The 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 want them to have a great birthday experience. You drive fast because you are anticipating receiving a rebuke from your manager for being late.

Any of the future experiences that align with your action become slightly more probable. These branches of the tree grow apples and become heavier. 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, but that same week your cousin is moving houses and asks you to store some of their things, including a bunch of indoor party games for kids. The party is a success.

But synchronicity is not a “positive” thing. The process is neutral, so that if we dwell on worry about our manager’s reaction to us being late, we might disregard our GPS’s instructions and follow a “short cut” to work to save time, only to find unexpected roadwork that makes us decisively late. The road work is a synchronistic event because 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. For instance, if we take actions that build trust, these will lead to unexpected events which give us the opportunity to become more trusted. Through this process, we build “momentum” towards the outcomes we consistently dedicate ourselves to.