Creative Thinking-The Value of Negative Synchronicity
As I have been writing about previously, the synchronicity is a meaningful coincidence. In one sense you can think of it as a message intended for you specifically, which is more than just a coincidence. It is related to what you are desiring, pondering, or wrestling with. Let us look at an example of the use of a negative synchronicity.
You have just been offered an enticing job with a new firm and it is in San Francisco where you have always wanted to live. You have done the research. It looks good. However, your wife likes where you are and is not that keen on moving but will. You aren’t really sure what to do. A pal drops by your office and encourages you to attend an open house cocktail party after work. Leaning up against the bookshelf you see a book entitled, “Losing Everything, The Great Fire and Quake of 1906.” You open it and it is all about disaster in San Francisco. This would be a negative synchronicity. It is a cautionary sign. You might turn the job down or at least turn up your antennae before making the decision. The next day while you are out on a job inspection, you decide to take a short cut and see that the street is named San Francisco Way. Several blocks down you come to a “road under repair” sign. Take Detour. This is a confirming negative synchronicity. Even though all the research you have done might favor the move, turning it down might be in your best interest.
We can never tell the consequences of our decisions but at one level we are looking for the most meaningful experiences for our lives. When we let our intuition and our recognition of these signs help guide us, I feel we are doing just that.