Almost everyone has had experiences where they think of something
and "coincidentally" it appears: a person you hadn’t
seen in years shows up unexpectedly, a trial issue of a magazine
is delivered to your home with just the information you needed,
or you flip on the car radio to hear the lyrics of a song provide
you with the answer to a burning question.
These meaningful coincidences, or synchronicities, are examples
of the universe conspiring to provide you with what you want. If
your goal is to live a life of ease and grace, you should learn
to recognize and appreciate these synchronicities, for these are
times when you are truly "in the flow."
Some scientists do not believe in synchronicities. They look at
the universe as a mechanical, deterministic system, without taking
into consideration the role of consciousness. They label these
instances as mere coincidences and find statistical measures to
explain them away. There is even a term known as "observer
bias" that says when you are looking for a specific item or
event, you are much more likely to notice it. An example would
be if you wanted a red Ford Taurus, then you’d likely begin
to notice them everywhere.
It’s true that you are more likely to notice an object that
you desire, but from a mystic perspective "observer bias" is,
at best, an incomplete explanation. As mystics, we are 100% supportive
of science and logical thinking. But by incorporating the role
of consciousness into our world paradigm, we have a better and
more accurate predictor of events. This is good science.
By thinking about a specific item, you are invoking the Law of
Attraction. As was explained in last month’s article, Thought
Manifestation, everything is energy. Everything has its own unique
frequency and you automatically attract energies of a
similar frequency. The energy of a thought will attract similar
energies to it.
If your thoughts are filled with red Ford Tauruses, then you’ll
attract them to you. If your objective is to own a red Taurus,
then you should visualize yourself driving the car, not just seeing
it on the road or on TV. (See 3
Steps to Manifesting Your Ideal Life.)
The Law of Attraction is the underlying basis for these synchronicities.
Your external world is a reflection of your thoughts, feelings
and beliefs. Since over 99% of the thoughts you are sending out
to the universe are outside the awareness of your conscious mind,
it’s your internal thoughts, feelings and beliefs that are
When your thoughts are jumbled, you’re sending out inconsistent
signals. The world will appear as an unpredictable place, as your
conscious mind’s desires are contradicted by your internal
thoughts, feelings and beliefs.
When your conscious mind is congruent with your internal world,
you are sending out consistent signals. The universe responds and
you recognize how everything just comes together. Your life will
be filled with synchronicities, as your external world more accurately
reflects your inner thoughts. When sports stars are "in the
flow" they often describe the game as slowing down and becoming
effortless. Naturally, you are also more likely to recognize a
coincidence ("observer bias") but by having your internal
and external worlds congruent, you are not just aware of it, but
influencing its manifestation.
How can you do this?
It's your responsibility and privilege to create incidents you
want by being more mindful of your thoughts. Recognize whenever
you are "in the flow" and take note of your thoughts
and what you are doing. At the least, this is what you were meant
to be doing at that particular moment in time. If you see a pattern,
recognize that these thoughts and actions may be your life’s
Remember, at your very core lies the Master Within, or your divine
self. Your goal as a mystic is to attune with the Master Within,
as you seek to become one with God. When you do this, your conscious
mind and internal thoughts, feelings and beliefs will become congruent
and synchronicities will become a way of life.
When all these aspects of your being are radiating energy in synch,
miracles may occur. But it’s not a miracle — it’s
a direct result of a perfectly understandable universal law. A
bumper sticker states, "We don’t believe in miracles,
we rely on them." Similarly, don’t believe your life
is a random series of coincidences — make it miraculous. •