The Pattern is the Pattern: Reframing Coincidence

  • Text: Theo Mohamed
  • Photo: Luis Valdizon
  • Possessing a hyper-developed intellect, we, as humans, are able to manipulate any environment in which we find ourselves without limitation.

    The human consciousness is extremely powerful. It has imbued us with the ability to shape the world that surrounds us and enables us to experience complex states of deep thought. With the advantage of a hyper-developed intellect, we are able to affect change on any environment we so choose - even reality itself.

    "How can our thoughts, something produced by a mass of carbon and hydrogen in our skull, possess any form of physical power?"

    Recent discoveries in quantum physics could lead us to believe that reality, which we had assumed to be unchangeable, may in fact be malleable. The human consciousness may be powerful enough to exert some sort of energetic force on particles resulting in a breakdown of logic. How can our thoughts, something produced by a mass of carbon and hydrogen in our skull, possess any form of physical power? This strange phenomenon forces humanity to reconcile with how little we truly understand about our reality or our plane of existence. If the brain truly can exert some change on a particle that is part of our environmental system, who is to say it cannot affect events.


    Carl Jung, a Swiss psychoanalyst researching alongside Sigmund Freud, coined the term “synchronicity” to describe the simultaneous occurrence of seemingly unlinked events in the world. A synchronicity can be simply described as a coincidence so absurd that it defies all logical explanation or reasoning. Despite many experimental attempts, Jung was unable to prove the existence of the phenomenon in his studies. The concept, however, would later inform Jung’s work alongside the physicist Wolgang Pauli - an early pioneer of quantum mechanics - in their development of the concept of “unus mundus” which is Latin for “one world”. The concept postulates, that there exists one underlying reality “from which all things emerge and to which all things return” which Jung applied to his concepts of archetype (universally repeated and understood images or concepts) and synchronicity. Jung credited the existence of synchronistic events to the fact that both the event, and the observer of the event, both come from the same reality.

    "synchronicity may in fact be a manifestation of our unconscious thoughts affecting the world around us"

    As recently as 2014, ground breaking new discoveries have been made about the nature of human consciousness. Following the review of a twenty-year-old theory of consciousness by the esteemed Sir Roger Penrose, the scientific community has come to the conclusion that the “microtubules” inside the neurons of the human brain exhibit quantum vibrations. These discoveries directly support the theory that human consciousness possesses quantum energy. This being the case, our power to will events into existence becomes more realistic. With human thought possessing energy, we have the power to affect that which surrounds us. Extrapolating this phenomenon out, we can infer that synchronicity may in fact be a manifestation of our unconscious thoughts affecting the world around us. Fascinatingly, Jung and Pauli were looking in the right realm of study - quantum physics - but the error they made was in assuming the constructed reality was the system that willed the events to happen, when, in fact, it is more likely the result of our brain energy.


    John C. Lilly was another psychological researcher of the twentieth century who became fascinated with the phenomenon of coincidence. Lilly, who invented the sensory deprivation tank, was interested in exploring non-standard states of human consciousness. Following his invention of the sensory deprivation tank in 1953, Lilly was introduced to psychoactive drugs by the likes of Timothy Leary in the early 60’s. Leary, among others, was exploring the idea of drug assisted psychotherapy, particularly with LSD. Lilly began using the same psychoactive substances in conjunction with sensory deprivation and constructed several theories about the universe that surrounds us. One of the most intriguing theories Lilly developed was the existence of a “Coincidence Control Center” which he believed was responsible for the manifestations of coincidence in daily life.


    There are many anecdotal accounts of users of psychoactive drugs like LSD experiencing higher incidences of synchronicity and daily coincidence. Perhaps, using these substances has a direct effect on the quantum energy produced in the brain. The effects of such consumables are often rooted in heightened sensory input and subsequently more active, fast flowing thoughts. The heightened brain activity could result in more intense energy produced; combining this with the phenomenon of psychedelic “afterglow” we can deduce that perhaps the lingering elevated energy states enable the users of the drugs to affect their reality system more than the average human. With that said, by no means are synchronicities dependant on the use of such substances. The fact remains that thought produces energy.

    "As we observe our lives in lieu of only living them, we are able to recognize small patterns hidden in the chaos of the universe - a strange call from an old friend, the timing of a bus arrival - seemingly menial events that could actually be more related to us than we think."

    The concept of reality being malleable is difficult to digest because we assume it to be so concrete. The focus on our personal existence and societal standing grounds us in a three-dimensional view of what surrounds us. Suppose that there is more to reality - parallel universes existing in tandem with our own, beings that pass in and out of observable spectrums, or even the age old idea of a “simulation” - it may only be a matter of learning how to control our perception before we become masters of our own realm. Though it may seem far-fetched, coincidence plays a large role in this. As we observe our lives in lieu of only living them, we are able to recognize small patterns hidden in the chaos of the universe - a strange call from an old friend, the timing of a bus arrival - seemingly menial events that could actually be more related to us than we think. The reframing of coincidence is the first step to understanding human consciousness - we are not powerless. Experience your humanity to the fullest and strain to understand why the things that happen are happening. There may not be a monotheistic higher power, but the collective quantum energy of seven and a half billion human consciousnesses living on the same rock, floating through space, must contain some.

  • Text: Theo Mohamed
  • Photo: Luis Valdizon