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How to recognize a sign from God

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NGC 7293, The Helix Nebula, a planetary nebula...

Helix Nebula, NGC 7293 or "The Eye of God" by NASA & ESA via Wikipedia

Author: Vanessa Codorniu

‘We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.’― Anaïs Nin

Recently I was asked by Soul Kisses TV for my input on this question:

I always wonder how people interpret signs from God. How do you know? It’s a hard thing to describe. What do you think?-Cocoa Popps, NYC

As Iyanla Vanzant said this weekend at the recent Hay House conference ‘It all begins in the mind.’ How people interpret signs from God, a look from a stranger or even street signs on any given street, begins in each and every individual’s own mind. Therefore, before we can look at how we may interpret signs from God, we have to look at ourselves more closely.

These core beliefs that create the way we see the world are learned from our families, culture and personal experience. The key here is that they are learned and can be unlearned when they don’t serve our highest and most fabulous good.

Ask yourself: How do I see the world? What do I believe about life? Do I believe in love? Do I believe that it’s supposed to hurt? What defines success for me? What is my belief and relationship to God? The way we define anything has an impact on how we define everything. Our beliefs color our lens and our thoughts, feelings, reactions and experience will become self-fulfilling prophecies.

Do you think that you exist in a fundamentally benevolent world? Or do you believe deep in your heart that it’s a cruel, dog-eat-dog existence? Is your version of God loving and kind? Or punishing?

What we believe…is inevitably what we perceive. This will affect how we define, experience and react what we may call signs from God. For example if the world is a frightening place were there is not enough for everyone a pink slip from a job can seem to be the end of the world. It can make someone wonder/believe they if they were betrayed by a co-worker, an employer, or even God.

Another person, trusting in the Universe’s benevolence might be surprised at first, even worried and then decide that its God’s way of saying, ‘Your time here is done. Take some time off and explore options that may make you happier.’

If your worldview includes that the world will end in 2012, every earthquake, all political unrest and each piece of disturbing nightly news feeds into your belief as ‘signs’ that the world is ending. If you believe that God is kind and this Universe is benevolent you may very well notice greater kindness in the Universe, more people meditating, an overall increased spiritual awareness in the world that may be signs to you that our Earthly existence is going thru a consciousness shift rather than a ‘physical end.’

For example, I believe that I am a child of God and that the Universe is conspiring towards my outrageous success! So when it’s time for me to leave a situation, or someone calls me with an opportunity, I see it as a sign and explore it! It doesn’t mean that its not scary but I trust the Universe and while it may not look exactly the way I thought it would…my signs lead me to greater peace and joy.

How to receive and understand a sign from God:

1. Breathe deeply: Take several deep breaths. Allow yourself to truly breathe. So often we do not let ourselves breathe deeply because we fear feeling our feelings.

2. Feel however you feel: Allow yourself in this moment to just feel however you feel as you breathe deeply.

3. Allow yourself to be present: Close your eyes. Gently allow yourself to be present and release attachments to the past and worries of the future. Bring your full attention into the present moment.

4. Pray: One of my favorite prayers, ‘Dear God/Goddess/Ganesha/Great Spirit: help me to believe the truth about myself – no matter how beautiful it is!’- M. Wiederehr

5. Ask for answers: Most religions and spiritual paths express the idea, ‘Ask & you shall receive.’ One possible prayer to ask for guidance: ‘Dear God/Goddess/Great Spirit: please help me see, know, understand, and act on your signs as inspiration for my highest good.’

6. Trust: Know that as you quiet your mind, connect to yourself and open to your divine connection, that the prayers and asking has reached its sacred mark.

7. Pay attention: Watch, listen, breathe and allow yourself to be still. Is what you are sensing as a sign of God bringing you to greater peace? Is it filling you with hope? Is it unsettling in the moment because it asks that you release or let go of something that you want to hold on to? Imagine that you are brave enough to go through the changes… do you see the light at the end of the tunnel? Remember that in order to bring in what you are wanting, whether true love, great friends, new clothes or a successful career…we must be ready to let go of what no longer serves us. Not because it is ‘bad,’ simply because it has served you as well as it could and now as you are evolving, as well as the relationships, jobs and experiences that you are having.

8. Be open: Signs from the Divine come in emails, a stranger on the bus, random occurrences that are really synchronistic answers to your prayers, a dream, a commercial, a song on the elevator, Oprah, a chance meeting, an unseen break-up, your mom’s advice, your best friend’s jokes, re-runs, an inner feeling or sense, knowing things without knowing how you ‘know.’ Basically, we are in communication with God…all the time, whether we are open or not. When we are open we feel supported and connected to something greater. When we are closed, we feel disconnected, lost and sometimes abandoned.

Remember: if you don’t like the way things feel in your world…you can always change your mind!

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/new-age-articles/how-to-recognize-a-sign-from-god-5258201.html

About the Author

Vanessa Codorniu, CHt, RM is a transformation facilitator, intuition coach, Reiki Master, writer and Latina urban priestess. She is a co-facilitator of SOL Circle, a NYC multi-cultural women’s empowerment circle since 1999. As a third generation intuitive, Vanessa has developed her psychic and spiritual abilities since childhood. Her authentic and life-affirming development process is supported by her creative toolbox and training, which includes: hypnosis, past life regression, Reiki, energy balancing, magnified healing & the arts.

For more information about Vanessa’s work visit http://sites.google.com/site/muzeworks/

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21 thoughts on “How to recognize a sign from God

  1. Well said. Nicely organized. This “felt” true and insightful.

  2. I think I’ve received a couple signs from him for example on some occasions I will think of a word and a couple seconds later someone or something will say that exact same word or something extremely related to it. Other signs are once I fell asleep and as I woke up it was like a giant screen of smoke dissapeared in front of me as if I was aware of something or as if I had solved something and that’s when I began to believe that I was guided by something , by the way I consider myself an atheist.

  3. I really like this… maybe this is mY sign….

  4. ppl i tell u the truth do not be fooled by sheeps clothingz/ now the way of the world is bad see the frout of life is medditaion n the opening of the spirit eye/ ppl u there are many godz n kings n the spirt world/ notice it did not say prey to jesus/ he is not a beliver u cannnn NOTTTTT BEALIVE4 N GOD BUT DNT BEALIVE N HIS SON/ GOD WAS INSIDE OF JESUS.ALL U NEED TO DO IS YES CLOSE YOUR EYES.B HUMBLE YES.TALK TO GOD THRU YOUR HEAD PLZZZ TRY IT. N SAY N JESUS NAME LORD GOD SHOW ME A SIGHN THAT U ARE THE TRUE GOD. I PROMISE U WEN U OPEN YOUR EYES LOOK N THE SKY THEN LOOK AROUND U FOR A SIGHN. MAY B A CAR ALARM ANYTHNG. IF SUMTHN HAPPNS BCUZ U EXPEDTD IT U RECVD GODS SIGHN. HE IS PROUD. THIS IS FOR U . U KNO WHO U ARE.READ SALMS 91 ALOT ALOT. THE CLOSER U GET TO GOD THE MORE THE DEVIL WILL TRY TO TAKE AWAY YOUR ATTION USING YOUR MAMA DAD ANYBODY HE CAN TO STOP U FROM TRYN TO FOCUZ ON GOD. DO NOT medditate with out recivn jesus az your god. he is god god is n him. thru him we are conneted to the tru n most powerfull god. love u so much b blessd. n yes thsi waz for u. god is real see. thnsi iz a sighn also. THE TRUTH U ARE JESUS CHILD IF YOUR HEART IS FULL OF LOVE/PAIN/NOT N LOVE WITH THE WORLD STUFF LIKE BLING BLING CARS MONEY… NEW WORLD ORDER IT TO SHIFT ONES MIND N BODY TO SATEN// N OTHER GODS N NOT JESUS/ WEN PPL B MAD AT U FOR NO REASON. N U KNO DEEP N YOUR HEART U TRYN TO B A GOOD PERSON N U KNO U HAVE A GOOD SPIRT/ ITS NOT THE PERSON MAD AT U . ITS THE EVIL SPIRT FROM BELOW HATES YOUR GOOD SPIRT. DNT BELEIAVE ME THEN DO THIS FOR ME PLZ. FAST FOR 1 DAY FOR GOD JESUS MEANS//TO DENY THE FLESH SO U CAN SEE OR HEAR FROM GOD. TLK TO JESUS PLZ

  5. I received a sign from God today. I got in a fight with me fiancé last week and we talked about calling the wedding off, but we decided not too. Also, someone else told me he had feelings for me, and I thought I might be interested. Today, I was still feeling confused about marrying him, so I decided to go to church. I don’t go all that often, unfortunately. But today, I received a clear sign that I should get married. The first reading during mass was the first reading we had picked for our wedding ceremony, and the responsorial psalm was the same, too. One of the few days, I’ve gone to church this year, and that was what I heard.

  6. i feel him every moment when i want to do. Every sigh of relief is his bliss provided dust of ego is not covering our soul. When we are happy due to no reason , God is near by. He is not away rather we do not feel him.

  7. i had a sign …..not only one sign several sign on 11 march 2012. i had to go out of town for an examination. i got many sign which was preventing me to go outside but i ignored all of that ,,, and unfortunately i was raped and now diagnosed as HIV positive……..i wish that i had not ignored that sign

  8. Ganesha, what is up with this. A man made image, that you pray too?

  9. i am a human being who has always believen in god and jesus…but for some reason i chose god over jesus…just because i didnt under stand the religion i am..growing up as a little kid i have always talked to myself…shared feelings with myself…and wondered why i did that..well now ik its bacause of god..i have always had a problem understanding what my actuall purpose was as a human being…everybody has dreams they dnt know why they favored or jus wanted ta be somethin they always wanted to be for instance mine was a nfl football running back for stl rams…i attempted to strive for that but wasnt realyy ready or didnt care to try.all the way up until this point i feel like all the way up untill this point i jus flat out didnt want to purse anything in life…but i would still have things i told myself i wanted to be but still didnt do anything about…there is this curiosity ii have with myself that i think i started smokin weed for a reason..i talked to god differently wen i first started gettin high not in a bad way a good way..and i feel like weed made me lazy…i was just lazy blamin it on weed cause i would skip things ik were wrong to get high….i found myself more quiet and i thought about things more when i smoke weed but it didnt efect how i really felt being normal..weed just hepl me deal with things..at the same time weed has been a big problem in my life..and if simply stop smokin weed i would be ok…but i smoke anyways jus cause i wanna be high and know i could go to jail..it finally happened and i have not change any reason for me smokin.and i feel like as a human that…that is what i want to do is study cannabis..i have never felt this serious and acted on it in this way..so i know thats what i want and my mom doesnt like it due to the fact that its a sighn i took petty hard and feel like i let her down but i still am wanting to do it.i have attempted learning about cannibus all the time but jus now wanna do it and have acted on it..i jus feel like i want to know why i am a curious person…so curious that i want to study why we do the things we do..phycology..but cannibus jus takes it over cause enjoy the tpoic more…why

  10. I get messages all the time. Some I like; some I don’t, but I know HE’s listening and guiding me.

  11. This morning I was scrubbing my toilet and I asked asked the Lord to please send me a sign of what I need to do to have to have some clarity in my life.I looked up and on the toilet rim was stenciled Church and under that the word sta-tite. I will be going back to the church.

  12. I do freelance work which takes me to various places. For some reason there is this small town where I keep being called back to for work, its inconvenient to travel to and sometimes I would just rather not bother going there. One day I asked God, what is it about this town, is there a special reason I am being called here? Please give me a sign, then the next week I was there, as I sat outside in a café this bird, flew really close to me, as if to get my attention, at first I thought nothing of it, but then I remembered my question to God. The bird literally refused to go away (there was no food on the table or anything to attract it), it just kept singing to me, turning back and flying closer as if it was trying to say something to me, that yes there is something special about this town. I have no idea what it means and nothing special has happened since, but now when a client wants me to travel there I don’t turn it down…so I am waiting on a surprise from God.

  13. Look at a globe of the earth and one can see a tetramorph of Jesus surrounded by the four evagelists on my Facebook page. Could this be a sign from god that he is?

  14. Well I don’t listen to signs that ask me to go on a “special” mission for God to change people’s beliefs. I do not feel the need to entertain those signs. I think I’ve firmly established that as a fact for those who know me. My hope is that the universe will take me seriously in this and stop sending them. My only job in this life is to work on my own spiritual growth and be my true-self in the presence of others. I hope that in doing so, people will likely respond – in kind and do the same. That is how positive change takes place in the world. It is not necessary to create cults and religions to demonstrate this simply truth. Let remember the universal Golden Rule . . . treat others as you wish to be treated.

  15. Editing mistakes. I always hit the post button before proofreading.

    “I hope that in doing so, people will respond – in kind and do the same. That is how positive change takes place in the world. It is not necessary to create cults and religions to demonstrate this simple truth. Let’s remember the universal Golden Rule . . . treat others as you wish to be treated.”

  16. For me God is in the small things. It’s a feeling of grace one feels when one is doing the right thing. Nothing can dispute a true feeling of grace.

  17. I can relate to this so much, i have never believed in god or the bible, the last year or so i have been trying to get my head around positive thinking, the universe, spirituality, ive read the secret, studied abit about plato and “platos cave” and ended up coming back to religion as i feel it all has some kind of link, there is definitely more to this life and universe that is being pulled over our eyes. Just the other day i sat back with an open mind, closed my eyes and said a prayer which is the first time ive done it with a feeling of faith, i asked god, please show me the way, guide me and give me strength to believe in what will truly make me a happier and better person. The next day i went to see my grandma, i hardly ever see her, she gave me a gift to give to my fiancé, a late xmas present, my grandma is very much a catholic and goes to church every week, that night my fiance opened the gift and it was two statue ornaments of two angels…i felt myself burn up and couldnt help think it is a sign from god…as times going by i am getting a feeling that it is a coincidence and i am only noticing it because of my thoughts, my feelings are really frustrating me as i have no idea in which direction to take! But i would really love to follow random signs that get put out to me but it is very high risk but i know exactly where your coming from.

  18. Hey Brian that’s a nice story. I think we could all explain away signs from God as “mere coincidences” if we wanted to. But I find that when I believe, the whole thing sort of takes off and has a whole new meaning. I think everything comes down to belief. Even the belief that it would all be mere coincidence. So I suggest you choose the belief that feels best!

    By the same token, we don’t want to actively run around like nuts, searching for “signs” in everything we see. I believe understanding God in our lives is like an acquired art and science. Catholics call this “discernment,” and it’s a lifelong process! :-)

    • Thanks so much for your help, I am definitely introducing God to my life, Its a strange feeling but it definitely feels better. The Bible has never made much sense to me until I have been reading it with a very open mind. I hope this will help me in my search for true happiness and clarity.

  19. I know GOD is with us!

  20. I went to the park yesterday with my sons and their girlfriends. While they walked the track, I stopped and sat on a bench at the edge of the pond. While sitting there I talked to God and thanked him for loving me and for this life even though at times it is very hard. I told him I loved him and his son and thanked Jesus for his ultimate sacrifice for me. I then looked around at the pure beauty that every human is surrounded by the glory of God and his creation. I asked the ultimate question, “What is our purpose here”? Humanity and mine as an individual. The kids came back and we left with me driving. On our way home on the right side of the road we saw a man that had a coon hung upside down skinning it and the look on his face as we drove past…the young adults with me was like, “did you see that guys face,omg it was evil”. Then a block from that we see 3 cats at a house on the left side of the road 2 were mating and 1 was waiting his turn. I could not help but wonder if this was the answer to my questions. Was it our purpose is life and death or is it we must die in order to live. I was wondering if there is anyone out there that might help me answer this question or offer some intelligent insight.

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