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 it Within 

Chances are there’s something you want to change. There is a voice inside of you saying “when _______ happens, I’ll be ______.”  You can fill in the blanks. But it’s probably something along the lines of, “when I get the new job I’ll be happier” or “when I find my soulmate I’ll be fulfilled” perhaps “when I have a bigger home I’ll be more organized and comfortable.” Problem is we are looking for a certain feeling and thinking that something outside of ourselves is going to make it happen. *I say we because I have been (and at times still am) totally guilty of this myself.* Reality is though, when we get that job, the boy or girlfriend or the new house it is only a temporary fix. We feel good for about 30 minutes maybe a couple days if we are lucky and then it’s on to the next “when I have ______ I’ll be ______. ”

  So what is the remedy ?  You have to recognize that everything you could ever need is within you. As an extension of the universe you are beyond powerful and abundant. When you connect to this part of yourself that is so much more than your body and this crazy existence here on earth, you’ll remember your true abundance and exactly what you’re made of. Next, get clear on the emotion that’s behind the thing you’re longing for. If it is a new job ask yourself why do you really want it ? Is it to feel more accomplished or maybe to feel useful? Do you want a partner to feel loved and connected? A new home might make you feel grounded and secure. So you get clear on the feeling you want to feel and ask yourself how can I feel this way now? And my friends, the answer always lies in creating a deeper and more sacred relationship with yourself and a higher power (as you believe it).  When you believe you are an extension of the universe, God or Source all those feelings are already within you. Your spiritual practice (aka the time that you take to get connected) will help you to feel all the feels. Meditation, prayer and sacred rituals are all ways in which we can hear the divine and dissolve the need for anything outside of ourselves to make us feel complete.

Don’t get me wrong! You should totally go after the new job, seek to find your soulmate and desire to live in a comfortable home….but now you desire those things to compliment the love and fulfillment that is already in your heart. When you get what you desire that’s wonderful but when you don’t get it – well, it can be just as wonderful because now you trust that the Universe just has something even better in store and who cares anyways because you are already whole, connected to your wellspring of joy and living an inspired life. Dr. Wayne Dyer says, inspired means “in spirit”- you recognize what you’re made of and it is the same stuff as stars– you’re literally a freaking star! How could you ever feel less than fabulous, loved and complete??