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Excerpted from A Still, Small Voice by Echo Bodine. Copyright © 2001 by Echo Bodine. Excerpted by permission of New World Library, Inc.  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.
 

"The more we develop a relationship with this divine part of ourselves, the longer the communication gets."

  Echo Bodine, A Still, Small Voice, Part 2

When our head is guiding us, we think we know what's going on, but when we're being guided by intuition, we know whatís going on. And that knowing comes from the place within us that is connected to our source. Whenever we get that feeling, "I knew that was going to happen," "I knew who was on the phone," "I knew I was going to run into so and so today," "I knew I was going to get a raise," " I knew that publisher would accept my manuscript," we're talking about intuition.

It's not a chatty voice or an intellectual voice and, in fact, it doesnít really come in the form of sound. It's more like a thought that comes from inside your stomach. It's usually quick and to the point. Sometimes, especially when we're still in the process of discovering and hearing the voice, its answers are simply yes, no, or wait. But the more we develop a relationship with this divine part of ourselves, the longer the communication gets. We begin to "hear" full sentences, even paragraphs, of guidance.

The Problem with God

Many people who begin to explore these life-changing things get hung up with the whole concept of God. They donít know what to believe about God, so they just stay away from Him/Her/It altogether. Or they only reach out to God in times of trouble. And they certainly donít relate to the idea of having a divine presence within themselves.

Many of us go to church or synagogue every week, do the rituals we've been taught, say the memorized prayers at the appropriate times, and believe that the hour per week we spend "worshipping God' is all that we need to have a fulfilling intimate relationship with our creator. But look at it this way: If you're trying to have a relationship with someone but only see them once a week for about twenty minutes (we're subtracting time here for weekly announcements, choir time, collection plate time, greeting and good-bye time, and so on), it's absurd.

We all know that in order to have a successful relationship with someone, we need to work at it. To develop intimacy, we need to keep the lines of communication open. We need to talk and listen, give and receive, throughout the whole week. Developing a fulfilling relationship with God is no different. It's about communicating on a daily basis, not just when there's a crisis.

As my minister, Rev. Ken Williamson, said in one of his Sunday morning sermons, God's number isnít 911. If we truly want to walk a fulfilling spiritual path we have to develop a deeper relationship with God. We canít just turn to God in times of crisis.

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