Recognizing Signs From The Universe

How many times do your wish you had a sign to help your take the right direction in life? 

Have you asked for answer but didn’t know how to recognize or receive it? 

Do you feel alone and unsupported? 

Spirit talks to us, trying to get our attention and attempting to guide, connect and wake us up! There are plenty of signs, but are you listening and do you know what to look for? 

Because we live in a physical world, we tend to limit ourselves to the physical limitation, which limit Spirits communication with us. BUT-When you are “tuned in” to how the universe is communicating with you, life becomes less confusing and you fell more aligned, guided and connected. 

Slow down-Be Present, Pay Attention and Be Willing to Receive

Every time I connect, I first quiet my mind and raise my energy and vibration. I open my self up to the subtle and creative ways that Spirit communicates with me.  I am open, present, and willing to receive what messages spirit sends me. 

The signs and communication is subtle. It does not smack me in the face, and it is not a loud voice telling me exactly what they are trying to say. I have a clear knowing, and can be very gentle or very obvious but always calm and clear. 

Signs can also be woven into everyday moments. For example you may connect while in the shower, or use my favorite, I connect while I dry my hair. It could be while you’re stuck in traffic or washing dishes. The bottom line you are present and you are open to receiving. This is not a “one size fits all” situation. It is unique to you and it is essential you remove your ego and fears out of the way to let it happen. 

(By the way, I use terms Universe, Spirit, The Divine or God as it is all synonymous)

Here are some of the top 6 ways The Universe Is Nudging You to Pay Attention


Synchronicities are a direct connection to Spirit and a sign that you are on the right path. They are random occurrences that seem coincidental and related, and yet they are not connected. 

Synchronicities are one of the most powerful ways that the universe communicates. As you open your eyes and awaken to Spirit it will occur more and more. Many times you don’t need to read deep into the synchronicity, it’s just a matter of recognizing that there is something much bigger happening around you and is bigger than ourselves. 


Seeing numerical patters are signs from Spirit. For example on a clock you may see 11:11, or 12:34. You may see a certain pattern on license plates or in and address or phone number. Repeating numbers 1111, 2222, 4444, 555 can all be clear signs from the universe that you are on the right path. I would also recommend you research the spiritual meaning of numbers if you have specific ones that keep repeating for you. 

You may also see numbers that have a special meaning. My late husband was born in 1954 and died at the age of 54, so this is a repeating number for me. He says hello all the time using these numbers, I will see them on license plates, receipts, football jerseys, literally everywhere when he is around. 

Signs From Nature

Pay attention to what you see around you and in nature. Animals, flowers, feathers, crystals all have meaning. Is it random, are you drawn to something specific or does it keep reappearing? Has a feather fallen on you or in front of you from a random place. I once had this happen in my kitchen while sitting in a chair a feather floated down from the ceiling. These can be signs and communication from Spirit. The Universe is communicating with you. The other day I saw a ladybug crawling across my path right after a snow storm in cold weather. Do you think I received a sign? 

Deep Feeling or Knowing

Do you feel like “something is off” sometimes? Or “I really feel like I need to do this”? This is a clear sign. It is your intuition and spirit talking to you. There is a deep feeling or “truth” we feel when your connection with Spirit is deepening. Pay attention and know that your inner truth is being nudged or awakened. 

People As Signs

The Universe has a way of using people in our lives as vehicles of communication or messages. Maybe you hear a message on the radio of someone speaking, or get a text or phone call that triggers something in you.

It could be overhearing a conversation that give you a deep sense of knowing somehow. It could be someone reaching out after not talking for quite some time. Not everything is a sign, but it is a sign if you have asked for guidance and now someone randomly tells you something related to your question. Your intuition will know, and the key is to follow it. 


Do you keep having the same dreams over and over again? Are you seeing the same person all the time, visiting the same places, having the same types of experiences? Are there animals in your dreams? Does water show up and what does the water look like, calm or rushing? 

Did you have an intense dream that felt very real? Who appeared in your dream? Did they say anything? 

Messages, guidance, and answers can come to us through our dreams. Look into the “meaning of dreams” to see what it can mean. 

Setbacks, roadblocks, detours, and delays

When out of nowhere your flight gets delayed, your interview gets cancelled, you get sick and must change your plans, The Universe might be trying to nudge you in a different direction.

These things are usually beyond our control so it’s best not to fight or resist it. Accept it and take it as a sign that the Universe is shifting to align with a higher vibration. 

The universe knows your needs BEFORE you realize it. All you have to do is look out for the signs and TRUST that you are being guided and supported. 


Deb Sheppard

Signs Your Loved Ones Are Visiting You.

Death is not a permanent goodbye…

I want to remind you that the same way you are learning to communicate with your loved ones in Spirit, they are also learning to communicate with you.

Signs are a language that your loved ones in spirit use to get your attention.  They do not have vocal chords, so they use signs to send messages to you, bring you comfort, show you they love you and let you know they are with you every day.

Sometimes you might not notice the signs because they can be very subtle.  You may think of them randomly while you are focused on something but feeling present in the moment.  They are saying hello.  When I connect with your loved ones it is not LOUD it is very quick and gentle.  It will also feel like this for you. Have you noticed any of the signs?

Familiar Smells That Bring Memories

Have you randomly smelled cologne or perfume that your loved one used to wear? Smells hold memories that your loved ones use to show you they are close by. For example, if your Dad was a cigarette smoker, you just catch a whiff of cigarette smoke when you are home alone by yourself. 

Signs Through Pets

Pets can see and sense Spirit too. If they randomly perk up and start barking or staring at a chair in a corner that your loved one once sat or spent time in, it’s a sign.  They are there with you.  Say hello. 

Songs That Bring Meaning and Love

If a special song plays in your car, house or when you are out shopping it is not a coincidence. Spirit uses music to communicate and send strong messages. It could be a sign for you.  It may pop up when you least expect it. 

Repeating Numbers

Seeing numbers repeatedly like the birthday of a loved one, or a specific time of death is a sign that they made it to Heaven. They love using numbers because it is a very recognizable sign and it is easy for them to communicate this way. It may show up routinely on license plates, clocks, or even receipts!  This happens to me all the time with my late husband.  I see the number 54 everywhere.  He was born in 1954 and died at the age of 54.

Waking Up and Thinking Of Them Randomly At Night

Waking up at the same time every night is a sign. Bedtime is the easiest way for your loved one to reach you because your mind is in a relaxed state.   When you are relaxed you are more open and present to seeing or feeling signs around you. 

Dream Visitations

Those in spirit love coming to visit you in your dreams. To them visiting in your dreams is a great way to communicate with you.  You might see them happy and smiling at you or they may come and have a conversation with you. These dreams come every so often and are very real. You may even wake up thinking it actually happened.  

Hearing Your Name Being Called

Have you ever heard your name being called and nobody was there?  You might sometimes hear your loved one. No, you are not crazy. They will sometimes call out to you or say something that you can hear audibly to remind you of their presence. You might even hear then speaking to you through your thoughts when you are upset or need guidance.

Phone Calls From Heaven

I have had many readings where loved ones have come through the phone lines. You might get a call from their number or your phone might ring randomly, and nobody is there. These calls normally come from souls that liked to play jokes here in this world. If your dad or brother was a jokester, they may be prank calling you from the afterlife. Spirit is energy and can manipulate electronics such as phones, TVs, and computers to send a message. 

Feeling A Spiritual Presence

I have had many souls come to tell me that they visit their loved ones at night. You might feel them sit on your bed or just feel their presence in the room with you. When you feel the presence of a loved one, talk to them. They can hear you and love coming to check up on you.

Seeing A Figure or Silhouette

If you have ever thought you saw your loved one standing in the hall or saw a figure move past you, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Sometimes you might catch a glimpse of your loved one for a split second. It’s rare but it does happen. Sometimes, they also will show up in photographs as distortions, blurs, lens flares or sometimes even orbs.

If you can relate to any of these signs, it means your loved ones are close by in spirit and trying to communicate with you. You are not alone in what you are sensing and feeling. It is real. It is why I love leading the way for groups of people to connect with spirit. 


Deb Sheppard