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Is It a Coincidence, or Is the Universe Telling You Something?

Twenty-five years ago, I was taught how to listen to the universe and am here to share my knowledge with you.

If you stop and listen, you can learn how to read and interpret signs from the universe.

If you stop and listen, you can learn how to read and interpret signs from the universe.

Is the Universe Giving You a Sign? Stop and Listen to the Whispers of the Universe

The universe is talking to you every day of your life. Its messages are very clear and for your eyes or ears only. Yet, most people have been missing these messages for most of their lives. We simply don’t see or hear most of these messages. A few messages actually get through, but these are by complete chance, and most people dismiss them as sheer coincidence.

However, there are no coincidences. These messages are directed right at you from the universe, and each and every one of the messages is for your benefit.

The Universe Is Shouting at You

Some days, the universe is literally shouting at you, but you are so wrapped up in your little world that you fail to notice. The universe doesn’t talk directly to you but does it in subtle ways. It can be a whisper, breeze, song on the radio, TV advert or something that attracts our attention. Your job is to pick up on these messages. They are clear and very precise, but it might as well be in a foreign language for all the notice we take of them.

The 21st Century Provides Plenty of Distractions

You might have a problem, and the universe is telling you the answer by playing songs on the car radio that contain the answer in the lyrics or song title. Or, as you are driving along, the answer is written on huge advertisements displayed along the roadside.

Yet, we don’t make the connection. We are too wrapped up in our daily life, busy chasing money, completing to-do lists and all the other distractions of the 21st century. All we have to do is stop for a few minutes and simply listen. But when we are always running 10 minutes behind schedule, finding a few minutes seems an impossible task.

Have We Turned the Universe Off?

As humans, we seem to have "lost" or "forgotten" many skills down the generations. We have not been taught certain skills, either on purpose or simply because they have not been passed down. As a result, we are missing out on many things. We are so wrapped up in our own little world that we miss the universe’s big picture and many of the wonderful things life has to offer.

In the past, people understood and knew how to interpret these various signs and symbols from the universe, and whole tribes, such as those of the Native American Indians, would follow these signs without question.

Strange Coincidences and Déjà Vu

Most people have moments in their lives when strange things happen to them. Something prompts an idea that is the answer to their problems, although they don’t know where it came from. They think it is pure coincidence or perhaps a touch of déjà vu. All they have done is received a message from the universe and for once acted on it.

People think it’s a one-off, a quirk of fate, but if they had realized that this is one of many messages from the universe, they could tap into a great knowledge, the sole purpose of which is to give you the best in life.

In today's busy world, we are not tuned in and prepared to listen to the signs presented by the universe.

In today's busy world, we are not tuned in and prepared to listen to the signs presented by the universe.

Learning to Listen to the Universe

All you have to do is to take time to listen and watch for the signs; it’s as simple as that. The signs are everywhere, and it’s always the right answer. If you see an advert on TV several times in one evening about looking after the elderly, this is probably a message from the universe for you to contact your parents to see if they are okay.

If you keep hearing lyrics to Craig David’s song "Walking Away" ("I'm walking away from the troubles in my life; I'm walking away oh to find a better day") everywhere you go, it could be the universe telling you it’s time to move on in a problematic area of your life. Do you keep hitting lots of red traffic lights? Well, perhaps the universe is telling you to slow down and drive more carefully.

Universe FM Is Broadcasting to You 24/7

The universe is like a radio station broadcasting 24/7 for your whole life. However, you need to learn how to tune in to the broadcasts. You don’t need any specialised equipment to tune in. All you have to do is be aware that it's there and keep an ear and an eye open for the messages - it’s that simple.

Now, the message might be delivered to you in all sorts of different ways. It might be a song on the radio, an advert on the TV, a line in a film, an overheard conversation, an article in a magazine or newspaper, or even in a book that fell off a shelf in a bookshop. The universe even sends you messages in your nightly dreams. Be open to being contacted.

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Learn How to Ask the Universe Questions

While the universe is giving you messages all the time, you can ask it questions too. To get this to work, you have to be a real believer in the universe, but you can try it out. Ask a question, and wait and watch out for a reply. The answer may come as a line in a song on the radio or TV advert, for example.

If you have a few minutes to try a simple experiment - most people have an iPod these days with at least a couple of hundred songs stored on them. Put your iPod into shuffle mode, ask the universe a question, then press play. The answer could be the title of the next song or the first couple of lines of the lyrics.

You might be quite surprised by the results. Then again, you might be freaked out or just totally disbelieving - it’s worth giving it a try. Ask sensible questions, and make them clear and precise.

Interpreting messages from the universe can help save your life.

Interpreting messages from the universe can help save your life.

My Experience Interpreting Messages From the Universe

I was taught by a Native American Indian nurse to listen to the universe 25 years ago while in hospital, and I have been totally amazed at where these messages have taken me and how they've helped me. For example, in the last decade, my health slipped ever so slightly. I had various aches and pains, put on a few extra pounds, felt as if my eyesight was on the way and had slight trouble hearing, to name a few ailments.

There was nothing too serious, and I put it down to the onset of middle age. I thought I was just getting old. But the arthritis in my left knee was getting worse, so I asked the universe to make me healthy again.

A few weeks later, I was in a local bookstore, just generally looking around. In between two rows of bookshelves, a book had fallen on the floor, so I picked it up to pop it back on a shelf. The book was about ancient remedies and old wives' tales, which I thought was a bit strange as I was in the sci-fi and thriller section of the store.

As I lifted the book up, it flopped open to a page that somebody had read several times already by the way the book opened. It was all about different blood groups and certain medical problems associated with each blood group. Curiosity got the better of me, so I checked out my blood group (O negative) and found that thyroid problems were very common.

Back at home, I remembered that my mother has thyroid problems, so I decided to check out the symptoms on the internet. Much to my surprise, I discovered that I had many of the symptoms associated with a thyroid issue.

To cut a long story short, a year later and with suitable natural medication, I was back to perfect health with good eyesight, no pains at all, and lost all the extra weight I was carrying - I actually feel about twenty years younger. Thyroid problems in men are quite rare.

Now, you have to ask yourself - did the universe give me various messages to help me get better, or was it simply by pure chance?

Ask, and You Will Receive

I ask the universe all the time for clear, traffic-free roads, no queues at supermarket checkouts, only nice clients calling me at work and of course, parking spaces. Start simply by asking for great parking spaces, and see how you get on. You have to believe in the universe, and it will deliver. You also still have to listen for those messages too. Just like crossing the road, to hear the universe, you need to stop, look and listen . . .

Now, please leave a comment below if you have had any helpful messages from the universe . . .

© 2010 Midnight Oil


Marc Hubs from United Kingdom on January 12, 2016:

I have no doubts whatsoever that this is absolutely true, although I only began to realize it recently. That was after going down a path of spiritual enlightenment/ascension over the last few years and after having success with the law of attraction and associated techniques - I didn't even realize that at first but over the years it has all gradually added up to putting me in the position where I had wanted to be. Some of the messages I have received from the universe have been so bizarre, surreal and "in your [my] face" that what you've stated here in your hub has become absolutely undeniable. I have also been experiencing a multitude of paranormal phenomena over the last few years and I now realize why that is. All very surreal and it was kind of scary at first but I now realize how awesome existence is! Thanks for the hub. If only more people would take notice of the signs.

Gretchen on September 14, 2015:

I found this article to be extremely helpful. I have been noticing what I think are signs and thinking the Universe has been talking to me quite alot for the last few years. My friends think I am crazy. I tried the simple experiment you listed and it didn't freak me out, but it did bring tears to my eyes. Complete affirmation that what I think I'm hearing and seeing is actually what I thought it was. Thank you :)

Ely on April 15, 2015:

Thanks for your wonderful article.

Like most readers,I have a fair share of my ongoing seeing/hearing from our Universe.I met this wonderful man eight years ago.I never have any special feelings for him after we met for one year.However,I suffered from flashbacks (ie., the time we both spent on our holiday).I ignored those flashbacks coz he has a girlfriend & I do not intend to hurt others.One night,I was browsing our holiday photos & one photo stood out.A picture tells a thousand stories & this particular photo of us both took me by surprised.I can't believed what I was looking at,the photo was a photo of a luvly couple.I looked at the photo & told myself "If he is my destiny than show me".After much hesitation,I had enough couraged to text him & expressed to him that I have some feelngs for him.It took him 2 hours to reply by saying that he treats me like a sister.Strangely,I did not cry over his text coz deep in my heart I knew he lied.I moved on with my life by travelling around the globe alone & amazingly,I saw his name or heard his name in all the countries that I visited.Even the books that I bought while travelling has his name.I felt that he was with me all the time I was alone.I never had such experiences from my previous relationships.Until today,I came acrossed his name while reading the online & publish media.I took your wise advice today; asked a question to the Universe than shuffle & press play on my mobile songs.The song was "Glory of Love" by Peter Cetera! I honestly think,this song defines our inner feeling for each other.He can try to supressed this feeling but he can't supressed our true destiny in life.I have not contacted him for almost 7 years.I believed that if destiny/universe brings us both together so let destiny/universe unite us again.

bluelotus on July 23, 2014:

I was seeing someone for nearly two years. Many signs were presented during our relationship, (his last name is closely related to my mother's maiden name, we share the same family crest, his best friend died and I knew the story because Iused to dance with his friend's parents, we had an intense connection, so many similarities in our personalities, same calling in our jobs, when I was looking for apartments close to work, I was turned down by many and ended up being offered one up the street from him, it appeared like magic and I wasn't even looking for a place in his town). Well, when he broke it off with no explanation except fear (panic attacks), we have remained in contact via text and by phone. He has since bought a new home, still within a mile from me. The most recent sign is that the house had been on the market for over a year. It is not the first he bid on, the one he wanted was given to another family in April but did not close until my birthday and his home closed 4 days later on my daughter's birthday. The sign was that the people he bought the house from shared my maiden name. Now I am so sure that we belong together that I can not let him go. I have never had such an intense reaction to the loss of a relationship. He is in my thoughts daily and no matter his avoidance and apparent coldness toward me, I can not be mad or angry with him and he always comes around. He says he does not want the relationship but at the same time he sees me albeit infrequently and keeps me informed on a near daily basis of his comings and goings. I believe the universe is keeping us connected until the timing is right. Thoughts?

Mark on May 25, 2014:

Hello, I broke up with my girlfriend, two months ago. She said, that she has no feelings for me. But in the last time what happened is very very strange: Normally I don't watch TV, but as I watched in two or three different TV series, the girls returned to their boyfriends. In our newspaper was an article with the headline: Back to the ex ( it was about a football coach, which went back to his old footballclub). I saw a women driving in my town, which looks like the mother of my ex. I opened a link, which was about train journeys in the country, where my girlfriend came from. First picture: The region where she is from. I saw in my facebook timeline: Don't give up on me, yet. As the heading of a season of a TV Serial. And a lot more.

Ali on May 23, 2014:

Speaking of signs from the universe as I was done reading this article and gave it thumbs up the numbers 789 and 711 showed up.

Thank You!

2nd love on April 20, 2014:

i love this article

Someone on January 29, 2014:

I ask this because I have been aware of strange signs that make me scared. Do not know what to do.

Someone on January 29, 2014:


How can we be sure that every message is for our benefit? Recently I have been doubting this. Great article.


shan on January 27, 2014:

I am always paying attention to signs I see or hear from the universe. There is one sign in particular that keeps coming up everywhere I go. I always see the name JC. I know two JCs in my life and both have been thought of in a romantic way in my life. I will see the name in a license plate, a store, hear the name on the radio, etc. The most common one I see is the license plate. It doesn't matter where I am. Every single day I will see a license plate with JC and on top of it I will always hear a certain song that reminds me of one of the JCs. That song will come on repeatedly. Even more interesting, the song will normally come on whenever I think of one of the JCs. I just can't figure out what the universe is trying to tell me.

young woman on November 10, 2013:

thanks this is amazing.

living in a new country and not dealing it with all that well. but i feel like the universe and spirit sometimes is telling me things (especially when im super down), but i don't know how to interpret it. can you give a list of examples of other signs you have received and how you interpret them, also how to ask, how you apply them. much appreciated.

James Mandolare from Hudson Falls New York USA on January 11, 2013:

I agree that meaningful coincidences are signs and we should strive to figure out what they are trying to tell us. I also think they operate on a subconscious symbolic level. They exert a power to subtly effect our thoughts by association. This only works if we are aware of them and to a much lesser degree if we don't notice them. I was inspired to write my first "Hub" by hearing "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" in the car and inside the store I heard "Instant Karma." Both are John Lennon tunes and I am a great admirer of John Lennon and his work. I didn't realize it at the time, although I noticed the synchronicity, but the image of Lucy in the Sky made me think of seeing my sister's spirit in the sky and instant Karma made me get off my ass and finally finish signing up and write it. (See my "Art of Spirit" hubs. and Thx again for this inspiring and well written Hub.

James Mandolare from Hudson Falls New York USA on January 10, 2013:

Right on! The Universe intimately and personally cares about each one of us and sends us these meaningful coincidences and synchronicities to guide us and whisper to us that we are one through inner awareness. It's all alive inside and all connected!

"I am that I am!" God said to Moses.

"I think therefor I am." Said Decartes

But I say: "I am therefor I think!"

As I say in one of my songs:

"Did you ever see it happen to you

Somewhere deep inside?

Did you ever hear it whisper to you

F from up there in the sky?

It's just coincidence they tell me,

But I'll just take my chances

There's more to it

Than meets the eye."

Thanks for sharing your spirit path with us. If you'd like to read about mine-I welcome you to "Life of Spirit."

Sophia Latour from Miami, Florida on November 22, 2012:

Im so glad you wrote this! I have been having a whole bunch of coincidences and I somehow felt they were connected. Like something is trying to tell me something. And I thought I was crazy or maybe I could be, maybe it is really a coincidence who knows. Like for example I did what you said and pressed shuffle on my iPod and the songs were The pursuit and The understanding those were the title to their albums. Do you think the "universe" is trying to tell me something?

Midnight Oil (author) from Isle of Man UK on September 17, 2012:

Remember: All you have to do is to take time to listen and watch for the signs, it’s as simple as that. The signs are everywhere, and it’s always the right answer.

twocupswithtee from Chesterfield, MI on September 06, 2012:

I have always been fascinated by coincidences. I feel they are the "guiders" of the path....the path you should be on. Coincidences make you stop and ponder for a minute or a long while if it's an incredible coincidence! I know the more coincidences surrounding one subject, the more likely it is you're on the right path. This is true in every day life and in relationships. Being quiet takes much practice, but is so worth the time. I have also found that getting the right amount of sleep truly helps in the "hearing" of the Universe. Great Hub! Thanks for the reminder!!!

Jing on August 20, 2012:

Hahaha! Guess what! I read your article and then decided to try it myself so I went to a random radio channel asking the Universe to show me some signs. And the songs playing were: Not Over You - Gavin DeGraw and Keep Your Eyes Open - Taylor Swift

Midnight Oil (author) from Isle of Man UK on August 02, 2012:

Thank you for taking out time to write a comment - most appreciated.

I am Universe FM's No.1 fan...!!!

Did you ask your iPod questions ? Did you get a tangible answer??

Riviera Rose from South of France on August 02, 2012:

Loved this hub, Midnight Oil, and especially the concept of Universe FM. I'll tune it to it more attentively from now on...

snowdrops from The Second Star to the Right on May 18, 2012:

Yeah..Stop Look and Listen doesn't always mean crossing the street. sometimes we have to delve in much deeper and listen to our surroundings. There are answers surrounding us. All we need is to understand.

Thanks for this hub! voted up and all.

Midnight Oil (author) from Isle of Man UK on May 17, 2012:

Hi Mike - clearly the Universe was most certainly tell you something !! That job was not for you. But I hope it finds you a decent job real soon - keep watching & listening !!

mike on May 17, 2012:

Hi - had an appointemnt yesterday for a job (the job would involve driving November December at night in rural Wales) - wrote time in my diary and turned up - but when got there found out that I should have been there an hour earlier - for some reason had missread the appt time - they agreed to see me again the next day - turned up and before I went in I noticed that page of one of my documents was missing - but I went in anyway - only to find that the venue for the meeting had been changed. My wife said that it was ajob I wa snot meant to have - henc eme looking at this site.

Midnight Oil (author) from Isle of Man UK on May 02, 2012:

Some days, the universe is literally shouting at you, but you are so wrapped up in your little world that you fail to notice.

Midnight Oil (author) from Isle of Man UK on April 30, 2012:

Stop and Listen to the Whispers of the Universe...

Midnight Oil (author) from Isle of Man UK on April 25, 2012:

Are you listening to Universe FM : Broadcasting to you 24/7? If not, why not? It only broadcasts to you...

Martha Rewi on March 28, 2012:

HiDavid, you are so right about the universe hearing your wish, and making it come true, lately I have experienced in such a short time after watching the move "The Secret" by

Rhonda Byrne. I have great car parks, no heavy traffic jams, had an appointment planned eventually to improve my self esteem, just really good things have happened, all by listening, watching, and trusting the universe.

Dana on January 30, 2012:

Interesting how the universe guides one, who knew I would be reading a "hub" (not sure what a hub is actually) during a night where I should be fast asleep, but here I am. Haven’t really looked at your webpage, other than agree with your “listen to the universe” message, which by the way is spot on. I wish you clarity in your requests/questions/acceptance of the universal response during this New Year and beyond. BTW, my question on the fountain of all knowledge (a.k.a. the web) was: open to what the universe sends your way. I was looking for a song that fit my frame of mind and found your hub :)

Midnight Oil (author) from Isle of Man UK on January 29, 2012:

The universe asked me to come back and re-visit this hub, perhaps to remind me to listen more... Are you listen now?

Midnight Oil (author) from Isle of Man UK on December 29, 2011:

The universe is the universe & not a sentient being(s)

Sharon Storm from Mid West on April 06, 2011:

Dear Midnight Oil...In your view is the universe a sentient being? If so is it omnipotent? If so is it a deity? If it is none of these what is it? Thanks from a curious woman who has a different belief.

msorensson on January 17, 2011:

You were very fortunate to have met that American Indian nurse, but also wise to have learned from her.

It takes a lot of practice of surrender in order to really listen. I am glad you do.

I enjoyed the hub, David. Thank you.

Midnight Oil (author) from Isle of Man UK on December 29, 2010:

I asked the universe for nice comments and got them. Thank you everybody, it makes it all worth while.

ZACH on December 27, 2010:

Great stuff, I listen to the Universe everyday and base my life around it. At the moment the universe has me trying some crazy things lol... Thank you for the article.


Ashantina on December 27, 2010:

I so enjoyed reading this. Like you, I am always aware of coincidences and constantly keep my eyes and ears open to signs and guidance. I totally Believe in the law of 'ask and it is given'..

Fantastic hub!!!

noturningback from Edgewater, MD. USA on December 27, 2010:

There is more to life than what we think we know. Perception is not always reality and reality has limitations.

I believe in the living God, who has no limitations and I know he has reached out to me.

MCAT4 from New Zealand on December 27, 2010:

"Thumbs up" to you Midnight Oil! I can definitely put my print on that one... now tell me, have you heard the "hum" of late because wow... it's getting pretty loud out there huh?! Thanks for sharing.

imatellmuva from Somewhere in Baltimore on December 27, 2010:

This is so on point!!! My Grandmother used to say, "Recognize the Signs!" I asked, "How do you know what to watch for?" She simply said, "Look Harder!"

I sooo believe in this! Of course we have no control of the sign(s), so when it's not favorable (so we think) we dismiss it! AND yes, some things are by chance, we have to be able to discern between sign and chance. I think this is impossible to do at times. And yes...signs arrive in many different ways, like the book falling to the floor, and your learning about your thyroid condition. *Glad that you're better!!**

I like your style of writing!!! Happy Hubbing!!!

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