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Modeling synchronicity with NLP

Summary: People generate synchronicities using idiosyncratic patterns that have common elements.


The vast majority of the energy and material resources necessary to manifest a desired outcome come from outside ourselves — from the universe. Synchronicity is a low-energy path to achieving an outcome. We get the world to generate results for us — a world that has far more resources than we do, and is much better at manifesting things.

People who have harnessed synchronicity — who regularly experience improbable and "impossible" events — can often achieve results that no ordinary means could produce. And they have a great time doing it!

What is synchronicity?

We consider coincidence to be a pattern-recognition process that does not have a meaning or intent behind it. By contrast, a synchronicity is a coincidence-like event that aligns with an intent and has meaning. It's a communication between Self and World.

Sometimes people recognize these communications, and can use them to advantage. Other times people remain oblivious. It's as if the unconscious mind is using the world to communicate something, but the person's conscious mind just doesn't get it.

How do you model synchronicity?

  • Elicit examples of coincidence/synchronicity in the person's experience. When did their life go unusually well, with a series of improbable events that seemed to happen effortlessly? Or, what kind of coincidence reliably happens to the person? (Finding the right books, meeting the right people, having people call just as he person decides to call them.)
  • Calibrate the explorer's predicates and eye access patterns as they talk about their synchronicities. Elicit several examples and notice common patterns. Symmetric gesturing often indicates a step in the process, with both brain hemispheres engaged, versus evaluation or feelings about the process with asymmetric gestures
  • Find out how the explorer makes synchronicities noticeable (submodality shifts). Then, find out how they generated the shifts. "What part of you does this for you?" "How does it know to do it?"
  • Work backward from when they get the result: "What happened to cause this?" "What happened right before?" Use eye accesses if they don't know consciously.
  • Continue to elicit steps until they have no more, and get a sort of "Yeah, that's how I do it" response congruently.
  • Check the frame size. What gets considered in their process? What gets deleted, if anything?
  • Check for existing ecology issues, and resolve them.
  • Have explorer deliberately generate a synchronicity and check whether they have any ecology issues with doing it consciously. If they do, resolve the issues.
  • Try doing their pattern yourself. What do you notice compared to your synchronicity pattern? What would make the patterns (theirs and yours) even better? Install improvements, and check.

Overall pattern for generating synchronicities

In the synchronicity processes we have modeled so far, we have always found these steps in some form, in some order close to this:

  • Set an outcome such that you'll be able to recognize it when you get it
  • Get unconscious intent aligned with getting the outcome
  • Do a complete congruity check (head, heart, gut)
  • Experience the expectation of getting the outcome
  • Create a relationship between Self and World that goes out into World:
         gut —> heart —> head —> out
  • Pop out submodalities so synchronicity and path to it are recognizable (at least unconsciously).

— Jan Saeger and W. Keppel
© 2004, some rights reserved
posted March 2004
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W. Keppel and Jan Saeger are certified NLP Master Practitioners and NLP Health Practitioners who worked together from 2003 to 2006 developing new NLP. They originally presented this material at the September 2003 East Bay NLP Cafe.


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