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Synchronicity and Chance Meetings: Carl Jung on Bringing Magic Into Our Lives

Carl Jung introduced the idea of synchronicity to strip off the fantasy, magic, and superstition which surround and are provoked by unpredictable, startling, and impressive events which appear to be connected.

As Jung said of synchronicity, it invariably accompanies the process of individuation. According to Jung, this is a process of transformation whereby the personal and collective unconscious are brought into consciousness (e.g., by means of dreams, active imagination, or free association) to be assimilated into the whole personality.

Synchronicity occurs when there is no clear causality between two events. There is a parallelism of time and meaning between psychic and psychophysical events, which scientific knowledge so far has been unable to reduce to a common principle.

You often experience this in your relationships where two people come together in ways that lead to individuation through shared experiences. As Jung said of these situations: “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”

One such event occurred recently in Nha Trang, Vietnam, where blogger extraordinaire Colette Young and Ideapod co-founder Justin Brown found themselves crossing paths unexpectedly. Young and Brown have known each other for many years, and it was a great surprise to both be in such an unusual location at the same time.

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” – Carl Jung

Posted by Ideapod on Thursday, December 29, 2016

They created the above live video on Ideapod’s Facebook page to memorialize the experience and explore the meaning of synchronicity in their lives. Young also shared her thoughts on Instagram.

Sometimes the universe is totally on your side. I decided to spend a few days at this secluded beach resort on the coast of Vietnam to reflect on my past year and make new goals for this year. I was planning on meditating, practicing yoga, and spending a lot of time thinking, writing, and being creative. I would dedicate a few hours to just writing down the things that I can be thankful for on paper. I would create a new playlist. I would make my 2017 spreadsheet. I would write a Coco Zaza blog post that I’ve so been neglecting. I would assess my actions with friends, relationships, and family. But then this happened! I’m not sure if it’s fate, and I’m not one to believe in coincidences, but here I am in fkg Nha Trang and my friend @justinrbrown just happens to be down the road. Nha Trang isn’t just your average spot. No one just “goes” there, so you can imagine our minds being blown when we found out we were in the same place. Yesterday we recorded a FB Live for his company, @Ideapods, on synchronicity, serendipity, and being great with being alone. However, as much as I like to be alone, I like to be with wonderful humans even more. #slayonbaby #friendsinalltherightplaces #VIET 🙏🏼

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Their experience together punctured the desired hole in their rationalist and logical frameworks of understanding reality, breaking through the ice of their intellectual resistance to the power of synchronicity.

What do you think of synchronicity? How do you bring forth synchronicity in your life?


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