Do you ever feel stressed & have a hard time escaping it?
When I am stressed or drained I have found a great appreciation for self-care to improve the situation. Through meditation, journaling, and actively tuning into UNIVERSAL SIGNS, I’ve been able to gain some peace, clarity, and release.
Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of universal signs, specifically butterflies & numerology. You may ask how do you spot them at random and what do they mean?
Sit with this for a minute … “What you seek is seeking you” - Rumi
I wanted to share my knowledge of signs & some powerful symbolism because when you tune into the Great Uni your vibration for happiness & understanding elevates to the next level.
The list is in no way exhaustive, I hope that you’re able to connect with some of the examples that I provide, as I’ve taken care to not only mention examples specific to me, but those that are common and obvious to observe for anyone.
Here are four ways the Universe sends us signs and what they mean. **Kickin it off with what has been fluttering all around me for days …
1. ANIMALS feat. Butterfly Factor
There is wildlife around us at all times. Take note of the animals that surround you, daily. If any animal - deer, bunny, bird, iguana, fish, turtle, etc. - seem to be acting strange around you - staring at you from across the way, continuing to follow you, landing on you (potentially gross), or if you keep seeing the same kind of animal wherever you go, it could be trying to send you a message. Bunnies everywhere you go?
In this instance you should, again, utilize Google man! Check what seeing this animal means? What is the significance? Then, apply whatever attributes, symbols, or messages you find associated with it to you and your life.
I’ve got a Butterfly Factor → In the last week butterflies have made a huge presence in my life. Have you seen them too or is it just me?
They have presented themselves to me so much, that I of course, Googly-up the meaning. Attracting, noticing, butterflies around you is a clear signal for transformation.
Side Note: Ironically enough this New Moon in August is all about transformation, too. Opening up a doorway for us all into the next greatest phase of our life.
The butterfly symbolizes it may be time to evaluate life in its current state and set goals for manifesting the next change. Think about these things when a butterfly crosses your path. Butterflies symbolize Life. Embracing Change. Dance & Joy.
Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life.
You may already know this or maybe not but we are all on a long journey of the soul as humans. As a result of this adventure, we encounter endless turns, shifts, and conditions that will cause us to morph into ever-finer beings. Ultimately, at our soul-journeys end, the end of a chapter in life, we are inevitably changed and not at all the same as when we started on the path.
Yes, change is required for something new and wonderful to unfold. Change can sometimes be challenging and daunting because it moves us out of our comfort zone, but how can you embrace or become a better version of yourself, until you have released all your holds on the “old you”?
The butterfly will teach you that growth and change do not have to be traumatic. Change can occur as gently and as joyfully as one wishes. It is ok to let go of old behavior, that no longer serves you. Move into the next phase of existence. Each of us transforms through multiple stages in our life. It is only through exertion that we emerge into who we will next, be.
DANCE & JOY
The butterfly symbolizes a carefree, joyful spirit, that is excited into movement and dance. The butterflies’ dance reflects the need for movement from where we are to our next phase of being. To reawaken a sense of lightness and joy within our soul. If you do not move, how can you dance?
Dance brings the sweetness of life. These insects will bring color and joy to your life. In fact, look at them and remember what joy is. Embrace it with all of your heart.
Look at how much or little joy is in your life. Lighten up. Look for change. Then, make the changes when opportunities present themselves.
Seeing the exquisite butterfly is a miracle, a reminder, of the power of transformation and resurrection. Once again, like the butterfly, we can reinvent, restart, hard reset ourselves if only we decide to live the life we want, embrace the change, take joy by the hand and dance. Don’t take things so seriously, keep a lightness of spirit within you, just as a butterfly flitting between the flowers on a summer day.
2. Numerology & Angel Numbers
I know this is kooky, cause numbers are happening even when you’re not noticing, but seriously. NOTICE. Have you ever looked up at a clock and it’s “5:55PM” - this doesn’t just mean it’s Happy Hour. Perhaps you’ve caught 11:11 AM or PM? Seeing any succession of numbers is a Universal Sign for spiritual awakening, pay attention and be aware because something is falling into alignment. Have faith.
If you keep seeing the same number repeating (e.g. it’s always 4’s or 1’s), simply Google “the numerological significance of the number __”. I have days where I see 111, 222, 444 the list goes on. I feel reassured, when the Universe takes the time to send word that I’m on the right path, I breathe a sigh of relief and continue on my now, merry way.
If you want to take some initiative, see the numbers in your path, when a sequence catches your eye, you know what to do, Google it, baby. Then apply. If you’re in a time crunch and can’t Google, then you can also, just close your eyes when you see these numbers, then make a wish/ask for what you want the Universe to align.
3. Deja Vu
Those moments when you KNOW you’ve been there before. When you know what is about to happen next. You already know the words that are about to come out of someones mouth. You feel it, not in your body, somewhere you can’t quite put your finger on. This is Deja Vu.
I like to see Deja Vu similar to Angel numbers. It’s a confirmation that the Universe has an order and you’re on the right path. The universe is saying,
“You’ve been in this moment before, which means everything you’ve done up until this moment was a part of the path here. You’re on the right track and have been guided (whether you know it or not), every step of the way. Don’t second guess any decision you’ve made up to now. Look onward to the future.”
Pretty cool, yeah?
Dreams and their significance have stumped scientists and regular folk alike for a long time, because they are a spiritual experience, period. I have been fascinated, as of late and have been doing research into the world of dreams.
If you believe in spirit guides, dreams are a way you can ask them to communicate with you. Conversely, if you’re a scientific sort of person, you can interpret your dreams as messages that your own subconscious is communicating to you.
I am trying to be more mindful when I wake up and voice-record or write down what I remember from my dream, before moving at all from where I was sleeping/woke up. You may think, “but then how am I supposed to get my journal or phone?” Moving your arms to grab your journal or phone is fine. Read on, smartypants ;)
You should definitely jot down what you can from your dream, even if it was wild and made no sense, before reading, or doing or seeing anything too influential. Keep a dream journal within arms length of your bed or use your phone if you keep it near your bed. DO NOT read texts or go on Instagram before you record your dreams!
Write or speak as fast as possible, about as much as your remember, in as much detail as possible. Google or get a dream book that can help you decode the symbols within your dreams (animals, scenarios, specific people or feelings, etc).
I like to just refer to what each symbol means in my waking life to piece together the potential meaning for myself. I learned this will also help build a deeper relationship to both your subconscious and conscious mind.
Did you know: your subconscious mind plays a crucial role in shaping your behavior, defining your character, managing your thoughts and ultimately, determining how you live in life each waking moment?
TIE IT ALL TOGETHER
The Universe/God/whatever name you would like to use, is always trying to help you.
When you feel like something is a sign, trust it.
Stop believing that things are just “coincidence.”
Find meaning in every word, dream, color, animal, number, and synchronicity. If you’ve ever asked yourself “was that a sign?” it’s almost guaranteed that it was or you wouldn’t have even thought to ask. Trust yourself.
You’re here for a reason, so why wouldn't everything that crosses your path, not also be a part of that larger reason? Have faith that the Universe is a benevolent fairy godmother, loving and guiding you through everything.
The more you pay attention to signs and believe in them, and yourself, the more magical, exciting, spiritual, and aligned your life will become. Universal signs and signals are always around us, dial into the frequency.
Keep a small journal with you at all times (Two Word Story Journal, perhaps? Yes, I will be releasing one in the very near future!!! Yes, get excited). Keep it in your purse, wallet, or back pocket.
Whenever a Universal sign or signal presents itself to you, grab your Two Word Story Journal. Write down the date, time, and details of whatever special occurrence happened (e.g. an angel number sighting → where you were, what you were thinking. Do the same for an animal sighting, a synchronicity, etc).
This will allow you to look back, whenever you’re feeling skeptical, lost, or pessimistic and be reminded that the Universe has your back. I a firm believer it has mine and this knowledge has released worry from my soul, which has set my heart free! I wish the same for you.
**This is MY interpretation of these signs and symbols. I deeply encourage you to find your own way of seeing and understanding how consciousness and your guides speak to you, and research other source’s ideas on this topic if you feel called to do so.**