Signs, Signs – everywhere there’s signs!

The universe is always trying to talk to you. The question is do you hear it?

Each and every day there is guidance should you choose to open up your awareness and perspective and receive it.  The key word here being awareness and openness. In order to receive the signs of the universe you have to be paying attention as well as keeping an open mind that there is something bigger than you helping to steer you through life.

One way to start to work with this energy is to ask for a specific sign. For example, maybe you are trying to decide if you should move. You can ask your guides, the universe, God or the angels (whatever it is that you believe in) to show you a sign if this move you are considering is for the highest good. Think for a moment what you want the sign to be and trust the first thing that comes to mind. If the thing that pops in your head is an orange monkey — TRUST ITThe higher ups know what they’re doing and they will find a way to show you this sign. Now, of course, you probably won’t see a real live orange monkey – but maybe a car will be in front of you in a traffic jam with this orange monkey as their bumper sticker. Or you’ll get an advertisement piece of mail with this monkey as the logo.

Second piece of advice, don’t go looking for the signs. Once you have asked for the guidance, surrender to it. You want to have some awareness as you’re out and about so you don’t miss the sign, but don’t try to find it either. It is hard when you’re asking for guidance on something that is really important to you, and most likely it will be something really important to you or why else would you ask for the sign! But still don’t try and make the sign appear. If you don’t get what you’re looking for then know that there is something  even better waiting for you. In the example of the move – maybe you think the apartment or home you just saw is amazing and you have to have it, but then you don’t get your sign. Ouch! Well, in a couple weeks an even more amazing and perfect home may become available, and if you jump on this place you’ll miss out. The Universe always has our back and our best interests in mind. So remind yourself of that each and every day.

Receiving signs when you haven’t asked is another way the higher ups give us a little wink and reminder that we are on the right path, being guided and supported each and every step of the way. For me, feathers are how I know the angels are trying to get my attention. Sometimes I am feeling discouraged and anxious about life and where I am headed, and then BOOM, as I am walking my dogs a perfect white feather will be on the ground. All I can do is smile and breath a sigh of relief because to me it shifts my perspective and helps me remember I am being divinely guided.

You might see number sequences. 111, 222, 333. Every time you look at the phone maybe it is a certain time, or you see these numbers on billboards or receipts. These numbers are telling you the same thing – you’re being divinely guided and don’t you forget it. For more specific on the meaning of number sequences you may be seeing visit Doreen Virtue’s website. Another major way our higher ups may get our attention is finding coins – especially in really odd places! And then of course there will be things that are meaningful to you – a certain song will come on the radio, a commercial that has some meaning to you or you see the name of a relative who has passed on a vanity license plate or any other million of ways the universe talks to us. Keep an open mind, tell the.universe you’re ready to start this dialogue and that you’re open to receive the signs and then trust that what you receive is guiding you along the path that you are meant to travel upon.

Signs for the universe can be like a reassuring hug from your best friend when you’re feeling overwhelmed or nervous about the future. Who doesn’t want that? This week, think of something you’re struggling with, ask for the signs and let me know what comes up for you!

Finding Faith. Believing. And Trust.

A few years ago I heard of a book called, A Course In Miracles. It definitely piqued my interest, and I thought it would be another good self-help kinda read – a genre that I love so much. So I went out, got the book, and opened it up. Well, it was DENSE to say the least…totally over my head. There was also a lot of religious sounding wording (God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, etc.) that at the time I was kind of put off by. I was pretty fresh on my spiritual path and as they say, timing is everything. For The Course, this just wasn’t my time.

Never in my life had I considered myself a religious person, or really a believer in anything but myself. That was up until I doubted myself (shocker!) and began to mask all of my fears with drugs and alcohol. Fast forward about 13 years and here I was at the beginning of my sober recovery having picked up this text about miracles. I was sober for at least a year, and that was a huge miracle but I wanted more. But as I said, I was not ready for The Course, I couldn’t understand the concepts and so it ended up in my bookshelf without being opened again for a few years. This January, I decided to give it another shot. Having made some truly huge strides in my journey of healing and recovery, I figured it would be a good time to open up that big blue book once again. If you’re unfamiliar with The Course, it is broken down into three sections. There is the text, the workbook and the manual for teachers. The workbook consists of 365 short exercise/meditations for each day of the year. It is an affirmation of a sort, to get your mind to think in a new way. The Course defines a miracle as a shift in perception from fear to love, and the exercises aim at bringing about more of these shifts.

Today’s affirmation, day 47, was “God is the strength in which I trust”. After reading a bit further it goes on to say that we are fearful, depressed, anxious, addicted, and on and on, because we have put our trust solely in ourselves. In reality, we have someone was bigger and more badass we can trust in….GOD. Now, if you’re not into the term God, substitute it out, The Universe, Higher Self, Source, Inner Guide… But the point is the same, little old me and you just don’t cut it! As ACIM says, “If you are trusting in your own strength, you have every reason to be apprehensive, anxious and fearful. What can you predict or control? What is there in you that can be counted on?” Holy Crap!!! It is anxiety provoking to rely only on ourselves to get through the day to day struggles of life. But when we believe in something bigger, something more powerful and ever loving, and THAT is who we place trust in, well it’s like a huge weight has been lifted. In times of confusion, don’t work so hard to figure out the problem, instead pray – asking for guidance and support. When you are hurt or heartbroken, and all you want to do is drink, eat or shop away your sorrows, once again pray to see things differently and remember that someone still walks with you through the hardest of times. If a decision needs to be made, we can over-analzye about which choice to make and then still have doubt after it is said and done. OR we can ask the universe for signs, to show us the way, and feel confident as we move forward. Doesn’t this sound good? It’s like having a coach, parent, best friend, mentor and a really amazing assistant at your side at all times. The only thing you need to do, is get out of your own way, and place your trust in God. It takes practice, like anything. You might even be thinking how can you place trust in someone that isn’t there. That is where faith comes in, you try it out, as funky and even stupid as it may feel. Placing all your trust in something or someone you can’t see is scary, but what do you have to lose? When you realize there is only the feelings of safety and security to gain, you can try it once, or twice. “There is a place in you where there is perfect peace. There is a place in you where nothing is impossible. There is a place in you where the strength of God abides” (ACIM, Lesson 47). Do you want to find that place?