Synchronicity: Six Ways to Pay Attention to the Signs

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Synchronicity was a word coined by Carl Jung in the 1920’s. Jung was on a deep spiritual journey that took him into the realms of his inner workings in an unprecedented way. Jung used his dreams to explore his inner workings and he adapted what he’d learned about himself to his psychotherapy practice. On patient dreamed of a golden scarab. The next day during the therapy session a golden scarab flew into the room and Jung caught it. His surprise and delight are the hallmarks of synchronistic events. Scarabs are very rare in Switzerland. But the appearance of the insect which was considered sacred by Egyptians, brought a powerful affirmation to the patient and to Jung’s theories. It deepened the meaning of the symbol and brought it to cross the boundaries between waking consciousness and dream consciousness.

Synchronicity happens when we wake up and pay attention to the signs. Here are some keys for tuning in and interpreting.

1)    Take note of dreams. Dreams will often reveal powerful images that can offer up guidance. Learning what they mean to you will require some effort and play. In that creative play space, the mind and heart are open to understanding the deeper meanings.

2)    Notice things that hold an emotional charge. If you’re attracted to owls, for example, do they show up on cards at the coffee shop or on a walk in nature? A woman who loves butterflies finds them fluttering by in unusual places. To her they symbolize the power of transformation and rebirth.

3)    Some synchronistic events and symbols are warnings. They give us signs that we need to change jobs, move to a different place, or change a habit to keep from getting sick.

4)    Have a playful state of mind. When we play, we’re open and curious. Just look at kids. Make efforts to re-create that creative child’s mind in yourself through drawing, collage and doing things in a different way. Changing from the right hand to the left (or vice versa if you’re left handed) will bring the mind to function differently. It opens new pathways in the brain.

5)    Meditate. Schedule regular moments to simply be quiet and listen. In the silence miracles and new solutions can come in.

6)    Take a Different Path. Try driving or walking a different path. Listen to your heart and dare to go in a new direction that you’re unfamiliar with.

By being open to the Divine plays of the universe, amazing things will happen.

Bio: Debra Moffitt is author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life. A visionary and teacher, she’s devoted to nurturing the spiritual in everyday life. She leads workshops on spiritual practices at the Sophia Institute and other venues in the U.S. and Europe. Her mind/body/spirit articles, essays and stories appear in publications around the globe and were broadcast by BBC World Services Radio. She has spent over fifteen years practicing meditation, working with dreams and doing spiritual practices. Visit her online at


One comment

  1. Debra, I like your list of ways to pay attention to signs and synchronicities! I’d like to add another key to tune in to that is fairly accessible, but can also go unnoticed if you’re not tuned in. Notice the spontaneous interior images that float through your mind during the course of the day. They may helping you decode the present to see a perspective that gives you broader meaning of your current circumstances. Writing about the image in your journal–and even having a dialog with the image– may help you capture and understand it better.

    Nice to have connected with your blog!

    Ruth Folit

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