samadhi when "the devotee's consciousness merges with the Cosmic Spirit." When I experience Samadhi, I lose all sense of the little self and experience the oneness and infinitude of consciousness. With constant practice, I am now able to bring this state of oneness into my "waking" consciousness as a state of stillness, pure awareness.

Now, omnipresence is both omniscient and omnipotence. It is actually pure Energy, the primordial state of all. Whatever you put in the way of Energy is created. When you put out an intention and have no doubts, that reality is created. It goes without saying that it is not I, the human personality Enocia, who creates the reality but the power and intelligence of Infinite Energy. "I can of mine own self do nothing." (John 5: 30) It is the omnipresent Energy that creates reality according to intent. It is I, omnipresent Energy, who put out the intention. The power and intelligence of Energy shapes reality according to my intent.

Does intent need the agreement of all parties concerned? Where does freewill come into the equation? In the above two examples of my college friends, the agreement existed as love. You could say that intent is love. It is love that connects us, it is love that creates. What do I mean by love? Love in the above examples is the expression of our friendships.

Synchronicity, therefore, is an act of Love. Love of expression creates events. When you allow things to happen and let the omnipresence do the work without fretting over the outcome, miracles occur. In reality, it is not a miracle at all. It is I creating the event because I know my identity is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipresent Energy. Intent, Energy, Love and I are one. Thus,


Surely things can't be that simple? There are many people who think about their friends or desire something and nothing happens! You're not telling me that you only need to have a thought about something and it is manifested as you have described? Surely not?

I believe synchronicity occurs in everyone's lives but some people are not aware of it or dismiss it as coincidence. Or people see the event as occurring outside of themselves instead of realising they are one with the event. Since I experience omnipresence as my reality, I know there is no such thing as coincidence. It is a matter of "energy follows thought." So the moment I have a thought, it has to manifest, unless I have fears which will also manifest as fear.

I have also learned that I have to be very careful about what I think about. A few days ago, I was at a bookshop browsing when I had a thought that I should leave. I didn't see what the big deal was about leaving at that particular time but I followed guidance. I soon found out why. The day before, I had been looking at an art exhibition and thinking how one painting reminded me of an artist's work. While I waited for my last bus, I saw the same artist. For crying out loud, is this the reason why I had to leave at that time? It was only a casual thought, no big deal! We said hello, my bus arrived, and that was that. I now realise every thought counts.

I love experiencing synchronicity. It is an opportunity to demonstrate my omnipresence. Even though I know how it works, I never cease to be amazed how the Intelligence creates circumstances.

Synchronicity makes life worth living. It also makes for great story-telling, wouldn't you say?

I am Omnipresence, Omniscience and Omnipotence,