Reflections about Coincidence and Synchronicity

Carol A. Hand

A different view of life’s coincidences

Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity

Unus mundus“one world” – connecting all

Invisible threads that only a heart or spirit can see

interweaving seemingly random events

into patterns of deeper significance – a tapestry

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Unfinished Hooked Tapestry – in gratitude to Becky, the elder who taught me this skill. Recently, I’ve been tempted to finish this project begun many years ago.

Unfinished Hooked Tapestry – in gratitude to Becky, the elder who taught me this skill.
Recently, I’ve been tempted to finish this project begun many years ago.

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People we’ve met and places we’ve traveled

All our experiences more than mere chance

It’s important to take the time to reflect

To awaken to the wonder of our unique life’s dance

To discover the warp threads on our life’s loom

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Making sure they’re strong and taut

Enough to hold the weft of loving thoughts we weave

Realizing no what matter what comes our way

We have a choice about the legacy we leave

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About Carol A. Hand

What matters are not the titles I’ve held or university degrees I earned or the size of a house or bank account. It’s really what I’ve learned from ordinary people like me whom I’ve met along the way. They taught me to live with gratitude and give thanks for each new day.
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24 Responses to Reflections about Coincidence and Synchronicity

  1. “All our experiences more than mere chance”
    ~ I also share this vision. No encounter, no experience is mere chance. They change us in profound ways we’re often unaware of, as we go our separate paths.

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    • Thank you for sharing your important perspective, Rosaliene. There was a time when I viewed a past relationship as a tremendous waste of time. And then it occurred to me that wasn’t true. The challenges I had to overcome taught me so much about tenacity and resilience – incredible hard-won lessons I may not have learned otherwse.

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  2. Beautiful as always, Carol. I always feel peaceful and hopeful after reading your posts ❤

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  3. cindy knoke says:

    Jung had a near death experience as a young man, crossed over, and returned, didn’t want to return this formed the essence of his thinking and the loci of his split with Freud. I watched a video of him recently, late in his life, where he said he didn’t ‘believe’ in God. He ‘knows’ God. He also told some interesting stories about his patients, especially schizophrenics, one man whose hallucinations he dismissed as insane, until years later he had the same experience. It took me getting older to appreciated him fully. Fascinating man~

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  4. A beautiful understanding and reflection of connection Carol. Thankyou.

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  5. smilecalm says:

    feeling your words woven
    and stitched into my day
    makes me smile
    along with every
    one else here
    and there 🙂

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  6. Carol, lately I have been struggling to connect the threads. I know I am hardly alone. Seems to me one definition of evil is that which makes the task of making connections intentionally more challenging.

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    • It is hard to stay focused on hope, connections, and possibilities, Michael. My strategy so far has been to focus on what I can feasibly do where I am to keep hope alive. It’s so easy for me to lose hope when I read the news, listen to or read angry commentary, or interact with negative people. I think you’re right about evil destroying connections. It seeps into our souls and the world turns bleak and grey. This winter’s weather doesn’t help. 🙂

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  7. Bernadette says:

    A lovely analogy. Happy Monday Carol.

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    • Thank you for your lovely comments, Bernadette, and for the Monday morning blessing. Given the lateness of my reply, I will have to return your kindness by wishing you a peaceful Monday night and a glorious Tuesday. 🙂

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  8. Silvia TIC says:

    We are definitely in a similar journey…I have turned a bit away from permaculture and into eco-psychology or nature-based therapy and counselling and all of it is filled with synchronicity concepts and archetypes from Jung! 🙂

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    • It is always a gift to hear from you, Silvia. I just revisited your most recent post. I remember being too busy to comment to let you know how excited I was to hear about your life coaching sessions. You have so much compassion, knowledge and wisdom to share with others. I believe healthy people who are in touch with deeper meanings are necessary if we are going to build healthier communities.

      I also share your assessment that permaculture can so easily become elitist and self-righteous. The ethics are compelling (people care, fair share, and earth care) , but when I think about these ethics, it’s clear that indigenous people lived them long before they were discovered and claimed by academics.

      I look forward to learning more about your work and send my best wishes. 🙂

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  9. Rivenrod says:

    There are many who willfully thrust their groins and heads above the parapet, much to the annoyance of most of the rest of us, who should really heed the words: “Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.’

    Insightful.

    RR

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  10. Annika Perry says:

    Wow, Carol, powerful thoughtful poem and it’s left me in a contemplative mood…yes, we do have a choice about our legacy and how we live our lives now. I do believe in these invisible connections – it’s just a matter of trying to make some sense of them!😀

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    • Thank you for your thoughtful comments, Annika. I’m not sure it’s ever possible for us to make sense of the role of synchronicity in our lives, even in retrospect. Perhaps as “pattern-seekers” we imagine or invent them, but I prefer to imagine (tentatively believe until proven otherwise) that there’s more to life than mere coincidence…

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  11. So true and so intricately and beautifully put!

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