There Are No Coincidences, Are There?

Coincidences happen with all of us. Have you ever wanted to talk to a particular person and the next call you receive turns out to be his? It is as much a part of your reality as is our physical self. History has given proofs time and again to mind boggling, unbelievable coincidences. When I say unbelievable, I mean it because when I read about it, I couldn’t bring myself to believe too. Coincidence is a part of the synchronicity which means the simultaneous occurrence of two meaningful but not causally connected events. It is a bridge most of us observe but nearly all of us overlook. It is an unconscious awareness of life. It is a set of messages. These messages are life changing. Synchronicity is an unlikely or impossible coincidence that cannot be explained by luck or chance. It is also a prophecy, a predictor of the future. Let us look at different astounding examples of synchronicity from history.




Alexander Fleming locked up his London lab one evening in September 1928 without bothering to do the dishes. When he returned a few days later and reluctantly began to tackle the toxic detritus of his failed experiments he noticed that one Petri dish containing a staphylococcus culture had begun to grow blue mould and that the mould had apparently killed any staphylococcus bacteria it had come into contact with. Fleming conducted a series of experiments on this miraculous mould – presumably leaving his washing up to its own scientific endeavours – and determined that it was penicillium notatum, now commonly known as penicillin.



In 1914 a German woman from Strasbourg took her son to be photographed. She bought a film plate, and after the photo was taken said she would return in a few days when the portrait was ready. Unfortunately World War 1 broke out and she was not able to collect the photo. Two years later she was now living in Frankfurt and gave birth to a daughter. She was still disappointed because she still didn’t have any photos. The mother again bought a film plate and had another photo taken, this time of her daughter. When the new photo plate was developed it turned out to be a double exposure. Her daughter’s image was superimposed on the earlier picture of her son! Incredibly her original film plate was never developed and had somehow ended up in Frankfurt 100 miles away. She bought the same plate with the original photo still on it.



An American writer Anne Parrish and her husband were on holiday in Paris in 1920. They were browsing bookshops and Anne picked up a book that was a particular favourite of hers, “Jack Frost and Other Stories”. Anne told her husband that she had been given a copy as a child by her parents and had wonderful memories of the book. Anne’s husband took the book and opened it. On the inside cover there was a hand written inscription. It said, “Anne Parrish, 209 N Weber Street, Colorado Springs”. The inscription was written in Anne’s handwriting. It was Anne’s very own book from all those years ago!


Though these stories really seem unbelievable, they are true. Just because you can’t see the connection or reason for something happening does not mean there is no connection. There is always a connection, a reason. The reason becomes apparent at some point in time. And that connection is coincidence!