I recently read an article in an on-line journal called Waking Times by Dr. Robert Puff, PhD that linked synchronicity and meditation.
He writes: “Because meditation is such a powerful force for change, and helpful in countless ways, I wonder if God perhaps gives back to us. Synchronous events let us know that we are on the right track and encourage us to continue meditating. In my experience, they happen with greater frequency the more I meditate.”
He goes on to say: “There’s only one person who can validate or disqualify the claim that synchronicity increases the more you meditate. That person is you. One way to measure this is by keeping a notebook where you record so-called coincidences or out-of-the-ordinary moments. As you commit to meditation, see if these don’t happen more often…. Suspend judgment for a while and just give it a try.”
That’s a self-help mode, which is fine. But what about a broader experimental approach?
Meditation has been the subject of numerous scientific studies that have documented that meditation can reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, increase blood flow and lower the heart rate, enhances energy, strength and vigor. Those are just a few of the well documented results.
So why not measure the relationship between meditation and synchronicity? Such an experiment would require a group of people meditating a certain amount of time per day, and a control group made up of people who don’t meditate. However, both groups would need to be equally informed about synchronicity, and told to watch for coincidences.
It would be useful to also have a third group consisting of people who are not informed in advance that the experiment relates to synchronicity. The third group, in fact, might be key. The experiment very likely might reveal that awareness, more than meditation, is a key factor in a person’s ability to experience synchronicity and a determinant of how often they are experienced. After all, if you don’t pay attention to such ephemeral matters, there is no synchronicity.
Any thoughts on such an experiment?