Friday, March 5, 2010

Chimes & Signs - A personal story

Today’s blog comes from an email I received from Carol, a client and friend. She asked that I share my answer with everyone.

Dear Linda:

This morning I was sitting here at my desk and I heard chimes, like the sound of wind chimes. It wasn't a faint sound...I thought it was pretty distinctive. I turned around and asked my co-worker if she has heard them and she looked at me as if I were crazy. Apparently, she had not heard the same thing that I did.

Doesn't that mean something when you hear wind chimes? Is someone trying to contact me from the other side? I looked online but I could only find people that had heard wind chime sounds in their sleep so I thought I would ask the expert.What do you think? - Carol

Hey Carol,

Chimes are an indication that your angels, guides or loved ones are around you and are simply making their presence known. It should always be seen as a sign of comfort, but it is not necessarily a sign of a specific message. Think of “chimes” or even the sound of bells as someone on the other side is announcing themselves at your “door.” Though many times we don’t always answer the door, you can always count on the sound being a welcomed visitor and not one to fear. Chimes never represent strangers; they represent someone who is familiar to us in spirit.

I have heard many stories over the years, and heard many experiences regarding chimes and bells. In fact, if you are familiar with the Frank Capra movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” you will note the scene where little Juju is in her father’s arms at the end of the movie. Someone puts money in the cash register and you hear the tinkling sound when the register drawer opens and closes. Little Juju says, and I paraphrase: “Look, Daddy, Teacher says whenever you hear a bell ring an angel gets its wings!” I was brought up on those promises, and in my family, when we hear chimes, we “know” that we are in the presence of divine guidance and it is usually followed by a validation of some kind.

For instance, I lost my godmother awhile back, and I was at the hospital when she drew her last breath. I stood beside her sister (no relation) and out of all the people in the room, we were the only ones who could attest to seeing a mist rise from my aunt’s body at the moment of death. We never really discussed it with anyone, however, when we met at the funeral home, she had an interesting story to share. She told me that when my aunt was alive, she and my aunt were so close that they were in contact every day at around noon. When they would take a break for lunch, my aunt would call her. They always touched base. Well, after my aunt died, her sister shared with me that she had been hearing the chimes in the backyard ring every day, with no wind, at noontime, and that she felt comforted by the fact that my aunt was still stopping by to see her.

Most people who come to the Center for a reading know that there are chimes in my reading room. Long after the battery is dead, they will chime at very appropriate moments during a reading. The experience is extremely heart-warming! In fact, it’s the reason I have chimes also ringing on the opening page of my web site and on our iApp “The Vibe.” It’s my way of acknowledging the guidance of spirit.

So, spirit is communicating when you hear chimes. Embrace them and put yourself in a quiet place so that you can be mindful to what they may be saying.