Luck, Magic and Synchronicity

When something fortunate and unexpected happens to us, like winning a prize or avoiding an accident, many of us put it down to luck. When remarkable things happen to us, either because we hoped it would come true or we’ve willed it in some way—by wishing on a star or crossing our fingers, for example—we often offhandedly call it “magic”. But what about the events that occur in our lives that are too meaningful and too significant that they cannot be easily passed off as luck or a result of mere magic?

Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, coined these kind of events as a display of synchronicity or ‘meaningful coincidences’—when two or more events that are causally unrelated come together in a supposedly meaningful manner. It’s when you are suffering with financial difficulties, but money for basic expenses such as rent, food and utilities always manifests, or when you just received your last cheque from a job you’re going to leave and another comes along. Another meaningful coincidence could be when you walk in a book store not knowing what to buy, and the book you need suddenly falls from a shelf and practically hits you over the head.

What makes these synchronistic events so meaningful is that they can guide us toward our true destiny, says Deepak Chopra, author of The Spontaneous Fulfilment of Desire. ‘When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities,’ he says. ‘When a coincidence arises, don’t ignore it. Ask yourself, What is the message here? What is the significance of this? Ask the question, and the answers will emerge.’

Call it the mysterious behind-the-scenes guidance we all receive now and again, or just the way the universe works in our favour when we need it, synchronicity can actually be tapped into if we let ourselves become more aware of it. According to Chopra, each day of your life encounters meaningful coincidences and synchronicities, that become clearer when we become the observers of our lives.

Instead of evaluating what happened to us and the end of each day, Chopra suggests to view ourselves objectively, and be sensitive to the clues of the universe. For example, pay close attention to people you run into by accident. Listen to what they say as they may have a message for you. The more you notice meaningful coincidences, the more they multiply. If you are having a particular problem, decide to turn it over to synchronicity. That means letting it go completely.

‘Once you understand the true nature of reality, the way life really works—the flow of energy, information, and intelligence that directs every moment—then you begin to see the amazing potential in that moment,’ says Chopra. Being afraid, nervous or fearful stops synchronicity, but when we give way to trust and pay attention, the more we can then nurture the meaningful coincidences in our lives.

Similarly, authors Esther and Jerry Hicks believe the stronger and clearer you put out an intention to the universe, the faster you manifest the people, places or events that will bring you towards your desired goal. So if you want better finances, by paying more attention to the abundance in your life and focusing on how you are fulfilled in many ways other than money, the more the universe will work to bring you towards a more secure financial situation.

But when you are dissatisfied and angry that you lack in some way, this hinders you from manifesting the abundance you desire because the negative vibration or energy you are giving out in the universe can only bring you that same vibration, continuing the same condition of lack.

Perhaps the most helpful tool for tapping into synchronicity is the continuous observation of both your daytime living and your nighttime dreaming and keeping a journal of reoccurring themes. ‘Look for evidence of repeating manifestations, work situations, people or other issues that seem to cycle in the same way,’ says Jane Anderson, in her book, The Shape of Things to Come. ‘Synchronicities are the kick-start signs to look for: the ones that can get you out of the endless repeating grooves, if you know how to interpret them… synchronicities generally herald emerging breaththroughs related to change, overcoming previous limitations, realisation of wrong direction, death of the old, birth of the new and integration.’

Like Anderson, Chopra believes that when we gradually see correlations and images that repeat themselves both in dreams and everyday reality, we start to enjoy more opportunities, have more ‘good luck’ and see more possibilities for where the real magic can begin.

Esther & Jerry Hicks are the authors of Money and the Law of Attraction Cards (Hay House, RRP $24.95) available at all leading retailers. Visit http://www.hayhouse.com.au for more information.

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