HOW TO HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD
Table of Contents
Who or What Is God?
Part I: Discovering Your Own
God Can Talk to You
Chapter 2: How I Learned to Hear the Voice of God
Chapter 3: The Answer to Everything
Part II: Experiencing Your
4: The Four Signposts of Spirit
Chapter 5: The Do-Nothing Way to Meditate
Part III: Practicing Safe
6: All That Glitters Is Not God
Chapter 7: Clearing the Pathway to God
Chapter 8: Ten Tests of Spiritual Discernment
Chapter 9: Testing the Message
Part IV: Inner Space
10: Misadventures in Psychic Delusion
Chapter 11: Trusting Inner Guidance
Chapter 12: Living in the Heart of God
About the Author
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HOW TO HEAR THE
VOICE OF GOD
by Dr. Susan Shumsky
1: God Can Talk to You
"Out of heaven he made thee to
hear his voice, that he might instruct
It is a rare gift to be called to
hear the voice of God. By reading this book, you demonstrate faith
in the prospect that two-way communication with God is feasible.
This is indeed atypical. The fact that you even consider this
possibility places you in a unique category of uncommon
individuals. For example, were you raised in a family, religion, or
educational institution where you learned that God could speak to
you directly? Few people reading these words can answer
Many people believe that God
exists. Yet few believe that God hears their prayers or answers
them. Fewer believe that God is accessible and can talk to them.
Exceptional people are willing to allow God to speak to them
directly. But only rare, extraordinary individuals act on what God
guides them to do. Do you want to be one of these people? If so,
you are in the right place.
We are taught from an early age
that when we talk to God it is called "prayer," but when God talks
to us, it is called"schizophrenia." If you were to enter a
psychiatric office today and report that God speaks to you, what
would be the reaction? You would be diagnosed with mental illness
and walk out with a prescription for psychotropic drugs.
We often read about
murderers-even mothers who slaughter their own babies-who claim
that voices in their heads told them to commit murder. We hear of
cult leaders who believe that God demands that their followers
commit suicide. No wonder the widespread belief is that people who
claim to hear God's voice are insane.
We are conditioned to believe
that the only people sanctioned to have authentic conversations
with God are great prophets, saints, holy men (I emphasize the word
"men"), and other holy beings that lived at least two thousand
years ago in some faraway land. These holy men wrote one book-a
book literally written in stone. After that book was written,
apparently, God has gone mute-and has not spoken to anyone
I believe these holy men have not
signed an exclusive contract with God. They have no special
combination to a padlocked, hallowed safe with elite access. Some
religious institutions would have you believe that they own the
secret passkey and, without their sanction, no one can walk through
the doorway to heaven.
Billions of people are resigned
to the idea that they cannot experience God directly-certainly not
while they are still breathing. Sadly, such people eagerly await
death, when they will enter the glorious gates of paradise and
finally catch a glimpse of God's presence. They never conceive that
they could directly experience God in this body during this
The widespread belief is that
God's blessing and grace are inaccessible without a middleman, such
as a pastor, minister, priest, cleric, rabbi, guru, master, shaman,
psychic, channeler, counselor, or priestess. Most of these
go-betweens have the best of intentions. But, regrettably, either
intentionally or unwittingly, some of them become hucksters swathed
in a veneer of spirituality, hawking their products to the
Such salespeople have no
incentive to help people hear God's voice directly. To use an
analogy from the world of sales, if their customers were to have
such experiences, then these retailers would soon be out of
business. For their clients would "cut out the middleman" and "go
However, it is my experience, and
the experience of tens of thousands of people who have used the
methods taught in my books or classes, that anyone can hear the
voice of God directly.
The Pearl of Great
At the risk of giving away the
"pearl of great price"-the most precious secret of the ages-on Page
3 of the first chapter of this book, I will tell you right now how
you can hear the voice of God. This gift comes with no strings
attached. You will not be required to convert to a religion, join a
cult, venerate a guru, empty your bank account, or sacrifice your
firstborn child. I will tell you right now how to "go direct." So
here goes-a simple way to listen to the "still small voice" of God,
right here and now, absolutely FREE:
Just sit down in a chair, close
your eyes, take a few deep breaths, get quiet, still, centered, and
balanced within yourself, and then simply-ASK. That is the entire
secret. ASK. Ask a question, ask for guidance, ask for inspiration
or healing. Then take another deep breath and do what I call the
"Do-Nothing Program." That means, do nothing, nothing, and less
than nothing. Then the "still small voice" will speak to you in
your heart. You will learn this do-nothing method, called Divine
Revelation®, in this book.
So the key to hearing God's voice
is to ASK. The trouble is that we forget to ask. Or we think we
cannot ask. Or we think God is too busy for us. Is God too busy for
you? Could God be too busy for anyone? If you believe God is too
busy to pay attention to you, then you have a very limited idea of
what God is.
God could never be too busy. God
is not bound by time, space, or circumstances. Therefore, God
cannot get tired or overworked. God does not only pay attention to
"important" people and things. Everyone and everything is important
to God. God does not play favorites. God is not available to only a
select few so-called "holy" people. God is everywhere present and
always available to anyone who asks.
The entire premise of this book
is "Ask, and it shall be given you."1 How to attain the requisite
state of awareness, how to ask, and how to receive the message
clearly is what you will learn by reading this book.
Many people have one ten-minute
spiritual experience, and then spend the rest of their life talking
about it. Dozens of best-selling authors have built their entire
career upon that one time when a divine being appeared or spoke to
them. However, Divine Revelation is about experiencing God whenever
you want-at will. After you have learned how to hear the divine
voice, you will receive spiritual experiences as often as you
desire. You can call upon God and ask a question, ask for guidance,
or ask to experience God, and then receive the answer or experience
immediately, whenever you want-day or night. Just ASK.
Diane Wright, a dentist from
Tampa, Florida, describes: "Divine Revelation has confirmed my
knowing that I can reach my Christ self whenever I want. Just being
aware and knowing has increased my consciousness."
Problems Solved by This
Throughout 40 years of teaching
meditation and intuition techniques, I have often heard the
following complaints from my students, to which this book provides
1. "I have never meditated. Do
I have to meditate in order to hear the voice of
With this book
and in the accompanying CD, you can learn how to meditate and also
how to hear the voice of God, whether inside or outside of
2. "Nothing happens when I try
to hear the voice of God. Maybe it works for other people, but not
for me. I'm just a brick wall."
In this book you will learn ways to break down the
seeming brick wall that has stopped you from hearing God's
3. "How do I know whether it's
really God speaking to me, or some other voice?"
In this book you will learn how to
distinguish between God's voice and other voices in your mind, such
as your ego or wishful thinking.
4. "Isn't it dangerous to
listen to inner voices? What if they lead me down the wrong path?
Can't I be deceived?"
This book will help you attain spiritual discernment
so you can avoid the pitfalls of psychic delusion.
5. "My negative
thought-patterns, habits, and conditioning prevent me from hearing
this book you will find specific healing affirmations and prayers
that help you overcome negative patterns.
6. "Making the right life
decisions is difficult and confusing for
In this book
you will learn how to ask and receive guidance from the "still
small voice" of God within. That divine voice will help you make
7. "I am offended by rules and
regulations, cults, and coercive
universal techniques in this book impose no restrictions and are
compatible with other religious philosophies, lifestyles, and
8. "I don't want to work at
difficult, strict, hard-to-follow
book is easy to understand, logical, and practical, with
simple-to-learn methods requiring no previous experience,
background, training, or knowledge.
Some Benefits You Can
Here are a few of the many
benefits you can receive by practicing the methods in this book.
Included are experiences of people who have used these techniques
to transform their lives:
1. Trusting and following
Linda De Narde, a property manager from San Leandro,
California, says: "I feel it is a good idea to use the voice of
God as a guide. One day, I was driving in a hurry and not paying
attention. I heard this sweet angel voice say, 'Linda look up,' and
I did. I was heading right into a parked car on a rounded curve. I
quickly swerved and could hear the minor nick as I passed the car,
like a click. If I had not looked up, I would have hit the car dead
center. I knew I was given grace that day."
2. Making wise and
purposeful choices with peaceful
Ecklund, a physician from Foley, Alabama, says: "Even though I
find that dowsing or AK (muscle testing) can be useful confirmatory
tests, I find that Divine Revelation works easiest and best for me.
I have been asking questions and getting intuitive answers for 27
years, and now I can finally trust my answers!
3. Discovering and
following your true pathway, true desires and divine purpose, in
alignment with your authentic
Foster, a massage therapist from Centerville, Ohio, says, "The
major outcome for me was a clear call to me from Divine Guidance
that it is time for me to acknowledge that the reason I am here on
earth this time around is to live my oneness with
4. Enjoying a sense of
inner happiness and peace in everyday
Campbell, a Unity church administrator from Atlanta, Georgia, says:
"Divine Revelation filled me with such a feeling of peace. When
I first came across it, I felt tears in my eyes. Then, as I got
more into it, what came over me was immense gratitude, more tears,
from so much joy of feeling 'that connection.' It was an answer to
I'm not sure if I am conveying the intensity of my
5. Being more self-reliant
and less dependent on others by finding answers
Cox, from Dallas, Texas, says: "I would like to say that since
reading Dr. Shumsky's books and using her teachings, I have
received many answers to questions from Divine Spirit regarding my
life and my job. These answers have come in the form of visions,
inner voices, and signs, just as she says in her
6. Achieving greater
self-love, self-acceptance, and inner
Maxey, an author from Mount Juliet, Tennesse, says:
"God-Self-Universe-every particle of everything spoke thundering
through me, to me, as me, in me, around me, resonating vibrating "I
AM Thou," and I am not separate, cannot ever be separate, from
God-Self or you, or me, or the earth, or the stars, or anything
again. It is so utterly simple and so extremely subtle. I can say
this and mean it with my whole being: I love God, I love my
neighbors, and I love my Self. I Am Thou."
7. Attaining the true
freedom that comes from direct contact with
Sanchez, from Portland Oregon, writes, "This realm of
understanding is new for me and is exactly what I have wanted.
After many years of the mainstream way of thinking, this is
amazingly freeing. My word of inspiration right now is 'freedom'
and even the thought of it provides the feeling of a butterfly in
flight. God's love truly puts me on top of the world knowing I can
create any possibility for my life I choose."
8. Dwelling in the joyous,
comforting, loving presence of
Engel, a schoolteacher from Ashland, Oregon, reports: "Truly,
the biggest and best miracle I've experienced is the realization of
Divinity within. I feel wealthy in Spirit and am completely
fulfilled from within."
9. Putting your life on
track and in order.
Timothy Smith, a minister from Boynton Beach,
Florida says, "Your teaching has made such a huge difference in
my life on so many levels. It was like a light bulb experience. All
my studies of religion in my BA degree, Master and on personal
levels now made sense with the inner Christ, inner Spirit and inner
Being. Suddenly the Christ that I invited into my heart so many
years ago was revealed to me. The inner Christ was there all along,
I could finally see/know it as a part of me. It seems so simple yet
10. Discovering life's meaning
in spiritual enlightenment.
Albert Marsh, a retired architect from Los Angeles
says, "I experienced being 100% egoless. I was led into a
blissful emptiness, a total silence, a total state of non-action
and Oneness, and a total intense experience of the present moment.
There was no emotion, no desire, no need to do anything, only a
great peace. I felt like 'Albert' had gone away and I was empty of
everything, impersonal. I felt like my ego had been sent down a
garbage disposal. Usually when I have a deep experience like this,
I have tears of humility and love and joy, but there just wasn't
any 'me' left to do anything, there was only pure, peaceful
10. Knowing God and
attaining God realization.
Mark Lebowitz, a physician from Dallas, Texas says,
"I recently recalled that when I was 15 years old, my fondest
wish was to know God. I just realized that I don't wish for that
anymore. Because now, I think I do know Him. I am sure that I will
grow to know Her more as I progress, but I have achieved my
life-long wish. Thank you, Susan."
My Life in the
I have practiced meditation and
other spiritual disciplines since 1967. From 1970 to 1989, I lived
in various ashrams (residential retreat facilities where a
student studies meditation and yoga) under the guidance of
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the guru of the Beatles and of Deepak
Chopra, and I served on Maharishi's personal international staff
for seven of those years.
When I lived in the ashram, I
meditated from five to 20 hours per day. I sometimes cloistered
myself in my room and did not appear for up to eight weeks at a
time. The food was brought to my door. I often fasted for up to two
months at a time. I observed silence and did not utter a sound for
up to four months at a time. I observed total celibacy. I was an
introvert-and that is definitely an understatement.
After spending 20 years with my
eyes closed, I woke up one day and realized that I was not a
spiritual person. How does a young woman meditate her brains out
for 20 years and not be spiritual? Somehow, I managed to do it. You
might expect a spiritual person to be kind, loving, generous,
gentle, giving, caring, considerate, and patient. Yet I was not any
of these things. In fact, I was a "b" with an "itch." Or an "itch"
with a "b"-whichever way you want to put it.
In the ashram, every meditation
afforded me the glorious experience of satchitananda
(absolute bliss consciousness), in the state of samadhi
(evenness of mind and stillness of body). The experience of samadhi
is one of deep relaxation, profound inner peace, unbounded
awareness, and transcendental consciousness.
Yet, daily experience of divine
union in samadhi did not make me a kinder, gentler Susan. I was not
displaying what I would call "spiritual qualities" in everyday
life. Long hours of meditation did not transform my personality.
What was missing was the experience of God's beloved presence and
God's "still small voice."
My guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
observed silence at the beginning of every year. He would enter his
room and not appear until seven days later. Those of us on his
personal staff also went into deep meditation and took silence with
him. When Maharishi emerged from silence, he often mentioned
something like, "I just spoke with Mother Divine, and she said"
Maharishi would then describe what the Goddess had told
Now you have to understand that,
as a disciple of Maharishi, I worshipped him as God. I believed he
was on the highest level of consciousness and had all the answers.
So when he said that Mother Divine spoke to him, I thought, "Oh,
Maharishi is so great and so high. I could never hear the Goddess
speaking to me."
Like the vast majority of people,
I did not believe ordinary people could ever hear God's voice. I
assumed that only people like Maharishi, Moses, or Jesus could talk
with God. God was certainly too busy and important to speak to
common people like me. But I was wrong. My vision was very limited.
Now I know better, because I have experienced the voice of God
firsthand. And so can you.
I have taught thousands of people
how to listen to the "still small voice" of God. If an ordinary
person with no special abilities can learn to hear that voice, then
you can, too. This book will show you how.
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