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How to Read Signs & Synchronicities on the Spiritual Path
24Jul 2017
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Written by Jessi Kohlhagen

Do you ever feel like the universe is trying to tell you something?

You know the magical feeling…

A moment of realization or synchronicity that makes you feel as though there is an incredible power of benevolence working tirelessly and majestically all around you, sending you signs and messages to keep you feeling supported and on-path.

Synchronistic moments feel like pure grace — giving us a deep sense that we are exactly where we need to be.

But what if we’re feeling lost or unsupported in our lives? What if we’re asking questions but not receiving the answers? Where’s the universal magic when we really need it?

The truth is, this magic is always available to us. We just have to learn how to recognize and read the signs.

The universe speaks to us all the time, in the form of life experience.
And not just the big, defining experiences of our lives — but more often than not, the sacred universal guidance we seek is placed gently within the tiny intricacy of a single moment. Being so small and fragile, these messages are easily overlooked or trampled upon.

To tune into this “language of the universe,” we must attune ourselves to the natural flow of the world. In doing so, we unlock the ease and abundance that is available to us in every single moment.

Here are 5 powerful tips to help you tune into the flow, and understand the sacred experience unfolding all around you:

Cultivate Your Capacity to Receive

This is an important (yet often overlooked or underrated) step for any kind of personal growing experience.

So many of us say we want more love, yet ingrained patterns leave us resistant to receiving it. We say we’re exhausted of “taking care of everything ourselves,” yet when others try to help us, we reject them. The truth is, many of us are chronic givers and terrible receivers — and we don’t even realize it.

When we ask the universe for guidance while simultaneously holding apprehension about the possible answers — or when we hold tight to a desire we subconsciously know we aren’t ready for yet — our resistance is noted.

Remember, the universe always provides you with exactly what you need for your highest growth in the moment. If you aren’t ready to receive — you won’t.

Cultivating a greater capacity to receive means having deep courage to face the infinite potentials and possibilities your life might present to you. It means invoking radical truthfulness about what you are actually capable of handling at this time in your life. And it requires you to embrace whatever life delivers to your doorstep with an open heart and absolute trust that it’s exactly what is being called for at this time, even if you don’t always understand.

Pay Closer Attention

The universe uses subtle and mysterious ways of communicating with us, and awareness is key to recognizing its messages. These can come in infinite forms (some of which are mentioned below under “noticing patterns and symbols”), and you may not always recognize them – especially if you’re in the midst of a struggle.

So simply pay more attention to your experience. If you’re going to ask for guidance, you need to meet the universe halfway. Especially during your time of seeking, watch your environment a little more closely. You may be surprised what presents itself when you pay a little more attention.

Notice Patterns and Symbols

As you pay closer attention to the occurrences in your life, you will likely notice patterns beginning to emerge, or powerful symbols showing up. Take note of these. They are profound messengers. Here are some examples of patterns or symbols you may encounter:

Animals: Across countless indigenous cultures, animals are believed to be ancient messengers from the spiritual realms. Whether it be in living form (a crow landing next to you as you meditate) or non-living form (seeing pictures of owls everywhere you go, on your social media, and in your dreams), a meaningful encounter with an animal is believed to be an omen. The meaning can be interpreted universally (by the animal’s characteristic nature, or inherent strengths or weaknesses), or personally (by your personal relationship with this kind of animal, or what the encounter brings up for you).

Illness or Injury: Physical symptoms are the last line of defense when our vitality is compromised… after already being processed by (or originated in) our mental, emotional and spiritual centers. Oftentimes illnesses or injuries are our body’s wisdom trying to communicate to us. Investigating the underlying mental, emotional or metaphysical causes of our illnesses or injuries can be a powerfully insightful experience, and lead us on a path of much deeper healing and vitality.

Natural Cycles: Since the beginning of time, humans have looked to the stars, planets and seasons for guidance. The location of these natural elements can tell us so much about the energy surrounding our collective consciousness. (for instance, there have been countless studies on the effects of full moons on human behavior). The deeper you explore the current natural cycles, the more you will discover these rhythms being reflected in your own life.

Dreams: Dreams are powerful symbolic messages that arise directly from our subconscious. Throughout history, dreaming has been considered a supernatural communication or a means of divine intervention. Some of the ways you can interpret your dreams are to: identify how you were feeling, record them, identify recurring overlapping patterns in your dreams and daily life, and notice any symbols or notable elements. Dreaming can be seen as a form of communication between our conscious and unconscious selves – helping us to experience wholeness and integration.

Random Encounters: Have you ever accidentally butt-dialed someone and ended up having the most insightful conversation? Or wondered about something and then randomly stumbled upon the answer? Random encounters happen all the time, and the more you’re open to following them, the more magical places they’ll lead you and the more they’ll appear in your life.

Repeating Numbers: Do you see repeating numbers such as 11:11, 3:33 or 4:44 on the clock all the time? Or notice any other combination of numbers that appears wherever you go? Many people believe that these are messages from the universe, and that they can be interpreted through Numerology. After all, math is the language of the universe J

Losing A Possession (or train of thought): This is often a universal message to let go and move on. Attachment is a root cause of suffering in our world, and we tend to have a very difficult time letting things go before we feel ready. This can bring up feelings of loss, anger, frustration and insecurity, all of which have deeper subconscious implications that the universe is probably trying to help you work through. Next time you lose something (whether it be an object or an idea), surrender it in faith that all is exactly as it should be.

Don’t Overcomplicate Things

Oftentimes the universe sends us the exact message that we need, but we miss it and go on searching for more. The truth is, the universe expresses a great deal of genius in simplicity. This can be difficult for modern humans to understand, as we tend to complicate things. The bottom line? If the universe tells you “turn right,” don’t hinder yourself by trying to figure out why and how and at what point to make the turn. Just do it!

Allow Yourself to Believe

One of the most common questions asked when working with signs, visions, dreams or any other form of sacred message is, “how do I know if it’s real, or if it’s just my imagination?” The answer is simple… your imagination and your reality are reflections of one another.

Everything you are presented with — whether it’s logically tangible, or ridiculously abstract — has meaning. Sometimes it’s overt, and sometimes it’s vague.

The language of the universe is symbolic, and our intuition is the translator.

When we allow ourselves to deeply feel and believe what is being presented to us, the signs become clearer and more compelling, and we further strengthen our ability to intuit them.

Learning to hear, understand and respond to your inner voice is, in many ways, the very essence of spirituality – and it’s the foundation for living a truly enchanted life.

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How to Read Signs & Synchronicities on the Spiritual Path
18Jul 2017
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Written by Jessi Kohlhagen

Do you ever feel like the universe is trying to tell you something?

You know the magical feeling…

A moment of realization or synchronicity that makes you feel as though there is an incredible power of benevolence working tirelessly and majestically all around you, sending you signs and messages to keep you feeling supported and on-path.

Synchronistic moments feel like pure grace — giving us a deep sense that we are exactly where we need to be.

But what if we’re feeling lost or unsupported in our lives? What if we’re asking questions but not receiving the answers? Where’s the universal magic when we really need it?

The truth is, this magic is always available to us. We just have to learn how to recognize and read the signs.

The universe speaks to us all the time, in the form of life experience.
And not just the big, defining experiences of our lives — but more often than not, the sacred universal guidance we seek is placed gently within the tiny intricacy of a single moment. Being so small and fragile, these messages are easily overlooked or trampled upon.

To tune into this “language of the universe,” we must attune ourselves to the natural flow of the world. In doing so, we unlock the ease and abundance that is available to us in every single moment.

Here are 5 powerful tips to help you tune into the flow, and understand the sacred experience unfolding all around you:

Cultivate Your Capacity to Receive

This is an important (yet often overlooked or underrated) step for any kind of personal growing experience.

So many of us say we want more love, yet ingrained patterns leave us resistant to receiving it. We say we’re exhausted of “taking care of everything ourselves,” yet when others try to help us, we reject them. The truth is, many of us are chronic givers and terrible receivers — and we don’t even realize it.

When we ask the universe for guidance while simultaneously holding apprehension about the possible answers — or when we hold tight to a desire we subconsciously know we aren’t ready for yet — our resistance is noted.

Remember, the universe always provides you with exactly what you need for your highest growth in the moment. If you aren’t ready to receive — you won’t.

Cultivating a greater capacity to receive means having deep courage to face the infinite potentials and possibilities your life might present to you. It means invoking radical truthfulness about what you are actually capable of handling at this time in your life. And it requires you to embrace whatever life delivers to your doorstep with an open heart and absolute trust that it’s exactly what is being called for at this time, even if you don’t always understand.

Pay Closer Attention

The universe uses subtle and mysterious ways of communicating with us, and awareness is key to recognizing its messages. These can come in infinite forms (some of which are mentioned below under “noticing patterns and symbols”), and you may not always recognize them – especially if you’re in the midst of a struggle.

So simply pay more attention to your experience. If you’re going to ask for guidance, you need to meet the universe halfway. Especially during your time of seeking, watch your environment a little more closely. You may be surprised what presents itself when you pay a little more attention.

Notice Patterns and Symbols

As you pay closer attention to the occurrences in your life, you will likely notice patterns beginning to emerge, or powerful symbols showing up. Take note of these. They are profound messengers. Here are some examples of patterns or symbols you may encounter:

Animals: Across countless indigenous cultures, animals are believed to be ancient messengers from the spiritual realms. Whether it be in living form (a crow landing next to you as you meditate) or non-living form (seeing pictures of owls everywhere you go, on your social media, and in your dreams), a meaningful encounter with an animal is believed to be an omen. The meaning can be interpreted universally (by the animal’s characteristic nature, or inherent strengths or weaknesses), or personally (by your personal relationship with this kind of animal, or what the encounter brings up for you).

Illness or Injury: Physical symptoms are the last line of defense when our vitality is compromised… after already being processed by (or originated in) our mental, emotional and spiritual centers. Oftentimes illnesses or injuries are our body’s wisdom trying to communicate to us. Investigating the underlying mental, emotional or metaphysical causes of our illnesses or injuries can be a powerfully insightful experience, and lead us on a path of much deeper healing and vitality.

Natural Cycles: Since the beginning of time, humans have looked to the stars, planets and seasons for guidance. The location of these natural elements can tell us so much about the energy surrounding our collective consciousness. (for instance, there have been countless studies on the effects of full moons on human behavior). The deeper you explore the current natural cycles, the more you will discover these rhythms being reflected in your own life.

Dreams: Dreams are powerful symbolic messages that arise directly from our subconscious. Throughout history, dreaming has been considered a supernatural communication or a means of divine intervention. Some of the ways you can interpret your dreams are to: identify how you were feeling, record them, identify recurring overlapping patterns in your dreams and daily life, and notice any symbols or notable elements. Dreaming can be seen as a form of communication between our conscious and unconscious selves – helping us to experience wholeness and integration.

Random Encounters: Have you ever accidentally butt-dialed someone and ended up having the most insightful conversation? Or wondered about something and then randomly stumbled upon the answer? Random encounters happen all the time, and the more you’re open to following them, the more magical places they’ll lead you and the more they’ll appear in your life.

Repeating Numbers: Do you see repeating numbers such as 11:11, 3:33 or 4:44 on the clock all the time? Or notice any other combination of numbers that appears wherever you go? Many people believe that these are messages from the universe, and that they can be interpreted through Numerology. After all, math is the language of the universe J

Losing A Possession (or train of thought): This is often a universal message to let go and move on. Attachment is a root cause of suffering in our world, and we tend to have a very difficult time letting things go before we feel ready. This can bring up feelings of loss, anger, frustration and insecurity, all of which have deeper subconscious implications that the universe is probably trying to help you work through. Next time you lose something (whether it be an object or an idea), surrender it in faith that all is exactly as it should be.

Don’t Overcomplicate Things

Oftentimes the universe sends us the exact message that we need, but we miss it and go on searching for more. The truth is, the universe expresses a great deal of genius in simplicity. This can be difficult for modern humans to understand, as we tend to complicate things. The bottom line? If the universe tells you “turn right,” don’t hinder yourself by trying to figure out why and how and at what point to make the turn. Just do it!

Allow Yourself to Believe

One of the most common questions asked when working with signs, visions, dreams or any other form of sacred message is, “how do I know if it’s real, or if it’s just my imagination?” The answer is simple… your imagination and your reality are reflections of one another.

Everything you are presented with — whether it’s logically tangible, or ridiculously abstract — has meaning. Sometimes it’s overt, and sometimes it’s vague.

The language of the universe is symbolic, and our intuition is the translator.

When we allow ourselves to deeply feel and believe what is being presented to us, the signs become clearer and more compelling, and we further strengthen our ability to intuit them.

Learning to hear, understand and respond to your inner voice is, in many ways, the very essence of spirituality – and it’s the foundation for living a truly enchanted life.

The Four Spiritual Riches
05Jul 2016
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Inspiration from soulmates and business partners – Renee Airya & Akira Chan

“Spirituality is my soul’s language. It holds my life, my identity, my actions, my experiences, all of it, in a perfect design that I am both creating and being created by.” Akira

“I am a universal broadcasting system to amplify the gifts of the Holy Spirit: Kindness, Intelligence, Beauty, Compassion, Creativity to inspire humanity to infinite possibilities.” Renee Airya

Just like a home, we as people need a sturdy foundation from which to live safely and securely. This place is found within our soul. From this mysterious place of truth, we can infuse each category of our life with magic. We offer the following 4 pillars to set your spirit ablaze so that you may become spiritually rich. More…

6 Rules of Divine Timing
28Jun 2016
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By: Jessi Kohlhagen

Where you are is exactly where you need to be.

This is 100% true — but it can be a really tough concept to grasp when we’re feeling impatient or uncertain about something in our lives.

We all have things in life that we wish would happen sooner… challenges we wish we could overcome faster… and a vision for our future that we wish we could magically teleport right into.

But the universe doesn’t work that way, and we are often required to summon enormous amounts of trust and patience as we follow the path toward our greatest dreams and ambitions.

This has been the *big* lesson in my life over the past few months. While I feel like my inner evolution has been accelerated to super-speed, the rest of my world is struggling to catch up and manifest all of my heart’s bigger and better plans for my life, and the world.

This can be incredibly disheartening. It can bring up feelings of doubt, fear, and frustration — and leave us feeling even less capable of creating the change we wish to see.

That is, until we understand the essential reasoning for it all.

This is where divine timing comes in… and understanding how it works is the key that unlocks absolute abundance. More…

How to Nurture Your Soul: An Interview with Dr. Fabrizio Mancini
08Mar 2016
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“What we do with our human experience is what determines how effective we are as spiritual beings.  We are far greater than we give ourselves credit for, and far more resilient, if we allow our spirits to flourish.”
-Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Discover the incredible story of how internationally acclaimed philanthropist and self-healing expert Dr. Fabrizio Mancini awakened his spirituality, and find out how you can harness the powers of gratitude, contribution and unconditional love to heal your life and nurture your soul.

Click here to download the audio (right click and “save as”) More…

12 Stages of the Hero’s Journey: Which Are You In Right Now?
10Aug 2015
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“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength
to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
Christopher Reeve

What is the Hero’s Journey?

The Hero’s Journey is a cycle – a “there and back again” quest through the crucial events that make, or break, a hero.

Mythological researcher Joseph Campbell coined the phrase, after studying myths from all over the world and publishing the book, “The Hero with A Thousand Faces.”

So why is this important?

Because it’s what all great accomplishments are made of. No matter who you are, where you come from, what you’re trying to create, or what you fear most – someone has done it before you. We all walk a similar path, and identifying the steps on that path can give you insight into where you’ve been, and what you have yet to face.

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life
to something bigger than oneself.”
-Joseph Campbell

So ask yourself – where are you in the hero’s journey? More…

14 Soul-Stirring Thoughts From Rumi
15Jun 2015
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Rumi is one of the great spiritual masters and poetic geniuses of mankind.

A 13-century Persian poet, his words are loaded with wisdom and power. For the past seven centuries, people from every corner of the globe have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy.

Today, Rumi is taking us on a journey through spirituality, with 14 beautifully illustrated quotes, and some added insights to ignite a spiritual awakening. More…

10 Life-Changing Spiritual Practices
01Feb 2015
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“The most beautiful thing we can experience in life is the mysterious.
It is the source of all art and science.”

–Albert Einstein

We all share an unquenchable curiosity to learn more about that which is greater and more powerful than ourselves… To explore the deeper side of our human experience… To realize the greatest and highest part of ourselves, and connect to that which created us.

So we’ve outlined 10 Life-Changing Spiritual Practices to bring you deeper into your Spiritual experience, and we’re challenging you to choose ONE and practice it EVERY DAY this month. More…

Nurturing The Soul:  Jon Interviews Dr. Fabrizio Mancini
21Oct 2014
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“What we do with our human experience is what determines how effective we are as spiritual beings.  We are far greater than we give ourselves credit for, and far more resilient, if we allow our spirits to flourish.”
-Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Discover the incredible story of how internationally acclaimed philanthropist and self-healing expert Dr. Fabrizio Mancini awakened his spirituality, and find out how you can harness the powers of gratitude, contribution and unconditional love to heal your life and nurture your soul.

About Dr. Fabrizio Mancini

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini is a Self-Healing expert, an internationally acclaimed educator, philanthropist, bilingual speaker, and President Emeritus of Parker University.

He is the author of the best-selling book, “The Power of Self-Healing,” as well as “Four Steps for Living a Fabulous Life,” and co-author of “Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul” and “The Well Adjusted Soul.” More…

10 Questions to Unleash Your Passion
16May 2013
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Passion is powerful.  It’s the “juice” of life, and the motor for happiness and fulfillment.

Through the identification and expression of our passion, we plug ourselves directly into who and what we are at the deepest level possible, and can ultimately define why we are here… our reason for existing and evolving as human beings.

The act of simply doing what we love, in and of itself creates more love of life.  When passion becomes a driving force for our actions, we begin living with more clarity and purpose.  We have a guiding force for our creativity, and a vehicle with which to express it.

But how can we discover what it is we’re truly passionate about?  And, more importantly, how can we create more of it in our lives?

10 Questions To Unleash Your Passion

The following is a list of questions to help you identify and unlock your passion, so that you can create an infatuation with your life experience and bring your absolute best to the world. More…