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Meg Lundstrom: What to Do When You Can’t Decide

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From the Introduction

When we have pressing questions and don’t know which way to turn, we naturally ask them of someone in the know—our parents, our friends and teachers, or experts such as doctors, lawyers, and financial advisors. Depending on their expertise and insight, the outcome might work out—or not.

But in just this way, we can tap a deeper, wise source. We can ask simple, direct questions of that underlying essence of life, love, and wisdom that is called by many names: God, our higher self, higher consciousness, Pervasive Unity, Presence, the superconscious, the Universe. By using a simple, convenient physical object—such as our fingers, a pendulum, or folded pieces of paper—we can get a clear-cut yes/no answer. Astonishingly, the response turns out to be just what we need. It weighs factors we have no conscious knowledge of, bypasses unanticipated obstacles,and fast-forwards us on the path to greater clarity and love.

Historically, this process is known as divination. The word comes from the Latin divinus, meaning belonging to or relating to a deity—and when divining is done with care and reverence, it leads us ever more deeply into our innate divinity. (In this book, the word “divining” is used.“Divination” implies a system, whereas “divining” speaks to the dynamic, unfolding, in-the-moment, collaborative nature of asking for and receiving guidance.)

Divining can be used in matters large and small—choosing a dentist or a destination, selling a house or an idea, devising a job shift or a shopping list, diving into our limiting beliefs or a new relationship.

As practical as divining is for even mundane decisions, at its heart it is a spiritual process—spiritual as opposed to material, in the sense that something is happening that can’t be explained by your five senses. How is it that when you ask the question, the right answer comes? Where does the answer come from? There are many explanations, all of them a matter of belief. What is wonderful, however, is that divining requires no particular belief for it to work, just the ability to take a deep breath and jump in. The results will be in the immediate feedback you get—the appointments that fall flawlessly into place, the turn in the road that saves you from a traffic jam, the job or house that turns out to be exactly what you need.

It is also spiritual in the way that it leads you directly into your own profound depths. Divining helps you open up to the latent wisdom within yourself. It is through your own firing neurons, through your own muscular system, through the immense panorama of your own unconscious, that the answers arrive. Although there are some useful guidelines, the process is customized by you, and through it you will find yourself experiencing not only the vast potential of life, but the responsiveness of the Universe. The Divine—however you conceive of it—is waiting to give you what you need, and these tools are a simple means to figure out what that is.


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