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Excerpted from Dr. Judith Orloff's Guide to Intuitive Healing by Judith Orloff, M.D. Copyright 2000 by Judith Orloff, M.D. Excerpted by permission of Times Books, a division of Random House, 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.
 


"It was right to want to get out of prison. It was right to be thinking about her son. But to start to heal she had to find quiet."

Judith Orloff, Judith Orloff's Guide to Intuitive 
Healing
, Part 3

"How many of you have ever known your health was in danger but ignored the signs your body sent?" Hands went up again.

"How many of you have sensed a relationship would be abusive but got into it anyway?"

"I knew on the first date!" a hefty blond shouted out from the back. Everyone laughed, knowingly.

Clearly, many of these women had received signals to avoid difficulties but hadn't listened. Still, I was surprised by both their honesty and their self-knowledge.

Over the next hour I was hit with a barrage of questions.

"What is intuitive healing?" a woman asked.

"Most of all it means getting in touch with your heart to hear your intuition. Then using that information to heal. The first step," I said, "is finding that still, small voice inside that tells you the truth about things A kind of guardian angel. You have to be very quiet to hear it."

"I've tried. I can't hear it," she said. "The noise in my head is too loud. I can't stop thinking about my son. I can't stop thinking about getting out of here." Getting out of here: I knew I was hearing a refrain that haunted this place, a not unreasonable monomania.

I was aware of this woman's anguish. How could one not be? But my task was to convey to her that we all have our concerns--our obsessions. It was right to want to get out of prison. It was right to be thinking about her son. But to start to heal she had to find quiet.

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