Synchronicities

How to Know if You're in the Flow with the Universe | Maven Mindset

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Synchronicities 

Just thinking of someone and they call. Having a dream about a certain animal or object and they pop up in your waking life. Your intuition is on point without you even realizing it. You may even be experiencing the beautiful synchronicity that is spirit animals and angel numbers. And sometimes the synchronicities are not always awe inspiring. Sometimes the Universe likes to give us (and itself) a laugh or two whether this reminds us of our responsibilities, an item on our To-Do list, or something embarrassing we may have done.

Spirit Animals 

A Spirit Animal is an animal spirit who has a special message for you. You may dream about them, see yourself as this animal, feel a sacred connection to them, or even just run across the animal itself or it's image repeatedly. This is not a coincidence! This animal more than likely has a special and timely message for you. Here you can find more information as to What is a Spirit Animal and how to work with them.

Angel Numbers 

These are number sequences that you see over and over whether it be when looking at the clock, on license plates as your driving to work, phone numbers, lottery numbers - you name it! Examples of these are 11:11, 222, 333, 444, 555, 999, 646, 578, any repeating number sequence. These numbers are messages from your angels, guides, and the Universe. I have found them to be spot on for what I am experiencing in the moment. A message that I personally needed to hear. For example, while testing for my Psychic Medium certification, I was scared, and stressed out. I happened to look out of my hotel window and saw the number 299 on the top of a bus. I thought it quite odd as I caught sight of it just before it disappeared around a corner. I ran to look up the meaning and cried in amazement and gratitude. My favorite go-to site for angel number meanings is Angel Numbers - Joanne Sacred Scribes by Joanne Walmsley.

Easier to Manifest | Timely & Auspicious Opportunities

When you're in the flow with the Universe, you begin to see doors that are open for you which you may have missed before. The job you've been searching for may come your way. Perhaps you've been sending out the vibe to attract your tribe and you begin to meet people of a like vibration in random everyday happenings. Know that these opportunities may not come in the way you expect them to. You need some extra money to pay the bills and you have the chance to make some overtime cash.  You may need extra cash, but that doesn't mean you'll win the lottery, but the Universe does make a way for you to get what is needed. Be open to new experiences.

Raise in Vibration 

You've been realizing the connectedness of all things. You are beginning to feel and work with energy. As your vibration raises, your intuition becomes stronger. You put your focus on positivity, love, joy, and happiness. You're interested in learning more about spirituality and what your spiritual truths are.

Law of Attraction 

This is all about your thinking. Both positive and negative. How do you talk to yourself? Is it in a loving way or is the tone of voice more condescending? Having negative self-talk or thought patterns doesn't mean you are out of the flow. It is a part of the human experience. Be conscious of your thinking. When you see negative though patterns creeping in, re-channel and redirect your thoughts in that moment! It takes some practice, but it is possible. The more positively you think, the more blessings that come your way. Negativity is sticky - negative thoughts, actions, words, and deeds have a tendency to stick to your energy. Thereby, lowering your vibration. Your vibration is tied to the law of attraction. What you put out into the Universe is what you attract to you.

Reaffirming that you've Learned Old Lessons

The Universe may send a few old lessons your way, just to confirm you got the message the first go round. The situation or people may be different, but the lesson the same. Do you recognize this? What didn't work the first time? Now is your chance to correct it. To show the Universe you're serious. You have taken heed. That you've integrated the wisdom from previous happenings. This lets the Universe know that you're ready to move on to the next chapter, the next lesson of your spiritual development.

How do you know you're in the flow with the Universe? What signs have been given to you? What has been your experience thus far and how do you keep the link going?

xo Ariel

Have your Spirit Guides been trying grab your attention?

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Was that a message from my Spirit Guide? How do I know when my Spirit Guides and Angels are close by? I feel like they may be trying to tell me something but I'm just not sure if it's my imagination or not? If you're unsure as to whether your Spirit Guides are trying to relay a message to you, here are some great tips to help you know when your personal Spirit Guide entourage may be near!

1.  Chills + Shivers

For years I would get the chills and not know why. It could be 90 degrees outside and I can get a case of the shivers. And it's not that I would be cold, or feel cold when I got them - it was just my body reacting to something and I just didn't have a clue what it was! I accepted it as one of my quirks and moved on. However, after many years of my life with this mystery, I discovered that this is in fact a sign from my guides and Spirit! In my experience, when my Spirit Guides or Spirit (departed loved ones on the Other Side) are close, I will get the shivers unexpectedly. Almost like a rush of wind just goes through you. This is when your guides (or Spirit) step into your aura or your energetic field. You are sensing the change in vibration of your energetic field.

2.  Finding Feathers Unexpectedly

Lovely, light, airy, and free. You may walk out of your house one morning and find a feather on your doorstep or on the windshield of your car. Feathers are often a sign from your Spirit Guides or Angels that they are surrounding you. Feathers are a symbol that a message is trying to be relayed to you from your guides. They are often a sign of comfort and a reminder that you are not alone. I always love when I find a feather out of the blue. It  feels like a direct connection, a secret code from my guides, just for me. The color of the feather you find can also be a part of the message! Here are my personal associations for what a particular color feather may be trying to tell you:

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Red Feather - joy, passion, energy, vitality, strength

Blue Feather - calm, self expression, truthfulness

White Feather - peace, love, purity, unity

Gray Feather - it may be time to find clarity in your situation, just ask us for help!

Black Feather - protection, release of worry + fear, magick

Brown Feather - grounding, connecting with Earth, taking care of your physical body

3.  A tickle or feeling of warmth on your skin

For me, this is particularly noticeable on my back or shoulders. It gives off this feeling of protection like my guides are saying "We literally have your back." There's definitely an increased sense of safety and security when I feel my guides around me. Sometimes the feeling of warm, golden energy is lasting. You feel enveloped in warmth and protection. In terms of feeling a tickle on the skin, that can be quite fleeting. By the time you notice it, it may be gone. Your guides are just checking in and saying 'Hey!' I often feel this as briefly as a peck on the cheek or a brush on my shoulder.

4.  Repeating Numbers

Seeing repeating numbers (also known as Angel Numbers) are a very synchronistic way that your Spirit Guides (and Angels!) may communicate with you. If you are seeing the same number pattern over and over, such as 111, 378, 444, 656,  333, 989, 542, 888...etc. there is definitely a message there for you. Look up the meaning of the numbers you keep seeing. For me, it is always a helpful message about my guides being with me, letting me know I may need to change my focus, or giving me loving encouragement on my path when I need it most.

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5.  A name you keep hearing - What's in a name?

Let's say for a moment that every time you go into meditation, you keep hearing a name over and over again. 'Foster...Foster...Foster' Yes, this could be a message from Spirit, but it could also be the name of a Spirit Guide who is trying to work with you! Here's a tip: If you ask your Spirit Guide for their name, go with the first name you get. Then look up the meaning of that name. I always find something extremely profound when I do this. This can also really help you to form a deeper relationship with and understanding of your Spirit Guide.

6.  A recurring symbol in meditation

In meditation, you may keep seeing a recurring symbol, let's say a conch shell for example. It is troubling you because somewhere in your 20 minutes of meditation this symbol keeps popping up meditation, after meditation, after meditation. This is a HUGE sign from your Spirit Guides! The conch shell is a symbol of truth. Is there a situation in your life where honesty and truthfulness is a concern? My most recent recurring symbol was the crystal Amethyst. I would wake up in the morning hearing and seeing this stone over and over again. At first it was maddening until I took the time to connect with my guides and say 'Hey, what's up with this?' Upon further exploration, it made total sense that my guides wanted me to work with this crystal more to help deepen my connection with them. Always look up the symbolic meaning of the sign or gift you receive in your meditation. And if your still unsure, just ask your Spirit Guides for clarification - they may be trying to tell you something that could lead to a big breakthrough!

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7.  You keep feeling nudged in a certain direction and aren't sure why

You keep feeling the nudge to move to a new city, change careers, or ask that person you think is super cute out on a date. You're not sure where this nudge is coming from but yet it keeps pulling and tugging you in a certain direction. Trust this! This is more than likely your guides dropping hints, giving gentle pushes, and whispering in your ear as to which path you should take. It may even lead you closer to your Soul's Purpose and your destiny! Please note, a Spirit Guide is of the highest vibration and will NEVER encourage you to do something that would be harmful to others and that is not for your best and highest good.

*Bonus: That motivational quote was so on point!

I love how our Spirit Guides can lay little bread crumbs on our path such as motivational and inspirational quotes. These are synchronistic happenings that resonate deeply with your soul and what you are going through at the moment you read them. Automatically you know that you were meant to see this. That it was laid in your path just for you. Your Spirit Guides gave you the smallest of inklings to check your Instagram feed or open to a certain page of a book and there it was! This is a sign that your Spirit Guides are around you supporting you and your tribulations, they see and understand what you are going through, even though you may be feeling like you're going it alone.

I hope this has helped you to give you some hints as to when your Spirit Guides are near (which is always) and what they are trying to tell you!

xo Ariel

Great Blue Heron as a Spirit Animal | Animal Totems

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When we cross paths with Heron, what does he want us to know? What is his message for us? In this blog post, I will talk about the Blue Heron as a Spirit Animal.

Peace, serenity, stillness, patience, silence, grace, and healing. These are the traits that come to mind when I think of this beautiful bird. I've recently had 2 encounters with this majestic animal. Both times that I witnessed the creature, I immediately became like the heron itself - quiet, still, and contemplative. The Great Blue Heron is a true Mystic of the Chesapeake! Here are some things I've learned about the spirit of the Great Blue Heron.

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Know Thyself

Heron's are solitary creatures. They do not hunt or live in flocks. Since they spend so much time with themselves, they really must become their own best friend and ally - but that doesn't seem to bother them too much! The Heron comes to us with the message to take time out of your busy schedule and truly get to know yourself. The best way to do that is to spend time alone! Put away distractions - the cell phone, the Xbox, the iPod, Facebook, anything that you can watch, listen to, play, or that makes noise. Sit in the silence with yourself. Be in the present moment. Don't worry about the future or the past. Who are you - right now?  Who are you without prying eyes? Who are you bare bones? What is in your heart? Yes, it will probably be uncomfortable the first couple of times you try this exercise. In the 21st century, silence can  feel deafening with life and the media always hurling things our way! Silence can be scary. Being alone can be intimidating. But the key here is that you can be surrounded by people and feel completely alone. Blue Heron is never lonely because he knows he can rely on himself and is confident in who he is! Get to know yourself - your strengths, your weaknesses, your talents. Become your own best friend. That way, even when there is no one in your physical presence, you are never alone. You carry YOU with you wherever you go! Do you want to be your own biggest cheerleader or do you want to be a stranger to yourself? If you don't know who you are, how can you expect someone else to?

Be Still + Reflect

As the Great Blue Heron stares into the water, ever so patiently waiting for a yummy morsel to swim by, he has lots of time to contemplate. His reflection stares, unblinking, unmoving, back at him. What does he see - past battle scars and ruffled feathers or a peaceful, calm, and sleek independence?  Be still in the present moment and reflect on your life and who you are. The Heron comes to us with a message of meditate and contemplate. You are exactly where you need to be right now in this moment! When this graceful bird crosses your path, stop and think - just pause. Sometimes that is all we need to do when we are in the middle of a chaotic situation or a difficult decision. If we pause long enough in disturbed waters, the ripples will smooth out, and we can once again gain clarity. 

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SEIZE OPPORTUNITY!

The Heron is a patient hunter. Barely moving, with eyes unblinking, they search the surface of the water with their eyes. Daring not to breathe, for the slightest breath may cause a ripple in the water. They wait like tall statues, unbearably still, until a fish swims by unaware of the danger overhead. The moment has come - the heron moves at lightening speed, catching the fish and gulping it down. If you do so much as blink you will miss it! Heron comes with the message to wait for the perfect opportunity before you strike. You will know when it is time. I also think this has a warning element of not letting opportunity pass you by or you may go hungry! Don't be too afraid to make a move. Don't hesitate or you might miss the moment you've been dreaming of! Go after your prize! Be confident in yourself when you strike and you won't miss your mark.

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Home Sweet Home

The Heron is always moving between the worlds of water, earth, and sky. He has to feel a sense of home in every one. He is comfortable in all of these environments and can move from one to the other without any fear or resistance. He flows, flies, glides, swoops, and dives in and out of these 3 habitats. He knows how to use each of these elements for their resources to help his survival. Become one with your surroundings. Where are you most at home? How do you co-create with nature and your environment (especially to find opportunity)? How easily do you adapt to change in your environment? Learn about your environment and how you can tap into its resources. Realize that you are a part of a vast ecosystem. Know that whatever you do, it will create a ripple effect throughout your environment. Everything is effected because everything is connected. For example, how does your work life, carry over into your home life, carry over into your romantic life? Are there any boundaries that you need to set between them all? Are you expecting something from a situation or from someone that they are just not capable of giving to you (often times to no fault of their own)? The Great Blue Heron knows he won't catch a fish in the sky and that he can't fly in the water. He knows that he must go to the water if he's hungry and wants to hunt. He takes to the skies if he wants to fly! How can you be more in the flow with the different parts of your life and the demands of each? Do you know where to go to get what you need? When you're secure in who you are and your capabilities, you can feel at home almost anywhere!

King of Vessels | Heron - Wildwood Tarot

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Has the mystical Heron flown across your path? Did his lack of movement catch your eye? I'd love to hear about your experience with this majestic creature!

xo Ariel