How many times have you begged for a sign? As in, literally shouting to the sky (or your ceiling), “Give me a sign!” “Show me the way!” “Am I doing the right thing???”
Many of us are accustomed to spotting signs. Yet, we still might find ourselves arguing with them, ignoring them.
We receive signs all day, every day. When everything is flowing in our lives, these little messages are our cheerleaders. But when we’re not on our path, or we’ve outgrown the one we’re on, and we’re in a state of resistance, we talk back. “Yeah, but . . .”
If you’re waiting around for that perfect sign before you take action, think about this. There is only ONE reason we look for signs or receive them in the first place: validation.
We are seeking a signal from what we perceive to be a higher source of divinity that will validate what we, in our hearts, already know to be true. In other words, we want permission to follow our heart’s desire.
When I was practicing law in a big firm, I was desperately stuck. I knew I needed to do something different but had no clue how to turn what I wanted into a viable Plan B.
I waited and waited on a big, unmistakable sign that would give me permission to walk away from wonderful colleagues, an interesting practice and the success I’d worked so hard to achieve. I wanted unicorns to gallop into the office or lightning to strike a case file, so I could say, “That’s it! I must go NOW!”
Then the primary witness in a major case I was working on did get struck by lightning, ending the case. Talk about a sign. Sheesh. Case over, I could leave. But I argued with myself about it and continued on my hamster wheel.
In fact, I was receiving another ginormous sign every single day.
It’s the most common sign we receive, and it tells us in no uncertain terms to change directions. That sign is anxiety.
Anxiety is the flashing-red-light danger signal, the ear-piercing siren wailing for our attention. That’s when our higher self is literally shaking us, trying to pull us into alignment with our heart and soul, and we’re resisting change.
Anxiety tells us to turn our attention to something that needs to heal, or something that needs to go because we’re no longer in alignment with situations that used to be acceptable. We’re out of whack with our heart’s desire.
Not everyone needs to respond to the distress call by throwing a hand grenade into their lives like I did, quitting work altogether, selling the house and hiding under the bed for two years. Baby step changes might do it.
We usually can’t see what we need from where we are. We need someone else to give us that perspective from the side. But when we get that perspective, we must step off the hamster wheel and take new action.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know which direction to go in. We don’t need all the answers before we even start looking. We don’t have to know our heart’s desire before we honor the fact that our heart has a desire.
If you’ve been looking for a sign that it’s time for a change, time to heed your heart, consider this it. Here’s your permission slip to head off into a new, wild blue yonder.
God, the Universe, Source, Spirit, your Guides, Your Higher Self – they’re all calling you through that megaphone pounding in your chest. Loud and clear.