Paula SchneiderAre you interested in synchronicities like I am?  I have been journaling synchronicities that have occurred to me since the 1980’s, and I’m still no closer to understanding them than I was then.  They puzzle and intrigue me.  I feel, in this regard, I am in the company of giants.  The great psychologist, philosopher, and mystic, Carl Jung, was tantalized by these occurrences just like I am, and just like me, he was not able to figure out how or why they happen. 

From my journal, here is an example of a synchronicity I noticed in the early 80’s.  Its details have stuck with me for years.  I was in my kitchen and the television was on in the den.  I said to my roommate, “Whew, I had quite a day at work!  I think I need a drink.”  (Funny, since I didn’t and still don’t drink).  The next words from someone on the television were, “Would you like a glass of wine?”

Many of my synchronicities seem to involve television or radio along with either me or Larry saying something.  Then someone on the radio or television “seems” to respond to our comment or question.  I’m always puzzled when this happens.  Another thing I have noted is that most of my synchronicities are what I describe as mundane.

However, I recently experienced a different type of synchronicity—one that seemed to be a bit more complicated.  One night, my father and I were talking on the phone and he began to tell me about a book he was reading and enjoying entitled, Skipping Christmas.  He told me enough about the plot to get me interested in possibly reading it.  The next day, I found myself in a used bookstore, and I remembered the book my father had mentioned the night before.  Heading off to the G’s (John Grisham is the author), I found three copies of Skipping Christmas on the shelf.  I selected one and brought it to the cashier.

Just as I approached the counter, the store’s phone rang and the clerk answered it.  I could tell the caller was asking if she had a certain book.  Just then, the cashier said to the caller as she was taking a note, “The book is called Skipping Christmas?  Who is it by?”  I showed her my copy and whispered that there were two other copies on the shelf, and she shared this information with the caller.  The clerk and I just kind of looked at each other in amazement at what had happened.  I told her that I had never even heard of that book until the night before when my father recommended it.

If you are interested in synchronicities, there are plenty to read about on the Internet.  Stanislov Grof, MD, PhD, in his book, When the Impossible Happens, shares several synchronicities with the reader.  His are more detailed and involved than the ones I have journaled.  Dr. Grof admits that he, too, is fascinated with these events and is totally unable to explain their causation.