Ask Deepak: Finding Clues in Meaningful Coincidences

Dear Deepak:

I was just reading the April Chopra Center newsletter and came across your entry on SynchroDestiny. I was quite responsive to this, as I especially feel lately my life has been guided by the universal consciousness, however there is a part of my rational mind that is frustrated in trying to make sense of life’s occurrences.

On March 2, I arrived in Tokyo on a performance contract for one year. After being there for just 9 days, Japan was with the tragic earthquake/tsunami which put many people’s lives on a 180 degree turn. As performers, we were given the choice to go home for a few weeks until the atmosphere supposedly calmed down a bit, and were to return at the beginning of April if we chose to. I was pondering this decision to go back to Japan, meditating, researching, discussing with family and friends, and finally decided that I would head back to Japan on April 7.

The morning of April 7 i felt quite uneasy about returning and still questioned if it was safe over there or not. Only one hour before I was supposed to board the plane, i received word of the 7.1 aftershock that hit northern Japan. As I was sitting in the airport, it felt as if my entire mind was going through an earthquake of thoughts and my immediate reaction was to not get on the plane to go back. I saw i had many missed phone calls and emails from concerned family/friends and that gave me the signal to pull my bags from the flight. In the end, I will not be traveling back to Japan for this performance contract.

Here is where my question lies in these messages from the universal consciousness. Was this big aftershock a sign from the universe or just a mere coincidence? My ego can’t justify why the universe would have me uproot my contented life in Florida, to then experience one of the most tragic earthquakes in history, to come back to my home in NY, decide to leave for Japan and then finally bring me right back to where I started.

If you could please share your insights on synchrodestiny in regards to signs from higher consciousness or intuition, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much!

Deepak responds:
You said that your ego can’t justify why all this happened, but the whole point of synchrodestiny is that we are learning to guide our life from an intelligence that transcends the ego. That is our higher self, and while we may glimpse how it is orchestrating our life in concert with the universe, it is not something that our ego or individual mind can grasp.

As an exercise, instead of trying to figure out why your life had to be disrupted by these events, consider that perhaps all these changes in your plans have been useful in helping you break your dependence on your ego mind and its plans and expectations. By recognizing that there are larger factors involved in life’s outcomes beyond our individual goals, we are able to notice and take advantage of the other opportunities life is presenting that may be bring us something even better than what we had hoped for.



To learn more about harnessing the power of coincidence in your life, join Deepak at the SynchroDestiny workshop this September 6-10 in Carlsbad, CA. He will be joined by special guest Don Miguel Ruiz. Register and learn more here.

  1. the question is -were there other people on board that plane that flew to japan after news of 7.1 earthquake ?


  2. How do you find the courage to follow your synchroDestiny. My life has been guided by synchronicity, i have experienced things that are unusual that most people will think that these are meaningful coincidences. Instead of following these to help me determine my path, i am afraid to take the steps forward. Please tell me how to gain courage to follow my path. The signs are there but the courage is not.

    Thank you.


  3. Hi Deepak,

    The gift of synchrodestiny.
    How fortunate I have been to come across your article on synchrodestiny. Thank you for your generosity in publishing this for it has confirmed for me a deep understanding that the universe provides for us what we need.

    18 years ago I had an unfortunate circumstance on a mountain, while guiding someone who was blind folded. The unfortunate circumstance required spinal fusions and left me an incomplete paraplegic. 8 years after my unfortunate circumstance my youngest daughter at the age of 21 she lost her sight..within 4 months she became blind. There is no cure and no treatment.

    I went on to walk the mountain both literally and figuratively….embracing the adversity…going straight through any barriers…and this led to my work with disadvantaged youth, advocacy, counseling and the opening of my

    My daughter became a journalist.

    Life purpose and meaning are still evolving on this adventure, without these experiences I would not have learnt the lessons I did. And those lessons now enable me to walk with others on their mountain.

    What a gift sychrodestiny showed itself to be.




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