Signs from the universe come to us in many ways. Another name for this is intuition. Our intuition is the way we access information from God, the universe, or our higher selves. Our intuition is truly the roadmap of our lives. We are all born with this ability. The more we trust and work with our intuition, the clearer the messages become.

What does intuition mean? It means insight or perception without reasoning. How many times have you had a gut feeling about something and you find out later you were right? How many times have you thought about someone and in the next moment that person called you? How many times do you know something to be true without any evidence? You find out later you were right. This all relates to our intuition. We are moving from the information age that is based on our mind and computers to the intuition age. Given all the challenges on our planet today, it is most important we tap into our intuition for guidance and inspiration.

There are four main ways of accessing our inner guidance. The first way is claircognizance which means “clear knowing.” This relates to knowing something without any evidence. For example, the first time I met my husband a thought came into my head, “We will be married.” At the time, I had no evidence to support that thought. Anyone would have thought I was crazy! However, I believe it was a message from someplace other than my little self. Maybe it was from my guardian angels or my higher self or from the universe. It doesn’t even matter and it did come true!

The next way we access our guidance is called clairsentience which means “clear feeling.” A lot of people naturally have this. This is when you might say, “I have a strong feeling I am going the wrong way or this place does not feel right.” Our gut feelings communicate to us how something feels. It can be a positive feeling or a negative feeling. When the feeling is negative, pay attention to your intuition and change your plans! When the feeling is positive, everything feels completely right and you are sure you are making the right decision based on your gut feelings.

The third way we access information is called clairaudience which means “clear hearing.” This is one of my main ways of getting information. I hear messages while hiking or when I completely absorbed in a project. Before I came out to the West coast, I looked through a fitness magazine and saw an advertisement that the Golden Door Health Spa was looking for instructors. I heard a loud voice in my head say, “Call them.” From that moment on, my life changed dramatically. They invited me out for an interview 3000 miles from my home and I got the job. My life has never been the same. I have never looked back on my decision to go to California from the east coast. I continue to get many clear messages today for myself and others. The more we trust, the louder and clearer this voice becomes.

The last way of getting divine guidance is through our vision or clairvoyance, which means “clear vision”. Clairvoyance is receiving a message in a mental picture, a visual image, a dream, or a movie in your minds’ eye. One day I was driving and a friend was asking me my thoughts on her moving to Reno. She felt really good about it, but had a lot of fears. In the next moment a big truck drove by with a huge sign on it that said “RENO”. I knew in that moment that it was a sign confirming that she was destined to go to Reno. Almost a year later she is thrilled she made that decision.

I also get information all the time in dreams. At one point in my life, I was working on a children’s metaphysical story. I needed information about heaven for the story. Since I could not figure out how to handle this part of the book, before bed one night I wrote out a prayer to find a way to get the information that I was missing. I went to sleep with the journal under my head. I dreamt about a tall man with white hair who was leading me somewhere.

During this time I was on a scouting trip and I hiked down the mountain and camped out for a few days by myself. About three days later all the scouts and their parents came back to where I was camping. One of them in particular asked me what I did while I was by myself. I told him I went hiking, wrote in my journal, and worked on my children’s story. He asked me about the story and I told him that I was missing some information about heaven. He said, “I have the perfect books for you. They will fill in all the blanks.” I looked up at him and realized he was tall and had white hair. He was the man in my dream! When I got home, he brought over the books and sure enough they were perfect.

So, there are many ways to receive signs from the universe. Stay open to life, to the world around you, to your gut feelings and to your dreams. Life is not separate parts, but one ocean connected together in many ways. Learn to experience the ocean of love and wisdom coming to you through your intuitive senses.

Author's Bio: 

Laura Penn Gallerstein, owner of Moving Spirit Retreats, has been teaching in the body-mind-spirit field for over 25 years. She has trained with master teachers around the world in yoga, meditation, Pilates, karate, intuition, and is certified as an intuitive counselor and a high adventure backpack leader. She currently leads workshops, classes, and retreats that focus on helping people to access their intuitive abilities through hiking, journaling, meditation, and yoga. Visit Laura’s website at or her blog at