Is it by chance, fate, by sheer force of will? Do you make decisions from logic, intuition, or from faithful practice?
I tend to have weird/wonderful spiritual events that predict monumental changes in my life. They show up at the oddest times, in the most unconventional ways, but they are always a jaw-dropping experience.
Take, for instance, the moment my father died.
I knew it the minute it happened. We were driving to the airport en route to see him for his birthday; he'd been sick and wasn't expected to live much longer.
I was quietly contemplating life when I felt a whoooosh travel through the center of my body, as if steam was coming off of my torso. I turned to my husband and calmly, yet confidently, told him: "Dad just died."
After we'd landed hours later, it was confirmed that at the moment of my experience, my father had, indeed, passed away.
When I became pregnant with my third child, the other two were only 3 years and 14 months old, so I wasn't exactly excited about another pregnancy so soon...until I heard a statement so loud and clear in my head, I couldn't deny it: "This baby is meant to be here because in two years your life will be drastically different."
I accepted the message as fact because it wasn't anything I'd made up. It also helped me relax about having another baby (miraculously, it did not send me into panic-mode about my future!).
And two years later--almost to the day--my husband's secret life was exposed, which threw our future into a new trajectory.
And my spiritual events only intensified.
For months I was in grief, but I also felt carried by something outside of me. I heard encouraging words whispered in my ear, and I felt tangible guidance lifting me out of bed and walking me down the hall when I had little strength to do so on my own.
I knew that I was being looked after by a Presence I couldn't see, but could feel and hear.
Years after moving to a new state, and months after ending another relationship, I began sensing male energy in my home. I knew "he" was safe, kind, and loving, but I had no idea who he was, or why he was becoming an almost permanent fixture in my life.
Four years later, the puzzle pieces came together when a man from my past shared his experiences of "being" in my home, even though he lived 3,000 miles away. He accurately described my house in full detail--a place he had never seen.
Why do these wild and crazy experiences happen, you ask? And why are they transmitted to me like this?
Your guess is as good as mine, because I can't make this shit up. And if I hadn't experienced it, I may not believe me, either. I understand if you're feeling a bit skeptical right now.
But I've learned to trust these unusual experiences because they have become a constant in my life. I am sensitive to this form of communication, which means I'm more apt to hear it.
The messages appear out of nowhere and everything in my body knows them to be true. I respond as if the messages are being delivered by a trusted friend, even when I'm baffled about the wild and goofy ways they got my attention.
They've taught me to trust a benevolent force, they've guided me toward necessary changes, and they've offered epiphanies and lessons about my life.
And I am once again reminded of how beautifully we are being looked after, guided, and loved.
I happen to believe that my experiences are all about communing with God, but you may have another name for it: the Universe, Mother Nature, aliens--whatever you believe to be at the center of this beautiful, crazy and vast world.
What is the language you hear or respond to best? In what ways is your life trying to get your attention?
Trust your intuition; believe that coincidences are meant to be gifts for your happiness and well-being; and know that you receive messages in the best way you can hear them.
So pay attention to those messages, no matter how whacky they seem, or in whatever form they appear.
They might just change your life.