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.
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
To 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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