I think most of us have experienced that odd phenomena when, for example, you keep seeing the same number again and again, on the clock, in a document, on a sign. Or when you are seriously contemplating a major life change only to find a door swings wide open for the taking. Or when you read in the morning news about an old friend you haven’t seen in 20 years only to run into them at the grocery store. First introduced by psychoanalyst, the term we use is “synchronicity.” The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines synchronicity as the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality.

Is there actually another type of life force or energy that actually causes events to be connected? Is there something else at play here that we’ve simply not yet discovered?

If you’ve ever been in contact with an enthusiastic physics professor or read a mind-blowing book like Brian Greene’s An Elegant Universe or tried to understand dark matter and Einstein’s theory of relativity, you know the feeling of awe regarding what some of the greatest minds have figured out as well as the answers we are still seeking. I think the concept of synchronicity fits squarely into this category of wonder.

To better understand what we do know about synchronicity, check out the video below, at least until around the 1:22 minute mark when something awesome occurs.


Demonstrated by Ikeguchi Lab, you’ve seen how 100 metronomes will reach complete synchronization without human interference through a type of energy transfer; the hanging platform allows each metronome to influence the others until the moment of synchronization arrives. I smiled as I realized that, while the metronomes are identical in construction, they come in a variety of colors. And I couldn’t help but see a unified little troop of determined doers and workers, marching along in unison.

Synchronicity. Energy coming together. Connecting. The powerful effect of a gentle flap of a butterfly’s wing. Or the simple act of buying a locally grown organic apple.

It’s a beautiful world, full of wonder and answers. Let us come together, in synchronicity, on its behalf.

Spend wisely. Act kindly. Be ecofluent.

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