Coincidences and Their Meaning

Posted by on 30 Jan 2012 in Q&A | 9 comments

Kelley, Since December, I’ve had recurring encounters with a particular subject and a certain number. I read a review of the film, A Dangerous Method, about Jung and Freud. A few weeks later, I was reading a book about spiritual emergency that made reference to Carl Jung and synchronicity. Over several days things kept popping up regarding Jung. Shortly after I began to notice the number 123. It appeared on a data sheet I was reading, then later was in a book, on my trip meter as I was driving, the call number of a book…

Are these “coincidences” a manifestation of a mind primed to look for these things because of my reading? Could these happenings be some sort of synchronicity or message from the Universe or spirit guides that I should be heeding? If so, how do I get clarity as to what it is? Thanks, Belle.

Thanks for your note, Belle. For me, everything is a sign pointing to some deeper meaning of itself, or to some point of power. Why? Because I choose to see events as such. Because I choose to perceive events at all levels available to me, not just the most evident and most pressing. Symbols are miracles we have recorded into language. They are reminders that the Multiverse is alive and aware of each of us. We are aware of miracles when we choose to be active participants. For me, such coincidences are feedback that I live in an animistic reality, that All Things are connected.

In my experience, miracles are natural signals we allow ourselves to perceive. We have cultural signals to which we have ascribed collective meaning, such as weather patterns and interpreting animal behaviour. Through Jung’s work we have the symbolic interpretation of our own unconscious via archetypes marking the places where we as individuals draw from the same shadow pools of meaning. In specific pockets of divination we have collectively accepted symbolism in the tarot or the Runes. Because we are well aware of each of these systems of symbolism, we have assimilated them into a code that has been interpreted and accepted at a collective level.
The basis for what you are experiencing personally, however, is no different. We tend to reject personal signals and coincidences because there is no lexicon for how to interpret them. In essence, we doubt our own ability to interpret not just what the Multiverse is saying to us, but what our own unconscious is saying about our lives.

When you become aware of personal signals, it is up to you to interpret what they mean. Certainly there are books available to tell you what every sequence of numbers means in discrete detail. They may hit on exactly what you need–a signal of affirmation–or they may not. I suggest a more personal decoding approach. Consider what you were thinking at the time you perceived the signal. What was your state of being? How did you feel? What happened immediately after perceiving the signal? What memories or thoughts were triggered? This sentient information is the map that informs you of your personal language to your unconscious, to your spirit guides and totems, to the Multiverse. The more you work with understanding signals in your life, the more signals will come, the more evident their meaning will be, and the thinner the barrier becomes between your unconscious and conscious minds.

While I can’t tell you what you are onto, Belle, I can without hesitation inform you that you are onto something. The fact that you have become aware of coincidence is half the awareness. The rest is creating the language through which you understand what signals are saying. That language comes from within.
Be well.


  1. Kelley–
    Thank you for taking the time to read and answer my question. You’ve given me a starting place in trying t o make sense of the recent events in my life. I also want to thank the others who weighed in on the subject, particularly Jodi’s experience with 329, fascinating. “Coincidentally,” I have the book that Beverly mentioned. I purchased and began reading it during a painful time of searching. And, when the coincidences began, I actually saw it on my shelf and pondered reading it again but didn’t. Now, I think I will.

    Again, thank you.

    • I’m glad this interaction was helpful, Belle. My best to you!!

  2. I agree. I always saw the number 329 and came to find out it was my grandmother letting me know she was here. The answer came to me as an inner knowing. :)

  3. Kelley, I like that you suggest people should interpret the symbols they discover according to their own intuition. I’ve always interpreted my own dreams without reference books: I figure it’s my subconscious that’s coming up with the images, so who would know what they mean better than I do? So long as we are open to both the answers we want and those we don’t, so long as we’re open to the truth, I think we can trust our instincts much more than most people are inclined to do.

    • I think being open to both is a solid way to go. Thanks for your thoughts, Cara!

  4. I believe in the reality of synchronicity. I always go by my intuition. I’ve read lots of books on theoretical physics that posit actual equations for these supposedly woo-woo energies. That said, I’m always careful to check for magical thinking, which can be an occupational hazard of proceeding according to these energetic forces.

    • Being grounded is a good thing. Thanks for your thoughts, Catherine!

  5. There’s a really good book titled “There Are No Accidents” about synchronicity. If something keeps jumping out at you, for whatever reason – you see a number repeat, you have a recurring dream, whatever, it IS a sign, at the very least from your own subconscious, that this is something deserving of a closer look.

    Fun stuff!

    • I will have to check that out, Beverly. Thanks!

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