Monday, 19 January 2015



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There is a saying in metaphysics, if you listen to the whispers life won't have to shout at you. 

I believe that all around us are messages, whispers sent by the Universe as hints and clues to help and guide us. 

If our role on earth is to evole, to follow our own path towards - if not enlightnment then at least to learning life lessons - these messages help us along the path. You can make the choice to actively listen to the whispers by paying attention to signs, symbols and any incidents of synchronicity that appear in your life. 

Here I discuss what all that means to me and how you too can use them on this journey called life. 

What can you use for signs, messages and guides?

You can use anything to help you in finding answers to life - dreams, divination cards, random extracts from books, a single word that reappears in different ways, people, animals and birds, even traffic lights.

So, where do the messages come from?  

There are two possible explanations.

1.  That your Universe sends you help. You don't even need to ask but it does help.  Unfortunately the universe is unable to communicate to you in clear language, so everything arrives in the form of images, signs and symbols.  The trick is deciding what it means.

It is perhaps as well to note that I am NOT talking about channelled sources, those of the spiritualist church.  That is something completely different.  It has always escaped me why dying should automatically supply someone with wisdom.  I think there are probably as many plonkers floating about up there as down here.  One theory suggests that those ‘ex-people’ that are accessed in this way exist on quite a low plane because they are cannot let go of the physical life on planet earth.  They may be of immense value to you if that is a path you choose.  You must make up your own mind, but remember you cannot abdicate responsibility for yourself by passing it onto any form of guide.   There is more about this theme in my booklet 'Wrapped in Angel's Wings.'

2.        OR ... the messages are all from your own sub-conscious.  We certainly all have much more wisdom than we give ourselves credit for.  The human brain consists of two sides: the left side which is the logical side, the one that thinks it does all the work, and the right side which is the intuitive, creative side.  The right side of the brain supplies the answers in great leaps so you may not be quite sure how you reached your conclusion.  If you prefer, call it the 'Eureka' side. 

Apparently we use only about 10% of our brain capacity which opens up to the excitement of wondering how we can use the other 90%. I suspect this relates to the consious use rather than subconscious and there is an interesting article by my friend Lorelei Cohen you might enjoy. How Much of Our Brain Do We Use. 

It is possible that it is the right side of the brain that we access once we decide we want to hear the messages, that we want help along the way.

Here too, the messages arrive in symbols since the right side of the brain cannot communicate in clear language.  Ultimately, it is conceivable that the right side of your brain can answer any question you have, you simply have to access it.

What is Synchronicity?

I have mentioned before that I do not believe there is such a thing as coincidence but I do believe in synchronicity.  Everything comes to you for a reason and at a time when it is appropriate.  

Synchronicity is that wonderful state when everything comes together and you can clearly see the pattern, when answers emerge without any conscious effort. 

Examples are everywhere.  Like the day the council raised the rates on my shop in Perth by £2000 and this was the same day a shop in Crail became vacant.  Or the day I was despairing of where my future lay and I met Chris who introduced me to crystals and that started the whole thing off.

Synchronicity is when you are trying to decide whether to move house or not and an advert for an estate agent appears on your doorstep: synchronicity is where a book falls off the shelf in front of you at the bookstore; synchronicity is where someone tells you about a course she has done that you have been thinking of.  

Another example might be when you are trying to decide between two options and a conversation you have picks up on one of them.

Or you think of someone you haven't seen for ages and she phones you.  Does this mean you call her to you, or do you 'pick up' on the vibrational energy of her intention?  It can be either or both at work and is called extended awareness.

It definitely seems that once you make the decision to live with this form of awareness, the synchronicities and the messages come thick and fast.  

You can always ask directly for something then wait for the message.  The universe will send you something or someone to guide you. 

You must remember though it is you who is in control of your life so all and every decision should be yours. 

Be open to any possibility.  In my time I have had answers from - two separate car crashes, 8 people sending me the same poem and adverts on passing vans to name only a few. 

Every time I see a hawk or a fox I pay attention and I seem to be constantly surrounded by crows who remind me 'to walk my talk' not just preach about it. 

If you open yourself to the magic of living positively by watching for the signs, everything takes on a brighter hue, you really do add an element of magic into your life.

Interpreting the signs and symbols

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Like dreams the signs and signals that come to you are unique to you.  What a tree means to me may be very different to what it means to you. 

At an early stage in my complementary health career I was troubled that I might somehow absorb other people’s negativity while I was working with them.  In a five-minute meditation I saw a huge tree with wide spreading branches, huge leaves and massive roots deep in the earth.  Energy seemed to pour through the leaves, branches and trunk into the earth where it was dissipated by the roots, changing into something completely different as it did so. In the meditation the energy seemed to pass through the earth and became purified before it passed into a lake which in turn evaporated into the air to fall as rain on the leaves of my tree, refreshing and nurturing.  For me it was a reassurance that everything negative can be replaced by something positive, and that ALL was part of the circle. 

However, it is what it means to you that is the most important factor.  After all it is your life we are talking about here. 

There are lots of places to look for help in interpreting the signs. You can see what I mean with the simple set of animal magic cards here.  Remember these are just an introduction.  Once you are hooked on ‘listening to the whispers’ seek out other sources. 

Especially powerful is anything you work out for yourself.  Practice getting in touch with your inner self to see what anything means for you.

Still not sure what am I talking about?  Just look around you.  What crossed your path today? 

Did you get stuck behind a line of slow moving traffic?  The important thing in interpreting this sign is how you felt.  If you were frustrated or angry, perhaps something is holding you back in your life and you need to take time, slow down and really look at the problem and what is blocking your path.  On the other hand if you felt OK about it maybe it is simply time to be taking things a little easier.

If you saw a deer on the way to work perhaps she wanted to remind you of unconditional love in preparation for your day ahead.  When The Gathering was housed in Perth I came to know the days I would have a shoplifter was the day I saw a deer on the drive in. 

What other creatures come to you?  Watch out for them.  Signs from the natural world have always been viewed as messengers.

 Look out for signals when you need an answer in your life.  Recently trying to decide whether to go to certain place I found myself unable to get through to the train station on the phone. 

Indeed, the phone seems to serve me well.   If I can't get through to someone on the second attempt I take it as a sign that I don't need to speak to them immediately.  There is usually a reason for it that becomes clear in time. 

My computer’s response time slows down when it is time for me to take a break.  I have had it checked and there is no technical fault so you explain it. 

Personally I find it all fascinating.  The reason a pocket torch which I never use kept turning up as I was packing to go to Kosovo became clear the night we had a flat tire on a very lonely, very dark road in war torn Kosovo. 

Signals can come from anywhere, signs on advertising boards, a chance conversation, the pattern in the clouds.  All you have to do is ask for help and then watch for the answers. 

There is a saying in metaphysics, 'if you listen to the whispers, life won't have to shout at you'.  I first saw this in the book by Gill Edwards - she calls it Living Magically and I highly recommend it to you.  It seems to me that she has captured the essence of living positively.

If you open yourself to the magic the possibilities are endless. 

If you have enjoyed this please share it with your friends and do tell me of your own experiences.
Bright Blessings Ann

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  1. Annie -- I LOVE this post... :)

  2. Thanks Mocha glad you liked it - it is always lovely to meet a kindred spirit. x

  3. Hi Ann

    Loved this...I have a question. Is this true in love situations? Seeing repeated names and birthdates?

    Thank you

    1. yes I think it is relevant for all life situations. How you interpret the messages is what is important. bright blessings Ann