Five Ways To Recognize Spiritual Guidance In Your Life

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
-Albert Einstein

It is said that when we choose a life on earth, we are sent down with spirit guides whose task it is to gently inspire us and nudge us toward what is best for our spiritual growth; but only if we pay attention and recognize the signs.  Your spirit guides are whispering in your ear, but in our hectic lives sometimes we forget to listen.

This is a blog about the search for life after death, so you might be wondering what the correlation is.  Materialist science tells us that our lives have no real meaning, humanity is an accident, free will is an illusion and death is the end.  Spiritual guidance can strengthen belief in life after death by showing us our lives have a purpose and meaning beyond the daily drudgery.  These synchronicities can hint at a greater mystery.

Five Ways To Recognize Spiritual Guidance In Your Life:

  1. Discover Your Symbol

Have you already been seeing a symbol in your life regularly?  This could be a number, like 11:11 or the number 5.  What about butterflies, pennies or a certain smell?  If you have, then you are already ahead of the game.  This is your symbol.  Begin to pay attention to when the symbol appears.  What were you thinking about?  What were you doing?  Did you just make an important decision? This will give you a clue as to what your guides are trying to tell you.

If you don’t have a symbol yet, you can ask your guides to choose one.  The symbol itself may or may not have particular meaning to you.  My symbol is 17.  There is nothing special about the number other than I know when I see it to pay attention.  Look for synchronicity, patterns and repetitions.  You will eventually find your symbol and communication can begin.

Just as I was writing this post, I looked up to see my clock read 2:17 – my symbol.  I take that as a sign that someone somewhere needs to read this post.  Is it you?

1. Listen to the ideas that pop into your head suddenly.

Although we love to take credit for everything we dream up, sometimes our guides do gently plant suggestions into our head.  It’s always up to us if we want to act on them. Sometimes it will appear as a sudden inspiration, but other times you will get a nagging voice in your head.  If you heed that voice or inspiration, it may open up possibilities that will be beneficial to you.

3. Don’t let fear or insecurities get in the way of opportunities.

Sometimes everything in life is pointing toward one direction.  You know it’s what you should do, but you are terrified or not confident enough to do it.  If you are afraid to try something new, or grab an opportunity when it presents itself, your spirit guides can’t help you.  You will always have the free will to make the final decision, but don’t pass on opportunities lightly.  In some cases, you won’t succeed, but trust that there is sometimes purpose in failure too.  Failure in one area can open the door to success in another.

4. Pay attention to your dreams.

Dreams are a great way for spirit guides to get messages to us.  In our hectic lives, however, we often don’t remember our dreams.  The best way to increase dream recall is to keep a dream journal by your bed or use your phone voice recorder.  Before bed, tell yourself that you will remember your dreams.   When you wake up, record them as soon as possible as you will quickly forget.  Not all dreams are messages, so don’t drive yourself crazy trying to decipher every dream.  When you get a message, you’ll know it.

5. Listen to the conversations around you and pay attention to messages in odd places.

You may often get messages through listening to conversations, songs on the radio, or in other written forms.  These synchronicities are important ways that your guides will communicate with you.  Maybe you’ll I have overhear a conversation at work or a coffee shop that seems extremely relevant to your life. If this happens to you, it’s not an accident that you are overhearing these things.  They are meant for you, too.  Pay attention to them.

Putting it all together:

I don’t want to give the impression that your spirit guides will tell you how to live your life or what to do.  You have free will to mess up, fail, and make bad choices if you wish.  But sometimes, just sometimes, they’ll throw you that one free miracle, hit the reset button, or give you that warning you need.  And when you go down the right path, sometimes they’ll give you the pat on the back that lets you know that you are doing the best you can.

So go, live your life bravely, with compassion and joy.  Although you are the master of your own destiny and the creator of your own reality, you can be assured that you are not alone. You life may not be less difficult, but if you listen carefully and pay attention to the deep rhythms of your life, it can certainly feel more meaningful.


In what ways do you feel that spirit guides have communicated with you?  Have you received messages, warnings, or signs?  Please share your stories, questions, and comments below!

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