Recognizing Help

Is the Universe a friendly place? ~ Albert Einstein

What’s your answer to Einstein’s question? My answer is a resounding “Yes!” Because of this belief, I know that help and guidance is always available, even if it often comes in subtle forms that are easy to miss. It’s up to me to cultivate high consciousness—and return to it when I become ungrounded—and to notice when the friendly Universe is trying to help. This is especially important when life gets challenging and it’s easy to miss subtle reminders to breathe and regroup.

Help!

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A couple of weeks ago, in the late afternoon of one meeting-filled day, the introvert in me felt the need to retreat. So, I decided to head home to grab some food and continue working quietly there. However, my password didn’t work, even though it was fine earlier in the day. For whatever the reason, the after-hour technical support person had decided to leave his laptop at work. As a result, even after trying different things, he couldn’t help me. Effectively, I couldn’t work again until the morning. I immediately recognized that as a message from the Universe: Take the evening off.

On the following morning, after dealing with IT to reset my password, other unexpected issues caused me to feel really behind before it was even 10:30am. As a meeting in my office was wrapping up, my mentor showed up unexpectedly at my door. Apparently, her intuition told her to come by and check on me. She asked, “How are you doing?” Without thinking, I blurted out, “I’m drowning!” “How can I help?” she asked. Quickly eying my Outlook calendar, I saw I had a half hour before my next meeting. I suggested, “Let’s go outside for a walk.” For the first few minutes, I simply allowed myself to unload all the pressure that had been building up inside. After that, my mentor asked me a series of questions to help me sort out my overflowing plate and to realize that I didn’t have to do it all. Within 20 minutes, I felt much better and was able to regain my grounding again.

Recognizing Angels and Helpers

universe and shaking handsTo me, the friendly Universe recognized that I needed help, as I had unconsciously slipped into overwhelm. First of all, there was my mysterious inability to access my laptop. On top of that, who in the world would be the after-hours technical support person and not have his work laptop with him? Even as part of me was anxious about not being able to do the work I needed to do, I also recognized that I really could use a break that evening. And the Universe, who’s always on my side, made sure I had that break.

And then, there was the spectacularly timely visit from my mentor to whom I’m deeply grateful. She magically showed up at my door in the only time window I had that morning to step out for a walk to regroup. How amazing was it that she sensed I was struggling without my ever uttering a sound? Our offices are on different sides of the building, and we don’t have regular interactions. I definitely recognized that the synchronistic visit from her was a timely Divine Intervention in response to my energetic cry for help. The friendly Universe got my back again.

Both the tech support rep and my mentor in the above story were angels. It’s easier to recognize my mentor as a helper, while the tech support rep’s role was a bit more subtle. After all, he couldn’t solve the problem for which I called him overtly. Yet, I recognized that he was a corroborator to ensure I took a much needed evening off.

My spiritual practice is important to me, because it helps me cultivate my consciousness. It helps me recognize angels and signs of help, especially at times when life gets the better of my human self and I lose my grounding. By recognizing helpers when they show up, I allow them to help me get re-grounded, so that I know what to do next. The helpers who have shown up in my life over time don’t necessarily solve problems for me. Rather, their job often is to steer me toward remembering that I have all the power and wisdom within to know what the right action is always. Sometimes, the right action includes recognizing that I can’t do it all, don’t have to do it all, and need to ask explicitly for others’ help. That kind of ask is conscious and deliberate, which is fundamentally different from being overwhelmed and unconsciously wishing that someone would take the challenges away.

What about you? Do you believe that the Universe is friendly and is always ready to send help your way? When was the last time you noticed help coming to you? Was the help easy to recognize or was it subtle? Did you ask for that help, whether overtly or energetically?

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12 comments
AlliPolin
AlliPolin

Like you, I do believe that the universe is a friendly place. When I'm drowning the most, it may be harder to see the helpers in my life but their hands are there, extended and willing to help me see the path in front of me.  A subtle helper angel in my life?  You.  Thank you, Alice!

MariaMar1
MariaMar1

Hi Alice,

Thanks for sharing this moment. I also experience constant help, answers and signs, though as you say sometimes it's hard to recognize the gift by the wrapping. LOL. When I was in my 20's I saw life as a struggle because I believed the world was against me. My spiritual path has also clear this up. Sometimes the situations that cause me the most pain and crisis are, once I get it, the biggest springboards to my quantum leaps and growth. Thanks again for this excellent post.

Hiten Vyas
Hiten Vyas

Hi Alice,

I just loved this post as it is a great reminder that everything happens for a reason and every person comes into our lives for a reason. As Jon mentioned in his comment, the trick is to notice these reminders and look for the real and spiritual meanings behind them. When we do this any previously perceived problem ceases to be so.

And yes, I certainly do believe the Universe is a friendly place. I think it is important to believe this first, in order for us to see the helpers that come to assist us.

Thank you.


ThinDifference
ThinDifference

The trick is to recognize those subtle reminders. We so easily pass over them. I guess this is awareness and mindfulness can help, and we need to develop those practices to listen to the cues that pop up. Solid reminder for us. Thank you!

scott_elumn8
scott_elumn8

Great post Alice, I needed this today. A great reminder to stay connected and let what you need come to you. Wonderful to have a great mentor to walk with you. Hope the rest of your week is full of unexpected joy.

Lori
Lori

Hi Alice, So funny that you are talking about this today because I've been thinking about this lately. One of my mantras has been this for years now, "I am cherished, protected, guided and supported by the Universe." When I focus on that, remind myself of it, I feel so good! I believe the universe is friendly and even friendlier if you see it that way. It's something I tried to instill in my children, affirming and pointing out how things always turn out for the best.

I'm not great at asking for help but when I pray for help it always comes.

Lori

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DrAliceChan
DrAliceChan moderator

@AlliPolin Awww, thank you so much, Allie! Very kind of you! I feel fortunate that social media has connected us, and we get to learn from each other through our writing. Thank you!

DrAliceChan
DrAliceChan moderator

@MariaMar1 Thank you for reading and commenting. I'm sure many people can relate to what you said about how your life was shaped by your belief in struggles and the world being against you. Yes, challenges do indeed serve as springboards for growth, don't they? Thanks again for sharing your experience and thoughts!

DrAliceChan
DrAliceChan moderator

Thanks for your kind words once again, my friend! Since a few years ago, I've come to appreciate that everyone we meet, no matter how long our paths cross, bears a gift for me, even if the gift may come in a wrapper that may not be so likeable. Even if I forget momentarily in the presence of significant challenges, I'll always come back to this belief. The Universe is indeed a very friendly place that always has my back. Thank you for sharing your perspective.

DrAliceChan
DrAliceChan moderator

Jon, exactly--awareness and mindfulness are key. That's what conscious living is all about, and what a spiritual practice that resonates enables and supports. Thank you for reading and commenting. Always appreciated!

DrAliceChan
DrAliceChan moderator

Thank you for stopping by and reading, Scott. I'm glad I was able to pass on a reminder from recent experiences that serves you, too. Hope all is well.

DrAliceChan
DrAliceChan moderator

Hi Lori, Love your mantra and what you said about the Universe being even friendlier if we see it that way. Your kids are fortunate to have you instill an empowering perspective about life in them. So many parents unknowingly feed a victim mindset in their kids. They don't mean to, but they just pass on what they unconsciously learned from their parents. Thanks again for sharing your comment. (Sounded like you had trouble, though I saw all 3 comments pushed to my email...)

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