Coincidences mean you're
on the right path.

Simon Van Booy
Love Begins in Winter

The problem of synchronicity has puzzled me for a long time, ever since the middle twenties, when I was investigating the phenomena of the collective unconscious and kept on coming across connections which I simply could not explain as chance groupings or "runs."  What I found were "coincidences" which were connected so meaningfully that their "chance" concurrence would represent a degree of improbability that would have to be expressed by an astronomical figure.

Carl Jung

The belief in coincidence is the prevalent superstition of the Age of Science.

Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness.  The first symptom is that you stop worrying.  Things don’t bother you anymore.  You become light hearted and full of joy.  The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities.  And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.

Deepak Chopra

When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities.

Deepak Chopra

Having no unusual coincidence is far more unusual
than any coincidence could possibly be.

Isaac Asimov


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Coincidence is the word we use when we can't see the levers and pulleys.

Emma Bull

Coincidences are a true paradox. . . on the one hand they seem to be the
source of our greatest irrationalities--seeing causal connections when
science tells us they aren't there.  On the other hand, some of our greatest
feats of scientific discovery depend on coincidences.

Josh Tenenbaum

Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.

Albert Einstein


Coincidence, if traced far enough back, becomes inevitable.



All mystical experience is coincidence; and vice versa, of course.

Tom Stoppard


The more frequently one uses the word "coincidence" to explain
bizarre happenings, the more obvious it becomes that one is not
seeking, but evading the real explanation.

Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself, and know
that everything in this life has purpose.  There are no mistakes,
no coincidences; all events are blessings given to us to learn from.

Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross

Coincidences are spiritual puns.

G.K. Chesterton



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In the magical universe there are no coincidences and there are no accidents.
Nothing happens unless someone wills it to happen.

William S. Burroughs


A coincidence is a small miracle in which God chooses to remain anonymous.



There is no such thing as chance; and what seems to us mere
accident springs form the deepest source of destiny.

Friedrich Schiller


When we're interested in something, everything around us appears to
refer to it (the mystics call these phenomena "signs," the skeptics
"coincidence," and psychologists "concentrated focus," although I've
yet to find out what term historians should use).

Paulo Coelho

In mathematics, two angles that are said to coincide fit together
perfectly.  The word "coincidence" does not describe luck or
mistakes.  It describes that which fits together perfectly.

Wayne Dyer


Without realizing it, the individual composes his life according to the
laws of beauty even in times of greatest distress.  It is wrong then, to
chide the novel for being fascinated by mysterious coincidences,
but it is right to chide people for being blind to such coincidences in their
daily lives.  For they thereby deprive their lives of a dimension of beauty.

Milan Kundera


Every individual decision is nothing but coincidence,
every artistic decision is coincidence.

Alva Noto

We do not create our destiny; we participate in its unfolding. Synchronicity
works as a catalyst toward the working out of that destiny.

David Richo


As soon as we notice that certain types of events "like"
to cluster together at certain times, we begin to
understand the Chinese, whose theories of medicine,
philosophy, and even building are based on a
"science" of meaningful coincidences.

Marie Louise von Franz

Coincidence may be described as the chance encounter of two
unrelated causal chains which--miraculously, it seems--merge into
a significant
event.  It provides the neatest paradigm of the bisociation
of previously separate contexts, engineered by fate. Coincidences
are puns of destiny.  In the pun, two strings of thought are tangled
into one acoustic knot; in the coincidental happening,
two strings of events are knitted together by invisible hands.

Arthur Koestler

The stronger your will, the clearer and more defined your goals
will be and the greater the "coincidences" that will appear in front
of you, helping you get where you wish--Heaven or hell.
You decide what you want.

Alfredo Karras

There are no real coincidences in life for those with faith strong enough
to recognize coincidences for what they really are:  intricate pieces of the
providential design God created for each of our lives.

Delia Parr
Love's First Bloom

This is a dynamic and mysterious universe and human life is, no doubt,
conditioned by imponderables of which we are only dimly aware.  People
sometimes say, "the strangest coincidence happened."  Coincidences may
seem strange, but they are never a result of caprice.  They are orderly
laws in the spiritual lives of humans.  They affect and influence our lives
profoundly.  These so-called imponderables are so important that you
should become spiritually sensitized to them.  Indeed, the more spiritually
minded you become the more acute your contact will be with these
behind-the-scenes forces.  By being alive to them through insight,instruction,
and illumination, you can make your way past errors and mistakes
on which, were you less spiritually sensitive, you might often stumble.

Norman Vincent Peale
Stay Alive All Your Life


Coincidence obeys no laws and if it does we don't know what they
are.  Coincidence, if you'll permit me the simile, is like the manifestation
of God at every moment on our planet.  A senseless God making
senseless gestures at his senseless creatures.  In that hurricane,
in that osseous implosion, we find communion.

Roberto Bolaño



Yes, life can be mysterious and confusing--but there's much of life that's actually rather dependable and reliable.  Some principles apply to life in so many different contexts that they can truly be called universal--and learning what they are and how to approach them and use them can teach us some of the most important lessons that we've ever learned.
My doctorate is in Teaching and Learning.  I use it a lot when I teach at school, but I also do my best to apply what I've learned to the life I'm living, and to observe how others live their lives.  What makes them happy or unhappy, stressed or peaceful, selfish or generous, compassionate or arrogant?  In this book, I've done my best to pass on to you what I've learned from people in my life, writers whose works I've read, and stories that I've heard.  Perhaps these principles can be a positive part of your life, too!
Universal Principles of Living Life Fully.  Awareness of these principles can explain a lot and take much of the frustration out of the lives we lead.



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