"In every moment the universe is whispering to you. There are messages for you carried on the winds. There is wisdom for you in the morning songs of the birds outside your window and in the soft murmurs of an ebbing sea. Even ordinary, everyday events in your life carry communications from the realm of spirit.

"Right now as you read this paragraph, you are surrounded by personal messages from the world around you. Whether you are conscious of it or not, you are always encircled by signs. Of course, your night hours are filled with signs that appear in your dreams; however, no less valid are the signs that encompass you in your waking life. Signs are powerful indicators that can give you understanding about yourself and insight about direction in life. They can also reflect what is occurring in your subconscious mind, beneath your conscious awareness.

"In times past, people understood and knew how to interpret these portents and omens. In fact, the entire destiny of a tribe or even a nation was often decided by signs. However, as technology expanded, people became more and more isolated from their connection to the earth and their inner wisdom. Most lost their ability to listen to the secret messages around them and to see the signposts giving personal guidance at every moment.

"It is now time to regain this lost ability. Our planet is changing very quickly, and in the face of this rising tide of change we need to remember how to taste the messages in the wind and how to listen to the gentle voices in the clouds. This ability will be increasingly important in the years ahead. As we hurtle into the twenty-first century, there is an accelerated awakening of planetary consciousness. We are entering a time of signs and omens. There has never been a more powerful time in the history of our planet to realize our magnificence. Signs can show us the way. It is now time to relearn how to listen to the whispers of the universe."