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Excerpted from Look for the Good and You'll Find God by Echo Bodine. Copyright © 2008 by Echo Bodine. Excerpted by permission of New World Library.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.

"What we needed to do was surrender our will – our list – and instead ask for God to show us our highest good."

  Echo Bodine
Look for the Good and You'll Find God

Part 2

I wanted to be on a spiritual path more than I wanted any specific outcome I might pray for, so I started praying, "Thy will be done, not mine." I wanted any and all fear of God to go away so that we could be partners in life. I didn't want negative religious messages to interfere with God and I moving forward with each other. I wanted the trust that is essential to any good relationship. My Master Mind group showed me the areas that needed to heal so that I cold gain that trust. I realized that God wasn't a Santa Claus you could hand a list to.

We'd end each meeting with gratitude because we'd realized that ultimately, what we needed to do was surrender our will – our list – and instead ask for God to show us our highest good.

What Is Intuition?

You've probably noticed by now that I always turn to my intuition when making decisions or seeking guidance. Still, I didn't really understand this inner voice of mine until just a few years ago. My mother, who listened to her gut and taught me to pay attention to mine, simply called it "women's intuition."

My thirst to know God continued, and I began taking classes at the Unity Church, which I belonged to. One of the books we studied was Lessons in Truth by H. Emilie Cady. She refers to the "still, small voice within" as the voice of God. A lightbulb came on over my head.

I asked my minister if Cady was saying that women's intuition was the voice of God. He confirmed that that was exactly what she was saying, except that we all have intuition, not just women. "Are you sure?" I asked him. My whole life I had expected to hear God as a booming voice from on high. It never occurred to me that the voice I had been listening to since I was a kid was actually God's soft, subtle knowingness. There's a passage in the Bible (Deuteronomy 18:15-18) that says that God's voice was so loud, people asked Him to please speak through the prophets. Could my inner knowing really be the voice of God?

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