You are probably familiar with the terms ill-Omen and bad Omens. But could there more to this expression? Is there a connection between these two?
Synchronicity and Omens
People have long sought to understand what is behind eureka or Déjà vu experiences. Almost everyone has recognized something unusual that catches their attention. Let’s take a more in-depth look into this subject.
What is an Omen?
The exact origins of the word Omen are unknown. The term has morpheme links to several languages. We can trace it to the Greek word “Oiomai.” It means, “I suppose, think, and I believe.” It is also lineage to the Latin root word “Audire,” which means “to hear.” Last, its Proto-Indo-European lexical root means “a sighting and to believe.”
You’d think that hearing, seeing, or believing something would be a wonderful thing. Yet, in the 16th century, Omen’s meaning took on a different purpose. An Omen became a signal of something terrible happening in the future. It left people in fear of an unforeseen calamity.
The negative association of this term is an intentional act. It’s an example of a culture demonizing a word. Labeling omen in this way makes it or those who use it unacceptable.
The Catholic Church had an enormous influence in shaping Western culture. In the 16th Century, The Church effectively demonized this term, creating a negative social bias for the term omen. It is an example of how discrimination, prejudice, or superstition becomes a cultural standard.
Omens as Signposts
Omens are essential signposts, metaphors, or clues pointing to a message. It’s up to the observer to unravel the meaning.
Many ancient traditions refer to the subconscious mind as the Soul. Our Soul is a universal entity. So, Omens is one way the Universe or our Soul gets our attention and communicates with us.
The meaning of an omen is unique to the observer. Everyone has a unique history. So, the purpose of any omen defers for everyone. An omen is something that “sticks out.” It could be a prophecy or warning. Or it could be the signal of something positive in our future.
The critical point is that we recognize a pattern. We experience something unusual or memorable. The thing you think might be an omen could be an everyday occurrence. Omens often manifest in our awareness as a feeling. Déjà vu events are a typical omen. It’s the feeling that you’ve seen something before.
So, almost anything could be an omen. The list is practically endless. Omens can be unusual weather events like lightning and cloud shapes to encounters with birds, animals, and people; they are often subtle, like a stranger’s wink or that Déjà vu feeling.
Omens can either be good or bad. It depends upon the observer’s point of view. For example, let’s say you saw a black cat. You say it felt like someone was walking on my grave. So, in this case, the black cat is a bad omen. I see the same black cat and say, an old friend will come to visit. Hence, for me, it is a good omen. But, because these signposts are metaphors, the meaning may not be straightforward. So, people seek help to unravel their meaning.
What is Synchronicity
Synchronicity is the apprehension of an unusual relationship between things. It’s a signal that it’s more than a coincidence. Often these events or things are seemingly unrelated. Yet, we sense some connection between them.
These situations come to our attention because they are odd. And they are unusual because they are outside the probability of chance. Something is going on here, but we are unsure what it is. So, this unique quality brings these events to our attention. Carl Jung is the first to coin the term Synchronicity.
“Synchronicity is the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer.” ― Carl Jung
People describe these events as a Eureka moment. It’s like someone removing a veil that has been covering your eyes. At these points, our awareness sharpens. And then we glimpse something unusual.
The event is familiar to us on some internal level. It’s as if you have seen or lived through this same event before. It’s where we get the term Déjà vu, which translates as “already seen.” Is this evidence that time is not necessarily a constant? Similarly, some think these events are evidence our Soul or the Universe is trying to communicate. Or, perhaps they are proof of some supernatural intervention.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Synchronicity a Rare Occurrence?
The exciting thing about synchronicity is the more you look for them, the more of them you’ll find. Without being present and observant, we miss many of these events because of two things. First, we fail to spot them because routines run our lives. Our daily routines keep our awareness from seeing what’s going on. The second reason we miss them is because of our cultural programming. Cultural programming acts as a filter to keep us from seeing anything outside our worldview.
How Synchronicity and Omens Are Similar
Omens and Synchronicity appear to be similar events. They come to our attention because they are unusual. Or, perhaps because it elicits that feeling of Déjà vu.
Like omens, it is up to the observer to recognize the synchronic event, and, like omens, the meaning of synchronistic events depends upon the observer.
So, is there a difference? Not really. It’s logical to conclude that synchronicity is a more sophisticated way of explaining omens.
How to Tell a Good Omen from a Bad Omen
Omens are sometimes symbols linking to significant typologies like resurrection, rebirth, and reincarnation. These typologies influence our thinking and values. The moment we see one, we attach either good or bad meaning to the situation. It is a testament to the power of the programming of our worldview. What’s interesting is that everything could be an omen. That’s right. Everything has the potential to become an omen. We all have unique life experiences, which creates the opportunity to attribute special meaning to many things.
So, it’s critical to trace the meaning of these arbitrary assignments back to their source. Ask the question, “what does it mean to me?” We weigh the meaning between the cultural programming or our unique association. It’s important to remember whether something is a good, bad, or ugly omen is an arbitrary judgment. It’s a bias. So, that means we can see them and change them.
For instance, our black cat crosses the path in front of us. In many cultures, this a bad omen. But if it’s just your cat, then it means it’s walking around. There’s nothing terrible about it. I’m just walking across the street.
What’s worse is when our cultural narrative uses this tactic to label people. Prejudice becomes a part of social programming. We can see this negative branding with Witches, for instance. Similarly, some cultures use this negative branding to demonize races and ethnicity. These are negative social prejudice.
Interpret the meaning after you do your research on the source. Learn the difference between personal meaning and the superstitions and biases of the culture. But this isn’t a simple task. We recommend using a spiritual journal to track trends. Finally, add intuition.
Can Synchronicities appear as numbers?
Yes, it is common for us to spot unusual patterns in numbers. That’s because our modern culture runs on numbers. We may associate meaning to any numbers. And our cultural narrative is full of numeric associations. You need to be mindful of which number patterns are significant to you and not just superstition.
Interpreting Synchronicity and Omens
There are people with spiritual gifts who can help you interpret an Omen’s meaning. Shaman, Seers, and Witches specialize in this kind of guidance. I have first-hand experience observing this process. To me, it seems precisely more like a modern psychological session than a ceremony.
An experienced guide will ask a lot of questions. In this way, they help lead you to your answers. They ask about your dreams, family history, what you like, and dislike. The most question most repeated is, what do you think it means. Thus, the meaning comes from the unique history of the observer. The guide merely helps you find the most likely meaning.
How to Spot Omens and Synchronicities
The key to spotting Omens, synchronicities, and unusual patterns lies in your ability to observe. We probably miss most of these critical events for two reasons. First, our cultural narrative programming instructs our minds to misinterpret them. This cultural programming writes over our worldview blotting out our natural situational awareness. Second, our skills of observation are numb. Again, this results from cultural programming. It has the effect of blinding our abilities of perception.
That being the case, we all need to enhance our observational skills. It’s the only way to combat the programming of the cultural narrative. A well-rounded spiritual practice will include these practical exercises as a part of your skillset.
Separating Superstition from Personal Meaning
When deciphering an omen, an issue is our propensity to confuse superstition with our “personal meaning.” There are some tools we recommend which will help you separate the two. The first tool is the Enneagram Personality Profile. The second is a set of tools to enhance critical thinking, including logical reasoning, truth-seekers axioms, and tools for spotting logical fallacies.
You’ll need to spend some time doing your research. Everyone starts in a unique place. One thing for sure. Once you conduct your research, you’ll probably be walking on your sacred ground. That means you’ll touch on your beliefs, which is likely to bring up powerful emotions like fear and anger. So, learn how to use emotional checks as part of your research process. It will help you keep on track with less emotional stress.
Can Science Explain Omens and Synchronicity?
Science shows that the observer affects the object they are observing. The thing we watch and sense also affects us. For example, we view a sunset. We think it is beautiful, and this makes us happy. In this case, the setting sun is affecting us. The question is, how do we affect the sunset? The latter effect is the apprehension that something notable, significant, or unusual occurs. Some describe this as a “Eureka” or Déjà vu occurrence.
So there are countless opportunities for these events every day. The number we capture depends upon our level of awareness.
Are Omens or Synchronicity Paranormal?
It all depends upon how you define paranormal. Paranormal experiences are those beyond a scientific explanation. We know from the above example that science can explain to some extent. It tells us what may happen when we experience them. However, it does not explain how or why or what is causing these events.
Synchronicity Versus Coincidence
A Coincidence is when two or more similar things happen simultaneously. When there doesn’t seem to be a causal connection, this could be a synchronistic event. It depends on how it relates to you.
When we recognize something similar or unusual, it could be our intuition trying to make us pay attention. It’s vital to record these events. When you document these events, it gives you the chance to see possible connections that you otherwise would have missed.
Synchronicity Versus Serendipity
Serendipity is an unplanned, fortunate event. So, this would be the same as a good omen. Or, similarly, a favorable synchronistic event.
Synchronicity and Confirmation Bias
Confirmation bias is the inclination to fit data into your current worldview framework automatically. It’s a way of confirming your current beliefs. So confirmation bias is necessary to some extent. Our worldview is the filter that spots these unusual events we call omens or synchronicity.
We all have a worldview filter, and it probably contains some confirmation bias. Thankfully, we can remove harmful programming such as religious, ethnic, and racial bias. Repairing negative programming takes thoughtful inner work. The Enneagram of Personality and Comparative Religious Study are excellent tools to help.
We can expand the depth and bandwidth of awareness. We do this by eliminating things that clutter our perception and cognitive abilities. Again, this will require self-reflection and analysis through “serious inner work.”
We can use several tools to identify the roadblocks to our perception and awareness. The Enneagram Personality Profile is one tool we use. The Study of logical reasoning can help us unravel our thinking.
Is there a connection between Synchronicity and Omens? Is it more here than chance or coincidence? Is this some divine communication from our Soul or the Universe? Synchronistic events and omens can show up in many forms. We call it a coincidence, a twist of fate, spooky action at a distance. No matter what you call it, we all experience it from time to time. When we look for them, we are more likely to find them. What is your experience?
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia