I am a big believer in signs. Signs from The Other Side, Heaven, God, Spirit, angels, those who have passed on, whatever you want to call it/them. What are signs? Signs are messages or events that are meant to get your attention from the spiritual realm. Some people report finding pennies in odd places or hearing a song that was significant to them and a lost loved one. Other signs are recurring numbers in your life, and often, signs come from nature, large birds, deer, butterflies, etc… Light bulbs burning out or the phone ringing with no one on the other end are also signs. It’s very hard for a spirit to take a material form ( as a “ghost” or voice), so working with electricity is one way they can connect.
I have had numerous experiences of signs in my lifetime. When I was 15, a friend of mine passed away. His name was Tony. He knew his life would be short and requested that our friends not write any sad songs about him. (He played guitar in my brothers’ band). I’ve had several signs from him, but one that stood out the most was a few years ago, when my husband, daughter, and I decided to move from Los Angeles, to Milwaukee. I was thinking of him and put on my iPod to listen to music. My husband and I share the iPod, so it’s quite an ecclectic mix of music from the 60’s-current. I used the Genius feature, which randomly selects songs for the listener and on came Billy Joel’s “Moving Out”, how appropriate, I thought. He must be showing me a sign that he sees what’s going on in my life. This was an album that my husband put on our iPod and I’d never listened to. One of the lyrics mentions a heart attack ( Tony died of heart complications). Later, I noticed that “Moving Out” is also known as “Anthony’s Song”! So, Tony (aka Anthony) was really trying to give me a sign and say hi!
I get signs from my dad all the time. He was a big smoker, which eventually played a large part in his death. Still, it was something I always connected with my dad. He always had his pack of Marlboro reds in his shirt pocket. I have a small scar on my pinkie finger where he accidentally burned me with a Marlboro at a fireman’s muster, of all places! So, I see Marlboro packs everywhere, and yes, you could say it’s one of the most popular brands of cigarettes, so you’d be apt to see them, but I see them in very unusual places. One time, my husband and I were driving on the 101 freeway in California on our way up to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles. We had passed this part of the freeway (near Malibu Canyon) many times, but had never stopped there. This day, I wanted to stop and take a photo of, what I affectionately call, the “Happy Hills”, so I could use the background in a painting. We drove until I saw a view I liked, then got off the freeway. There was a long road that leads to an area of buildings, with a very well manicured median in the center. There was not a bit of trash, it looked like a movie set, the lawn care company must have been there that morning. So, I got out of our car and walked around looking up at the hills, trying to find the right angle for my shot. Finally, I found a perfect spot and snapped several photos. Then I looked down and I was standing right over a pack of Marlboros!
So, why do I bring up signs today? My 96 year old grandfather is in failing health. He has lived an amazing full, healthy life up until recently. Even now, he’s still painting. I took a walk today with a friend, we were together for about 2 hours, walking on trails. At the end, we stopped walking and I told her about my grandfather, how I wanted to go see him before he dies. Just then, we heard a strange bird call, one that really got my attention. I looked up in the trees, then way up in the sky, I saw a single Sandhill Crane flying overhead. It’s been a long winter here in Wisconsin, and it’s supposed to snow tomorrow. We are in the migration path for these birds, but still, it’s rare to see them and I’ve only ever seen them in groups, they are migrating, after all.In Chinese culture, the crane is a symbol of longevity and auspiciousness. In ancient China the crane was regarded as having a long life span and one Chinese legend says that a immortal rode a crane to heaven. The crane also represents a lasting soaring spirit, health, and happiness.So, I knew, today, that I saw a sign, that my own single migration out to the East Coast to see my grandfather one last time, is being called for.
So, what signs have you seen or heard? A favorite song that you once shared with someone? Always waking up at a certain time at night? Birds, animals appearing when you are speaking or thinking of a loved one? I find it’s very fun to look and listen for signs. I feel connected to those who have passed over, and connected to spirit. It’s okay to ask for signs, too! It’s fun to see them appear. -Amy Roemer 3-11-11 (and they say 11:11 is a time that often shows up as a sign, and just as I typed that, I noticed, 11-11~ coincidence or a sign?)