Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs
A practice I really enjoy is to notice what I notice. I like to notice what I see that isn’t usually there. My teacher Siobhan often says that the soul of the world speaks in symbols. I interpret these symbols as signs from the universe, things to be aware of as I move through my life.
A cool example, is en route to a teaching gig as I was driving down an old country road I saw three turtles. Not just one, nor two, but three turtles! Turtles are not something I see every day, so I paid attention. When I got home, I hopped on my computer and googled “Turtle Spirit Animal”. The website said that turtles are patient and wise, holders of ancient knowledge, and that they are a symbol of “staying true to the path”. What a message, and given all that’s unfolded for me over the past few weeks, a potent message.
Another place I pay attention is when I’m out walking the dog. We take similar routes daily, and so to notice what is there today, that wasn’t there yesterday is interesting. One time as we were walking we walked past of a tree with about a hundred crows in it! This is definitely not something I see/hear/experience daily. So I went home and looked up ‘crow’ in my Spirit Animal book.
The other way I feel the universe speaks to me is through patterns. I’ve learned that when something comes up three times I need to pay attention. When I got back from India (years ago) my friend Viola asked me if I was going to the yin yoga training. My response, “What is yin yoga? What training? No.” The next day someone else asked me if I was going. “No.” Then the day after my friend Dianne said to me, “Did you hear Paul Grilley is doing a yin yoga workshop? You should go, even just to be part of something cool.” That’s three. Guess who went to the yin yoga workshop and fell in love with yoga in a whole other way? That’s right, me
I might also use Oracle Cards as a way of asking questions to the universe. I ask a question as I’m shuffling the desk, then I draw three cards and see what comes up. It’s been interesting to see what comes up.
I use these as a way to be less controlling and to work with receptivity. How do you receive signs from the universe? Do share in the comments below.