I give to you the Buddhist flower or Udumbara. This magnificent picture was sent to me by my good friend and kindred soul, Ky.
I know what you’re thinking? What the hell is it?
I’ve only read about them and have yet to be blessed to see one in person. They are said to appear once ever 3000 years, so I most likely never will. I told my VERY LUCKY friend the guides are trying to tell him something.
What are the signs you say? Angel signs, nudges from our guides, and spirit animals, they come to us in many forms. Here are some I’ve encountered since the start of my spiritual awakening. Granted, they were always there, I just never paid attention.
Angel numbers: As I’m typing this, I look down to change the song on my playlist and see this. Some things are coincidental and some you can’t ignore. I smiled.
Seeing 111, 222, etc I list this first because it’s the easiest and most common way for them to communicate with us. The next time you see them stop and ask yourself. “What was I about to do or what was I thinking about at that moment?” You’d be surprised that they are, in fact, planted at the exact time when needed. Whether that being an “aha moment” or “bitch, I can’t believe you almost did that” moment. 😉
I first started documenting the number and date of every sign a few months ago and then (with my geeky accounting background) compiled them to see which number occurred most often. My average number is 111 or 1111 haha creepy right?
Feathers: Our guides and angel’s favorite calling card. My friend, the same one that took the beautiful Udumbara picture, finds them all of the time. I think I’ve seen ONE in the past three months and it’s not because I haven’t looked, trust me. The one I found was a delicate little white one. Not by coincidence, it was while cleaning leaves up around my sacred space/zen garden in my back yard.
Just like numbers, each color has a different representation, as well as, the bird they belong to. Here are some, but not all, of the interpretations.
Brown: Home and grounding
Black: Repealing negative energy and sometimes a warning.
Types of Bird Feather Meanings
Crow: Happiness and fullfillment
Raven: Creation and knowledge
Eagle: Strength and Courage
Dove: Love, gentleness, and kindness
Dreams: Out of all of the signs, these are my favorite. For instance, last night I asked my spirit animal to present itself to me, mainly out of curiosity from a Facebook group post I read earlier talking about them. So, I adorned my dream tailsman and off to bed I went. When I awoke this morning, I laid in bed reflecting like I often do. My dream was not as vivid as ones I’ve experienced before, but I clearly remember seeing my dog, Rocky, along with two others I didn’t recognize. A small while and tan mutt and a solid black cocker spaniel. Now, I’ve often felt Rocky was my spirit animal. I’ve shared more of a connection with him than I have with any other familiar. They were protecting me. I could clearly sense it.
My point, before I started my word vomit, is dreams are powerful tools that our guides use to communicate. Start a dream log if you haven’t already. Often times when you reflect back on them you will notice patterns or certain people or symbols will present themselves during specific times in your life.
Even the mundane or strangest of dreams mean something. There’s countless sites that will assist you in their interpretations. If you are one of those that have trouble dreaming, try leaving a few sprigs of mugwort by your bed or make a tailsman to put under your pillow. My tailsman consist of a small leather medicine pouch containing a small vile of mugwort and rosemary, amethyst, and elestial smoky quartz.
Orbs: These have always fascinated me. I’ve tried, OMG how I’ve tried to see them. But nope. They don’t like me evidently. Jolene had gobs of them in her backyard, my sister would see them every night when she got off work. They are, to me, the most amazing and awe inspiring of all the signs. It’s like them saying, “Here I am, I see you.” So, next time you your outside at night and you feel that little tingle that you are not alone, grab your camera or cell phone and make sure the flash is on.
Music: Not a day goes by that I don’t listen to music. Music has a profound way of communicating directly with our soul. Whether it be a song that reminds you of a special place, or evokes a painful memory. Guides will use them to soothe or awaken you. Heal or protect you. Sometimes, when I think about my father an oldie will come on the radio out of the blue. Just to remind me that everything is ok and that his spirit lives on.
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. – Plato
In closing: If you choose to ignore them they will only increase their occurrences. Trust me when I say this. I can hear my BFF, Jolene, laughing. She’s more spiritually attuned than I, so I often bug her with random questions. I’ve been getting some crazy signs.
For instance, this morning I ask her out of the blue while attacking my embarrassing pile of mismatched socks.
Me: “What does it mean when all of your fingers are warm except your finger with your wedding ring on it?
J: “It’s a sign from the guides. You need to pause and evaluate your life.”
Me: “I’ve been getting a lot of them lately.”
J: “No, you have been ignoring a lot of them lately. Listen and pay attention to the signals.”
Me looking down at my phone. “Mother of pearl, haha look at this song that just came on.” (I can see her rolling her eyes at me in the back of my mind)