Sometime last June I sat down to read for a bright young woman I’ll call J. In her session, she asked her departed father for a sign of reassurance that he was watching over her. A few days later, J’s dad delivered on her request—and in mind-blowing fashion!
Read on to see how it all came to pass.
J has two key aptitudes that help her recognize symbolic signs: curiosity and awareness.
When she arrived at my office, she declared, “I performed the psychic exercise you suggested.”
“Do you remember, where you call for an incongruous symbol, and it comes to you?”
[You can learn about this technique here: http://www.derekcalibre.com/blog/symbolic-synchronicities-keeping-it-positive]
She continued, “For my symbol, I imagined an origami sailboat for some reason.” And with that she whipped out a picture of one. “Then this came in the mail.” It was a brochure from an Asian business school.
Origami is an artistic discipline involving representational forms. It’s a way of saying, ‘this piece of paper is like that object’, which is similar to what the psychic mind does. It passes symbolic forms through our imaginations that subsequently reflect in our surroundings.
I like to play with the idea that there is symbolic value in signs.
Boats indicate journeys though the spiritual world. Sailboats: traveling on the currents of winds and water. A school indicates learning. Winds are quick; here one moment, gone the next. Very much like the mind’s thoughts. But water is of a different world. It’s slow, and thick, more like blood through the heart.
To breeze along in a sailboat is like floating above emotional confluences.
If you call spirit for a sign, it will no doubt come to you. When it does, you will feel its message elusive. A psychic’s art is in drawing messages out of signs.
J and I fished through my Postcard Tarot deck for psychic impressions she might follow. One image was of a proud grocer from the 1940’s who was posing behind an array of fruits and vegetables. Next to him was a historic picture of Wall Street.
I saw the grocer as her dad. I imagined him confident, fruitful, and perhaps entrepreneurial. One could see his passing as reflected in the antiquated elements of the cards, a time gone by.
I said, “The cornucopia of produce next to the image of Wall Street suggests he was successful in finance. Was he?”
“He worked on Wall Street,” she replied.
My client plays a part in how the cards arrange themselves. Through the language of the cards, J’s father made himself evident. Important people in my clients’ lives, living or passed, almost invariably appear through the symbolism of the tarot.
When this happens, I employ my imagination. What might J’s dad have to say?
In my mind’s eye, I see him holding his hand out, palm up. He appears to be offering something I can’t quite identify. In my mind’s ear, I hear him say, “Please tell her I’ll send her a sign. She’ll know it’s me.”
“He says he’ll send you a sign, and that you’ll know it came from him,” I say. I feel a little odd saying this. It feels weird to allow such credence in an imaginary vision. Medium-ship has never really been my focus. Usually I’m more of a straightforward symbolist.
“What sign," she asked? "How will I know?”
“Well, I guess you’ll know it when you see it, right?" I thought about it for a moment, then added, "If I were you, I’d think of an object he always had with him, something he could hold in his hands that symbolized, maybe, what he liked to do or... I don’t know. But if you quietly ask him…”
She interrupted me. “Okay, I got it. I know what it is. Do you want to know what it is?”
“No! Keep it to yourself. Until it’s revealed, let the symbol be your secret with him.”
A few days later J emailed from a nail salon. She'd been flipping through a magazine when her father showed her the sign— and in a really grand way.
She wrote, “I picked a money clip as our sign, because he always carried one. You can see it in the photo below (item labeled #2).”
J is faithful by nature. She also possesses a natural doubt in her relationship with the Divine, which I think is healthy. Faith and doubt go together. They’re best held in balance.
When your guides want to help you foster a greater sense of faith, they’ll sprinkle your coincidences with unique details that you wouldn’t normally believe.
“I second-guessed myself,” she wrote. “I thought, ‘Well maybe, maybe not. But it COULD really be the sign.’ Then I looked at the whole page again, and noticed the boat shoes (labeled #1), which my father always wore when I was a child.
Then to top it off... When I looked further, the names on the shorts! Tom, my dad’s name, and Teddy, my childhood dog (labeled #4). Just to really drive it home! Unbelievable!!! Yet believable. J”
Who knows what forces collaborated to organize J’s coincidence?
In the bottom left corner of the photo you can just make out the word “cubists”. Cubism is a scene broken down to its basic elements and then reconstructed. It’s exactly what I recommend my psychic students do when they’re trying to interpret a meaningful coincidence.
I see the spirit of J’s father as saying more than “I love you and I’m with you.” By highlighting some of the symbolic details imbedded in her coincidence, we can see how a few deeper messages might be implied:
Money Clip— Money is kept organized and secure.
Boat Shoes— Walk comfortably.
Summer Shorts with Water Motif— Relax. Remember to enjoy the beach!
Family Dog— Like man’s best friend, I’m always by your side.
Father’s Day— A man’s children are the best gift he could have.
Gifts— Giving is an expression of love and gratitude.
Cubism— Attempt to challenge conventional forms.
You can attract your own meaningful coincidence by quietly calling for one. Make a private agreement with the Divine, and keep it specific.
Tune into the brightest facets of your mind’s entertainment. And you will be rewarded with truly divine coincidences.
by Derek Calibre
The anecdotes we share from our psychic experiences seem to proffer themselves as modern allegories.