In Hanoi, we’ve all seen them, flattened on the road or hanging from hooks. The lucky ones are scurrying across the street or along telephone wires. Rats. I have them in my yard and in my open ground floor space. I’m not impressed. My Reiki practitioner friend has encouraged me to look for the messages Rat is bringing to my life.

Keywords associated with Rat symbolism are resourcefulness, strength in a crisis, supporting yourself and others, and spiritual wealth. While Rat has apparently come into my life to bring awareness to its teachings, I hope I am a quick study.


There are many lessons to learn during our time here on Earth, in fact many spiritual teachers say this is why we are here, to learn and experience our true nature. As we journey through life, we are offered lessons and guidance from the people in our lives, our pets, Nature and Spirit.


Who or What is Spirit?


The American Heritage Dictionary defines Spirit as ‘incorporeal consciousness’ and describes the various forms of Spirit, such as The Holy Spirit, fairies, angels, demons, as well as our own ‘higher self’. All of these aspects of Spirit may be trying to teach us something at any given moment.


Often, the messages from Spirit, if they’re not dismissed entirely, are perceived as pure coincidence. However, as we become more attentive to the signs, our level of awareness heightens and the messages become more discernible.


Some people receive unambiguous, detailed messages from Spirit. However, most of us have forgotten how to dial into the direct line of communication. Paying attention to the signs helps open up the transmission channels.


How to Recognize the Signs?


Staying present and in the moment helps us to notice phenomena that are occurring either within us or in our environment. Some common signs are: goose bumps somewhere on your body, but you’re not cold; repeating number sequences, for example, 333; experiencing synchronicities, to name a few.


The messages we receive from Spirit may serve as validation or course-correction depending on our circumstances. The form the message takes is not as important as the message itself. I will try to keep this in mind as I joust with my most recent emissary.


Karen Gay, A-Roaming Bodyworker, is a holistic health practitioner practicing in Hanoi. For information on the types of services provided, visit

Karen Gay

A true global citizen, Karen has lived and travelled overseas for more than 20 years. Her current journey has led her down the rabbit hole. She's not sure she'll resurface. You can follow her on and


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