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How to Co-create with the Universe

Posted by Keri Bertolino on

If you’re a fan of Gabby Bernstein, you may have heard her speak about her “sign” from the Universe. Whenever Gabby needs a sign that she is on the right path, she asks the Universe to send her an owl. This doesn’t need to be an actual owl – sometimes it’s a picture of an owl, a gift card with an owl on the faceplate, even a bumper sticker with an owl. When she sees the owl, she interprets its presence as receiving divine guidance.

After hearing Gabby speak about this, I decided to try it on my own. Gabby has a few suggestions for picking your sign and co-creating with the Universe:

  1. Be specific. Asking the Universe to show you something like “sunshine” is too broad. Get specific about what you want to see – 11:11 on the clock, a yellow car, a lady bug…the more specific, the more certain you can be that it’s a true sign from the Universe. Maybe it’s not something you see; perhaps it’s a song that doesn’t play often or a specific band.
  2. Ask for clear direction. Make sure you ask the Universe to send you the sign when you need it. For example, send me a feather when I’m on the right path.
  3. Accept when you don’t see your sign. Know that when you do not get your sign, you are being redirected to something better for you and all involved.
  4. Try not to control the outcome. If you are trying to see a blue jay, and a robin lands on your deck, that is not your sign. Be patient and wait for the blue jay!

I first started noticing signs in my own life when I was 15. Maybe it happened sooner, but that’s when I really started noticing the number 119. It came into my life all the time and I couldn’t help but notice it everywhere – 1:19 on the clock, the tour bus number in front of me as I sit in traffic, house numbers of places I’m going. As I got older, I wondered what this meant. Was this my sign from the Universe? It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I learned about angel numbers and read more about the significance of angel number 119.

Today, I see 119 all the time and get excited every time it comes into my life. When I was at the Basic Witch Supercourse in New Orleans earlier this year, I took Ubers to and from Raw Republic each day. I added the cost of my Ubers when I got home and they totaled…you guessed it, $119 on the dot!

Even though I feel a vibrational connection to this number, after hearing Gabby talk about the owl, I wanted a new sign. I asked the Universe to show me butterflies in moments when I’m on the right path. It was a strange thing for me to pick. I’ve never really had any attachment or special interest in butterflies – it was just the first thing that came to mind. I live in the city and don’t see butterflies that often, so I wasn’t sure how the Universe was going to send them to me – especially in the middle of winter.

Within a week of asking for my new sign, I was in the healing room at Bow & Arrow Collective, working on a client. While doing Reiki, I looked up and saw that a new picture had been added to the cabinet in the healing room – a butterfly. I smiled, thinking this was the Universe’s way of showing me that healing is my path.

A couple weeks later, we were in St. John celebrating my birthday. From the moment we arrived, I saw signs everywhere we went:

  • Within minutes of arriving on the island (before we even got to the rental house), I spotted a license plate with the number 119 and knew this was going to be a magical trip!
  • A butterfly notepad was one of the first things I noticed in the rental house.
  • A gorgeous orange butterfly visited me at the pool the morning of my birthday – shortly after the exact time of my birth. It came back later that day with a second butterfly.
  • During a day trip to the British Virgin Islands, I encountered a wall of butterflies at Peter Island Resort.
  • My Instagram feed was full of butterflies the entire week – even stamped into a burger bun at Mariposa (a restaurant in Sedona, one of my favorite places).

Signs from the Universe

birthday butterfly

But the most special butterfly moment of the trip was when I was walking down to a private beach through a wooded path. I was by myself – the rest of the group was still at the house – and a black butterfly flew in front of me and “led” me down the path to the beach. I couldn’t get my phone out fast enough to capture the moment, but it was one that I couldn’t believe. It was just too perfect of a moment.

We have talked many times about our dream of moving to St. John someday. I couldn’t help but wonder if the Universe was telling me that St. John is my path because, as you know, I do not believe in coincidences! Only time will tell. In the meantime, I will trust that the Universe has my back and will continue to look for signs to reaffirm that I’m on the right path.

Cinnamon Bay St John

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