Please enjoy the following practice from my book Leap Before You Look, Sounds True, 2008:

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Call Out in Longing
Level of Difficulty **

On the beach or in the forest,

Or alone in your room,

Call out to the divine to reveal itself to you.

Use your real voice and lips

To call out in longing to know God directly.

You can raise your voice loud:

Plead, bargain and demand.

Take one bold step toward the divine

And the divine will take a hundred steps toward you.


God has no face and no form. There is only Godliness. It is the purity of longing in the devotee that gives a face and a voice to the divine. All of us carry so many concepts about the nature of the divine from our childhood. We may have learned that God is very far away, and that we must earn his attention and blessings. We may have been taught that God is a very strict patriarch, that he has all kinds of rules and conditions, and that he will punish us if we do not conform.
Through practice, however, we learn that the divine reveals itself fully to the devotee according the way the devotee approaches the divine. If you are very afraid and meek, you may experience the face of God that is stern and unavailable. If you are very obedient and conforming, you may find a face for the divine that has many rules and regulations. If you are ashamed of yourself and have been co172015363_b3310f4c4dnditioned to feel a lot of guilt, you may experience the divine as punishing and unforgiving. You can create any relationship you want with the divine, and the divine will cooperate with you. Godliness can reveal itself as masculine or feminine, as old or young. God can be the divine mother, God can be your friend. Create the kind of relationship with the divine that allows you to feel divine love and support.
Call out in longing to the divine to reveal itself in a personal way. Call out as a child might call out to a mother or a father. Demand that you be heard. If you open yourself in a very personal and intimate way to the divine, then the divine will open to you in this way as well.

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