Saturday, May 25, 2013

Signs

Remember this film?

Anyone who saw the movie "Signs" and thought it was only about an alien invasion missed the point entirely. Call me a "mystic", call me superstitious, call me whatever you want, just know that I believe in signs. 

I believe that signs are everywhere. I don't believe that there are coincidences and I do think everything adds up even when I don't understand how. In my experience everything is connected. The tie that is binding me to everything around me is the Spirit. This energy that moves between and within us is always pulling us back to the source of life- God.

Paulo Coelho says it well in his book Aleph, "I explain that signs are an extremely personal language that we develop throughout our lives, by trial and error, until we begin to understand that God is guiding us."

When you look at the literal signs in our society you find stop signs, street signs, directional signs, etc. These signs are created to point you down the right path and protect you from harm. I believe the signs from our universe, the signs from God, were designed for a similar purpose. 

I can honestly profess that in my journey, the times I have followed the signs and let all the coincidences add up, I have found myself in the most fulfilling and transformative situations imaginable.  

There is power is in this way of living. It takes practice to discern the signs and trust that God is the one preparing them for me. I have to let go of my fear, my cynicism, my need for control in order to allow myself to be led to this destination of wholeness. Whether you are analyzing your dreams, keeping note of your animal totems, tracing your archetypes, reading a book, watching a film, listening to a sermon, chatting with a friend, just noticing something new in your life, realizing patterns, praying, meditating or finding strength to change a behavior, remember to note the signs. 

I believe that is what Jesus was trying to prepare us to embrace. He said he is leaving his Spirit with us, a friend, a counselor, an advocate, a comforter, the Spirit of Truth. I believe that these signs I recognize are the Holy Spirit always guiding me towards transformation and growth. It isn't painless to follow the signs but it is always fulfilling. As the signs from the universe... I trust them, or rather, I trust Him.

Perhaps Graham Hess (Mel Gibson's character in "Signs") says it best:

Photo from Pirates Lair Newsletter

"People break down into two groups when the experience something lucky. Group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I'm sure the people in Group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation is fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they're on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there's a whole lot of people in the Group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they're looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever's going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope. See, what you have to ask yourself is, what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?"