How to Receive Signs from the Universe

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Are you blown away when you’re thinking of someone and they call five minutes later? Or do you flip out when the song you were humming comes on the radio? These awesome moments of synchronicity are available to you all the time.

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  1. Hi Gabrielle, I’m from France. After reading your book « the Universe has your back ». I choose a sign and I asked God to show it to me everytime I will need to know if I am on the right direction. In August I met a guy, he wasn’t exactly the one I was waiting for and I wasn’t sure if I should give him a chance. Deep inside I wanted to and I kept seeing my sign many times a day. I wasn’t sure he was the one but I knew I was in the right direction with him and I knew he will lead me where I was suppose to be. I finally had feelings for him and he was giving me a lot of love. Everything was going perfect between us. One night during my prayers I asked God to always guide me in the right direction and if he was the one that he stays in my life and if he wasn’t the one that he could leave my Life. I had no reason to ask this because I started to fall in love and everything was ok. But after one month and for no real reason he ended the story. I was sad for two weeks. One day I decided to install a dating app.
    I matched with a guy and we started to talk on the phone. I never felt a connection like this with anyone and I can say that he is the most wonderful man in the world. I feel like I have met my soulemate. But we don’t live in the same country and he was sick this week. I had him on the phone on wednesday he told me he didnt feel good but that it was just a cold. And till wednesday night his phone is off and I have no way to reach him. I woke up in the middle of the night crying and hoping is alive. And I just remembered right now that I saw my sign everywhere in my dream. I don’t know what it means im feeling so lost and sad right now.

    1. Hi Liv,
      I’m sorry this is happening and send you massive love and comfort right now.
      Hopefully, by now, you’ve heard from your boyfriend.
      It feels like you need more support here.
      First, try grounding yourself. You can learn more about how to do that here:
      This will help you to calm and relax.
      Second, try connecting with your spirit guides to help you feel spiritually supported and less alone.
      I hope these practices serve you.
      Praying with you.

  2. I ask for specific signs – often 3 squirrels in the same yard, a yellow butterfly or a blue bird (I ask for different signs for different questions). The Universe sends me my signs and reassures me I’m on the right track!
    I recently asked a difficult question to the universe. I asked for a feather if a specific event was going to occur. The next day I saw a very beat up looking black feather. A few hours a later I saw a bunch of white fluffy feathers. I think my angels have a sense of humor…

  3. I love the amazing moments of synchronicity. It just makes me smile so big! I have been asking for guidance about something I have been struggling with for about seven months now. I came up with a specific sign I wanted to see, and while that hasn’t come up (yet?) a LOT of other synchronicities have. Without getting too specific, the exact song I had been talking to a love interest about came on the radio later that night (and this is a very old song), I saw this love interest’s name on a coffee cup one of my friends was using, when I was thinking about him someone I was hanging out with unknowingly turned on his favorite movie, I always see his type of truck….how can all of these be coincidences? And I’m confused because they seem clear, but they’re not what I asked for. I would love to hear what you think!

  4. Thank you Gabby for your amazing work. I have a question about signs. I have been asking to see a butterfly for the past three months if my current new partner is the one for me. I have seen multiple signs every single day for the past three months of asking. This has strengthened my faith. We recently had a falling out and are currently not speaking. I am still seeing butterflies but feel as though some of his traits are flaws and red flags in a relationship. It’s causing me to question if I’ve been falsely following the signs all along.

    I even went so far to almost buy the “He’s Just That Not Into You” book from Barnes n Noble today and something in my gut told me it wasn’t the right thing to do. While I had it in my hands, I felt that buying and reading it would give me low-vibe energy, which is the opposite of being a super attractor! I made it to the front counter and when it was my turn, I turned away and went back to an aisle to really think about if I wanted to buy it or not. My eyes immediately landed on a butterfly card, then when I would redirect my focus, my would immediately land on another butterfly in the greeting cards aisle, this happened 5-6 times no matter where I looked! I took this as a sign to put the book away, and buy your Universe Has Your Back deck of cards instead. Once this book was out of my hands, I no longer saw butterflies anywhere. Just before I went to bed, I shuffled my deck of cards and the first card I picked said “I surrender to a power greater than me.” Which has a picture of a butterfly on it! My jaw dropped.

    Again, I feel like these are huge signs from the universe but after being treated poorly by him I’m having a hard time believing he could possibly be the one. Please let me know your thoughts, I want to continue to lean on faith. I would greatly appreciate your insight ❤️

    Thank you so much

    1. Lyn, when asking for a sign from the Universe, be open to all the ways in which it may show up. When we try to control or get tight around how the signs show up, we are operating from a place of fear. Deepening your daily spiritual practices is beautiful way to break free from the fear energy. My favorite ways to do this is through a daily meditation, journaling, and prayer.

      These blog posts may support and inspire you:

    2. Hi Lyn, after reading your comment it made me feel as if you are maybe misrepresenting the signs. I think it is important to reflect upon the base motive for asking a particular question from the universe. You asked if your partner is right for you or not. To such specific questions, we do not receive specific answers. The “answers” are never as yes/no. They serve as a guiding tool. After all, you are also the co-creator of life with the universe. You cannot ask whether a given job is suitable or if you should buy a house that caught your fancy. Because a straight answer would mean creating your future even before it has arrived.

      I do not mean that universe does not reply to such specific questions. It always does, as in your case too. But as I said before, what was the main reason for you to ask that question? Only you can answer that. For me, I also demanded something similar from the universe. After contemplating on my sign, I understood that universe doesn’t say “go ahead” or a red flag, instead like a mirror it turns our motivations, fears and desires unto ourselves. If you are repeateadly seeing butterflies everywhere, understand that universe knows why your are asking that question and that sign is the answer to that- and not your vocalised or externally manifested question of his suitability with you.
      This is only based from my personal experience and I believe that communication with the universe is a highly personalised act and it isn’t as simple or mundane as filling a quiz form of “yes” or “no” or “none of the above”. Hope this helps you to trust your gut instincts and the intelligibility of signs 🙂

  5. I recently lost my son. in working thru my grief i asked him to show me signs that he was near me and the way i asked him to show me was thru the appearance of butterflies. i dont get out a lot because i am disabled and cannot drive but i belong to a couple of groups on FB and i started to see butterflies everywhere! from people offering support and using a butterfly emoji in their signature to another telling a story about a butterfly following her all over the a park on her bike while a song played.. she said the butterfly flew away after the song finished playing.. and she felt compelled to post in that particular group because she thought it would have meaning to someone in that group.. so yeah.. many signs… LOL. I find this fascinating. I have asked for signs like talk about in the past. I am an empath and have this to be helpful when i am at an impass in my life… the universe has the plan and knows what is right.. ty for the video

    1. Thank you for this gorgeous, heartfelt share Karin. You are an inspiration. Sending you continued healing, peace, and lots of love.

  6. Hi all,

    I’m a French guy who gets more and more conscient using Miguel Ruiz and Eckhart Tolle guidlines. I’ve just read “the Universe has your back” and wonder about signs.

    Actualy, I have a hard choice to make in my life and I have tried to use Universe sings.
    I thought about an animal I like : lynx. Thinking about it, I remembered a French humorous film in which a fool tells his preferred animal is a hyena.
    Then, I have seen a hyena in a book read by the person concerned with my choice. Living her, I’ve seen a cat whose ears were like lynx ones.

    Do you think those indirect signs are Universe signs : I don’t want to see signs where there are none.

    I know I have to be patient and I thank Kari Harris for the answer she gave me. I continue to do meditations and to look for signs but it seems to have calmed down since…


  7. Thank you so much for your work – you have enlightened me spiritually, i never had a spiritual practice before your work came into my life during my painful divorce. After my divorce I had manifested what i thought was the perfect man for me. Things were wonderful for a while, challenging with communication but still great. I asked for signs all along the way- a particular number sequence which i saw all the time…completely organically without manipulation. This man recently split with me – I’ve come to realize our connection wasn’t as deep as i thought or wanted and that my sadness stems more from things not working out rather than from him specifically (i hope that makes sense). But I am upset about the signs. I clearly asked for this number sequence to show me he was my future, despite the challenges he was the man for me…and i received the signs YES he is! Now I’m very confused about signs – they had been so encouraging and I believed in them and now I am losing faith in signs. Much love and blessings and thank you for sharing your wisdom.

  8. Long story short. I have been
    Manifesting somethinf for months now. One of them is buying/ owning a lexus car which cost $160,000 aus dollars. This car isnt as common you would see in the road the likes of a mustang or a porsche suv. Its more like seeing ferrari or aston martin sports cars. I was driving today to look at display homes. I took a wrong turn and as i pulled out onto the street i see a “lexus” car that i manifest about. Heading towards me. Then once i got to my destination, to the display house… the same lexus parked infront of the house i was in. Any ideas?

    Thank you

    1. When you ask for a sign from the Universe, be open to all the ways in which it presents itself! Seeing repeated signs let’s you know you are doing great work!

  9. I keep seeing 911 and I have no idea what this means! Not sure if it’s a sign of something good or something bad…how do I go about figuring it out?

    1. Take a quiet moment and ask yourself if this feels like it’s coming from a place of love or a place of fear. Signs from our inner guidance always come from a place of love and knowing. Fearful energy means it’s your ego talking. <3

  10. It is very interesting. I started with writing to my angels. I will usually pick a sign for YES and a sign for NO. I asked about this guy who is bit younger than me. I asked BUTTERFLIES for YES and CATS for NO. I started seeing butterfly images all over and cats being so common on that specific day i didn’t encounter any. It is so amazing feeling to being in alignment with the universe and your angels. I find writing very effective. I have a separate journal for writing to my angels. If i need a answer real quick or i am in public or where i am unable to write and ask. I will just breathe and take a moment and i will pick 2 different signs , one for YES and another for NO. I is unbelievable to see how quick you will get the response. I am very new to this but my trust is growing every day. AND interestingly out of sudden i will start feeling or laughing from inside. I don’t know but its really funny and i laugh really well and i feel really happy . Its like my guides telling me a joke or something LOL. I am loving it. I think the key is to trust. I am in the process and have positive hopes. 🙂

    1. Love hearing about how you are tapping in to your inner guidance. Keep up the awesome work! <3

  11. I recently attended your workshop in Toronto. Wow. Definitely a game changer for me. I have been trying to decide whether or not to make a move to the city. I have always said I wanted to leave my small town but fear held me back. Since your workshop I have been able to recognize things naturally falling into place – job posting, house becoming available, etc. I stumbled across your manifestation video and decided to try asking the universe if i was on the right path….using your sign of owls. That evening my youngest daughter asked for my help to get something out of her tangled blankets – huge pink owl! Thought nothing of it at the time until I was standing near the bookcase and for no apparent reason, a stuffy fell to the floor. Another was about to but I grabbed it before it did….another Owl! So thank you for opening my eyes to the possibilities around me….and within me. ❤❤❤

  12. I asked for the sign of a bunny. A few years ago after my father died I saw bunnies everywhere. Then I slowly stopped seeing them. A month ago I asked the universe for my sign, a bunny. It was over 2 weeks before I saw one and felt that I am on the right path.
    This morning I found a dead bunny on my lawn. I’m not quite sure how to interpret that.

  13. How do I know whether the things I’m experiencing are signs of synchronicity or just coincidences? Because things reminding me of a particular person happen daily, but I don’t know whether I’m seeing them as signs because I want to, or if they actually are signs.

    1. what you think about you create. so if the person is on your mind you’ll be guided to signs and synchronicity that will remind you of them.

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  15. Hi Gabrielle,
    I askes for a specific bird sign.
    Last night in my dream the bird appeared twice.
    Is this a sign of the Universe or is it my subconscious playing tricks with me.

  16. Hi Gabby-

    I’ve chosen my sign to be a deer. I just always felt like it was a sign of something whenever I saw one and always felt deeply connect to them. Im curious though, can you see your sign (such as a deer) as a picture/drawing/fake deer? What if you see your sign in a dream, is it just your subconscious? Or is it a sign? Can we ask the universe to see our sign more than once to make sure it is really a sign from the universe? Or should we know when we see it the first time? I just started my spiritual journey and it is already changing my life! You have been a huge part of it. Thank you!

    1. Your sign may come in the form of a drawing, a live deer you spot in the woods, an image on TV, anything! The way to know it’s your sign is that it will be UNDENIABLE. You will feel it in your gut!

  17. I have been caring for my mum by myself for just over 6 years, since she has been diagnosed with vascular dementia Recently her condition has deteriorated. Lately I have felt the burden of her care more .So I decided to ask the universe for the strength and patience to continue to care for her at home with love. I asked the universe to send me a sign. I guess I wanted to know if it was supporting me in caring for her and supporting her in her illness. I asked the universe to send me a rainbow lorikeet. The next day I went to close the gate outside and in the tree next door not two feet away was a rainbow lorikeet looking at me . My mood was instantly lifted. Then the next day I was putting out the washing and as I looked up I saw this huge eagle just guiding in the air above me. It was gliding so low I could clearly see its face and wings. Gabby do you know what the eagle sign means. It glided above me for at least 5 minutes and I must confess I was mesmerised. I have lived in my home for 40 years and I have never seen one before

    1. Wow. That is astonishing. How did the eagle make you feel? It sounds like a miraculous experience. When I think of eagles I think of strength and courage. If that resonates with you, then it is likely the message the Universe was sending you: Yes, you are supported, and you have the courage and strength you need. Love and light to you.

  18. I was talking to a friend about feeling I’d soon be pregnant with a girl and a ladybug appeared on my arm when we were talking about it. Not long after that conversation, I found out I was pregnant and have had a worrying few weeks with some medical concerns about the pregnancy. I keep asking to see ladybugs if the baby will be ok and I’ve been overwhelmed with pictures of ladybugs coming up everywhere. I’m hoping this means all will be well! What do you think?

    1. That is a beautiful sign! Be sure to talk with your doctor/midwife and remember the Universe has your back no matter what.

      1. Unfortunately I miscarried a few days after I wrote this post. I found a dead ladybug in the garden the day it happened. Thank you for your response.

  19. Wow this is amazing! I just have read your book ‘The universe has your back’ in the plane to Singapore. I often see 11 and even in this case I got room number 11, flight chair number 11 and I even find a guy who’s favorite number is 11! But when I like to change something about myself when I am walking in the park I always see a dragonfly. So I choose this as my totem and choose it as a sign that afternoon as well. In the evening I was walking with a friend in Singapore and then I saw a lot of big dragonflies. And I mean a lot! I was so amazed, because when do you see dragonflies in such great amount? They were lighten up and really beautiful, when I was looking at my phone to search the place it said 11:11. Now this is what you can call a sign! The garden was called dragonfly bay and I didn’t know there was a garden like this! I know this is a old blogpost, but I needed to share this. Thankyou for being a wonderfull person!

  20. Thanks so much for that great post! I know the art of getting signs as I try to learn from a lot of masters and healers. They usually say we need to give the universe a strong wish as “Show me this and this sign before I go to bed, if…” but you do not think we should do that?

    Also, sometimes I get the sign and I keep asking for more, but they do not come then. Is it that I get on the nerves of my angels then ;)? I had the feeling that sometimes life guides me in brings me crab, so I always really want to make sure, I end up on the right path…

    Thanks so much Gabby! Love the new book “The Universe has your back” <3

  21. Hello Gabby! I love the Universe Has Your Back, it has been extremely helpful. I’ve been having some questions about the sign that I asked the Universe for and I’m not sure if the way I’ve been thinking is correct. My ex-boyfriend and I were together for almost 2 years and our relationship was always passionate, even when we were fighting. But we broke up about a year ago, and we came back together but not fully together and then he left again because he decided it was best to move on. I am so heartbroken. So I read your book and I decided to ask the Universe for a sign about my ex-boyfriend, if he will come back and if he and I are meant to be together. I have not been manic manifesting, I chose to let go of the outcome like you said to do in the book. I asked for the sign to be “our song” that we chose. And after I asked for that, I began to hear our song at bars, when I was having lunch with my mother, when I was eating dinner at a restaurant. And the song is on my Spotify playlist so it plays sometimes in my car and I asked the Universe to show me the exact same truck that my ex-boyfriend drives if the song plays, and I’ve see it many times on different days. I saw three of his truck during the song once, after I quickly prayed to the Universe to show me the truck, if it is the right thing for me. But I don’t know if this is right, because my ex-boyfriend just started seeing someone else. So it’s hard for me to believe the sign when reality is showing otherwise. Am I wrong to think this way? Should I be patient? I’m sorry for the long post, but I really hope that you are able to answer my question because no one really understands me. Thank you so much Gabby! <3

    1. Kayla, my heart goes out to you. It can be incredibly hard to heal from the breakup of a romantic relationship. When we are co-creating with the Universe, one incredibly important thing to remember is that we cannot control everything. That includes timelines. Follow my steps on spiritual surrender and turn over this outcome to Spirit. Practice surrender daily for 40 days. Use the cord-cutting practice to free yourself from this energetic attachment. And give more of what you want to receive. There are many relationships in our life. What you give away, you will receive. Finally, take that song off your Spotify playlist. Keeping it on there is a subtle way of manipulating outcomes — and it keeps you stuck. Sending you so much love and light. You are loved. You are supported. You are enough. xo

      1. I deleted the song right away! And I will be practicing surrendering all outcomes to the Universe daily. Thank you so much Gabby, this means a lot to me! <3

      2. I just watched your Super Soul Sessions Talk and it was amazing and beautiful. I was crying the whole time. I really heard what you said and I will be applying it to my life and prayers. You are such a blessing. Thank you for your advice and wisdom that you share to all of us! <3

  22. Hi Gabby!
    What does it mean when i asked the universe for a sign (a Lion) refarding something and now i see lions everywhere?….could it be a “sign” or was it just me attracting it necause of what i have on my mind?

  23. How do you deal with getting a sign and it not being the direction you want? You know it’s right but you still want something different. How do you let go?

  24. Hi Gabby!….thank you for responding!
    Last week i said “universe, if i should still keep hope that my love interest and i will work things out and become official please show me a lion 3 times today!”….well once i said that i looked in facebook amd bam! the logo of a lion popped out at me on a blog i read on my newsfeed…i read it almost daily but had never noticed the logo. Then, a few hrs later i logged on again and watched a video that was shared about a comedian and he mentioned the word “Lion” in his skit and a stuffed lion passed by on the screen. Well as i was driving home i passed by a school i normally drive by but i had never noticed what their mascot was….and as i was passing by their school sign i see a small lion on the corner of the sign that i had never noticed before. Ok, i dont know if i should just be assurred that i the universe was responding but after that i would see a lion often without asking -either on tv or social media. Well, a couple of days ago i was a bit broken hearted when i saw my love interest in a picture with someone else (his ex )….does this mean i should dismiss my signs or that its not meant for me?…..i did ask the universe for a different sign regarding keeping my hopes up but it didnt happen, should i just take that as a sign to just forget about being with that person?….i would really love your feedback…this is something close to my heart. Thanks Gabby Blessings!

  25. Thanks for the blog post. I had recently gone through a break up with my true love. I was heart broken and I asked for a sign from the universe to show me that he still loves and cares for me… the sign that I wanted to see was Hawaii. I have seen signs with Hawaii every single day! License plate, Hawaii islands on shirts, turtles, conversations, Aloha, Maui, etc! 🙂

  26. Hi Gabby,
    I wanted to know if there is any significance to a sign being in a fixed spot vs finding your sign in a temporary spot. By fixed spot I may mean finding your sign as a spray painting on a brick wall vs finding your sign as a bumper sticker on someone’s car where that car could just leave its spot any minute.
    The reason I ask is because I was asking for an eagle as a sign if a specific job that I had an interview for is the right job for me, and as I was walking towards my home, a sign of an eagle hit me right in the face mere metres from where I live. Now there are three of such signs plastered right next to wear I live and they weren’t there before, and whenever I leave the house I see them. Also, the next day I was walking to an appointment and, on my way back home, I decided to take a different route and, as I was walking, a sign of another eagle hit me in the face, and this eagle is a logo for a bank, so it’s in a fixed position. Also the significance of this second eagle is the location it’s in; it’s right across the road from the company that I want to get that job with.

    So do fixed signs tell a different story from mobile signs?

    Also, if a friend of mine sees my sign, does that mean anything? Or is it only me who is supposed to spot my eagle sign?

    1. That’s your sign, honey. Trust that.
      Your friend telling you about your sign is a sign too.
      Keep building your trust with the Universe <3
      Re-read Chapter 3 in The Universe Has Your Back: YOU ARE ALWAYS BEING GUIDED. EVEN WHEN IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE IT.
      big love,

  27. Hey Gabby,

    I’ve been in the process of exploring a new job opportunity that would start in September. There’s pros and cons to the job but no matter how long I think about it, I just can’t make my mind up on whether I should except it or not. I’ve said loud and clear to the universe “If this decision is of the highest good, please show me a hummingbird”. My question is, If I do not see a hummingbird could the universe be telling me not to take the job as it has a different plan for me?

    I’d love to hear back from you,


    1. Christine,
      This is a huge life decision and if this practice is not one you’re ready to trust in fully, that is more than OK. We have to be where we are. It’s OK to have doubt, but it sounds like you need some clarity first and foremost. Here is a link to my manifesting meditations. I feel this may serve you right now.
      After this, if you feel guided to, ask the Universe again. When you deepen your relationship to the Universe through prayer and meditation, it becomes easier to listen to and trust in the guidance we receive.
      Let me know how it goes!

  28. Hi!!!….loved reading all the comments! Gives me hope!…..i have a question though, i dont want to confuse signs that really arent there. I asked the universe to show me a “lion” as a sign that i should keep my hopes up regarding a love interest. Well, even though i knew where i was driving i didnt realize right away that i would be driving towards a building i see almost daily that had a lion on its sign until i was a block away and said “oh yeahh, i just remembered theres a lion on that building” as i was getting closer. Though i always knew that building had a lion on it i didnt really think of it til i was getting close, should i dismiss that as a “sign”?…please give your advice. I just want to read “signs” correctly and not “see them” on purpose lol….thank you! 🙂

    1. I think you can take that as a sign, but if you’re doubting it, ask for a different sign. The most important thing here is learning to trust the Universe. So, in the meantime, be sure to keep up a prayer and meditation practice. The more things that you can do to pull yourself out of your head, the easier it will become to trust that you are guided. Bless you. Big love xoxo

      1. Hi Gabby!….thank you for responding!
        Last week i said “universe, if i should still keep hope that my love interest and i will work things out and become official please show me a lion 3 times today!”….well once i said that i looked in facebook amd bam! the logo of a lion popped out at me on a blog i read on my newsfeed…i read it almost daily but had never noticed the logo. Then, a few hrs later i logged on again and watched a video that was shared about a comedian and he mentioned the word “Lion” in his skit and a stuffed lion passed by on the screen. Well as i was driving home i passed by a school i normally drive by but i had never noticed what their mascot was….and as i was passing by their school sign i see a small lion on the corner of the sign that i had never noticed before. Ok, i dont know if i should just be assurred that i the universe was responding but after that i would see a lion often without asking -either on tv or social media. Well, a couple of days ago i was a bit broken hearted when i saw my love interest in a picture with someone else (his ex 🙁 )….does this mean i should dismiss my signs or that its not meant for me?…..i did ask the universe for a different sign regarding keeping my hopes up but it didnt happen, should i just take that as a sign to just forget about being with that person?….i would really love your feedback…this is something close to my heart. Thanks Gabby 🙂 Blessings!

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