A few years back, I started seeing posts everywhere on social media that just read “11:11.” At first, I ignored them, but eventually they became too numerous to brush aside. Why in the heck was almost everybody I knew posting this number on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media?
According to Kate Rose of Elephant Journal‘s 2015 article,
11:11 is the universe’s way of urging us to pay attention to our heart, our soul and our inner intuition. It’s serving as a wake-up call to us so that opportunities are not missed in this lifetime. Seeing this particular sequence means that the universe is trying to have us open our eyes and begin paying more attention to the synchronicities around us.
The idea of a sentient universe has been around a while, with everyone from Neale Donald Walsch (Conversations with God) to Forbes Magazine chiming in on the subject. Whether you believe in God, the Goddess, Cosmic Intelligence, or just synchronicity, the fact that you’re reading this probably means you are open to the idea that there is more to this universe than what meets the eye.
So is the Universe trying to tell you something? Is there a way to “tap in” to this cosmic source of wisdom?
Over the past seventeen-odd years, Kat and I have had many discussions on this topic. While our specific interpretations may differ, we both agree that all of us are connected, not only to each other, but to a larger consciousness that encompasses all things.
Every moment of every day, our senses are bombarded by millions of bits of input. Unfiltered reality, were we to actually experience it, is a trip that would make a teetotaler out of Timothy Leary. In order to function, our brains use a sort of “spam filter” to weed out the excess noise so that we can focus on what we deem important. You know, finding food, recognizing loved ones, avoiding that oncoming car. Little things.
But what about all that other junk sitting in your spam folder? If the universe is a cosmic intelligence bombarding us with data, what important information are we filtering out in the name of expediency? Could this be the basis of intuition–those of us who simply don’t have that good of a filter (or who have just relaxed the spam settings to let more information in?)
I personally think we all have access to a universe of information, but our overly-disciplined brains block out all but the barest necessities. And I think, for those of us wanting to allow more intuition in, there are some easy activities you can use to achieve that goal.
- Relax and check out. If you are lucky, you grew up in a time where boredom still existed. Long, lazy afternoons with nothing to do but be. Our modern world is filled with delights–music, books, video, games–that are designed to fill our days with stimulation. But, as a friend once told me, “If your head is filled with other people’s music, how are you gonna hear your own?” Taking time to unplug, not only from electronics, but from society, can definitely help open your senses to the voice of the cosmos.
- Check your cynicism at the door. Nobody wants to be considered gullible. Nobody wants to be that person who falls for everything. We are all so damned cool that we miss out on wonders every single day. Once you learn to be comfortable with the possibility of not knowing everything, you will be amazed at the things you can learn.
- Pay attention. If you are quiet, open-minded, and receptive, you will find messages everywhere. From a random song on the radio that speaks exactly to the problem you’re struggling with to the store sign that says just what you needed to hear, the universe speaks to us all the time. Sometimes, when Kat is looking for guidance, she’ll ask the Goddess to send her a sign. She’ll then find a random station on the radio, and the next song will almost invariably contain the message she needs to hear. Do you keep hearing the same song over and over? See the same phrase on signs? Maybe the universe is trying to get your attention.
- Trust. If I could get one message out to every person on Earth, it would be this: Trust. Trust your instincts. Trust your intuition. Once you’ve done the work–embraced silence, checked your cynicism, learned to pay attention to what’s going on around you, you will become more attuned to your instincts. And they will guide you in the right direction. When you’re in a bind and can’t figure out what your intuition/instincts are trying to tell you, you can try this little exercise: imagine you are a character in a film, and that character is about to make the choice you are going to make. If you were watching that character, what would you be yelling at the screen? “Turn back!” “Don’t trust him!” “Girl, you need to find out more about this deal before you lay down your money.” Now, what happens when you yell at the TV screen and the characters don’t listen to you? Uh-huh.
Developing your intuition doesn’t have to be a hard thing. You could find a guru and meditate on a stone for years on end, or you could just take some time, open your mind, and let the universe in.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s post. I’d love to hear from you in the comments about ways you’ve found to enhance your intuition. Feel free to share this post, and please don’t forget to like us on Facebook and Twitter.