Editor’s note | Higher Journeys
Every time I turn around I’m running into someone who’s admitting that lately, synchronicity is becoming almost a daily occurrence. Particularly while in the midst of working with clients in my intuitive guidance integration training, I’m hard pressed to find someone who isn’t having an uptick in serendipitous experiences.
Whether thinking of someone you haven’t seen in years and then, voila – they call, or looking at the clock and seeing 11:11 repeatedly, synchronicity comes in all flavors, sizes and meanings.
In my recent interview with the author of Great Decisions – Perfect Timing Paul O’Brien, we discussed how tuning in to synchronicity can be an integral support to making big decisions at the perfect time. In one of my questions to Paul, I asked him whether synchronicity may be increasing for more people due to a reported shift in frequency of this planet and of our own consciousness. He agreed that we are undergoing some sort of a consciousness upgrade, a shift that is allowing for more people to recognize synchronicity in their lives, although he believes that synchronicity is in our midst all of the time and always has been.
This is a time of change, of acceleration, of shifting and although it may not seem completely obvious to many, there are some who are attuned to the subtle but consistent change that’s in the air. Increased synchronicity seems to be indicative of this shift. For those who aren’t bumping into those little (or big) co-mingling of occurrences that we call synchronicity, I found a lovely article that highlights a variety of ways we can trigger more synchronicity in our lives.
7 Steps to Increase Synchronicity in our Daily Lives | Elephant Journal
Those wonderful moments that blur the line between coincidence and fate are known as moments of synchronicity.
The moment you think of a kind message you want to tell a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while—and then they call; the moment you find yourself searching for an answer, and there it is—a message on a billboard that means something to you.
Carl Jung, the legendary Swiss psychiatrist, coined the term “synchronicity” to describe the occurrence of two events that have no causal relationship yet appear related. Jung discovered that these events happened far too frequently to be coincidences.
These are seven steps I have built my life around, to experience more flow and synchronicity.
1. Get closer to nature
Jumping in the ocean or running in a forest reminds us it is awesome to be alive and refreshes the soul. The vastness of nature offers perspective and is also the perfect antidote to the overstimulation we receive in the modern world.
Synchronicity has a lot to do with understanding how everything in the universe is connected on some level. This kind of deep understanding is far more likely to take place in the wild than in an office or bedroom.
So spend more time in nature—watching, listening, feeling, and understanding.
2. Train your brain
People spend countless hours in gyms training their muscles, but it is the quality of mind-attention that affects our life more than almost anything. If we can’t focus, we can’t do anything well.
B. Alan Wallace writes in The Attention Revolution: “As long as our minds oscillate compulsively between agitation and dullness, wavering from one attentional imbalance to another, we may never discover the depths of human consciousness.”
He goes onto say that “as with any skill, such as playing the piano or learning a sport, we can, through drills, repetition, habituation over time, develop capacities presently beyond our reach.”
By reading books, challenging our minds through sudoku, crosswords or stimulating conversation, we are training our minds to be in a state where we are more prone to discovering the depths of our consciousness.
It is in those depths, below the surface of conscious thought, where synchronicity, intuition and flow are found.
3. Listen to your subconscious voice
A feature of our modern culture is the preference for analytical thinking over our subconscious or gut feeling.
Elite free climber, Dean Potter, calls this “The Voice” and he trains himself through meditation, solitude in the wilderness and constant climbing so that The Voice is loud and clear for him. Listening to The Voice has saved his life many times and allowed him to free solo (climb vertical walls with no ropes or assistance) many of the worlds most challenging climbing routes in record times.
Our subconscious intuition is a quality that has to be used or it wastes away; just as one has to exercise muscles, intuition, too, must be exercised. The key to tuning in to our inner voices lies in meditation, mindful living, solitude and creativity. Writing a journal and expressing our subconscious in written or visual form is a powerful way to create a solid foundation for synchronicity to grow out of.
4. Learn the art of surrender
Surrender is not about sitting on our backsides or waving a white flag. We have a responsibility to change what we can’t accept, and it is a courageous and noble path to accept what we can’t change.
A state of surrender is a very powerful state to be in.
Rather than fighting against the universe, we can become a channel through which the universe flows. Of course, when things don’t go our way, it is our ego that feels insulted. So surrender means recognizing and then ditching the ego and bravely accepting what we can’t change.
By doing this we open ourselves up to the flow of life, and to synchronicity.
Read the full article here.