The Magic of Synchronicity

SynchronicityAmy L. Lansky, PhD, Contributor
Waking Times

You know the feeling. You’re sitting in a café or standing in line at the supermarket, and suddenly you meet a complete stranger who, for some inexplicable reason, seems like an old friend. You are on the same “wavelength.” Your energies mesh, and afterward, you walk away feeling invigorated and optimistic – perhaps even younger! That’s the power of similar vibrations.

Or consider another common experience: the uplifting effect of being part of a group focused on an exciting endeavor – a community project, a thrilling sporting event or concert, or perhaps praying or meditating together. Entering into a collective experience with others often seems to magnify its effects, because everybody is literally “vibrating” in the same way. Just as two violins playing the same note create a resonance that reinforces and amplifies the sound, the effect of two or more people getting onto the “same wavelength” can create an enhanced experience that exceeds the sum of its parts.

The power of similar vibrations can manifest in some surprising ways. Consider, for example, its application in the realm of psychological and physical healing. Both medical studies and practical experience have shown that when patients attend support-group meetings with others who have similar health problems, their collective energy provides a stimulus that enables change and healing to occur.

This phenomenon has even been measured scientifically. For example, researchers have found that not only can humans use intention to influence the behavior of otherwise randomly-behaving machines, but that connected couples working together – that is, people “on the same wavelength” – have the ability to exert even greater influence [1]. Taking a lead from these results, researchers Dean Radin and Roger Nelson of Princeton placed random-output devices at a variety of intense community venues: music concerts, sporting events, and even Burning Man gatherings in Nevada. The results were significant and nothing short of mind-boggling. As the researchers predicted, the machines did indeed deviate from their otherwise normal random behavior in the presence of these collective “high vibe” events [2, 3].

If our collective energies can affect machines, it’s not surprising that they affect us too. In fact, this has also been measured scientifically. One series of studies on the effects of transcendental meditation, for example, found that if enough meditators work together and focus their intentions on a specific goal, they can achieve some pretty amazing things – for instance, lower the amount of violent crime in a city for extended periods of time [4].

Another phenomenon that might be related to the power of similar vibrations is synchronicity – the coincidence of seemingly unrelated events that share a common meaning. A typical example of synchronicity is when the beloved clock or watch of an individual breaks or stops at the precise moment of their death.

The phenomenon was first described by famed Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, who also coined the term “synchronicity” [5]. His first striking encounter with a “meaningful coincidence” of this kind occurred when one of his patients was describing her dream about a golden scarab beetle. Suddenly, Jung heard a rapping on the window. When he opened it, a rose chafer beetle – the insect most similar to a scarab in Jung’s region – flew into the room. Jung quickly put two and two together. He realized that the mythological meaning of the scarab – an ancient Egyptian symbol for rebirth – was highly pertinent to his patient’s problems, and that the recounting of her dream was the reason why the insect had appeared in waking life.

When you think about it, the phenomenon of synchronicity has some profound implications. In particular, the universe may not be operating like a cold, meaningless machine after all. Instead, the reality we experience each day may be flooded with, what I like to call fields of meaning. Each field of meaning has a particular vibration to it, and objects, individuals, emotions, symbols, dreams, and events that share this vibration may resonate with one another and then, as a result, co-occur in time and space. If so, this may be what causes a synchronicity. In other words, in addition to simple cause and effect (“A causes B causes C”), synchronicity may be another fundamental mechanism that determines how our reality unfolds.

If you look back on your life, I’m sure you can come up with a few personal experiences of synchronicity. Often, these amazing coincidences occur at key junctures – when you meet your true love, when you get the job of your dreams, when fate seems to open a door. Somehow, the intensity of our desire may create a field of meaning that brings fortuitous synchronicities our way. Here are two pretty amazing examples from my own life.

Back in 2008, when I was writing a book about this subject [6], I spent a few days focusing on the work of British biologist Rupert Sheldrake and his theory of morphic fields – a theory that also directly relates to the power of similar vibrations. Sheldrake proposed the concept of morphic resonance as a way for similar or related things, such as members of the same species or emotionally connected individuals, to communicate with one another. He then used his theory to explain a variety of otherwise unexplained phenomena – for example, how animals have been able to evolve similarly on very distant parts of the planet, even when no physical contact between populations was possible [7]. After a day of reading and writing about Sheldrake’s ideas, I was greeted by my husband returning home from his job at a computer research laboratory in Silicon Valley. “Amy, you’re not going to believe this,” he said. “Tomorrow, Rupert Sheldrake is giving a talk at my lab and you and I are going to take him out to lunch.” What?!

Now please understand; talks about esoteric subjects like Sheldrake’s morphic field theory are not commonplace in computer research labs. In fact, Sheldrake’s talk was poorly attended. It just so happened that one of the lab’s researchers had met Sheldrake in Scotland and had invited him to speak the next time he was in our area. Before I could even finish writing about Rupert Sheldrake, I was sitting and having lunch with him. Coincidence? Or synchronicity?

Here’s another charming synchronicity that occurred the summer of 2013. Every year, my husband and I take a vacation in an idyllic lake-filled region of Ontario, Canada called Muskoka. In 2013, we decided to drive cross-country from California to Canada for the first time, and we brought along our iPod filled with many thousands of songs to serve as our musical accompaniment. Over the course of our trek, we drove 5,000 miles meandering through the northern states of the USA on our way to Canada. At the end of the summer, we headed south to my hometown of Buffalo, New York, to visit with family and friends before flying home to California.

Now, most years, when we make our voyage south to Buffalo, it means the end of a relaxing summer vacation. As a result, I’m usually a bit sad as we cross the Peace Bridge over the Niagara River into Buffalo. But that summer, having just explored the vast expanse of the United States, I felt differently. I was happy to come back home. And just as we were beginning to see road signs indicating that the Peace Bridge was near, our iPod started playing a song that we had not heard all summer. First we heard the introductory bars of music, and then Ray Charles began singing: “Oh beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain…”

“I can’t believe it! Another synchronicity!” I said to my husband. As the song continued, I marveled at this amazing “coincidence.”  I felt blessed, transfixed, delighted, charmed. And sure enough, just at the very moment when we hit the center of the bridge where three flags fly – first the Canadian maple leaf, followed by an international flag, and then the American stars and stripes – Ray’s voice reached the climax of America the Beautiful: “From sea to shining sea!” Wow.

Think about it.  The world may not be so random after all. We humans may be much more than passive observers of a meaningless universe, buffeted about by chaotic chance.  Instead, we are all active co-creators, and not just in obvious ways. Our individual states of being, and especially our collective states of being, affect everything and everyone around us – indeed, how reality itself unfolds.

Of course, the wisdom teachings of many indigenous cultures already underscore this truth. In fact, some spiritual teachers stress that an increase in synchronicities can be a sign that one is on the right path. Knowing this, I was even more thrilled when Ray Charles’s voice heralded my return to America.

So keep your eye out for synchronicities when they occur. Don’t shrug them off – watch what comes next! And share your “good vibrations” with the world. They really do have an effect, perhaps even greater than you realize.


[1] R.G. Jahn and B.J. Dunne. “On the Quantum Mechanics of Consciousness, with Application to Anomalous Phenomena.” Foundations of Physics. 16(8), 721–772 (1986).

[2] R.D. Nelson, et al. “Field REG Anomalies in Group Situations.” Journal of Scientific Exploration, 10(1), 111–141 (1996).

[3] R.D. Nelson, et al. “Field REG II: Consciousness Field Effects: Replications and Explorations.” Journal of Scientific Exploration, 12(3), pp. 425–454 (1998).

[4] J.S. Hagelin, et al. “Effects of Group Practice of the Transcendental Meditation Program on Preventing Violent Crime in Washington, DC: Results of the National Demonstration Project, June–July 1993.” Social Indicators Research, 47: 153–201 (1999).

[5] C. Jung. Jung on Synchronicity and the Paranormal: Key Readings. London: Routledge (1977).

[6] A. Lansky. Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within. Portola Valley, California: R.L.Ranch Press (2011).

[7] R. Sheldrake. The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature. Rochester, Vermont: Park Street Press (1988).

About the Author

Amy Lansky was a NASA researcher in artificial intelligence when her life was transformed by the miraculous homeopathic cure of her son’s autism. In 2003, she published Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy, now one of the best-selling introductory books on homeopathy worldwide ( Since then, Lansky has broadened her investigations to include ancient and modern teachings about consciousness, synchronicity, meditation, and our collective power to evolve and transform our world. The result is her second book, Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within, published in 2011 (  Her blog can be found at

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  • Lynda Doerner

    Interesting post as well as comments.Thank you all!

  • I AM THAT I AM blessing/praising/thanking/appreciating/loving/at-Divine-supreme-oneness with mastery of ALL synchronicities, infinitely/eternally, easily/effortlessly, NOW.

  • Floridahank

    All of these mental/psychological/biological combinations can be ingrained with a deep study of the power of Jesus Christ. I don’t mean what is simply being said by so-called Christians. I mean the deep study of many ancient writings interpreted by honest Biblical scholars to help certain of us Christians to get the Truth as has been proclaimed by the Holy Scriptures. There is much that was hidden as a secret until the advent of Christ Jesus and the creation of “The Church” which has now given us deeper insight as to the meaning of a worthwhile life. Only those Christians who search the Scriptures with an open mind will be directed by the Holy Spirit to find what life should be. The wisdom on man is folly — it keeps changing with new discoveries and technological information, so it is not absolute, which is in contrast to the Absolute Truth of Christ Jesus.

  • Jonathan

    I think you have misunderstood the nature of synchronicity. I suggest you read Synchronicity: Science, Myth and the Trickster by Allan Combs and Mark Holland for an broader understanding.

    The personal events you have described are at most serendipity, and at least coincidence. The world is chaotic, and there is likely some sort of order behind that chaos.

    But equally the psychology of our species is one which seeks to put meaning and order on chaotic events to satisfy both our quest for understanding and, ultimately, our egos. I feel strongly this must be included in any rational discussion regarding synchronicity too.

    I’m am also concerned you have referenced seven works of scientific literature, including one by yourself, to back up your own short article on a field of work which is still exploratory and founded largely on conjecture, rather than any scientific findings.

    However, your will to spur further debate such as this is, of course, welcome.

  • karma sonam

    Synchronicity is a rather clunky term coined by Jung to express his partial insight into the nature of reality… we can move on by seeing that the advent of electronics has begun to dismantle the clockwork model created by reductionist science, ushering in the realization that the ‘random’ is simply an outdated mechanistic illusion, and all things comprise one intelligent and completely resonant ‘holo-fractal’ unity, as exhaustively explored by mystics of many cultures. Resonance is the key to the Mysteries…

  • Johan Hendrick

    anyhow from carl jung on we got to synchronicity and how it best works..with the field thing it got better and I will read that again and try to add to that later [anyhow as I posted at main page earlier thoughts

    the sum can NEVER exceed the sum of the parts..know this union of energies in 2 de parragraph is another thing [a law of more of the same shall be given]..our minds vibrate at the right frequencies that harmonise together [vibe]..and create SEEMINGLY a gain from no where/but the input of spirit realm is ever present..[omnipresent]

    know that obsessing about anything attracts like minded minds from all the realms ..minor duplications…sympathetic vibration is the same with the same its not the same thing as the heading [that is a law of know where the sheep are sorted from the goats/the wheat from the tares the angels from

    its an age old trick used to gain or other short that meeting is more kismet not syncronicity..
    my guides promtings and warnings i ignore at the peril of my soul..knowing the promtings i obey bind me to them who sent them[angels as much as demons]..

    be warned true syncronicity..its really as real as it gets but beware of deceivers and maniplulations..wether its by good or vile its your choice alone..what its fruit is to be..[or not to be]..that’s not the question its your works alone that save or condem thee.

  • Johan Hendrick

    sadly I couldn’t get past the first paragraph that wrongly linked one thing with the topic that is a completely different thing/sympathetic vibration is the same with the same its not the same thing as the heading [that is a law of know where the sheep are sorted from the goats/the wheat from the tares the angels from its an age old trick used to gain or other short that meeting is more kismet not syncronicity..but be still my guides I must read on

    as a guide to my own following of syn-crone-i-c ty.. anyhow it is an awarensss tool that is ever present both to guide us or misslead us not ever a sure sign use it under advisement of conciousness and NEVER let it overule commonsense or morality [as this guidence like our thoughts come from angels as much as from demons..anyhow being following the external guidence i wade in knowing it will be hard to read without my guides promtings and warnings i ignore at the peril of my soul..knowing the promtings i obey bind me to them who sent them[angels as much as demons]..

    so be warned [sorry cautioned]..none of the signs come from god only those who would guide us comfort us or misslead or decieve test if we are of the light [de-light]..or the darkness to test our salt [passion] as much as affirm our be warned its really as real as it gets but beware of deceivers and maniplulations..

    never take it too serious of itself its not a law
    nor allow it to overule common sense..or become obsessive about it [the rule is allways more of the same will be given..and living only by external sign isn’t really ‘living’ at all its manipulation 4 sure..but wether its by good or vile its your choice alone..what its fruit is to be..[or not to be]..that’s not the question its your works alone that save or condem thee.

    • Dimitri Ledkovsky

      Right you are Johan. Totalitarian fascist regimes exploit the power of mutually reinforcing, happy-making vibrations to run their power scams on millions, if not billions, of slavishly enthralled feel gooders. Synchronicity comes to the aid of the bad guys much more readily than to the dreamers and poets. Why? One probability is that the bad guys know this and thus harness and control it, i.e. they turn it into a propaganda tool.

      • Anonymous

        How? Is there some study measuring this that I don’t know about? I don’t believe that it works better for “them” than for “us”, yes I believe they have more knowledge about it, but I have been naturally working with synchronicity since I was young, and it has led me to the place that I am at today, and without it, I wouldn’t have HALF of the knowledge and understanding I have, nor would I have had a lot of the experiences I had. I was not TAUGHT anything about synchronicity, I learned about it through experience. You only believe it works to their advantage, because you believe that they are at an advantage. I don’t believe they have any more advantage than we do, I believe it’s all just an illusion and as long as we keep believing this illusion it will be so. I have lived in poverty for most of my life, but I feel richer than anyone I know and I have no desire for money. The synchronicities I have experienced go way beyond explanation. Also, right now, if you aren’t experiencing synchronicities on a daily basis, you aren’t paying attention! As we get closer to whatever it is we are getting closer to, the “magic” (for lack of a better word) is getting stronger, so synchronicity and manifestation is happening more and more frequently.

        Oh, that’s another good point to add… synchronicity and manifestation seem to go hand in hand… this is why I never worry about what’s going to happen to me anymore, I just make any action and the universe works with me (I just have to be REALLY careful about what I wish for).

        AND I also wanted to add to Johan, you say that synchronicities can lead you down a bad path so BEWARE, but I disagree with your warning… every dark cloud that has EVER happened to me has had a beautiful silver lining, it’s not always been clear while the dark cloud is hovering over me, but as soon as it clears, I can see the silver lining, and I can honestly tell you that I wouldn’t take away any of the traumatic things that have happened to me in my life, because they are all lessons for me to learn from. If you believe in God and heaven, then it can’t be much of a stretch for you to understand that you never face anything that you aren’t strong enough to deal with and that these are lessons to make us better people, that is of course if we choose to learn from the experience! We ALWAYS have free will! So I now accept all of the horrible things in my life for the silver lining that comes from it. This doesn’t mean I sit back and let the bad things happen! The fight is part of the lesson! So for me, even when my synchronicities lead me to a bad experience, I thank that experience for the lesson I learned from it. I don’t believe in the bible, I have seen angels and I have seen demons, but I still don’t believe in the bible. I believe that I have everything I need to know inside of me, and I got to this point in my life by following my own instincts and intelligence, and I learned very early on that the bible is full of inconsistency, that it was very hard to take it seriously. It is so bad that they have to constantly update it to “fit” with the current belief system. Look at the Catholic Church for example (and this is only one example, I could give many examples for many different religions of exactly this happening)… previously you would burn in hell for eternity if you had sex out of wed-lock. Now they’re changing their minds because too many people have stopped going to church because of their out-dated ideals and it is hurting their hip pocket. How are they going to buy all that gold and jewels without the gullible people throwing money at them? Does God change his mind like this? If so why should I believe anything he says? If not, then the church is lying and why should I believe anything they say? Does God care about gold and jewels as much as the pope does?

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