How to Ask the Universe for a Sign and Trust the Guidance You Receive

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How do you ask for a sign from the Universe? How can you tell when you’ve gotten your sign? What if you don’t get your sign?

I hear these questions all the time! If you’re confused about how to ask for a sign, you’re not alone. That’s why I’m dedicating this post to how to ask the Universe for a sign and trust the guidance you receive!

(For a deeper dive, this is a topic I cover in my books The Universe Has Your Back and Super Attractor.)

How to ask for a sign from the Universe

the universe has your back gabby bernsteinPeople tell me, “I got my sign but I’m not sure what it means,” or “I’m not getting my sign and I don’t believe I’m being guided.” There’s a lot of stress around asking for and receiving signs from the Universe, and how to trust in the signs you receive.

I want to address this topic head-on, because when you can relax into faith and know a divine sign when you see one, you will receive beautiful guidance and your path will unfold naturally before you! I want this for everyone. So watch the video below and then keep reading to learn how to trust in the signs you receive from the Universe.

But first, here’s a quick refresher on how to ask for a sign, from The Universe Has Your Back.

How to ask for a sign from the Universe

Asking for a sign means that you’re willing to collaborate with the Universe. It means that you’re committed to releasing structure and control to instead be led by a power greater than you. If you don’t get your sign, that’s a sign too!

Asking for clear guidance is an exercise in receiving good, orderly direction that is unrelated to what you think is right. Remember and trust that the Universe has a better plan than you do.

You can ask for a sign to guide you toward anything you desire. If you’re unsure about a decision or you simply want to know you’re on the right track, ask for a sign. And don’t get hung up about what your sign should be. Just choose the first thing that comes to your mind.

Maybe you think of an animal, a song or a book title. Often people receive signs as numbers in sequence like 1111 or 444. Or maybe your sign is a song, a fragrance or a name.

Just let whatever comes to your mind become your sign. Allow it to come to you naturally and commit to what you hear.

Once you ask for your sign, the next step is crucial. You must turn over your desire to the Universe with a prayer. Say this prayer: “Thank you, Universe, for offering me clarity. Show me my sign if I’m moving in the right direction.”

Then be patient.

How to know you’ve gotten your sign

Watch below and keep reading to learn how to recognize that you’ve received a sign and trust in it:

What to do when you receive a clear sign

The greatest way to stay connected with what your sign means and the guidance it offers is to tune into how you feel when you receive it.

If you receive a sign that makes you feel connected and aligned, and you feel that you’re receiving an intuitive message to move forward, don’t second-guess it. Trust that guidance.

The guidance truly is limitless! You might be a little psyched out when you first start receiving signs and noticing lots of synchronicities.

The signs and synchronicities might seem a little too good to be true, but they’re not. This is simply the miraculous way of life that’s available to you when you surrender to the Universe and have faith in the guidance you receive.

The keywords are SURRENDER and FAITH

I'm in awe of the magnificent guidance available to me | Super Attractor card deckMany people will ask for a sign but they don’t surrender to the Universe. Or they don’t trust that the guidance they receive is better than what their ego wants. They try to manipulate situations so their sign will show up, or they specifically pick a sign they know they’ll see.

Try not to control your sign. Your sign will be crystal clear if you’re going in the right direction. And always remember that if it’s not clear, then that too is divine guidance (more on that below).

The medium Colette Baron-Reid says that your sign needs to be like a billboard, so clear that you cannot deny it.

What to do when your sign isn’t clear or you’re unsure about it

So what happens when you see your sign, but you don’t feel connected to it? Or when you realize that you’re trying to play tricks with the Universe?

The answer is simple: Tune back in. Turn to your prayer practice and your meditations to get centered again.

When we use signs from the Universe as a way to manipulate or control an outcome, or to feel a sense of certainty when we’re uncomfortable, that is not the process.

Manifesting is a conversation with the Universe. When you’re in alignment, you’re in conversation. That conversation isn’t based on ego or a specific outcome. It’s based on a free-flowing energy that is supporting and guiding you.

Tweet: When you are in alignment with the loving energy of the Universe, you can ask for a sign and trust that you will receive the guidance you need. @gabbybernstein #theuniversehasyourback

If you find yourself trying to search for your sign or control your sign, or you see it but don’t know what it means, that’s an indication that you are out of alignment. Get back into alignment through prayer and meditation, or reread The Universe Has Your Back and use the practices and tools in the book to gain a stronger understanding of what your relationship with the Universe means to you.

Practice spiritual surrender

And if you really struggle with the concept of surrender, try my five steps to spiritual surrender. This is a beautiful practice to use when you’re having a tough time letting go of an outcome. Maybe you’re hung up about a crush or wish an ex would come back to you. Or maybe you’re looking for a new job and have a lot of anxiety around hearing back from companies you applied to. Whatever it is, this practice will bring you great relief.

Once you’re back in alignment, you can ask for your sign and trust that you will receive the guidance you need. When you open up that conversation from a place of alignment rather than from a place of neediness and control, you will receive CLEAR direction.

When you try to control, you only get in the way. But when you ask from a place of wisdom and receptivity, you can trust that the messages you receive are putting you on the right path.

Be patient and trust in the Universe’s plan

Some signs come quickly and some take time. If you don’t get your sign right away don’t worry. You may need to clear some fears or strengthen your faith before you can get it.

If you don’t get your sign, that’s a sign, too

trust the universe gabby bernstein card deckNot receiving your sign is guidance, too. If you asked the Universe to confirm you’re in the right romantic relationship and you don’t receive your sign, that’s a sign! Take this direction seriously.

I’m not saying to break up with your partner overnight. But I am suggesting that you look more closely at the fundamental issues that need to be resolved.

You’ll always exercise free will, but consider the signs from the Universe (or lack thereof) as supportive direction on your path.

Your true power is the love and peace within you

Gabby Bernstein | ask the universe for a signDo you tend to feel impatient after asking for a sign? Consider that your impatience may be blocking the sign!

Often when we find ourselves impatient, it’s really because we don’t trust in the outcome. We’re afraid that something won’t happen the exact way we want it or exactly when we want it to happen. (Try this tip to practice patience.)

Anytime you place your happiness and safety in the outcome, you lose sight of a plan beyond your own. You cut off communication with the Universe and disconnect from all of the infinite possibilities that could occur.

The key to releasing this control is to surrender all your outside needs and obsessions and remember that nothing can take away your true power: the love and peace within you.

No matter the outcome of a situation, your true power is the love and peace within you. This inner sense of love and peace comes from being connected to the love and peace of the Universe and trusting that it always has your back.

So remember: Anytime you want to ask for a sign, tune in to your energy first. If your energy is ego-driven, the responses will be muddy. If the energy is aligned with love, you will always get clear direction. Be very conscious of the energy you’re putting forth when you ask for guidance and make sure that it’s clear, connected and aligned.

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  1. Hi Gabby,

    I am a late bloomer that went back to school and got two law degrees: one at 40 the other at 44. Yesterday I meditated asking for clarity regarding what my career should look like. It seemed clear to me where I should be working and I cried hysterically because I already had a foot in but left because I felt I was being underused. I asked for a sign after the mediation – any sign I would recognize. I went to LinkedIn to check out opportunities and the first posting at the top was for this organization (it’s gov’t). The post was not for a job I would want or be qualified for, but it was for the place I feel I should be. I’m 50 now and afraid I’ll never work again. Was this a sign? TIA

  2. Dear Gabby
    My matter is very confidential and private, do you have a private email I can send my query to. Please I really need your guidance.

    1. Yes! It doesn’t matter how your sign appears to you (in real life, in dreams, on tv, via the internet, in words, etc)– what matters is how you feel when you receive your sign. If you feel a sense of relief, excitement, joy, or something positive when you recognize your sign, then trust that it is for you! xoxo

  3. Hey Gabby,

    During a confusing time in my life I feel like I asked for so many signs on so many things that now it just kind of blurs into one. For example 10:10, sunflowers, flamingos – so now I feel like I see them everywhere and its a bit much. Can I ask the universe to help me start over on my sign list? haha I would just like the signs to be more clear and very straightforward. Not one for this or that.

    Best, Steph

    1. Absolutely, Stephanie! You can start over with more specific intentions! When you ask for clarity, the universe will respond! xoxo

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