The Divine is ever-present, and is always speaking to us — though we usually forget to listen. God might choose to use actual words to communicate with us at times, though there are countless other ways that God can “speak” to us as well, such as through feelings that may occur to us or “coincidences” we may experience. (It was Einstein who eloquently said, “Coincidences are God’s way of remaining anonymous.”)
One of the most meaningful choices that we can make in life is to try to listen to what the Divine within us is expressing. This can be done in innumerable ways. For example, we can open ourselves more to the voice of the Divine within through prayer or through meditation. When we seek to still our mind through such practices, we create a “space” in our consciousness that allows us to be more open to an awareness of God. We can experience this opening at any time.
We can also always seek God’s infinite wisdom for guidance on any issue that we may be facing. The Divine within is our constant companion and is always there to help and guide us with any challenge, big or small. In fact, the more that we choose to turn to the Divine, the more in harmony we become over time with our own being and with the universe. In most cases, God is not likely to give us an answer by means of registered mail or a big neon sign. More often, the guidance we receive is likely to be sensed through the silent beckonings of our Soul—that is, from the feelings within us.
The Divine can never be boxed in to any set of rigid rules. However, there is a general rule of thumb regarding God’s ways of communicating with us that is probably accurate more often than not: If we have a choice to make on a particular issue, and the thought of pursuing a certain choice leads us to feel a sense of heightened awareness or expansiveness or inner peace, then there is a serious likelihood that our Divine nature may be nudging us in that direction.
Many of us turn away from God because of choices we make, large or small, that do not feel in accord with the Divine will. We might indulge in a food that we know is not good for our health, or we might do or say something spiteful to a family member who “wronged” us in some way. By avoiding God, we might imagine that we will feel less shame, but the reverse is actually true. Our sense of worth inevitably suffers whenever we ignore the Divine Presence. If we can remember that God is infinitely patient and compassionate with us, that God understands that we are not perfect, and that we are not meant to be flawless in this moment, we will find it easier to make our Divine source our closest and most intimate friend. Our ultimate destiny is perfection, but our Divine nature does not expect that to happen overnight or probably even within this lifetime.
God loves us completely — just as we are.