HJ: As a lifelong surfer, one of the quotes that always seemed to stay with me was one by the famous surfing pioneer, Duke Kahanamoku. He once said ‘You no go find wave — wave come to you.’ Quite Zen, no? And it certainly applies to much more than just wave riding. In fact, it is sage advice for approaching life in general. When you are in the flow, everything you need begins to just show up in your life rather effortlessly. You don’t go searching for signs from the universe — the signs find you.
And this is a challenge that many people face. They go looking for something outside of themselves — searching, if you will, for guidance and answers, when all of that can be found within. The process of spiritual awakening is not one of acquiring more knowledge, per se, it is about removing the internal blockages to reveal the light within — to access the skills and knowledge we already contain.
Actively looking for signs from the universe causes us to ignore the ones it is already giving to us! Your intuition is always giving you direction and guidance, but that arises internally and seeking external signs or symbols can cause you to misinterpret what your heart is telling you. Instead, try observing and noticing when a sign from the universe sync’s up with your intuition and awareness. That is a true confirmation — a powerful synchronicity that you would be wise to take note of.
Stop Looking for Signs From the Universe
Signs and messages from the Universe are everywhere, it’s true. But when you’re seeking answers and guidance, “looking” for signs is not the answer. Being open, listening and feeling for the answers and guidance, that’s what you need to do.
So what’s the difference?
When you actively look for a sign or message, you’re setting yourself up for being misled, confused and overwhelmed.
You’re actively looking for a sign on whether or not you should take the job, move to a different city or end your relationship, and next thing you know, everything’s a sign, and you still have no idea what you should do.
You see a dog crossing the street with a blue collar and think, “Yes, that’s the sign! I should move to a place near the ocean!” Then you see a commercial with happy young folk in the city and wonder, “Hmmm… this could be the sign. Maybe I should stay in the city.” A roll of paper towels falls off the counter, must be a sign. Someone knocks on the door so many times, a sign. Do you see where I’m going with this?
When we actively seek out signs and messages from the Universe, we’re letting our mind do the work. Your mind can easily argue, sway and support each option or direction without any problems. It’s logical, rational and can weigh the pros and cons like a champ, but it can’t feel what’s right for you. So when you let your mind do the sign reading, suddenly you’re even more overwhelmed by the possibilities and potential signs.
When you state your question clearly and then release it to the Universe, allowing yourself to be open and receptive to the answers, you find clarity, synchronicity and guidance. It never fails.
Get clear on what it is that you need support and guidance around…
Should I move to a new city, or is this the place for me?
Is this the right relationship for me?
Do I really want this job, or do I want something different?
Ask the questions, take a deep breath and release it to the Universe. Stop thinking about it and engage in the present moment. Go to work, be with the guy, do what you normally do around the city. Don’t go into your head to try and “sort it out” or seek a sign. Just be… and be open.
The Universe works through people, and signs can come in many forms. A video that your friend forwards you with an underlying message that sparks a sense of knowing in your soul. A series of status updates, shares or tweets that you’re able to feel a common thread between. A question in an advertisement that sparks clarity. An article, billboard or random string of conversations that raises the hairs on your neck.
This is knowing.
Knowing doesn’t come from seeking and forcing.
Knowing comes from…
1) Being clear on where you need guidance. Ask your question clearly, where exactly do you need support, answers or guidance?
2) Releasing it to the Universe. No more weighing the options in your mind. Send it off and trust that it’s been heard.
3) Engaging in the present moment. Just be present in your life and tuned into your body. Your intuition lives in your body, and if you want to know the answers and be able to receive them, you have to be engaged in it, not your mind.
4) Staying open and receptive. If you have to think about whether or not it’s a sign or guidance, it’s not. You’re forcing it. If something is said or comes on your radar that sparks a physical reaction — a clear sense of truth — you have your answers.
So tell me…
What do you need guidance and support on?
Use the steps above to find your answers.
Stephenie Zamora is the founder of www.stepheniezamora.com, a full-service, life-purpose development, design and branding boutique. Here she merges the worlds of personal development and branding to help young women build passion-based businesses. Click here to download her free guide, “The Unexpected Trick to Transforming Your Life With ONE Single Question.” Connect with Stephenie on Facebook and Twitter