Wise Woman Ezine with herbalist Susun Weed
February 2008
Volume 8 Number 2
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Spirit Allies -
Sychronicity, Signs and Omens

by Karen Sawyer


Spirit Allies - Sychronicity, Signs and Omens
by Karen Sawyer  

Coincidences are spiritual puns.
~ G.K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)


Are you paying attention? Your guides are sending you signs and omens to help point you in the right direction. There are a myriad of signs everywhere for the observant eye to behold. The Art of Kathy CrabbeHow you interpret the meaning of the signs you are shown is a personal thing wide open to interpretation (and misinterpretation!), as what one person may dismisses could be hugely significant to another. For example, whenever a friend of mine sees a specific courier van, this signals that an invitation is on its way.

Some signs are obvious – their message is loud and clear. Others are more ambiguous. Your guides often like to leave a trail of very subtle clues that are not easy to decipher, often being metaphorical or symbolic in nature. Symbols speak to your subconscious mind, and hold great potency and power. They are metaphorical representations of the building blocks of the universe, which might explain why the Masonic symbol is the compass and square – the very tools needed to construct sacred geometry (symbols).

Throughout history, many secret societies have used symbols in order to guard or hide esoteric knowledge… you only have to study the one dollar bill to realize how we are surrounded by signs everyday, yet are often oblivious to the deeper meaning intended. It helps to learn about ancient symbols and their meaning – ‘In These Signs Conquer: Revealing the Secret Signs an Age has Obscured’ by numerologist, clairvoyant and psychic Ellis Taylor is a fascinating study and well worth a read.

The significance of any sign or message is relative to your perception in that moment. Oftentimes, your perspective may need some adjustment before you can decode the message. This change is a natural process, which is why sometimes a passage of time elapses – it could be seconds, or it could be decades – when, suddenly, out of the blue you have a profound realization… a moment of illumination. Someone may say something to you or you come across some information that triggers its deeper significance, and, like pieces of a puzzle, it all becomes clear.

Trying to analyze the meaning of a sign prematurely only gets in the way of the message itself (and will also drive you nuts!). Your logical brain will make no sense of a message delivered by Spirit, which is where your intuition comes into play – for the intuitive ‘mind’ will always discern the true meaning of a sign. Intuition doesn’t follow a logical thought process … it simply knows what it knows, with no reasons to explain ‘why’. It’s likely the message will make no immediate sense, or it may make perfect non-sense to you (but don’t be at all surprised if everyone else concludes that you are nuts, after all).

All will be revealed in time. You can’t rush your intuition. We’d all like to have instant answers, but it doesn’t work like that – at least, not for me anyway – a little patience is required. Let go of wanting to know and, remaining open, continue on your way. The answers will emerge.

If a sign appears frequently for you, try playing the word association game – this will give you a good idea of how to interpret this particular sign and what it means to you. You may like to make your own personalized ‘signs and omens’ dictionary to refer to. This will also be a useful aid in helping you decode the messages in your dreams. Your guides will send you messages when you are most receptive, which, for most of us, is when we’re asleep! Ask your guides for a specific sign that is significant to you and see what happens…

If you feel a certain lack of synchronicities and signs occurring in your present life, you can create opportunities for them… one of my favorite ways of doing this is to randomly open a book at page and read the first sentence I see. This works particularly well if I am in a relaxed, meditative state, and is especially effective if I choose a spiritual or inspiring one.

One of the most effective ways to ‘tune-in’ to your spirit allies is to connect with nature. If you live in a city, it is well worth the effort to visit the countryside as often as you can. I find that going for a walk is a very healthy way to receive help and guidance – if you live in a city, this is still effective. Walk with the intent to remain open and observant to the signs around you. Heed what you encounter on your journey and how you feel. Messages will come to you in a myriad of ways – for example, through a person, an animal, a tree, cloud formations, a river, a stone or a feather.

Signs and synchronicity are intrinsically linked. Often, unexpected and seemingly random events (sometimes seemingly insignificant, sometimes of gargantuan proportions) will give me answers or point me in the right direction. For instance, I was walking down the street when, out of the blue, I was inspired with a few lines of prose. I played around with the lines in my head intending to write a song when I got home, but it turned itself into a children’s story instead.

For years, I approached book publishers with my idea. It was always rejected, but I didn’t give up. 15 years later, I was flicking through a newspaper when an advertisement ‘jumped out’ at me, asking, “Do you want to be a published writer?” (Of course I did). I enrolled on a writing course with aspirations of becoming a children’s novelist. My course assignments began in the non-fiction sector and I soon became a published freelance writer, writing a wide variety of features for both national and international magazines.

I wrote about the things that I found interesting and inspiring (oddly enough, one of the first articles I wrote for a magazine was about synchronicity!) – each feature leading on to the next in a random yet bizarrely connected way until, one day, it was suggested that I write about a U.K. trance medium. This sparked my interest in spirit guides, which evolved into the book I have just authored, entitled: ‘Soul Companions: Conversations with Contemporary Wisdom Keepers – A Collection of Encounters with Spirit’.

The Art of Kathy CrabbeMy story shows that sometimes the things you set out to do in life may elude you. Often the coincidental ‘twists and turns’ in life appear to take us in completely the opposite direction to where we think we want to be going. If this appears to be the case, it may be that you are being directed towards something that you had not consciously already considered, but which would ultimately be more fulfilling and appropriate for you in the long-term scheme of things.

Generally speaking, the more that you acknowledge with thanks the meaningful co-incidences and signs in your life the more you will encounter them, and life becomes a naturally synchronistic flowing journey. Your spirit allies gift you with synchronicities as an opportunity for you to reconnect with the flow of life, intuitively pointing the way towards your soul’s desire to enrich your life and bring you a better understanding of yourself and how mysterious and magical life really is.

Although it’s human nature to seek answers and explanations, it’s prudent to remember and gracefully accept that some things will always remain a mystery, while others may become clear in time. Often, it’s enough to acknowledge that you’ve been given a sign, and give thanks. If you can learn to sit comfortably in a space of not-knowing, you will find yourself at One with ‘The Unknowable’ – the essence of Spirit itself.

After all, to quote a Chinese Proverb;
‘A bird does not sing because it has an answer – it sings because it has a song’.

About the author:
Karen Sawyer is author of Soul Companions: Conversations with Contemporary Wisdom Keepers – A Collection of Encounters with Spirit, published by O Books (ISBN: 978-1-84694-060-6).



As our world rapidly moves towards ever-greater spiritual, environmental and political challenges there is an urgent need for us to listen to the voices of well-respected healers, seers, visionaries and shamans who can share their wisdom, insights and leadership to inspire and guide us to make our planet a healthier, more peaceful and equitable place to live. For over two years, the author met and entered into profound dialogue with such remarkable people.

This unique and important work brings together over 40 of the conversations that took place, revealing that there are many dimensions of existence overlapping and permeating the world as we know it. Every one of us has spirit helpers that can guide, heal and inspire us on our journey through life.

This outstanding and intimate collection includes conversations with renowned teachers Sandra Ingerman, "The Barefoot Doctor", R.J Stewart, Robert Moss, Simon Buxton, Denise Linn, Leo Rutherford, William Bloom, Philip Carr-Gomm and Llyn Roberts.

Join Karen as she also talks with Elena Avilla, the 'Curandera' or curer from Mexico - Uncle Angaangaq, an Eskimo-Kalaallit Elder from Greenland - Icelandic Druid Jormundur Ingi - Sami shaman Ailo Gaup from Norway - Rabbi Gershon Winkler, Aboriginal Jewish shaman - Tiokasin Ghosthorse, a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota - Egyptian Sufi, Master Ali Rafea - Andras Corban Arthen, 'Cunningman' of the Glenshire witches in Scotland and many, many more.


For further information about the book, and Soul Companions events bringing together many of the Wisdom-Keepers featured in the book, visit: www.soulcompanions.org.


Herbal Healing for Women
by Rosemary Gladstar

Comprehensive and easy-to-use, Herbal Healing for Women explains how to create remedies -- including teas, tinctures, salves, and ointments -- for the common disorders that arise in the different cycles of a woman's life. Covering adolescence, childbearing years, pregnancy and childbirth, and menopause, Rosemary Gladstar teaches how herbs can be used to treat the symptoms of conditions such as acne, PMS, morning sickness, and hot flashes.


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A City Herbal
by Maida Silverman. The wild plants of the city are potent herbal medicines and nutritious wild edibles, as well as sources of comfort, fiber, and dyes. Learn to recognize and use 34 of them. 192 pages, index, illustrations.
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“A City Herbal by Maida Silverman is a delightful way to get acquainted with wild herbs that you have no doubt walked on or over without ever dreaming how useful they can be. It has increased my interest and curiosity a hundredfold and I’m sure it will do the same for you.”  -James Beard

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Seven Directions Movement Meditation DVD Video
Sacred Dance for Spirit and Body

White Feather's Seven Directions Movement Meditation White Feather's Seven Directions Movement Meditation
is now on DVD! This dance creates balance and centeredness as earth changes occur, strengthens our vibral core and brings clarity and focus. Dedicated to the generation to come, we keep the teachings of peace alive. Don't forget to check out the Seven Directions Movement Meditation book and CD.

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The Seven Directions Movement Meditation honors all life. As we move around the circle we remember, "Everything within the circle is sacred, all things outside of the circle is sacred, all is sacred."

- Moses Shongo, Seneca Medicine Man


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