I’ve been reading more about Jung and his thoughts on synchronicity. It turns out that I had not fully understood his theory. The idea that coincidences have meaning is too simplistic. In fact, it is counter-productive to notice a coincidence and then try to find meaning in it.
I’ve saved a few examples of coincidental numbers that cropped up this past month. First there was a day when I went to my bank’s ATM to check my balance. I saw a slip of paper on the ground and picked it up, and saw that it was the ATM receipt from the previous person’s transaction, with $1,339.xx shown as their account balance. I then checked my own balance, and got a receipt showing $1,339.xx — the two values differed by twelve cents.
Other numbers jumped out at me this month. I saw the string 55422 (I forget where) and thought it might have been from that “Amelia Sequence” from a television show, but 55124 would have been the correct match. I read about an online story having 115 characters so far, and then read about an online forum having a gathering with 115 members registered to attend. My family went shopping and bought a computer mouse, and in the parking lot I challenged them to remember the model number, just as we walked past a sign with the same 3-digit number.
None of those pairings held any real significance. They didn’t trigger any transcendental awareness or reveal any hidden meaning. These were simple coincidences, not examples of Jung’s synchronicity. The fact that they were all numbers is because I’ve been looking for numbers, rather than letting the universe work its magic in whatever symbolism it chooses.
At the library today, I thumbed through a book by DeBell on “Spiritual Messages” which suggests that there is more going on at an unconscious level when synchronicity happens. Jung talked about it in terms of the observer effect. My psychic/emotional state is only one factor, added to the material circumstances present at the moment of an unexpected external event. The inspiration or “aha” that I might receive is in relation to the thoughts on my mind at the time. It is supposed to be a closed loop, with subtle and personal symbolism. Any mere coincidence like numbers that anyone can see will only have meaning to the superstitious types.
I’ve picked up a few more books to read this week. In the meantime, enjoy the random chaos of the universe.