Signs

Discerning the Difference between Signs and Happenstances

Have you ever opened a book looking for something and landed on the exact page that you wanted? Can you do that again? As we explore the potential meaning behind synchronicity and those eerie coincidences that can leave you totally speechless, let’s first talk about distinguishing between signs and happenstance.

Signs versus Happenstance

The easiest way to distinguish between pure happenstance and potentially a synchronistic sign is just that. Was it a lucky fluke like flipping a coin 10 times in a row and landing on heads as you called it? Or was it something bigger.

An example of a sign is a black cat crosses your path, you pass by an accident, and you notice that it is Friday the 13th on the same day you are supposed to propose to someone. You may see all of those things and think that you should pick another day to pop the question.

Synchronicity happens when on your way to your next date, you catch your lover in flagrante with someone else. Were all of those “signs” just superstitious hocus pocus if it led you down the right path? Having your suspicions or uneasiness affirmed is the difference between a bonafide synchronicity and a neat little happenstance.

Skeptics versus Believers

It was the famed psychologist Carl Jung who first came up with the word for these funny happenings, calling it synchronicity. His theory is that there is an entire world just beneath what we perceive as reality.

When we see synchronicities, those are moments when we are momentarily synced with an invisible world. It is as if for a moment the curtain separating the visible from the invisible is pulled back and we see the work going on behind it.

Believers, no matter their faith, even agnostics will often attribute these things to a higher power believing that they happen by design; that there is an actual cause and effect that crosses the divide between the physical world and the beyond.

Of course, a skeptic would always point to pure luck as the root for synchronicity. And of course when superstition is involved like the example above, it’s easy to brush it off as coincidence. But when it is harder to explain, even skeptics have a tough time brushing off true synchronistic events.

Faith is the Difference in Your Perspective

Believers may see signs where there are none. There is some evidence that synchronicity is heightened during times of difficulty or great sadness.

Your grandmother dies. As you are looking at a photo of her holding your hand, you look up at the sky and notice that the clouds look like a big hand and a small hand clasping; almost exactly as it looks in the picture.

Is it a sign from God reassuring you that your grandma is in heaven? Is it an angel? Or are you just seeing what you want to see? But what about those weird coincidences that happen every day, not related to any kind of emotional need in your life?

Looking for Synchronicities in Your Life

Now to the nitty gritty; you want to know how to distinguish between the two so that you can know how to recognize signs that are warnings and to know when to listen to your gut. Synchronicity that “means something” will come by way of dream, premonition, a gut feeling, etc.; you’ll feel it internally not just see it physically.

A good luck charm helping you win at the track will eventually give out. But I can help you laser in on those gut feelings, the ones you really want to know about, to help you discern between signs and happenstance and use that knowledge for your good.

Maya GraceDiscerning the Difference between Signs and Happenstances