How do we recognize a sign? We use all twelve senses. Our senses are our radar.
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When a sign greets us, we’ve received a special invitation to listen and dialogue with the Divine. A sign is a call to our attention.
A sign stands out amidst the crowd. A sign is a bumblebee buzzing in our car, a bird flying in the grocery store, or a snowstorm in July.
A sign is fleeting like watching a butterfly jump from flower to flower; a sign is a nice surprise from the Divine. To recognize a sign’s movement and message requires anchoring into silence. In stillness, we can capture a moment.
Use all your senses in concert with each other rather than as a single instrument. Reading signs doesn’t require a special device. Consider it a full-body experience. If you are taking a picture of a tree with your camera (your eyes; your sense of sight), there is a separation between you and the tree. Reading a sign is connecting and relating with: merging.
In Native American languages, there are mostly verbs, few nouns. Nouns create labels, so we can identify things in the material world. Native Americans see the world as interactive and ever changing where all things are doing, living, and breathing.
If I talk about “treeness” for example, I become the pine tree and I let the tree speak through me… because the tree can speak for itself better than I can.”
~Joseph Rael, Being and Vibration
Let’s take the example of connecting with a deer that is nibbling on the grasses in our backyard. We use our senses to merge with, listen to, and understand the deer, so we can hear the deer’s message. We ask instinctive questions of the deer; how is the deer feeling and what is the deer saying?
Here’s a beginning list of senses. There are as many as thirty, or more!
12 Senses (our radar):
- 1. Sight: Does the deer recognize the bright yellow sunflowers as yellow?
- 2. Sound: Does the deer hear the sound of children playing next door?
- 3. Taste: How does the grass taste that the deer is eating?
- 4. Touch: How does the ground feel beneath the deer’s feet?
- 5. Smell: What do the lilac bushes smell like to the deer?
- 6. Heat/temperature (thermoception): Is the deer feeling warm or cold today?
- 7. Balance (equilibrioception): How did the deer experience jumping the fence in order to eat grasses from the yard?
- 8. Pain (nociception): Is the deer feeling any pain?
- 9. Body awareness (proprioception): Is the deer aware of the spider crawling on one of its hind legs?
- 10. Sense of impending danger: Is the deer at rest or restless?
- 11. Sense of weather changes: Are there clouds overhead?
- 12. Sense of direction & altitude (magnetoception; animal’s GPS
navigation system): What direction is the deer facing?
This is a talking Universe. To understand the message of a bird, bee, or an unusual event (sign), we start by viewing these Divine messages as helpful, live dialogue. The deer brings a message, so the deer must have feeling, energy, and intelligence.
The deer brings a message of gentleness and grace. If your wife is pregnant and due to deliver in two weeks, the deer appearing in your yard is saying, “The labor and the delivery will go smoothly.”
The first lesson of a sign is to heighten our awareness. The second lesson is to engage us in Divine communication. The third: To remind us that we are not alone on this journey. Guidance is always available.