Is It Odd, or Is It … Synchronicity?

The Dalai Lama said :  “I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.”

Wikipedia describes synchronicity as “the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, yet are experienced as occurring together in a meaningful manner. The concept of synchronicity was first described in this terminology by Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychologist, in the 1920s.”

For those of us who need to keep things simple,  Dr. Jung used the simple term “meaningful coincidence” to describe these events.


Would you believe that I had (another) one just two days ago?  While walking down the block outside of my office, a car stopped at the light beeped at me.  I waved, then recognized the passenger as someone I knew through my work.  She waved me over, asking me to come closer.  I did.  She the said “I just want you to know that meeting you was the greatest thing ever to happen to me.”

As I walked away, I thought to myself:  “What are the odds that I walked out of work at the same time one of 3,000,000 Chicagoans I knew was driving by?  What if I had stayed a minute longer talking with the front desk staff at work?  What if the light was green when she approached it?  What if I had my iPod earbuds in and the volume was cranked on my iPhone?  What if I had tunnel vision and simply didn’t see her?  Well … we never would have shared that moment.

The saying in recovery goes:  “Is it odd, or is it God?”  I guess I’m thinking that “synchronicty” just doesn’t begin to describe what happened.

What do you think?

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