What is Synchronicity?
One of the central aspects of everyday magic is synchronicity, or meaningful coincidences, that pepper our lives and offer valuable insights, signs, and messages from the universe if we are willing to listen. Some of my most powerful revelations have come out of seemingly innocuous moments that served to punctuate an important feeling, experience, or situation.
How did I know to trust my instincts that a relationship was well and truly over? I was thinking about the whole situation and, when I turned on my car, the radio blasted, “the thrill is gone…” Boy was it, and to ignore that would only cause more heartache.
And what gave me the courage to turn my blog posts into the manuscript that would become my award-winning Everyday Enchantments? A random folded paper tucked into an old book I’d decided to reread. On that piece of paper was a series of scribbles from my teenage self thinking about the day when I would be An Adult and a Published Author. I started working on my new manuscript that afternoon.
Without those insights—those little nudges from life telling me I’m on the right track or ready to move on—I wouldn’t have been brave enough to listen to my inner wisdom. You would be surprise what the universe is willing to reveal if you simply ask it and stay open to the answers it might give.
3 Ways to Invite Synchronicity into Your Life
Get loose. Real talk: we live in a world that values concrete, rational things—all good and well in their right place—but synchronicity is a different kind of literacy all together. It’s about opening yourself to the possibility of a new way of being. Often times, our innate instincts and unfiltered feelings get buried under the pressure to conform to social norms. Instead of allowing ourselves to introvert when we need to introvert, for example, we push past our needs and do more, get louder, and move faster despite our soul’s longing for quiet. Loosening up allows us to let go of rigid expectations or assumptions about how things should be so we can be open to the magic around us.
Get playful. When was the last time you stayed up past your bedtime reading? Or ditched the to-do list in favor of a schedule-free Saturday? Or danced in your pjs to your favorite song? If its been awhile, now is the time to welcome that playful energy into your life. Be like the otter, an animal that devotes as much time to play as it does to work. Why? I’ll let you in on a little secret: Synchronicity is pretty darn playful. It’s a lot like Coyote, that perennial trickster, sneaking up on you when you least expect it, catching you off guard, forcing you to rethink your world view. The best way to be open to these insights is to let go of hard and fast rules and just…get playful.
Get curious. Synchronicity is all about opening yourself up to the world and remembering that child-like curiosity with new places and things that delight the senses. This kind of energy loves questions, exploration, expansion. Often our sense of wonder gets lost as we succumb to the demands of day-in, day-out. Take a moment—pause, breathe deeply, and think about what it used to feel like when the changing seasons created a sense of unblemished excitement for something now or they way a sunset was like an open invitation to marvel at the beauty of life or how a winding dirt road was the promise of an adventure. Then turn that innate curiosity on your inner landscape—forget to push and prod and contain difficult feelings or old selves and simply marvel at the fact that you contain multitudes, like so many tiny cosmic seeds waiting to be explored. Synchronicity is found in these silent, joyful explorations.
How to Listen to the Messages
Sometimes we throw out questions to the universe and get an answer maybe that instant, maybe a week or month from now. More often than not, however, the answers come when we’ve forgotten to fixate on whatever it is we want answers to. Sometimes we even get nudges and insights to things we didn’t know we even had questions about.
Synchronicity is like that—trickster that it is—deciding what questions you get answers to and which ones you just have to struggle with on your own. Or if it sees you forgetting to enjoy the wonder around you, well, like Coyote, it won’t hesitate to shake up your order a bit. However synchronicity comes into your life, it is a reminder to tune into the magic of your every day. Often the wisdom it imparts is immediately and intuitively understood, so don’t worry it like you would a loose thread on your jacket. Just feel what it is asking you to feel. The answers will come.
Be warned though: The more you invite synchronicity into your life, the more it will manifest unbidden, as if it only ever need your time an attention to reveal itself to you wholeheartedly and without restraint. And with more meaningful, soul-illuminating coincidences, comes more magic. Enjoy.
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