With the constant exposure to digital news, ads and social media interaction, we’ve lost the valuable skill that our ancestors had of gathering information firsthand from our surroundings.
We’ve lost the ability to perceive the deep interconnection between “us” and the natural world, and the different ways nature is alive and communicates with us. The patterns of birds in flight, the blooming of trees outside of their season, the temperature of the ocean’s water, the invasion of ants or snails … there are so many occurrences in nature that carry valuable information and significance that we don’t pay attention to anymore.
In the modern fast-paced world, signs have been divorced from their significance.
Nature is always communicating with us and often this occurs by showing us omens and signs. Indigenous traditions understood this as working and being in harmony with the flow or web of life. Through Physics we now know this as the “unified field.”
These signs and omens present themselves to us daily on our spiritual journeys. Like breadcrumbs to follow, we can re-learn how to trace the wisdom of this subtle guidance.
A Story of Signs
Over the last few years, Luna and I have been finding new ways to deeply connect to the world around us. One of these ways is by paying close attention to the signs and omens we encounter through our daily lives. Watching out for signs and omens not only provides us with guidance, but it is also an effective method of grounding our awareness in the present moment.
I asked Luna to share her recent experience:
I have always been something of a daydreamy person. But only in the past few years have I taken a conscious step out of this dreamland and into reality. When seen through clear and present eyes, I realize that life sends us so many signs, messages and omens every day. It’s just that many of us don’t have the eyes to see it. We get so lost in our chaotic and blurry thoughts of the past and future that we forget the wonders that lie with us in the present. Keeping this in mind, I try to start every day with grounded and aware presence and receptivity to life. And I often discover something amazing on my morning walks: Life or Spirit is directly communicating with me. My unconscious needs or questions are frequently met with signs and omens of various natures. Recently I’ve been seeing three birds constantly cross my path: the wagtail, white ibis and duck. The wagtail represents playfulness and joy, the white ibis represents opportunity, and the duck represents nurturing. To me the message from Life is very clear, “Every day is an opportunity to experience joy and self-love, no matter what happens.“
The Difference Between Signs and Omens
The Soul communicates itself in different ways throughout our lives but the most common way for us to understand is through metaphor and symbol. From dream omens to serendipitous signs, metaphors and symbols all originate from our rich imaginations which are direct windows into our Souls.
You might ask yourself what the difference is between a sign and an omen. I understand the difference to be the following:
Signs appear in moments when we are facing a difficult decision or need help integrating a realization about ourselves that we’ve recently had. It’s like consulting an oracle; you know you need guidance or have a question and the answer will present itself when you are open and receptive to it. Luna’s story above would serve as a great example of this.
Omens on the other hand, come without any prior request on our part for guidance and catch you by surprise. They are rare, of great significance and stand out because of their weird, outlandish, even bizarre nature. They can also be wondrous, conspicuous, and astounding. But they are always mysterious.
An omen indicates that an ominous, important or prophetic event is about to occur or is occurring. My personal experience with an Omen occurred many years ago when I first arrived in Australia. I was going through a powerful personal transformation and on one of my early walks on a rainy winter morning, I came across a brown snake. I froze in place as did the snake, both of us staring at each other for what must have been a few minutes, though it felt eternal. I felt a strong connection to her, almost as if she was communicating something intuitively. A few moments later, she slithered back into the bushland.