"There are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous." Deepak Chopra
Everyone has experienced synchronicity in their lives—you think of an old friend and then he or she suddenly calls, discovering a new fact and then seeing mentions of it everywhere, humming a song and then turning on Pandora to hear the exact tune. This is the everyday magic in our lives, and confirms the connectedness of all beings in the Universe.
When our eyes are opened to the awareness of synchronistic occurrences, we plug in to cosmic timing. By definition it is “the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.” Or magic.
I can say firsthand that this tool of becoming aware of our synchronicity with the Universe has truly impacted my life, and has created moments of pure magic. Just this past weekend, I was on my way to class when I realized I had left my notebook at work. I decided to take a different route to class so that I could pick up my notebook, and suddenly found myself waiting for the train alone next to a subway flutist. I lost both of my grandfathers in the month of February, so there has always been a bit of sore spot for this month. But on this cold winter morning, this flutist started to play “Danny Boy.” I had sung this song to my Papa, as it was his favorite, in my last moment with him the week before he passed, seven years ago. In that moment, I knew that the universe and the divine had synched up just in time for me to experience this spectacular phenomena. It was my Papa’s way of giving me a hug and telling me he loves me.
THE QUICK AND DIRTY TASK: Encountering Synchronicity
The WHAT: We hold the power to start using synchronicity to increase the amount of magic in our lives. Take judgment aside, and allow yourself to become open to the signs that the universe places just for us.
1. Pay more attention to signs on billboards, license plates, buildings, etc. See if there is a message for you.
Side note: Bryce was once having a particularly rough day, was late for work, was feeling off about acting and life in general, and then proceeded to trip and fall on the street. Cursing the world (I’m sure in an overly dramatic fashion), he looked up and saw the store he fell in front of was called “Courage. B.” That was exactly the sign he needed to dust himself off and get back out there!
2. Follow your hunches in going against the plan, or deciding on a whim to take a different route to your next destination. You never know when a magical flutist will appear…
3. Whenever you hear an emergency vehicle or siren lights go off, take note about what you were saying or thinking about at that time.
4. Walk into a bookstore, maybe on your “me day,” and allow yourself to wander aimlessly. Follow your intuition, and find that book that you needed in that moment.
5. Allow yourself to try new, unexpected things. Trust that you live in a synchronistic Universe. And recite that affirmation!
Synchronicity is natural occurrence, and we deserve to experience the joy and wonder that it creates in our lives. Look at the messages you find, and examine them just as you do your dreams. “Why did I experience this encounter, and what in my life needs my attention?”
The universe wants us to experience these miracles. Encountering synchronicity is another tool we can use to grow and awaken our Third Eye. TRUST ME, the more you take notice, the more the magic happens.