Dear Sara: For most of my life, I have been able to hear messages from my guides and the Universe—sometimes when I’m not expecting it, sometimes when I ask a specific question. However, I can go for long stretches of time and hear nothing. I always read about people who get incredible signs from the Universe or they ask a question and get an immediate answer, but that’s not me. Am I doing something wrong? Is this a skill I can develop or do I just accept that my communication with the spirit world is always going to be sporadic? — Holly
From Sara: First, it’s incredibly normal to feel like guidance is sporadic. However, it’s actually not! The Universe is always communicating with us—loudly or softly—even when we think nothing is happening. It’s 24/7! So, how can you make this happen for you? As you go deeper into your practice of spiritual intuition—by this I mean entering in to ask for guidance and also expanding out to see what signs and synchronicities show up for you in the outer world—you will start to see patterns and they will become more frequent and more clear. For example, if you were seeking guidance about a job, you might first approach this in meditation and receive an answer from the guides. Then you’ll take that information and see what happens in your “real” life—what you notice, what happens, what’s congruent, what doesn’t fit. When you put these pieces together—the inner and outer—your answer will begin to make sense to you as a pattern. The key is to practice all the time! Not just once a week or daily, but as your way of being— so that you are in constant and continual communication with the Universe. In this way, you’ll start to become aware of even the subtlest aspect of this conversation. Sometimes it’s a shout, sometimes a whisper, but guidance is always there!