A Cluster of Synchronicities

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You probably know by now that I have a fascination for how stuff works, and this has come through in my books and blogs. Well, let me share with you a wee cluster of 4 amazing synchronicities that have recently occurred in my life or that of my close family or friends.

1) Connection on a flight from Canada

My friend Allyson was flying home to Scotland from Canada last week. She got talking to the man sitting beside her and learned that he lived in Bridge of Allan in central Scotland. “Oh, my friends have just moved to Bridge of Allan,” she replied. It turned out that he just moved out of the house right next door to the one we just moved into. And he was the tenant of the people who were living in the house we moved into. They’re now living in the house he vacated.

2) You look like Lulu

A lady in shop said a friend of Elizabeth’s looks a bit like the singer Lulu. Later that day, when her friend was at work, a song by Lulu came on the radio. At that moment she looked out of the window and the lady who said she looked like Lulu walked past.

3) A Hen

Elizabeth’s Dad was driving to watch his beloved Dundee football club play a league match. He car shares with a friend. The friend handed Peter a box of fresh eggs laid by his hens. He said one of his new hens wasn’t fitting in and was upsetting the others. He asked if, perhaps, Elizabeth would like a hen. At that moment a car overtook and pulled in front of them. The registration was ‘A Hen’.

4) Just can’t get enough of Lulu

Elizabeth and I were discussing these synchronicities while watching ‘You’ve Been Framed’, the comedy show where people send in funny moments caught on camera. This is when Elizabeth told me about the Lulu story. Just as she finished sharing it, the presenter of the show, Harry Hill, started talking about Lulu.

Well being me, I can’t just smile these away. I just have to understand things like this. I can’t help it. It’s a disease. Lol. 🙂

First of all, I absolutely never write these kinds of things off as random events. Everyone and everything is interconnected and seemingly strange things occasionally occur as invisible connections draw people and circumstances together in often surprising ways that might seem against the odds.

Here’s what I think: Physical matter clumps together. I guess that’s one way of thinking about the human body. 🙂 Subatomic particles cluster into atoms; atoms cluster into molecules; molecules cluster into life; people cluster into families, towns, cities, and social networks; planets cluster into solar systems; stars into galaxies; and galaxies into galactic clusters. The same pattern seems to repeat itself.

The view from a plane on a clear night shows us clusters of lights and little threads of light connecting them as we see the lights from towns and cities linked by roads. Placing this image side-by-side with an image of a galactic cluster (and even human brain networks) reveals the same kind of pattern.

Clusters of ‘stuff’ connected to other stuff is the way of things. Why should it be any different in human life? It’s certainly the same if you draw a social network; the pattern is there again. People cluster together and some bridge the clusters into other clusters, just like the connections between towns, galaxies, and brain cells.

The pattern of clusters connected to other clusters repeating on different scales is called a ‘fractal’, from the Latin ‘fractus’, meaning ‘broken’.

What if there are patterns in our own consciousness – deep in our unconscious minds – so that we draw ourselves together in seemingly strange ways, and even draw events to ourselves? And as we’re all connected (I’ve written about this in other blogs), we unconsciously make sure that we time things just right.

That’s the way I look at things. It can facilitate the strangest things. I was in New York City a few years ago. I’d been speaking at the ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ conference at the Javits Centre where, funnily enough, I’d briefly spoken about interconnections. Next day, Elizabeth and I had a conversation about Joan Rivers. About an hour or so later we literally bumped into her on the streets of New York, which is not exactly a small place with a tiny population!

Some people are clustered together so that we feel more connected to some people than others. Fractals occur in time too. So there are people whom you are strongly connected to whom you’ve not met yet, but the chances are you’ll make all the right choices, and so will they, so that you will come into each other’s lives, where you’ll remain there for a ‘reason, a season, or a lifetime’. The force of these connections can be strong, I believe, so that the effect is like a whirlpool in a river pulling your boat towards it. Chances are, wherever you paddle you’ll end up there!

So I think there’s more to life than we’d ordinarily think and there’s more going on beneath the surface of events than we’d imagine.

Pay attention to the synchronicities in your life. They might reveal something about what’s going on in your mind, or they may be pointing the way to something (or someone) that’s just around the corner. Hey, maybe I’m about to meet Lulu!


  1. Bella on September 24, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I absolutely loved this post! Thanks David. Lately, to find a peace within the sometimes hectic pace of life, I travel out to see the blue shining Earth from space. It is unimaginably beautiful. A sight to behold. From this perspective the earth and all of life buzzing below are an absolutely miracle – from this still perspective of awe & wonder, I know it in my heart of hearts we live on an extra-ordinary planet in an inconceivably infinite Universe, or perhaps Mulit-verse… For a purpose beyond our imagination.

    Loved your expansive micro to macro synchronistic view of life as I rise early this morning to make a courageous step, obeying the call of my Soul which is beckoning me way past my comfort zone … so I can meet, bump into, and connect with the right people and circumstances … For a reason, a season, or a lifetime. :0)

    This post synchronistically gives me courage. Gracias!

    • David R. Hamilton PhD on September 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks Bella. 🙂 Your words made me smile, expand even, as your gratitude for the morning pours out of the page. I am happy that my post gave you courage. Have a great day!! 🙂

  2. JULIE WHITEHEAD on September 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Hello David

    I LOVE this! Its so true and so fantastic – connectivity everywhere – especially when we become aware of it.

    Been so much more aware of this since the course at Lendrick Lodge and my life continues to be filled with abundance. Not least was a (pre 60) celebration this last weekend with 15 favourite girlfriends at a Motown Weekend in a hotel. They didnt all know each other but I knew they would all get on because they were connected to me and it worked. They loved it and now we all love each other!! LOL Julie xx

    • David R. Hamilton PhD on September 24, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Hi Julie. Thanks for your kind words. 🙂 Sounds like you had a really great time. Did you get them all singing, “Every little cell…” 🙂

  3. Crystal on September 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    This is an inspiring story. 🙂 Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  4. Victoria on September 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks for posting these. I love coincidences and
    haven’t really had one for a while. BUT….after
    reading this, I picked up a magazine and read an
    article all about Sonny and Cher. Then 10 minutes later,
    the first shop I walked into was playing their first hit
    ‘I got you babe’ !!
    Thanks for the coincidence, Universe. :-))

  5. Karen Auld on September 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Synchronicity. One of my most favorite subjects and one of my favorite albums. I had a great one this morning because I reconnected with the energy flow I want to be in. I was reflecting on this great synchronistic event, then I saw your post. All I can say is “AAAHHH,” and smile.

  6. Donna on September 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Love this! I’m fond of saying when something like this happens to me…”You can’t make this stuff up” Also, isn’t it interesting when what seems to be “your” coincidence turns out to be for someone else in your life? For instance, I was recently attending a seminary in Indiana and met a woman. At the end of the week I start showing her pics of my cousin’s dog(who I live with and the dog had passed). My new friend says, “That dog has been following me all week! I keep trying to pawn him off on everybody!” And it doesn’t stop there, our dog was named Killian and her dog was named Jillian. So…long story, short, can you imagine the events that had to take place years prior in order for this event to happen? I had to move in with my family 4 years ago, she had to name her dog Jillian many years ago, Killian had to pass away prior to this meeting. All so my cousin could get a message from her dog!!!! Oh, and we were fond of calling Killian, Jillian, because the iPhone would always autocorrect her name to Jillian! You can’t make this stuff up!

    Thanks for sharing your stories!!!!!

  7. Tracey Rissik on September 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    What an uplifting post – I was chuckling by the time I got to the Hen story 🙂 And I love that a scientist is writing this…

    I’m learning to pay more attention to what my friend Julie calls “non-coincidences”
    – when I think about someone & wonder why they popped into my mind after a period of no connection, I know there will be contact from them in the near future, either directly or by someone else mentioning them
    – when I hear about something new more than 2 or 3 times, I know it’s something to pay attention to, as I’ll either be passing that info on to someone, or needing to learn more about it myself.

    These things are happening to me more … or perhaps I am just open to noticing them more – and I find myself laughing whenever it happens – I think of it as my angels/consciousness directing me.

    best wishes!

  8. Sara on September 24, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I loved your descriptions of all of these synchronicities! It helps to remind me that little things are always lining up! I will no doubt be on the look out for even more of those things now!

  9. Cathy on September 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    So true! It’s so fascinating. When I was very young I loved buses. After graduating from high school I didn’t have a clue what my interests in life were, so following my mother’s advice I took hotel and restaurant management at college. I hated most of it. After graduating that program I had an interview with a large hotel chain. When the manager informed me I had the job, he added ” but I’m sorry, the only job we have right now is driving the bus.” It was after that experience that I knew there was something in the universe that was looking after me, there began my long spiritual journey.

    Thank you for your teachings David, and your humor and light heartedness. Have a great day.

  10. Kate on September 24, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I have a theory that the more love filled you become, the more you become magnetic to synchronicities. If you then start thinking things like. “I am a magnet to financial success” or “Anyone who enters into my experience of life is awakened more to their true self”, then you start creating that in your life too.

  11. Jackie mcphail on September 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I used to get this all the time but its slowed down, I think my head is not in as good a place as it should be. So only option is to get back to what makes me feel best because I do love when this happens. Thank you for the reminder

  12. Hala on September 24, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Interesting post David 😀

    Reminded me of when I was reading Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking in New York and one day, out of blue, while I was wandering through the streets of New York, saw his statue and the Marble Collegiate church were he used to teach for 52 years. It felt very strange and even though I did not comprehend the dynamics of the synchronicity, or even why it took place, I was still amazed.

    Thank you for all your teachings on kindness 😀 Have a great day!
    Love from Egypt!

  13. Dennis Richards on September 24, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    A friend of mine has had a lot of these kinds of experiences and has been doing some research on it. He wonders if it occurs across all cultures and whether different cultures interpret synchronicities differently. Does anyone know?

  14. Renee Paule on September 24, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    This is a really interesting post and I’ve experienced so many of these ‘synchronicities’. I’ve manifested things too in the oddest of ways; in one case over 100 wooden pallets because I’d been thinking about getting some for a compost bin. I kept coming across them. In another case – a little red ball – appeared in my house after I visualized it. I was testing this out and not only did the ball arrive but it said on it ‘By Royal Mail’.

    I’ve a friend (I believe you met her once) and she became so frustrated with one of your talks that on holiday she manifested a ‘crouton’ … just fell out of the sky into her armpit. I think she told you about it. I was really happy about that because before it happened she thought I was nuts.

    Have a good day 🙂

  15. Adele Richmond on September 24, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Hi David
    I love it when synchronicity happens in my life which it frequently does. As you say it seems to be pointing the way or give me sense that life has led up to this point for a reason! As humans do love to make sense of their world this is a good feeling whether its true or not!
    Best wishes

  16. Liz on September 24, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Hi David I was drawn to your stand in Glasgow Concert Hall years ago where you and Elizabeth had copies of your first book. I don’t generally impulse buy books written by someone I haven’t heard of I just knew I had to read it and had a chat with you both. Not long after I heard you talk as the same place and you had us literally dancing in the aisles! It has been a pleasure to watch you grow and hear of your lovely girlfriend. David you helped me cross the bridge between the cluster of traditional Christian upbringing and spiritualism with angels which touched my soul. I related to much of your thinking. Thank you. I love noticing synchronicities. Just last week a chiropractor told me I should drink more water. On the way home I stopped at a Chemist I’ve used for decades and the girl gave me a free bottle of water with my purchase. OKAY I smiled and thought ‘I get the message’. Although you don’t know me I send genuine love to you and Elizabeth 😉 x

  17. Margaret Mccathie on September 24, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    David I remember when I saw you in Glasgow in 2000 when you received the peace flame . I remember saying to myself I have to get to know that guy. But a big crowd had gathered round you so I never got near you. I did not even know your name. Then in 2002 I was invited to represent Scotland at a retreat in India at the invitation of the Brahma Kumaris. Rosé who invited me said she would like me to meet my travelling companion Dr David Hamilton . I was amazed that it was the guy I saw in 2000 that I wanted to meet. We have a deep connection and were meant to meet. I feel so blessed to have you as a friend. We have shared many wonderful moments. Early morning coffees, workshops , talks. Etc. deep gratitude in my heart lots of love Margaret xx

  18. Kathleen Thul on September 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    “Pay attention to the synchronicities in your life. They might reveal something……… ” Hi David, thanks for your thoughts on this subject. I just remembered the time some years ago when I drove through to Edinburgh to visit a friend in his new house. All I had was the address and some brief instructions on how to get there. I jumped in the car not thinking how I was going to find this house. On the outskirts of Edinburgh I stopped at a petrol station to ask for directions. Later on I stopped at a shop to ask again and then a 3rd time I asked someone at a traffic light. Anyway I got to my destination easily and on time. The funny thing is, for such a big city, all those 3 different people I asked knew where the street was since they mentioned that either a friend or a relative lived or had lived on this street! There are only about 12 Houses on this street as its next to a park. Thinking now about those synchronicities, I remember how I was feeling that evening – I remember being so carefree and being totally in the moment and I’m surprised now as to how relaxed I was driving around a city I hardly knew. So I ask myself now – did my trusting, carefree mood play a part in finding with ease the house with the help of those particular 3 people? Maybe if I had been nervous or stressed about trying to find the address the “interconnection” could have got slightly interupted!!?

  19. Lucca on September 24, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Thanks for this’ David! I think of the world this way all the time. I also view synchronicites with curiosity, looking for patterns, ideas and answers. I find that the recollection of the patterns and meaning I have discovered sustain me in the times when I can’t see the patterns for the trees – pardon the mixed metaphors!

  20. Colette maat on September 24, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Love this post and it reminds me of how important it is to accept the things that don’t necessarily turn out the way we want them to or expect them to, only to show up in a much richer form through a chain of synchronisities. Loved the Joan Rivers chance meet! Did you chat?:-)

  21. Anita Martin on September 24, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Wow David and another one to add to your list is that I decided to have ‘Synchronicities V’s coincidences’ as the next topic for my monthly intuition group………..then I read your newsletter. Like you I love it and I believe as we become more aware we notice just how often they happen! 🙂 Anita x

  22. Sue on September 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Hi David

    This is so true on so many levels. The other day I was feeling really unwell and I was on my way to work. I got on a busy underground train and there were no seats apart from the one the guy infront of me took. He looked up at me, and then offered me his seat. I work in London every day and I never get offered a seat, he just knew it was the thing to do on that morning. So odd as I know I didn’t act ill or show I needed to sit down. He was my age and he just offered the seat. The day that I feel unwell.
    Today also weirdly I was looking at a piece of work, and I wrote a persons name on a piece of paper. Now I don’t communicate with this person normally, and as I looked up from writing their name an email came in from them. Spooky or what. literally that second.
    The world is a funny place.
    I loved your explanations, and we really can’t write them off as coincidences can we…as a friend and I say when required “the world delivers”

  23. D Adair on September 24, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    And synchronicities become even more fascinating, visceral and real when you’re a precognitive dreamer!

    Thank you for another great article that I know a lot of people will benefit from.


  24. Thomas on September 25, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Hi David, this kind of events is one’s life, when one see why and how they occurs one start to see what is …

    One was just sharing this little story on one’s FB wall, and that is just one “small” example, have so many exampels, but what is interesting is how they occurs, that one see when one see the whole of it free from the known. One leave a link to a 2 min video about that (The actual world, this one – free from the known.)

    First the FB story:
    Wonder how many billions times, one has write ONE, the last few years? Previously one wrote I :p

    Went on a little road when one pondered on this things suddenly one meets a large truck, guess which logo who was one the truck – ONE.

    Coincidentally or creation, whatever smiled between both ears, again!

    Here is the link:

  25. Polly Hawkins on September 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Amazing reading all this after what happened to me earlier. I lost my MP3 player about 6 months ago. I knew it was in the house and have hunted high and low with no result. Several times I have gone online to order a new one, but stopped at the last moment, because it had to be in the house somewhere! The only other alternative was that I had knocked it off my desk and into the bin and it had been thrown away. When I logged into my emails this morning there was an email from Amazon promoting MP3 players so I decided I wasn’t going to find my MP3 player and so I placed the order. The moment I placed it, I noticed my filing tray had fallen from my desk (probably pushed by the dog) and papers were all over the floor (I don’t file very often) and amongst them was my MP3 player! I cancelled my order with amazon and made a big fuss of the dog for being on my desk when I was out of the room!

  26. Lulu on September 25, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Well I’m Lulu;) pleased to meet you!

    • David R. Hamilton PhD on October 4, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Pleased to meet you too Lulu. 🙂