Synchronicity is a concept first explained by famed psychiatrist Dr. Carl Jung, which holds that events are “meaningful coincidences” if they occur with no causal relationship, yet seem to be meaningfully related. The same can be said for writing as a science, wherein luck and coincidence supposedly have no place, yet storytelling has both to a certain degree. To an even greater degree, synchronicity.
Dr. Jung’s definition of synchronicity, however, leaves out one important factor relative to evolving story ideas: The origin of the ideas behind the story. Where do they come from? Why do they appear at certain times in the process of telling the story? How do they seemingly connect to the theme being developed?
I hold with the theory that all ideas are synchronized with our individual reality, and are always readily available for our use. Whether or not we are spiritually attuned to those ideas is what creates the synchronicity.
One of the most obvious ways this has worked for me is through what I call narrowing the focus. I have used this technique and have taught others how to use it to their advantage as well, and its application goes directly to synchronicity.
The technique works with any book, any time, any place. Nothing mysterious; it is simply trusting in one’s own spiritual connection.
All writers experience “writers’ block,” wherein the story stops dead, and no new ideas issue forth to carry the story along. This is exactly where the technique renders itself most powerfully.
I go to my bookshelf and take down a book at random. Without looking, I open the book to any page, odd or even, and scroll my finger down the printed words and stop.
When I finally look down, I always find, somewhere on the page close to where my finger rests, or on the facing page, the very idea I need to continue my story. Whether a word, or a sentence, or a complete paragraph, there is always something there for me to work from.
Without seeming repetitive, my spirit has just synchronized my reality with exactly what I need. At that moment, in that place, at that time.
That is the true definition of synchronicity. There is no obvious causal effect, as Jung has propounded.
Not luck. Not coincidence. Only a very clear, very synchronized action.