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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 guidance available to us through our intuition can help in every area of our lives: love, money, health, business, or whatever else concerns you."

  Echo Bodine, A Still, Small Voice, Part 4

If you are one of those people who has issues with God, I’d like you to take some time to write out everything that comes to your mind when you think of the word God. Include memories, feelings, experiences you've had that related to God in some way.

Remember, your goal in doing this is to have an open line of communication between you and your higher self, and in order get that communication as clear as possible, you have to clear the doorway of old rubble so the door can open wide. I can assure you that once you can get rid of the garbage and find the voice inside and begin developing a real relationship with it, you'll discover how completely loving and supportive it is. It will always bring you ease and lightness - but first the old pain has to be healed.

Right now, if you can, get out a journal or notebook and just write out all the thoughts, feelings, memories, resentments, and so on that come to mind when you think of God.

Now I want you to visualize giving this list to God, and to ask for the healing of all this pain. If you would feel better taking the list to a clergy person and sharing it with him or her, do that instead. Your objective here is to forgive God for all the pain you believe He/She has caused you, and to move forward with your relationship with the divine within you.

Continue to pray for healing daily until you feel a shift internally. You'll know when you've forgiven God and can open that door. It may not happen overnight but, believe me, it will happen. Whenever we pray for healing, our prayers are answered.

The guidance available to us through our intuition can help in every area of our lives: love, money, health, business, or whatever else concerns you.

Intuition and Your Love Life

A friend of mine decided she wanted to take some active steps toward having a fulfilling intimate relationship in her life. She thought of investing money in a dating service or putting an ad in the personals, but whenever she asked her inner voice for guidance, she got nothing. One day while she was running errands she had a strong inner feeling to visit her mother. It was a little out of her way, and she didn’t have much time, but her gut feeling was so strong, she decided to follow it. While she was there, an old acquaintance of the family unexpectedly stopped by, and they both felt an immediate attraction to one another. They began dating and were married nine months later.

Your intuition will guide you with all questions concerning your love life - where you’ll meet the next significant person in your life, who you should and shouldn’t date, who you should and shouldn’t marry, when it's time to break off a relationship, and when you should stay with it.

If you're searching for your soulmate and wondering if you should join a dating service, go to a singles group at a local church, or search the bars for Mr. or Ms. Right, just listen to what your inner voice tells you to do rather than doing what everyone else is doing. I think of it as the Universal Matchmaker. Here's a story of how it worked for me:

I was driving home from a meeting one afternoon and my inner voice told me to stop at the grocery store now and call a friend. When my inner voice tells me to stop and make a phone call now, it usually means the phone and the person are both available so it struck me as odd when I went into the store and there we two men standing in line to use the phone. At first I wondered if had misread my intuition, but it was so adamant that I stop now that I decided to be patient and see what happened.

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