“Walk without a stick into the darkest woods. Believe that the fairy tale is true.”—Cheryl Strayed

“The more you look for synchronicity, the more magical your life becomes. You are the magician that makes the grass green.”—Robert Anton Wilson222

In her book, Tiny Beautiful Things, Cheryl Strayed, posing as Dear Sugar, tells the story of hiking in New Mexico. She was alone and had been for several hours. She turned a bend and suddenly ran into another solo hiker who at that exact moment had run into yet another lone hiker. The three of them laughed, began talking and discovered that all three of them had the same birthday, in three consecutive years.

In E-Squared, I wrote about coincidence and how rather than being some weird anomaly spit out by what Dr. John Lilly called “The Cosmic Coincidence Control Center,” it’s actually evidence of the Zero Point Field to which we are all connected. I also pointed out that simply contemplating synchronicity often triggers these “Oh Wow!” events. I also asked readers who experienced “an amazing coincidence” after reading that chapter to send me an email. Just so you know, I’ve gotten dozens of stories, many including the number 222 that I mentioned in the book.

My daughter, when she was in junior high, for those who haven’t read it, had a thing about 222. She started a 222 Facebook page, her friends called her at 2:22 every day and that summer, we ended up staying in room 222 in two different hotels (one in Seattle and one in London).

I used that anecdote in the 101 Dalmatians chapter and was amazed at a) how many coincidences people sent me and b) how many included the number 222.

My daughter, who is now 19 and in college, and I were talking about her 222 fascination the other day and suddenly we started seeing 222’s everywhere, sometimes two different ones at the same time. We started texting each other every time we spotted a 222. It has become an amusing game.

So today, in honor of my incredible daughter who “coincidentally” called me when I was getting ready to post this, I’m hosting a 222 competition. For the next few days, make an intention to notice the number 222.

I will send a free autographed copy of E-Squared or one of my other books (if you can’t think of anyone you’d like to give a copy to) to whoever posts the best 222 story in the comments below.

Pam Grout is the author of 16 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

19 Comments on ““Walk without a stick into the darkest woods. Believe that the fairy tale is true.”—Cheryl Strayed

  1. OMG Pam. My favorite number is 22 and so was my cousin’s who passed (Pamela Sue). My literary agent’s fav number…also 22. 2’s have something special!

  2. That’s so funny. I also found out that William Burroughs, the famous beat poet who wrote Naked Lunch and lived here in Lawrence, had a thing about the number 23. He saw it everywhere.

  3. Well, I don’t know if this counts – and I already have your book – but when I opened today’s post I immediately noticed the 222 graphic. That’s my wife’s birthday (Feb. 22).

    Then I noticed the time you sent the e-mail was 1:26 – my birthday.

  4. 22 has fascinated me for at least a year now. I am very aware of my lucky , special number. I remember asking for sone sort of sign and a swan coming to mind. I somehow transferred this image to 2 and then to 22. The fact that 222 is of course similar is amazing.

  5. 22 is special to me. At least a year ago I asked for a sign. I got an image of a swan. I remembered this as a 2 and then it somehow changed to a 22. I often glance at the time and it will be something like 10.22 or similar.

  6. Mine has always been 1111 (or the time 11:11) & I see it constantly in my day, but I will try the 222. Another fun experiment! This is The Volgswagon Jetta rule I think? 🙂 I absolutely love your book & would love for my best friend (& everyone I know) to read it as well. It’s a lifechanger & so much fun to read!! Thanks.

  7. Would you beliveve just I went on to Amazon kindle site to check out the book by Cheryl Strayed, straight after reading Pams post and scrolling down found the following book title!

    “I Just Wanted to Say… I Forgive You: 22 Women, 22 Breathtaking Stories, 10 Different Countries… One Simple Message!” [Kindle Edition]

    I often see 22 or 222 and have wondered at the significance of the numbers. I was told it meant something was going to happen or things were about to change quickly.

  8. Mine is 33. I’m working on launching an art incubation concept called “Paradigm 33” that will be going public through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Browsing Youtube for ambient compilation music CDs I come across one that features about 10 tracks. I picked one out in particular that I intend to contact the composer on (“Sahara Inner Light” by Claudio Agostini). So I dropped “Claudio Agostini Sahara Inner Light” into the search bar on Youtube and the first search result that popped up for that track was by an account named “33bigmoney” http://youtu.be/jjvONNvKqxg

  9. Howdy Pam,

    Love your site. I just laughed out loud (literally, and shook my finger while looking skywards), because reading this post, I had nothing for the number ‘222’, but while pausing and and thinking of the ‘coincidence’ of numbers, I thought of my connection with the number ‘101’. Then, like, ohh, let’s call it call it synchronicity, I read ‘101 Dalmatians’!

    Perfect! Couldn’t have planned it better myself!

    Love your posts and your work.

  10. I had sort of given up on my own search for ‘222’ occurrences. Then, about 3 minutes ago, it was time to go to sleep, and, in the habit of checking email before I hit the pillow, I thought, “I wonder if anything came in at 2:22 am, thinking it was much later or past that time…until…lo and behold I glanced at the clock and it WAS 2:22 AM. ‘Nuf said.

  11. I just discovered your site. Oh goodness I just looked at the clock today and it was 2:22. Every time I see the clock it is 12:34, 1:23, 3:33 etc but I have not seen 2:22 for some time till today. Oh your book is so GOOD E 2. I laugh out loud and can relate so much with so many things you write. The experiments are so much fun and have taught me so much about myself. Thank you, Thank you !

  12. Hi! I’ve had a 22 thing for many years….maybe 20 or so. It started one week when it was impossible not to notice. Like I was on flight 222 that left at 2:22 sated in row 22, getting a car that was in parking slot 22. 22 found me! Not the reverse. Since then I consider the number a weird angel and sign I’m on the right track. I’ll often go through periods where every time I look at the clock it will be some hour :22. Or I’ll be behind four cars in a row with 22 in the license plate. I love the angel-speak! It zaps me into the moment.

  13. Hi
    I have a weird/ funny story about the number 222. It’s almost unbelievable. I was born the 22nd of February, at 2:22 am . For years I wondered about all this, never fully understanding it, LOL. I thought it was just a coincidence, even though I recognized its weirdness. At 22 yo I got married and, for the first time I intentionally chose the 22 nd of July for the marriage. Life went on and I got pregnant of my first child ( I have 2 and I don’t expect to reach 22!). Even though she was born on January 9, the delivery room was…number 222! Two years passed and my second child was born …. the delivery room? 22!! I keep seeing 222 everywhere I go and, these days… I just laugh.
    Aww by the way…my car plate? “”- 22-22
    🙂

  14. Hi
    I have a weird/ funny story about the number 222. It’s almost unbelievable. I was born the 22nd of February, at 2:22 am . For years I wondered about all this, never fully understanding it, LOL. I thought it was just a coincidence, even though I recognized its weirdness. At 22 yo I got married and, for the first time I intentionally chose the 22 nd of July for the marriage. Life went on and I got pregnant of my first child ( I have 2 and I don’t expect to reach 22!). Even though she was born on January 9, the delivery room was…number 222! Two years passed and my second child was born …. the delivery room? 22!! I keep seeing 222 everywhere I go and, these days… I just laugh.
    Aww by the way…my car plate? “”- 22-22 🙂

  15. Oh my, I have been on a quest for years because I started noticing 222, and when I was noticing it was always a time of I was having a fantastic time, or was extremely upset. My children and husband tease me about it. I just was talking about it recently with someone I just met a couple weeks ago.on a forum.(that has nothing to do with anything like this) within a few days Wayne Dyer mentioned your book on FB, and I was excited,I’d been looking for a book to read. I am only partially through the book and on the first experiment. It was literally a couple hours before the first experiments 48 hours are up when I found this post, as I was searching what happens if the first experiment doesn’t work!!! (I have not gotten to the 222 section of your book yet) but as Bill Engvall says There is your sign!!! 🙂
    Wendy

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