Most of us are familiar with that that feeling of "pay attention" when something big is about to shift.
It's pretty easy to know when the Universe is sending big signs our way: there's a sense of energy or importance that it's pretty hard to miss.
And most of us understand that when we AREN'T paying attention, when our lives are so full of distraction and drama that we couldn't see a sign if it bopped us on the head... well then, the Universe will often bop us on the head!
Near death experiences, accidents, illness, divorce, relationship end, getting fired or laid off—all of these are BIG ways the Universe lets us know that when we aren't listening... the signs will get very loud and clear indeed.
But what if we choose to listen?
The Universe is continually communicating with us, in every little thing.
Every little thing.
And when you start to pay exquisite attention to everything, all the time... it becomes incredibly simple to speak the language of the Universe. To understand how to read every little thing, for continued direction and guidance on your path.
• Signs are literal signs: words and signs and passages from a book you opened at random, the billboard on the highway, the email that jumped into your inbox, the movie you saw... anything that uses language or images to communicate symbolically.
• Synchroncities are convergences of time, space and being: odd and unexpected and energized event or happening that shifts your direction and help you pay attention.
• Strands are multiple, repeated signs and synchronicities over time that move you on a new, different and often life-changing path.
If you'd like to learn more about how to pay attention, I'd suggest these affordable DailyOM courses:
How to Hear What the Univerese is Saying
Become a Spiritual Psychic in 28 Days
Moving from Stuck to Flow
You might already self-identify as a psychic, intuitive, empath, sensitive... a seeker on the path of awakening, who uses the tools of spiritual intuition.
Maybe you're learned to speak the language of the Universe so fluently, ALL of these names might fit you!
Name doesn't matter. What's important is this:
Spiritual intuition is a practice you can LEARN.
It's like having an affinity for drawing, or music... you start with a natural ability, and then as you practice and learn, you get better and better, until your skill level is very high.
Browse this website, and you'll find a complete library of resources for studying intuition as a spiritual practice: written teachings, audio recordings, video, self-study courses offered on a sliding scale, and small group training.
As you begin, you'll find yourself changing and growing in unexpected ways.
Here 7 keys for walking the path of spiritual intuition:
1. Commit to soul growth as your highest path, your deepest desire.
2. Let go of everything you think should happen.
3. Slow down, so you can actually hear the Universe.
4. Understand that this work will bring up all of your "stuff".
5. Trust that guides, angels, saints and Holy Ones are real.
6. Accept that they will help you in ways you might have trouble believing. .
6. Trust the Universe/God/Divine/One/All.
7. Make room for miracles and surprises!
Where to start?
Connecting with the guides, of course!
There are parts of this life that are so painful, we wonder how we’ll get through them.
A great loss.
The death of someone we love.
At first we’re in shock: we’re knocked out for the count, the pain is so intense.
And then, as we get up from the ground, we realize the hard work has just begun.
Moving through grief and loss is a personal process, and it takes as long as it takes. The old adage of “it takes a year” to get through a big loss just isn’t true. It often takes much, much longer. Decades, or many decades.
Sometimes, a big loss can change the trajectory of our entire lives.
It can be hard to resist armoring up when we’re in these situations: putting layer and layer of armor on our hearts, so we can numb out, so we don’t have to feel. We bind our hearts tightly shut, so nothing can get in and hurt us again.
Heartbreak… it’s real. It’s when your heart cracks open from the force of so much pain.
And what happens then is what we all know to be true: instead of more pain, this release, this cracking, this breaking, creates a hole, a crack, a gap.
This is where the Light can come in.
If your heart has been broken recently or long ago, recall this: the Light is coming in, even now, as you feel and heal. The Light is pouring in.
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When you count your blessings... actually count them... you will be astounded by at the miracle of this life.
Even with sadness.
Even with fear.
Even with pain.
Even if you aren't where you want to be.
Even if you haven't figured it all out yet.
And so, begin with me...
1. I am grateful for...
2. I am thankful for...
3. I am thankful for...
4. I am thankful for...
5. I also thankful for..
6. Oh wait, I almost forgot...
7. Wow, I need to include...
8. It's really incredible that...
9. Even though it's kind of a pain I'm still glad for...
10. I'm learning so much from...
11. Over the years I've come to be thankful for...
12. And let's just see how far you can get.
If you feel like it, put your Thanks lists in the Comments below.
P.S. Watch the Gnomies World THANKSGIVING SPECIAL now! A creation of Dr. Steve Koc, with a little vocal help from me and family and friends.
Long ago, it was common for kids to start school early and get skipped up grades.
Nowadays, it’s considered better for kids to start school later, so they have more time to mature.
But back then, kids were on the fast track to grow up.
Which is why I found myself at age four staring at the doors marked Boys or Girls, trying to figure out what the beads meant.
It was kindergarten, it wasn’t brain surgery: you put the beads around you neck, you go into the bathroom that corresponded to your gender (in those days, there was no question), you do your business and come out.
The doors didn’t lock, because we were in kindergarten. The beads were the sign: occupied or vacant.
It all sounds kind of funny and antiquated.
But for me, the worry of not being able to remember how the beads worked, or what if I flushed them down the toilet, or what if someone forgot about the beads and walked in on me… well, it was too much for my four-year-old self to handle.
So all that year I didn’t go to the bathroom at school.
Instead, I walked home at lunchtime and went there.
Did I? Did I really do that?
Yes, and if you were raised in that era, you did too. You walked home by yourself, and you rode on bikes with no helmets and in station wagons with no seat belts and you played outside with no supervision from morning till dinner.
That’s what we all did.
We grew up fast, because that’s how things were then.
But nowadays… it can be good to take your time. Waiting in patience and compassion for yourself, until you’re really to do something, can be a very kind way to live.
If there is something you’re facing and you’re not quite ready, you don’t have to grit your teeth and force yourself. You can wait, if you want.
Sometimes this is a great choice.
I recently ran across a woman, Christina, who I’d known decades ago, when she was married to Jim.
Now, she is married to Chuck.
It’s a common story, isn’t it? People get married young, and then by the time they figure out who they really are, they realize that the partnership that worked (or didn’t work) for their younger self, can’t continue as the partnership for the older self.
They outgrow the first relationship.
The karma is complete, or can’t be completed.
They can’t grow, if they stay.
Neither can the other person.
Lot of us have been there.
Yet what I found most interesting in this case, is that Chuck seemed so unlikely a partner for Christina.
She was deeply liberal, a rabble rouser, an activist.
He was deeply traditional, a toe-the-liner, a community builder.
She dressed in sports gear. He wore suits.
She was tiny and feisty. He was large and relaxed.
She was agnostic. He was Catholic.
At first glance, it seemed like they wouldn’t have anything in common.
That’s when I realized: what we see on the outside of a relationship has nothing to do with what’s on the inside.
A true partnership between two people is all about the Souls of those involved involved.
In that way, all of the outside elements: the affiliations, the styles, the ideologies, even the personality characteristics don’t matter.
When we get older, we start to know who we are on a Soul level. This makes it easier to overlook all the outer trappings of another Soul.
The Soul agreement is recognized, beyond all else.
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