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On some level, you have clarity.

You know exactly what to do.

You know exactly how to walk your life path.

But due to fear, lack of confidence, or any other tricky emotion, every once in awhile you might feel disconnected from this deeper knowing.

So how do you find clear direction for your journey when you’re faced with too many choices and you feel clueless about what to do?

Look for a sign from the universe!

Signs act as triggers that help you reconnect with your inner knowing.

A sign doesn’t usually tell you something you don’t already know. It simply serves to inspire you and help you move forward.

However, there are times when signs can lead you on a journey, if you dare to follow them.

Years ago, a participant in my Spirit Dreaming program had a few dreams about camels. In an unrelated event, she flew to New Mexico to determine if she wanted to live there. On her drive from Albuquerque to Taos she saw three camels, including Camel Rock and a statue of a camel outside her hotel room door. She saw it as a sign, and although I don’t think it was the singular factor that contributed to her decision to move to New Mexico, it helped her feel confident in her choice.

In many shamanic cultures, all of life is experienced as an extension of the dream realm, so we are dreaming when we are awake and when we are asleep. This means that everything around us is apart of our bigger dreaming experience, and like a sleeping dream, we can turn to our waking experiences for insight and information.

Westerners tend to be a bit skeptical of such things, and this is understandable. Our cosmology isn’t linked to the dream realm like it is in indigenous and shamanic cultures, and in general, we separate the realm of spirit from the material world, so a sign might feel a bit too woo-woo for Western folks.

But for those who are awakened to the intricate weaving of spirit, dreaming and materiality, signs are simply a part of every day life. They are magical, mystical and yield deep insights that help us navigate our lives in ways that feel aligned with our deeper purpose.

How to read signs

When you are cultivating clear direction for your journey, one way to find insight is to ask for signs.

The process is simple:

1. Get clear about what you want:
Example: I want to make a decision about whether or not to take this new job.

2. Set an intention:
Example: My intention is to receive a sign about my job offer.

3. Pay attention.
Signs can be anything or anywhere, and to find them it’s best to simply notice what’s happening. HINT: actively searching for signs can cause them to stay hidden. The act of searching can cause a sense of urgency which often acts as a repellent for manifesting. So simply state your intention and surrender to receiving whatever will come your way.

How might a sign appear?

An animal might show up where or when it normally does not. Reflect on what the animal means to you.

A feather might fall from the sky and land right in front of you.

A book title might catch your eye.

A person might call out of the blue.

A sign can be anything or appear anywhere.

The trick is to pay attention and notice.

Once you find your sign, contemplate its meaning to you. Let it trigger your inner knowing.

When you know how to work with signs, life becomes a more magical experience. You can find clear direction and insight where you least expect it, and feel confident in taking that next step toward your desired destination.