A few years ago I had a discussion with a dear friend of mine about signs from the Universe. I had been seeing owls everywhere (on T-shirts, commercial signs, cups, books etc.) and I thought I was going nuts. He was one of the people I trusted and it didn't feel weird to talk with him about woo-woo stuff. He said that signs are just a form of selective perception, that if we focus on owls, for example, we'll automatically start seeing them everywhere. His explanation sounded very rational to me. I believed that there was more to it than his simple definition. Especially because I knew that I didn’t consciously concentrated on owls. Now, I know that we were both right.
The fact is that everything is a form of "selective perception". What you see, hear, feel and taste is different from what I perceive - even if we would be sitting in the same room at the same time. If somebody would ask us, "what did you see? What did you feel?”, we would probably talk about two completely different experiences.
What we see, hear, feel and taste is based on what we love, hate, believe and concentrate upon.
Here is an example: My boyfriend Chris told me yesterday: “Hey, there is an Anthropology store (one of my favourite clothing stores) right beside your work. It must have just opened.” The store had been there since I’ve started working at this location over a year ago. We’ve probably walked by it at least 25 times, but he never noticed it. You know when I saw it? Of course on my first day of work. This is selective perception.
Your brain can perceive everything that happens around you, but your consciousness filters the information that is important or relevant for you.
Relevant pieces of information are the ones that are familiar to you or back up your belief system. If you for example believe in a world that is cruel and dark, you will more likely notice fights and people screaming at each other. If you believe this world is a safe and lovely place, you will notice kids running around, moms and dads laughing with their little ones, kissing couples etc. This is selective perception and you can choose what you wanna perceive.
This quote is from one of the SETH books:
"Each of you create your own physical reality, good and bad. Until you realize that you are the creators, you will refuse to accept this responsibility."
The trick is to get aware of your thoughts, your beliefs and what you concentrate upon all day long. Most of the voices in your head are negative, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Instead you can start concentrating on the positive things in your life to slowly change your reality.
Remember: What you see is not the truth, it’s more a mirror of your inner world!
What helped me to make this shift in perception was writing a journal every day filled with all the things I was thankful for. I call it my “everything-that-is-awesome-in-my-life-book". I started doing this almost 10 years ago and it changed my life completely. Also try to concentrate on the positive characteristics of the people that surround you. To be honest, this is a tough one for me. I grew up in a household where it was normal to point the finger at the other person's mistakes and I just recently realized that this is not a normal way of living :-)
The first step is to observe your thoughts, your feelings and your habits. The moment you notice that what is going on in your mind is making you upset, angry, tired depressed or even sick, you will wanna replace your thinking habits with more healthy ones.
At the beginning it’s hard to get aware of all your mind activities. It takes some practice. You can start listening to your thoughts when you sit in the subway on your way to work or before you go to bed. Relax, sit down and listen to the voices in your head. After a while you will also recognize your thoughts in other situations and you will get to know yourself better.
Back to the signs. So why did I suddenly start seeing owls?
Your “Higher Self” - the part of you, which is still deeply connected to nature and to other dimensions - can direct your consciousness to certain numbers, animals or symbols to send you messages. Some people say that we are guided by our angels. I don’t know if this is true, but what I know is that these signs always helped me to make decisions or told me that I’m on the right path in my life. So if you start seeing signs, don’t be afraid. Just google the meaning of the symbol.
How do you feel when I tell you that everything you’re experiencing in your life is just a mirror of your inner self?
It’s hard to face it, because you don’t wanna hear that you're responsible for all this crap that’s going on in your life. But with this responsibility we also get aware of the immense power we have and we start realizing that we’re not a victim of our circumstances.
It’s your choice. You can believe in being a victim or you can believe in being a creating machine.
Own your power!
Love and light,
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