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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.

"I finally understood why meditation is so important."

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

Part 4

Suddenly, a white light came out of my midsection, and I heard a male voice say, "Yes, I am." My first impulse was to jump off the machine and run! But I stayed and watched the light emanating from my solar plexus. I felt peaceful. The more I concentrated on it, the more peaceful I got. After a while, I wanted to stay on that treadmill forever. I stayed with this unusual experience until the light disappeared.

The next day, when I got back on the treadmill and again asked God if He was within me, a beautiful white energy came out of my solar plexus. It took the form of a sword, like Excalibur, and I had the sense of this light being my protector.

I believe I was able to experience this because on the treadmill, my mind was busy keeping my feet on the track. Because I wasn't desperately trying to quiet my mind, I was freed up to hear the voice. As the communications became lengthier, I began to keep a notebook by the treadmill so that I wouldn't forget all the information I was receiving – insight into the gift of healing and my psychic abilities, guidance about clients, advice on my personal journey.

I finally understood why meditation is so important. Studying about meditation, in classes and books and at church, had only given me head knowledge. Now I knew, quite literally, in my gut. I was in touch with my Higher Self and getting to know God. It was wonderful. My thirst was finally being quenched.

After several years of talking to Him, the feeling of this powerful male presence within me changed and became softer, more feminine. I felt a shift in who I was talking to. I asked the female voice what had happened to God, and She said that She was the feminine side of God. She would now be working with me for a while. "Could I ask the real God if this is okay?" I asked Her. She had a good chuckle at that.

The Bible verse telling us that we are made in God's image and likeness (Genesis 1:26) came into my head. I realized that if that was true, there must be a female side to God. We aren't all men, after all. I had to ponder this because I had been raised to believe God was male. Once again, old teachings were being booted out. I had asked to know the real God, and I was being shown the real God.

It took time for me to adjust to the female half of my Higher Self, but once I accepted Her wholeheartedly, the male side began talking to me again. I now hear both. And meditation is no longer restricted to treadmill time. I spend the majority of my day in silence, receiving guidance from both the male and female sides of my Higher Self. This is the most peaceful and beautiful way I have ever lived.

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