According to Wikipedia, Jung said that events are “meaningful coincidences” if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related. During his career, Jung furnished several different definitions of it, defining synchronicity as an “acausal connecting (togetherness) principle,” “meaningful coincidence”, and “acausal parallelism.”
He viewed the phenomenon as evidence of the profound connectedness that permeates reality, demonstrating that we are part of something ultimately meaningful rather than random pieces in a context of absolute chaos.
Such instances are very common, I’d bet most or all SN readers and practically everyone else has had them, and the stories are most interesting, fascinating, great entertainment, and uplifting.
An old friend of mine recently related this example from his own experience:
He’d enjoyed a year or two’s friendship with a woman, a nurse working at a local hospital. After drifting apart they’d not been in contact at all. But about 20 years later she began to come into his mind quite frequently, to the point where he thought she might be in some kind of serious difficulty, particularly as she’d tended to have a problematic sort of life.
Then one day he was travelling on a bus (a single-decker 214 through Kentish Town, north London, for those who know the area), sitting on a seat next to the aisle, and happened to glance across at the passenger sitting just across from him, who was reading a letter. At that moment, the address on the letter became visible – it was the very same address where his former friend had lived!
Seeing this propelled him into action and he began to search for her. She’d apparently left that old address many years before, but he persevered and, after several months of ‘detective work’, eventually found her. She confirmed she’d been going through severe personal problems from the time he’d been thinking of her. They resumed seeing each other, my friend was there for her, as it were, and saw her through the crisis before they eventually parted again.
SN readers are invited to comment and to share their own experiences of such phenomena. It’ll be interesting to hear about similar experiences in and out of Sannyas, and whether commune life, for instance, including the presence of and contact with Osho, tended to engender them to a greater or lesser degree.
(Also, see The Meaning of Synchronicity)