Is the cosmos friendly or unfriendly to us? Is it indifferent?
No. It is responsive.
Bridge the gap between New Age philosophy and hard science.
The Tree of Possibilities
What is a synchronicity? A synchronicity is a “meaningful” event which becomes more likely because it leads to an “experience” you are seeking to have.
Imagine that all the possible experiences you could have exist in a timeless and spaceless mathematical space of possibilities. A tree.
Retroactive Event Determination
The world around you is undetermined until you determine it. Life’s events are free to fall into place when you experience them. What led this person to show up at this particular time and place? According to retroactive event determination their history is flexible. This becomes retroactively determined at the moment you see them.
Meaningful History Selection
With every choice you make, you are anticipating experiences. You invest time setting up your kid’s birthday party because you anticipate them having a great birthday experience. Or you drive fast because you are anticipating receiving a rebuke from your manager for being late. You are actually anticipating your experience of each situation, what it will be like to feel (fill in the blank).
Now think about the tree of possibilities. On some of those branches you have the experience you are anticipating. On some you do not. Any of the future situations that align with the experience you are seeking to have grow apples and become a little more probable. If an area of the tree is heavily weighed down by apples, all the possible events on that part of the tree become more likely.
A synchronicity is one of these events which has its probability boosted because it leads toward the apples you are actively striving for. At the last minute the birthday party gets rained out, so you are very disappointed, but that same week a friend needs help moving and asks you to store some of their things, including a bunch of indoor party games for kids. As a result, your kid’s party is a success. That is a synchronicity, because it is a seemingly random event which leads you to where you were already trying to go.
But synchronicity is not a “positive” thing. The process is neutral. If we dwell on worry about our manager’s reaction to us being late, we might disregard the instructions of our GPS and follow a “short cut” to work, only to find unexpected roadwork that makes us decisively late. The road work is a synchronistic event because, just as before, it leads to the experience we are anticipating.
The Physics of Flow
We do not force synchronicities. Rather, we can align with circumstance, and then find that circumstance aligns with us in response. We call this "flow."
Flow can help you forward on a path that you are working towards, or similarly can help you avoid a situation which leads away from that path. Ultimately, I think it leads us toward chances to heal, grow, and improve our lives on the inside and outside.
One can think of the physical world as a simulation designed to evolve our selves. In other words, through meaningful history selection, the physical world produces synchronistic events which serve to help us develop greater compassion, work through personal trauma, and get free from self-imposed constraints.