I do love synchronicity, it’s one of my favorite things. Synchronicity is “the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.”
In religious terms we might call those things “an interruption by Grace.” Those little moments that take your breath away, where you recognize some order is occurring in the midst of randomness and chaos and you see a pattern forming outside of your own causation, outside of “you.”
Carl Jung did a great deal of work with synchronicity, dreams, the collective consciousness. He was seeking evidence of the paranormal, while studying the impact of synchronicity on people’s minds. Often these events will have a profound impact on us, knock our reason and intellect off-line just long enough for us to catch a glimpse of the irrational. I call it slipping in under the radar.
Mathematicians also often work with synchronicity, with probabilities, with the never-ending struggle to between causation and synchronicity, between randomness and order, chaos and purpose.
Our human brains are often compelled to spot patterns, to fire off those neurons and synapses and to try to create some confirmation bias for ourselves. “Bias,” being the keyword there, as in we’re often seeking evidence of our own theories after the fact, to confirm them, so to speak. It’s a marvelous way of making our way in the world, but it does have its draw backs. We can confirm our own denial just as well as we can confirm our own truth. It’s not unlike the Google, you’re likely to get the results you’re searching for.
Synchronicity has its critics, people who believe only in causation and confirmation bias, coincidence, they call it. Coincidence is a funny word, it means nearly the precise same thing as synchronicity, and yet one suggests randomness and the other order. One speaks to Divine intervention, the other to a meaningless happenstance.
The Fibonacci sequence also has its critics, but I do love spirals nearly as much as I love synchronicity. There’s nothing particularly rational about loving spirals, but there’s nothing particularly rational about falling in love either. Often we waste far too much time trying to think and reason, when what we really need to do is just close our eyes and feel the music.
Here’s a fun video on the Fibonacci sequence and God’s fingerprint.