The Hidden Power of Synchronicity

The Hidden Power of Synchronicity


In a recent exchange of messages between Harvey Lloyd and myself I felt so curious to the degree of synchronization between us. In one event he was writing to me on a message expressing his thoughts on a topic that we discussed before. Surprisingly, at almost the same time I was responding to a comment on one of my recent buzzes. In my response I mentioned the same thoughts that Harvey expressed in his message. This synchronicity happened repeatedly.

I remembered the synchronizing hanging of swinging between hanging pendulums on a wall. If you observe pendulums on a wall for some time their initial swings shall be chaotic and then somehow, they become self-synchronized without the interference of any external factor. The chaotic movement turns into a self-organized one. This is against entropy that states it is far easier for the an initially organized movement of the swings to become chaotic than the other way around. Do ideas have their pendulums and that when they are close enough they tend to synchronize their movement?

So, we do we have pendulum of ideas so that when the two pendulums are close enough they may synchronize their movement? The synchronization of physical pendulums has been a mystery for scientists for long times. One plausible explanation for their synchronization is explained in this short but must-see video.


The swinging pendulums send waves that when they and their overlapping affect the swing of the pendulums and make them synchronize. Do the pendulums of ideas create their own waves that are close enough to overlap and synchronize? Is the hidden power of synchronization big enough to offset the disorder motive? My guess is to say yes to this question.
The synchronization isn’t limited to pendulums unless ideas have their own pendulums. Numbers tend to synchronize heir β€œswing”. I was thinking of the Fibonacci rectangles. If we take Fibonacci numbers, then we may observe the synchronization of the β€œswing” of numbers. Fibonacci numbers are obtained by the addition of two numbers to get the third. For example, o and 1 give 1 so that the sequence becomes o 1 1. Now, add 1 and 1 and you get 2. The sequence is now 0112. Now, add 1 and 2 and you get 3. The series have the following order 0, 1, 2, 2, 3, 5., 8, 13, 21, 34, 55,89 and goes on for infinity. What is interesting is that if we divide each number by the preceding one we get the following graph:

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You may notice from the graph that eventually the numbers β€œsynchronize” their movement to an almost invariant ratio (0.618). This is well-known as the Golden Ratio.

More interestingly here is that if we get the areas of two subsequent numbers on the series of the Fibonacci numbers we get rectangles. If you plot the areas of those rectangles you end up with the following graphs”

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I took eight subsequent numbers from the Fibonacci numbers and they gave me the graph above. If you take and eight numbers, you shall exactly get the same shape with one difference in the scale of the sizes of the rectangles. The rectangles are similar- magnify them and you get the same shape of the rectangles. This is self-organization without the interference of any external factor. The pendulums of numbers are synchronizing their movement.

The previous observations lead me to say that team members might be near each other and still their ideas move chaotically and aren’t in synchronicity. The human factor and self-egoism are the forces that repels them from being close-enough to have their ideas in synchronicity. The hidden power of synchronization is absent. They are close physically, but not in reality. To the opposite, two virtual friend who are thousand of miles away from each other may be close enough to cause their pendulums to synchronize.

Do you believe in the hidden power of synchronicity?


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🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

3 years ago #53

#64
Sending you lots of love dear Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee I trust you are well. You're in my prayers always :)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#63
You know how to feels to give a drop of honey in a sour mouth? Your honey-like comment dear is so sweet and nourishing. You summed it up beautifully "even though we are all so different, we synchronize in thoughts, words and deeds when we understand each other and find affinity". Who could say it better?

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

3 years ago #51

The comments in this buzz play the sound of music beats that are Synchronous. Each beat is different but the sound is harmony like the pendulum that falls in line with it’s neighbor. As many mentioned below, we can’t deny the fact that even though we are all so different, we synchronize in thoughts, words and deeds when we understand each other and find affinity. But when we don’t we end up in chaos, which clearly shows our current state of affairs in the world. I thoroughly enjoyed the out pour of intriguing thoughts from you and our fellow bees. Thank you dear Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee for synchronizing our minds 😊

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#61
Great thoughts Joanne Gardocki "We are in a different relationship with what we observe". This is the Observant Effect. You are right. The leaves of the trees are pendulums and they behave like the pendulums on the wall (embedded video). Many people keep repeating to me that humans aren't trees and that I mislead the readers by using such metaphors. With all honesty I relate this to lack of imagination. Einstein said it that to be be to think creatively and imagine we have to learn from nature. We kept saying trees don't communicate till we discovered they do and they established the first underground network with fungi. People used to say that trees are brainless and have no memory. Recently, experiments proved that trees have memories. But most importantly, is what you wrote " How did these brainless items do this? It is baffling". Are they brainless? Even if they are (were) still we may learn a lot from them.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#58
Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#57
What we call the underdogs may have lots of surprises for us Chris \ud83d\udc1dR Guest. Fame, power and wealth shall not produce winners alone and devotion and having a dream bigger than self are two major ingredients of success. Football teaches us lessons everyday.

Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. beBee Global Brand Ambassador

#53
wow love that explanation Chris \ud83d\udc1dR Guest for inspiring us!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#55
Amazing results and musical displays from the underdogs such as that of Iceland. Predictability of soccer results are becoming as difficult it is for weather. Yes, the samba shall be played tonight, and hopefully to our wishes Chris \ud83d\udc1dR Guest

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#53
"combination in tandem"- what a beautiful expression Chris \ud83d\udc1dR Guest. It is music in the ear.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#51
Thank you dear Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic. I agree with your comment from A to Z. Truly, the pendulums of leaves aren't coupled, but the their waves may make them , at least partially so, and may explain the production of sound with some musical patterns. I liked very much your point of view on sound and you are spot on. The sound is there, but sometime it may fall outside our audible range. Charles Prabakar used to be active on social media, but much less so these days. He is amazing with his analytical power. he has published many posts of excellent quality, but very unfortunately no more. I appreciate your feedback greatly.

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

3 years ago #43

#37
Ali, I read your great presentation more than once. It's a complex point of view on complexity, showing complex sway motion of branches and leaves. :) Can we predict where the wind shall send branches? From the engineering point of view, the trees can be regarded as complex and flexible structures. The interaction between wind and trees is highly nonlinear because wind forces are variable. Dynamic (chaotic) forces of wind make it an impossible task to predict the correct amplitude and directions of movement of branches and leaves, even using nonlinear models. Due to nonlinear wind wave effect, two adjacent leaves don't behave like Huygens coupled pendulums. Do you feel the music coming from the trees in the video are ending? No, because we hear "music" at specific frequencies. If we don't hear the sound, it only means that human ears are not able to perceive the specific frequency of oscillating leaves because it is outside the human frequency range. But trees are still producing sound with rhythm, and "singing" as a result of vibrations. Out of chaotic movement of leaves comes the somewhat repeated sound of rustling. I read the excellent comment on your presentation by Charles Prabakar. My mind doesn't work that way. :) Although I don't agree with his explanation of the creation process, I found his way of thinking amazing.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#49
-You are self-confident Mimi Leinwand. I am sure your answer shall be YES!!! no question.

Mili (SELAH) Leinwand

Mili (SELAH) Leinwand

3 years ago #41

YES!!! no question.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#47
you know well what Einstein said about the art of questioning as you do Jerry

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

3 years ago #39

Thank you Dr. Ali but the thinking I mentioned should be credited to someone in the distant past in the Forbidden Kingdom. All I did was question how it might apply.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#45
This is original thinking Jerry Fletcher for you mentioned her in your comment.

Jerry Fletcher

Jerry Fletcher

3 years ago #37

Dr. Ali, Lada Prkic's comments led me to think about the eastern idea of Yin & Yang which posits that all things have within them good & bad, positive and negative, black and white. Given that, is it possible that synchronicity can exist between the positive aspect of one person and the negative of another? Is that a rationale for governments balancing one another by how they regard their populations? Is it possible that works only part of the time and that when an election or revolution begins to change the aspect of one country there is an attempt to make it synchronize with one that is already where the change is pointed? Or will the revolution seek out the opposite to synchronize with?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#43
Nothing to say sorry for dear Tausif Mundrawala as your contributions so far are good enough for a year to come. Missing quality comments like yours must be equally acknowledged.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#40
I have missed lately your probing comments dear Tausif Mundrawala and I am glad to read yours again. I experienced myself what you said "Sometimes me and my family members blurt a statement suddenly which makes us realize how in sync we are with the topic being discussed". You raise a great point in that having shred goals and purposes are preconditions for synchronization. As very adequately my friend Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic mentioned in her previous comments #35 and #38 the synchronization of vibrations can destroy a bridge. Except this time I hope human synchronization will destroy the bridges of hatred, discrimination and all evils because these are bridges to undesirable life.

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

3 years ago #34

#39
There was another bridge in France. The bridge collapsed and killed 200 soldiers. Now, I'm going to read your presentation. :)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#38
Great examples Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic and you reminded me of the Broughton Suspension Bridge

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

3 years ago #32

#36
Thanks, Ali. I am fascinated by synchronisation of oscillating systems and numbers as well. Much more than synchronisation between humans. :) In engineering, the most famous example of the harmful effect of synchronisation is the bridge collapsed due to marching in step. In short, synchronised march caused the bridge to vibrate at a frequency equal to its natural frequency. The bridge started to resonate with amplified vibrations, which caused it to collapse. Another example is the Tacoma Bridge which collapsed due to synchronisation caused by wind that created internal resonances and destructive torsional oscillations.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
Again, dear Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic you might find more thoughts on this topic in my presentation "Complexity Thoughts" https://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/complexity-thoughts The presentation considers each leave as a pendulum. I would love to read what you think.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
You are spot on with your comment dear Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic. You are right to say that synchronization can be harmful and this is true in the human body. Nothing is perfect in this world. This is a mind-boggling field of study and I look forward to reading a buzz from you on this tiopic. I plan to explore more in future buzzes.

Lada 🏑 Prkic

Lada 🏑 Prkic

3 years ago #29

Dear Ali, the video about pendulum synchronisation caught my attention immediately. Interesting, it took more than 300 years till science explained the Huygens' experiment with coupled pendulum clocks. Still much remains unknown about clocks' dynamical behaviour. Huygens' synchronisation also explained how biological rhythms in the human body works, such as heartbeat or respiration. An interesting fact is that synchronisation in the human body can also be harmful, which apparently occurs in epileptic seizures. Also, in engineering, there are examples when synchronisation resulted in harmful effects. There's so much to comment on this post. I'll stop for now. :)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#32
To understand complex systems we have to see the general patterns of complexity and work backward to try to understand the complexity. We wouldn't be able to see the emerging synchronicity from the behavior of one cell. We don't see the simple rules interactions among birds that produce their V-shaped flying pattern. WE derived the rules from the pattern. The behavior of the whole is greater than the sum of the individuals. We tended to ignore the noise and points that don't fall on a line. But, it turned out that these noises have their meaning because they may exercise the butterfly effect. Not all desert sands sing, but those that have this sand pushed our interest to understanding them. The oddity of their behavior must have a reason, and not because they are noise to be discarded. I say here it is "the small that may have a butterfly effect in understanding the universe". Understanding the behavior of the complex system shall not make it to derive the interacting simple rules. Likewise; understanding the same rules shall not prepare us to forecast the emerging behavior of the complex system.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
That why visiting nature frequently is a source of imagination for us Joanne Gardocki. If you watch the one-minute video embedded in this buzz you shall find the correlation with your statement "Or perhaps, like a plucked sting induces sympathetic vibration harmonics in other strings:. Thank you for your interest

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #26

We know there is weird things that happen at the quantum level but there is also the fundamental building blocks of life, of which we do not consider the synchronicity of cells and how cells divide to give us different systems in the body, and these many inter-connected systems operate with a great degree of synchronicity. So much so, it is Jung who fashioned the way we understand the term "synchronicity" now. How does one refute the possibility that Jung understood as synchronicity. In between the cellular level and the quantum level, there is the natural convergence of human beings to create village existence. Here synchronicity has a link to convergence. Since there are similar types of convergence happening in the world, any two people in that particular world will experience synchronicity. Yet unless we are self-aware about the global nature of this synchronicity, we then become at a loss how early human beings to converge to villages and much later in the depth of the industrial revolution to converge into cities. Yet I think we get too caught up in the natural aspect of synchronous behaviours and nature, that we need to pay equal regard to asynchronicity - not just meaningful coincidences. The diaspora that spread human beings out contain a synchronous drive to explore but difference is just as important as coincidence - because just as life requires synchronicity to exist, it requires variety and difference to move us from the natural world. For the record I have no intention of living in the natural world. Animals can have the natural world as their own - while there is synchronicity in people connecting in tribes or creating village existence, the way we learn and develop through innovation has just as fascinating asynchronicity, as we all do, synchronicity.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
will do

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I shall write a buzz soon on this topic and refer to your comment here Joanne Gardocki. Self-organizing systems are challenging because they go against entropy. By this I mean they self-organize from within. This is surprising. For example, a n organized crystal will lose its crystalline structure easily; not the opposite. Then how self-organizing system behave differently from crystals? It is because they dissipate energy and this dissipation is greater than the gained order. I shall try to find a metaphor to explain this phenomena. Will revert back soon. What puzzles me is that pendulums self-organize. I wrote a presentation titled https://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/complexity-thoughts In which I likened the tree leaves to pendulums. This presentation was downloaded more than 1300 times and you may find it useful. Numbers organize as I have shown here. How did these brainless items do this? It is baffling.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
Dear friend Edward Lewellen- your commanding comment stands out because of its relevance and depth. I loved your word "entrainment" and more the explanation of Remote View. Strangely enough, the dictionary doesn't recognize the word entrainment as I am getting the word underlined with red while typing. I am exploring this idea soon and will surely refer back to it soon. I am still digesting your comment at this late hour of the night. I shall scratch my head for an answer to your question as soon as I wake up.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
Tha k you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
very-well said Bill King. The rectangles. I show are fractal because they repeat at all acales. Unity produces fractal it. It is uniting through simple rules that lead to the beauty of harmony

Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. beBee Global Brand Ambassador
Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
Believe me Pascal Derrien I don't wear a watch as well and for long times. May be tghis explains why this buzz is dis-synchronized

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #18

Honestly I don't know what to think about Things happen for a reason and all those theories..... happy coincidences are the flip side of the coin of bad things happen to good people..... now I don't even wear a watch so I am probably slightly dis-synchronised with this article :-)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
I had no doubt this is the case Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee. I am sure you may write a book on this synchronicity. Thank you for sharing the buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
I tend to accept your thoughts here Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris #11 and my introduction to this buzz are different examples of indirect participation on same idea. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to elaborate.

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

3 years ago #15

#14
Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee yes of course ! We have experienced synchronicity and complementarity ! :-)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee- have you experienced synchronicity between you? I would love to know.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
I am I am comforted that there is synchronicity between us Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris. Yes, it surprises me too that even though are distant from each other; yet we thought of the Golden Ratio same day. We are on synchronizing waves.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
I wish all commenters would share their stupid experiences and then how this developed into wisdom. Thank you so much Harvey Lloyd for sharing your transformation. I sincerely hope this invitation would get the interest of the reader.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

Funny you mentioned the golden ratio in this post. I was just thinking about it today, as it came up in a scientific video I was watching about Quantum Gravity. Anyway, in my view there is definitely synchronicity among people who think on a similar wavelength, and certain social media help amplify that, much like the wall of the pendulum clocks.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #10

#9
In my youth i became a Licensed Soccer coach and coached one of my daughters. I went to Florida for a week and was trained by many good coaches. Part of this wisdom adventure found me coaching from my plan, 22 college soccer players. I never plaid in my own youth. Within this lesson i had established all the components of a good plan and began executing. But that's where all things went south. My plan fell apart as the players began to execute and didn't understand what i was attempting. I described it harder and louder, forcing the plan to work. In the end i was met by one of the three evaluators (College Coaches) and he said my plan was good but what i didn't do was augment into a plan that the players could draw skills. I didn't adapt. I became a slave to the plan and not the concept. I was foolish. Amazingly after the public eval the players, whom i did not know, came up and apologized for not performing for my eval. I recovered and got the grade i needed. But here i learned the lesson we speak. We are foolish until we are not. To not go on the journey is the fools errand.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
Exactly and the last line of your comment is my wisdom for the day. To have end we must have beginning. The wisdom of somebody might be the foolishness for somebody else. How many people made statements like there will be no more than 1000 desktops in year 2000. Let the two pendulums of wisdom and discovery swing together rather than decouple them. I read a long time ago somebody defining stupidity as "to do something that cause harm to you and others". But even those stupid mistakes led to discoveries that changes peoples' lives. Understanding others is the begning to understanding self for me.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #8

#7
Continuing that thought is the old saying, "It is better to appear the fool than open ones mouth and remove all doubt." This would represent the foolish end of your scale. The wisdom end of the scale that is taught through this proverb reads, "Seek first to understand, then to be understood." But can we get to this end without the beginning? I think not. It is when we stand at what we believe to be wise and cast stones at the foolish that we become self righteous. This is the point at which we become fearful of being the fool. The gateway to perfection that stalls our creativity. This is the point of life's journey. Moving from foolishness to wisdom. If we have found wisdom can we really judge another's journey? Or can we see their journey as one of self discovery and wonder at their curious journey? As usual we bring more questions and thoughts than original answer. It is this kind of chaos that creates curiosity within our discussions.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Just a thought sparked by your lovely comment. If we look at wisdom and foolishness on opposite poles they shall never synchronize. When we accept both they get in vicinity to interact and harmonize (synchronize). Can we extend this concept to all opposites. I believe yes. It is our refusal of life realities that keep opposites distant apart and then have no chance to synchronize. You remind me of my presentation Stupidity Spawns Creativity. It is only by accepting stupidity that creative ideas emerge. You spark many ideas in my head.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #6

#5
This harmony or synchronicity is a natural rhythm of life. I was listening to a gentlemen this morning discussing the foolishness (chaos) we feel just before we begin the journey of wisdom. This is the two clocks before synchronicity is found. Foolish. But over time with some eclectic tries at harmony wisdom is found. The fear is that we cant overcome the thought of being seen as foolish first. Only humble fools can stand before wisdom. Somehow over the last century i sense we have become so smart that we have lost the ability to be that fool that stands before wisdom. Amazing the golden ratio, the two clocks are screaming at us to learn what the first steps look like. Foolishness in seeking or chaos is the beginning of wisdom.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
With all honesty your comment Harvey Lloyd reflects what I wanted to say exactly in this buzz. The two pendulums in the video didn't change as each kept its authenticity. It is only accepting the other and "understanding" the other that led to synchronicity. We don't have to go dissolve in the other ; it is not a matter of fusion as it is a matter of understanding. The merging effect is the synchronization in movement. I loved your description of the goal as the wall in the video. The leader is the supporting goal and he/she can accomplish this role by having a grand goal for all team members to own. I discussed this in few of my articles. One example is the goal of survival that make ants form a raft in water so that they may not sink. Great thoughts are your my friend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
Thank you for commenting and sharing the buzz . I look forward for deep synchronicity between us.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #3

Synchronicity is an amazing thing and i like to call it harmony. Your video is interesting if we get past the original question of why it happens. Your Golden ratio diagram showing chaos and then harmony reinforces this thought. When clocks meet upon a wall they experience chaos in vibrations that need correlation. Each making adjustments until the rhythm becomes harmonious. Is this not like humans. When two humans (The two clocks) meet at a goal (The wall) they are initially in chaos. If understanding in combination with time is realized the two can become synchronize within the goal. This concept does not presuppose agreement but understanding. In today's world this synchronicity is seen as agreement. So we remove ourselves from the wall before this can happen. This is unfortunate. Our ancestors new the wisdom gained from synchronicity with new ideas and journeys. The key to their ancestral success was they new who they were before the journey. Synchronicity meant wisdom and knowledge and not denying self. I appreciate our discussions as it makes/forces me to verbalize my thoughts. In other words bringing chaos into order. I believe this is what the golden ratio is describing to us through math. Your post is really a description of our need to find the harmony within our leadership of others. Again not because we agree/disagree but to better understand the relationship and its needs. The opposite of this would be the doctor that walks into see you and he hands you a prescription and walks out. No diagnosis or questions. Just a presupposition of need and a prescription.

Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. beBee Global Brand Ambassador

I fully believe in the power of synchronicity Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee The universe is powerful and presents many moments of awe. Glad it happened between Harvey and you.

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