Have you ever wanted to see someone and have them mysteriously show up at your door? Have you ever had a song run through your mind only to hear it played on the radio? Have you ever read a book, watched a TV show or heard a conversation regarding something after having thought about it?
Science teaches us that there are laws that govern our world, one such law being the law of causality. For every cause there’s an effect and for every effect, there’s a cause, it states. Another law, while rejected by mainstream material science is embraced by many quantum physicists and is known as the Law of Attraction. Much talked about in recent years, through the movie the Secret and such scientific documentaries as What the Bleep do we know? it has become the mainstay of the self-development industry and can be traced back to the watershed self-help book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Simply put, the Law of Attraction states that our thoughts and feelings create our reality. In other words, we attract, through our thoughts and emotions, the people, circumstances and events that shape our life experience. Other ways of expressing this law are: Where your attention goes, your energy flows. 2. That which you think about expands 3.Like attracts like and 4. That which is like onto itself is drawn.
Recently, I went to Lily Dale, New York, a village known as the headquarters of modern day Spiritualism. I took a book with me to read, while there, called The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot. On the Saturday, I attended an all day workshop on creating your own quantum reality. During the morning lecture, the speaker made reference to the hologram, as it pertains to our reality. My interest was piqued as I had previously studied some of these theories for my doctoral thesis, a few years ago. Then, we broke for lunch and I went to visit the library with a few friends. In the small nineteenth century library were many bookshelves of New Age books. Without thinking, I approached one of the bookshelves and pulled a book off the shelf. To my astonishment, it was the very book I had brought with me, The Holographic Universe. While some people would call this a coincidence or a random event or luck and simply brush it off, to do so would be unscientific, for such a position would discredit the law of causality. You see, while the cause may well go unrecognized, it does not mean that a cause does not exist. Synchronicity, a term first coined by psychoanalyst Carl Jung, signifies “a meaningful coincidence between two or more events, implying something other than simple probability or random occurrence.” A coincidence suggests the simultaneous manifestation of a mental image in our material world. Time and space thus seem to disappear into what some have called magical thought. Jung’s explanation of synchronicity, which refers to absolute knowledge is similar to what quantum physicists have called the unified field of consciousness.
Law of Attraction is not a new concept or a newly discovered Law. The Law of Attraction has been communicated through the writing and teachings of some of the greatest teachers in history such as Jesus and Buddha. Although it has been fairly recently that The Law of Attraction was given a name, it has existed since the beginning of time! Here are just a couple quotes from a few of these spiritual masters.
Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.
Jesus showed that to stop suffering, you need to change your limiting thoughts and beliefs. It was her belief, which began as a thought that stopped her suffering. He didn’t say, “I have healed you”, he said “Your faith has healed you.”
As a man thinketh, so is he
What is implied by the Buddha in this statement is that whatever thoughts you focus upon will manifest into form and ultimately create your reality. Some other quotes from these spiritual teachers include:
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
Subsequent to a contrasting life experience a few years ago, I began to live a series of meaningful coincidences. I started writing them down as they occurred, in my so-called Book of Proof. Fascinated by these events, and how they came quickly on the heels of an expressed intention, I decided to study the phenomenon of coincidence.
Then in 2008, an opportunity came up for me to write an article on this very subject, for a festival in France, called the Coincidence Festival. The organizer, very pleased with my article, included it in the festival proceedings. Two years later, I gave a talk at Toastmasters, a public speaking club I was a member of, on the topic of Synchronicity. The day before my talk, I opened my E-mail inbox only to find a message from none other than the organizer of the coincidence festival I had not heard from since. Was it just a coincidence?…
My Ph.D. subject, entitled: The Afterlife in the French Postmodern Novel, brought me to investigate scientific research supporting life after death, most notably, the so-called Near death experience. The transition of individual consciousness from the physical to the spiritual realm of existence is known as metamorphosis. As I walked to the library, looking for books on this topic, I was in a deep state of meditation, thinking: “The perfect example of metamorphosis in the animal kingdom is the butterfly”. As I pondered this thought a second time, and approached the front door, I was astounded to see, on the glass door of the library, a poster of a butterfly. The caption on the poster read “re-inventing creative leadership”. However, that was not all, for on the glass door onto which the poster of the picture of the butterfly was taped, a real butterfly had just landed!
Synchronicity reveals itself as the first material manifestation or outer sign of evolving human awareness, towards higher states of consciousness. I’m grateful for the many meaningful coincidences I have experienced in my life and now better understand how our thoughts, beliefs and ideas really do shape our reality. So the next time you experience a coincidence, the next time: what was meant to be, falls into place, seemingly out of the blue, remember that it wasn’t simply caused by luck, randomness, chance, fate or coincidence but by you, for: “as you think, so shall you be”.