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According to Wikipedia:

Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, yet are experienced as occurring together in a meaningful manner.

When someone says “synchronicity,” most people think of ladies swimming…..

synchronized swimmersor The Police…..

But in fact, there is a far deeper meaning to the term.

The concept of synchronicity was developed by the Swiss psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Carl Jung back in 1930.

Deutsch: Carl Gustav Jung

Deutsch: Carl Gustav Jung (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carl Jung is considered to be the founder of Analytical Psychology. Jung believed that the individual has access – through the unconscious – to an “absolute knowledge” that is not bound by the confines of space or time. Without these limitations, the psyche is able to participate in the events of all of nature.

In other words, through our dreams, we can get in touch with things that our waking mind can not.

Volumes could be written on this esoteric subject, but what actually made me think of it was not quite so mysterious.

The reason I started thinking about synchronicity was, fireflies (aka lightning bugs).

Did you know that there are only two places in the entire world where you can witness the  phenomenon of synchronized fireflies?

I know this because I used to live near one of them: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

In late Spring, thousands of fireflies inhabit the park. As soon as dusk falls, the little lightning bugs start to light up – in unison. They flash their little beacons six or seven times, and then pause for about the same amount of time before lighting up again. It’s an incredible display of light patterns that moves across the mountains like a glowing wave. When I saw it, it reminded me of when I was a little girl and my family camped out at the beach in Saudi Arabia. We would go swimming at night in the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf, and because of the phosphorescence, every movement would leave a wake of iridescent miniature stars in its wake.

Of course, the explanation behind the fireflies is more mundane: in fact, the males are actually “talking” to the females of their species, trying to get their attention. The females, in turn, flash their come-hither lights if they are interested, thus guiding their horny suitors to where they are hiding in the dark.

But the real mystery and beauty lies in the synchronicity of the display. Why do the fireflies do it – and how do they know exactly when to light up?

Like Jung’s concept, steeped in esoteric knowledge, the mysterious synchronized fireflies are just one of the countless phenomena that no one can explain. It is something that will take your breath away, if you are lucky enough to witness it…..

Synchronized fireflies in the Smoky Mountains

Synchronized fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Have you seen the fireflies? And what are your thoughts on synchronicity?? I’d love to hear what you think!

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