Synchronicity or coincidence and do they both exist in a metaphysician’s world? If you consider yourself a Unity Truth student or a student of spiritual truths, then you are a metaphysician. Unity has five principles (https://unitygreaterportland.org/unitys-5-basic-principles/ ) that gives one opportunities to practice metaphysics in their daily life.
““Synchronicity” is a term coined by Carl Jung to describe a meaningful coincidence – the occurrence of two events related in some way without any demonstrable causality. It can be that one of the events is an “inner” event in the mind of an individual, such as a dream, that later is played out in the “outer,” physical world. An example might be when the object of the dream, a long-lost friend, unexpectedly comes for a visit. In another instance, the synchronistic events may be two “outer” events such as when two intellectual pioneers begin to teach the same subject at roughly the same time without knowing of the work of the other.” Russell D. Highland, Jr, 2007,“Inner Vision and Synchronicity: Dream Work as taught by Charles Fillmore and Carl Jung”, Truth Unity website
I like how Russell relates the two words. Coincidently or it happened at the same time. Carl Jung and Charles Fillmore were both doing dreamwork at the same time and didn’t know of each other’s existence. As Russell writes in his 2007 thesis on the two of them, there were many synchronicities between them.
Before I discovered Unity at 27, I loved reading philosophy. I believed that there were coincidences. Awareness of them is a good way to start noticing and “not brush them off” as Rev Pat Bessey mentioned in her 10/23/22 Sunday lesson. There are random events, and these can get ignored, when in fact they may be specifically designed by Spirit or God or higher self (whatever your term is for higher power) to get your attention.
I had started noticing them before and after I came to Unity, a thought was proposed to me that there are no coincidences. So, I started reflecting on that from time to time. Metaphysically, always looking beyond the appearance or what is going on in each situation, more than we know is occurring. What could they really be? Synchronicities. If we apply metaphysics, looking beyond the meaning of coincidence, that is what we get.
One doesn’t have to always know or understand why synchronicities occur. It can sometimes seem like a miracle, too. In the past, Rev Pat has spoken of synchronicities being everyday miracles. Divine timing or divine order is also referenced when inconceivable alignments occur.
Your choice, what feels right for you, is it a synchronicity or a coincidence or both?
Keep a little notebook with you for when you notice a coincidence and you may find it to be deeper and qualify as a synchronicity. Using the ‘what you focus on you get more of’ idea. I think it’s fun to discover them.