It’s important to recognize divine guidance at this time of great change. But how do you tell divine guidance from mere coincidence? Maybe you’re actively seeking divine guidance in your life, but you’re not yet confident in your ability to distinguish between a coincidence and a sign from the Universe. In this article, I share some of my experiences with receiving divine guidance.
I wasn’t always confident in my ability to distinguish divine guidance and signs from the Universe from mere coincidence. Neither was I confident in my intuitive abilities. In fact, the idea of receiving guidance from the divine wasn’t even in my consciousness (the impression I grew up with was that it was something that had died out with the Saints). It wasn’t until I experienced a huge crisis in my life (that I had no idea how to resolve) that I actively sought it out.
When I began my process of developing a connection with my higher self so that I could receive higher guidance, amazing things began to happen to me regularly. (Things really kicked in when my higher self got that I was committed to following through with the guidance I received.)
Sometimes when I had a specific question I wanted answered by higher guidance, I’d receive the answer when I awakened at night; it would just come to me in my thoughts as I was waking up. Other times the answer would come to me through other people, on the radio, or by “randomly” picking up a book at the library. By cultivating a relationship with my higher self and developing trust in it, I realized I was increasing my connection to Interconnectedness, to the Divine. (Some call this “the void,” All That Is, or Source. Still others use more technical terms such as “Zero-Point Field.”)
Besides the types of intuitive happenings mentioned above, I also experienced another type of guidance from the universe. This was when something ”out of the ordinary” or unusual happened more than once in a short time period. When something unusual happened two or three times in a row within, say, a 24-hour period, I learned that this was a sign from the universe and I needed to pay attention. Sometimes it motivated me to take some kind of action, but sometimes I just needed to notice it without doing anything in particular. The connection would become clearer later. The following is an example.
The Volcano Example
Several years ago, I received an email one morning from a friend from college named Mary who lived in New York City. The email let me know that she and her husband had just bought a house on “The Big Island of Hawaii–the Volcano island.” When I read the email I “heard” the word volcano emphasized in my mind. (Besides, Mary was a busy medical doctor who sent only the briefest of emails, why was she telling me something I already knew?)
After I read her email I dropped my kids off at school and after a short hike, stopped by Trader Joe’s for groceries. I poured myself a cup of coffee and chatted with the woman whose job was to offer samples of Trader Joe’s products. As I was pouring my coffee Stacey said, “That’s our new coffee you’re trying. It’s Volcano coffee.” She offered a sample of some new food to another customer, then turned to me again, saying, “You’re trying our new Volcano coffee. How do you like it?” (Stacey also seemed to emphasize volcano.)
A light bulb went off in my head: two different people referred to “volcano” three times within about two hours when usually, nobody talks about volcanoes. I got this was a sign from the universe for me to pay attention, but I had no idea why. (I couldn’t do anything about any volcano! And the nearest volcano was about 250 miles away.) In such cases, I learned to simply make a mental note to myself: e.g. “There’s something about a volcano.”
Two days later I drove to the Post Office with a package. I scanned the radio stations, searching for a decent song to listen to when a news reporter announced that earlier that day, a volcano had erupted on a small island in the Pacific. (Interestingly, this was the only mention of the Volcano eruption I came across, which I just happened to hear because I was playing with the radio dial.)
Of course I wasn’t supposed to do anything about the volcano. But the incident further validated the idea that whenever something unusual happens two or three times in a row, it’s in your best interest to pay attention. (And it also helped validate to me that I was “in tune” with divine guidance.) The following is another example.
The Treasure Hunt Example
I have a friend whose higher self sends him on “treasure hunts.” Sometimes he will hear his inner self say, “turn right here”–and he does. One night he was driving down the freeway when he was directed to exit and drive into a parking lot at Walmart after closing hours.
“Now what?” he asked, sitting alone in his car in an empty lot, feeling a bit silly. (This kind of thing happened to him a number of times and he had learned to be amused by it.)
“Look to your right,” he “heard” his inner voice say. He went outside and found a CD player with several CDs in it, and the music and lyrics on a couple of the CDs were meaningful to him.
Stuff like this actually happens; it happened to me many times and it can happen to you. My understanding about this is: by sending him on these treasure hunts, his higher self is teaching him to have greater confidence in divine guidance. I know that this skill of following his inner guidance will become mighty useful to him when things really get going on this planet. I am sure that following your inner guidance will play a bigger role in the very near future as the many changes in the world come about. The more you experience such synchronicities after you follow through with divine guidance, the more confidence you will have in it.
From time to time I like to add a useful excerpt of a channeled message:
“Trust in your inner guidance as you go about your daily activities and follow the inner promptings as they occur.
Many momentous events are taking place on a Cosmic level and those who follow their inner guidance know that these are not ordinary times that you are living in. It requires steadfastness, courage, trust and perseverance to continue on your daily path when all about you it seems that everything stays the same.
…We advise that the best avenue is to go within each day and intentionally align with your Higher Self and ask for guidance and direction. By daily making this intention a conscious habit, much that is good will flow into your life.”–Hilarion, channeled by Marlene Swetlishoff, May 20, 2012.
If you take the steps to cultivate a more real connection with your higher self, you will be guided on what to do so that the Divine Plan of a Golden Age for you and for humanity will manifest. In any case, increasing your connection with your higher self and learning to recognize divine guidance is certainly a reassuring and empowering experience during this time of confusion, unrest and chaos.
To receive the step by step how-to of reconnecting with divine guidance and learn about the bigger picture of the process we’re in (the Divine Plan), please check out my eBook titled, Activating 2012: A Practical Guide for Navigating 2012 with Confidence and Clarity.