Signs from the universe come to us in many different ways.

The universe loves to communicate with us through symbols because they are the language of the subconscious mind.

That’s how it nudges us in a different direction or confirms our decisions, without interrupting our personal will.

To understand what the universe is trying to tell you, you have to have an open mind and an open heart to receive its messages.

Sometimes those messages are unusual, sometimes they are clear signs and sometimes we’re just not ready to receive them and therefore don’t see them.

Whatever the case, they are always present and our ability to see them is often dependent on our personal alignment with our inner truth as well as our spiritual practices.

The universe is sending you the missing puzzle pieces, you just have to put them in the right place. As your spiritual journey continues, you’ll start noticing more and more signs.

Some of the most common signs from the universe as well as signs of spiritual awakening across cultures are the following:

Recurring experiences

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If there’s a situation you experience too often, no matter how boring or insignificant it seems, it might be a powerful sign you choose to ignore.

This sign can be as simple as dropping a pen at the same place every other day or as complex as having multiple life-altering, similar experiences such as a recurring disease or a car crash.

They can be more or less subtle but objectively, they are always noticeable with the help of a little bit of self-reflection.

Maybe there’s a type of person you have constantly bumped into since you were a child; a certain professor or boss, a colleague or a friend you always come across.

They usually trigger the same type of feeling in you without you even consciously noticing it and such a trigger can be pleasant, irritating or disturbing.

These situations certainly have a deeper meaning, especially if they’re unpleasant.

There’s something to learn from them and they often push you in the direction of cutting the karmic string that ties you to the same scenario and a lesson over and over again.

Of course, most of our big life lessons are painful in some way. They require our willpower and faith to carry on with our life purpose no matter the obstacles.

Dreams

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Dreams are an inexhaustible source of subconscious symbolism.

They have been studied well for a long time and yet, we still don’t know much about them, though we all dream and we dream every night!

Our dreams are full of seemingly unrelated images and packed with symbolism we usually don’t understand.

We don’t understand them partly because we have lost touch with our intuition and partly because it is hard to work out their meanings.

There are lots of common dreams that many people have but then there are very specific ones that seem like they carry a special message for us. Recurring dreams are common too.

That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a dream journal and write every detail you can remember from them.

I promise you that after some time, you’ll start noticing patterns or even prophetic elements in your dreams and start unfolding your own subconsciousness.

While we sleep, we’re vulnerable but our mind is open and ready to receive information we can’t receive while we’re awake.

Repeating numbers

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I’m sure you’re not hearing about this for the first time; in fact, I’m sure this has already happened to you.

Angel numbers are often talked about in the spiritual community. Whether you see it on your phone, a random bill or license plates, you constantly see repeating numbers and you wonder what that means.

Numbers are just another medium for communication. As we all know, spiritual signs are often subtle but very meaningful.

Numerology tells us about the mystical bond between numbers and coinciding events.

Numbers are more abstract than words but can still hold a lot of meaning and throughout history, they have been used to communicate more than just the quantity of things.

The thing with all spiritual signs is that there’s always a place for your own interpretation and judgment.

The universe gives you guidelines but expects you to use your own will and conscience to decode them.

However, there are some universal things about different number sequences that can help to unravel the meaning.

For example, the repeating number one (1111) is one of the most common and popular signs that confirms that whatever you are doing is beneficial for your path.

It signifies alignment with your higher self and it’s also an opportunity to powerfully manifest whatever you wish for.

The other numbers have their own meanings too. Number two is connected to balance, number three with creativity, number four with determination and so on.

Many believe that repeated numbers are signs from the universe that someone is thinking of you.

Pay attention to your thoughts when you see a number because that’s probably what it’s all about.

Animals and insects

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Animals and insects are our cohabitants on this earth plane and they have their sacred purpose.

Unfortunately, on the whole, we have lost touch with nature as it was and we started to look down on animals as something lower than us, when in reality, they’re just different from us and have a different function in the present reality.

Animals are completely in tune with nature and that’s exactly why they’re often used as spiritual vessels to give us signs from the universe.

The most common animals and insects that most people can actually see in their everyday life are cats, dogs, birds, butterflies, ladybirds, etc., though it also depends where you are on the planet.

In terms of giving us signs, there are numerous examples of cats, for example, who sense their owner is sick before anyone else does.

Dogs can also feel the need to protect their owner when they sense some kind of danger, so there’s no wonder why they’re called man’s best friend.

Other than that, different animals will appear on pictures in your social feed, in the texts you read and in the movies you watch and they will probably awaken a special feeling inside of you.

Keep track of that feeling and try to figure out the meaning behind the animal you keep seeing.

Some of the most common animal symbols with spiritual meanings throughout history are snakes, lions, owls, bears, deer and ravens.

They are often used in esoteric and spiritual works as well as in tales as metaphors or symbols with certain attributes.

The next time you notice the frequent appearance of an animal in your soundings, try finding out its meaning or explore animal totems.

Synchronicity

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Synchronicity is probably one of the most magical things that can happen in everyday life and one of the sure-fire signs we’re on the right path.

Essentially, synchronicity is a meaningful coincidence, the universe’s way of communicating.

The famous analytical psychologist Carl Jung first defined synchronicity as, “… the simultaneous occurrence of two meaningfully but not causally connected events.”

There’s no rule to how, why or when it happens, the only thing is that you see it and find meaning in the event.

It can be anything and it can be communicated through anything.

A shape of a cloud, a bird at your window, a passenger beside your seat, a phone call, a feeling, a computer crash, a sentence said to somebody else…

The universe is like one giant conscious mind and we’re just a small part of it.

Recurring words

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This one rarely goes unnoticed. If you keep hearing or reading the same words or phrases over and over again, chances are you need to stop and try to understand what your spirit guides want to tell you.

You may hear them randomly while you’re crossing the street, read it in a newspaper or on a Facebook post, it doesn’t matter. If the same words keep showing themselves to you, you should listen to them and your gut feeling.

Words are powerful and straightforward. What you hear will, no doubt, trigger a specific memory, feeling or thought that you need to pay attention to.

Music

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Music is probably the most wonderful way of communicating. The fact that it is understood through feelings rather than words is very special.

It’s universal and it can literally transport you to another state of mind.

The beauty of music is that it’s very associative and each person can understand it differently.

People from all over the world can listen to a single piece of music and have similar or different experiences.

It is an ability unique to humankind and in a way, it’s a phenomenon.

If you ever wake up with a song stuck in your mind, think about what message it’s trying to convey. Think about the feeling and think about the lyrics.

Music is closely related to emotions and emotions are always good guides to understanding yourself and achieving personal growth.

Physical ailments

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Illness can sometimes be a sign from the universe.

Many believe that illness occurs as a warning that you need to drastically change some part of your life that isn’t in alignment with your higher truth.

For example, if a person constantly suffers from a sore throat, it might be a sign of misalignment of the throat chakra.

In other words, a person could have a problem with speaking their truth.

If they constantly have headaches, they are maybe too self-critical, if their back hurts they feel unsupported in life and so on.

The reason behind every problem is mostly connected to a person’s personal story, their beliefs and upbringing.

Behind every illness and physical pain, there’s usually a spiritual reason as to why it happens to a specific person. This is not always the case but often is.

Almost every life change in our body has an emotional root to it because our mind, soul and physical body are interconnected.

To heal our physical body, we need to heal our thoughts first. We need to change our belief system and give up on the old paradigms that don’t serve us anymore.

Weather

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It’s obvious that weather is something shared, something that affects many people at once.

However, that’s not what matters. What matters is whether you notice it or not.

If you particularly enjoy specific weather or you’re somehow distracted by it, there is a meaning or yearning behind it.

Weather is our connection to nature and sometimes it reflects our inner state.

If you find yourself dreaming of specific weather or reacting strongly to it, think about what that means in terms of your own feelings.

Do you want to wash away something with rain? Or feel the warmth of the sun because you miss closeness?

Setbacks and delays

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Sometimes roadblocks in our way are just redirection to our true path.

Of course, such things are very frustrating in the beginning but as soon as we understand their purpose, we feel grateful for what seemed like obstacles we experienced.

The truth is, we often have a plan in our head, a plan that’s not necessarily best for us.

That’s why we should be open and not get frustrated easily. A lot could be happening behind the scenes.

We only see a small part of the big picture but if we pay close attention to details, we’ll understand that some things need time to happen as they should.

We can’t change unfortunate events but we can change our attitude toward them.

Objects

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The universe can communicate with you through objects around you.

Objects can be powerful because a lot of people often feel emotionally connected to some of them.

They can be charged with our thoughts and intentions.

Whether you find something you lost long ago or you lost something of value, it can be a sign.

Maybe you have been gifted something that sparked a strong emotion or some of the objects in your house keep falling or breaking…

Whatever it is, if you feel like there’s something unusual about it, it’s probably a sign.

Sometimes those objects trigger something unresolved from the past and sometimes they support our current wishes or doubts.

They can act like answers or questions.

Whatever it is, don’t be creeped out, just think about the meaning behind it and act accordingly.

Unexpected encounters

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Signs can appear in the form of other people. It’s usually people we don’t expect to meet and they usually do or say something that is meaningful to us at a given moment.

For example, if you’ve been thinking about changing your career or starting a new hobby and a person you meet is doing just that, believe it’s a sign and that they came to you by the law of attraction.

Sometimes it is not so much about what those people say or do but how they make us feel.

Falling apart

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There are points in your life when the universe has no other way but to shake you to the core of your being.

This is usually accompanied by a series of strange and unfortunate events, where you feel like nothing is going right.

Everything you do seems futile and every step you take seems to be wrong.

However overwhelming or devastating this period can be, it’s an invitation to start a new way of life.

It’s an invitation to change your life completely and reinvent yourself.

It’s an opportunity to let go of everything that no longer serves you and an opportunity to understand what parts of your life don’t align with your truth.

Perfect flow

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As opposed to the previous scenario, there are periods in life when everything is going your way.

You feel inspired, everything you do seems to have a deep purpose, you experience lots of synchronicities and you feel at ease.

This is also a time of great opportunities when all your wishes come true, from financial abundance to meeting the love of your life.

You’re simply in tune with a higher power because you trust the universe to have your back and that allows a sense of perfect flow in your life.

During meditation or prayer

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Meditation and prayer are great ways to get rid of unwanted and tiring thoughts in your head.

So much of our thoughts are just useless information that has nothing to do with us.

The serenity of meditation is exactly what makes a great base for the universe to implant its signs in our thoughts.

These signs often appear as visions or seemingly random words, numbers, symbols, colors, bodily sensations, etc.

When we’re at peace, it’s easier for us to hear what our higher self is whispering to us.

Meditation is not an escape from reality but rather a connection to the true reality that’s not plagued with redundant information and uncontrolled emotions.

Feathers

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The sight of feathers is commonly linked to the presence of angels or spiritual guides and different colored feathers have different meanings.

For example, white feathers are connected to the crown chakra, heaven, angels, Christ consciousness, purity, peace, protection and so on.

Red feathers are connected to strength, the root chakra, money, bravery and more.

Blue feathers are connected to the throat chakra, communication, inspiration and so on.

Yellow feathers are connected to energy, intelligence, wisdom, happiness and more.

Whenever you receive or see a feather, ask yourself these questions: What did you think upon receiving/seeing it?

How did you feel at that exact moment and what were your first impressions?

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Cultivate inner peace

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“Peace can become a lens through which you see the world. Be it. Live it. Radiate it out. Peace is an inside job.” Wayne Dyer

What does it mean to cultivate inner peace? To achieve peace, we need to be mindful of the things we do.

We need to know the reasons and purposes behind them.

Peace comes with alignment and alignment comes from acting upon our true will, not our illusion or projections by which we are so easily persuaded.

It comes with intuitive knowledge of what is truly the best for us no matter the price and that intuitive knowledge mostly comes from our heart rather than our mind.

However, getting rid of illusions isn’t always the most comfortable way to live. In fact, it’s often painful at times but what matters is that it’s worth it.

Be open to receiving

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“Until we can receive with an open heart, we are never really giving with an open heart.” Brené Brown

Many people have a problem with accepting things, when they subconsciously believe that they don’t deserve happiness or good things.

Before we ask for something, we must be sure we don’t sabotage our own happiness. We must be sure we’re ready to receive all the things we want.

There’s no place for doubt or guilt. If we don’t truly believe we’re deserving of something, we’ll never get it.

Don’t overthink

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“I believe in intuitions and inspirations… I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.” Albert Einstein

Don’t get too caught up in thinking about the true meaning of a sign but rather go with your first, intuitive feeling.

Signs can be blessings or warnings, it depends on the situation.

However, you already have an inner knowledge, even though you might not consciously know it.

You already know what the sign means. The problem usually occurs when we don’t like what we know.

Practice thankfulness

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“Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.” Deepak Chopra

It’s important to remember to be thankful. Gratitude is one of the highest vibrations there is, it’s a celebration of existence.

There are so many things in life that we take for granted. Sometimes that’s our health, our loved ones, the fact that we live comfortably and so on.

Instead of always thinking about your next move or wanting something more, stop and think about what you already have.

Have trust

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“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.” Frank Herbert

Trust is a very important thing to have when it comes to our relationship with the universe.

The universe is such a complex place and there’s no way we could understand all the things that exist.

However, we can have trust that everything exists and happens as it should.

Trust in the universe is essentially trust in ourself, our purpose, our existence and universal consciousness that experiences itself through many different channels.

Be mindful

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Always pay attention to what’s going on inside and outside of you. Do it more like an observer and less like a participant.

To be mindful means to be present in the moment and not let our mind wander through the past and future.

The only thing you can affect is the here and now.

Signs happen at the moment you’re in now.

However, don’t be too hard on yourself about them and learn to relax. Learn to avoid stress and see everything from a higher perspective.

If You Are In Need Of Guidance, Ask The Universe To Show You Signs…

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“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

The universe listens to you. Your guides listen to you. If you need a sign, ask them.

Ask them precisely for a sign that’s understandable and close to you, be it words, numbers or people.

We usually ask for signs when we’re already lost and if we’re already lost that means we’re in great pain.

Whenever a person’s in pain, that means they feel disconnected and isolated from the unity that is a collective consciousness.

Some call it the universe, others call it God.

The pain comes from separation from our true self.

It’s no wonder how disconnected we feel to our source when everything we do is strategized and preplanned.

Almost every thought in our head isn’t really ours. Everything we learned, we learned from someone else.

We barely have our own genuine experiences which means we lack freedom and we lack authenticity, which only leads to further loss.

Since the beginning of time, people have wanted to feel unity and oneness.

Every ancient story talks about unity, about yearning for completeness, whether it happens in a lover’s embrace or a relationship with the divine.

Yearning to be a part of the whole suggests that we are only pieces; pieces that make up the whole.

Wrap up…

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Signs from the universe can be anything that is meaningful to you, so don’t be worried if you don’t find signs from your own life in this list.

The way the universe works will always be a mystery to people. We’re not able to comprehend everything but we are able to understand our own purpose.

Your path will be filled with signs known only to you and they will never leave you, even if you lose your faith or trust.

Know that whatever happens on your life’s journey has a meaning, it has a purpose that will serve the future you.

Be sure to be ready for the signs you ask for. The best way to be ready is to have a pure heart and a clear mind.

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl