In order to see the sign, we have to be close enough, but not too close. Approaching a stop sign at full throttle will be too late to stop. If we are too far away it would be easy to mis-read the sign. This means that we have to remain alert for the appearance of signs, and then to pay attention enough to read them before it is too late.
Most signs today are designed to have "universal symbols" to make it possible for all people, regardless of their language, to understand. Metaphysical signs also have a common language called "archetypes." these are primal ideas that most people have in common. One is an angel, as a messenger of God.
Some signs are intuitive, like a 'message,' and others we 'sense,' like the energy we feel when we encounter another person. What we feel may be positive or negative. Because these types of messages are not presented in "black and white," they can easily be misread or misunderstood. We want to be certain we are in our "right mind" when we read them.
The mind is pivotal. It can look to the world of appearances, or the world beyond appearance; Spirit, God, Divine Mind. Because we can see, touch and hear the things in this world it is easy to judge by appearance. However, as scientists are discovering...and the spiritual community has been taught for hundreds of years...there is more in the unseen than the seen.
For example, we can see, touch, hear, smell and taste junk food. It may appear appetizing and even taste good. Many commercials will even tell us that it is good for us. But in Truth it is not. Soon our bodies show the effects of eating too much junk food and not enough healthy food. As they say, "There's your sign!"
Spiritual signs include dreams and desires, awareness of shifts in human consciousness and behaviors, and sensitivity to the energy of the people, places and things around us. They may be warnings, they may be calls to action or invitations to spiritual growth. Whether we read and heed them is up to us.
I like to call it being a Metamatician; having the ability to "do the spiritual math." The formulas are simple:
1)Thought + Feeling = Manifestation
2) Mind + Idea = Expression.
3) In thought, word, action: Positive = Positive, Negative = Negative .
These apply to individual as well as collective consciousness; personal thoughts as well as herd-thoughts. So you want to be aware of where your mind is as well as the greater "collective perspective." We first learn to be aware of and guide our own mind, and then to do as we are guided to work toward illumination of lower consciousness on a collective level.
Sometimes the Metamath has to be done in analysis after the fact. Not looking to place blame, but to get to cause. Change the cause, change the effect! Now THAT is powerful!
Looking at the increasing violence, global warming effects, health crises and economic disasters in our world today we ask "what is the sign...the warning...the guidance? This is not about science. Scientists gave us warnings, as did other authorities in the world of appearances. The statistics are grim. But they are not ultimate realities they are signs; signs that urge us to pay attention.
There is a prevailing thought in human consciousness that these things are not the individual's fault. In fact because we are each a part of the greater whole, we are, through action or inaction, at cause. The action cannot be changed without first changing the thought.
Right now we are caught in the dark shadow between a rock and a hard place. We need light. Enlightenment. We need new ways of thinking and manifesting change, while coping with our current culture of ignorance and denial.
I know it is a lot to digest, but it is critical. You already are either a part of the solution...a life of love, security, abundance, health and hope, or a part of the problem, increased poverty, disease, danger, loss and grief. You have the power to choose. There's your sign! Choose God...choose good.
Think on these things.