How to know when the universe is communicating with you with these nine signs.

I like signs. Maybe it’s because I’m Irish and I grew up throwing salt over my left shoulder any time it spilled, and not stepping on cracks, but I do remember thinking at an early age that I was being given signs from the universe.

 As I got older, and developed a stronger sense of self, I realized that a lot of these ‘signs” were a precursor to an event that would happen in the near future.

I’ve got 9 top signs that the universe is communicating with you – and this includes loved ones that have passed, spiritual guides, or whatever you deem your higher power.  I’ll refer to that as God.

Over and Over
Does something keep happening over and over? Are you constantly grabbing the wrong set of keys, tripping over something, or spilling things? As an isolated event, if I trip on my way out the door in the morning, I take that as warning from the universe that I need to watch my step that day – in one form or another. Usually the first applicable instance that comes to mind is the area I need to watch. If I have a meeting with someone new, or have not worked with, ok universe, I will watch my step in that meeting and tread lightly.

However, if it keeps happening, I need to look at the bigger picture. Let’s go with spilling. Are my emotions being tamped down to the point where I will spill over emotionally? Do I need to take more time in the things that I do? Do I feel pressured or rushed? All of these and more could be the universe telling you to express yourself in a healthy way, slow down, be patient.

Dream a little dream…
This is one of my favorites. Perhaps you don’t remember your dreams, but most of us at some point have had a dream we cannot forget. There are ways to teach yourself to remember your dreams in detail, but that’s in another article. Dreams are like your brain trying to tell you something in a foreign language. The unconscious mind is the most deeply rooted part of us; it’s also where we absorb the subtext of our dreams. I used to dream about a man with whom I was in a relationship.We had an on-again/off-again relationship that was highly charged with physical attraction. He had another on again/off again relationship with another woman that I kept hoping would break permanently. My dreams about him, no matter what we were doing, always had either his feelings for me hidden, or that I was hidden from his life. Eventually I figured this out and ended the relationship because it was not what I wanted; it was only what I hoped.

The Numbers Game
I love this one. There is a school of thought that repeating numbers are a sign from your angels or spirit protectors. You can actually google any number, or a series of them, like 111, 222, 333, 4:44, 5:55, 11:11, 12:12, and so on to see what those specific numbers represent. I like 11:11 because it represents the open gates of heaven, and the best time to make a sincere wish. I seem to always look at the clock at 4:44 pm. Those numbers can be your angel or spirit guide telling you you are on the right path, and that you have their support. If anything, it’s always good to feel supported and confident.

Native American culture attributes specific spiritual traits to animals. For example, if you keep seeing an owl – either in your dreams or in real life – the owl represents (among other things) insight and intuition. Because owls are nocturnal and can see in the dark, “seeing in the dark” metaphorically requires faith and intuition, so the dream is telling you to trust your intuition.

Music and Lyrics
Our brains have complicated relationships with music. There are three basic responses to music: pleasure, comfort, or pain. Music that we like triggers the pleasure centers that flood our brains with dopamine – the feel-happy chemical. Sometimes a song sticks in our brain for a reason. What does that song represent to you? What was happening in your life at that time that could correlate to the present?

Feelings That Don’t Fit
Feelings and emotions are of course very important messages, but it is when they are out of place with your current environment that they are the most meaningful. You might be walking along happily when suddenly you are overcome with fear and anxiety. Your intuitive brain may be picking up danger nearby, or it could be a message to proceed carefully.The day before my father died, I was feeling very emotional. I was on the verge of tears all day. I had visited family and ended the visit early because an offhand comment from my four year old niece had created a well of tears I could not hold back. Instead of bursting into tears and causing her to feel bad and confused, I left in a hurry, barely making it to my car before collapsing into tears. I was so discombobulated about how I was feeling and I had no idea what it was. The next day my father died. I believe my intuitive brain was picking up messages of what was about to happen.

The Nose Knows
Our sense of smell is our most primitive and powerful sense. Scientists believe that our sense of smell triggers memory more than any other sense possibly because the olfactory system is in the same part of the brain that effects emotions, memory, and creativity.Our brains learn early on to associate smell with people or events in our lives. I’ve experienced this but only minimally. Most of my messages from the universe present to me in the other methods mentioned.

Lost and Found
Losing and finding certain objects can signify several things. We have strong relationships with our possessions, so it’s no surprise that the universe can send messages through them. Finding something often jogs loose a specific memory that may be able to help a current situation. Conversely, breaking something may be a sign that it’s something we need to let go of.

Ever think of someoe right before they call you or you bump into them? This is usually sign that you are on the right path. If it is someone with whom you don’t particularly want to see, perhaps there is a piece you need to work out and let go of in order to stay on the right path.But if it is a pleasant encounter, it’s a sign from the universe that your thoughts are aligned with your future reality; a confirmation that you are headed in the right direction.

The universe, your spirit guides, ancestors, or angels all send you signs to let you know they are there. Sometimes the sign is for guidance, sometimes it's a warning, sometimes it's a validation of your own intuition. Start noticing and you will feel connected and protected. 

Until next time, 

Love and light, 

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