When you’re ready to follow your Soul, synchronicities will show you the way

As a journalist, I know when I’m onto a good story when I hear it from three different sources. That’s why I know my Soul’s telling me something when the synchronicities line up in threes (often in one day!)

My Soul talks to me in ‘meaningful coincidences’ that often come in threes. (pic: istockphoto.com/kellyreekolibry)

Synchronicity, in the words of the wonderful Carl Gustav Jung, are “meaningful coincidences”. They’re stuff that happen to you that can’t possibly be a coincidence, but they have a pattern and some meaning to you personally. They’re external happenings that have symbolic significance for what’s going on internally for you.

I take synchronicity as a sign that my Soul is talking to me. It wants to tell me that I’m on the right road, that all doors I push against will open without force, and that I’m evolving beyond just the skin I’m in.

Anyone on a spiritual path will know that at some point the Ego will surrender to the Soul. That surrender can take a while, and it can involve months and years of battle. One’s defences can take some dismantling. They cling on with their fingernails, refusing to give up. But when it’s time for the Ego to wave the white flag and admit time’s up, that’s when the Soul steps in. Ever graceful, ever elusive, the Soul has symbolic messages that the Ego has to be in a mood and state to receive and interpret.

I’m often in awe of how Soul can communicate. Here’s how it reached me three times in one hour: 

1. The practical way: I was rushing out of the office at lunchtime, conscious that I had a meeting with one of the board directors just after lunch, thinking that I would need to freshen up as soon as I came back to the office. I realised I didn’t have a deodorant in my bag that day, and was thinking about buying a mini one once I’d had lunch and was on my way back to the office. On my way out the door to my floor, I saw a man’s roll-on deodorant on the floor. Not significant in itself, but hugely meaningful to me, as I’d just been thinking about deodorants before a meeting for which I’d prepared for hours, and which had an important outcome hanging on it. In short, I felt like I’d manifested the deodorant. (Significant though it was, I put in in my bag to hand back to its rightful owner once I was back after lunch).

2. The social media way: A casual search on Twitter for spirituality, in connection with a project I’m researching and writing on Jung, gifted me a beautiful article by the wonderful Dr Alice Chan. In Ego vs Soul, she writes with such honesty and wisdom, and I recognised so much of myself as she described the tussle between her authentic soul-self and her “carefully constructed life”. But it was the mention of MBTI – itself Jung based – that helped her message sink into my own Soul. I felt her blog post was written for me, as I’ve worked with MBTI for years and know how it transformed how I managed my teams.

3. The serendipitous way: Again during my lunch break, I was reflecting on how much work I had to do that afternoon, and how I never had any real time to sit down, switch off and take a break from the pressures of life. I happened to take a different route on the way to a shop I’d been recommended, when I passed by a church. The smell of incense lured me in. It’s not often in central London that happens. I must have walked this road dozens of times, but I’d never sensed this place before. I entered in, and sat for 15 minutes in meditation. Opening my eyes and feeling slightly dizzy, I saw a statue of the figure of Christ, taken from the cross and dying in his mother’s arms. For me and where I am in my life, this was a potent but gentle symbol of the persecuted persona representing the surrender of the Ego to a power greater than itself.

A lot to digest in one lunchtime. But three symbols from the real world touching my unconscious meant that I floated  back to my office in the vibrant September sun. I may not have been as fresh as I would have liked for my post-lunch meeting, but I was buoyed by spiritual deodorant for the Soul.

9 thoughts on “When you’re ready to follow your Soul, synchronicities will show you the way

  1. Jung’s concepts of synchronicity and connectedness have always resonated deeply with me. I love how the smell of incense took you into the church and I hope you don’t mind if I share a funny story with you. My father has always managed to get his words mixed up. He was entering a cathedral with my mother and aunts, and made the thoughtful remark, “There’s a strong smell of incest in here.” My aunt, a gregarious Scot, needless to say had to be removed from the Cathedral before she burst her sides laughing. 🙂

    • Hi Paul, your story made me laugh out loud. Thanks for sharing. Wow, it’s great to connect on a smell – always so evocative of memory. And you can’t beat a bit of incense for evoking something deeper than we can possibly imagine. I hope your aunt is still as gregarious now as she was then.

  2. What a powerful lunch you had indeed! I’m a huge fan of synchronicity myself (and Jung of course), and notice it all the time. I tell others that the Universe is constantly communicating with us. If we don’t notice, it’s because we either don’t believe or aren’t paying attention. Anyway, really enjoyed reading your post, and I’m honored that synchronicity connected you to my blog post this week and that the piece served you. All the best, Alice

    • Dear Alice, thank you for stopping by to read and comment. Your article was a huge inspiration for me to write this blog post. It was definitely synchronicity that connected me to your piece. How amazing to trust those impulses and signs in life. Thanks again. Best wishes.

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  5. Oh, yes, synchronicity was rampant in my life at one point. It led me to a path of love and sanity although at the time it was too much to handle because I was psychotic. There can be too much synchronicity and no walls and no space to breath and make sense of all the stimuli surrounding one. I am glad you visited because I like your blog a lot.

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