how to see signs

Posted on June 10th, 2011

I’ve been getting a few “signs” lately. I don’t know what you make of signs…

by Asja Binno (via The Beast)

Me, I think that patterns emerge as we go about life and they bank up – get blocked or layer up. A bit like stuff swirling down a drain; the stuff forms a bit of clump and we need to twirl it with a stick – give it our attention – so it can loosen and continue down the drain.

Everything is a sign, some are just louder than others. Some patterns bank up and they tell us we need to pay attention. Turn a different way, gently move along a different path.

I find signs come in threes for me. I will hear the same name crop up three times. The same name of a book. I’ve started to experiment with making a bold move on the third strike. My meditation teacher’s name came up three times. Three different people mentioned him in passing.. Finally I took the plunge and went and saw him. Best thing I’ve done in a long time. Recently I broke my foot running, got stuck in a swamp while running…I’m waiting for my third sign!

There’s nothing woo-woo about this. There doesn’t have to be. All of life works to patterns and attraction and clumping together. We can either flow with it, ignore it or resist it.

Anyway…I’d kept this from DailyOm a while back…it might spark something in you on a Friday. Slow down. Take a look around. Feel if there’s a sign in front of you. Much love to you all….

The universe can often relay messages to us through signs. Often, we are too busy to stop and consider what may or may not be a sign. We may ask the universe for guidance, yet fail to recognize the sign it sends us in response. Learning the subtle language of signs can help you interpret the guidance the universe sends your way. We all have been blessed with a connection that allows the universe to communicate directly with us. To be able to understand the information relayed over that connection, however, it is necessary that we learn to pay attention and know what to look for.

To see and correctly interpret a sign, you must open your heart and mind to the universe and invite its guidance into your life. Many of us are blind to the signs we receive because we expect angels or our spirit guides to speak to us in a booming voice and tell us exactly what we need to hear. But signs are usually of this earth and therefore easier to encounter. A song lodged in your mind or a number that seems to pop up everywhere you look after you‚ve asked the universe for guidance can both be signs. Signs may come through the animal world, from strangers, or jump out of a book in the form of an insightful passage. A sign may be a direct answer to one of your questions. Other signs may point you in the right direction, warn of impending difficulties, or show you a different way. If you want the universe to send you a sign, tell it that you are ready and willing to accept its guidance.

Not everything you hear or see will be a sign. If you are receptive and patient, however, the signs you receive will become easier to recognize. It is important to listen to your intuition. A sign can mean many things to different people, and only you can decipher a sign‚s meaning is for you. As you practice reading the signs and following their guidance, the universe will send more of them your way.

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  • I don’t know if I’m one for signs, but I remember hearing this terrific thing on an Oprah show once.

    I think it was the episode about texting while driving. Mama O said when you’re doing something you’re not meant to be doing, first you’ll get a tap on the shoulder, then a punch in the arm, then a life changing wallop (ie you don’t have a fatal accident the first time you text, or speed etc – you get a warning).

    This makes a wholeloadasense to me!

    Your running signs: maybe it’s time to take up cycling? Ouuuuuuuuuch!


  • Great post, lovely to hear. I’m at a bit of a cross roads right now regarding work, infact the cross road appeared about 20 mins ago, I am listening dear Universe!

    Dear Sarah, need you wait for a 3rd sign regarding your foot? Sounds like ouch. Also sounds like you pretty much know that there’s a message in it, save your Self and your foot some trouble and get the message now 🙂


  • Hi Sarah 🙂

    Three is definitely a good number for me too! Sounds like you may want to take up a new form of exercise? Making just walking or swimming – maybe the universe is trying to tell you that all this running isn’t too good on your joints? On the other hand.. maybe you’ll stumble across a new home, new friend or something that will change your life while on your running adventures! I’m sure you’ll work it out when number 3 comes along!



  • Bec

    I have ‘Like a Virgin’ stuck in my head. What does it mean?

    I really can’t differentiate between a sign and the regualr crap that is thrown at me from life.

    I will take note of my dreams though, sometimes they have been premonitory.

    One night my boyfriend and I both dreamt that my 6yo niece went missing and her body dumped in bushland. It was weird (but probably irrelevant) that was the night that kiesha abrahams body was found by police. Anyway, the next day I drove 90 minutes just to give my niece some major kisses and cuddles.


  • Bianca

    Great post – I have to admit I am a bit addicited to reading this everyday!

    I have been in a job that has made me very unhappy for the past year and I have resigned recently. Reading the above it crystalises that it was the right decision as I have found a white tail spider in my office, I am terribly allergic to the dust and constantly sneeze etc and the worst is that last week they found a DEAD RAT (!!!) in my office after the weekend. I think that was the wallop from the universe!

    So happy to be outa hear soon!!!


    Jenny Blume Reply:

    That’s interesting, as rats and spiders are both very attracted to ‘geopathic stress’. (Curiously, so are cats.) Spending time in this sort of stress can really drag you down, both emotionally and health-wise, so I think you’ve made to right decision to get out… I bet you’ll feel much better once you leave. Good luck!


  • Phoebe Pea

    This post is a sign for me and made me smile and giggle a bit inside. I am forever saying to frineds and family “it’s a sign” and “everything comes in threes” they laugh (endearingly) at me, but I honestly believe that, be it good or bad signs or threes.

    Spot on. Thank you.


  • Jane

    I love the idea of signs but I’m never sure if it’s because I just want to belief. It’s a bit like when you buy a new car and suddenly the road is filled with the same car as yours. You’re suddenly more aware. Lol perhaps I’ve answered my own question. Maybe when we see signs it’s because we’re more aware and tuned into our intuition?


  • Nikoletta

    Great post Sarah – and so timely!

    I was only just looking at my bookshelf yesterday & noticed a book called ‘The World of Serendipity’ by Marcus Bach (written in 1970) which I literally came across by ‘chance’ in Berkelouw Books some years ago.

    In it Bach tells the story of Horace Walpole (Earl of Oxford, member of parliament & avid letter writer) who in a letter dated 1754 wrote about an old Persian ”fairy tale” that had to do with ‘The Three Princes of Serendip” (an ancient name for Ceylon). These three young noblemen, while traveling through the world, rarely found the treasures they were looking for, but continually ran into other treasures equally great or even greater which they were not seeking. In looking for one thing they found something else, and it dawned on them that this was one of life’s sly and wonderful tricks. When they realized this they got an entirely new slant on life, and every day resulted in a new and thrilling experience.

    Even though their goals eluded them, they were more than rewarded with their wayside discoveries, and soon it was as if an unseen power and guidance seemed to know, better than they knew, what was best for them in the long run of search and discovery.

    That was the gist of the ”fairy tale”. When the princes began to ”dip” into life with ”serenity” (the real meaning of serendipity) everything that happened was exciting.

    Even though a part of me thinks of these ‘signs’ as universal patterns I can’t help also seeing them as a mysterious, magical element in the world. And much like the Princes of Serendip once you start to see them life takes on a whole new and thrilling meaning.


    Keith Reply:

    Wow. I just had a quotation mark overdose reading this..


    Nikoletta Reply:

    Hey Keith… The quotation marks have been taken ad verbatim from the book so I included them as Bach had written them down… Sorry if this was an overload 🙂


  • Nadia

    Thank you so much for this article Sarah, totally calmed me right down and gave some good soul advice. I have been saying this to myself this week, asking my world to show me signs for the next steps to take for my new career choice. And this was a lovely to sign to stay present, listen and trust. Trust that like is always supporting me. Nadia xx


  • I often write down in my journal the ‘signs’ I feel the universe is asking me to be aware of .. at the time they often dont make great sense or I read a different meaning into them to start .. but over time I look back on my entries and I see a very clear journey or message unfolding. I think when we are in touch with our stillness, our intuition gathers force .. and then we ‘see’ things that resonate on a completely different level. 🙂


  • Rachael

    Maybe signs come in 3s cause we ignore the first 2! And agree with what someone else mentioned above Sarah about her foot. Perhaps it’s a sign you are meant to stay put and stop running from your fears (your book perhaps??) or maybe you need to be more careful about your decisions (walking off the beaten track, running on rocks in the rain).

    Who knows really if they are signs or just coincidences. It’s a lot like prayer vs the power of positive thinking. Whatever gets you through the night, s’alright!


  • Sian

    I’ve had a recent experience with opening myself up to signs from the universe. A couple of months ago I had been meditating and asking the universe for guidance as to the direction of my life (I’m in my final year of a science degree) and had been asking whether heading in the direction of whale research was right for me. 3 days later a dead whale washed up on Newport beach which was 5 seconds from the place I had just moved into a week prior. I spent the next 4 days assisting wildlife services in protecting the carcass, educating the public, taking measurements and samples, and the eventual cutting up and removal of the whale. It was an amazing first time experience, and a rare experience most people will never get to have. At the end of the week, the wildlife parks and services management officer who was in charge of the operation, offered me unique access to number of professionals who would be willing to be my supervisor if I chose to do honours. If that isn’t a sign from the universe I don’t know what is! I’m still not sure what direction to go in, but I believe the universe provided me with a unique experience to help me make an informed decision because I asked for it.


  • Leila

    Sarah, you seem to be MIA these days! Usually you are quite interactive on these blogs, so just hope you’re ok.

    Have a chillaxing weekend



  • Madeline

    I’ve just experienced a very obvious sign due to the fact I had been to stubborn to ignore the warning signs…

    Last week I was feeling quite fatigued and down with the world for its coming up to the end of my year abroad studying dance in The Netherlands, and exams are coming up and I am going home for the first time all year in 4 weeks time. As dancers this is the most fragile time of the year and many of us need to be very careful of injury due to fatigue both physically and mentally.
    I fell ill on the weekend with a flu and had a good rest on sunday. On Monday I went back into the full swing of things with three full-on dance classes. I got a bad stomach ache in the afternoon but pushed through it. In the evening I thought I was feeling better so decided to go to the gym to do an extra aerobics/body pump class. Ten minutes before the end of the class I lost my concentration and therefore lost my footing. I sprained my ankle very badly, tearing the ligaments around my joint capsule.
    I will now be off dance for 2 -3 weeks and won’t be able to perform fully in my end of year exams. It will probably take a month until I’m back from it completely and by that time Ill be back in Australia for my summer break.
    If that isn’t a kick in the gut I don’t know what is! Now I have no choice but to rest and concentrate on my rehab.

    I will definitely listen to the signs of my body more carefully next time!

    Thanks for this post 🙂 It is sign…


  • Brian Lawrence

    Sarah, I love a lot of what you write in Good Weekend and I have always seen you as a lovely, natural person. However I’m afraid I can’t believe in this business of the universe sending signs. I believe one sometimes believes what one wants to believe and at other times one believes through querying, sorting the information out in your mind and so discovering what you feel is the truth.


  • Brian Lawrence

    Sorry, I meant Life not Good Weekend!


  • Nell

    Hi Sarah! Stoked you wrote about this! It took me a long time to learn my kinesthetic cues for knowing when something was coming up – both good & bad & a different feeling for both luckily! I still ignore the signs though, I guess thats because I have some stubborn idea that my mind knows better! I love your open minded exploration of ideas & thank you!


  • Hi Sarah,

    Just found this and thought I would share it with you. The bikes are amazing!


  • fifi

    Is dream considered a sign? I often have dreams of a plane crash when I’m under the pump.


  • Johnno

    Ask him about this Willo…


    Leila Reply:

    Oh dear.

    p.s – what is going on Johnno & Willo???


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  • Hi, I took the photo in the Beast, that you’ve used for this post… I’m taking that as a sign to keep moving forward creatively, it’s always encouraging to see my work out there, so thankyou 😉


    Mia Reply:

    It’s a beautiful photograph! I love to explore older cemeteries and photograph the beautiful statues, but its strictly amateur. I love your work. xx


  • Carmen

    My problem with this is that sometimes I feel like I’m LOOKING for signs. Like, I start seeing a guy named X. I never really noticed that name being around much before, and then I start seeing that name everywhere. I don’t know…


  • Mia

    I loved this bit – “If you want the universe to send you a sign, tell it that you are ready and willing to accept its guidance.” I tried it on Friday when trying to get my head around a complicated relationship problem. Really put my whole heart & soul into it, gave it everything I had.

    Within 2 hours, my partner had come home and (long story short) made a relationship break-up a non-negotiable. Before the end of the day I had moved out, and in the last four days I have become completely set up in my new place. How is THAT for a sign? I tend to think of if more like the universe bitch-slapped me in the face.

    While heartbreaking it’s all good though. I said I was ready to accept guidance & I meant it. Looking forward to this new, happy, single chapter in my life! Thanks for a great and (as usual) eerily timely article Sarah!


  • Mia

    Kind of along the same lines, but did anyone watch Lawernce Leung’s Unbelievable: Psychics tonight? OMG, all makes so much sense how we get sucked in! Never again will I believe anyone has the power of woo-woo.

    Sarah, if you get the chance to watch you might just enjoy.


  • Kerry

    I’m sort of stunned to have found your blog at this time. In fact, I don’t even know how I found it. I’m a blog reader and often, I jump from one to another… and here I am.

    I was diagnosed with postpartum hypothyroidism 21 years ago, just four months after my daughter was born. I thought it was all normal postpartum stuff until my husband pointed out that my neck was swollen. I knew enough about thyroid issues to know that what was causing my neck to look swollen was a goiter and that my symptoms had to be that of hypothyroidism. Lab work showed a TSH of 80.

    Fast forward 21 years. Several months ago I began to feel overwhelmingly tired — so tired I didn’t want to do anything. I bought Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet and began a cleanse and I started to exercise. I knew that at 50 years old, it was way time to make some changes. But still, I became more and more tired and my heart was beginning to do funky things and, and, and.

    It seems that this time, I’m hyperthyroid. Too much medication. I’ve been on Synthroid and Cytomel for about eight years. The Endocrinologist reduced my meds to half the dose (and I asked to be taken off the Cytomel for the time being) and I will find out tomorrow what my levels are now. It’s been a challenging six or seven months to be sure.

    What I’ve learned is that as we (women) begin to head into menopause, all the hormonal changes can wreak havoc on our endocrine systems. I’ll keep reading through your blog. Lots to learn. And I have a feeling, this is going to be a long journey.

    Sorry for the long comment. I’m just blown away by all the coincidences. Finding your blog, then realizing we seem to be on a similar journey And last week I started to make a list of all the “coincidences” that have been happening in my life and here, you have a post about “signs.” Another sign, I’d say.

    I’m back to exercising regularly and I’m back to juicing, eating lots of raw organic veggies and as little sugar as possible. Finding your blog has inspired me to continue on this path. Thank you for all the information you are sharing.



  • Lorraine Fay

    I know this article was written a while back, but I have been asking the universe for assistance and I wanted to share some signs I believe I am continually getting and have been for a while.

    The number 8:44, keeps poping up no matter where i am. I awake exactly at 8:44, I look at the time on the bus 8:44, I look at my phone 8:44. The really weird thing about this is my son Shawn was born on Sept 6, 1982 at 8:44a.m. Oh my I have been racking my brains over this. I was thinking it was my angel coming to me each time I see this number.

    I have over the past month or so, been sitting at the computer and all of a sudden there is a dove, cooing to me. I sit and watch her for a while wondering where her mate is, as it is my understanding one is never far from the other. Then all of a sudden one other morning there they wre. I believe they are telling me to remain calm and peacful that things will be ok. Am I a little titched? for thinking like this?



  • Scorpio queen

    My signs surround my ex. If I see his birthday several times in a week, then I know I will hear from him. Also, random sightings of his birthday to me, tells me our connection is still there.