KENNEWICK -- Have you ever been out somewhere and had that intuitive feeling that something is wrong or right, and you've acted upon it?
Maybe it was involving another person, or it allowed you to make a good choice about a career move.
Where did that voice of inspiration come from? To me, listening to the whisperer is listening to the voice of divine inspiration, God.
There is a wonderful movie called The Horse Whisperer. It is about two girls who go riding on horses and they're hit by a huge truck. One animal and child survive the accident, but both the horse and the girl are in critical condition. The mother seeks the assistance of a man in Montana who can communicate with horses. In the movie, he sits silently with the horse until they have a total understanding of each other.
Isn't it true, as well, that when we are going through something difficult, the best gift quite often is someone who will sit and listen to us without speaking, without giving advice, but just listening.
In the book A New Earth, written by Eckhart Tolle, he speaks of a woman whose neighbor comes to her door one evening, frantic. She spends an hour telling of her troubles and then leaves, profusely thanking her. The woman has done nothing other than just listen. The next day the neighbor says to her, "I don't know what you did for me last night, but it was so helpful. Thank you."
As I learned more about the science of mind, about going inside my own soul and communing with God, I learned to trust that still small voice within me -- that intuition, that inspiration that comes from the divine.
Wayne Dyer, author of the book Getting in the Gap, likens the need for meditation to the whitecaps on the ocean. There always is the surface turmoil that is at the surface of the water, but when you go below the surface, when you go deep, the water is calm. When you meditate, you rid yourself of that surface turmoil.
Why do we meditate? To get closer to God; to calm ourselves down; to lower our blood pressure, and to just feel more centered and rested.
Ernest Holmes, the founder of Religious Science in his written work The Science of Mind says, "I have found that a few brief statements, mentally affirmed, followed by a silent meditation, have been most effective in the healing work." God's power is awesome and available to us when we remember that connection of going inside to listen to that still small voice that is the voice of God whispering to us.
When something is not working in our life and we go within, very often the solution to our challenge will show up. And if we will remember to do prayer treatment to help remind ourselves about the truth of ourselves -- that we are perfect whole and complete with no "dis-ease" -- we have more than enough for our wants and needs and that goodness flows to us abundantly. Then it will be so.
* The Rev. Sandra Smith is pastor of the Center for Spiritual Living in Kennewick. Questions and comments should be directed to editor Lucy Luginbill in care of the Tri-City Herald newsroom, 333 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick, WA 99336. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.