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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.
 

"Intuition is the part of us that is connected to the divine."

  Echo Bodine
A Still, Small Voice
, Part 1

A few years ago, my boyfriend and I were heading out for a boat trip on the St. Croix River in Wisconsin for three days. The weather forecast was that it would be in the low 90s, so I was packing shorts and sleeveless tops, but my intuition kept nudging me to bring my sweats. My logical self argued my intuitive self out of bringing the sweats and, wouldnít you know it, two days later a cold front came in from Canada and I huddled inside the boat with Mike's sweats on. My head said one thing but, as usual, my inner voice knew better.

Think back to the last time you heard yourself say, I knew I should have gone that way, or I knew I was going to run into so and so, or I knew who was on the phone. Maybe you were looking at new cars, and even though the car you wanted looked and sounded great, you just had a feeling, a hunch, something inside that told you not to buy it. Maybe you just got a feeling that the time was right to call that prospective client and you ended up making a great sale with hardly any effort. Or you were driving home and your head wanted you to take the freeway but you just knew that this time you should take the slower surface streets, only to end up getting a flat tire right across the street from a gas station! Remember that feeling of knowing?. That's your intuition, the inner wisdom that says take the alternate route, donít buy this car, cancel the trip, make the call.

Every time you act on these "illogical" feelings you are working from intuition. People often ask me why they should bother listening to their inner voice when their life is going fine as it is, living by their intellect. My answer is simple: Life is not only more magical when we live by our inner voice but also extremely efficient. From the life-changing to the mundane, your intuition is always your best guide.

If your child isnít feeling well, your inner voice will tell you if it's serious or something that will pass. When you canít decide whether to take the bus to work or drive, your inner voice will steer you right. If you canít figure out what to wear to that important business meeting, your intuition will help you decide. When you need to buy a present but havenít got a clue what to get, your inner voice will always guide you to the perfect gift. If youíve read about a great new herb on the market that can get rid of cellulite but donít know if you should try it, trust your intuition. Itís always right.

Why? I have come to believe that it's because intuition is the part of us that is connected to the divine. When our souls we created, the source that created us took a part of its energy and breathed eternal life into us. This part of us is commonly referred to as our Higher Self or the God within. This voice of God which the Bible refers to as a "still, small voice" (1 Kings 19:12) is our guide, our compass, our way shower, our intuition.

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