Today’s article is inspired by Heather’s letter to me, below. My deepest thanks go out to Heather for sharing her story! My answers to her questions are below.
The past year or so has been the most difficult of my adult life. Mainly because I lost my grandfather in March of last year. As a result, my priorities have gotten mixed up, I’ve neglected relationships I should have nurtured and pursued unhealthy ones. My career is very unstable at the moment and I’ve felt very disconnected from the person I used to be. In the last few months, I’ve been trying very hard to correct that. Usually, I find a healthy outlet through writing but even that has been blocked this past year. So, once the weather turned warm, I decided to try gardening.
Yesterday, I was outside in the colder than average temps, transplanting some day lilies. Then, near the edge of my garden, I unearthed a green glass marble. I feel like this is a message from someone, possibly my grandfather. I have no idea what it means specifically, but believe in my heart that it is a good omen. I guess my question is, is it possible for spirits of those we love to communicate with us in such a physical way? I put the marble on my night stand and plan to keep it as a good luck charm.
Also, my sister and I took my grandmother and mother out to lunch on Saturday, as an early Mother’s Day gift. After we left the restaurant, I drove my grandmother in my grandfather’s car (she can’t get into my mom’s Jeep very well) and my mom and sister followed us in the other vehicle. A little ways down a windy, wooded road, a huge bird swooped down and flew just above the car I was driving, right along with us for maybe a mile. I even pointed it out to my grandmother, but from our angle I could only see the giant wingspan. Later, my mother told me that she saw it from behind us, and that it was a blue heron.
Could this have been another message from my grandfather? Possibly, “Hey! Be careful driving my car!”
If so, that was two messages/signs within two days. And how you separate out the wishful thinking from the actual messages? I so much want to feel my grandfather’s energy near me, I’m afraid I may be making it up. Do you have any thoughts or ideas on this matter?
Spirit absolutely speaks to us through physical signs and animal totems. My deceased grandmother speaks to me and my mom through dimes. Hundreds of people have emailed me over the past couple years to tell me their stories of finding dimes – messages they feel are from loved ones on the other side. If you feel it in your heart and soul that it’s a message from your grandfather, trust that it is.
Our deceased relatives and Spirit Guides speak to us all of the time – whether or not we notice it is up to us. It is rare that Spirit speaks to us in words. Most often messages are carried to us by intermediaries, representatives of Spirit — animals, birds, small physical tokens. Spirit can easily get our attention in this way. It’s up to us to pay attention, and trust that it is from our loved ones.
How to separate wishful thinking from actual messages
This is a common question, and I think it’s something all of us – even those who are used to working with Spirit – have asked ourselves. I always say: don’t think about it too much. If your initial, gut reaction is that the green marble is from your grandfather, then it is. It is only when our conscious minds – our egos – start getting involved in the thought process that we begin to doubt that it’s a real message and wonder if it’s our imagination. Listen to your gut, initial reaction.
As for these two events happening in the span of two days, Heather – in my experience these signs often come in twos. Because Spirit knows we are going to doubt it and wonder if we’re making these things up, they give us a second sign/chance/answer. Your grandfather wanted you to know that it was him who left the marble, so he spoke to you through the blue heron as confirmation. It is especially telling since he chose to come to you when you were with your grandmother.
Readers – what do you think? Have you ever had these experiences? How do you separate your imagination from true messages and signs?
If you like what you read here - subscribe to The Daily Awe.
If you’re looking for some insight into your career, relationships or life in general, click here for an intuitive reading.