I had a funny experience tonight as I drove home from my prayer group’s meeting. As I listened to music on the radio, I intermittently heard a woman’s voice saying something I couldn’t quite discern. I admit I was in a receptive state of mind, having just discussed with my prayer group how God conveys messages to us. After hearing the strange woman’s voice a second time, I entertained the notion that the voice I heard was God or an angel talking to me! In an instant, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool if God/Goddess was speaking to me through the radio? Wow - I could receive direct communications from the Divine just by getting in the car! And isn’t it cool that it is a woman’s voice!”
You can imagine how I laughed at myself when I discovered the source of the woman’s voice was the new GPS (global positioning system) navigation unit that my husband gave me for Christmas that I had hidden in the glove compartment of my car! I was more than a little disappointed that my imagined “voice of God” turned out to be the computerized voice of the navigation unit!
It got me thinking about direct communications from the Divine. As mystics, we need to consider how we receive communication from the Source. There are many ways that we can discern God’s messages, but the manner I’d like to touch on here is what my friend Tim calls “whispers from the universe.” Whispers from the universe are synchronicities that have a bit of an eerie or surreal feel to them (at least for me). It might be a phone call from someone you were just thinking about, or a piece of information that comes up in casual conversation, or hearing about a book from two people within a few days.
One example of this in my life is this blog. I knew that I wanted to write about my spiritual journey and perhaps publish it someday, but wasn’t sure how to get started. Somehow, the idea of a blog germinated in my brain, and I experienced several whispers from the universe over the next few days. First, I met with my marketing consultant, Laura, and she told me about the work she’s doing with blogs and membership-based businesses. She told me that the direction of her practice will be to help her clients with these businesses. Then, I opened the local paper and found an article on how to create and market a blog. Then, I received an email invitation to hear a speaker whose blog I had recently visited and liked. I attended the meeting and happened to sit at the same table as the speaker, allowing me to ask her questions about her business. My friend Tim says he pays special attention when he receives two or more whispers from the universe - and I had received three in as many days. I knew I needed to sit up and smell the coffee!
I believe that Spirit sends us these messages when we are ready for them, and it is our duty to pay attention. In fact, I think we ignore these messages at our peril. The Universe will sense our ingratitude or indifference if we don’t notice and act on them - and we will no longer receive the messages. Or, it may be that we shut ourselves off from the communication flow when we ignore them. Our privilege is to heed and act on them.
So, here I am - a blogger. I am trusting God to show me where this will lead me because I’m not entirely sure why I’m doing this - only that I’m called to do it.
Remember to notice and act on the whispers you receive from the Universe. I’d love to hear from you when you do!
Prayer: Mother/Father God, Guide our feet as we walk on our journey with you. Thank you for the whispered messages you send us in the form of synchronicities, and help us take notice of them. Amen.