Synchronicity Awareness Intervention: An Open Trial
by Lydia Y. Cho, Lisa J. Miller, Mark G. Hrastar, Nina A. Sutton & John Paul Younes - 2009
Background: Awareness of synchronicity may be an opening to more general spiritual awareness. Empirical research analyzing the process of increased synchronicity awareness and investigating shifts in personal spirituality and mental health is limited. Might synchronicity awareness be a porthole for a more general sense of personal spiritual awareness, namely the experience of directly lived daily events as spiritually meaningful?
Purpose: This study evaluated a 6-week synchronicity discussion group, Synchronicity Awareness Intervention (SAI), delivered to emerging educators and human service professionals. Its aim was to increase awareness of synchronistic events and support spiritual awareness.
Participants: Final enrollment consisted of 12 females and 1 male, with a mean age of 26.8 years (SD = 5.29). Religious denominations were 38.5% Catholic, 30.8% Protestant, 15.4% Hindu, 7.7% Buddhist, and 7.7% Atheist.
Research Design: The study used a pretest-posttest within subject design. This report focuses on the postintervention qualitative data collected through a structured interview.
Findings: Data suggested that SAI was associated with increased awareness of synchronicity and suggested beneficial effects of synchronicity awareness on personal spirituality and mental health. Results showed that the program was well received and highly rated by the participants, indicating that it was an acceptable form of a spiritually informed psychotherapeutic discussion group.
Conclusions: This preliminary study showed promising support for the feasibility, acceptability, level of engagement, and potential helpfulness of an SAI in a group setting. Synchronicity awareness may support spiritual awareness and improve mental health.
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